As the capital of England, London is the largest city in the United Kingdom. Its five international airports make it a popular holiday destination and it is recognized as the busiest location for visitors anywhere in the world. With high fashion, first class entertainment and a rich history in the arts, there are many different popular places to visit in London.
There are four World Heritage Sites within the city that draw millions of tourists on an annual basis. The historic city of Greenwich is home to the Royal Observatory which represents the location where the Greenwich Meridian marks zero degrees longitude. The majestic Tower of London sits on the banks of the River Thames and has been used for several different purposes over the centuries including as a royal residence, a prison and the Royal Mint. Kew Gardens is 121 hectares of Royal Botanical Gardens that celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2009. The final site is occupied by St. Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey and the Palace of Westminster.
Buckingham Palace series has been the official residence for the British Royal Family since 1837. The public is invited to tour the state rooms every August and September. The soldiers that guard the royal palace are called the Queen’s Guard. The daily ceremony marking the Changing of the Guard takes place at 11 am with much pomp and circumstance and draws many spectators. A full military band accompanies the ceremony as the New Guard marches on the Mall to Buckingham Palace to replace the Old Guard.
Piccadilly Circus is located at the West End and marks the convergence of five major streets. This busy junction features a collection of electronic displays and billboards and is within walking distance of several shopping and entertainment areas including Chinatown, Soho, Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square.
As the largest square in London, Trafalgar Square has been a gathering spot for residents and visitors since the Middle Ages. In addition to the many statues and fountains, the National Gallery sits on the north border. Completed in 1838, the gallery is home to many original paintings by masters including Leonardo da Vinci, Renoir, Monet and van Gogh.
The HMV Hammersmith Apollo is a major entertainment venue located in Hammersmith, London. You can see all the top names in music and comedy at this fabulous theatre.
Getting around London is easy thanks to a robust public transport system that includes the famous double deck buses, taxis and the London Underground. With so many restaurants, pubs, museums and entertainment venues there is plenty to do and see for people of all ages.
For somewhere cheap to stay in London try one of the Kensington Hotels like Kensington West, which is one of the Hotels near Hammersmith Apollo.