London offers so many attractions to its tourists that it is difficult for anyone to see even a small percentage of them in a few days that they may be planning to stay in the city. As such, a few of the attractions have been short-listed so that visitors can attempt to cover the 12 must-see places in London.
On top of the list is the Buckingham Palace, which is the official residence of the British monarch since 1837. Visitors can enter the palace during the Annual Summer Opening from late July to September. However, they can see the Changing of the Guard outside the palace on any day.
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum is another worth-seeing attraction that houses wax replicas of important personalities of the world, both dead and alive. The personalities are from all parts of the world including India.
Trafalgar Square in central London is another popular tourist attraction which houses the Nelson’s Column guarded by four lion statues in the centre of this public area. There are other commemorative statues and fountains on the corners.It is an ideal place for visitors to relax, have a coffee and a snack from the cafes in the area.
Located on the south bank of the River Thames is another attraction, London Eye also known as the Millennium Wheel. Attracting 3.5 million visitors every year, the huge ferris wheel is 135 metres tall with a diameter of 120 metres.
Travellers visiting London especially to experience some street shopping must stay at The Montcalm Hotel At The Brewery London City as the hotel is nearby Oxford Street. For shopaholics, Oxford Street, considered to be the busiest shopping street in Europe, presents two and a half kilometres of shopping options and stretches from Marble Arch to Oxford Circus and onwards to Tottenham Court Road.
The iconic Hyde Park is perhaps the most popular of all attractions as it offers a great place for outdoor recreation in the heart of the city. A number of landmarks and attractions are housed in it and it is a great venue for concerts and for speeches.
The other attractions include The Big Ben which is the largest of five bells that are inside the clock and weighs more than 13 tonnes and it chimes the loudest on the hour, every hour; the Tower Bridge which is a suspension bridge on the River Thames near the Tower of London; Covent garden which is located in West End and offers a great mix of theatre, bars, restaurants and shopping opportunities; Piccadilly Circus that is adorned by large neon hoardings and advertisements at the intersection of five roads with a fountain installed at its centre; Westminster Abbey which is a 700-year-old church that attracts more than a million visitors every year and has been the venue of every Royal Coronation since 1066 and 16 royal weddings; and St Paul’s Cathedral which is one of the largest cathedrals of Europe with a dome bigger in size that that of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and having three galleries at the top of the dome.