London is not only the capital of the United Kingdom it is also the city with the most recognized icons of British culture. It is in the same class as Paris as an always trendy place to visit. To make sure you make the most of your visit, here are the top 10 must see places in London.
1) Big Ben
Big Ben is actually the name given to the bell contained in The Clock Tower but is often used to refer to the tower itself. It’s thirteen and a half ton bell can be heard up to 5 miles way. The clock tower is a prominent symbol of London, and the United Kingdom in general, this alone makes it the number one attraction not to miss.
2) Tower of London
The Tower of London was actually built by William the Conqueror in 1078, making it about 1000 years old. The tower certainly has a lot of London’s history tied up in it, and the history behind the tower is one of the main draws for visitors in the area. If history is not of interest, there is always the Royal Collection of Crown Jewels and the Royal Armories to view.
3) Buckingham Palace
Everyone that visits London absolutely must take the chance to stop by the Buckingham Palace. Originally, Buckingham Palace was known only as Buckingham House. As the years passed it grew and transformed with the royal families living within, and became the giant palace that it is today. Besides viewing the spectacular architecture, the queen has a collection of artwork for visitors to view and there is a breathtaking royal garden to stroll in.
4) Westminster Palace
Westminster Palace is the meeting grounds for the House of Lords and the House of Commons. These two houses together make up the Houses of Parliament in the United Kingdom. Even tourists that are not interested in politics take a liking to the palace because its collection of national treasures is open to the public.
5) Tower Bridge
The tower bridge, one of the most recognizable bridges in the world, was built in a Victorian Gothic style to match the style of the Tower of London. The bridge spans the Thames River and was originally built because the East side of London was becoming extremely crowded.