Top Things to Do in London
London has it all: great shopping, lots of open-air attractions and an amazing history fully represented in the old streets and buildings that are scattered throughout the city. Visitors may be hard-pressed to choose what to do, especially if their time in London is limited. Still, there are a few must-see spots that everybody should make time for.
The newest must-do attraction in London is the 135-foot Ferris wheel, located in the Jubilee Gardens, right on the edge of the water. The pods, which are completely made of glass, afford the best views of the city as far away as 25 miles. The wheel takes 30 minutes to complete a turn, providing you with ample time to relax, takes photos and enjoy the fantastic view. It will take a lot longer to actually get in, though, as more than four million visitors queue for a ticket every ticket (about $23).
The Abbey has been the center of England's most important events for centuries. This is where coronations take place and where kings and great minds (from Dickens to Newton) are buried. Nowadays, Westminster Abbey is open for tours (tickets sell for $15) and visitors often stop by just to see the church's organ. It was built in 1937 and is still in use.
Tower of London
Although better known as the Tower of London, this historic monument's real full name is Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress. The oldest section of the fortress was built in 1078, although construction continued for over two centuries. There are now thirteen towers, many of which now contain museum-like recreations of period rooms. One of the most famous sights here, however, may be the crows, which are supposed to bring the kingdom good luck. They are cared for by a Ravenmaster and allow to roam the grounds freely.
Claire Taylor is a health, wellness and travel writer with credits in publications such as "Woman's Day," "Marie Claire," "Adirondack Life" and "Self." Taylor is also a seasoned independent traveler, as well as a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant.