England, United Kingdom
Best Time to Visit: March to September
Time Zone: UTC+1
Driving Side: Left Side
Main Attractions: Tower of London, Madam Tussauds, London Eye, St. Paul’s Cathedral, The British Museum, the National Gallery, the Natural History Museum
London is the largest urban conglomeration as well as the capital of England and United Kingdom. Located on the bank of River Thames, the city has been known for its association with various important movements and phenomena, such as the English Renaissance, the Industrial Revolution, and the Gothic Revival. However, with time, London has evolved to become one of the world's leading business, financial, and cultural centers. Besides, its influence in politics, education, entertainment, media, fashion and the arts has contributed to its status as a significant global city. Moreover, it houses some prestigious tourist attractions such as the four World Heritage Sites, The Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey and St. Margaret's Church; the Tower of London; the historic settlement of Greenwich; and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. To know more about the things to do in and places to see London, read on.
The Tower of London is a landmark structure, which is considered to be one of the most famous fortified buildings in the world. It is a 900-year old royal palace and fortress, housing a prison, place of execution, mint, arsenal, menagerie and jewel house. Madam Tussauds is an extraordinary place, which brings you face to face with world’s most renowned faces. It holds life-size wax models of well-known celebrities of the world. Another worth visiting attraction here is the London Eye. It is the world's highest observation wheel and offers spectacular views of over 55 of London's most famous landmarks. Besides, St. Paul’s Cathedral is the seat of Bishop of London and is frequented by visitors.
London also offers a number of museums to be visited. British Museum exhibits work dating from the prehistoric era to the present times, collected from all over the globe. Next is the National Gallery, which houses the greatest collection of paintings in the world. Its assimilation includes works of Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Turner, Cezanne and Van Gogh. Apart from this, Natural History Museum displays a collection of the biggest, tallest and rarest animals in the world, including life-sized model of the Blue Whale, the 40 million year old spider, the earthquake simulator and an elephant bird egg. Then, Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum are also worth seeing.
Parks and Gardens
London houses a large number of parks and gardens. The largest parks located in the central part of the city are the Royal Parks of Hyde Park. In the vicinity, Kensington Gardens and Regent's Park are also located. The latter contains the London Zoo, which is the oldest scientific zoo in the world. Hyde Park is quite popular for sports and even hosts open air concerts. There are a number of large parks outside the city centre, including the Royal Parks of Greenwich Park, Bushy Park, Richmond Park, Victoria Park, East London and Primrose Hill, which is a popular spot to view the city skyline.
London can be called an entertainment hub, as it offer so much to its visitors. The nightlife of the city is extremely hip and rocking. There are a number of bars, clubs, restaurants and galleries. You can enjoy ballet at the United Kingdom's Royal Ballet and the English National Ballet, which performs at the Royal Opera House and the Royal Albert Hall. You can also do shopping at the Oxford Street, which is the longest shopping street in the world. London is also home to a number of renowned fashion designers, which have their stores and boutiques gracing the city. Moreover, don’t forget to miss out on the diverse cuisine of the various restaurants located here.