London for the past few years has been consistently top of the most visited cities around the world according to Mastercard’s Global Cities Index. London has many iconic areas, buildings and monuments which are famous around the world. Living here I don’t see things in a tourist’s point of view but here are my personal top 10 places to visit within the city.
10th) Kew Gardens
London’s Botanical Garden makes it to my top 10. This Garden houses a collection of over 50,000 living plants and is known to be one of the worlds leading Botanical Garden. An interesting note is that Kew Garden is actually a UNESCO world heritage site.
9th) Oxford Street
London’s and Europe’s most popular and busiest shopping street with over half a million visitors every day. A must for tourists who look to shop for the latest fashion trends. One of the oldest, largest and most famous toy store Hamley’s is located on Regents street another shopping road which connects with Oxford street. Other iconic stores which resides around or within Oxford street are include Selfridges, Liberty, Nike town and many more.
8th) Trafalgar Square
Trafalgar square is a public square in central London, commemorating the victory of the Battle of Trafalgar. Iconic for its centrepieces such as the Nelson column which honours the British admiral and the beautiful fountain right next to it. Nearby attractions are the National Gallery, Charing Cross Station, the Mall and many more. One of the best places in London to rest and have a snack.
7th) Shoreditch Graffiti
A new trend for London’s east, Shoreditch is home to a thriving and ever popular street art scene. Something new for London away from its traditional attractions, popular for the younger and more artistic travellers.
6th) Piccadilly Circus
Just like Trafalgar square, Piccadilly Circus is also a public space. However instead of it being surrounded by Museums, Piccadilly Circus is surrounded by shops and restaurants. This intersection connects the busy shopping district to the parliament square and Green Park. Nearby places are London’s china town, Leicester square and many others.
5th) The Shard
Europe’s tallest building makes it in my top 5. One of the newest skyscraper in the city the glassed building includes hotels, restaurants and an observation deck at the top. Considered to have the best views of London, so visiting here would could be very valuable.
4th) Tower of London + Tower Bridge
The Tower of London is the most popular historic castle within the city. The castle has lots of exhibits including the castle itself, the yeoman wanderers, various ghost stories, tortures and execution but most importantly the crown jewels.
Right next to the castle is another of London’s iconic structure the Tower Bridge. Sometimes confused as London Bridge due to its popularity. Visitors may go up the towers for panoramic views of the city and have a walk on the glass walkways.
3rd) British Museum
Quiet to my own surprise the British museum has constantly been high on respectable travel guides such as Lonely Planet and Timeout. Unofficially dubbed as the treasure chest of the world’s cultures, the museum keeps the most comprehensive collection of historic artefacts from around the world. Although many of the exhibits are not of British culture this place is a must visit whilst in the city.
2nd) Buckingham Palace + Green Park
One of the most popular and important building (in my opinion) in the capital. Buckingham is the residence and administrative headquarters of the royal family. Popular for tourists due to special royal events, the changing of the guards, summer floral displays and many more. Surrounding the palace is Green park which is also very popular for a walk.
1st) Parliament Square + London Eye
The centre of British politics and the area I believe is the cover attraction of the city. The Parliament square includes many popular monuments, statues and structures including the Big Ben, Red phone boxes, Winston Churchill Statue, the Parliament itself, Westminster abbey and many more. The London eye which stands just across the bridge is also one of London’s top icons and below this are attractions such as the sea life aquarium, London dungeons and more. I cant think of any other locations which would beat these in London.
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