London Daytime Destinations You Shouldn’t Miss
Now that you’ve booked your tickets for London, it’s time for you to start planning your itinerary and get the most out of your trip.
London is home to hundreds of amazing attractions. It can be really hard to decide which one to include in your itinerary.
Especially if it’s your first time traveling to the city. Fortunately, the city boasts a huge number of top tourist destinations so it’s hard to go wrong.
Though, we think that there are several places that stand out from others.
To give you a little inspiration, here’s a list of six London destinations that you should never miss.
1. Buckingham Palace
Your trip to London would be incomplete if you don’t visit the Queen’s London home, Buckingham Palace.
Being one of the official residences and the administrative headquarters of the British Monarch, it is one of the most iconic landmarks in the city.
Buckingham Palace features beautiful architecture, impressive artworks, and splendid views. You can take them in fully when you take the tour.
For your reference, state Rooms tours are offered from July to September.
Don’t think twice to include Buckingham Palace in your itinerary because it is one of the top tourist destinations in London.
2. British Museum
The British Museum is one of the most famous and largest museums in the world. It contains one of the finest collections of antiquities and documents from all continents.
The museum is also home to some priceless artifacts from all over the world. Such as priceless objects from ancient civilizations in China, Babylonia, Assyria, and Europe.
The major exhibits you shouldn’t miss when visiting the British Museum are the Elgin Marbles from Parthenon, Rosetta Stone, the bust of Rameses II, and the Egyptian mummies.
3. Take Your Afternoon Tea In Mayfair
Your British experience won’t be complete if you don’t take the time to take an afternoon tea in Mayfair, London.
There’s no better place than Mayfair when it comes to afternoon.
The restaurants in Mayfair offer some of the best afternoon tea and food experiences in the world.
Once you’re done with your tea, you can then finish it up by touring the rest of Mayfair and seeing some of London’s most historic sites such as Park Lane and Hyde Park Corner.
4. London Eye
The London Eye is one of the most iconic and must-visit places in the city. It has an observation wheel that shows you just how vast and beautiful the capital of the United Kingdom is.
It is also the largest structure in Europe.
Once there, you can ride in one of its glass capsules that can take you as high as 135 meters (443 feet) above Thames River.
The ride is totally safe so you don’t have to be afraid if you’re scared of heights. It’s also a one-of-a-kind experience that you’ll cherish for the rest of your life.
The only downside is the long lines to be able to ride it. The experience that you’ll get after will be worth the wait.
You can also ride the London Eye during the night. You’ll be able to see how beautiful it is when its glittering lights are lit up.
It also serves as the centerpiece of the city’s annual firework display every New Year.
5. Tower of London
Another iconic landmark in the city that you shouldn’t miss is the Tower of London.
It’s already more than 900 years old and has served various purposes for centuries.
It has served as a Royal Palace, prison, museum, armory, and even a zoo. With its cultural and historical significance, the Tower of London is one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites.
6. Big Ben
Your trip to London won’t be complete if you don’t get to see this world-famous clock. Big Ben is the city’s most iconic national timepiece that has stood for more than 160 years.
The clock is also an exquisite example of the architectural design of Victorian London.
When its bell rings you can sometimes hear its sound as far as 14.5 kilometers (9 miles) away from the tower.
Are You Ready to Visit London?
London is a great choice for a vacation, especially these coming holidays. There are still plenty of must-visit tourist destinations in the city.
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The ones above are just meant to give you a head start before you explore other places around London.
The list of places and things to do in London is endless and all of them will never cease to amaze you.
Do you have any other London daytime destinations to visit?
Let me know, until then—cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. They all share her insatiable wanderlust, enjoyment of good food, and sharing their adventures with the world. Nancy is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.