Tourist Attractions London
An Insider’s Guide to Living in London
This relocation guide help new Londoners and expats get settled in the capital. This e-book explores all of the practical issues you may face when moving to a new country and it answers the questions that many others have asked before you. Read on and learn about the London rental market, how to set up all basics and utilities, how to find a school for your child, leisure centres, groceries, taxes – and a lot more. The guide includes actionable insights and direct links to official websites that can help you along the way.
The e-book is published one chapter at a time and here you will find the sixth chapter: Major Tourist Attractions in and Around London.
In this chapter, we will outline what London has to offer in terms of leisure and tourist activities.
One of the most iconic cities in the world, London is a vast ensemble of cultures, languages and histories. Such poetry is manifest in the enticing range of cultural, sporting and leisure activities that London has to offer tourists and full time residents alike.
It comes as no surprise that, in 2017, the United Kingdom received almost 40 million inbound visitors- up almost 5% from previous years. The number for visitors to the United Kingdom in 2018 is estimated to break 40 million for the first time ever.
- Buckingham Palace
- Westminster Abbey
- Houses of Parliament
- St Paul’s Cathedral
- Trafalgar Square
- Rugby & Tennis
6.4 Parks and Recreation
With a history stretching back over 2,000 years, London has stood witness to countless epochs yet has remained resilient in its purpose. From Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey, from St Paul’s to Trafalgar Square, London features a seemingly insurmountable list of must visit historical attractions: but where to start?
Originally constructed in 1703 for the 3rd Earl of Mulgrave, Buckingham Palace became a royal residence in 1761 when King George III purchased the property. Although the royal residence doesn’t contain a polar bear as it did when King George III lived there, Buckingham Palace is perhaps one of London’s most recognisable buildings.
Surrounded by parkland, visiting Buckingham Palace is an eternally beguiling prospect for tourists. Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh occupy apartments located on one side of the palace: the rest of the palace is open to the general public. The cost varies seasonally, but tickets are affordable.
The Tower of London
More a palace than a Tower, the Tower of London has stood as a symbol of London’s reigning powers since 1066. This Medieval fortress that stands on the north bank of the river Thames was built by William the Conqueror and went on to become the famous prison in which figures from Elizabeth I (before she became queen) to the infamous Kray twins were kept under armed guard and 24 hour supervision.
Constructed in the early 11th century, Westminster Abbey is perhaps the most aesthetically pleasing building in central London. Gothic grandeur in its essence, every coronation since 1066 has occurred within its walls. Within Westminster Abbey you can witness the tombs and statues of defining figures of British history: Seventeen kings and queens are buried at Westminster in addition to historically significant figures like Charles Darwin.