LONDON TRAVEL GUIDE 2021
London – an eclectic city that attracts visitors and travelers of every genre, a city with cultural diversity and a marvelous history, the London city is a famous and well-known hub, the city has so many places to see and things to do there that one trip will not be enough for it, if you are planning a trip to London in 2021, read the article till the end, I sure will try my best to not disappoint you, so we’ll start with some major and top attractions of the London city, because you don’t want to miss the major attractions, right??!!
MAJOR ATTRACTIONS/DESTINATIONS IN LONDON
THE TOWER OF LONDON AND THE TOWER BRIDGE
The tower of London is the heart of Britain’s history, it is the crown of the city, and the tower is open for visitors from 9 am to 4.30 pm almost all days of the year.
From the tower, you can see the famous tower bridge and can experience the awesome view of the tower bridge when it opens for the river traffic passing below.
You can choose guided tours means when you will experience the views, a guide will tell you the interesting history of the destinations as well as all ins and outs along the way.
No matter in which country do you live in, you probably have heard the name before as Buckingham palace is the home of the British monarchy and it is a famous and well-known destination that attracts tourists from all over the world. Tours of this much-loved palace are open from July to September.
And if you are excited about the changing of the guard ceremony, you have to think and plan it separately because it can be seen in the months of January to March, on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday from 11 am to 11.45 am.
You can choose a guided tour for this destination also because you sure want to know the history while visiting the majestic palace (or you can choose the free guide AKA Google, do your homework before the trip and enjoy).
THE BRITISH MUSEUM
Here is the best news for all you history lovers out there, entrance to all the museums in London is totally free of any cost/charge (all you freebie lovers pack your bags fast) as well as the British Museum, the museum was opened in 1753 and has some of the greatest treasures from all over the world from throughout the history, you will have to schedule more than one single visit to see the whole museum.
The museum is open all days of the week throughout the year for the visitors.
BIG BEN AND THE PALACE OF WESTMINSTER
The St Stephen’s tower also known as the Big Ben, located at the eastern end of the Westminster palace is a site you should visit for sure, again you can opt for guided tours of the palace (or you can use my personal suggestion that I mentioned earlier).
The site is just right next to the Westminster palace, opened in 1090, the Westminster Abbey has many royal Queens and Kings buried within its soil, it has hosted many royal weddings also, and an important point for the photography enthusiasts who are reading this, the Westminster Abbey is one of the most photogenic places in the London and it is open all year round.
THE LONDON EYE
Opened in 2000, the giant Ferris wheel, called the London Eye will give you some best views of central London. The wheel takes a round of 30 minutes and gives you some marvelous views of the Westminster and the Thames.
THE VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM
Opened in 1852, the Victoria & Albert Museum is the destination for art lovers as it has one of the world’s best and largest collection of art, artifacts, and design pieces, and you can check out their website before visiting the museum because of exhibitions and attractions in the museum changes throughout the year.
ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL
One of the most recognizable landmarks of the world, opened in 1300, then rebuilt and reopened in 1697, the cathedral has survived plagues, fires, and wars, the cathedral is an amazing example of engineering, it was built by Sir Christopher Wren.
TATE BRITAIN & TATE MODERN
The Tate Britain Museum was opened in 1897 and has a massive collection of British Art.
The Tate Modern was opened in 2000 by Queen Elizabeth; it has a massive collection of modern and contemporary art.
Both sites are open all around the year and entry is free.
THE LONDON DUNGEONS
The house that combines history with horror and exhibits London’s sometimes bloody past, it was opened in 1974 and it’s fun depending on your capacity to handle the horror, the place is open all around the year.
Some additional tips and tricks-
- Stay in central London as it will save your cost of traveling from out of the city to various destinations
- Plan your trip and avoid the bank holidays and school breaks as much as you can
- Don’t rush to see everything in a short span of time, preplan and choose destinations according to the duration of your stay
- Do bookings of things like hotel rooms, sites visiting in advance as much as possible
- And this one is very obvious, do not forget to visit major attractions that are free of cost
- Use credit cards or online methods of payments (especially in 2021)
- Prefer public transports and walks for a short distance or you can rent a bike
- Must try hop-on-hop-off buses and hop-on-hop-off cruises also
- You are not expected to give tip in the city
- Do not forget comfortable shoes, cause you will be walking a lot
- Buy a local SIM card and pack an umbrella
So these are some minor but important tips for you, do let us know your thoughts about the post in the comment section or you can write to us at our mentioned email also, and to know about the valley of Kashmir to which we have dedicated a whole section of our blog, check out our other posts at thekashmirvalley.com
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