5 Things to See in London Before You Die
The capital of the United Kingdom has had a long and colourful history, and over time has become home to landmarks and attractions that are definitely worth a visit.
The Tower of London
There was a time when Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress had built itself a reputation as a place of grim tidings like torture and death by virtue of the prisoners incarcerated there. Today, however, the palace is a tribute to the imperial culture and past of the country. It is home to the Crown Jewels, and was the first zoo in London. You can take a tour with a Beefeater (as the ceremonial Yeoman Warders are popularly called), learn of the legend of the Tower’s raven, and even stand at a spot where a head or two once rolled.
The London Eye
An iconic part of London’s skyline, the London Eye is a massive Ferris wheel that stands on the bank of the Thames in Westminster. Towering 135 metres above the surrounding areas, the London Eye offers breathtaking views over London that are sure to be remembered for a lifetime.
The National Gallery
The National Gallery, an art museum founded in 1824, stands proudly at the head of the iconic Trafalgar Square in Westminster. The Gallery holds over two thousand paintings, and is the fourth most visited museum of art worldwide. Entry to the gallery is free, and its main collection belongs to the public of the United Kingdom.
Located in Southbank, Tate Modern is Britain’s national museum of contemporary and modern art, and has over seventy thousand works. The museum’s unique structure owes itself to the history of the building as a power station. The Turbine Hall runs the entire length of the building, and guests can see works of artists such as Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso, Dalí and Pollock.
Madame Tussauds London
The flagship site of this internationally famous wax museum is a must-visit for any visitor to London. Visitors to the museum can take a walk through history and brush shoulders with the likes of the Royal family, and various celebrities and historical figures.
All these places are a testament to London’s vibrant and diverse past. Take the time out to visit them when you go to London.