Top London Attractions

Top London Attractions
Despite being one of the biggest cities in Europe, modern-day London has evolved in a manner that allows one to stay close to nature. With some eight Royal Parks, botanical gardens, a nature reserve, a zoo and the River Thames all within city limits, London is an ideal city destination.

Hyde Park

The largest of London's parks, Hyde Park is an expanse of rambling greenery that links the Notting Hill and Kensington districts to Marble Arch. Nestled away in its confines among many other attractions you'll find the Diana Memorial Fountain, the Hyde Park Riding Stables and Lake Serpentine, where on hot days swimmers compete with the ducks for the best areas to splash around in.

Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew

Kew Gardens, home to historic Kew Palace, is quite simply the biggest collection of living plants you will find anywhere. Officially listed as a World Heritage Site, the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew contain exotic palms, giant waterlilies, a woodland glade, rhododendron dell, bamboo garden and much more.

London Wetland Centre

Opened in 2000, the London Wetland Centre is 40 hectares of wetland, reed beds, lagoons and ponds. There you can observe exciting, rare wildlife in their natural habitat. Often observed breeds include kingfishers, woodpeckers, goldfinches, redshanks, buzzards, gladwall and shoveler ducks.

Regent's Park

Formerly a royal hunting ground, Regent's Park consists of landscaped gardens, wetland, reed beds, woodlands, playing fields, a rose garden and even an outdoor theater. Many a Londoner's favorite park, Regent's has been used in several notable films, among them "Bridget Jones's Diaries," "About a Boy" and "American Werewolf In London."

The Tower of London

Located on the north bank of the Thames, Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress, more commonly known as the Tower of London, is one of the most famous historical monuments in Great Britain. With a central tower dating back to 1078, the Tower of London over the course of its lifetime has been used as a fortress, a royal palace, a prison and a museum. Official home to the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom, the fortress and grounds of the Tower of London are one of the city's true must-see destinations.

ZSL London Zoo

Dating back to 1828, ZSL London Zoo is actually one of the most modern and humane zoos you are likely to visit anywhere. The traditional cages have long since been replaced by animal-friendly enclosures, and ZSL London Zoo presents a splendid opportunity to closely observe some 650 different species. With tigers, giraffes, seahorses, pelicans, apes and pythons among them, the ZSL London Zoo has a little something for everyone.

Article Written By Alex Baker

Alex Baker is a journalist, blogger and copywriter. He's been published in publications like "Resource Magazine" and the "San Francisco Weekly." He's a staff writer for and contributes to and Swagger. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary arts from San Francisco State University.

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