There are many words one could use to describe London: beautiful, raw, intense, exiting, controversial and more, but boring is definitely NOT one of them. On the contrary, London has a great deal to offer when it comes to attractions and site seeing. Keep in mind that London is a leading global city in the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, professional services, research and development, tourism, and transportation. So yeah, not boring at all!
Today I made a small selection of 10 of my favourite and most popular places in London. Most of the following attractions gather not only a big number of tourists but also a great deal of London based people. Like me!
So let’s have a look:
First on our list is my all time favourite place to be, Tate Modern.
Tate Modern is a modern art gallery located in London. Tate Modern is one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary art in the world. Admission to Tate Modern is free, except for special exhibitions. It is based in the former Bankside Power Station, in the Bankside area of the London Borough of Southwark.
2)Big Ben and London Eye
One of the most popular attractions in the city. A British cultural icon, the tower is one of the most prominent symbols of the United Kingdom and is often in the establishing shot of film sets in London. The tower is officially known as Elizabeth Tower, previously called the Clock Tower but more popularly known as Big Ben. Despite being one of the world’s most famous tourist attractions, the interior of the tower is not open to overseas visitors.
London Eye is actually a giant Ferris wheel very close to Tate Modern and next to Thames river. The structure is 443 feet (135 m) tall and the wheel has a diameter of 394 feet (120 m). When it opened to the public in 2000 it was the world’s tallest Ferris wheel It is the most popular paid tourist attraction in the United Kingdom and has made many appearances in popular culture.
Eat, Drink, Shop and Dance!
The Camden markets are a number of adjoining large retail markets in Camden Town such as Camden Lock Market, Buck Street Market, Camden Lock Village and my favorite, the stables market is located in the historic former Pickfords stables and Grade II listed horse hospital which served the horses pulling Pickford’s distribution vans and barges along the canal. It is the fourth-most popular visitor attraction in London, attracting approximately 250,000 people each week.
4)Buckingham Palace & Hyde Park
Buckingham Palace is the London residence and administrative headquarters of the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom. The palace has 775 rooms, and the garden is the largest private garden in London. The state rooms, used for official and state entertaining, are open to the public each year for most of August and September and on some days in winter and spring.
Hyde Park is a major park in Central London. It is the largest of four Royal Parks that form a chain from the entrance of Kensington Palace through Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, via Hyde Park Corner and Green Park past the main entrance to Buckingham Palace. Free speech and demonstrations have been a key feature of Hyde Park since the 19th century.
Kensington Gardens, once the private gardens of Kensington Palace, are among the Royal Parks of London. The gardens are shared by the City of Westminster and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and sit immediately to the west of Hyde Park, in western central London.
The National Gallery is an art museum in Trafalgar Square in the City of Westminster, in Central London. Founded in 1824, it houses a collection of over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900. It’s collection belongs to the government on behalf of the British public, and entry to the main collection is free of charge.
155 meters high, the spectacular Sky Garden offers views across the capital and far beyond. The Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street is a unique public space that spans three storeys and offers 360 degree uninterrupted views across the City of London. The Sky Garden has been designed to create an open and vibrant place of leisure, offering visitors a rare chance to experience London from a different viewpoint.
8)Portobello Road Market
Portobello Road market, the world’s largest antiques market with over 1,000 dealers selling every kind of antique and collectible. Visitors flock from all over the world to discover one of London’s best loved landmarks which contains the most extensive selection of antiques in Britain.
Notting Hill is known for being a cosmopolitan neighbourhood, hosting the annual Notting Hill Carnival and Portobello Road Market, located north of Kensington within the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. Very run-down until the 1980s, Notting Hill now has a contemporary reputation as an affluent and fashionable areaknown for attractive terraces of large Victorian townhouses and high-end shopping and restaurants.
10)St. Paul’s Cathedral
St Paul’s Cathedral, London, is an Anglican cathedral, the seat of the Bishop of London and the mother church of the Diocese of London . The cathedral is one of the most famous and most recognisable sights of London. Its dome, framed by the spires of Wren’s City churches, has dominated the skyline for over 300 years.