Perhaps London is one of the most dynamic, cosmopolitan and entertaining cities in all of Europe. Its great extension together with the mix between the modern and the old, the traditional with the transgressor transform it into a destination that makes millions fall in love. The amount of activities to do and places to see in London is vast. From touring huge museums to turning around on a giant ferris wheel. Even visit old palaces, or new ones still in use. The options that the city offers are many, and for all tastes.
It is true that traveling to London in a day or two is very little to explore the city. But even with three or four days in London it is not enough to enjoy all it has to offer. For this reason it is advisable to organize and plan the time you have in the city in order to get the most out of it.
So, in this travel guide I detail the most important and perhaps essential activities and places you must to see in London, whether it is the first time you visit the city or a second or third trip.
1. What to see in London: Houses of Parliament and the Clock Tower.
The Houses of Parliament with the famous “Clock Tower” is perhaps one of the best known images in the United Kingdom. Furthermore, it is one of the four World Heritage Sites found in London. For this reason I have included it in the first place of the essentials to see in London.
Houses of Parliament.
The palace serves as the Parliament of the United Kingdom where the two chambers, that of Lores and that of the Commons, hold their sessions. The fundamental role is to control the work of the Government, create new laws, establish taxes, and discuss day-to-day problems.
In its origins, the Parliament was built as a Royal residence. At the beginning of the 11th century, Edward “the confessor” decided to build a Palace that he and his successors would use as a residence. However, over time, many other institutions would also settle in the Palace and fulfill their functions in this same place.
It was in 1529, when a great fire destroyed a large part of the building, forcing the monarchs to move to another Palace. After its reconstruction, the building would only be used as a Parliament and a court of law.
However, the Palace of Westminster takes on its current appearance after it suffered another major fire in 1834, forcing its reconstruction again. It was then that it was decided to rebuild the building in a Gothic style.
The Palace of Westminster has four floors and nearly 1,100 rooms, including the House of Lords, the House of Commons, and the Westminster Hall among the most important. But you can also find libraries, dining rooms, bars and gyms. In addition, the building has almost 100 stairs and about 5 kilometers of corridors.
Three towers emerge from the main construction, the tallest at 98.5 meters high is the Victoria Tower. At the top of this tower you can see the Royal Standard flag indicating that the queen is in the building, or the Union Jack otherwise. At the base of the Victoria Tower is the entrance that the queen uses every time she enters the palace.
However, the most famous of all is the Palace towers is the Clock Tower, which is 96.3 meters high. The tower is currently called Torre Isabel after the name was officially changed in 2012 in honor of the 60th anniversary of his reign.
The Clock tower.
The Clock Tower in London, now named Elizabeth Tower, is perhaps the first thing associated with when it comes to London. A tower of 96.3 meters high with a clock with four faces, one on each side.
Although many people know the Clock Tower as Big Ben Tower, it is actually wrong. What is called Big Ben is the largest of the five bells found in the tower.
It is not clear how the name Big Ben originates, but one of the theories is that Ben is the diminutive of Benjamin Hall, the person who built the Clock Tower and who was just as tall as the bell. Another theory says that it was named Big Ben in honor of a heavyweight boxer of the time, Ben Caunt.
Parliament and the Clock Tower are currently undergoing restoration work so much of it is covered in scaffolding. It is estimated that by 2021 it will be seen again in all its splendor.
2. What to see in London: Westminster Abbey.
Westminster Abbey is one of the oldest and most important churches in London. From the eleventh century, when Edward the confessor sent to build the Church next to the Palace of Westminster, it became the place of the coronations of all the English and UK kings.
Since William the Conqueror in 1066, all monarchs have been crowned at Westminster Abbey (except Edward V and VIII) using an 11th century coronation throne that is still preserved and can be seen.
In addition to coronations, other important events such as royal weddings, funerals or even jubilees also occurred. Some recent examples were Queen Elizabeth’s 80th anniversary celebration, Prince William’s wedding or Princess Diana of Wales’ funeral.
