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Sightseeing in London

London is the capital of England and besides being in star in many blockbuster movies it is one of the leading financial centers in the world. It is also the largest city in Europe. Most people will know London from many films that were recorded here and the role it has played throughout history. The landmarks that everyone knows are St. Paul's Cathedral, Tower bridge, the Big Ben and Buckingham palace, but there are many more places to see. In this picture gallery the most important sights are shown, but it is worthwhile to get a guidebook and look for additional ones you would like to see as it is impossible to capture everything without creating an extensive list that goes on forever. Still, the main sights are a good orientation as often there are a few smaller sights with it clustered together.

The best way to describe London is to start at Buckingham palace and then follow the river Thames to the Tower bridge. Buckingham palace is a well known landmark as this is the home of the queen. Many tourists always gather at the gates in front of it to see the guards and admire the building. Everyday at 12 o'clock in the afternoon there is the traditional change of the guards which is a typical British ceremony. The street that leads to it is called 'the Mall' and has St. James park located right next to it and makes a nice walk up to the Admiralty arch on Trafalgar square. On this square, the national gallery is located which is free to enter and hosts an enormous art collection. From Trafalgar square it is a short walk to the palace of Westminster where the British government is located. The famous Big Ben is part of this complex. The building is an amazing piece of art to which an enormous attention to detail has been given. Because it is located on the river it is not possible to walk around it, but it is worth crossing the bridge to get the classic view view from the other side of the Thames.  Nearby is Westminster Abbey located which is one of the main churches. 

One of the nice things about London is the walk along the river Themes. There is a footpath along the whole length of it and you'll pass many of the sight on your way. If you follow this than you'll stumble across the Millennium bridge which has become famous for its wobbling when it was originally built, although this has been nowadays resolved. At the end of this bridge St. Paul's cathedral is located which is an impressive building. It is an enormous structure and despite its steep entrance fee it is worth a visit. For those without any fear of heights the best thing is to go up. On the inside the Whispering gallery can be found which is a unique feature in which the sound travels along the wall. This is located within the dome and one can look down into the church. Even better is to go all the way to the top. There is only a small balcony, but the view over the city is amazing.

If one walks further down the Thames, the Tower of London can be found. This medieval castle is an interesting place as it highlights some of the history of England. The crown jewels are also on display here. Furthermore, it has a large collection of weapons and other attributes from the dark ages. The other highlight which is nearby is the Tower bridge. It is an unique structure and the bridge can be opened like a cantilever. It is actually possible to visit the towers and walk in between them using the walkway above. 

As the city can be quite busy, an escape to some quiet green space can be more than welcome. Greenwich is probably the nicest place to go as besides its park, it has some historical buildings as well. The university of Greenwich is a typical English college which goes back several centuries. Next to it is the Cutty Sark which is a ship that used to sail the oceans. It has been beautifully restored after a fire and provides a good inside in the life of the sailors who used to live on sea for a long time in a row. For those who are even more interested in life at sea, there is the national maritime museum. It is actually very educational and entertaining, so it sets itself apart from traditional museum. The main reason visit Greenwich is to see the observatory and the prime meridian. Most likely you will need to queue up to take the picture where you stand with one leg on each side. 

There are a few more places worth mentioning which are located throughout the city. When it comes to museum, the British museum is a must visit. It is enormous, so it might be worthwhile to make a selection on what to see before entering, unless you want to spent half a day in there. It has several art pieces from almost any important historical period from every culture. One park which is also high on the list of things to visit is Kensington gardens. What makes this place special is the nearby palace, but mainly the Royal Albert hall and memorial. These are unique structures in their own right and it is worth just walking through the streets around them as they have much character to them. For those who like shopping there is plenty of choice as well with places such as Regent, Bond and Oxford street that will sound familiar to many. 

There are a few options for day trips out of London. One that is popular with the residents are the beaches of Brighton which is also a bit of a party town. Some other options are the university towns Oxford and Cambridge. It is really worthwhile visiting one of these as they give a more complete impression of what the UK has to offer to visitors.

