London can be viewed from many different points around the city, producing a host of very different spectacular views. Here’s a gallery of some of the finest places to view London.
London is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. A trip to this capital city will not be complete if you don’t visit the London tourist attractions listed below.
London Tourist Attractions
1. Buckingham Palace
This palace will top every list featuring the best London tourist attractions. The Buckingham palace has been the residence of the nation’s Royal Family since 1837. Your trip to the Buckingham Palace should include a visit to the State Rooms. The common people were allowed to take a trip to the palace’s State Rooms for the first time in 1993, but just for a period of eight months. However, the immense success of that venture made public visits to the State Rooms a regular affair. The other items, which must be a part of your tour plan includes The Royal Mews, Green Park, The Victoria Monument and The Queen’s Gallery. Your visit to the palace must be timed in a way so that you can witness the Changing of the Queen’s Guard ceremony. From April to July, this 40-minute spectacle takes place every day at 11.30; during the other times of the year, the event is held on alternate days.
So, you’re finally going to London!
Right now, you might be a bit overwhelmed with all the preparations but fret not, this guide will give you a couple tips that may come in handy on your trip to London.
1. Pack Appropriately
The things you pack for your trip to London has EVERYTHING to do with the temperamental weather.
British fashion is predominantly revolving around the country’s highly unpredictable weather. But, here’s the rule of thumb: never trust the weather forecasts. When they say it’s going to be warm and sunny all week, prepare for rain and cold anyway.
One item that you can confidently bring is a scarf because it is exceptionally versatile. When it’s sunny, you can use it to protect yourself from the sun or when it’s cold, it will keep you warm.
Updated February 2017: Increased to 14 London pubs
London pubs are a great example of that very British institution: the public house (or, pub, for short).
What Makes London Pubs Great?
Most countries have their watering holes, bars and the like, but none are quite like the traditional English pub. Part bar, part home from home and part communal meeting place, they are a must do on any trip to the UK.
Part of their charm is their conviviality.
A good pub is likely to have the atmosphere like the social club or even a gathering in someone’s house, than the more drinking den feel of most liquor serving places.
The other part is the large range of ales they have on offer. You can get most types of American style beer (or lager as it is called here) but for the real pub experience try the ‘real ale’ (usually also called ‘bitter’).
This has less gas than normal beer – it is not artificially carbonated – is darker and is served properly at just below room temperature rather than cold.
It is served directly from hand pumps on the bar and is delicious (although it is an acquired taste perhaps).
And you can get yourself a ‘normal’ beer if you don’t like it.
In recent years pubs have also got their act together with food and so you can now make an evening of a visit.
Great London Pubs
London has many of the best city centered pubs (although other cities such as Manchester, Bristol and York may beg to differ).
Here we present 14 great examples near the normal tourist hideouts – make sure you visit at least one on your next England trip.
No 1: The Old Ship, Hammersmith
Located in the Hammersmith district of West London this classic pub dates from 1722.
It has a fantastic view from its terrace right next to the river and is a traditional vantage point for the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race held every April.
Hammersmith is a transportation hub, so access is easy via the Underground or by bus.
London Pubs Map: The Old Ship, Hammersmith
There have been some great London movies, from modern comedies such as Notting Hill, the Ealing comedies and gritter films like Dirty Pretty Things.
Here we choose 20 of the best (in no particular order). Did we miss any out?
1. Love Actually
The Christmas favourite written by Richard Curtis. Love Actually follows 10 interconnected (they all seem to be related to one another or best friends) London inhabitants in the lead up to Christmas.
Highlights include Emma Thomson and her philandering husband played by the late Alan Rickman, Hugh Grant as a (dancing) British Prime Minister and Andrew Lincoln’s unrequited love for Keira Knightly.
A real Xmas feel good movie.