Wanted to visit a place that is filled with history? Or an entertainment capital fills with numerous theatres and concert halls? If so, London, a UNESCO world heritage city with a population of approximately 7.8 million, and one of the world’s largest cities could be your choice. London is a renowned global centre of business, finance and culture, it is with endless choice of places for you to sleep, eat, drink and be merry. In fact, London is acknowledged with its huge influence over international affairs.
Despite the city was destroyed by the Great Fire of 1666 and that extensive bomb damage was sustained in World War II which resulted few earlier buildings remain, it is today a major tourist destination with four UNESCO World Heritage Sites, i.e. the Tower of London, the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, Maritime Greenwich and Westminster Abbey/Palace with St Margaret’s Church.
What attracted people and tourists, I believe is due to the numerous iconic sights such as Tower Bridge, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral, Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square, Marble Arch and Piccadilly Circus, in addition to its many significant civic buildings, wonderful churches and magnificent Georgian and Victorian architecture.
Not only that, many of London’s best cultural attractions charge no admission fee, this included the British Museum, Natural History Museum, Science Museum, National Gallery and Tate Modern, to name a few.
When is the best time to visit this interesting place or those places of interest? Though London is an all year round tourist destination, but is not at its best in the dreary winter months, i.e. November to March.
What we should not miss while having our vacation or traveling there?
- A river trip down the Thames, i.e. from Westminster to Greenwich.
- Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, this is a magnificent reconstruction on the South Bank of the River Thames.
- A ride on the traditional open-platform London Routemaster red bus, or one of many London’s sightseeing open-topped bus tours.
- Beautiful parks that shall include Regent’s Park with its impressive zoo and Hyde Park with its slightly contentious Princess Diana Memorial.
- The Imperial War Museum.
- Somerset House, a fine 18th century building fronting the river.
Money saving and smart travel tips:
- Time Out magazine – If you are looking for free special events, it is good to get a copy of Time Out magazine. Not only that, the Time Out has a lot of coupons and two for one entrance offers and specials for many sights. You may want to know the lunchtime concerts are free at St. Martin’s in the Field in Trafalgar Square.
- The Tube – This is London’s underground subway system and is also the cheapest way to reach most points in central London, though you have to lug your bags. In London, the Tube, taxi, the Heathrow and Gatwick Express are the most common ways to go when come to expensive airport transfer.
- Oyster card or Travelcard for the underground and buses – One way to save money and get discounted fares is to purchase an electronic Oyster card at a Tube station, charge it with a cash value and then use it on the Tube or on buses around the city. You should reload it with money as needed. Another option is to get a Travelcard, which can be sold on a day or for a specific number of day’s basis and is good for buses and for specific zones within the Tube system.
Cheers for a happy and fruitful journey to interesting places around the world!