The English nursery rhyme “London Bridge Is, Falling Down” is famous all across the world for rendering the Bridge’s depredations and fanciful attempts made to repair it. And so, this had to be our first sight-seeing landmark in London, the capital of England. Perched on the Southeastern island of River Thames, in Great Britain, London is where you will find all the action. Not only, is this posh metropolis leading arts, education, fashion, and tourism on the global front; but is also the world’s largest financial and cultural center. If measured by international arrivals then London is the world’s most-visited city, as of today. And, for us visiting the world’s paramount financial destination was quite an experience. From, our travel escapades we have penned down some of the best places for you to visit in London. Here, have a look!
1. Tower Bridge
“Build it up with iron bars, build it up with gold and silver my fair lady” is what the nursery rhyme will tell you. But, in reality, the Tower Bridge spanning across the River Thames has a unique story. In the 19th-century, the Bridge took over from an ancient stone-built structure, said to have built by the Roman founders of the city. However, until the opening of Putney Bridge in 1729, Tower Bridge was the only road-crossing upon the Thames. In modern times, it is both a suspension bridge and a bascule highlighting the commuting culture of the early age. We paid £9.80 per adult to visit the twin towers and the uprise walkway.
2. Windsor Castle
The next landmark we visited was the 10th-century Windsor Castle, Britain’s oldest Royal residence. As long as, the Queen is not in town, visitors are allowed to scout the Castle for £21.20 per adult ticket. In the conquest to inform the people of Queen’s presence, a Royal Flag is hosted wherein, to confirm her absence, a Union flag soars in the air. Windsor Castle has provided as the growing up shadow for the historic towns of Eton and Windsor. At first glimpse, we were bewildered by the imposing towers rising against the spectacular skylines. Then our attention drew away to the 17th-century Windsor Guildhall and cobbled streets; drawing an invisible map into the Fortress.
Unveiling surprises one after another, Windsor Castle is a heritage trail you can’t miss while you are in London. After we finished touring the castle, we took a short stroll to the picturesque 15th-century Eton High Street across the River Thames.
3. Buckingham Palace
Our third point of sightseeing was Buckingham Palace; the official residence of the United Kingdom’s sovereigns since the accession of Queen Victoria in 1837. Located in Westminster, Buckingham Palace is an administrative HQ of the monarch, mostly used to conduct royal hospitality and celebrate state occasions. At first glimpse, the 17th-century Queen’s House surprised us with its enlarged three wings encompassing a central courtyard. And, no we didn’t miss the well-known balcony, from where the Royal family greets the crowds. From the inside, the Palace features 19th-century designs in vibrant scagliola, blue, and pink Lapis pairing with an early-age Belle Époque cream and gold color scheme. The best time to visit this 775 room-property is August and September when the staterooms are opened to the public each year.
4. The Coca-Cola London Eye
The fourth landmark on our bucket list was also the one where we had the maximum amount of fun. Situated on the Southern bank of River Thames, the Coca-Cola London Eye is an amusement ride; which took us 550 ft above ground level to exhibit a spectacular view of the city. In a nutshell, this giant Ferris Wheel is “the world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel” giving an extensive view of Westminster Bridge. In our 30-minute ride on this Ferris wheel supported by an A-frame, we felt as if we took a short cultural city tour. To reach the highest public viewing point of London, you need to pay £27.00 per adult ticket.
5. Madame Tussauds Museum
Madame Tussauds Museum is yet another iconic landmark worth visiting in London. Set up by Marie Tussauds in the seventeenth century, this complex has the world’s best waxworks on display. From Micheal Jackson to the Royal family, here’s your chance to click a picture with them all.
6. Brasenose College, Oxford
Brasenose College belonging to the University of Oxford was our last sightseeing stop in London. At first glimpse, BNC is a 15th-century ochre color palatial establishment, crowned with a mellow-blue dome crafted with intricate designs. Officially the King’s Hall, BNC, is one of the ‘integral’ colleges of the Oxford University. Just a short stroll inside the campus revealed to us; BNC’s educational history and all-new Quadrangle finished in the early twentieth century. During our half-day tour, we looked through the college library, chapel, halls, and classrooms. Even though, what would have made our trip complete would have been a meeting with the Brasenose College Boat Club, apparently the oldest rowing clubs in the world.
Additionally, we made a brief visit to Big Ben, London Bridge, River Thames, Trafalgar Square, and Piccadilly Circus district.