Things to See When Traveling to London

London is filled with tourist attractions and historic landmarks that make it almost impossible to see and do everything that this city has to offer.  If you only visit this city for a few days, you will very likely have to be selective about which attractions you visit because there is just too much to do and see in such a limited amount of time.  An organized tour led by a knowledgeable guide may be a great idea for those who are pressed for time on their trip to London.  These guides know the city well and are very experienced at packing a great deal of attractions into a very limited amount of time.  The downside to this kind of travel, however, is that you don’t have much freedom.  If you want to linger at a particular location you risk being left behind by the group and possibly losing your transportation back to your hotel.  Those adventurous souls who prefer to explore at their own pace would be wise to choose a self guided tour.

Deciding what to see and do in London is no small task.  The city has so much to offer in terms of the arts, theater, museums, shopping and restaurants.  Doing your research before hand can help you to determine just what you want to do so that you don’t waste any of your time on your vacation deciding what to do next.  Carefully, mapping out an itinerary before hand will help you to make the most of your vacation in London. 

Whether you opt to do your research through travel guides, the Internet or advice from friends and family members who have made a similar voyage, you are sure to find a few key tourist attractions that cannot be missed when you travel to London. 

Buckingham Palace is among the tourist attractions that make London famous.  Travelers are fascinated with the monarchy of London and having the opportunity to see the palace first hand and witness the changing of the guard can be an experience of a lifetime.  Viewing the palace from outside is a treat in and of itself but during Aug. and Sept. travelers to London have the opportunity to take guided tours through some of the staterooms of the palace. 

Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral are two other attractions that travelers to London should plan on visiting.  Westminster Abbey is a famous burial ground for monarchs but cultural icons such as Handel and Chaucer are also buried in this famed location. 

The London Eye which stands approximately 450 feet above the ground gives visitor a unique perspective on London.  Viewing the city from this height gives you an unobstructed view of the city and its surroundings.  This Ferris wheel type structure gives visitors a unique way to view the city in a glass enclosed compartment. 

Besides these key attractions, London also offers a thriving theater district, fine dining restaurants and a host of other attractions such as museums and shopping.  Although the weather in London may not always be favorable, it is hard to deny the beauty and charm of this city.

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