London a city that is very well known across the world as the capital of England. As one of the most visited cities in the world there is a variety of sights and activities on offer for visitors.
There is a good transport system in London where they offer various modes of transport with access from across the world. Those who live in the UK can easily access London by train, coach, car and plane but those who live outside of the UK can access by plane, as London has five airports with London Heathrow and London Gatwick as the two main airports for the city. Once in London it is easy to get around the city as they have an underground tube which gets you around the city a lot quicker than by road.
For anyone taking their first visit to London I would recommend taking in all the sights on offer first which can take a couple days. To see the sights of London in the best way possible I would recommend getting tickets for a hop on hop off tour bus, which will take you around the sights. City Sightseeing currently have a special offer on till 28th February where you can get an extra 24 hours on a 24 or 48 hour ticket that is purchased. I would recommend having at least a 48 hour ticket so that you are able to enjoy the sights at a more relaxed pace with the ability to get on and off at stops. City Sightseeing offer six different routes with 70 stops as well as having commentary onboard in different languages including English, Spanish, Chinese, French and Italian. For more information visit the site: City Sightseeing
Sights available to see in London include:
The London Eye is located on the Southbank of River Thames. In 2000 when opened it was the tallest ferris wheel but this title now belongs to the High Roller in Las Vegas. The London Eye offers visitors the chance, depending on whether there is clear skies, to be able to see across London.
Big Ben is a nickname for the great bell of the clock which is located at the north end of the Palace of Westminster. Since 2012 the official name for Big Ben is Elizabeth Tower which was changed from Clock Tower to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth ll. At the moment the bells don’t chime every hour due to maintenance work which is expected to last a couple years.
Palace of Westminster
The Palace of Westminster is the meeting place for both the House of Commons and House of Lords who are the two houses of parliament in the UK. It is often referred to as the Houses of Parliament.
Buckingham Palace is the London residence and administrative headquarters for the reigning monarch of the UK. This is one of the main points for British people to visit during times of national rejoicing and mourning.
A Royal residence, which is located in Kensington Gardens, which has been a residence of the Royal family going back to the 17th century.
A public square located in the area of Westminster which is mostly used for community gatherings and political demonstrations. Up until the early 21st century Trafalgar Square was well known for feral pigeons.
Other sights of interest include:
St Paul’s Cathedral
Tower of London
Personally I don’t think you can go to London without going to see a show on the West End. Shows that are currently on the West End include:
Book of Mormon
For anyone who is a shopping fan then London is an area which is full of different places to go shopping including:
Westfield Shopping Centre
London is a city that I think you can visit multiple times and still have something to do. I plan to do multiple blogs over a period of time which will include different things available in and around London.
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Unfortunately when I went to England, I only got to spend 4 1/2 days in London. I spent most of my time in Bristol because my church’s choir was asked to be in residence at Bristol Cathedral, but the group began the pilgrimage in London. The group, which consisted of members and the choir of my church, only spent 2 1/2 days in London. My family went up two days early so all four of us can spend more time in London. In those two days, my family went to King’s Cross Station to be at Platform 9 3/4.
Than on the 30th of July in 2015, my family split up that night because my mom and I got to see Les Mis and my dad and sister did something different. It was a dream of mine to see Les Mis in the West End. I agree that how can you go to London and not see a show in the West End. The same applies to New York and not go to Broadway.
If I ever go back to England, I want to spend just my time in London.
Hopefully you will get to come back to England and spend some time in London. There is so much to see and do
With the group, we went to Windsor Castle, which is outside London. I went on a walking tour of London where I saw Buckingham Palace. I went to Evensong at Westminster to get a taste of what we will experience at Bristol Cathedral. We went to Eucharist at St. Paul’s Cathedral. Than my family walked to the Millennium Bridge to head to Tower of London and we walked around it. Tower of London was where the group met to head to Bristol.
Despite those 4 1/2 days, I got the two main things. Ever since I was a kid, I only wanted to go to London just to see a guard: sounds crazy. Than starting in 2013 at the age of 19, I developed the dream of seeing Les Mis in the West End. At least those two things happened
Glad you got to see the two main things. There is also quite a lot to do within an hour of London at places such as Oxford and Cambridge
2015 was so far the best theatre year of musicals. I saw not one, not two, not three, but four musicals. I saw Music Man at Gardner Webb, Pippin and Sound of Music in Charlotte and Les Mis in London.
The show of all four, it was Les Mis that I loved the most and it was the show that gave me the most joy. I remember when I saw Les Mis that it did not seem like reality until the orchestra began. What is crazy about when I have seen Les Mis is that I have seen it every two years. 3x at community college in 2013, West End in 2015 and Greenville through the US Touring Production in 2017
Despite the amount of times I’ve been to London I’ve never seen Les Mis. On the West End I’ve seen Wicked, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Book of Mormon and Once
Thinking of Wicked, I saw Wicked on Broadway.
Most of the times I have seen musicals live are on tour.