London is full of amazing and beautiful places. Unfortunately, the vacation does not last forever, and therefore you have to choose. Here are collected both typical spots, as well as hidden gems, which very few people know about.
Big Ben and Palace of Westminster
Why not start your London free tour with a visit to one of the most famous towers in the world, Big Ben? It’s the main landmark and a characteristic building found on many postcards. Of course, it does not stand on its own in the middle of the city but it is a part of the architectural ensemble and is adjacent to the Palace of Westminster.
Buckingham Palace and Changing of the Guard
The residence of the Queen is open to tourists, but many prefer to view the Palace from the outside. You can explore the interior halls, stables, galleries, and gardens and learn more about the life of the monarchs. If you visit London during the warmer months, you can watch the ceremonial Changing of the Guard.
St. Paul’s Cathedral
St. Paul’s Cathedral is an important place for the whole of Great Britain. It’s a prominent representative of Gothic architecture and, at the same time, has a unique style. It is located at the city’s highest point and is clearly visible against the backdrop of modern high-rise buildings.
Tower Fortress and Tower Bridge
The fortress is one of the oldest buildings in London. Previously, it housed a prison, but now it’s a museum dedicated to the city’s history. Near the fortress, you will find the Tower Bridge over the Thames, another hallmark of the city. It is probably the most famous drawbridge in the world.
A picturesque park in the heart of London will not leave anyone indifferent, especially in spring. During the warmer months, you can enjoy the flowering trees, lie down on the soft lawn, or take a boat ride in the Serpentine Pond and watch the swans. And if you have exciting ideas to share with others, don’t pass by the famous Speakers’ Corner.
Of course, in a city as rich in history as London, there are many fantastic hidden places:
- Crossness pumping station. The building is inconspicuous from the outside but fabulous inside.
- St Bride’s Church, whose tiered spire was the inspiration for high wedding cakes.
- St. Ethelburga’s Church is the smallest in the city.
- St. Dunstan in the East Church Garden is a mysterious garden on the ruins of the old church.
- The Crown Tavern. According to legend, Lenin and Stalin first met here.
- The goddess Sekhmet sculpture above the entrance to Sotheby’s house is the oldest statue in the world (1320 BC).
- Novelty Automation is a collection of creepy slot machines.
- Japanese garden on the roof of the University of London.
- Lock & Co. Hatters is the oldest store in the city.
Discover London from the New Side
In London, there are lots of monuments and beautiful places that are the city’s hallmarks and must be visited. At the same time, the streets are full of both lesser-known and popular spots, which still deserve to be seen. Whatever places you decide to visit, you will definitely remember your vacation in London. And if you’ve been here before, please share your favorite locations in the comments!