Top Ten London Tourist Attractions

Top Ten London Tourist Attractions
Visitors to London will find numerous things to see and do. If it's sunny consider exploring the many parks and gardens like Kew Gardens or Hyde Park. If it happens to be rainy consider staying indoors and exploring one of the many museums available, all of which have free entry

Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens is located between the Kew estate and the Richmond estate, south of the Thames. Amongst the many features at Kew Gardens is the famous Chinese pagoda as well as numerous greenhouses and formal gardens perfect for strolling through.

Kew Gardens
3 Kew Green
Richmond, Richmond, TW9 3, United Kingdom
011 (+44) 208332 5655
http://www.kew.org

Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussaud's has been a London tourist attraction for several hundred years. At the museum keep an eye out for wax models of celebrities, politicians and royalty. Next door to the museum stands the London planetarium, which is also worth of a visit.

Madame Tussauds
York Court Allsop Place
London, NW1 5LF, UK
011 (+44) 207334 3922
http://www.madametussauds.com

Globe Theatre

Consider also paying a visit to a recreation of Shakespeare's Globe theater. Situated next to Southwark Bridge the globe is a recreation of a seventeenth century theatre using techniques and materials from that time period. At the theatre you'll be able to to enjoy shows much as the people from that period would have.

Globe Theatre
21 New Globe Walk
Bankside,
London,
SE1 9DT,
UK
011 (+44) 207902 1400
http://www.shakespeares-globe.org

St. Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul's Cathedral is one of London's most famous landmarks. It was originally built upon the site of a Roman temple and not only survived the great fire of London but also the blitz. Visitors can go to the top of the cathedral for expansive views of London. Amongst the famous dignitaries buried in saint Paul's crypts is Sir Christopher Wren who originally designed the cathedral.

St. Paul's Cathedral
Ludgate Hill
The City, London
EC4M 8AD
011 (+44) 20 7236 4128
http://www.stpauls.co.uk

British Museum

The British Museum houses perhaps one of the greatest collections in the world. Amongst the famous objects housed at the museum are artifacts from Sutton Hoo, Ancient Egypt and even some artifacts from the Parthenon. Entry to the museum is free and it is an excellent way to while away few hours in London.

British Museum
Great Russell St
London,
WC1B,
United Kingdom
011 (+44) 207323 8000
http://www.britishmuseum.org

London Eye

For an excellent way to view the city consider taking a ride up on the London Eye. On the London Eye you can see for over 40km. On a clear day you could even see all the way out to Windsor Castle.

London Eye
London,
SE1 7PB
United Kingdom
011 (+44)870 500 0600
http://www.londoneye.com

Kensington Gardens

Kensington Gardens sits on 235 acres in the heart of London. In the gardens you will see Kensington Palace, the Italian gardens and Peter Pan's statue. There is also the nearby Serpentine and many paths for strolling and for cycling.

Kensington Gardens
London
W2 2UH
UK
011 (+44) 20 7298 2000
http://www.royalparks.org.uk/kensington

Thames River Cruise

Consider exploring London by water and taking a Thames river cruise. In addition to sites like Saint Paul's cathedral and Tower Bridge you will also be able to see the Cutty Sark and the H. M. S. Belfast. City Cruises is one popular company which offers cruises.

City Cruises
Cherry Garden Pier
Cherry Garden Street
London
SE16 4TU
England
011 (+44) 20 77 400 400
http://www.citycruises.com

Old Royal Observatory

If you've ever wanted to stand with one foot in the east and one in the west consider taking a trip to the Old Royal Observatory in Greenwich. Admission to the observatory is free. There you'll be able to see the Harrison H1 chronometer which helped solve the problem of keeping time while at sea.

Old Royal Observatory
Blackheath Ave
Greenwich,
SE10 8,
United Kingdom
(011) 44 208312 6565
http://www.mmm.ac.uk

Hyde Park

Hyde Park sits on 350 acres which includes a meadow and a lake. If it's summer consider taking a paddle boat out on the Serpentine There's also a tennis court, swimming and horse riding is also available nearby.

Hyde Park
London
W2 2UH
UK
011 (+44) 207 262 1330
http://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/hyde_park/

Article Written By Shiromi Nassreen

Shiromi Nassreen has been writing professionally since 2005. She specializes in travel and outdoor topics, and her articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including "DISfunkshion Magazine" and Matador Travel. Nassreen holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatre studies from Rose Bruford College of Speech & Drama.

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