Notable attractions in London

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Notable attractions in London

Notable attractions in London

London is one of the world’s great cities, a metropolis of amazing attractions, historic sites and top-class shopping. Visitors will be bowled over by its vibrancy, its sense of fun and its 24-hour entertainment. And with superb accommodation, dining out, funky bars and rocking clubs, there’s never been a better time to plan a trip to the UK’s capital.

Reach for the sky

Whether you’re in London for a night, a weekend, a week or even – lucky you – a month, you’ll find lots to see and do. First things first, plan how you’re going to get around. The Oyster card travel system allows you to travel on both the London Underground and the Overground bus system, giving you unrivalled access to the city centre and beyond. And if you prefer to walk from area to area, attraction to attraction, central London is compact enough for it to be a good walking city, too.

So, how do you make the best of your time in London and see all the very best attractions? Start by getting the most remarkable of bird’s eye views aboard the London Eye, a giant Ferris wheel situated on the South Bank of the River Thames. Climb into one of its glass-covered capsules and enjoy a 30-minute ride that will give you a unique glimpse of the London skyline and beyond.

The South Bank is London's arts hub – the Southbank Centre includes the Royal Festival Hall and the Hayward, while close by is the magnificent art gallery, the Tate Modern and the iconic Oxo Tower. Even more amazing skyline views can now be glimpsed from the top of the mighty “Shard” building, close to London Bridge. Bright lights, big city On the north bank of the Thames is the superb clock tower known as Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster, known as the "mother of parliaments". Westminster Abbey sits close by, and is where British kings and queens have been baptised, married and buried for centuries. Follow the processional route of British royalty along the Mall to Buckingham Palace – the Queen’s official London residence is open during the summer months to visitors. Go online to Dealchecker to get the best offers on tickets.

London is renowned for its superb parks – enjoy a picnic on the banks of the Serpentine in Hyde Park or feel the hubbub of nearby Piccadilly as you stroll through Green Park.

To the Tower

The historic Tower of London tells grisly tales of torture and death over centuries. The Beefeaters, in their distinctive red uniform, are the guardians of the priceless Crown Jewels that are stored here, and provide a fabulous photo opportunity for every visitor.

London's visitor attractions are both legion and legendary – any trip here is a fascinating journey into a historic past, a fast moving present and an intriguing future.

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