The streets of London teem with history, and as the capital of Great Britain it has been the country’s earliest occupied city from ancient Roman times. The city has played a pivotal role in shaping modern World and European history. It still occupies a prominent position in the world politically, economically and culturally. London offers the best of both the medieval and modern. Here visitors can see medieval castles and historical landmarks that blend in seamlessly with the numerous modern attractions that can be found in the city. From the medieval Tower of London to the avant-garde the Shard, there is an incredible number of attractions to be found in London.
And trying to see all of them on a single trip if just not possible with even many long time residents not having visited all of the many attractions that are to found here. It is the most visited tourist destination in the country and has occupied top position for several years. It also offers the best in terms of accommodation which cater to a wide variety of travellers ranging from backpackers to the super rich.
If you do plan to visit London then preferably opt for accommodation that is located close to the city centre like the hotels in Hounslow. It makes it much easier to visit the many tourist sites in the city without having to travel extensively around the city.
One such trendy but affordable hotel in the area is the Park Grand London Hounslow, conveniently located with fine amenities and excellent customer service. Here is a list of just some of the numerous attractions that you can visit when on a trip to London. If you have just a day in the city you will need to decide which of these places you would like to visit and which you would prefer to skip.
The Houses of Parliament/ Big Ben at Westminster:
It would be only fitting to begin your tour of London with a trip to the Palace of Westminster otherwise commonly referred to as the Houses of Parliament. It is where the government works and visitors could take a tour when Parliament is in session. Close by is London’s most iconic symbol Big Ben (the bell) that lies in the third tallest free standing clock tower on the planet. It is over a century and half old and its trademark chimes can be heard on BBC Radio across the world.
It is one of the more modern additions to the city skyline and also one of the most popular and visited. It has the distinction of being out of the highest Ferris wheels in Europe and is a great place to catch some of the most amazing aerial views of the city. It can be found on the South Bank of the Thames River and is best visited early in the day when the crowds are less.
Tower of London:
The Tower of London is the oldest historic buildings to be found in the city of London. It is also very popular with tourists and locals alike and could be termed as being infamous for its gory history through the centuries. It has served many purpose including being a royal residence, a prison, an execution site, a repository for the Crown Jewels, an armoury and home to the royal mint etc. It definitely is worth a visit on a trip to the city.
The official residence of the ruling monarchs of the Great Britain, Buckingham became the royal residence in 1837 although it is owned by the British state. It offers a wonderful opportunity for visitors to explore its priceless collection including the Queen’s Gallery that hosts different exhibits all through the year. However, the State Rooms are only accessible to the public in the months of August and September.
It is located in the very centre of London and is the most famous public square in the city. It houses numerous monuments and statues and has been a venue for demonstrations and meets. It is lovely spot to spend a leisurely afternoon exploring the area.
The location of Piccadilly Circus in the heart of the city makes it a junction for five major roads in London. Renowned all over the world for its neon lights and festive tourist attractions it a great place to meet friends or just sight see.
Westminster Abbey was established in the 10th century by Benedictine monks and is still used as a place of daily worship. It is open to everyone of all faiths. To explore its architecture, art and other prominent features it is recommended to visit the Abbey from Mondays to Saturdays.
St. Paul’s Cathedral:
The Cathedral is situated at the highest point within London. It dates back to the 17th century, although there always has been a place of worship in the area since the 7th century. It was built suing the classic renaissance style and its stunning dome has been modelled along the lines of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. It is renowned the world over for its amazing architecture and also served as the venue where Prince Charles and Princess Diana were married in 1980.
The iconic London Bridge spans across the Thames River and connects the City of London to Southwark. It was first built in 1729, although the original structure no longer exists. The current bridge that holds the title opened to the public in 1973.
It is out of the biggest libraries on the planet and continues to grow. There are 3 million new additions to its collection every year and it has some of the rarest manuscripts and books in its collection. As per an Act of Parliament in 1911, a copy of every book that is published in Great Britain and Ireland has to be given free of cost to the institution. With numerous reading rooms for research and reading it is a book lovers’ haven!
These are just a handful of the numerous places of tourist attraction to visit in London!