Visiting London

 

London is packed full of places to see, restaurants and pubs to eat in, and things to do. There is so much to do in London, it is difficult to get everything in without an organised plan to help travellers find all the must-see attractions.

 

St Pauls Cathedral LondonHype Park is the most famous park in London and provides Londoners with plenty of outdoor space and greenery. The park is perfect for a stroll or an early morning run.

Every year, millions of visitors venture to Hype Park as the 350 acre green space is one of eight Royal Parks in London. Guests can see some well-known sites within the park including Serpentine Lake, Speakers’ Corner and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain.

Less than a mile from Hype Park is the London residence of the Royal Family, Buckingham Palace. Sightseers can visit 19 state rooms that are used for ceremonies and official entertaining of guests. Visitors can also see the various exhibitions that are on display at Buckingham Palace. Proceeds from tickets go to The Royal Collection Trust.

West London is home to two of the most popular areas in the city. Kensington and Chelsea are among the “glitzy” part of London. Known for its musicals and theatre entertainment, Chelsea provides tourists with high-brow entertainment and a plethora of eateries for a night out on the town. The two areas of Kensington and Chelsea are two of the more affluent areas in London, and gives visitors a wide array of things to see and do in the city.

Located in south-west London, Kew Royal Botanic Gardens is home to the world’s largest and most diverse collection of living plants. Amazingly, the collection includes over 30,000 different kinds of plant life. The entire facility is a treasure trove of plants and information.

Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Kew Gardens offers a multitude of attractions for guests. The gardens open at 10 am everyday with varying closing times due to the various events that take place.

Also located in the south-west London area is Chiswick Park. The area was designed in the late 1990s and houses the offices of numerous businesses. Along with the businesses located in Chiswick Park, the area also hosts events during the year. Events in the past have included the park being turned into a beach with sand, water activities and cocktail beach bars. Other events have seen the park transformed into Alice in Wonderland, complete with actors playing characters from the famed story.

Situated in Trafalgar Square is London’s National Gallery. Founded in 1824, the art museum is home to over 2,300 paintings. Open from 10 am to 6 pm (9 pm on Fridays), the National Gallery is free to visitors, and provides guests with a look at some of the best paintings dating from the 13th century.

Another of London’s most popular museums is the Victoria and Albert Museum. The collection holds over 4.5 million objects, and guests can spend an entire day going through the museum’s fantastic displays.

Offering free admission, the Victoria and Albert Museum also has displays with tremendous topics such as music and fashion.

Located in south Kensington, the Natural History Museum is full of family-friendly exhibits. From dinosaurs to displays on virtue reality, the Natural History Museum is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.

London Thames and ShardAnother of London’s famous history sites is Tower Bridge. Stretching across the River Thames, Tower Bridge is one of the most iconic sites of London. Visitors can ascend to the top of Tower Bridge and view the city below via the glass floor. There are also in-depth tours of Tower Bridge, which give tourists further information on the famous attraction.

Situated in the City of Westminster is Soho. Part of the West End of London, it is one of the entertainment centres of the city. Formerly known for its adult entertainment, Soho has become more family-friendly in recent years. However, Soho is still known for its nightlife, clubs, pubs and bars. It is certainly the place to go for a night out.

The famous Westminster Abbey is another of the must-see attractions of west London. Mostly gothic in design, Westminster Abbey has been the seen to royal coronation and funerals through the centuries.

Westminster Abbey has several exhibits on display including royal funeral effigies, coronation clothing and sculpture fragments, the cathedral is one of the most well-known attractions in all of the United Kingdom.

Whether it is nightlife or historical sites, London has plenty for visitors to see and do.

 

Websites of Interest:

Kew Gardens:  http://www.kew.org

Chiswick Park: http://www.chgt.org.uk/

National Gallery: http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/

Westminster Abbey: http://www.westminster-abbey.org/

Buckingham Palace:  https://www.royalcollection.org.uk/visit/the-state-rooms-buckingham-palace

Natural History Museum:  http://www.nhm.ac.uk/

Victoria and Albert Museum: http://www.vam.ac.uk/