One of the world’s most visited cities, London has something for everyone, from history to culture, art, grand museums, dazzling architecture, royalty, diversity and irrepressible pizazz. London’s buildings are eye-catching milestones in the city’s unique and compelling biography. There’s more than enough funky innovation (the Shard, the Aquatics Centre, the Gherkin) to put a crackle in the air, but it never drowns out London’s well-preserved, centuries-old narrative. Architectural grandeur rises up all around you in the West End, ancient remains dot the City and charming pubs punctuate the Thames riverside. Take your pick.
London’s Most Popular Venues
A giant Ferris wheel situated on the banks of the River Thames, in London, England. The experience enjoy a unique 40 minute circular sightseeing cruise on the River Thames with fascinating live commentary that brings the city to life, presented by specialist guides. Highlights include Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.
London’s Historic Houses
Leave modern London behind with a visit one of the city’s historic houses. Marvel at the opulence of bygone days from the luxury of the 21st century. There’s something about historic houses that brings out the child in all of us. Learning about the people who lived there – and whose ghosts may still stalk the corridors – is fascinating. Many of London’s beautifully restored historic palaces and mansions are treasure troves for art and antiques lovers, anyone curious about interiors and design, or for visitors with a passion for gardening and visiting exquisite country grounds without leaving London.
Benjamin Franklin House
One of those London attractions that gives you an insight into the daily life and workings of a genius historical figure. Nestled away in the heart of London, the property played home to scientist, philosopher, diplomat, inventor and Founding Father of the United States Benjamin Franklin for the 16 years between 1757 and 1775. Visitors can enter the theatrical Historical Experience to learn more about Franklin’s London.
Windsor, Bath & Stonehenge
Enjoy a day of sightseeing from London to Windsor, Bath, and Stonehenge. See the entrance to Windsor Castle State Apartments. Visit St. George’s Chapel. Visit Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House. Take a panoramic tour of Georgian Bath. View the Torch-lighting Experience.
The Tower of London
Overlooks the river at the eastern boundary of the old city walls. Chiefly famous as a place of imprisonment and Tower of London imageexecution, it has variously been used as a royal residence, an armoury, a mint, a menagerie, an observatory and a function it still serves a safe-deposit box for the Crown Jewels. The Crown Jewels are perhaps the major reason so many visitors flock to the Tower.
The oldest piece of regalia is the twelfth-century Anointing Spoon, the most famous is the “Imperial State Crown”, sparkling with a 317-carat Indian diamond, called the Kohinoor. You can explore the Tower complex independently, it is a good idea to get your bearings by joining up with one of the guided tours, given every thirty minutes by one of the forty-odd eminently photographable Beefeaters. These ex-servicemen are best known for their scarlet-and-gold Tudor costumes.