I’ve been to London many times before, but every visit surprises me with something new. A new place to take a photo of, new restaurant etc. You might be asking, can I visit London on a budget? Yes you can. There are many FREE things to do in London like the National Gallery, Natural History Museum, Tate Modern just to name a few. Budget hotels and flights are plenty too.
The capital of the United Kingdom, London is one of the greatest cities in the world. With a population of about 9.5 mil. and history dating back to Roman times it is on the top of the list of every traveler. For sure London is one of my favorite places to visit in Europe. Those who are planing to visit London in the near future might be asking what are the top things to do in London?
The world famous Big Ben or great bell, seen here “through the keyhole” was the largest and most accurate clock in the world when completed back in 1859. It sits at the north end of the Palace of Westminster and is a must see building when you visit London.
The Tower Bridge a suspension bridge built over 100 years ago to help easy London’s traffic. Still in perfect working order and considered an engineering marvel to this day. No wonder that the Tower Bridge is favorite place to be seen by all visitors especially at night with all its lights on.
London Eye an observation wheel situated on the south bank of the river Thames with far reaching views over London. Thousands of people come here to see the new Year’s Eve fireworks every year.
Slightly of the beaten track yet not too far is the Millennium Bridge and St. Paul’s Cathedral. A pedestrian crossing over the river Thames linking Bankside and the City of London. The bridge leads gently towards St. Paul’s Cathedral an Anglican cathedral and the seat of the Bishop of London. Admired by all architecture lovers.
Whether you like culture, sightseeing or shopping, London has a lot to offer. There are numerous museums to visit, many free of charge. Mine favourite one is the Natural History Museum.
If you visit London in the Winter, then don’t miss to see the Ice Skating Rink at the Tower of London. A historic castle on the north bank of the river Thames just a short stroll from the Tower Bridge. It served as a royal residence in the past and still is the home of the Crown Jewels today. Well recommended to visit for all visitors to London.
Another fun place to visit is the annual Christmas event- Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. Dive into the Christmas atmosphere here. See one of the live shows, circus or ice show or just admire amazing light show after dark. Tuck into hot churros or German sausage and watch the people go by. Perfect place to bring your kids in.
Open all year round with a perfect mixture of culture and restaurants is Chinatown. A piece of China in the heart of London not far from the theatre district or Piccadilly Circus. Fancy a Peking duck or Wonton dumpling? London’s Chinatown is just the perfect place for you. The best time to visit China Town is in late January when the Chinese New Year celebrations are in full swing. Admire the colourful carnival, lively parades and stage performances here.
Changing the Queen’s horse guards – loved by many tourists and locals alike. Make unforgettable memories when visiting London and take a few snaps of the Household Cavalry mounted regiment – The Life Guards, wearing their bright coats and armour.
Covent Garden – is a shopping and entertainment hub in London’s West End. If you enjoy shopping, restaurants, bars and much more, then visiting this lively place is a must. Covent Garden market was once famous fruit and veg market and is still supporting market traders today, offering something for everyone from handmade craft to antiques.
London has one of the largest public transport networks in the world. So getting from one place to another is very easy. TFL or transport for London offers many ways to get around London, but I think the most convenient way is to use the London Underground network or the London Tube as it is called here. Admire history and breathtaking architecture of London’s underground stations some dating back to 1863. Modern train cars whiz beneath London streets and will get you to your desired place in no time. So don’t miss a ride on the London Tube. Get your Free London Tube map Here.
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London has one of the mildest climates in the UK, but it can be unpredictable sometimes.
Summer weather is pleasant with temperatures anywhere between 20 – 25 degrees Celsius, sometimes even higher.
Spring and Autumn weather see temperatures between 11 – 15 degrees Celsius.
Winter weather temperatures fall between 2 and 10 degrees Celsius. Temperatures do not often fall bellow freezing and snow is not very common, but London does occasionally experiences heavy snow fall.
Rainfall in London on average is between 11 – 15 rainy days a month, highest in November and August.
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