If this is your first time visiting London on your own, here are a few ideas to make your self-guided tour more enjoyable.
The least expensive way to see London is on foot. From Big Ben to the Tower of London, you’ll discover that most of London’s major tourist attractions are within walking distance of each other.
From the Royal Observatory, you’ll be able to take in panoramic views of the city. Enjoy a stroll along the park’s beautiful tree-lined avenues. Along the route, be sure to visit the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich Market and the Queen’s House. If you enjoy live outdoor concerts, head over to the bandstand in Greenwich Park.
Built in 1703, the palace is the home of the Queen. Although the Palace is usually not open to the public during the summer months, you can still watch the Changing of the Guard for free at 11.30 am every morning. Whenever the Royal Standard flag is raised on top of the Palace, it usually means that the Queen is in residence. The Queen Victoria Memorial, unveiled in 1911, stands in front of Buckingham Palace. The statue of the seated Victoria is 13 feet tall, and created from a single block of marble.
Tower of London
Just southeast of the city, is the Tower of London, the city’s original royal fortress located by the Thames. It is over 900 years old and contains the Crown Jewels that are guarded by Beefeaters. It is a World Heritage site and regarded to be the most haunted building in the world. If you have the courage to enter the tower, it is worth a visit. Guided ghost tours are also available.
Houses of Parliament
Take a tour of the Houses of Parliament, also known as the Palace of Westminster and explore 1,000 years of British history. The House of Lords and the House of Commons make up the seat of the United Kingdom. Parliament is open to all visitors including free attendance to debates and committee hearings. Visitors can tour the buildings or climb the famous Elizabeth Tower and see Big Ben.
One of the most popular tourist attractions is the EDF Energy London Eye. Located on the banks of the River Thames, at 443 feet high, with a diameter of 394 feet, makes it one of the tallest Ferris wheels in the world. For the best experience and most amazing views of the city’s illuminated skyline, a nighttime spin is recommended.
For more information and other-related tours, visit the London website.