London is the most visited city in Europe. Whether you are planning a family vacation, honeymoon or a long weekend gateway, London is a wonderful place to visit any time of the year. You will get to choose from many great museums, historic attractions, and beautiful parks to explore on your trip. As a matter of fact, you will never run out of brilliant things to do in this beautiful city. Here is a guide to some of the amazing things to do and places to be in London:
(1) Admire London From Above
No trip to London would be complete without a ride on the enormous The London Eye. It is located on River Thames, which is meant to deliver gorgeous views of the city. On a clear day, it offers views 25 miles in every direction when it wheels round to 135 meters above the ground. In fact, this giant spinning wheel doesn’t really spin because it takes a gracefully slow 30 minutes to complete a round. Go for a romantic champagne trip with your loved one and watch the sunset together in the spacious pod. Surely, it would be one of the most memorable moments in your life. Besides that The View From The Shard is another place offers amazing views of the city. It allows you to look out 244 meters above ground level and London’s scenic skyline outlooks can really take your breath away!
(2) Peace and natural beauty of London
Richmond Park is the largest and grandest of London’s royal parks, occupying 2500 acre of land. It has been managed as royal deer park since the seventeenth century. This picturesque park is an excellent place to visit because it offers everything from gardens and ancient woodlands to steep hills that offer unsurpassed views of central London 12 miles away. Set around a beautiful landscape with plenty of wildlife, the former royal hunting ground has changed little over the centuries, it is still the home to hundreds of wild red and fallow deer. Top besides that St. James Park is another beautiful natural scenic attractions in London. Not only does the park have stunning flowerbeds and wide open green space, it is also home of the famous colony pelicans along with 15 different species of birds. In fact, the Pelicans have been living there for more than 350 years. They were first introduced in 1664, as a gift to King Charles II from Ambassador. Well, even though St. James Park is one of the smallest parks in central London, there is a splendid view of Buckingham Palace on one side and the London Eye on the other.
(3) Discover the past of London through palaces
Hampton Court Palace is England’s largest and grandest Tudor structure. This riverside palace was built by the chancellor Cardinal Thomas in 1514, but it was later given to Henry VIII, who enlarged it as his favorite residence. Start your family day out in London with a visit to this palace, where it features magnificent award-winning landscaped gardens, a maze, tennis courts, a stunning woodland backdrop and the largest grapevine in the world. Step into a living Tudor world and you find yourself standing in the very room where the history was made. But, do you know that some fairly horrible history has taken place at this palace? So, it makes the wintertime ghost tours frighteningly good. Highly recommended. On the other hand, you can also discover the past of London by visiting the London Dungeons. It is a 110 minutes journey through 1000 years of London’s darkest past. The show is based on real London history and legends, including the Great Fire of London, medieval torturer, Jack the Ripper and infamous barber of Fleet Street, Sweeney Todd. Although the shows may be dark and spooky, it can actually be quite enjoyable!
Travel tips: London’s weather is known for being quite unpredictable and people there love talking about the weather. As a visitor, you are advised to carry both an umbrella and sunglasses to be prepared for all eventualities like real Londoners. And start making new friends by getting into a conversation with the state of the weather. You may find yourself visiting London in the company of great friends!