The most beautiful sights in London

sights in London

London is the capital of Great Britain and one of the largest cities in Europe. Companies and people from all parts of the world strive for London and make the city on the Thames an economic and cultural metropolis with international flair.

Sightseeing in London is very diverse and offers new surprises every year. In addition to some of the most visited museums in the world with constantly changing special exhibitions, London has many famous and worth seeing sights. A real opportunity to go on a sightseeing tour.

The most famous museums in London

The museum landscape in London is particularly diverse . The most famous museums include the British Museum, the National Gallery, the Tate Gallery, and the Tate Modern art gallery. There are also a large number of private museums and collections on a wide variety of topics.

The National Gallery

The National Gallery is one of the largest art museums in the world. It is located in the famous Trafalgar Square and is already an imposing structure from the outside. 2300 paintings alone are exhibited in the National Gallery. These include works by Titian , Monet, Botticelli and Cézanne; most are from the 13th to 19th centuries.

Museum in Trafalgar Square, London
Museum in Trafalgar Square, London

The admission is free . The National Gallery occupies a special place among the sights in London because it is centrally located and one of the city’s landmarks.

The British Museum

The British Museum is also one of the most visited museums in the world. The impressive building is north of the Thames and can be easily reached via the Picadilly Line and the Cercle Line.

The British Museum in London
The British Museum in London

Entry is free here too. Visitors can admire works of art and artifacts from different eras of world history at the British Museum . Among other things, Egyptian mummies and ancient coins from the early history of all continents are on display.

Tate Gallery of Modern Art

The "Tate Modern"
The “Tate Modern”

The Tate Gallery of Modern Art , Tate Modern for short, is located south of the Thames in the Southwark district. It is a museum for modern art that has a permanent exhibition and constantly changing special exhibitions by various modern artists.

This impressive art collection is housed in a former factory that was converted into a contemporary building by the star architects Herzog & de Meuron from Switzerland.

sights in London

Major attractions in London include Westminster Abbey , Kensington Palace , Buckingham Palace and St Pauls Cathedral . In addition to these historical buildings, there are also numerous other sights of a more profane kind such as the London Eye ferris wheel and the wax museum of Madame Tussauds .

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The latter is the most famous and also the first wax museum that existed. Madame Tussauds now has branches in many other cities around the world. The museum is popular because you can take photos with replicas of the Queen, various heads of government, Will Smith, Mohammed Ali or Kim Kardashian.

Big Ben

No other building is more associated with the city of London than the Big Ben clock tower. The melody that its bells play every full hour is world-famous and has been adopted by countless clockmakers.

Westminster Palace with Big Ben
Westminster Palace with Big Ben

Big Ben is actually the tower of the House of Parliament , which is one of the largest building complexes in London and is located directly on the banks of the Thames.

Both the House of Parliament and Big Ben are best seen and photographed from Westminster Bridge . A tour of the parliament building is only possible in the mornings and not all of the queuing visitors are allowed in. The parliamentary sessions of the lower and upper houses still take place in the parliament building.

Tower Bridge

Another unmistakable landmark of London that should not be missing when sightseeing in London is Tower Bridge . It crosses the Thames and is in the immediate vicinity of the London Tower . Hence her name comes from.

Tower Bridge after sunset
Tower Bridge after sunset

Characteristic and architecturally impressive are the huge massive 65 meter high towers that have held the Tower Bridge for centuries. There is the option of climbing the bridge towers and the connection between the two towers and from there enjoying the view over the Thames, the tower and the city.

Recently, tourists with a head for heights can also dare to look through the glass floor at the bridge itself.

The London Eye

The London Eye is probably one of the most famous big wheels in Europe. From the top you have a great view over London – if the weather cooperates and it is not too foggy.

The London Eye ferris wheel is right on the Thames
The London Eye ferris wheel on the River Thames

When the weather is clear you can see all the way to Windsor Palace . Especially when the weather is nice, there are long queues in front of the entrance to the London Eye. For many visitors, a lap on the London Eye is simply part of a vacation in London.

It is best to book your tickets in advance on the internet directly with the organizer.

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is located in the City of Westminster in the heart of London . The royal family of Great Britain live in this huge building. The mighty building is already worth seeing from the outside.

Buckingham Palace in London
Buckingham Palace in London

Those who want to visit Buckingham Palace from the inside can do so especially in the summer months , when some of the sumptuously furnished rooms are open to the public .

Another highlight in connection with Buckingham Palace is the changing of the guard , which takes place daily from April to July and otherwise every two days at 11:30 a.m. This small and worth seeing spectacle lasts 45 minutes.

Changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace
Changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace

Westminster Abbey

When visiting the British capital, Westminster Abbey should of course not be missing as a really outstanding sight. Over 100 British kings , queens, princes and princesses were interred in this famous church , starting with King Edward who died in 1066.

Westminster Abbey in London - the burial place of many kings
Westminster Abbey in London – the burial place of many kings

Other personalities are also buried in Westminster Abbey, such as the British African explorer David Livingstone and the writer Charles Dickens . So you walk through very historical ground when you enter the church.

London Zoo

The London Zoo is located north of Regents Park and is one of the oldest zoos in Europe. More than 750 animal species and a total of more than 18,000 individual animals can be found on the 15 hectare site.

The reptile house, the penguin pool and the bird house were designed by well-known architects. The London Zoo is not only home to the usual zoo animals such as elephants, giraffes and zebras.

There are also true exotic species to marvel at : for example, the zoo has had an ant colony, lowland gorillas, Sumatran tigers and Galápagos turtles since 2011. A single building is dedicated to the butterflies and there is a huge aquarium divided into different aquatic habitats. There is an Amazon world and a coral reef in it.

Parks and green spaces in London

London is known for its diverse and varied green spaces and parks.

Hyde Park – the most famous park in Great Britain

The most famous park in London is Hyde Park . It is located in the west of the city and is often referred to as the green lung of London . Many Londoners use the park with its 1.4 square kilometers as a recreational area for jogging, picnicking and walking.

Hyde Park in London - the capital's green lung
Hyde Park in London – the capital’s green lung

In the middle of the park is the Serpentine Lake, which divides the park in two halves. In the summer months, numerous concerts and events take place in the park area.

If you are planning a vacation in London, you should look at one of the event calendars in order to be able to experience one of these events.

Bizarre: Speaker at Speakers Corner in Hyde Park
Bizarre: Speaker at Speakers Corner in Hyde Park

There is another attraction at the northeast end of Hyde Park. Speaker’s Corner is right here, right next to Marble Arch .

This is a small square where everyone is legally allowed to give a speech on any topic . The only thing that the speakers are not allowed to talk about is the Queen and the royal family.

In fact, there are a few, sometimes somewhat curious, characters at Speakers Corner every day who give lectures on all kinds of topics.

Brompton Cemetery

West Brompton Cemetery is a particularly beautiful green space . It is located near Earls Court and is used as a recreational area by the residents of this area.

The Brompton Cemetery is not only a peaceful and relatively quiet green space with hedges and trees, but also has thousands of beautiful ornate gravestones with crosses and angel figures enthroned.

 

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