London is well connected by air through the nearby budget airports of Stansted and Luton and the bigger ones Heathrow, Gatwick and City airport. It is possible to fly in from almost anywhere in the world and if you shop around for a decent price as well. It can be a bit of a commute to get from the airport to your hotel as some of these are a bit further away. Also check the price difference between the local train and the high speed service as you could be paying a fair bit more for a 20 minute time advantage. Once you've made it to the city center the best way of getting around is by the underground as it is fast, depart very regularly and connects all major tourist sights. Traveling by tube is also a part of the experience when visiting this city as it has its own charm to it. If you plan on using it multiple times, the day pass is more affordable than buying single tickets. Because London is located in the south of the UK, the weather is not too bad. It does rain regularly, but no more than many other cities in Northern Europe and the temperature is moderate in both summer and winter, with the exception of only a few days, making it an ideal city trip throughout the whole year. 


London travel photo gallery

 



St. Paul's cathedral.

St. Paul's cathedral.

 
St. Paul's cathedral seen from Patemoster square.

St. Paul's cathedral seen from Patemoster square.

 
St. Paul's cathedral in London.

St. Paul's cathedral.



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The St. Paul's cathedral seen from the festival gardens.

The St. Paul's cathedral seen fro the festival gardens.

 



Tower bridge.

Tower bridge.

 
The large dome of St Paul's cathedral in London.

The large dome of St Paul's cathedral.

 
Dragon statue topping  the Temple Bar monument.

Dragon statue topping the Temple Bar monument.

 
Royal courts of justice.

Royal courts of justice.

 



Old building in London.

Old building.

 



National portrait gallery on Trafalgar square.

National gallery on Trafalgar square.

 
The big Ben.

The big Ben.

 



The millennium wheel.

The millennium wheel.

 



The tower bridge over the river Themes in London.

The tower bridge over the river Themes.

 
Garden in front of Westminster abbey.

Garden in front of Westminster abbey.

 
Westminster abbey.

Westminster abbey.

 



Methodist central hall in London.

Methodist central hall.

 



Historical building in London.

Historical building.

 
The towers of Westminster abbey.

The towers of Westminster abbey.

 



The British museum.

The British museum.

 
View toward the Horse guards from St. James Park.

View toward the Horse guards from St. James Park.

 



Memorial gardens in front of Buckingham palace.

Memorial gardens in front of Buckingham palace.

 
Buckingham fountain.

Buckingham fountain.

 
The admiralty church on The Mall.

The admiralty church on The Mall.

 
Regent street.

Regent street.

 



Piccadilly circus.

Piccadilly circus.

 
Statue on St. James square.

Statue on St. James square.

 



Crimea war memorial in London.

Crimea war memorial.

 
Crimea war memorial.

Crimea war memorial.

 
Duke of York memorial on the Mall in London.

Duke of York memorial on the Mall.

 



National portrait gallery.

National gallery.

 
The admiralty church.

The admiralty church.

 
Kensington palace.

Kensington palace.

 
Statue of Queen Victoria in front of Kensington palace.

Statue of Queen Victoria in front of Kensington palace.

 
Albert memorial.

Albert memorial.

 



Royal Albert hall London.

Royal Albert hall.

 



The Royal Albert hall located along Kensington gardens in Hyde park.

The Royal Albert hall located along Kensington gardens in Hyde park.

 



Albert court with in the background the Royal college of music.

Albert court with in the background the Royal college of music.

 
Albert court central block.

Albert court central block.

 



Albert hall seen from Prince consort road.

Albert hall seen from Prince consort road.

 
Red brick apartment blocks no Prince consort road.

Red brick apartment blocks no Prince consort road.

 
Natural history museum.

Natural history museum.

 
The main entrance to the natural history museum in London.

The main entrance to the natural history museum.

 



Wellington arch.

