Tucking your passport safely back into your front pocket, you wheel your luggage through the sliding glass doors of Heathrow Airport, and venture over to a long line of waiting taxi cabs. Giving your hotel information to a friendly driver, you climb into the backseat, and head off towards the center of the city. Bursting at the seams with excitement, you stare out the window at London’s approaching metropolis. Here are a few places to consider visiting while traveling the streets of London.
Tower of London: Located in central London, construction of the tower first began in 1078. With nearly a thousand years of English history, this location is a must on the check-list of any visiting tourist.
Buckingham Palace: Buckingham Palace has been the English residence of the British royal family since 1837. As well as heading to the palace during normal visiting hours, I also recommend returning at night. Not only is the Victoria Memorial lit up in the evening, but, with fewer crowds, a more serene atmosphere envelops the area.
Palace of Westminster: Bustling with politicians, Westminster is the meeting place of Parliament. The building also includes the famous Elizabeth Tower, which houses the bell ‘Big Ben.’
London Eye: Located along the south bank of the River Thames, this enormous Ferris wheel reaches 443ft in height and 394ft in diameter. Take a walk along the river at night to see it all lit up, and travel under many of London’s famous bridges.
The British Museum: Including the Rosetta Stone and sculptures from the Acropolis and the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, the British Museum houses many of the world’s most prized historical possessions.
Natural History Museum: Housing exhibits in the sciences of paleontology, botany, entomology, mineralogy and zoology, the vast collection at the Natural History Museum includes original specimens taken by Charles Darwin, and complete dinosaur skeletons.
Hunterian Museum: For any tourists interested in the medical sciences, or simply those fascinated by the macabre, the Hunterian Museum is a must. Run by the Royal College of Surgeons, its walls house several anatomical anomalies.
Shakespeare’s Globe: Founded by Sam Wanamaker, and mimicked off of Shakespeare’s original theatre, this destination is a must for any visitors interested in theatre. I also recommend seeing a musical in London’s famous West End.
Jack the Ripper Tours: Travel at night through the streets of Whitechapel on a ghoulish tour, visiting the sites of the famous 19th century murders.
Steeped in a rich history, make London your next European Destination.
Image thanks to Paul Tridon