Places in London for Tourism
The city of London draws thousands of visitors every year from around the globe. Its long and rich history provides tourists with abundant opportunities to experience and explore a wide variety of attractions both ancient and modern. Museums, cultural centers and walking tours are some of the most popular choices for new and returning guests of this charming and vibrant European capitol.
Tower of London
The White Tower
The legendary Tower of London is one of the city's most recognizable symbols. The central keep, known as the White Tower, was built nearly 1,000 years ago. Over the centuries, the Tower acquired a sinister reputation as a royal prison and the site of many famous executions. Visitors can view the chamber where the Princes in the Tower were allegedly murdered and the spot on which two of Henry VIII's wives were executed. The Crown Jewels are also on display at the Tower, as well as a large collection of historical weaponry and armor.
H.M. Tower of London
Tower Hill, The City
London, England EC3N 4AB
No visit to London is complete without a tour of the original Madame Tussauds wax museum. Madame Tussauds opened its doors in 1835 and now features the wax likenesses of hundreds of famous and infamous figures from past and present. Visitors can get up close and personal with world leaders, athletes, actors, musicians and test their nerve in the "Chamber of Horrors," a gallery that features some of history's most notorious villains. Visitors are advised to arrive early, given the popularity of the attraction with tourists and locals alike.
Madame Tussauds and the London Planetarium
London, England NW1 5LR
The London Eye at night
Some of the most spectacular views of the city can be seen from the London Eye, also known as the Millennium Wheel. At 443 feet tall, it is the highest observational wheel in Europe. The Eye's pod-like capsules provide a 360-degree view of the city. Passengers can observe some of the most famous sites in London, including Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace. Visitors are strongly encouraged to arrive at least half an hour prior to their scheduled ride time.
Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road
London, England SE1 7PB
Jack the Ripper Tour
"A Suspicious Character," Illustrated Police News, 1888
Step into the shadow of one of the most famous serial killers of all time on a tour of Jack the Ripper's London. Led by experienced guides, guests can walk in the footsteps of the murderer who stalked the sordid streets and dark alleys of London's East End in 1888. Visitors can see where the murders took place, the doorway where the Ripper may have left a cryptic message and examine copies of police documents related to the investigation. Discovery Tours' Ripper Walk is one of many available tours.
Discovery Tours and Events Ltd.
P.O. Box 53131
London, England E18 1UW
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