Explore London

Explore London
Without a doubt, London is one of the world’s most iconic cities. The mere mention of “London” conjures up images of red double-decker buses, royal families, and tea sipped over views of the River Thames. Landmarks like Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and the London Bridge all promise days of exploration, so be sure to give yourself ample time in England’s capital.

But don’t turn a blind eye to London’s modernity, either. Thanks to its world-class museums (like the British Museum – home to the Elgin Marbles), and an abundance of art galleries, shopping districts, and theatrical offerings, London is a hip and upbeat place for travellers of all ages. When it comes to art, you certainly have your options, including the National Gallery and the Tate Modern. And when the sun goes down, take your pick of nightlife: a pint of ale in an English pub, or a swanky nightclub? London is for everyone.

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Places to Visit in London

  • Big Ben
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Parliament
  • Tate Modern
  • The British Museum
  • Camden Market
  • Hyde Park

Unique Things to See and Do in London

  • Cruise down the River Thames
  • Ride the London Eye
  • Watch a performance at Shakespeare’s Globe
  • See the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace
  • Take afternoon tea at Dean Street Townhouse
  • Visit St. Paul’s Cathedral
  • Tour Westminster Abbey
  • Explore Kensington Gardens
  • Go pub-hopping in Smithfield

London History

London is a city rich in history and culture. The British are exceptionally good at preserving their historical architecture, and there’s no better way to understand English history than by exploring London’s many historical landmarks. The Houses of Parliament is a good place to start – it’s the seat of power for the United Kingdom, after all. It’s also home to Big Ben.

Visiting Westminster Abbey is a must-do. This church has been the site for coronations of British monarchs since 1066 and has hosted 16 Royal Weddings, including that of Prince William and Kate. Here you’ll also find the tombs of Charles Darwin, Geoffrey Chaucer, and Isaac Newton.

Head to the Tower of London, and learn more about England’s darker history. This castle dates from 1068 and was once a torturous prison and a site of famous executions like Henry VIII’s second wife, Queen Anne Boleyn. Be sure to check out the Crown Jewels with its impressive collection of diamonds.

When it comes to royalty, there’s no shortage of not-so-humble abodes. Buckingham Palace is the obvious one, being the official London residence of the British Monarch. As a visitor, you can tour the 19th-century State Rooms, including the palace throne room. Then there’s stunning Hampton Court, home to two palaces: the Tudor Palace, home to Henry VIII, and the Baroque Palace, with its royal apartments. You can walk through these rooms, perfectly preserved in history, and explore the royal gardens. There’s even a maze!

Getting around London

Did you know…?

The name “Big Ben” actually refers to the bell, not the clock tower.

Palace of Westminster and Big Ben

Did you ALSO know…?

London buses weren’t always red. Before the early 1900s, different routes had different colours.

London's famous double-deckers
The famous London Tube might be the most popular way to get around the city. It’s incredibly easy and efficient to use, even for travellers who aren’t city slickers.  Just pick up a transportation map, and you’ll find your way in minutes.

Other than the underground, there are plentiful numbers of bright red double-decker buses, trains, or trams. The black taxi cabs of London are readily available, although definitely the most expensive option of them all. Whatever the case, you won’t end up stranded.

Best time of year to travel to London

London’s weather and climate are much like the rest of England: wet and cold winters, mild springs, hot summers, and reasonable autumns. Summer is always the busiest time for tourist traffic in London, but really, London never sleeps…not even in the off-season.

You may prefer visiting during spring, or autumn. Temperatures are still pleasant, albeit a little cooler. Come prepared for drastic weather changes, though. Getting caught in a rainstorm during a sunny spring afternoon is not uncommon!

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If you’ve been to London before, please share your own secret spots and insider tips in the comments section below. 

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  • Nigel Thompson

    It was a pleasure visiting London went to a few places to a long trip to Birmingham to the city center an visit the bullring

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