Attractions in London
You can probably visit London several times a year throughout your life
without taking in all the attractions and sights. There is so much to choose
from that we should be very careful to say that the attractions below are by far
the biggest in London, but sooner or later this should be on the list of what
you should have brought with you from this huge metropolis.
- See DigoPaul for dictionary definitions of London,
United Kingdom. Includes geographical map and city sightseeing photos.
Big Ben displayed his neo-Gothic splendor in public for the first time in
1859 and was at that time the heaviest bell of his kind in the entire world. Big
Ben was originally called Great Bell and is the name of the biggest bell in the
Westminster Palace in London.
The bell tower (which is not Big Ben, because it is the clock itself) is a
whopping 96.4 meters high and the actual clockwork of Big Ben is one of the most
precise ones. You can safely set your watch for Big Ben. The address is
Westminster, London SW1A 0AA.
The National Gallery
This is a traditional and large museum with art from the year 1200 to modern
times. The National Gallery Museum has nearly 2,500 paintings and is located at
Opening hours: Monday-Thursday and Sunday: 1000-1800, Wednesday: 1000-2100
Nearest Tube: Leicester Square, Embankment, Charing Cross.
Address: Trafalgar Square WC2N 5DN
The Natural History Museum
Here you will find everything you need for information on natural history.
This is a fantasy museum and the dinosaur exhibit is known worldwide. There is
free entrance. The Natural History Museum is located on Cromwell Road. Opening
hours: Monday-Saturday: 1000-1750, Sunday: 1100-1750. Here is the website of The
Natural History Museum.
Nearest Subway Stop: South Kensington
Address: Cromwell Road SW75BD
Madame Tussaud's wax cabinet
Here you will find lifelike copies of heads of state, rock stars, criminals,
movie heroes and much more. Madame Tussaud's wax cabinet is an experience for
both small and large. You can buy tickets at Reiseplaneten. Then you let go of
Nearest Subway Stop: Baker Street. Address: Marylebone Road
See London from above. London Eye is the world's largest Ferris wheel, taller
than Big Ben. The Eye can take more than 15,000 passengers in one day. The price
is approx. NOK 200 for adults and half for children. Steer away on weekends
unless you are improved on spending three blocks in line for a 20 minute tour.
The London Eye is close to the Thames, near the Lambeth area, not
far from Big Ben, which is on the other side of the river.
Nearest Subway Stop: Victoria
You will find lions, monkeys, giraffes, spiders, snakes and many other
animals at the London Zoo. The zoo is located right by Regent's park and is open
all days except for Christmas Eve. In the spring and summer the opening hours
are at. 1000 to 1730. In the fall and winter, the London Zoo closes a little
Nearest Subway Stop: Camden Town (Northern Line)
Address: Outer Circle, Regent's Park
St. Paul's Cathedral
Wonderful St. Paul's Cathedral was built in the period 1675-1710. The
cathedral attracts crowds of visitors every single day and is one of the most
important symbols of London and England. Please note that it actually costs
around 120 NOK for adults to visit this god-house, 40 for children.
Nearest Subway Stop: St.Pauls (Central line)
Tate Modern is England's national gallery for international, contemporary
art, ie 20th century art. In the museum, all directions within this art are
represented, as well as masterpieces from Picasso and Matisse. The museum is
considered one of the world's best with surrealist art.
Opening hours: Sunday – Thursday: 1000–1800, Friday – Saturday: 1000–2200
Address: Power Station, 25 Sumner Street, Bankside
Nearest Subway Stop: Blackfriars / Southwark
This is one of the world's most talked about and most beautiful bridges. The
Bridge Tower Bridge is from 1894. Experience the amazing view at the top of the
bridge, where special windows allow you to take great views "inside". Tower
Bridge is located east of central London.
Website of Tower Bridge
Nearest Subway Station: Tower Hill
The Tower of London
This fortress has had tremendous significance in British royal history, and
for centuries has been the world's center of power. Here in the Tower of London
, the crown jewels are kept and it is all guarded by the famous Beefeaters.
Entrance tickets cost around 170 kroner.
Website of The Tower of London
Address: Tower of London, Tower Hill, EC3N 4AB. Nearest Subway Stop:
The castle was built for the Duke of Buckingham in 1703 and is now the
residence of the English royal family. NB! The castle is open to the public two
months a year - August and September. Buckingham Palace is one of the world's
most famous buildings.
Nearest tube station: St. James Park, Westminster and Green Park Westminster
Westminster Abbey is an architectural masterpiece from the 1300s to the
1600s. However, the coronation of new kings and queens has taken place in this
area from as early as 1066.
