London is a global city of culture, finance and science. The Big Smoke attracts visitors from around the UK and abroad who visit the capital to see the sights and experience one of the world’s most exciting metropolises. London is full of things to see, do and experience. I find it interesting that still today, so many people try to buy tickets for attractions on the spot and stand in queues unnecessarily. So, if you’re on your way to London, my first recommendation is that you book your tickets for attractions in advance to save time, nuisance and possible disappointment! it is hard to get tickets to see some of these attractions so it is sometimes best to book in advance. Anyway, with no further ado, here are some my top places to visit in London.
Piccadilly Circus is London’s cultural hub, with shops, restaurants and theatres in abundance. The area is probably most famous for a statue of Eros, which overlooks huge LED screens that advertise some of the world’s biggest brands. From here, you can walk to Leicester Square, home to big movie premieres and nightclubs, or head to nearby Regent Street, which is lined with huge department stores and upscale shops, including the famous toy brand Hamley’s.
While most visitors head to Regent’s Park or Green Park, Richmond Park is less crowded and offers a wide range of things to do. In fact, it’s the largest park in the capital, three times bigger than New York City’s Central Park. The vast green space is the perfect place to visit in the morning. There are loads of walking trails to choose from and once you’ve worked up an appetite, you can find a quiet spot by a pond for lunch. The park also boasts an array of wildlife, making it a dream come true for animal lovers who are visiting the capital.
Oxford Circus, home to London’s busiest tube station, is a shopper’s paradise. This interjunction, where Oxford Street and Regent Street meet, is full of fashion boutiques, flagship stores and independent shops, perfect if you’ve come to London for some retail therapy. There’s also a host of restaurants here, perfect if you’re looking for a bite to eat after all that shopping!
Westminster is the centre of democracy in the United Kingdom, home to the country’s government and the world’s most famous clock tower, Big Ben, which is actually only the clock in the Palace of Westminster! You can even walk past 10 Downing Steet, the residence of the Prime Minister. From here, it’s a short walk to Trafalgar Square, one of the most famous public squares in the world. Famous for its water fountains and pigeons, this is the ultimate place to stop and watch the world go by.
You can also visit the National Gallery, which houses some of the world’s most iconic paintings. The museum is free to enter and is great fun for the whole family. Just next door, but receiving fewer visitors, is the National Portrait Gallery, showing the face of historical figures, from royalty to artists, as well as some more contemporary ones.
And you, have you been to London? What are your favourite spots in the city?