10 Best Places to Visit in London For a Great Day Out

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Esther Tendai Burt
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My name is Esther. I was born and raised in Zimbabwe. I came to the UK, London to be specific in the year 2000. In 2005, I graduated as a psychiatric nurse at South Bank University. I moved down to Southampton in 2006. I did Journalism in 2011 and founded my own publication called DIY Girl magazine. Fast forward, I am now a full-time travel blogger.

10 Best Places to Visit in London For a Great Day Out

10 Best Places to Visit in London For a Great Day Out

 

Chilling by the Tower Bridge

Chilling by the Tower Bridge

 

London is considered one of the greatest cities in the world. I am going to help you find out why some places are considered the best to visit in London for a great day out. Millions of tourists visit every year just to come and witness the marvellous beauty. If you love history, culture, food, tradition, night out, and shopping, then keep reading.

 

There are hundreds of amazing places to tour. However, I have scaled down the list to at least 10 best places to visit in London for a great day out. If you have never been to London before, I am sure the list below will be an eye-opener.

 

1) TOWER BRIDGE

 

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge

London has got breath-taking views still standing for 125 years is the Tower Bridge. Thames River has different types of bridges, but the Tower Bridges tops them all. Tower Bridge is London’s defining landmark and is open daily from 9:30 am with the last admission at 5 pm.

 

Visitors cannot be left to thirsty. They can enjoy a refreshment from the Tea Rooms present. There are also Victorian Engine Rooms unfolding the history behind the area. Learning Rooms provide detailed materials for equipping tourist with an opportunity to walk back in time.

A gift shop is like icing on the cake as it enables visitors to take away some memorabilia. To serve those who might not have enough time to shop around, the Tower Bridge online shop saves the day. Tower Bridge tickets prices can be found here. 

 

2) LONDON EYE

 

The London Eye

The London Eye

 

Right in the public eye is the ferries wheel famously known as the London Eye. The London Eye is found on the South Bank of the Thames River. London Eye is Europe’s tallest observation wheel. For people who love heights, this is a must visit area. This skyline offers the best views of London soaking in the adventure from the top.

 

The London Eye is the most popular paid tourist attraction in London and the rest of the United Kingdom. Over 3.5 million visitors per year come by to have moments of their lives. This results in the following being popular too:

 

3) BOAT TRIPS

Drawing more people to the Thames River are boat trips cruising the river all day. There are different types of cruises ferrying passengers around. London is a landlocked city. The Thames River Cruises gives London visitors a taste of what cruise life is all about. It liberates people to have a taste of ‘water life’ even if it will be just for a while.

 

4) BUCKINGHAM PALACE

 

People chilling outside the Buckingham Palace

People chilling outside the Buckingham Palace

Everything beautiful is never singularly presented in London. This happens to be the case when talking about palaces too. There are several palaces in London but the best palace to visit in London is the Buckingham Palace. This Victorian building is home to over 775 rooms. Of these rooms, 19 are staterooms, 52 are official royal bedrooms and guest rooms. Staff members have 188 bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms.

 

The Buckingham Palace is the central place of Britain’s constitutional monarch. It was opened to the general public since 1993 between April and September. People from all over the world visit even if for some it will be for that quick photo. I could not help but marvel at the gold-like encrusted huge gates.

Buckingham Palace Gates

Buckingham Palace Gates

 

Getting Around London

Travelling around London is very easy. Walking is the most popular. People walk most of the times. The scenery is much better appreciated in detail when walking. And the big advantage is that it is free. Walking contributes to fitness at the same time. London Oyster cards and All Day Travel Card can be bought to facilitate travelling around. This will save keep paying for every trip all day.

 

Expect various types of transport around London getting you to any corner of the City easily. Depending with location, one is bound to find, black taxis, buses, under/overground trains, trams and the Docklands Light Rail (DLR). Cycling is also encouraged through the provision of Santander Bikes. One can ride a Santander Bike for as little as £2 for 24 hours. All you have to do is find a docking station. Never to be missed out are the following two as highlighted below:

i) Hop-On-Hop-Off Buses

 

EcoTaxi and Hop-On-Hop-Off Buses

EcoTaxi and Hop-On-Hop-Off Buses

These are tour buses that go around showing tourist mainly Central London. Different companies run them as you can see they come in various colours, shape and theme. A tour guide is available to commentate to passengers as they journey around London. Commentators are very knowledgeable and inform tourists on various aspects that otherwise would have been missed. These Hop-On-Hop-off buses make sightseeing around London adventurous and extremely intriguing.

 

ii) Eco-Taxi

Also scattered everywhere are the so-called eco-friendly taxis. These are tricycles that individuals use to ferry people around. They cost from £15 per journey. Prices differ though depending on the point of destination chosen.

