London is home to some of the world’s top tourist attractions, and while the city’s outer reaches are often full of character and home to loads of great things to see and do, many of these attractions lie in central London.
St. Paul’s Cathedral is one of the most recognisable and iconic features of the London skyline. Built on Ludgate Hill, the highest point of the City of London, a church has been on this site since way back in 604AD. The present Baroque masterpiece, with its famous dome, dates from the 17th century, and was designed by the master British architect Sir Christopher Wren. Entry to the cathedral, largely due to the vast cost of maintaining it, is quite expensive by the standards of London attractions, with an adult ticket costing around £16. An exception to this is during services, when entry to attendees is free, but you cannot explore the cathedral’s galleries or climb up the stairs during these times. And although the climb is a long one, it’s worth it, with a few stop offs on the way. The Whispering Gallery is a remarkable feat of engineering, so named because two people standing on opposite sides of the gallery can hear each other whispering into the wall. Ascending to the outside of the dome, the Stone Gallery and Golden Gallery offer incredible views of London extending beneath you. It’s incredible to stand here and think of how the city’s changed in the centuries since St. Paul’s was first built. The cathedral’s central London location means it’s easily accessible from your hotel, The Montcalm London city at the brewery hotel.
For a tourist attraction which is a little lighter on the wallet, check out one of London’s world-leading cultural institutions. Museums and galleries include the British Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Tate Modern and the Tate Britain, and incredibly, general admission to all these places is free. The British Museum is the country’s most visited attraction, and it’s not hard to see why. With some 8 million works documenting the known entirety of human history, art and culture, you’ll never feel the need to stump up the money for the ticketed exhibitions, as you could easily spend a whole week walking around the general displays if you had the inclination. Famous objects on display here include the Rosetta Stone and the Elgin Marbles. The Natural History Museum, meanwhile, is a stunning ‘cathedral to nature’, purpose-built down to the tiny carved animals which you can see scurrying up its columns. Lovers of visual art will also find London to be a paradise, with the Tate galleries as well as the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery, to name just a few. Science buffs, meanwhile, will love the Science Museum, which is situated just down the road from the Natural History Museum and is fantastic for families – kids will love the interactive galleries, which are divided according to age groups. The Victoria & Albert Museum, the world’s largest collection of decorative arts & design, is also nearby.