If your looking to make a trip to our nation’s capital in the near-future, then you’ll be face with a problem. There are simply too many attractions to cram into single weekend, or even an entire week! If you’re just planning on a short stay, then you’ll want to prioritise. Let’s take a look at ten of the locations you simply can’t miss!
The London Eye
You’ll find this enormous Ferris wheel on the banks of the Thames, just a short walk from the palace of Westminster. It takes a couple of hours to complete a rotation, and so makes a great place to take in the views.
Naturally, if you’re going to be visiting London then you’ll find yourself regularly within sight of its famous river. Many of the most famous attractions in the city, including several on this list, lie on the banks of the Thames. If you’d like a more intimate date with the mighty river, then why not book a Thames river cruise? That way, you’ll be able to get a close-up view of the water whilst you’re floating on top of it. A spot of afternoon tea on the thames makes for an extra-special way to see the capital while enjoying the national drink!
In this part of the city you’ll find what is arguably the most well-recognised monument in all of London: The statue commemorating Lord Nelson. It came to be around thirty-five years after the battle of Trafalgar, in which Nelson himself died. It’s famously situated at the summit of an enormous column, with four bronze panels at the bottom, each of them cast from captured French guns.
This famous building is where the royal family call home – or, more accurately, it’s one of the many places they call home. The building attracts tourists from all over the world, and you’ll often find a sizeable crowd just outside the front gate. This crowd is usually at its most sizeable, however, at between 11am and 12:15, when the changing of the guard occurs.
Football is the national game in England, and among the most famous of all the stadia here is Wembley, with its distinctive arch-shaped supporting structure that’s visible from miles off. If you’d like to see a football game during your stay, then you might catch one here. But the stadium also often plays host to other events, like concerts and other shows.
The Houses of Parliament
If you’d like to take a trip to the nexus of political life in the capital, then you’ll want to visit the palace of Westminster, which contains the two houses of parliament: The Commons, with its green benches, and the Lords, with its Red. The buildings themselves are, in most cases, a bit more interesting than the debates which go on inside them – so unless you’ve the misfortune to pay a visit during a time of national turmoil, the view from the viewing gallery above the commons might be a little dry. The gallery is open only while parliament is in session – so not during weekends and parliamentary recesses.
10 Downing Street
For obvious security reasons, you won’t be permitted to march right up to the front door of the Prime Minister’s house – but since this part of the capital is so politically significant, and it’s just a short distance from the palace of Westminster, it’s worth making a trip there.
The O2 Arena
This arena is among the nation’s foremost musical venues; if there’s a mainstream musical act making an appearance, then it’s likely to be made here. It’s built into what used to be the Millennium Dome.
The Royal Albert Hall
If, on the other hand, your tastes tend more toward the classical, then a visit to the Royal Albert Hall is sure to be worthwhile. Each summer, the venue hosts the BBC Proms, providing a steady stream of great classical music for several months of the year.
The Globe Theatre
London is where history’s most famous playwright, William Shakespeare, did most of his work. But during Shakespearean times, theatre was enjoyed in a much different way to the way it is now. This building, which came to be in 1997, seeks to pay tribute to that era. It’s modelled after the original Globe theatre, which was built in 1599 before being demolished in 1644. If you’ve an appreciation for great theatre, and of Tudor history, then you should consider this place a must-visit!