London and Westminster, form modern-day London. The city is the business, financial, and cultural heart of the United Kingdom. It has four UNESCO world heritage sites, 857 art galleries, over 17 museums, and hosts over 250 festivals each year. London is also one of the world’s greatest sporting cities; it has been named ‘Top Global Sports City’ by Sportcal’s Global Sports Cities Index for the sixth consecutive year. https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do
Buckingham Place is one of London’s key attractions. It has been the official London residence of the UK’s sovereigns since 1837, and today serves as the administrative headquarters of the Monarch.
Buckingham Palace hosts numerous official events and receptions held by The Queen; more than 50,000 people visit the Palace annually as guests to State banquets, receptions, and Garden Parties. The Palace and the State Rooms are open to visitors each summer. https://www.royal.uk/royal-residences-buckingham-palace
Commonly known as Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament's iconic clock tower is one of London's most renowned landmarks. Originally, Big Ben was the name given to the massive bell inside the clock tower, weighing in at more than 13 tons. The clock tower, renamed Elizabeth Tower in 2012, is over 96 meters tall, comprising 334 steps to reach the belfry and 399 steps to the Ayrton Light at the very top of the tower. http://www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/sightseeing/london-attraction/big-ben#LxUkbDf18zpIrsJ6.97
The London Eye:
The London Eye is located in the heart of the capital, rotating over the River Thames opposite the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. Standing at 135 meter-high, the London Eye is the world's tallest observation wheel, providing visitors with a spectacular view of the city underneath, and up to a 40 km-panoramic view of the surroundings on a clear day. http://www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/place/282783-coca-cola-london-eye#1MBbCIvIhHubumY9.97
River Thames Ride:
Taking a river cruise on the Thames is the easiest way to see some of London’s top touristic sites, including Big Ben, The London Eye, Tower Bridge and others. Visiting these attractions is as easy as hopping off the boat at the numerous Piers along the river, thus saving time and avoiding the traffic jam and crowded subways and buses. The majority of London river cruises available on the Thames are day cruises on larger sightseeing boats. https://www.visitthames.co.uk/about-the-riverhttps://www.visitthames.co.uk/about-the-river
Founded in 1753, the British Museum is the first national public museum in the world. Since its inauguration, the museum has been granting free access to all visitors.
Visitor numbers have in fact grown from around 5,000 a year in the eighteenth century to nearly 6 million today. The British Museum’s remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history. Renowned objects such as the Rosetta Stone, Parthenon sculptures, and Egyptian mummies can be explored at the museum. http://www.britishmuseum.org/?ref=header
Victoria and Albert Museum:
The Victoria and Albert Museum is the world's leading museum of art and design, showcasing more than 3,000 years of human creativity and artistry. With a collection of 2.3 million objects, the museum is unrivalled in its scope and diversity. The Museum holds many of the UK's national collections and houses some of the greatest resources for the study of architecture, furniture, fashion, textiles, photography, sculpture, painting, jewelry, book arts, theatre and performance, among others. https://www.vam.ac.uk/
Natural History Museum:
The Natural History Museum is one of London’s captivating landmarks. It features hundreds of exciting and interactive exhibits, including the popular Dinosaurs gallery, Mammals display with the remarkable model blue whale and the spectacular Central Hall that houses the Museum’s iconic Diplodocus skeleton. The museum also offers a wide-ranging program of temporary exhibitions and events, and offers the opportunity to join experts in the Darwin Centre’s high-tech Attenborough Studio in topical discussions about science and nature. http://www.nhm.ac.uk/
The Tate Modern Museum, Britain's national museum of modern and contemporary art, is a must-see attraction in London. Housed in the former Bankside Power Station on the banks of the Thames, the breathtaking Turbine Hall runs the length of the entire building, and features work of art from around the world by artists such as Cézanne, Bonnard, Matisse, Picasso, Rothko, Dalí, Pollock, Warhol and Bourgeois. http://www.tate.org.uk/art
The National Gallery displays more than 2,000 Western European paintings from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. Inspirational works of art by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Turner, Renoir, and Van Gogh can be explored free of charge, as the collection is open to the public. Free guided tours as well as audio guides are available in multiple languages. Free family activities are also offered for children of all ages. https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/
Royal Opera House:
Home of the Royal Ballet, the Royal Opera and the Royal Opera House Orchestra, this world-class theatre is conveniently open to locals and tourists during the day, also being open to ticket holders during performances. Pre-booked guided tours are available daily. Aside from watching breathtaking performances, you can enjoy a pleasant meal at the Amphitheatre Restaurant, or enjoy stunning views across the Covent Garden Piazza from the Amphitheatre Terrace.
Royal Albert Hall:
The Royal Albert Hall boasts one of the world’s distinguished stages and is one of the UK’s most treasured buildings. Inaugurated by Queen Victoria in 1871, the hall has received leading international artists with performances from various genres. The hall hosts more than 390 shows in the main auditorium, including classical, rock and pop concerts, ballet, opera, jazz, film screenings with live orchestra, sports, comedy, award ceremonies, circus, community events and others.
Shakespeare Globe Theatre:
Founded by the pioneering American actor and director Sam Wanamaker, Shakespeare's Globe is a reconstruction of the open-air playhouse designed in 1599 where many of Shakespeare’s plays were performed. It is a unique international resource devoted to the exploration of Shakespeare's work and the playhouse for which he wrote, through performance and education.
The Globe Theatre along with the Globe Exhibition & Tour and Globe Education, seek to further the international understanding of Shakespeare in performance.
London's vibrant musical theatre scene is bustling with variety for every taste. From heart-warming adaptations and award-winning scores, to comedic musicals, there is plenty to choose from. Among the most notable musicals you can catch in London’s West End: The adaptations of Disney's ‘The Lion King’ and ‘Aladdin’, Andrew Lloyd Webber's epic musical ‘The Phantom of the Opera’, the internationally beloved musical ‘Mama Mia’, and Cameron Mackintosh’s legendary production of Boublil and Schönberg's ‘Les Misérables’.
When is London, be sure to pass by some of the city’s most popular spots and watch eye-catching street performances. One place to see artist in action is Piccadilly Circus where you can sit by the famous statue of Eros and enjoy performances by trapeze artists, aerial acrobats, hula hoopers, jugglers and others. Trafalgar Square is another famous area to catch street performers, enjoy cultural events and shows throughout the year.
London is famous for its distinct shopping areas and shopping streets, many of which have their own themes or specialties. From luxury goods boutiques and renowned department stores to large shopping centers, Central London has a lot to offer.
The bustling Oxford Street has more than 300 shops, designer outlets, landmark stores and famous department stores. Regent Street and Mayfair are the heart of luxury shopping, while Covent Garden is a spot to find hip fashion, unique gifts and handmade jewelry.