As lockdown restrictions begin to ease at the time of writing, many of you will be itching to get out and travel somewhere new. Understandably, foreign travel remains uncertain but that does not mean there are not unique and interesting things to see closer to home. The English capital has a plethora of incredible sights to see and things to do, so here are the top five sightseeing spots in London
London is a vast city, approximately 1,572 km². It contains many fascinating places and things to see, especially for first-time visitors. Therefore, this list barely scratches the surface of your options but serves as an introduction to what the historic and bustling metropolis has to offer. So without further ado and in no particular order, The top five sightseeing spots in London.
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The Tower of London
Constructed by William the conqueror in 1078, the Tower of London is one of the capital’s oldest and most historically significant landmarks. For nearly a millenium, it has served as a royal palace, fortress and later formerly as a prison in the sixteenth century. Numerous people, including political prisoners, tyrants and dissidents have been executed here in a variety of gruesome means.
You can take a guided tour, led by audio commentary through all of the fascinating and gruesome stories that the tower and tour guide have to offer. Specifically, a speciality Halloween event has received astounding online reviews. Furthermore, you can view the crown jewels, valued at roughly £20 billion that were moved there after the jewel house was demolished.
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The London Eye
For a more captivating, slower-paced experience, a ride on the London Eye is regarded as a ‘must-do activity for first-time visitors of the capital. A thirty-minute rotation on the world’s largest and iconic observation wheel grants you a stunning view of the vast metropolis, approximately one hundred and thirty meters up at its highest point.
Stunning views of the River Thames, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and many other famous London landmarks. The 360-degree vista of the city offers ample photographing opportunities as on a clear day you can see up to twenty-five miles from any point in the city. It is an incredible experience to behold, especially for tourists looking to absorb as much of the city as they can.
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Located in the inner city borough of Westminster, Trafalgar Square is one of London’s most famous and bustling tourist spots in London. First constructed in 1830 in commemoration of the victory of the British against the French and Spanish in the Battle of Trafalgar. This makes it one of the most historically significant places to visit in the city with renowned memorials such as Nelson’s Column, the dazzling bronze lions and numerous other structures.
In the areas around the square, there are a variety of art galleries, theatres, eclectic market stalls and lavish shopping opportunities. So a trip to Trafalgar Square can provide you with all of the amenities and options for a day out filled with sightseeing, shopping and taking in the striking architecture of the location. It is filled with crowds of tourists and visitors all year round and is especially popular at Christmas time.
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A must-visit for any sightseeing tour of London, Buckingham Palace is the London residence of the monarch of the United Kingdom. From outside the palace, you can view the changing of the guard on certain days, the ceremony by which the royal guard is replaced by a new shift. Click here for a clip of this event and see for yourself!
As of Summer 2021, tours of the palace and gardens will be will recommence to the public with a selection of different tours including the staterooms, gardens and grounds with a dedicated guide and the changing of the guard from a specially selected vantage point. Ticket prices vary depending on age and student occupation, so take a glance and consider your options.
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Camden Market is arguably the most famous street market in the city, attracting roughly two hundred and fifty thousand people weekly during peak periods. Located next to the Regent’s Canal around several refurbished warehouses, Camden Market has six distinct markets, selling a variety of unique goods including clothes, jewellery, crafts gifts and a wide variety of bars and street food courts.
Camden Market has also hosted a plethora of events in the past, with many more planned in the future. These have included everything from live music events, crafts and food fairs. With a historic and charming industrial exterior, Camden Market has an incredible amount to offer visitors during the day and evening.
So there you have it! The top five sightseeing spots in London. The capital has an incredible amount to offer tourists, especially for those who do not wish to travel too far for a great experience. This list barely scratches the surface of what London has to offer, so stay tuned for a follow-up list of more great attractions and sightseeing opportunities.
If you would prefer something sightly further afoot, perhaps Berlin is more to your liking? Check out our rundown of some great tourist attractions in the German capital. Stay tuned for more content on travel, video games, movies and much more.