By Lorena Boanda
The concept of city break continues to gain more and more followers, as the advantages greatly outweigh the disadvantages. London, Britain’s capital city, is one of the world’s best travel destinations; not surprising, especially considering the sheer number of tourist attractions it boasts.
Be that as it may, don’t rule out London as one of the best destinations for a quick city break just yet, as the city has enough to offer even for its short-stay visitors. If you’re one of them, then be sure to check out our list of top tourist attractions you shouldn’t miss on your city break in London.
The Westminster street is probably the best place where you can start your city break. It’s considered to be the political hub of London, and it connects some of London’s other great landmarks, the famous Big Ben, the Parliament, and the Westminster Abbey. The Buckingham Palace should be next on your list since it’s one of Britain’s most iconic buildings. Don’t just go there to see the building itself, but also make sure to enjoy the serene gardens and possibly even catch the Changing of the Guard which happens daily at 11:30 A.M.
If it’s your first time in London, then consider visiting the London Eye, one of London’s prominent landmarks and Europe’s biggest observation wheel. A trip in the wheel lasts 30 minutes, giving you enough time to soak in the architectural beauty of London from 443 feet up above the Thames.
Built to commemorate Lord Horatio Nelson’s victory over the French and Spanish at Trafalgar in 1805, the square with the same name is one of London’s most visited tourist spots. You might also want to visit the Piccadilly Circus, a very interesting place at the intersection of various high-traffic streets, Piccadilly, Regent, Haymarket, and Shaftesbury Avenue.
Since we’re on the subject of streets, we definitely recommend you take the time to stroll about some of London’s most celebrated streets such as Oxford Street, Europe’s busiest shopping street, Electric Avenue, the first street in London to be lit by electricity, and Baker Street, the home of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes.
If you’re a Harry Potter fan, then you can’t go to London without visiting Platform 9 ¾, the place from where Harry and his friends used to journey to Hogwarts. Chinatown might seem like an awkward pick for a city break, but it’s definitely worth it, especially if you’re passionate about Asian cuisine.
It would be a shame to come to London and not visit at least one of its magnificent parks. One of London’s biggest parks is Hyde Park, and it’s also the most renowned due to its historical significance. Another beautiful park is Hampstead Heath, a place where you can experience the unspoiled tranquility of nature in the northern part of London.
We’ll end our list with some of London’s best museums. We recommend the Science Museum if you’re into hands-on investigative activities, the Natural History Museum if you like ancient fossils and stuffed animals, V&A museum if you want to see an impressive collection of decorative art, design, and fashion, and the London Transport Museum.
We hope that our list of top tourist attractions will be of use to you in your next London city break.