Here we are, this is the second article about London, and more specifically about the things to visit there. London is a big city, very diversified concerning art and culture which allows you to visit there some of the most interesting places in Europe. I won’t talk again about my time there but I will just expose to you the places you shouldn’t miss. Let’s talk about the beauty spots of the British Capital
The touristic places of London to visit
As a big city, London has many touristic places full of foreigners, ready to discover the capital. The Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, Buckingham Palace, does this ring you a bell? Of course it does! As a genuine tourist, you have to visit these places. It will cost you between 15 and 20£ for each of them, but it’s part of the British history.
The Tower of London is full of history: stronghold, prison, execution site, royal palace, treasury, menagerie, etc. The Tower has a really interesting past, and there are a lot of turrets and cells to discover.
St Paul’s Cathedral is the spiritual heart of the city. You will be able to explore a crypt full of well known people (Wren, Nelson and Wellington, etc.), but also the whispering gallery.
Finally, Buckingham Palace opens during summer, is the official London residence and office for the Queen.
Also I advise you to visit the V&A museum, a huge and very interesting museum with amazing items, as well as the National Gallery or the British Museum, which gather the most interesting pieces of art in London (All free).
Relax in one of London’s parks
London is very famous for its parks, huge and beautiful.
In the North, you have the well known Regent’s Park or the huge and natural Hampstead Heath (with Parliament Hill where you can spot all London, a magnificent view to take pictures from the hills).
If you want to visit Buckingham Palace, I advise you to make a break in St James’s Park, home of pelicans, and of the Horse Guards Parade (Apart from this, it’s not the most interesting park).
A little far from the center but really astounding, you have to take a look at Greenwich Park. It’s the oldest of the Royal Parks and it offers spectacular views over the river Thames.
At last if you come to London, you can’t miss Hyde Park. Huge and centrally located, Hyde Park is one of London’s best-loved parks with more than 4,000 trees, a lake, a meadow and rose gardens.
Enjoy the best street markets of London
London is also very famous for all the street markets of the city. You will find everything you like, from food of the world to antiques, via clothes or souvenirs. I visited the 5 most famous markets of London when I was there: Camden Market, Portobello Market, Borough Market, Covent Garden and Brick Lane.
Camden Market is the biggest market of London, where you can find arts and crafts, jewellery, vintage clothing and food stalls. It opens every day but it’s really crowed during the week-end. You will need few hours to visit everything of the most underground market of London.
Portobello Road Market (close to Notting Hill) is a world-famous market selling antiques, jewellery, second-hand clothes and bric-a-brac. It’s also a street with colorful and catchy architecture. It’s open from Monday to Saturday from 8am to 7pm.
Borough Market, located close to London Bridge is the food market to visit. You will be able to taste food from all over the world, usually handmade and very unique. This market is open from Thursday to Saturday.
Covent Garden, the most central market of London, is famous for souvenirs, clothes, antiques and knick-knacks.
Finally, Brick Lane is probably the market which represents the most the London’s spirit. Open just on Sundays, it gathers hundreds of stallholders and individuals selling everything and anything in the hippie spirit.
The places far from the touristic crowd in London
Of course you have many other places to visit far from the crowd. Among them, if you like history you shouldn’t miss the HMS Belfast, the Imperial War Museum and the National Army Museum.
If fashion or arts are one of your hobbies, I advise you to visit the Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, and also The Museum of Brands, Packaging, and Advertising, or the Fashion and Textile Museum.
Sports fan have to visit one of the museum of the numerous football clubs in London (Arsenal and Chelsea for example). You can also visit the mythic Wembley, the official stadium of the England Team.
Last but not least, nature lovers will be pleased with the huge and unique Kew Gardens, and with the wildest park in London: Richmond Park
If you want to have some tips about London, click here to see my previous article about the Transports, Accomodations and Life in the British Capital, and here to find out more about Where to Party in London ? Best Pubs, Bars, Clubs in the City