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The London List

 

In a city of more than 600 art galleries,
250 museums and countless places of interest, considerable planning is needed for sightseeing. The city's tourist attractions are
sights you've heard about all your life. You won't have time to see them all, but some are absolute musts...

 


Top Ten in London

1.         Take a stroll up Primrose Hill for fantastic views of the city’s skyline. Pack a picnic or frequent the quirky cafes that surround this area of Regents Park.

2.       Calling all wizards – Harry Potter World is fun for families and single travellers alike! If you are a fan of J K Rowling’s wizarding heroes, then you will love the day spent at the Warner Brother Studios! See set pieces, authentic props and original costumes from the phenomenonal 8 movies! You can even travel to the studios from central London on your very own Night Bus!

3.       Whilst a cemetery isn’t usually a highlight, Highgate Cemetery is! Visit the graves of Karl Marx,  Author Douglas Adams, Singer George Michael and the family of Charles Dickens.

4.       Dans Le Noir (dinner in the dark); a pitch black restaurant in East London in which you utilise your other senses to maximise your dining experience - For more information check out our eat section of the London List.

5.       Shop until you drop! Regent Street – which crosses Oxford Street at Oxford Circus – Nicknamed the ‘Mile of Style,’ fashionable Regent Street acts as a border between elegant Mayfair and trendy Soho. This is where you’ll find luxury brand name stores, such as Michael Kors, Armani, Coach and Karl Lagerfeld. British labels are also well represented on Regent Street in the form of Burberry, Ted Baker and Superdry.  As well as Bond Street, Covent Garden, King's Road, Knightsbridge and Westfield also offer some of the best shops in London.

6.       Camden Markets are made up of 6 adjoining markets located by Regents Canal. Located in north London, Camden is known for its quirky and unique stalls, with the areas vibe following suit. Most popular to visit on a Saturday or Sunday morning (Sunday’s being the main trading day), the market is London’s 4th most visited attraction and contains craft stalls, clothing stalls and fast food stalls. More centrally located lies Borough Market-the city’s hidden food haven! Right next to London Bridge, there are many market stalls with various foods – perfect for lunch!

7.        London is the capital of a country soaked in history. A mere 2 hours out of the city, you will find Stonehenge – a prehistoric and mysterious monument and one of the UK’s most famous landmarks.  This British icon is usually connected to a much larger day trip which encompasses Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, where recently Prince Harry and Megan Markle wed and either the city of Bath or the city of Oxford, both of which are 2 of the UKs most prestigious areas (The world heritage site of Bath hosts Roman-built baths from 60AD and the university county town of Oxford – where the Oxford English Dictionary derives – demonstrates examples of every English architectural period since the Saxon period of 500-1066). 

8.       Can you imagine travelling less than 2.5 hours, on a train, and being in a whole new country? Well, imagine no more. The Eurostar departs daily from Kings Cross St Pancras, and connects the UK with a variety of European destinations including France, Belgium and the Netherlands. You can even book onward journeys from the main stations, so if you fancy a romantic weekend in Brugge, or a family trip to Disneyland Paris, make sure you book one of the many tickets on offer. Just don’t forget your passport!

9.       West End Theatre! Like Broadway on New York, London’s west end is a must for theatre lovers and non-theatre lovers – there really is something for everybody! Located around the famous Monopoly destinations of Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus, this infamous entertainment district has been home to some of the worlds most celebrated shows; The Lion King, The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, and the longest running West End show, Agatha Christie’s - The Mousetrap. You can prebook your tickets alongside a dinner,  or alternatively show up to a half price hut on the day to chance your luck on fantastically priced last minute tickets to some of your favourite shows.

10.     No trip to London would be complete without a trip to Her Majesty’s home - Buckingham Palace.  Whilst it has only been the London home to the monarch since Queen Victoria’s accession to the throne in 1837, it is thought that Buckingham House – as it was once known – was initially erected in the 17th century. Today, you can watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony from the main palace gates around the Victoria Memorial or prebook your tickets to The Queens Gallery.


Must See and Do….

Iconic Sights:

Westminster Abbey | Tube: Westminster (Jubilee, District and Circle lines) and St James's Park (District and Circle lines). The Abbey can be found on the south side of Parliament Square. Buses: 11, 24, 88, 148, 211.

