Top 10 Things To Do in London!
Our last stop in Europe is London! Your final three nights will be spent in the capital of the U.K, surrounded by historical architecture, monuments to royalty, and breathtaking views of the River Thames. Try your best to see some of London’s top sites:
What to see:
1. Buckingham Palace: Buckingham Palace, the London home of Queen Elizabeth II, is open for tours in the summers when Her Majesty is away on vacation. On the tour, you’ll have access to the State Rooms where the Queen and members of the Royal Family host guests for State, ceremonial, and official affairs. Opulently accented with chandeliers, candelabra, paintings, and exquisite English and French furniture, these rooms display some of the most magnificent pieces from the Royal Collection. Along with the grand interiors, the State Rooms are also a witness to history.
2. Westminster Abbey: Westminster Abbey is one of the world’s great churches, with a history stretching back over a thousand years. It is one of the most notable religious buildings in the United Kingdom and has been the traditional place of coronation and burial site for English monarchs. Every year Westminster Abbey welcomes over one million visitors who want to explore this wonderful building, so expect crowds!
3. Houses of Parliament: The Houses of Parliament, also known as the Palace of Westminster, is the seat of the two parliamentary houses of the United Kingdom: the House of Lords and the House of Commons. Parliament examines what the Government is doing, makes new laws, holds the power to set taxes and debates the issues of the day. The House of Commons and House of Lords each play an important role in Parliament’s work.
4. The British Museum: One of London’s top free attractions, the British Museum is both an architectural beauty and a trove of some of the world’s most noted antiquities. From the Rosetta Stone to the Elgin Marbles to the Lindow “Bog Man,” the British Museum is a history buff’s treasure trove. The immense collection can make an initial museum visit seem overwhelming: Pick the exhibits that most interest you, and plan return trips. If you can, some suggest stopping in for a coffee or quick bite at the atmospheric Court Restaurant.
5. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre: A replica of the early 1600’s theater in which William Shakespeare’s plays were performed, the Globe is both a museum and a working theater.
6. Harrods: Even if you’re not planning to purchase anything at London’s famous department store, you should still take a peek inside. From gourmet food, to designer clothes and puppies, this place is worth a visit just for the experience!
7. The Tower of London: Tower of London’s interior is always bustling with activity. The Tower, which actually comprises 20 towers, offers something for everyone. If you’re enchanted with the history of the monarch, don’t miss the famous Crown Jewels exhibition. Among the items you’ll see is the Imperial State Crown—which is still worn by the Queen for each State Opening of Parliament — and the Sovereign’s Sceptre with Cross. If you have more than an hour to spend here, take an entertaining tour led by the Yeoman Warders (Tower guards).
8. Camden Lock Market:Camden Lock is the central hub of Camden’s huge market, which is home to more than 100 shops and stalls. Here you’ll find an extensive range of goods from designer clothes and accessories, to one-off pieces of art, food and furnishings. There’s also designer workshops, studios, stalls, shops, cafes, restaurants and bars. Click here for a list of other London markets.
9. National Gallery: Covering the north side of Trafalgar Square, London’s National Gallery features a labyrinth interior so large that it requires a color-coded map to navigate. Here you’ll see famed works, such as Botticelli’s Venus and Mars and Seurat’s Bathers at Asnières. Art neophytes need not worry, if you want a little more guidance you can sign up for free talks and tours, offered daily.
10. Imperial War Museum: The Imperial War Museum tells the stories of people’s experiences of modern war and conflict. This free museum is a favorite of many different types of travelers, from kids to adults. Exhibits seek to tell war stories through the eyes of soldiers, citizens, and even children: Exhibits include World War I’s Trench Experience, World War II’s Blitz Experience, and a Holocaust Exhibition, among others.