London is a city that you must visit at least once in your life, and with so many things to do here, it can be hard to narrow down the best attractions and know how to spend your time wisely.
If you’re new to the city, it can be hard to navigate the public transport system- particularly if you have a lot of bags. For this reason, it’s a good idea to use the so you can be picked up from the airport and dropped straight at your hotel- allowing you to quickly freshen up or take a well-earned nap before you get out and explore.
Here are some of the best things to do in London:
Watch the changing of the guard
Head to Buckingham Palace (one of the most iconic places in Britain) to see the most popular display of both pomp and circumstance in London. The changing of the Guard can be seen at 11:30am, and you’ll see a free, colourful display of music and precision marching.
Built in 1837, the palace has been the London residence for the Royal Family since Queen Victoria ascended the throne. When the Queen is away, you can even purchase tickets and take a tour of the Queen’s Gallery, Royal Mews and Staterooms.
Visit the British Museum
You’ll find some of the finest collections of antiquities in the world here, and if you’re interested in the ancient world you can gawk at more than 13 million different artefacts and priceless objects.The most famous exhibits include the Rosetta Stone, the Elgin Marbles which came from the Parthenon, Roman silver known as the Mildenhall Treasure (from the 4th century) and, of course, the Egyptian mummies.
The Tower of London
The tower has been a private zoo, a treasure vault, a palace, and a prison, and is one of the most iconic structures in Britain (and also a World Heritage Site). For those interested in history, this is a must-visit and you’ll be able to see some of the most incredible Crown Jewels, armour and royal armaments.
Parliament and Big Ben
There are few buildings that represent London more than the 97-metre tower which houses the resounding bell and giant clock known as Big Ben. Underneath that, you’ll find the Houses of Parliament which was once the Westminster Palace and also spent time occupied by William the Conqueror.
Visitors can take tours of the buildings and can even see real political discussions and debates.
This site has been hand-in-hand with Christianity since the 7th century and was founded in 1065. Many Kings and Queens have been both crowned and buried at the abbey, and it has recently become the most popular location for the Royal Weddings over the years.
As you can see, there is plenty to see and do in London, and these are just a few of the top tourist sights to see. Be sure to add a few extra days to your trip so you can take your time.