No matter the occasion behind your visit to London, the vibrant capital has a huge number of attractions for you to visit. In this article, we have condensed the vast number of options into a list of our top 5. Look no further because our recommendations will make your trip well worth it – in fact, you might even find yourself planning a return visit!
Covent Garden is known for being the West End’s most famous market – it takes us back to 1631 when the area was turned into a public square on the granting of land to the Duke of Bedford. The market had its own journey of development from offering fresh food, to its reopening as a shopping centre in 1974, housing fashionable shops and leading brands. As well as being a shopping destination, Covent Garden also has a number of museums, where you can immerse yourself into London’s culture. On some days, you can also enjoy live performances at the square, from comedy to stunt performances.
The London Eye
Experience iconic views from the top of a London icon, the 443ft high London Eye. Each year, about 3.5 million tourists pay a visit to the fourth-largest ferris wheel in the world, giving you more reasons to check out this popular attraction. If you feel adventurous and want to beat a celebrity record for the number of rides, Kate Moss has been on the ferris wheel 25 times – are you up to the challenge?
A fun fact about the London Eye: there are 33 capsules in total, one capsule to represent each of the city’s 32 boroughs, whilst missing out unlucky number 13.
Also located in the West End of the city, Chinatown is the destination that will tickle your taste buds. Bringing you a taste of many Asian cultures, there are so many cuisines for you to try. Why not read our Guide To Chinatown in London if you’re heading to Chinatown for our top restaurant recommendations. You know when you’re in Chinatown due to the large number of cultural food options available as you pass through.
The British Museum
The British Museum is the world’s oldest national public museum founded in 1753. If you’ve seen Night At The Museum 3, you will want to add this to your list of places to visit, because this is where filming for the movie took place! Did you know that until the 19th Century, the British Museum was lit by natural light only? To reduce the risk of fire, lamps and candles were not permitted in the galleries. The museum also once had its own tube station which closed in 1933, when the new Holborn station opened less than 100 yards away.
If you’re more into the art scene, The National Gallery is the perfect spot for you to see some European masterpieces. Located in the West End, you can easily get there by travelling to Charing Cross or Leicester Square Station before a short walk to the destination. The museum has 2,300 works on display and is free to visit. Some famous pieces you can find at the museum are Van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait, Velázquez’s Rokeby Venus, Turner’s Fighting Temeraire, and Van Gogh’s Sunflowers.
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