London is the capital and one of the most popular cities of the United Kingdom. It stands on the river of Thames in the south eastern part of Great Britain. London is a global city with strengths in arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare as well as for its rich culture.
London has a diverse range of people and culture, with over 300 languages spoken in Great London. It is an exciting city with some of the world’s best sights, attractions and activities. It also has few of the best pubs in the country. If you are planning on a trip, we have listed 7 things to do in London.
- Tour the Royal Opera house
The Royal Opera House is an open house and major performing arts venue in Covent Garden, Central London. This world famous theatre, home of the royal ballet, the royal opera, and the orchestra is open during the day to the general public. The Royal Opera House is a Grade I-listed building, and with its beautiful architecture and modern additions it is a striking Covent Garden landmark and it is definitely an attraction in Europe . Book in advance for a behind-the-scenes tour.
- Read the Beatles Lyrics at the British Library
The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and the second largest library in the world. Manuscripts of the lyrics to the Beatles hit songs “Strawberry Fields Forever”, “She said she said” and “In My Life”, handwritten by John Lennon have been donated to the British Library. If you are the Beatles fan, you must stop to read these manuscripts.
- Shop at Borough Market
Borough market is one of the largest and oldest food markets of London. It is a wholesale and retail food market in Southward, Central London. Borough Market’s gourmet food market consists of more than 100 stalls and stands. Producers from all over the country bring a range of fresh produce to the market, including fish, meats, vegetables, breads, coffee, cakes etc.
The market is open from Monday to Saturday. Borough Market celebrated its 1000 birthday in 2014.
- London Eye : Champagne Experience
The Coca-Cola London Eye experience sweeps riders high above the River Thames to enjoy the breath taking panoramic views of London. Tourists get to view a number of must see spots of London such as Buckingham Palace, Parliament house etc.
If you opt for the Champagne experience and enjoy a glass of Pommery Brut Royal Challenge while enjoying the sightseeing. If you are taking your kids along with you, the children receive orange juice instead of champagne, so you can sit back and relax. This London eye experience lasts for half an hour and is probably one of the best.
- Visit the Tower of London
The Tower of London is one of the most popular tourist sites for people exploring London. It is located on the north bank of the River Thames in central London. The castle was used as a prison from 1100 to 1952. A grand palace also served as the Royal Residence. Today the Tower of London is one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions. Under the ceremonial charge of the Constable of the Tower, it is cared for by the charity Historic Royal Palaces and is protected as a World Heritage Site.
- Travel through Shakespeare’s Globe
Shakespeare’s Globe is the complex housing a reconstruction of the Globe Theatre, an Elizabethan playhouse in the London Borough of Southwark, on the South Bank of the River Thames that was originally built in 1599. The modern Globe Theatre reconstruction is an academic approximation based on available evidence of the 1599 building. The building itself is constructed entirely of English oak with mortise and Tenon joints giving it an authentic look. The season normally runs from May to October and sometimes during Christmas too.
- Watch the daily “Changing the Guard” ceremony outside Buckingham Palace
For a display of British pomp and ceremony, watch the changing the guard ceremony outside the Buckingham Palace. Changing the Guard or Guard Mounting is the process involving a new guard exchanging duty with the old guard. All the guards taking part in the ceremony are dressed in traditional red tunics and bearskin hats, and the ceremony is set to music.