London Tourist Guide

As the UK's capital, London is packed with things to see and do, as you would expect and does not disappoint. It is a fantastic city break location for a few days away. With so much choice for everyone from attractions to eating out, you will be spoiled for choice.

In order to get the most out of your time in the city and fit in all that you want to do, plan a list of essential attractions and sights that you want to see before you go. In order to assist, we have listed the top attractions here that are a must see during your break in London.

Whilst here take a look round some of the best shopping opportunities in the country from the large high street shops that line Oxford Street, luxury department stores that stock everything imaginable such as Harrods and Selfridges, smaller boutique shops in Covent Garden and the Kings Road to antiques and one off finds in the markets dotted across the city.

There are many attractions to visit, though by far the best is the highest observation wheel worldwide, the London Eye. Take a ride in one of the pods and take advantage of the skyline views of London, picking out many of the landmarks as you go round.

The city is well known for its historic and royal connections from the beautiful architecture and buildings to the ceremonies and celebrated festivals. Do not miss the changing of the guard or a tour of Buckingham Palace. As you walk around the city, be sure to visit Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London and Big Ben.

Across the city you will find lots of museums and art galleries full of interesting finds waiting to be explored. Admire the contemporary art in the Tate Modern situated on the Southbank in a converted historic power station. The natural history museum is popular with families and features some unusual displays including a larger than life model whale and a cocoon where you can view scientists at work.

The city is home to a wide range of yearly and one off events not to be missed. This year will see celebrations across the city celebrating the Queens Jubilee followed by the Olympics with its many sporting events.

Whilst planning what to see and do through the day, do not forget night time when the city comes to life. For great entertainment make sure you see a west end show. There are plenty to choose from though look through the Boxoffice first to get the best price for theatre tickets before you travel.

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