Things to See and Do in London9 November, 2014
Being one of the biggest cultural capitals in the world, the city of London has lots to offer in terms of places to go and things to do and see, from cultural attractions to historical monuments to modern architecture. Here are just 5 of the best sightseeing places in London
The London Eye
Towering over the city of London at almost 135 metres, the London Eye attracts about four million visitors each year and is one of the most popular sightseeing attractions in the city. We have the Singapore Flyer back home but I still recommend checking out this gigantic wheel – London Eye because of the spectacular view it offers of the city.
The British Museum
Founded in the year 1753, the British Museum boasts a huge collection of millions of unique items from all around the world e.g. greatest relics of the Egyptian and Greek empires. There is a lot to see here and the best part of it all is that it is free! Another museum worth checking out is the Natural History Museum with its large collection of dinosaur exhibits.
Hipster Area of Shoreditch (also known as East London Tech City)
This is not your typical tourist attraction but I thought it is worth a mention considering hipster areas with cool cafes and restaurants are what we usually check out during our travels. Shoreditch has, since around 1996, become a popular and fashionable part of London. The Shoreditch area has become popular with London based web technology companies who base their head offices around Old Street. These include Last.fm, Dopplr, Songkick, SocialGO and 7digital.
Former industrial buildings in Shoreditch have been converted to offices and flats, while Curtain Road and Old Street are notable for their clubs and pubs which offer a variety of venues to rival those of the West End. Shoreditch is one of the best places to go out drinking in London, simply because there are so many different bars, pubs and clubs dotted all over this area. Art galleries, bars, restaurants and even hotels offering luxury rooms in Shoreditch have also popped out over the past few years.
Saint Paul’s Cathedral
Saint Paul’s Cathedral offers a captivating picture of the British Empire of the yesteryears and is a historical accomplishment of the reconstruction that took place after the great London fire of 1666. The Cathedral is famous for hosting royal birthdays, weddings, celebrations and even funerals of some of the greatest leaders in Britain.
The National Gallery
Situated in the heart of Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery is home to some of the finest works of art in the world. Some of these pieces date back to the 13th century and include artwork by Van Gogh, Monet, Renoir, Da Vinci etc. Another popular art gallery is the Tate Modern which is one of London’s most contemporary galleries. The Tate Modern comprises diverse collections and exhibitions of modern art from artists like Matisse, Andy Warhol and Bacon.
Other interesting sights of London include the Tower of London (or the Bloody Tower) infamous for the imprisonment and execution of wrongdoers in the past. Also Westminster Abbey is a medieval work of monumental significance and the burial ground for some of the most famous kings, statesmen, musicians, scientists and poets since the 11th century. The Westminster Abbey offers some of the most intriguing literary works and artistic talent in the way of paintings, murals and tombs.