Whenever I visit a new place I always google “points of interest”. These are always the most iconic and famous sights that that particular location is known for. I like to know what a city is known for. Sure, finding hole-in-the-wall places and things off the beaten track are fun, but if you've never been to that city, you gotta see the classics.
I’ve done all the work for you for London. These are six can’t miss sights in good ol’ Londontown. It wasn't that hard to choose, honestly. London has such beautiful landmarks full of such history.
Ps. fun stories ahead!
The Tower Bridge is one of those landmarks that’s equally as beautiful in the day and the night. I love that each side of the bridge has a slightly different view. My favorite is from some benches on the north bank just outside of the Tower of London. These benches are a great place to sit a while, enjoy the scene and my favorite travel past time, people watch. You can buy tickets to go to the top of the bridge, too.
TOWER OF LONDON
The Tower of London is definitely one of those places that has left a lasting impression on me, but probably not for reasons most would. I got kicked out of the Tower of London back when I was studying abroad in England. I swear I did nothing wrong. Long story short, my friends and I were waiting in line to view the crown jewels and some of my friends decided they wanted to take a picture of the beefeater guard nearby. They walked over a 3 inch barrier, which we didn’t realize was actually a barrier. A minute later a very angry beefeater came running at my friends for trespassing. He kicked all of us out. I still haven’t seen the crown jewels.
ST. PAULS CATHEDRAL
Now this is one grand and beautiful church. The dome at the top of St. Paul's Cathedral is reminiscent of the Vatican in Rome. I actually just sat in front of it for a while staring at how beautiful it is. Well, and waiting for people to pass so I could take some photos of myself with my tripod. You can walk around the inside of the church, but it is 18 pounds and they do not allow photos.
BIG BEN + PARLIAMENT
The most iconic and famous clock tower out there. I think Big Ben is probably the first thing people think of when thinking of London or England. It sits at the north end of the palace and the parliament building.
For the best view of Big Ben, read more, here.
This giant ferris wheel is the tallest in the world. It really is grand. You don’t realize how big this wheel is until you’re standing next to it. The capsules are much larger than a traditional ferris wheel. You could probably fit 20 people in one with room to sit and walk around for 360* views. If you have the time and love a view from above, this is a fun experience. If I'm remembering correctly it takes about a half an hour for one revolution. You can buy tickets online head of time, here. You can get a great view of the London Eye from across the river on the north bank.
Well, this is another one of those landmarks that made an impression on me all because I got kicked out. I’m not sure what it is with British landmarks removing me from their properties? Another long story short, my friend and I were taking photos in front of the building for about 15 minutes. We were actually standing there waiting patiently for a couple people to leave to get a better shot. A security guard walked over to us and told us that we had taken enough photos and we needed to leave their private property. Note taken, don’t take too many photos. Regardless, Westminster Abbey is a beautiful church inside and out and shouldn’t be missed. After all, it is where Will and Kate got married!
I know i've said this before, but London definitely holds a special place in my heart. There is just so much to do and see on this great city.
Yours Truly // Shannon