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Monday, 19 August 2013

London: 8 Tourist Attractions in 8 Days


After my trip to Romania I brought back with me to London my 13 years old brother which means I got to play the tourist guide and show him around the city. It was actually quite fun as most of them I never got the chance to fully explore mostly because I knew there`s gonna be a time when I`ll have to play the guide for someone. So without further ado, here is my review of 8 of the main London touristy attractions.

1) Palace of Westminster 

This is where the House of Parliament is located and also the famous Clock Tower and Big Ben. For years I thought Big Ben was the Clock Tower but it seems Big Ben is actually the name of the bell inside the tower. D`uhhh.
westminster palace

 2) London Eye

Around this Westminster area you can actually find quite a few London attractions: Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey, London Eye, Sea Life, the Strand with loads of artists and street entertainers and London Dungeon for the brave ones of you. Definitely an area worth visiting.
london eye
You spend around 30 mins in the London Eye and around 1 hour queuing before if not even more, but this view if definitely worth it. Unless it`s foggy. Then you`re better of spending your £20 on a pint of beer in the pub nearby.
london eye view

3) Sea Life- London aquarium

Sea Life and London Dungeon are a few feet away from the London Eye. Although the sharks and penguins were amazing to watch, neither I nor my brother were that impress with the aquarium but I guess it`s something more suited if you have smaller children with you. Or if you really like watching fish and/or screaming children.
sea life london
sea life london
sea life london

4) Tower of London

One of my favourite! We didn`t go with the guided tour but just ear dropped when we heard someone was telling a story. In retrospect it was a mistake and I definitely suggest going with the guided tour as the stories are quite amazing and they are the ones that make this place so fascinating!
tower of london
The yard is full of huge ravens that are believed to protect the Crown Jewels and one of the myths around them is that if the ravens fly away then "The Crown will fall and Britain with it." I mean who would mess with this fellow?? I`m thinking of getting a few at home just to protect my clothes.
tower of london raven

tower of london

5) London Bridge

And from Tower of London you also get this amazing view of London Bridge. We didn`t walk over to it as by end my feet were quite in pain and I felt I had enough culture and history for one day. I had to go watch "Keeping up with the Kardashians" to balance the day.
london bridge

6) Madame Tussauds

I was not expecting much from Madame Tussauds but ended up quite liking it! If you pass the huge queues outside (we had pre booked tickets so we "only" waited for 45 mins but others had to wait for 2-3 hrs to get in); the mad crowds going crazy over photographs with Johnny Depp (admittedly I was one of them) then you`ll find that the end bit makes everything worth it. At the end you get into this small black taxi that takes you through the London history after which you get to see this short 15 mins 4D superheroes animation movie ( I know I didn`t get the relation between the two either). The 4D experience was really fun with water splashing in your face, moving chairs, jets of air on your back- definitely my brother`s favourite.
madame tussauds

madame tussauds

madame tussauds

7) Science Museum

The Science Museum is probably one of the best museums in London as you actually get to play with things rather than just watch them from afar. And the best part: it`s completely free!
science museum

science museum

science museum

8) London Zoo

The Zoo is another of my favourites. The entry is not cheap at all but the place is huge and they have tons of species from butterflies to kangaroos, lions, penguins, otters, and pigs (in case you`ve never seen one of those before).
london zoo

london zoo

london zoo

london zoo

london zoo

London is all year round full of tourists so to avoid the huge queues here are a few quick tips:
  • Most attractions allow you to pre book your tickets online which means you don`t need to queue outside for buying tickets and you also get a better deal as online tickets tend to be cheaper.
  • If you`re planning to visit a few of them check for bulk deals which will save you quite a lot of money.
  • If you can`t buy them online then look around tourist shops that sell tickets to attractions. Beware of scammers though! They`re the ones wearing the "Beware scammer" t-shirts.
  • Finally get there as early as possible even though it means paying extra for the tube in rush hour. Even after 10:30 the queues get incredibly huge. 

Have you visited any of these attractions? Which is your favourite?

Alina Anghel.xx
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8 comments:

  1. Oh, I so want to visit London again...

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  2. I love London so much! My favorite place ist the national gallery and of course the oxford street!

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  3. This post was actually perrty helpful!
    Can't wait to go back to London!

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  4. oh wow! gorgeous pics!!!
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  5. This is a lovely little post, i live in Brighton which is an hour on the train south of London but the amount of times i've visited makes up for it! The only thing i haven't done from here is Madam Tussauds but i love this post xxxx

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  6. what a great post, so interesting! I love the Tower of London....I think that was my personal fav when I did the good ol tourist London tour!!

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    1. Absolutely right my friend! The blog is very interesting. London has a lot of attractions for visiting. I visit in this city before my philadelphia to new york bus tours. The London Eye and Big Ban are my favourite places. I really like to visit in historical places around the world. Big Ban is the nickname for the great ball of the clock at the north end of the places of Westminster in London. I think it is the big clock of the World.

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