Inside the Abbey you can enjoy the incredible medieval Gothic architecture. The central nave of the church surprises with two rows of large columns that support an immense ceiling full of arches at 31 meters high. In addition, inside the church you can visit “Lady Chapel”, a chapel that dazzles with the monumental architecture of its ceiling.
Among other attractions of the abbey is the throne of Saint Edward, original from the 11th century, which was used to this day for coronations. It is also recommended to visit the corner of the poets where the tombs and mausoleums of great figures in literature such as Charles Dickens or Oscar Wilde are located. Even in the abbey you can see other graves of important scientists like Isaac Newton or Stephen Hawking.
You may also be interested in reading “How to get around London. How to travel on the London underground and bus” to get to know the best way to travel by public transport.
3. What to see in London: Tower of London.
The Tower of London is a well-preserved 11th-century fortress located in central London, on the banks of the River Thames. It is made up of a set of medieval buildings protected by a great wall. The name is given by its main building that is located in the center and is called Torre Blanca.
This fortress is one of the most visited tourist spots in London and it is not for less. In its more than 900 years of life, it has become a place steeped in history and important events. So much so that it was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1988.
The fortress was founded by William I in 1066 as part of the Norman conquest of England. Since then, the tower was used as a royal palace, prison, armory, treasury, menagerie, Royal Mint, public records until today which is a museum and home of the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom.
What to see at the Tower of London.
The White Tower: It is the central building that gives its name to the fortress. Built in the 11th century, the White Tower is the oldest building in the Tower of London. Inside you can see the Royal Armery, a large collection of weapons and armor. You can also visit the exhibition “Line of Kings” where weapons and armor of Enrique VIII, Carlos I and Jaime II are displayed. You can even enjoy live performances about shooting arrows, assembling firearms or waving swords with Armory in Action experience. In addition there is an 11th century chapel, St John the Evangelist
The Jewels of the Crown (Crown Jewels): it is a collection of the best real jewels such as crowns, swords, scepters and diamonds. The meaning and tradition of coronations and other royal customs are also explained.
The ravens. According to legend, if the crows disappeared, the tower would collapse, and with it the kingdom. In order to avoid such a catastrophe the Ravenmaster (Master of the Ravens) cares for the six ravens.
Medieval Palace: the medieval lifestyle is recreated inside. You can see how they lived in the Middle Ages through representations of the interiors used by the kings and queens who visited the tower. Even some of the furniture is original from the time.
You can also walk the walls, visit the Torture Tower, or take a tour with the Yeoman Wardes. Also known as “Beefeater”, the Yeoman Wardes are the guardians of the Tower of London, dressed in their typical costumes, who also act as a guide touring the interior of the fortress telling stories, legends and events that happened on the site.
Visit the Tower of London.
The Tower of London can be visited from Monday to Sunday. The entry value is £ 26 for adults. An audio guide or guide can also be paid for £ 4 and £ 4.9 respectively. Tickets grant the access to all public areas of the Tower of London.
4. What to see in London: Tower Bridge.
The Tower Bridge, or Tower Bridge in Spanish, is another of the most popular images of London. A beautiful suspension bridge with two Gothic towers that crosses the River Thames at the height of the Tower of London. In fact, his name was inherited by the proximity to said fortress.
The Tower Bridge is a swinging and hanging bridge at the same time. Hanging because the ground is supported by cables linked to the towers that support the weight. Tilting because its floor opens in two to allow boats to pass. There is a specific schedule where it is established at what time the bridge opens to allow ships to pass.
The bridge is 244 meters long with two towers 65 meters high. Being one of the busiest in all of London with more than forty thousand people crossing every day between pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles.
The decision to build the bridge arose out of the growth and development of East London in the mid-19th century. What made clear the need for a new crossing at this height of the River Thames. However, this new bridge should allow boats to cross so as not to block trade with the port in central London. In this way, the swing bridge project was chosen among all those who submitted. Thus, construction began in 1886 and lasted 8 years, finally inaugurating in June 1894.
Visit the Tower Bridge.
You can visit the Tower Bridge and visit its towers. With the entrance to the Tower Bridge you have access to the Tower Bridge Exhibition where you can see the Victorian engine rooms and learn more about the history of the bridge and its construction. In addition you can cross the upper walkways from where you get a magnificent view of London. And for the most daring, you can walk on the glass walkway, being able to see everything from above at more than 40 meters high.
