In London, there are so many interesting things to do. However, you can’t do everything. What should you choose?
- The London Eye is a must see. The world’s tallest cantilevered observing wheel is a giant ferris wheel one the side of the River Thames. It’s supported by an A-frame on one side and is the most popular tourist attraction in the United Kingdom. The London Eye allows people to climb above the City and look back at it.
- The Tower of London is a old castle with a lot of historical significance to London. The tower has served variously as protection, treasury, home to the Crown of Jewels, a prison and a home for many royal people. In the 19th century, the castle was remodeled and was once again used as a prison. Finally, after World War Two, it was opened to the public and is a very popular museum and tourist attraction.
- Buckingham Palace has been home to many royal people for many centuries. It was originally a townhouse for the Duke of Buckingham, but was acquired by King George III. There have been many additions to the Palace, but the most recent was the balcony that they royal family stands to greet crowds. On a rare occasion, at the changing of the guards ceremony, you might catch a glimpse of Queen Elizabeth II herself!
- Big Ben, the famous clock tower, first rang out in 1859. Before this day, there was still a Palace of Westminster (the headquarters of British Parliament), but it burned down so they rebuilt the building with a clock tower. Fun fact: a bomb destroyed the chamber of the House of Commons during World War Two, but Big Ben continued to function.
- Tower Bridge is a bascule and suspension bridge that goes across the Thames. It has two bridge towers that are combined by two walk ways. In side the towers, there is a small museum which shows you multiple things about the construction of the bridge and how it works. The Bascule part of the bridge opens and closes when boats come through. The bridge is frequently used by cars and pedestrians but the towers are for visitors and cost to get into.
There are many other historical museums that are very enjoyable to attend while you are in London!
Should I buy a London Pass? Yes! All of the activities that you want to do are included in this pass (besides the London Eye). It was totally worth it and we got a lot of use out of it.