London is Britain’s largest metropolis and is the country’s economic, cultural and transportation centre. London is one of the world’s greatest cities with history spanning nearly two millennia, and has mesmerising historic and cultural gems scattered at every corner and a never-ending list of things to do and see. The city offers some of the world’s best sights, attractions and activities. The following is a list that makes London a destination you must experience at least once in your lifetime.

London Eye

The largest wheel-shaped observatory ever built is located opposite the Parliament on the south coast. The view reveals a beautiful panorama of London. The London eye, built to celebrate the arrival of the new millennium in 2000 has great popularity particularly among tourists. It consists of 32 closed cabins, each with the capacity to accommodate 25 people. It takes 30 minutes for the wheel to make a full circle, and in clear weather it can be visible from up to 40 kilometers away.

West End

The West End, is a colloquial term for theatres and accompanying facilities and institutions (acting agencies, theater troupes) based in the West End district of central London.

Along with Broadway in New York, they are both considered the most prestigious theatre institutions in the English-speaking world, and visiting live performances is one of the most popular tourist activities in London.

Westminster Abbey

Collegiate Church of Saint Peter in Westminster is a cathedral with a predominately Gothic style and is located in London’s central Westminster.
It is the traditional place of coronation and burial of the rulers of the United Kingdom.

Notting Hill

Notting Hill is a district in west London and extends to the west edge of the city of Westminster. It is a cosmopolitan neighbourhood, which hosts a carnival every year. Also, you can find the famous flea market Portobello Road Market. As far back as 1820, Notting Hill has been associated with artists and “alternative” culture.

Today Notting Hill has a contemporary reputation as a rich and modern neighborhood; known for its attractive terraces of large Victorian city palaces and elegant restaurants. Many tourists visit Notting Hill to see the neighborhood where the popular film of the same name was filmed starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts.

Shopping

The full London experience is not complete without hitting the shops. Tourists looking for some retail therapy in the city can find a number of popular shops, from haute couture to street fashion.
Top shopping addresses: Bond Street, Oxford Street, Covent Garden, Selfridges, Harrods, Carnaby Street, Sloane Street, The Knightsbridge Estate, Regent Street, King’s Road, Piccadilly, Camden Markets, Portobello Road Market, Brick Lane Market and Brixton Market.

Tower of London

The Tower of London is a medieval fortress that forms one of the central points of the city and is located on the eastern edge of the historic centre of London along the north bank of the River Thames.

The Tower of London is best known for its function as a prison, torture and execution site for high-ranking royal prisoners and opponents, most of whom were significant figures in English history.

Today, the crown of Queen Elizabeth II is kept in the Tower along with royal jewels.

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is the Queen’s official home and one of London’s most recognizable landmarks.

Every morning at 11 a.m. (10 a.m. Sunday and winter), a guard shift takes place. The guards wear traditional red uniforms and large bearskin hats. The guards march from the nearby Wellington Barracks to the palace.

The palace was built in 1705 and the beautiful facade was completed in 1913. A part of the palace is open to visitors, as are many royal gardens.

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