Tower Bridge admission is £ 9.80 per adult if purchased onsite. However, the ticket is slightly cheaper if purchased online, £ 8.80 per adult. The hours of admission are from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from Monday to Sunday.
You may also be interested in reading the article “How to get from London to Luton, Stansted, Gatwick or Heathrow airport and vice versa” to find out how to travel in the fastest, cheapest and most comfortable way.
5. What to see in London: Coca Cola London eye.
The London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel located on the banks of the River Thames. Being one of the most visited attractions in the United Kingdom and an icon of London, the London eye has the title of being the tallest Ferris Wheel in Europe at 135 meters high.
The London Ferris wheel opened in 2000 as the Millennium Wheel after seven years of construction work. The diameter of the wheel measures 120 meters and has 32 capsules (each one of the districts of London and the City) attached to its structure. The entire turn takes about 30 minutes. In fact, the wheel almost never stops since the speed allows you to get on and off the capsules without stopping.
Although there are 32 capsules, each one is numbered from 1 to 33 avoiding the number thirteen for any to avoid any bad luck superstitions.
From the top of the London Eye you can see, with impressive 360 views, the city of London. Even on clear days a visibility of 40 kilometers around can be achieved.
To get on the London eye, it is advisable to buy the ticket in advance since at some times of the year it can take up to 1 hour to get on. The value of the London Eye single ticket is £ 27 per adult (without fast track).
Keep in mind that the first days of the year it is generally closed for maintenance. It is best to check the web during those dates.
6. What to see in London: St Paul’s Cathedral.
St. Paul’s Cathedral is the largest church in London and the second largest in the United Kingdom. Located in the highest part of the City of London, and at 111 meters high, it was the tallest building in the city until 1962.
Since its construction the Cathedral of Saint Paul has been of great importance to the English. It witnessed important events such as the funerals of Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher, or Prince Charles’ wedding to Princess Diana.
During the Nazi bombardment of London, Winston Churchill gave the specific order that all fire fighting resources be directed to the Cathedral. “The cathedral must be saved,” he said, “damage to the Cathedral would undermine the country’s morale.”
The origin of the first Church in this place dates back to the beginning of the 7th century. However, the current Cathedral was built between 1676 and 1710, after the great fire of 1666 destroyed the old version made largely of wood.
Interior of the Cathedral of Saint Paul.
The Cathedral has the shape of a cross with 158 meters in its longest part. The interior has its central nave with very high ceilings and a north and south choir. In the Cathedral you can see the High Altar made in 1958 (the original was destroyed by a bomb), the great organ from 1695 (the largest in the United Kingdom), the monument to the Duke of Wellington, the chapels or the 9 door meters through which the Queen or the mayor enters when they visit the Cathedral.
In addition, inside the Cathedral you can descend to the crypt where the tombs of many historical figures of England such as Lord Nelson, the Duke of Wellington, Christopher Wren (cathedral architect) or Alexander Fleming are located.
However, the most striking feature of the Cathedral of Saint Paul is the immense frescoed cupola.
The dome of the Cathedral of Saint Paul.
The new St Paul’s Cathedral included a monumental 32 meter diameter dome, which architect Wren is said to have based on the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, Italy.
It is possible to climb the dome from where you can enjoy magnificent views of London. The ascent is a bit demanding since it is divided into three parts.
The first is 257 steps up to the “Gallery of Whispers”. A walkway that runs the entire diameter of the dome and allows you to get a close look at the ceiling frescoes. It is called “Gallery of Whispers” because the acoustics are so good that you can hear the whispers perfectly from the other side of the dome.
The second phase is another 99 steps up to the “Stone Gallery” where you go outside for the first time. In this place the first views of the city are obtained at about 53 meters high.
The third part is another 172 steps, a little higher and narrower, which end in the “Golden Gallery”. A viewpoint 85 meters high that allows us to see the city of London from another perspective.
Visit the Cathedral of Saint Paul.
