Sights and Attractons - London
Last Updated: 28th Apr 2013
London is one of the worlds most famous and iconic cities along with Paris and New York. People travel form all over Europe and the world to visit, live and work in the city and you need months to do and see everything this city has to offer….and that would only be scratching the surface. London is also the gateway to Europe and the starting point for many Contiki tours.
The Royal National and Imperial Hotels are the accommodation used by Contiki and are in the heart of central London with all these sights on your doorstep.
Covent Garden (its not a garden!) and Leicester Square – very touristy but very lively, lots of theaters and shows, restaurants shops entertainment galleries.
Soho is the gay-ish area of London but there are lots of street cafes, restaurants, bars, clubs and a cool, liberal vibe.
The Thames and South Bank
A little further a field but still with walking distance or a short tube ride is the Thames River and the South Bank area.
From Waterloo Station you can walk along the river towards London Bridge, perhaps stopping off at the stop of at the National Film Theatre (NFT) to have a drink outside or go see a rare film. There’s also Gabriel’s Wharf – a little area with stalls and food and the OXO Tower which always has an exhibition at the bottom along with little boutiques.
If you keep going you’ll reach the Tate Modern Art Gallery. This big old famous art gallery is filled with anything but old art and you wont be able or want to miss it. A bit further along is Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre where you probably have to book to see the Royal Shakespeare Company perform in an old open air theatre.
The London Dungeon is a little bit tacky but fun and can be found the foot of London Bridge.
The Tower of London and Tower Bridge
The Tower of London is excellent and probably the must do thing in London for the history buff. The entry ticket usually includes a guided tour by the Beefeater guards who live at the Tower and give you an awesome rundown on the history of the place. It’s got a great collection of suits of armor (Henry VIII’s huge cod-pieced number is always popular), the Crown Jewels, the famous black crows, you see where Anne Bolin lost her head – loads of stuff to see. You can spend a good couple of hours there.
The most famous bridge in the city by name is of course, London Bridge but it pales in comparison to the world famous Tower Bridge which spans the Thames at the Tower.
South Kensington, along Exhibition Road is home to the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum, Natural History Museum, Science Museum, all good and all next to each other. Also nearby is Hyde Park and the Albert Memorial and the Royal Albert Hall.
London is one of the greenest cities in the world and amongst all the buildings and maze of streets there is a myriad of parks, gardens, heaths, greens, commons and squares. The most famous and biggest though is Hyde Park.
Hyde Park is great. You can wander down to The Serpentine, where you can row in a boat or a pedallow or just swim or eat or chill or climb a tree or play frisbee, rollerblade, ride a horse in summer or try and catch a duck.