This weekend saw some of the greatest international athletes and enthusiastic charity runners take on the mighty London Marathon in glorious sunshine. Crowds gathered at some of the city’s top attractions along the route and truly brought out the beauty of the capital for the world’s audiences to see. If, like me, you’re never going to manage a marathon run but fancy seeing some of London’s highlights, here’s a list of the five most iconic landmarks you should be paying a visit to on your next city break. With so much on offer it can be hard to know where to begin, so we hope this list helps you out a little…
1. Buckingham Palace
No visit to London would be completed without a visit to the home of Her Majesty the Queen. An impressive building, you can in fact explore the inside for yourself with our exciting Private Tours. Accompanied by an expert guide, you’ll learn all about the history of the art, interior and of course, the Royal Family. Imagine being able to say that you took a tour of Buckingham Palace on your short break in London – and for just over £100pp including hotel it’s a must!
2. Greenwich Park
London can seem like a bit of a concrete, bustling city, but don’t be fooled. Nestled just south of The O2 Arena, Greenwich Park sees millions our Londoners and tourists visit each year. Boasting fantastic gardens as well as the incredible Royal Observatory, it’s a luscious Eden in the middle of one of Europe’s top cities. Open until 9pm at night during the summer, you can even spend a busy day shopping and sightseeing before catching the tube out to the park. It’s definitely one of the best free things to do when visiting London.
3. The EDF London Eye
Built in 2000 as to welcome in the new millennium, The London Eye has grown to be one of the city’s most popular attractions. With 32 capsules that take you 135 meters up into the air, you’re guaranteed to take in some incredible views and catch those all-important photographic memories. Not only is it great for families, but there are also some unique and exclusive capsules hidden amongst the rest – so if you fancy doing something special for a birthday, Valentine’s Day, anniversary or just an extra special date, his is the attraction for you.
4. The Shard
Now, The London Eye offers some stunning 25 mile views, but 2013 saw the introduction of the iconic Shard – a rival for the best viewing platform across the city. At a staggering 1,016ft tall, The View from The Shard attraction allows you to venture up to level 72 for 360 degree views across 40 miles of London and the surrounding areas. My advice…do The London Eye during the day so you can catch a glimpse of all of the other great attractions nearby, and head up The Shard after dark for breath taking night-time sights. Both offer completely different experiences, so make sure you give them both a go.
5. The British Museum
You can’t really visit a city with more than 240 museums and not pay a visit to the most famous – The British Museum. As well as thousands of historic artefacts, documents, mummies, vehicles, clothing and famous belongings, there are also some mind-blowing exhibitions that visit the museum. Until June 2014, you can get tickets to the Vikings Life & Legends tour and discover some of the amazing history behind the well preserved items unearthed in the British Isles.
With such an abundance of amazing attractions and landmarks to visit in London, you’re guaranteed to have an amazing time whatever you get up to. If you’ve been to all of these places before and would like some more inspiration, or wish to share some insider tips on the best places o go, let us know by commenting below!