The Cathedral can be visited from Monday to Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In particular, to go up to the dome, it can be done from 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. The entrance fee is £ 17 buying online, and £ 20 buying directly at the Cathedral.
It is very easy to get to the cathedral since it has its own Underground station “St. Paul’s ”from the center line. The other alternative is to get off at the “Mansion House” station on the District and Circle lines.
If you like viewpoints, then you should read the article with “The best viewpoints in London” to find out about all the places, free and for a fee, to see the city from above.
7. What to see in London: Piccadilly Circus.
Piccadilly Circus is one of the most famous intersections in Europe. Estimations reveals that 100 million people walk through it each year. It is sometimes referred to as the “London Time Square”.
Famous for its huge, light-filled advertisements displayed in the buildings surrounding the crossing, the incessant movement of both people and cars, and for the street performers performing in the plaza. Plus, you will most likely stop by Piccadilly Circus if you want to visit Chinatown, Soho Theater District, Oxford Street shopping area, Leicester Square or Trafalgar Square.
The lights are kept on 24 hours a day, they were only extinguished by the mourning of the death of Winston Churchill and Princess Diana.
In the center of the square is the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain, commemorating the philanthropic works of Anthony Ashley-Cooper. Since its construction in 1893, the fountain has been removed and returned 3 times, during the construction of the metro station, during the Second World War, and when the square was rebuilt.
This busy intersection was born in 1819, in principle, to connect Regent Street and Piccadilly streets. It was known as Piccadilly because the Pickadilly Hall building, the home of Robert Baker, a seventeenth-century tailor famous for selling piccadillies, an elegant type of collar that was used at that time, was found there. Over the years, Shaftesbury Avenue, Coventry Street and Glasshouse Street were connected.
Since 1906 Piccadilly has had its own metro station called Piccadilly Circus Station. Even at its beginning it was the station that crossed two metro lines, the Piccadilly line and the Bakerloo line.
8. What to see in London: Trafalgar Square.
Trafalgar Square is an important and very famous square in central London. In fact, it is so central that Charing cross station, located a few meters from the square, is London’s zero point and from where all distances are measured. It is also the place where the English usually congregate every time there is a demonstration, protest or even celebrations.
William IV changed the name of the square to Trafalgar Square in 1830, to commemorate the victory achieved by the British against the Spanish and French navies in the famous Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.
Currently the square is surrounded by museums, galleries, cultural spaces, historical buildings and outstanding monuments. Generally in the square you can enjoy outdoor shows, exhibitions or different celebrations such as the lighting of Christmas tree lights, the Chinese New Year or St. Patrick’s day.
What to see in Trafalgar Square in London.
The square has several attractions that we can enjoy such as statues, monuments, fountains and important buildings that surround it.
Nelson’s Column: Without a doubt, the most striking feature of the square is the enormous 50-meter column in the center. This column was erected in 1843 in honor of Admiral Nelson who was the architect of victory in the Battle of Trafalgar. Sadly he died in battle but still became one of the British heroes.
The statue is 5 meters long, large enough to be seen 50 meters high. At the base are some images that represent moments of the Battle of Trafalgar. Both the four lions protecting the admiral and the bronze plates are said to have been sculpted with the remains of weapons and cannons won to the French in battle.
The sources: They were installed after the column, in 1845. Some say they were included to remove space for the protesters when they gathered in the square.
The statues: there are four pillars in the square but only three statues in each of them. General James Napier in the southwest, General Henry Havelock in the southeast, and King George IV in the northeast. The fourth pillar is free for different works of contemporary art until it is decided which sculpture to place there.
Police Station: It may be the smallest police station in the world. In the southeast corner of the plaza is a sentry box of material. In the past it was provided with light and a telephone line so that a Scotland Yard police officer could warn of possible protests in the square.
9. What to see in London: Buckingham Palace.
Buckingham Palace is the official residence of the Royal Family. British monarchs have lived in this Palace since 1837, and it is currently where Queen Elizabeth II lives.
