An avid traveler myself, I’ve had the pleasure of traveling to London on several different occasions. Visiting London is exciting no matter what time of the year you decide to visit. As one of the largest cities in the world with a population of 8 million people, it’s a world leader in culture, fashion, and finance. With all of the world famous landmarks and the London Underground known as the Tube, there’s no reason not to visit these tourist attractions in London.
Celebrating it’s 150th birthday recently, Big Ben is one of the top tourist attractions in London. The name Big Ben actually refers to the name of the clock tower itself. The story goes the 13 ton bell inside the tower was ordered by man named Ben. The tower has been a staple in pop culture and has appeared in many films.
The large, gothic church is located just to the west of the Palace of Westminster. One of the most religious buildings in all of the United Kingdom and burial ground for English and British monarchs. Built from 1245 to 1272 when Henry III decided to rebuild an old abbey in the Gothic style. Later renovations were made by Henry VII between 1503 and 1512, and the two West Front Towers date from the 1740’s
Located on the banks of the River Thames, the London Eye is the iconic 443 feet high observation wheel featuring 32 glass-walled capsules. The breathtaking views of London from the London Eye attracts 3.5 million visitors annually, making it most popular tourist attraction in the United Kingdom.
The main residence of Queen Elizabeth II, that is owned by the British state, is one of London’s most well known attractions. The Forecourt of the Palace is used for major ceremonies and since 1993, the Palace’s state rooms have been open to the public during August and September.
The British Museum in London is a museum of human history and culture. Established in 1753, its collections feature over seven million objects. The collections are amongst the largest and the most comprehensive in the world and come from all over the world. Exhibits document the story of human culture from past to present, and the museum is home to the largest collection of mummies outside of Egypt.
Another iconic landmark, the Tower Bridge of London began construction in 1886 and took eight years to build. The bridge sits over the River Thames, and is made up of two towers that that are tied together and have two walkways on the upper level that are designed to withstand wind forces on the bridge.