London is the capital and most populous city of England and the United Kingdom, standing on the River Thames in the south east of the island of Great Britain. You can catch a glimpse of the royal family at Buckingham Palace. Click multiple selfies or do entire photo session at London Bridge, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square and Madame Tussauds Museum is a great idea. The magnificent St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey will awe-inspire you. Here we get you An Ultimate travel guide to London.
When to go London:
The best time to visit London are the summer months as the winters are extremely cold there. Lot of travelers visit London in July and August because of the comfortable climate. Always pack an umbrella as it could rain anytime any season.
How to get around in London:
Choose the underground train referred as “Tube” for travel within different zones. If you are planning to stay in the city for week or more, its a great idea to buy Tube smart card referred as “oyster” card. you can refill (prepaid) the card at any tube station. you can definitely get around with those traditional Red double decker buses and black cabs too.
Tourist Visa for Indians:
The Applicant should have a passport valid for the entire duration of stay in the United Kingdom. you can apply for tourist visa via VFS Global at https://www.visa4uk.fco.gov.uk/ .The UK Border Agency introduced a new Fast Track Visa Service in India. Customers who are applying for a UK visitor visa can request a new Fast Track service wherein the application will get processed within 3-5 working days.
Food in London:
While London is full of place for the foodies and one could get a sophisticated meal, when you are just in mood to go out and have fun filled delicious meals. There are plenty of fine dine restaurants to quick bites to theme restaurants. From NYC style dinners to american bars , London has a lot to offer for non-veggies. Veggies could struggle a bit , but there are some restaurants who serve delicious Indian Food as well.
Cheap Accommodation in London:
There are plenty of places to stay in London on a budget,including guesthouses and friendly hostels. These hotels have multiple stay at multiple locations in London at budgeted accommodation dates:
Few of them listed as below:
- Britannia Inn Hotel, Ilford – http://www.britanniainnhotel.com/
- Holiday Inn Express – https://www.hiexpress.com
- Travelodge, London – https://www.travelodge.co.uk
Must Visits in London:
London Eye can be called as the heart of the city. Step aboard the London Eye, Europe’s tallest observation wheel in the center of London, and see the city’s world famous landmarks from above. One of London’s most recognizable landmarks, and the most popular ticketed tourist attraction in the city. Spectacular 360° views of London, up to 40km on a clear day. See Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, the Shard and much more. All capsules are air-conditioned and wheelchair accessible. Enjoy a fun pre-flight 4D movie experience, taking you on a thrilling journey high above London.
2. Tower of London
One of just four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the city, the Tower of London is one of the city’s most popular attractions. Used variously throughout its history as a royal palace, an armory, a prison, an execution chamber, a zoo, a barracks and a jewel house, this working royal castle offers a stunning insight into 1,000 years of history. See the magnificent Crown Jewels on display, made up of nearly 24,000 gems. Enjoy special exhibitions, guided tours from the famous Beef eaters, and live re-enactments of historic moments. Explore the towers to discover what imprisonment was like for the ‘upper classes’ of previous centuries. Special tours and activities available for children and families. Savings for families: save around 25% on individual prices with a family ticket. Flexibility – Tower of London tickets are open dated and can be used any time on any day.
3. Westminster Abbey & Big Ben:
Westminster Abbey is a must-see living pageant of British history. This is wonderful 700-year-old building – the coronation church of England. This is placed just to the west of the Palace of Westminster. It is one of the United Kingdom’s most notable religious buildings and the traditional place of coronation and burial site for English and, later, British monarchs.
Big Ben: This tower is London’s one of the famous landmarks Called as ” Clock Tower of the palace of Westminster “and is commonly known as “Big Ben”. The clock was the largest in the world and is still the largest in Great-Britain.
4. The Buckingham Palace:
Located in the City of Westminster, the palace is often at the center of state occasions and royal hospitality. … Buckingham Palace became the London residence of the British monarch on the accession of Queen Victoria in 1837.
5. St. Paul’s Cathedral:
Climb to the top of the cathedral’s iconic dome and experience the acoustics and atmosphere of the famous Whispering Gallery. Enjoy unrivaled views of the London skyline from the cathedral’s outdoor viewing platform. See the mosaic interior in incredible detail with interactive audio guides. Visit the crypt – the final resting place of eminent historical figures including the cathedral’s architect Sir Christopher Wren.
6. Windsor Castle:
Visit the castle’s luxurious State Apartments, decorated with priceless historical artworks and still used for state occasions. Step inside the stunning St. George’s Chapel, burial place of 10 monarchs and many aristocrats, including Henry VIII and his third wife Jane Seymour. View Queen Mary’s incredibly intricate Dolls’ House, which features immaculately reproduced miniature replicas of real fixtures and fittings from Windsor castle.
7. Trafalgar Square:
A must-see destination for visitors to London, Trafalgar Square is home to Nelson’s Column .Visit the National Gallery, on the square’s north side, and be amazed by more than 2,000 Western European paintings from the Middle Ages to the 20th century.Trafalgar Square hosts many cultural events, performances and shows over the year, and it’s also home to the biggest Christmas tree in London over the festive period.
8.Bath, Stonehenge & Salisbury
There’s so much to see outside of London, and this excellent value tour is a great way to see some of the highlights of the south west of England without the hassle or expense of car hire and train travel. Travelling on a luxury coach with knowledgeable guides, the tour incorporates the majestic Salisbury cathedral, the magnificent city of Bath (and its superb Roman Baths) and the mysterious Stonehenge monument.
9. Ripley’s Believe it or Not! :
Visit London’s weirdest, wackiest and most entertaining museum, among the bright lights of Piccadilly Circus in the West End. The biggest Ripley’s museum in the world. Over 700 amazing and surreal exhibits, from a life size woollen Ferrari to an animated T-Rex. Live performances at peak times.
10. Original London Sightseeing Tour (Hop On – Hop off) :
Take in London’s most famous landmarks on board an open top sightseeing bus, and hop on and off wherever you like at over 80 stops across the city. Price includes free Thames River Cruise and free Walking Tour of London. Tickets are valid for a full 24 hours. Departures every 15 – 20 minutes or even more frequently in summer. Tickets include access to three different routes, including one dedicated to London’s biggest museums.
11. Madame Tussauds:
Step behind the velvet rope at London’s ever-popular celebrity attraction. The attraction: Take pictures with incredible waxworks of some of the world’s biggest stars, including One Direction, David Beckham and even the Queen. See superheroes brought to life on a huge 360° screen in the 4D Marvel Superheroes movie. Take a journey through London’s fascinating history on a thrilling theme park-style ride.
Shopping in London:
Oxford street is London’s favorite shopping area. This street has all the major shopping brand that you can think of. You can pick toys from Hamleys store to pick super stylish fashion accessories &apparales from ALDO and H&M. You can take Tube train and visit Camden market to shop the vintage gears. you will usually see the shops and stalls selling new as well as second hand furniture, cloths,accessories, home ware etc.
London brings a taste of busting city life amidst historical monuments that remind you of an era gone by. A must visit place to be in the bucket list of the global travelers.
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