Wellington arch.

 
Church of the most holy blood.

Church of the most holy blood.

 



Battersea power plant.

Battersea power plant.

 
Old houses in Battersea.

Old houses in Battersea.

 



Historical building in London.

Historical building.

 



Buckingham palace in London, England.

Buckingham palace.

 



The front facade of Buckingham palace.

The front facade of Buckingham palace.

 



Statue of Buckingham fountain.

Statue of Buckingham fountain.

 
The main gate in front of Buckingham palace.

The main gate in front of Buckingham palace.

 



Buckingham palace.

Buckingham palace.

 



Buckingham memorial gardens, fountain and palace.

Buckingham memorial gardens, fountain and palace.

 
Horse guards parade headquarters in London.

Horse guards parade headquarters.

 
The grounds where the horse guards parade is being held.

The grounds where the horse guards parade is being held.

 
War memorial in St. James park.

War memorial in St. James park.

 
Horse guards parade grounds.

Horse guards parade grounds.

 
Statue on the street of London.

Statue on a street.

 
Street between the foreign and commonwealth office and the H.M treasury.

Street between the foreign and commonwealth office and the H.M treasury.

 
The Big Ben of the houses of parliament.

The Big Ben of the houses of parliament.

 



H.M Treasure building in London.

H.M Treasure building.

 
Richard the Lionheart statue in front of the houses of parliament.

Richard the Lionheart statue in front of the houses of parliament.

 
The Burghers of Calais statue in Victoria tower gardens.

The Burghers of Calais statue in Victoria tower gardens.

 



The millennium wheel and London county hall along the river Themes.

The millennium wheel and London county hall along the river Themes.

 
Victoria tower gardens and the Victoria tower of the houses of Parliament in London.

Victoria tower gardens and the Victoria tower of the houses of Parliament.

 



Houses of Parliament on the riverfront of the Themes in London.

Houses of Parliament on the riverfront of the Themes.

 
Medieval buildings in London.

Medieval buildings.

 
Detailed view of London county hall.

Detailed view of London county hall.

 



Whitehall place.

Whitehall place.

 
Millennium bridge.

Millennium bridge.

 
The houses of parliament seen from Millennium bridge.

The houses of parliament seen from Millennium bridge.

 
Millennium wheel and the houses of Parliament.

Millennium wheel and the houses of Parliament.

 
Old Georgian houses near Regent's park.

Old Georgian houses near Regent's park.

 
Old red brick houses in historical London.

Old red brick houses.

 



Modern apartment blocks along the river Themes in London.

Modern apartment blocks along the river Themes.

 
Vauxhall bridge.

Vauxhall bridge.

 
Houses of parliament.

Houses of parliament.

 
Westminster bridge and in the background the houses of Parliament.

Westminster bridge and in the background the houses of Parliament.

 



The houses of parliament along the river Themes.

The houses of parliament along the river Themes.

 



County hall London.

County hall.

 
H.M. treasury.

H.M. treasury.

 
Corner of the household cavalry museum enterprises and the horse guards headquarters.

Corner of the household cavalry museum enterprises and the horse guards headquarters.

 
Historical buildings in the old part of London.

Historical buildings in the old part of the city.

 
Modern office buildings in Canary Wharf.

Modern office buildings in Canary Wharf.

 
University of Greenwich campus.

University of Greenwich campus.

 
Historical building in Greenwich.

Historical building in Greenwich.

 
Queen Mary court and the university of Greenwich.

Queen Mary court and the university of Greenwich.

 
Historical buildings in Greenwich.

Historical buildings in Greenwich.

 
National maritime museum.

National maritime museum.

 
Greenwich naval college gardens.

Greenwich naval college gardens.

 
View over Greenwich naval college gardens.

View over Greenwich naval college gardens.

 
View of historical Greenwich and modern Canary Wharf.

View of historical Greenwich and modern Canary Wharf.

 

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Last update: 22/02/2014