So, you have planned to visit the enthralling city, London. Being the capital of the country and the most visited tourist location, London has now transformed into one of the world’s most desired destinations. All the year millions of tourists come to see the features of the city which come to distinguish London from all other world locations. According to the reports published by the International Travel Surveys, London has been ranked at number 1 in terms of the most preferred holiday locations. As soon as one enters the city, the cultural and historical features of the city induce a state of awe in the mind. No matter to what part of the world you belong, London will always welcome you with gratitude. Not surprisingly, the concept of multiculturalism and globalization can be best understood by analyzing the different levels of the city. In addition, the city has numerous captivating landmarks that possess the power to stir the imagination of anyone. All the sites of the city are living witnesses of all the ups and downs the city has experienced through the course of its history. So, in order to get the most out of your visit to this metropolis and panorama location of the world, it is quite logical to plan your trip. This initial planning would come to help you in saving a great deal of money. Having a basic idea about the aspects of the city, it is now time to take into account the top 10 places to visit in London.
10. Tower of London
With its remarkable role in the history of the city, the Tower of London is on our number 10 spot. When one takes a look at the tower, then suddenly a perceptible aura of the historical legends of the city strikes consciousness. The tower was built more than 900 years ago which indeed elucidates the role of the tower in elucidating the history of the city. In addition the grounds that surround the tower give an expression of the great dramas and terrors of the kingdom which used to be quite turbulent in those days. It was at this site where the Great Queen Elizabeth I was imprisoned at a very young age when she was only a princess. Sir Thomas More was also beheaded on these grounds.
9. Westminster Abbey
At number 9 we have the most historical and religious site in the whole of England, Westminster Abbey. This church was established many hundred years ago and it is the place where many of the England’s Kings and Queens were crowned the glory of the kingdom. As soon as you enter the Church, you can easily see the places where the crowing took place. In addition, it is inside this church and the nearby grounds where some of the greatest historical and political figures of England are buried. The Church indeed comes to provide a mesmerizing experience to those who visit this highly recommended tourist location.
8. Windsor Castle
At number 8 we have the medieval castle and one of the most visited tourist site, The Windsor Castle. It was built hundreds of years ago in order to exhibit its association and linkage with the British Royal Family. Many of the Monarchs of England has used this castle for their residence because of which it still regarded as the longest and most used palace in the history of Europe. For those who want to gain an idea about the civil war, this castle is indeed the place which you should visit. The history of this enamoring castle goes back to the times of William the Conqueror. Most of the rooms of this castle are now open for the tourists and have also been redesigned in order to exhibit the glory of the Royal Family.
7. Hampton Court Palace
At number 7 we have yet another palace which is regarded as the most magnificent of them all. This palace is located quite near to Central London and it will only take 30 minutes to reach this tourist location by train. There is also a romantic method of reaching the palace and that is getting into a boat on the Thames River. In addition of visiting the well decorated rooms, you can also take a casual stroll across the spectacular gardens which surround the palace. Also try to go into the famous maze which is located in these gardens.
6. Madame Tussauds
At number 6 we have the most visited site of Central London, Madame Tussauds. The major reason behind the worldwide fame of this site and the huge tourist inflows are the wax models which are present in the planetarium. These wax models are made in recognition to some of the world’s greatest celebrities and super stars. The wax models have been divided in terms of classes with the A-List Party containing the models of Robert Pattinson, Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt and many others. In the world leaders section you can have a view of the models of some of the greatest leaders like Margaret Thatcher, Martin Luther King, Mohandas Gandhi, Benazir Bhutto and many more.
5. The British Museum
Built in the year 1753 after some great collective efforts, the British Museum is ranked number 1 in terms of the greatest and most historical museums. The museum contains a collection of nearly 8 million works, artifacts, and much more. For those who want document and absorb the history of the whole human race, this location is highly recommended. The foundation of the museum had been laid by Sir Hans Sloane and the formal accent for establishing the museum was presented by King George II. In the last 259 years, this museum has gone a number of changes in its architecture with constant renovations that were made from time to time.
4. St Paul’s Cathedral
At number 4 we have the site which is the dearest to all the residents of London known as St. Paul’s Cathedral. This building is marked by its landmark dome which comes to add a great amount of beauty to the entire architecture of the site. Holding a great deal of national significance, this location is also used for hosting a number of events. It was designed by the great architect and one of the most notable figures of those times, Sir Christopher Wren. The construction process of this architecture was initiated after the times of the Great Fire that had swept through all the areas of London three centuries ago.
3. Science Museum
At number 3 we have yet another top tourist attraction in the city of London, the Science Museum. Being the part of the National Museum of Science and History, the Science Museum is the most recommended locations for those who have an innate love for science. The museum receives great funding from the side of the government, so there is no admission charge. But in the time of exhibitions which are arranged after regularly scheduled intervals, a minimal amount is charged as an admission fee. There are more than 300,000 scientific items and inventions that are available in the museum.
2. Buckingham Palace
At number we have a mainstay and one of the major tourist sites in London, The Buckingham Palace. The best time to visit this site is during the summer months so that you can see the surrounding scene of the museum in its full bloom. The construction process was completed in the year 1850 by Edward Blore. Since those times, many renovations and constructions have been carried out in the palace which is still regarded as the principal façade of the city. Most of the state rooms of the palace are normally opened for the tourists and public in the months of August and September. It has become the Royal residence in the year 1837 and till now has been used for the purpose of accommodating the Royal Family. All around the year numerous ceremonies and exhibitions are arranged in the palace.
1. London Eye
At number 1 we have the most visited and highly recommended site to visit in London, The London Eye. Located on the bank of the River Thames, this site is ranked as number 1 in the list of the most visited tourist location of London. This location has been named the London Eye primarily because of the giant Ferris wheel located in the center. According to a number of survey and reports, it has been estimated that more than 3.5 million tourists come to visit this location on a yearly basis. The structure was erected in the year 1999 and at that time it was considered to be the tallest Ferris wheel in the whole world until it was replaced by the 160 meters high, Star of Nanchang. In the year 2011, the name of this site had been changed to EDF energy London Eye. Located on the South Bank of the Rover Thames, it had been built initially for the festival of Britain in the year 1951. All the capsules attached to the main structure are air conditioned and have been designed by Leitner-Poma. In terms of critical reception, this site has received mostly positive evaluations from the people like Sir Richard Rogers and many others. It is also said the London Eye has done the same for London like the Eiffel Tower has done for Paris. Not only the residents and tourists, but some of the political figures of the city also come to experience the joy of this site. So, in order to absorb London, this site must be visited.