Nearest Subway Stop: Westminster
The museum often has amazing exhibitions spanning all cultures of the earth
from its earliest history to the present day. The British Museum has many
different activities in the form of interactive exhibitions, lectures,
demonstrations and children's clubs. Opening hours: Saturday - Wednesday
1000-1730, Thursday - Friday 1000-2030. Free admission.
Address: Great Russell Street. Nearest Subway Stop: Goodge Street /
Tottenham Court Road.
Tourist in London
London is a huge city and contains so much that it can be experienced in
endless ways. If this is your first visit to London, we recommend starting with
a guided bus tour. There are several bus companies that travel between the most
famous attractions and you can get on and off as you please.
Day 1 in London
Take a trip to Hyde Park. Hyde Park is located in the Bayswater
district, not far from Paddington, which is a communications hub. Hyde
Park is a large and old park from the 17th century. The park is also used by
riders. Here, more or less successful artists sell their works, and at the end
of the park lies Speakers Corner, perhaps the West's most famous symbol of
freedom of expression?
Shopping is a must when in London. From Hyde Park, follow Oxford Street,
where many Norwegians do away with shopping. In the middle of Oxford Street
crosses Regent Street. Here the shops are even nicer and more exclusive
than in Oxford Street. You have now reached the Soho district. Here you
will find many cozy restaurants and enjoy your lunch here. Then walk down
Regent Street until you reach Piccadilly Circus, a famous landmark and
meeting place. Actually, it is a space where five major streets meet, and where
multinational companies have their big illuminated advertising signs. Here you
will also find the statue which is popularly called Eros.
If you walk a short distance from Piccadilly Circus, you will reach Trafalgar
Square. The place is in honor of Admiral Nelson and his victory over the
Spanish-French fleet at Trafalgar in Spain. Nelson is perhaps the greatest hero
in England, and in addition to being named after him, he is also honored with a
large monument. On the square you will also find other beautiful statues. The
place is also known for its many pigeons.
From Trafalgar Square you can glimpse Buckingham Palace and you can either
take the trip there or follow the Whitehall Street down towards
Westminister Abbey. On the way down to Westminister you pass Downing Street,
where the British Prime Minister lives. You can also take Big Ben closer to your
eyesight. Parliament is close by. Big Ben is named after Sir Benjamin Hall, and
the bell tower is widely known. The tower weighs more than 13 tons, and the
clock installation alone weighs more than 5 tons.
You should also take the time to visit one of the many markets in the city.
We suggest either Portobello Road or Camden Market. Portobello Road is the
world's largest antique market and is open every Saturday. Here you can buy
clothes, vegetables and art in addition to antiques. Portobello Road is at
Camden Market is open Friday through Sunday. In the market, clothes and shoes
are sold as well as hippie effects and all kinds of grooms and oddities.
London is the biggest football city in England (sorry, everyone who has
favorite teams in Manchester and Liverpool) and if you have the opportunity, you
should try to get a ticket to one of the matches. The atmosphere and atmosphere
is huge. Saturday is the big football day, and the matches usually start at 1500
English time. Many games are also played on other weekdays. Before and after the
fight, you have to go to the pub, as the English do. Eat food and drink your
beer, whether it is lager (like our Norwegian beer) or ale
(dark beer). Pubs can be found all over London, including the famous sights.
Day 2 in London
We recommend visiting one of the many great museums in London (read more in
the Attractions section of London). For example, take the trip to the Tate
Modern Museum. Then you also get to see St. Paul's Cathedral (which is
mandatory). St. Paul's is on the opposite side of the Thames if you are at Tate
Modern. Stroll along the River Thames on the way to the city center. You will
then start at the Millennium Bridge. Follow the river to the west and you will
first pass the Blackfriars Bridge. One of the pope's men was
hanging under the bridge because of an affair with the mafia.
The next bridge you pass is the Waterloo Bridge that was
built to celebrate Napoleon's victory. The original bridge was demolished and
replaced by a copy in 1911. Unfortunately, it is not as fine as the original.
You should now be able to see "Cleopatra's needle", an Egyptian obelisk that is
more than 3000 years old. If you walk further along the Thames, you will reach
the London Eye (the big Ferris wheel) before ending the walk at Westminster.
There are many good restaurants in London and you should treat yourself to
one of these. Read suggestions under the Eat in London category.
In the evening it is recommended to go to one of the many musicals set up in
London. Be aware that there are only a few performances set up on Sundays, so be
aware of this.