London is a magical city that has something for everyone. With attractions such as museums, iconic buildings and local food markets, your self drive holiday in London will be nothing short of amazing. Create your own experience and a holiday that you will never forget. Here are out top 10 must-do's when travelling in London.
Ever seen the London Eye Ferris Wheel? Opened in the year 2000 and sitting on the south bank of the River Thames is one of the world's most iconic exhibitions. Try one of the most amazing experiences and take in a different view of London when you ride the Coca-Cola London Eye. From taking in the early morning views, to the breathtaking sunset and night experiences you will not be disappointed with this once in a lifetime treat. The London Eye offers many options for travellers from the standard ticket valued at 19.35GBP + tax to the more luxurious 'private capsules' if you are travelling with your loved one, which will set you back approx. 360GBP + tax. Whichever way you decide to ride the London Eye, it is certain to be memorable.
Another iconic and very well know location in London to visit is Buckingham Palace. There are many events held around the residence of the reigning monarch including the changing of the guard. This ceremony occurs daily at approx. 11:30am and goes for 45 minutes.
Fact: If Her Majesty the Queen is in the residence, the Royal Standard (flag) is flying from the roof of Buckingham Palace.
Another well-known and iconic structure in London is the Tower Bridge, which crosses the Rivers Thames. Construction began in April 1886 and the Bridge was officially open in June 1894. Many travellers will either cross the bridge by car or take the time to walk and check out the stunning panoramic views of London. You could visit the exhibitions that take you inside the Tower Bridge and tour around to see the engine rooms or experience the Tower Bridge Glass Floor!
Many people will know the clock tower which sits at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London, The Houses of Parliament and Elizabeth Tower most commonly referred to as 'Big Ben'. Standing tall at approx. 96 metres tall, Big Ben was opened in 1859. The famous landmark draws in many tourists, and there is no better angle than that of a good selfie! A note for first timers, the clock tower also looks amazing at night with all the faces of the clock lit up, so be sure to see 'Big Ben' during the day and at night.
FREE and open daily from 10am until 5:30pm, the British Museum offers something for the ancient and modern history buffs. From Egyptian exhibitions to paintings and calligraphy, the museum has something to offer everyone! If you are keen to plan your trip and perhaps don't have a lot of time The British Museum offers different options.
Take a tour of the Tower of London, one of the most iconic buildings in the world. It is London's original fortress by the River Thames and over 900 years old. A Yeoman Warder will take you on a guided walking tour for approximately one hour. Head into the White Tower where you still see and hear about Henry VIII's famous armouries as well as a block and axe on the top floor dating back to the Tudor times. Marvel at the Crown Jewels from the silver-gilt Coronation Spoon that's over 800 years old to the Imperial State Crown which has over 2,800 diamonds and everything in between.
Get up close and personal with the rich and famous at London's Madame Tussauds's. The museum has wax figures of Bollywood stars such as Katrina Kaif, actors such as Brad Pitt, sports icons and the Royals including Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Harry. Prices range depending on the amount of attractions you'd like to see, however we would definitely recommend buying a packing to save yourself a few British pounds!
Take a free walk through the Victoria and Albert Museum, named in the honour of the Queen Victoria and her consort Prince Albert. No matter when you visit the museum there are always contemporary collections on display. From architecture to ceramics, drawings, books, design styles, fashion, jewellery, paintings, photography, sculptures and more. There is something for everyone at the museum that will keep you busy for days on end.
Spend the day like a local and visit the most renowned food market in London, Borough market. The markets host a variety of stalls including baked goods and confectionary, dairy, seafood, fruit and vegetables and meat and poultry. If all this food works up your appetite, why not visit one of the many cafes, restaurants, bars and watch the world go by.
The Globe Theatre is located on the south bank of the River Thames. Take a tour of the theatre and learn the history of where Shakespeare's magic came to life. Although the theatre is a reconstruction you feel like you are back in Shakespeare's time. Try and attend a play if you can as there is always something new and exciting being performed from contemporary productions to Shakespeare's plays.
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