Originally the Palace was a Petit Hotel built in 1703 for the Duke of Buckingham. Later, in 1762, the building was purchased by King George III with the idea of making it a private residence for his wife Charlotte, while the Palace of St. James would continue to be the official residence of royalty. However, it was George IV who decided to enlarge the building and turn it into a Royal Palace. Unfortunately he died before seeing the Palace finished.
It was his successor William IV who completed the construction, although he never used it as an official residence. The first monarch to live in Buckingham Palace was Queen Victoria. She was the one who finished giving him the current look.
Until Queen Victoria, Buckingham Palace had an open inner courtyard, with a Marble Arch at the entrance much like the Arch of Constantine in Rome. However, the Queen decided to move the arch (today it is in one of the corners of Hyde Park) and close the patio by building the facade with the balcony that we can see today.
During the First World War Buckingham Palace suffered no damage, although it did not have the same fate in the Second World War. In 1940 the Palace was bombed causing its greatest destruction in the royal chapel. Although the King and Queen were in the palace at the time, neither they nor other people suffered any harm.
The interior of Buckingham Palace.
The Palace has 772 rooms, of which 78 are bathrooms, 52 are bedrooms, 19 are state rooms (the most important are the Throne Room, the White Room and the Arch Room) and 92 offices, among many others. It also has a theater, swimming pool, tennis court, a heliport and even a police station.
The interior of Buckingham Palace can only be visited during the summer months, when the royal family is on vacation. You can choose between two different types of entrance: the simple one allows you to visit the State Rooms and the other also includes the Royal Garages and the Queen’s Gallery.
The entry fee for simple Buckingham Palace costs £ 26.5 for adults. And, if you ask to have it stamped before you leave, you can return to the palace for free within the year of the first visit. For more information on visiting hours at Buckingham Palace visit the official website.
Buckingham Palace Changing of the Guard.
Just as in Prague or Copenhagen, in London you can also witness the changing of the guard show. I would say that if there is a famous tourist attraction in London, that is to see the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace.
It is a parade in which the Royal Guard, in charge of the security of Buckingham Palace and St. James, relieve soldiers from a guard by others who start it. During the ceremony you will see soldiers on horseback and others on foot, but all in traditional red robes and the famous black bearskin hats. They all march to the beat of a band of soldiers who play military music, but which sometimes surprises with more contemporary music.
So at 10:30 am the guards at St. James’s Palace move towards Buckingham Palace. As for the mounted Royal Guard, 10:45 am departs from Wellington Barracks also heading to the same place. Once in the Palace, they take over from the guards and each group begins their march back to the respective places where they left. The entire movement can last about an hour and a half.
The days and times are not always the same. Generally in summer the changing of the guard takes place every day. However, in winter, it is only done a few days of the week. To know exactly the days and times, it is always better to confirm on the following website.
10. What to see in London: London neighborhoods.
London is a city made up of 32 boroughs (Great London) plus the City of London. The set of all these districts make London an immense city to explore it completely. So that you can make the most of your time, below I detail the neighborhoods that due to their characteristics you must see in London.
A. Covent Garden.
Covent Garden is located in the heart of London. In fact it has a metro station with the same name (although it is faster if you get off at Leicester Square on the Northern line).
In the Covent Garden plaza is the Covent Garden market, a former space where flowers and fruits were sold. Today the Covent Garden market is the heart of the neighborhood, with its large galleries with handicraft shops, souvenirs and many more things that attract hundreds of people at all times. Even in and around the market you can enjoy some open air shows or very nice cafes and restaurants.
But it is not only the market, all the streets in the area are full of life. At Covent Garden in London you can also visit Neal’s Yard. This is a small but very picturesque inner courtyard with colorful buildings, wooden benches and some cute cafes. You can also stroll through St. Martin’s Courtyard, another beautiful internal courtyard with a small pedestrian street full of bars and cafes.
Without a doubt, the Covent Garden is to walk it completely. The number of shops, markets, cafes and restaurants in addition to the street shows, make it a beautiful area to visit.
B. Camden Town.
The Camden Town area is one of the most visited in London. In this neighborhood, with a more alternative and bohemian atmosphere, you can find many clothing stores of different styles, tattoo shops, antiques and vintage labels.
