London is one of the most tourist-friendly cities in the world thanks to the hundreds of museums, galleries, royal buildings and national heritage sites. There is no shortage of things to see and do – the only constraints you will have are how much time and money you have at your disposal. Now, imagine you only have the resources to do a few tourist experiences. How on earth do you go about deciding which ones deserve a spot of your to-do list. Here are 5 of our favourite London tourist experiences to help inspire you.
Nothing in London is more iconic than Buckingham Palace. This royal residency attracts millions of people every year and with good reason. The magnificent palace is a splendour to behold from the outside but if you time your visit for August or September you can go inside and check out the State Rooms. At any other point in the year you can see the changing of the guards and stroll around the royal parks that surround the palace.
Afternoon Tea at The Ritz
Is there anything more quintessentially British than afternoon tea? This is definitely an experience everyone should check off his or her bucket list. Whether you splash out and indulge in high tea at the Ritz or Savoy, or whether you’re happy to sip your brew in a humble café, you’re guaranteed a delightful time. Tuck into finger sandwiches, scones with cream and jam and cupcakes before washing it all down with a steaming cup of tea.
When hunger strikes, Borough Market is an excellent place to refuel before you carry on your exploration of the city. Dozens upon dozens of food stalls set up here every day selling gourmet treats from around the world. Sink your teeth into a pork belly sandwich or treat yourself to a couple of oysters before glugging a fresh fruit juice, blended before your eyes. If you go with friends, grab a few different things and share them so you get to taste as much as possible.
Yet another of London’s icons and an incredible engineering masterpiece, Tower Bridge cannot be missed. The two towers and high-level walkway can be accessed with a tour of the bridge – as can the engineering room. As you discover the inner areas of Tower Bridge, you will learn all about its history, from construction right through to the modern day.
Eye-catching views of London
Seeing London from street level is all well and good but there is something out of this world about seeing it from up in the air. The London Eye is probably London’s most popular attraction and it’s not hard to see why. The giant wheel carries visitors in a capsule almost 450 feet up and offers them the most spectacular, panoramic views of the city. From the top of the eye, London is your kingdom.
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Image Credit: Buckingham Palace courtesy of Royal.uk
Image Credit: Afternoon Tea courtesy of The Ritz
Image Credit: Borough Market courtesy of Londonist
Image Credit: Tower Bridge courtesy of Interopa
Image Credit: The London Eye courtesy of Wikipedia