What to see in the city of red buses: top London attractions

Albina PanchenkoNews
A guide to London

Majestic palaces shining against the backdrop of a foggy morning, lively streets filled with people from all over the world, and many two-story Routemasters. Read on to find out what else the UK is ready to show tourists.

Big Ben

Yes, yes. It is the hallmark of London. Since 2012, it has been officially named the Elizabeth Tower. The building is located on the south bank of the River Thames, and its height reaches 96 meters.

During a walk, you can hear its majestic bell. By the way, the clock was first made in 1856. However, it was not possible to bring it up the mountain because it broke. But later a new one was made. By the way, the tower is illuminated in the evening.

We will immediately answer the question of whether it is possible to go inside. Unfortunately, no. The entrance is open only to citizens of the country. However, it is definitely worth seeing it from the outside.

What to see in the city of red buses: top London attractions

Boro Market

The market offers fresh artisanal products, traditional and international dishes from street vendors. There are also organic fruit and freshly baked bread.

The place has been featured in several movies. Bridget Jones's Diary, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and others were filmed here.

Buckingham Palace

The residence of the royal family receives guests every day. To find out what the interior looks like, you can book a tour. Tourists are shown ceremonial halls, galleries, gardens, and even stables. You can also meet the guards, who often appear in photographs.

The building has 775 rooms. Imagine: it has its own post office, chapel, cinema, hospital, and police station. During World War II, the building survived nine German bombings. Be sure to visit the art gallery too. It houses works by Rembrandt and other artists.

What to see in the city of red buses: top London attractions

Tate Modern Gallery

The building used to be an oil power plant. Then a large number of paintings and sculptures were placed inside. There are works by Picasso, Dali, Warhol, and Rothko. All expositions are arranged in chronological order and by thematic sections.

The entrance is free. But to be able to visit the exhibition for sure, it is better to book a ticket in advance.

Ferris wheel

It was built in 2000. Today it is the largest in the world. The rotation time lasts 30 minutes. It offers an incredible panorama of the neighborhood and the pond. To avoid standing in line, you can book tickets online in advance.

We recommend going to the location in the evening. The rays of light from the spotlights make the atmosphere even more fabulous.

By the way, during the New Year's Eve celebrations, the London Eye plays an important role. Pyrotechnics are installed on the structure. When the clock strikes 12, a stunning show begins.

What to see in the city of red buses: top London attractions

Shakespeare's Globe

Reconstruction of the original theater where Shakespeare's plays were first performed. In 1613, the building burned down but was later rebuilt. The building was erected not far from its original location.

The architects tried to recreate every detail as close to the original as possible. You won't believe it, but during the performance, you can not only express your emotions loudly but also shout and boo the actors.

Not far from the Globe is a large museum park dedicated to the playwright. Here tourists can find valuable exhibits: the poet's personal belongings, costumes, and his works.

The Dare Skywalk 

If you're not afraid of heights, head to this attraction. Here you can walk along a narrow glass walkway that is 88 feet high.

By the way, the entertainment is also available for children under the age of 10. But only when accompanied by adults. The location is found on the territory of the modern Tottenham Hotspur football stadium.

It is also better to book tickets in advance.

Churchill War Museum

An underground lair where political meetings were held during World War II. The Map Room looks exactly the same as when it was last left. The tour is accompanied by an audio guide. It provides additional insight into the operations of the time.

What to see in the city of red buses: top London attractions

The Shard

The skyscraper was built for the opening of the 2012 Olympic Games. The glass pyramid rises as high as 310 meters into the sky. It houses offices, hotels, a recreation area and private apartments. The observation deck is located on the 70th floor. It offers an incredible view of London.

What to see in the city of red buses: top London attractions

Interesting facts

  • The tourist city is the birthplace of many literary geniuses. William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens lived and worked here.
  • The largest city library on Earth was built in London. It contains more than 150 million items, including manuscripts and other items.
  • The Greenwich Meridian passes through the city. It is used as the standard zero line for measuring time.

The UK is ready to welcome tourists and surprise them with history and architecture. So pack your bags and go on an unforgettable journey.

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