It is very striking to walk the main street, Camden High Street, and observe the crazy designs of the store fronts. Some with sculptures of large animals, crazy characters or huge sneakers, all combined in a wide variety of colors.
The Stables Market is another recommended place to visit in Camden. A former stables place that is now renovated and transformed into a large market full of premises of all kinds. In this place you can also find many food stalls for all tastes.
Some people recommend visit Camden Town during the week to avoid the huge number of people who visit the neighborhood on Weekends. In my opinion, weekends are the best since you can appreciate the atmosphere full of life in its greatest splendor.
I recommend you spend a few moments at the Cyberdog store. It is a very entertaining experience of fluorine colors and neon lights. Even if you don’t buy anything.
Camden Town is a bit far from central London but a tube trip easily fixes it. With the Northern line it is perfectly possible. The station to get off at is Camden Town.
C. Notting hill.
The Notting Hill Neighborhood became famous after the Julia Roberts film with Hugh Grant also called Notting Hill was released. However, the neighborhood already had its own identity. Streets full of colorful houses, the Portobello market and the old stables called Mews
Depending on the day you visit Notting Hill, the Portobello Street Market will be more or less crowded. Saturdays are the best days to see the market with all its stalls open for antiques, clothing and food. However, I must say that it is the busiest day (like Camden, in my opinion it is the best day).
Also, walking through the streets outside the market you can enjoy the typical rows of colored houses, or the picturesque Mews (old passages of stables that were reconditioned to become beautiful houses). In addition, in Notting Hill you can visit the famous movie’s bookstore, the blue door where the characters kiss or the hidden garden that climbs the fence.
Notting Hill is relatively close to the center and very easy to get to. The fastest way to get there is with the London Underground. The closest stations are Notting Hill Gate or Ladbroke Grove stations.
D. Soho, Carnaby and China town.
Located in the city center, the Soho Quarter is one of the most popular and well-known areas in London. In this place you can find various entertainment options for all tastes, shows, nightlife or gastronomy.
Throughout the entire neighborhood, hundreds of restaurants, bars and pubs, from the most traditional English to the most modern styles, fill up every afternoon with people who leave the office to have a few beers taking advantage of the promotions of the ” happy hour ”.
Also in the area you can visit different galleries and exhibitions such as “The Photographers Gallery” or “Frith Street Gallery”. You can even enjoy shows in some of its important theaters such as “Piccadilly Theater” or “Soho Theater”.
If the intention is to shop, in the Soho neighborhood you can tour the Carnaby area. Along several pedestrian streets, you will find all kinds of shops, well-known brands and independent designers.
Another essential place to visit in this area is Chinatown. It is not exactly in the Soho neighborhood, but all you have to do to get to the Chinatown is cross Shaftesbury Avenue.
Although Chinatown is small, only a few blocks, crossing the Chinatown Gate gives the feeling of entering some Asian country. The streets decorated with garlands and red lanterns, hundreds of shops selling Asian products, roasted ducks hanging from the windows of the restaurants, everything looks like something out of a Chinese movie.
11. What to see in London: Free London Museums.
Another great point in favor of the city is the possibility of visiting many of London’s museums for free. Plus, there are a variety of styles and themes to choose from. You can see everything from paintings by great artists to skeletons of huge animals, all in the City of London. The museums I list below are all free admission.
A. Museum of Natural History.
The first to mention, is the Natural History Museum in London. Perhaps one of the largest and most beautiful museums in the country. Throughout all its galleries you can see exhibitions in everything that refers to the history and development of Nature, botany, paleontology, mineralogy or zoology.
One of the most striking sections is that of skeletons of large animals and dinosaurs. In fact, when entering the main hall we can see the huge skeleton of a 25-meter blue whale hanging from the ceiling.
Also, you can visit many other interesting exhibitions and samples such as the collection of specimens collected by Charles Darwin, a piece of rock from Mars, a giant 8-meter squid or a strange dissected Dodo (a type of bird extinct from the earth).
But the Natural History museum not only attracts by exhibitions and collections, but also by its incredible architecture. A beautiful Victorian architecture building with a large two-tower entrance. Inside, the warmly lit columns and ceilings make the museum very welcoming. Different species of plants typical of British flora can be seen on both the ceiling and the interior walls.