Kings, queens, statesmen and soldiers; poets, priests, heroes and villains -  Westminster is where royals are crowned and married and England's notables are buried.

St. Paul's Cathedral | Nearest Train Station: Blackfriars, Cannon Street or London Bridge
Nearest Underground: Blackfriars Public Bus Routes: 4, 11, 15, 23, 25, 26, 100, 242

Aptly named, the Cathedral dedicated to St Paul has overlooked the City of London since 604 AD. Serving as a constant reminder to the historically spiritual importance Londinium provided to the now commercially centred city. The current Cathedral - the fourth to occupy this site - was designed by the court architect Sir Christopher Wren and built between 1675 and 1710 after its predecessor was destroyed in the Great Fire of London, and can take hours to wander through if you're in the right mood.

Highlights

  • The Golden Gallery

  • The Dome

  • The Stone Gallery

  • The Whispering Gallery

  • Exhibition - Oculus: an eye into St Paul’s

Tower of London and Tower Bridge | Underground: Tower Hill, London Bridge Rail: London Bridge, Fenchurch Street and DLR Tower Gateway. Bus: 15, 42, 78, 100 and RV1. River: London Bridge City, St. Katharine’s, and Tower piers.

Dating from 1078 - possibly the worlds most famous bridge, not only claimed this title from its grandiose architecture but fascinating history.

The view from the London Eye | Tube: Westminster/Embankment Train: Waterloo/Charing Cross

For great perspective, take a ride on the giant London Eye Ferris wheel. Breathtaking 360 degree views ensure you wont miss a single detail of this fantastic city.



To make the most of your visit, consider buying a London Pass. Valid for one to six days (with prices £49-£81 adults without transport, £58-£199 with transport), it offers free entry to more than 60 London attractions, including the Tower of London, St. Paul's Cathedral and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.

Phone: 020-7293-0972.

Website: http://www.londonpass.com.


See & Do Museums…

British Museum | Tube station: Holborn, Russell Square, Goodge Street or Tottenham Court Road | Website

Overpopulated with tourist, yes. Worth the visit - most definitely. In a classical columned and domed 1857 building, this museum accommodates one of the world's greatest collections of antiquities. You'll have to walk more than 2 mi/3 km to take in all 94 galleries. The Great Court is a dramatic space—the tessellated glass roof makes it the biggest covered square in Europe.

Hours: Daily 10 am-5:30 pm, (Friday until 8:30 pm); Great Court daily 9 am-6 pm (Friday till 8:30 pm)

Phone: + 020 7323 8299 for information, + 020 7323 8181 for bookings

Dennis Severs' House | Tube station: Liverpool Street | Website

A beautiful imaginarium of mystery and quirkiness in the heart of Shoreditch, collector and artist, Dennis Severs turned his house into a still-life drama decked out to represent snapshots of the area from 1724 to 1914. An eccentric time capsule of what life would have been like inside your typical east London home for a family of Huguenot silk weavers, this broody exhibit is worth the visit for those who want to step away from the usual touristy attractions.
 

Hours: Open Sunday noon-4 pm, and the first and third Monday of the month noon-2
pm. It's best to contact the house before visiting. Evening visits Monday year-round and Wednesday October-March 6-9 pm. See website for additional evening tours. Reservations are required for the evening candlelight tours. £10-£17.50, depending on type of tour.

Phone: + 020 7247 4013

Guildhall Gallery and Roman Amphitheater | Tube station: Mansion House, St. Paul's, Bank or Moorgate | Website

Exhibiting a display of about 250 from a collection of more than 4,000 works of art spanning the 17th century to the present day. Among the highlights are collections of Victorian paintings and London pictures, and there are temporary exhibitions throughout the year. More impressive still are the remains of a Roman amphitheater discovered in 1988.

Hours: Monday-Saturday 10 am-5 pm (last admission 4:30 pm), Sunday noon-4 pm (last admission 3:45 pm)

Phone: + 020 7332 3700

Imperial War Museum | Tube station: Lambeth North or Elephant and Castle | Website

A immersion into the history of war in the 20th century, with a particular emphasis on Britain and the Commonwealth. The museum holds an extensive photographic archive and has an outstanding art collection, containing works by Paul Nash, Laura Knight, John Piper, Sir Stanley Spencer, Norman Wilkinson, and many others.

Hours: Daily 10 am-6 pm

Phone: + 020 7416 5000