London is the largest city in the UK, and with a population of 8.9 million people, it’s no wonder that London is one of the top tourist destinations in the world. Whilst others prefer quieter locations, others love the hustle and bustle of city life. London is also home to plenty of historic landmarks such as the Tower of London, Big Ben, and even Buckingham Palace, a place that is home to the Royal Family; it is a key part of the City and attracts plenty of tourists to London every day. If London life takes your fancy, you may want to consider relocating to the big city; Estate Agents Gloucester based companies, or estate agents near you can help to create an easy and stress-free move for you and your family. Here are the best sights to see in London.
The London Eye
The London Eye; also known as the Millennium Wheel, is surprisingly one of London’s much newer landmarks; it opened to the public on the 31st December 1999 to commemorate the new Millennium and has continued to be a tourist favorite. The London Eye resembles a ‘Ferris Wheel’, but is much bigger of course; with a height of 443ft, the London Eye is a great way to see all of London, but it may not be your top attraction if you’re afraid of heights.
Big Ben is a tall building with a clock and it is located near the Palace of Westminster. It opened in 1859, which means it is one of London’s oldest landmarks; It stands at 96 meters tall, and the bells chime four times an hour – 15, 30, 45 minutes in the hour, and another on the hour. Big Ben is a historic landmark that continues to be enjoyed by those who visit London.
Tower of London
The Tower of London is a landmark that has a past of dark and deadly deeds, but it does also holds great history. Anne Boleyn, one of Henry Vlll’s wives was beheaded at the Tower of London after she was accused of treason against her husband Henry. The Tower of London was also a prison where criminals were kept, interrogated, or were awaiting their execution. Today the Tower of London is used as a tourist landmark and is home to the Crown Jewels.
The London Dungeons
Opened by Annabel Geddes in 1974, the London Dungeons was originally a ‘Waxwork’ exhibition that attracted tourists from all over the world. It then became a horror walkthrough attraction in the mid 80’s – what we know and love today. The London Dungeons is now owned by Merlin Entertainments, a company that offers ‘Merlin Annual Passes’ that give you discounts on a number of attractions.
Madame Tussauds is a ‘WaxWork’ museum that features all of your favorite celebrities; it gives you the opportunity to take photographs with your celebrity crushes – they are certainly very life-like. You can find Madame Tussauds on Marylebone Road, near Baker Street Underground Station. Madame Tussauds is also owned by Merlin Entertainments.