Attractions in London

London attractions should always include a visit to one of the many royal palaces, each with their own history in the making. Some interesting places to visit include The Tower of London, which has housed prisoners such as Henry VIII’s wives Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, his daughter Elizabeth, and it is the place of murder of two young princes by Richard III; Hampton Court, which was an occasional home to Henry VIII, James I, and William III and Mary II; Kensington Palace, where Queen Victoria grew up, holds the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection from the 18th century to present day, and was once a home to Princess Margaret and Princess Diana; and Kew Palace, once the home of King George III and Queen Charlotte, located in the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and was home to their exotic animal collection. Other attractions include Clarence House, Lancaster House, and St James Palace.

The Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace is an interesting visit. It involves exchanging the old guard with the new guard and is done with music and ceremony, including the traditional red tunics and bearskin hats. If wanting a picture standing next to a guard, one should visit St James Palace to find the guard who is standing all alone. This is a great photo opportunity. It is also worth visiting the Guards Museum to try on a Bearskin Cap or the Calvary Museum to see the horses.

For a panoramic view over London, tourists should consider a ride on the London Eye, located on the banks of the Thames River. This is a 443-foot tall Ferris wheel constructed of 32 glass capsules. Each capsule holds up to 25 people, takes 30 minutes to complete, and offers views of Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, plus many other famous landmarks.

There are many museums in London featuring exhibits of London’s past, science, animals, and design. Interesting museums to visit include the Design Museum, which features design of architecture, furniture, and graphics; the Museum of London, which offers an insight into London’s past such as prehistoric times, Roman rule, and medieval London; the Victoria & Albert Museum, which features 3000 years of collections; the Science Museum, offering hands-on interactive activities and an IMAX 3-D cinema; and the British Museum, which offers exhibits from prehistoric times to modern times, Rosetta Stone, and sculptures from the Parthenon.