When people think of London they think of the Royal family, the Parliamentary buildings, and years old tradition. All mixed in together with a nice batch of modern art and culture. It is a place you can go and visit as a family or just adults and can lose yourselves there for days as there is so much to do and see.
If you plan on visiting London, be sure to stop by these must-see attractions for their history, their beauty, and their regal stature.
The London Eye has fast become a landmark for anyone heading to London and the place know for its spectacular fireworks on New Year’s Eve. If you are heading into London, especially with children, make sure you book tickets to go on it. The views are spectacular and you can see for miles. Booking in advance is great as there’s good London eye discounts to be had.
The Tower of London is almost a thousand years old and is home to the crown jewels. Make sure to plan ahead and get tickets to the Ceremony of the Keys, a 700-year long tradition of locking up the Tower at night. Tickets are free but you’ll need to get them 6-8 weeks in advance. Because the Tower of London is a hot tourist spot, it is likely to be busy. To avoid the long lines, buy tickets at any Tower Hill tube station. With your tickets in hand, you can bypass the line and walk right in.
Buckingham Palace is probably London’s most famous building, and still a working Palace and home to the Queen. If you go in the summer months when the Queen is in Scotland you can get a tour of the staterooms. Buckingham Palace is also where the famous “Changing of the Guards” takes place. You can see this every day at 11:30 am.
The Palace of Westminster and what is now the Houses of Parliament features the famous clock tower Big Ben, which chimes every 15 minutes. If you think of any postcard from London, you’ll recognize the Palace of Westminster and Big Ben. It contains the House of Commons and the House of Lords. While there you can see the Parliament in action by making an appointment ahead of time. The building itself is a masterpiece in its own right. Big Ben and the House of Parliament is one of the top attractions in London.
Westminster Abbey is a cathedral used by the Royals for funerals, coronations, and weddings. It is considered to be the nation’s cathedral. Its architecture is breathtaking and its history is astounding. Poet’s Corner pays tribute to Shakespeare, Chaucer, Dickens, T.S. Eliot, and several others, some of which are buried there. Also here, is the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Famous Royals like Queen Elizabeth I is entombed here as well as Edward the Confessor.
Once atop the Tower Bridge, the views are outstanding. This is the most famous bridge that spans the Thames River. When you buy a ticket you can go into the engine room that is responsible for lifting the bridge. You can also see video and interactive displays inside the bridge. This is a must-see for London tourists. As the festive season approaches, London comes to life and you don’t want to miss it!
A trip to London just wouldn’t be complete with visiting the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, the Tower Bridge, and Westminster Abbey. Make sure you add these destinations to your itinerary, you won’t be disappointed! If you love day trips into the city, I’d love to hear what your favourite things are to do as a family there.