Hello guys! this is something different, but I think that it will be very helpful. I want to share with you my list of places that I’ve planned to visit in London. Personally, I think that four months is enough time to be able to visit all of this places. Therefore, I hope this post will be useful for future students planning to come to London because this was something I needed before arriving.
1. Big Ben: Big Ben is the nickname for the bell in the clock tower at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London and is usually extended to refer to both the clock and the clock tower as well. The tower is officially known as Elizabeth Tower. Big Ben is a cultural icon and is one of the most prominent symbols of London. It is often used in the films to establish London as the location for the scene.
2. London Eye: This place is on my to-do list because the view from the London Eye looks amazing. It is a giant observatory wheel on the south bank of the River Thames in London. Also known as the Millennium Wheel, it is the world’s tallest cantilevered wheel. FIE’s Student Life team offers multiple chances to go during the semester and summer at a reduced rate.
3. Tower of London and Tower Bridge: A historic castle located on the north bank of the River Thames in central London. It lies within the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, separated from the eastern edge of the square mile of the city of London by the open space known as Tower Hill. The Tower Bridge is one of the most famous attractions in London. You can get inside the bridge and explore its views, glass floor, and victorian Engine Room
4. St Paul’s Cathedral: I know that not everyone that will read this post is Catholic. However, I was raised in a catholic family so for me it was a nice experience being able to get inside the cathedral. The cathedral is one of the most famous and most recognizable sights of London designed by architect Sir Christopher Wren.
5. Buckingham Palace: The London residence and administrative headquarters of the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom Located in the City of Westminster. The palace is often at the center of state occasions and royal hospitality. It has been a focal point for the British people at times of national rejoicing and mourning.
6. Westminster Abbey: One of the world’s great churches, with a history stretching back over a thousand years and an essential part of any trip to London. I can’t say too much because I haven’t got inside yet, but it’s on my list.
7. Palace of Westminster: The meeting place of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the two houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Commonly known as the Houses of Parliament after its occupants, it is also known as the “heart of British politics”. The first week I arrived in London, FIE provided tickets for all students to do an audio tour inside the building. It was a good experience because I like politics and I was able to learn how the UK system works.
8. Tate Modern: It is Britain’s national gallery of international modern art. It is based in the former Bankside Power Station, in the Bankside area of the London Borough of Southwark. The Tate holds the national collection of British art from 1900 to the present day and international modern and contemporary art. So, if you are a person that appreciates art you must go to this place.
9. Natural History Museum: I’m not a big fan of museums, but I really recommend this once because it exhibits a vast range of specimens from various segments of natural history. Many of the collections have great historical as well as scientific value, such as specimens collected by Charles Darwin. The museum is particularly famous for its exhibition of dinosaur skeletons. Also, if you are staying in Metrogate the museum is only five minutes walking.
10. Hyde Park: One of the largest parks in London and one of its Royal Parks. If you like nature, Hyde Park is a nice escape because you are able to see animals and walk around the lake. Metrogate is also very close from Hyde Park, so I sometimes go for a walk. I have to mention that I like going to Hyde Park when I’m stressed with college. London can very stressful, so going to Hyde Park would be a good plan for just relaxing.
11. Covent Garden: A place for visitors and Londoners who enjoy its many attractions, including shopping, theater, restaurants, bars, history, and culture. Things to see in and around Covent Garden include the London Transport Museum, the Royal Opera House, Somerset House and Covent Garden Market. There are several smaller areas within Covent Garden that are worth exploring such as The Opera Quarter, St Martin’s Courtyard, Seven Dials, Neal’s Yard and Floral Street.
12. Churchill War Rooms: Churchill War Rooms is part of Imperial War Museums original Cabinet War Rooms. The underground headquarters that sheltered Churchill and his wartime government during the Blitz. This place is very interesting because tourists are able to see the historic rooms that once buzzed with strategies and secrets.
13. Trafalgar Square: A public square in the City of Westminster, Central London, Its name commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar. Also, it is surrounded by museums, galleries, cultural spaces and historic buildings. Many events are hosted at Trafalgar Square, including cultural celebrations, commercial events, rallies and demonstrations, filming and photographic shoots. In the public square, you have the National Gallery, Nelson’s Column, The Trafalgar Square Lions, The World’s Smallest Police Phone Box, Fountains and Charing Cross. What makes Trafalgar Square especial is its surroundings. I like that if I want I can get inside the National Gallery or I can go on a short walk and see Big Ben.
14. The Shard: Is a skyscraper in Southwark that forms part of the London Bridge Quarter development. The Shard is the tallest building in the United Kingdom and the fourth tallest building in Europe. I’ve only seen the Shard from the outside, but I will book my ticket because it’s London’s highest viewing platform. I really want to see London from above, so I’m pretty sure it will be a good experience.
15. Borough Market: is a wholesale and retail food market in Southwark, Central London. It is one of the largest and oldest food markets in London. The wholesale market operates on all weekday mornings from 2 a.m. to 8 a.m. I liked this market because they have a variety of food from different places.The other day I went and I bought paella, cheese, and truffle oil.
16. Royal Observatory, Greenwich: For my British life and Business course, our professor took us to the Royal Observatory. The observatory is situated on a hill in Greenwich Park. It played a major role in the history of astronomy and navigation, it is best known as the location of the prime meridian. British astronomers have long used the Royal Observatory as a basis for measurement. The observatory buildings at Greenwich include a museum of astronomical and navigational tools, which is part of the National Maritime Museum.
17. Piccadilly Circus: Piccadilly Circus is surrounded by several major tourist attractions, including the Shaftesbury Memorial, Criterion Theatre, London Pavilion and several major retail stores. Numerous nightclubs, restaurants, and bars are located in the area and neighboring SoHo.Also, it’s surrounded by illuminated advertising on buildings.
18. Oxford Street: It is Europe’s busiest shopping street.Oxford Street is home to a number of major department stores and flagship retail outlets, containing over 300 shops. You can find high street and luxury brands. I like going shopping in Oxford Street because all the well-known brands are located there. So, if you are planning to go shopping I would recommend you this place.
19. Camden Town: Camden Town is by far one of my favorite places in London. I really like the environment because there are food trucks and people that sell their food in the main street. Besides going shopping and eating good food, Camden Town is surrounded by pubs and clubs, so people can go in their free time and listen to good music. Since I’m from South America, I love to eat Latin American food and Camden Market provides food from places around the globe.