10 Top Tourist Attractions in London

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Westminster Abbey

Palace of Westminster

The Palace of Westminster in the Westminster area of London is the meeting place for the parliament of the United Kingdom. It is one of the largest legislatures on Earth. It consists of the debating chamber of the House of Commons and the larger House of Lords and includes most of the buildings of the Palace of Westminster, including the Crown Jewels.

The Palace is the seat of the ancient offices known as the House of Commons and the House of Lords, which together make up the legislature of the United Kingdom.

The palace is an iconic symbol of democratic government. Parliament is based here, and committees meet here to discuss government policies and laws. The Queen receives the Sovereigns’ seal each year, and the speech from the throne is read from the throne in the Royal Gallery.

The Palace of Westminster is considered to be one of the greatest examples of Gothic architecture in Europe. The Palace was designed by the new heir to the throne, King Edward III, and gives a good impression of what the royal palace would have looked like in the medieval period.

St. Paul's Cathedral

Trafalgar Square

Westminster….

Of the thousands of things to do in London, going to the Thames would be sorely last on the list of most people. However, there has been no more famous monument since the original millennium than Trafalgar Square.

Even though tourists consider this a sightseeing spot, at its heart it is actually a monument for Britain and one that has featured in so many movies it would be hard to bring them all together in one list!

It has been the subject of a James Bond movie in the shape of Goldfinger. It has been home to the Lord Mayor of Christendom for the last five centuries or so and has also been occupied by Apsley House, which was the home of the 6th Duke of Wellington, the Duke of Wellington.

This list of credits does not mention the number of Batman movies that shot on location in this square. It was the home of colonial posters that depicted London and the length of the umbrella over such a famous monument as this is only because the act of giving a patriotic Londoner an umbrella in such a bone-chilling place would not be a smart move.

It is of extreme historical intrigue due to its nearness to the Houses of Parliament. It was the place where the British mourned the loss of Lord Nelson, a hero of their wartime efforts.

Tower of London

London Eye

Top of mind for most travelers to London is the Tower, and, of course, the London Eye. This 202-foot-tall observation wheel is a famous landmark in the city, which was originally built for the Festival of Britain in 1951. The structures revolve at a constant rate of 23.5 rpm, meaning that the vertical movement of the wheel is 27 feet higher than the horizontal movement of the wheels, giving the wheel a slow but steady rotation.

The London Eye is open daily from 9:30AM until 25:00PM, and, as long as you’re there at the right time, you can enjoy dazzling views of the whole of London. The wheel rotates clockwise every 15 minutes, making for four trips around the entire circumference of the wheel every one hour. The cost for the ride is 12.00 pounds, which is about 15.00 in American dollars.

The London Eye is within walking distance from the Waterloo station. If you don’t want to walk, you can easily take a 20-minute ride on the London Eye from Westminster or Waterloo rail stations. You can also take advantage of the water taxi service from Westminster and Waterloo to the London Eye. The water taxis can take you within two minutes of the London Eye for a fee of 13 pounds.

Buckingham Palace

The British sovereign’s residence, Buckingham Palace is located on The Mall near Horse Guards Parade in London, England. The Queen’s principal residence, three queens and 10 kings have occupied the palace since 1760, when it replaced the Whitehall Palace. The Palace is still the official residence of the sovereign today.

British Museum

Tower Bridge

The tower is the only remaining steel-hulled bridge across the Thames. The bridge has a lifting mechanism that allows all traffic to pass unimpeded even though it is an old bridge; it was first opened for cars in 1886.

Tower Bridge plays a vital role guarding the Thames against ships that might cause damage.

As for the design, it does not look at all like the iconic Eiffel Tower built in Paris or the Empire State Building in Manhattan.

In a simple way, it’s a bridge built of two main towers joined by the bridge, with a suspension bridge between them.

When made for cars, the left tower can swing open for passage with a span of 714 feet, designed to provide a water passage for downstream passing boats.

The opening of the bridge can be viewed as a spectacular event every day at 11:00 a.m. The bridge is less of an attraction for tourists, as much from the lack of a museum that informs its history. But it is definitely a site worth a visit.

Big Ben