It's no secret that London is one of the most vibrant cities in the world. The UK's capital is a cosmopolitan melting pot of cultures, history, and mystery. To check out all of what London has to offer would take you a long time. But, what if you only have 24 hours to spend in the city? As you can imagine, it's crucial to plan an itinerary that takes in the top sites of the city. Here are some ideas of London's famous landmarks and attractions that you can check out:
Getting into London
The good news is that London is easy to get to from anywhere! If you're flying in, there are several airports around the city including Heathrow. There's also the Eurostar train that connects the UK with mainland Europe. For places to stay, there are a plethora of options available. And, as you can imagine, there are many cheap hostels in London. So, if you're backpacking around Europe, you can keep your costs down by staying at a quality hostel.
Go on a sightseeing tour
One of the great things about the UK's capital is there are many sightseeing tours available. Going on a "hop on/hop off" one represents excellent value for money. Why? The answer is simple. You get to spend time seeing many of the capital's top landmarks. Plus, you don't need to worry about navigating the city's transport network. A sightseeing tour bus will give you a fixed itinerary of stops and times. If you’re really pressed for time, you can check out all the top attractions without getting off the bus!
Visit Buckingham Palace
No visit to the city of London is complete without making a trip to Buckingham Palace! The queen's royal residence in the heart of the capital is famous around the world. Be sure to get there during the "changing of the guard" ceremony. It frequently happens each month, and you can check online for the next date and time.
The atmosphere of Westminster Abbey
A UNESCO World Heritage site, Westminster Abbey is a must-see landmark of London. Apart from its religious significance, it plays host to a plethora of high-profile weddings. The recent one to date is the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton. You can take a guided tour around the abbey which lasts around an hour.
Visit the Tower of London
A world-famous historical castle, the Tower of London has quite the tale to tell! It dates back to 1066, the year of the Norman Conquest. The tower has played a prominent role in English history and has had many uses in the past. Did you know that it was once a zoo in the early 19th century?
Stop off at Big Ben!
One of the most iconic landmarks of London is, without a doubt, Big Ben! It's a famous clock tower that forms part of the Palace of Westminster. It's also one of the world's most photographed clocks! The palace itself gets used by the UK's politicians. Meetings by members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords often take place there. If you're unfamiliar with British politics, they make up the parliament of the UK.