They say that New York is the City That Never Sleeps, but London could be called the City That Never Bores. Its rich history and modern attractions, as well as an unrivaled arts and culture scene make it without doubt one of the most fascinating cities in the world to visit. These are only a few of the reasons why this vibrant city has remained a tourism favorite for generations. As far back as 1777 one of the leading intellectuals of the time Samuel Johnson said ‘ when you are tired of London – you are tired of life.’
The same could be said today. This city positively hums with excitement. But it’s not only nightlife and the constant stream of pedestrians nor the friendly cab drivers that make this such a wonderful city to visit – it is some of the attractions that should be on everyone’s bucket list.
Even if you stick to the tried and proven tourist attractions London has a huge amount to offer.
Some of the most popular are:
Although not exactly taking advantage of the rich history of London the Warner Brothers studio tour revolving around the making of the Harry Potter series is enormous fun, especially for those with younger children who loved the movies.
Featuring original sets and props and even the opportunity to sample some of the food and drink featured in the movies it’s a treat for the whole family.
An absolute must is the viewing of the changing of the guards at the Queens official residence – Buckingham Palace. The stately grandeur of this spectacle is great for both young and old.
For those who want to get an almost birds eye view of London then a trip on the London Eye is absolutely recommended, especially with a luxury car rental. A trip on this giant carousel only takes 30 minutes but from its lofty heights you can see some of London’s most well known landmarks.
Madame Tussauds has been one of London’s most stable tourist attractions for generations. To call this a wax museum is to do it serious injustice. With exhibitions that are continually updated it has remained a firm favorite even in the face of more high tech innovations.
It’s great fun for everyone young and old as they are afforded their opportunity to pose with their favorite celebs mugging it up for the camera. there’s also a ‘chamber of horrors’ for those who are not too squeamish. The torture implements of yesteryear will send a shiver up anyone’s spine.
For a more relaxed yet incredibly interesting experience a river tour on the Thames is highly recommended. From the vantage of a slowly cruising barge you will be able to take in some of London’s most iconic landmarks and enjoy drinks and snacks which are offered by many of the tour operators. there are even luxury dining options available for those who want that extra bit of pampering.
London has something for everyone. This is a city that should be on your global travel list. Miss it and you are certainly missing out on one of the most fascinating cities in the world.