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Top 5 London Attractions

Curated guide to what to see in London

There are about 25 million people who visit London each year. If you are one of them and you want to explore the British capital but are limited on time than our list of the top 5 London attractions is just for you!

1. Greenwich
The United Kingdom is famous for its beautiful parks and if you have plenty of time you can sit in Hyde Park or chase swans in Kensington Park. If not we suggest to you to visit Greenwich. There you will not only fulfil your eyes with the charming beauty of English parks, but will also get a lovely view of London itself. You will also be able to stand on the Greenwich Meridian, visit the Maritime museum, and the Royal observatory where you can touch the 4.5 billion year old stone and a lot more!

There are many ways to get to Greenwich: bus, metro and boat. The best is to get a ticket near Big Ben and get a nice view of the London riverside and docks. For more information please visit the Greenwich official web-site.

2. Tower of London
The infamous Tower of London where many tortures and executions took place is one of the most popular tourist attractions now in London. You may not be so interested in history and the famous people executed there such as Anne and Jane Boleyn but you definitely should see the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom.

The best time to visit is in the morning otherwise there is a big possibility to join a one hour queue for the jewels. For more information please visit the official Tower of London web-site.

If you want to stay in the heart of London you may choose one of hotels located near Tower of London.

3. London Eye and Big Ben
Now it is impossible to imagine London without Big Ben, its great bell and the Houses of Parliament. Big Ben is fascinating; charming in the day and bewitching in the night lights. Unfortunately there is no possibility of getting inside Big Ben unless you hold a UK passport, but even so you will definitely enjoy the masterpiece of architecture and certainly want to come back there and see it again!

You can get a great view of Big Ben and London’s surroundings on the London Eye, the biggest observation wheel in Europe! It was opened for the Millennium and has became a symbol of London like the Eiffel Tower for Paris. It allows everybody to see the city from above and get a wonderful view. The glass capsule is equipped with seats, cameras and even wi-fi internet and a rotation of the wheel takes approximately 30 minutes. The best time to get on the London eye is right after sunset but you should be aware that it is the most visited place in London so the queue may take an hour. For more information please visit the official London Eye web-site.

4. Oxford Street.
If you want to shop in London your way is towards Oxford Street, the busiest shopping street in Europe! It runs approximately two and a half kilometres from Marble Arch through Oxford Circus to Tottenham Court road. Oxford Street is famous for Selfridges but there are plenty of other famous shops such as Dorothy Perkins, Next, Marks and Spencer, Gap, Mexx, Debenhams, House of Fraser, John Lewis and Zara. You will not only enjoy a bright variety of fashion clothes, shoes and accessories but also the atmosphere of this street.

For more information please visit the web-site.

5. Windsor castle
One of the official residences of the British Monarch, the biggest inhabited castle in the world, Windsor castle is open for tourists. You can see the rooms of the British Royal family as well as the Queen Mary’s doll house collection, listen to the story of the queens and kings for whom this castle was home, their official palace or sometimes their prison.

The striking Upper Ward section of the castle is still not open for tourists as it is still used by the Royal family.

For more information please visit the Windsor web-site.

Tags : london

Written : 2009-06-16

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