It is very easy to get to the Natural History Museum. With Circle, District and Piccadilly tube lines, get off at South Kensington Station and walk a few blocks.
B. British Museum.
The British Museum is another one of the museums that can be seen for free in London. It is one of the most important museums in the world and the third most visited behind the Louvre in Paris and the metropolitan in New York.
The museum covers the fields of history, archeology, ethnography and art. The Ancient Egypt exhibition is one of the most striking and important in the world (outside of Egypt). It includes the rosetta stone that was key to deciphering the ancient hieroglyphs.
In addition, the Greek collection with parts of Parthenon, the ancient Roman collection, the exhibition with samurai armor or the huge statue of Hoa Hakananai´a, brought from Easter Island in the Pacific, are very interesting.
Also the architecture of the building is to spend a few minutes and appreciate the surprising reading room and the Great atrium located in the center of the museum.
To get to the British Museum it can be done by underground. Holborn, Russell Square, Goodge St or Tottenham Court Road stations are within walking distance of the museum.
C. Tate Modern Museum.
The Tate Modern Museum in London is as one of the four museums belonging to the National Museum of Contemporary Art is known.
It is located in central London, next to the River Thames opposite the modern Millennium Bridge in the Southwark area. The building is an old power station called Bankside that was completely renovated and turned into a Museum.
It is the most visited museum of modern art in the world, surpassing the MoMa in New York or that of the Reina Sofía in Madrid, and best of all, it is a free museum. The collections and exhibitions focus on art from the 20th century onwards, mostly with sculptures, paintings, drawings, photographs, and videos. Among the most important samples are those of Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí and Andy Warhol.
In addition, another attraction is its viewpoint on the highest floor with a 360 panoramic view that allows you to see the city of London from above.
The closest metro stations to the Tate Modern museum are Southwark (jubilee Line), Blackfriars (District and Circle line) or St. Paul. (Central line) and cross the Millennium bridge.
D. National Gallery.
Located on the north side of Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery is the London Museum of Art and one of the most visited art museums in the world.
The museum can be visited for free, like the previous ones, perhaps only for some traveling exhibitions you have to pay a ticket. Among its collections there are works that date from the year 1250 to 1900. Of the permanent collection, more than 2000 are paintings by the most renowned artists such as Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Monet, Miguel Angel or Velázquez.
Without a doubt, a free activity that we can take advantage of in central London. In addition, it is an activity that we can do on a typical rainy day in London.
12. What to see in London: Royal Parks of London.
One of the characteristics of London is its large number of parks throughout the city. Not only it characterized by the abundance of green areas, also by the immensity and beauty of each one of them. A hallmark of some of the parks is the title of Royal Park.
The Royal Park in London is called what were mostly the areas where royalty hunted. They still belong to the British Crown but have long been open to the public.
In total there are 8 real parks. The most central ones are Hyde Park, Green Park, Kensington Gardens, St James’s Park and The Regent’s Park. Further afield are Greenwich Park, Richmond Park and Bushy Park.
St James’s and Green Park are the parks that face Buckingham Palace. In particular, St James’s is the oldest of the Royal Parks, its name derives from an old hospital that was located in this place. Enrique VIII bought this entire swampy area to convert it into a hunting ground. It was Carlos II who conditioned the park and opened it to the public. It is a beautiful park in the center of the city, with a huge lake, pelicans, swans, ducks and the classic squirrels.
Another recommended park to visit is Kensington Gardens. In addition to many trees and green spaces, in this park you can also see the Kensington Palace, the Albert Memorial, the Italian gardens and the Peter Pan statue in London.
Hyde Park is perhaps the best known park. This huge park next to Kensington Garden is the lung of central London. A park of more than 140 hectares, full of trees, green spaces, squirrels and a large lake. During all year, there are many events to enjoy such as music shows, fairs or amusement parks (Winter Wonderland).
I hope this travel guide allows you to organize and plan your tour of the city more easily. If you have any questions, tips or want to add more activities, you can leave it in the comments. I will gladly read them. Good travels!