For those who have previously experienced it, there will be no argument from stating London is one of the best cities in the world. This point can be explained using just figures alone, though that is not what London is really about. The highest city GDP in Europe, the largest metropolitan area of any city in Europe, the world’s largest financial centre (with New York), the busiest airspace in the world, the largest concentration of higher education institutes in Europe and the most visited city in the world, it is quite plain to see that the previous statement is not incorrect, though London is as much a city of intangible qualities as it is tangible qualities.
Spending a holiday period in London partly needs to be planned, so that you can experience the main attractions, but also should be spent without a set schedule or destination so that the sights and sounds of one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world can be experienced. For the planned part, here are some pointers to help you about, listed below.
Every visit to the UK’s capital city should not be complete without a trip down The Mall to Buckingham Palace in the City of Westminster. Initially built as a townhouse for the Duke of Buckingham in 1705, Buckingham Palace has gone through some major changes and now stands as one of the more beautiful Royal residences in the world. However, although the architecture is amazing, most tourists flock here to watch the changing of the guard, a military ceremony that happens every day at 11:30am.
London is home to some of the best museums in the world and all of the major museums in London are free to enter. A couple of the best museums to visit are the London Science Museum which has some great attractions for visitors of all ages, the Natural History Museum which holds some of the best examples of dinosaur skeleton on the planet, and the British Museum which not only has been free since it opened in 1753, but also contains over seven million artifacts and one of the best collections of Greek and Egyptian antiques in the world.
Art is something that London does best with some of the most extensive collections in the world. The Tate Modern and the Tate Britain are two of the best in London. The Tate Britain focuses on British artwork from around the sixteenth century up to the present day, while the Tate Modern (as its name suggests) focuses on contemporary work from around the world.
There are also a range of different free events and attractions presented around the capital daily, from comedy nights to theatre, and lectures to music. Spending some time on the internet should very quickly bring up some great ideas for exciting things to do for free in London.
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