Top Places To Visit In London

by - May 21, 2019

I've never been to London, but my boyfriend, David went a couple years ago and he promises that he'll take me one day. 


Because he's promised me that he'll take me one day, I love to research and stay up-to-date on what's happening in London. There is so much to do and if you're doing your own research, here's what I've found out!
London is a beautiful city that’s full of life twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. It’s one of the most popular tourist spots on earth, and if you find yourself booking a trip, then there are some iconic places that you must have on your to-do list while you’re there.
The Shard
For a truly breathtaking, 360° view of the capital, The Shard has become one of the most popular spots to spend the day taking in the sights. Built in 2012, this 95-story skyscraper stands tall across the city’s skyline and is home to many offices, restaurants and hotel rooms. The Shard’s viewing point is over three floors, 68, 69 and 72 and costs £24 (about $31) for a standard ticket and is slightly more if purchased on the day. It’s both a sight to behold whether you go on the day or in the evening. However, be sure to check the weather before booking. Obviously, when booking in advance, it’s hard to predict the weather so they do have a guarantee that if you can’t see a certain number of landmarks, they’ll allow you to revisit for free on another day.

Buckingham Palace
Everyone visiting London is hoping they can spot a royal and one place that increases your chances is by heading over to Buckingham Palace. It’s a magnificent building to look at which sits at the bottom of the mall, just off Trafalgar Square. And although it’s unlikely you’ll get to see the Queen, you can experience the changing of the guards which happens at 10:45am. It’s quite the experience to see, and it only takes around 30 minutes, so it’s a great stop-off point, while en route to somewhere else. You can also have the opportunity to visit the inside of Buckingham Palace, which opens to the public over summer. Feast your eyes on the lavishly decorated staterooms and know that you’re seeing one of the few working palaces in the world.

Kew Gardens
There are some amazing photographers in London, and some of those photographers flock to Kew Gardens to get up and personal with nature. These botanical gardens attract many tourists and so much can be seen from Victorian glasshouses to discovering the science and conservation work that they’re currently doing. With over 50,000 living plants on display, you could easily spend the whole day at Kew Gardens. Including exhibitions, talks, and tours, the cost of getting in is just £16.50 (about $20) for a standard adult and £4.50 (about $6) for children. Definitely worth taking advantage of if you’re in London for a while!

Piccadilly Circus
So it might not quite be as extravagant as Times Square in New York, but the iconic screens still light up this road junction in the most exciting way. It’s a popular spot to take a tourist snap, and there’s plenty of restaurants, bars and theaters nearby. Just up the road from Piccadilly Circus is Regent Street where all the designer shops are. Another feature of the junction is the statue of Eros, a popular meeting spot when meeting up with friends or your traveling party. Unveiled in 1893, the statue wasn’t loved as much as it is now, with many at the time thinking it was ugly and rather vulgar in its sensual appearance.

Borough Market
Borough Market is a typical example of food and street markets that you find on a smaller scale across the country. It’s a market that is the source of British and international produce and it’s a fantastic experience for anyone that’s local or new to the area. It’s one of the largest and oldest markets in London and has a variety of food to taste and buy. There’s very much something from every cuisine, and the atmosphere is pretty incredible for anyone that’s never been before. Obviously, it’s free to enter and certainly worth stopping on buy to buy your lunch or food to take back to wherever you’re staying.
There’s also plenty of events that happen within the market as well as live music from local bands and buskers.

When staying in London, there’s plenty of sights to take in during your stay. The typical tourist spots like Big Ben and Oxford Circus are a must-see, but all of the above should be explored too. Kew Gardens is great all year round but especially during the summer when the sunshine is out. Take a trip up to The Shard and don’t forget to stop off at Buckingham Palace for a selfie!

xx,
Amanda

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