 

5) BOROUGH MARKET

 

Borough Market

Borough Market

The Borough Market is Britain’s most famous food market. It has existed for over 1000 years. In 1930 Charlie Chapman sponsored the Market’s sports day. Borough Market has been famously known as a retail market since 1998. The market continues to thrive to this day

 

Borough Market is the best place for hungry bellies. There are on site demo kitchens providing freshly cooked meals for food lovers while they wait. Visit Borough Market and be rest assure to taste a variety of staple foods from all over the world. This market is spot on in both cosmopolitan hot and cold meals.

 

6) WESTMINSTER ABBEY

Westminster Abbey is seen as a living symbol of faith at the heart of London. Tourists visit this place for the history behind and the culture upheld by the building itself. People from all walks of denominations value Westminster Abbey for the Christian traditional worship still retained to this date.

 

7) THE NATIONAL GALLERY

At the National Gallery

At the National Gallery

London is blessed with loads of museums and galleries. The National Gallery is found in the heart of Trafalgar Square. This is one of the 10 best places to visit in London. Bonus point is the fact that it is readily available with free admission although there are charges for some exhibitions.

 

The National Gallery is rich with information that covers various countries with exhibitions that represent the world at large. This gallery is fully packed with the must-see paintings. Guided tours help visitors get more from their visit, as details can be further explained. Some people just enjoy lounging outside the gallery or just sun basking; weather permitting.

 

8) OXFORD STREET

Both tourists and locals frequent Oxford Street day and night. Oxford Street is found on the major road of Westminster in West End London. Oxford Street is no doubt one of the 10 best places to visit in London. Sought after shops like Debenhams, House of Fraser, John Lewis, Selfridges and the Oxford Circus are prominent. People from all walks of life normally visit Oxford Street not only for shopping but also for Arts and Music. Guaranteed buzzing nightlife goes without question.

 

9) MADAME TUSSAUDS

Yes, another museum but this time with a difference. Madame Tussauds is a wax museum. Madame Tussauds has smaller museums in other cities such as Beijing (China), New Delhi (India), and Vienna (Austria). Some Madame Tussauds museums are found in New York City and Hollywood (USA) and Sydney (Australia) to name a few.

 

Madame Tussauds is a major tourist attraction in London. It is richly packed with jaw-dropping waxworks displays of famous and historical figures. This also includes waxworks of popular film and television characters.

 

10) CONVENT GARDEN MARKET

 

Covent Garden

Covent Garden

The Covent Garden Market is the hidden gem of London. This is located in the middle of Covent Garden, one of the popular tourist areas in London. The market is full of treats for one’s self including souvenirs for friends and family. Covent Garden is divided into two parts:

i) Apple Market

The Apple Market is the Covent Garden’s largest market. It flourishes with boutique shops to catch the eye of fashionistas. Like every corner in London, there is somewhere to eat and the Covent Market is no exception. The market is the perfect place to shop, chill and eat. All this is under one roof.

ii) Jumble Market

The Jumble Market is a bit smaller than the Apple Market. It has a traditional feel to it. There is a lot to see from this deceiving area. It houses the London Transport Museum (yes, another museum…) with extensive grounds for the Royal Opera House Arcade too.

 

Accommodation

There is plenty of accommodation in and around London. Budget to 5-Star luxurious hotels are also available. B&Bs are everywhere with hostels becoming a very popular thing too. Pubs and Restaurants cannot be missed.  Some of them offer overnight stays for visitors.

 

WARNING

I would like to warn drivers of the following charges in central London. You can be fined for failure to pay fees when supposed to pay. Payment can be done in advance, on the day or soon after, depending on what exactly is involved.

a) CONGESTION CHARGES

Most importantly, be extra careful of congestion charges whenever driving into central London. At the moment it is £11.50 in advance and £14 if paid on the same day. Daily charges are between 07:00 and 18:00 hours Mondays to Friday. Good news though is that there is no congestion charge over the weekend. Hooray. Exemptions and discounts are available too.

 

b) EMISSION ZONE CHARGES

Anyone planning to drive into London must be fully aware of the recently introduced emission zone charges. The Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) covers the same area as the Congestion Zone. Unlike the congestion charges, ULEZ operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every single day of the year. Although it was initiated in the hope to improve air quality, paying is painful.

 

All vehicles have to meet the ULEZ emission standards. Otherwise, drivers risk paying heavily charges to drive within the zone. Charges are currently £12.50 for most vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes. And £100 for heavier vehicles over 3.5 tonnes including lorries and buses/coaches over 5 tonnes. Check up to date information HERE.

 

Summary

10 Best Places to Visit in London For a Great Day Out

  1. Tower Bridge
  2. London Eye
  3. Boat Trips
  4. Buckingham Palace
  5. Borough Market
  6. Westminster Abbey
  7. National Gallery
  8. Oxford Street
  9. Madame Tussausds
  10. Covent Garden

 

Book for events in advance for a complete London experience. This will also greatly help avoid any disappointments. I hope you find this post informative. Feel free to leave comments below. If you have any previous experience in London, I would like to hear all about it?

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