London, United Kingdom
In a world full of beautiful cities, good old London stands heads and shoulders above the others.
Gray and gloomy, but bursting with activity, London is a fast-paced city located in one of the financial, historical and cultural centers of the world. Speak to someone who’s been to London and they will surely tell you that it’s a destination that you must see once in your lifetime.
One of the things that makes London so special is that it is teeming with history. From culture to fashion, music to movies, to the rise and fall of empires – London is history.
A major influence in pop culture and music, London is also notably the birthplace of one of the greatest bands in history – The Beatles. No trip is complete without reliving some of their greatest moments, from recreating the iconic crossing photo at Abby Road to checking out where Beatlemania was born: The London Palladium. There are even Beatles Cafes and memorabilia shops for the Superfans out there who still can’t get enough of the awesome foursome.
From there, you can take a tour of the city on the ever-iconic London Double Decker bus – a national symbol of both England and the United Kingdom as a whole. Use it to get around the city so you can check out the London Eye, The British Museum, the Tower of London or even The Royal Museums Greenwich.
With royalty in mind, your trip to London wouldn’t be complete without visiting the most notable spots relating to British Monarchy. Check out Buckingham Palace, and make sure to catch the changing of the guards. Also make a visit to Kensington Palace -- the official listed address of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate.
Finally, you can’t miss Westminster Abbey a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s hosted sixteen royal weddings and the crowning of monarchs since 1066. Aside from being the most important church in London, Westminster Abbey has been the traditional venue of choice for royalty, a venue that has housed everything from coronations to burials of famous English monarchs and other important English personalities. Modern Westminster has many museums and places of interest to check out for travellers to take a more detailed look into British history.
One amazing thing about London is that although it’s rich in history, it’s still made sure to modernize, change and grow, and is considered one of the most advanced cities in the world, creating a unique blend of old and new.
London is a city that dares all those who visit to discover every inch of beauty it has to offer. A city where you can immerse yourself in the historical places that surround you while at the same time be in the heart of a bustling and energetic metropolis where endless fun activities await travellers. Whether you’re into history or just want to have some fun, there’s definitely no place like London.
There’s so much to see in this section of the city so make sure to take time to explore the major attractions. Westminster holds many historical establishments, including the House of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and Buckingham Palace to name a few.
The London residence of the reigning monarch, this is where you’ll find the famous balcony where the royal family is seen greeting the crowd in grand celebrations. Changing of the Guards is during Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at around 10:45am. Be sure to arrive early to secure a spot with a great view. You can also check the schedules here just to be sure.
The biggest park in London, a stroll in this lovely place is highly recommended. You can enjoy a peaceful walk with friends and family, interact with the animals there, appreciate nature and enjoy a cup of coffee in one of the many cafes scattered around numerous spots.
St. Paul's Cathedral
The church where Lady Diana Spencer and Charles - Prince of Wales got married.
You’ll be be blown away by it’s fascinating architecture and the incredible size of this structure.
Tower of London
This historical castle was used as a prison in the 16th and 17th centuries. You’ll also find the Crown Jewels under armed guard in the Jewel House part of the Tower. As you explore the Tower of London, you’ll see many life-size sculptures of menagerie animals. In the past, kings and queens liked to keep exotic animals as symbols of power and entertainment.
Found in the River Thames, this beautiful bridge is always mistaken for the London Bridge. Tower Bridge offers visitors a chance to walk in the covered walkway at the top of the bridge. Click here to learn more.
If you are a Beatles fan, a trip to the Abbey Road is a must. It’s just a 5-minute walk from St. John Woods Station. This road is a busy one so consider going there at an earlier time to avoid tourists and lots of running cars.
A great souvenir photo is to recreate the 1969 album cover, Abbey Road with your friends and family.
You can also check out some live 24 hour footage from the world’s famous recording studios webcam where you can checkout video footage of your own crossing. Click here to go to that site.
Enjoy the spectacular view of the city on this restaurant bar situated on the 35th floor with lush green interiors and an outdoor viewing platform.
There is no entrance fee but make sure you have a printed or digital reservation form with you. Please also take note that the tickets are timed, so be sure to be there in your own time slot. Click here to plan and book your visit.
Shopping, stores, restaurants, theatres, street entertainers, discounted tickets to broadway shows, they’re all here. A fun place known for it’s bright lights and vibrant scene, this is a good venue to people watch but not for those who hate big crowds.
This area has a youthful and artsy vibe that has a variety of stores selling fashion items, vintage finds, accessories and tacky souvenirs. The Camden Market has lots of stalls with a huge variety of items to purchase.
Camden is great for retro, sub culture, clothing, music and of course amazing street food. There are a lot of things to do here. This is a place not to be missed.
It can be very crowded on weekends. So it’s best to go on a weekday if you are avoiding the large crowds.
No visit to London is complete without a trip to a London theatre. London offers some of the world’s best theatre, from world-famous musicals to cutting-edge plays. Be sure to book ahead to take advantage of cheap London ticket deals and offers.
The Tate has a wonderful selection of various modern and contemporary art that appeal to different ages and tastes. It houses some of the art of famous artists like Dali, Picasso, and Kadinsky. Definitely worth at least one visit when you go to London. It’s in a great central location and the entrance is free! After your visit take a short walk across to see the Millennium Bridge.
Photos Property of Lívph