Seven Favourites: London

We are back with another exciting list of seven favourites.  This time in in London.  Of course, there are the usual suspects.  However, in the list are gems that will make your visit to London the best possible.

Big Ben

London is definitely known for Big Ben.  Big Ben is housed in the Elizabeth Tower on the north end of the Palace of Westminster.  It is the clock that is nicknamed Big Ben.


 

London Eye

London Eye, also known as the Millennium Wheel was opened by former Prime Minister Tony Blair of December 31st 1999.  Since then over 30 million people have ridden the eye.  It is said that they London Eye is to London what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris and allowed the common man to rise above the city to take in a view of the city.


 

The Queen’s Walk

Absolutely my favourite thing to do in London is to walk along the Thames and take in the sights.  The best way is the southern bank or The Queen’s Walk.  The walk will take you along famous landmarks like Westminster Bridge, County Hall, London Eye, Southbank Centre, The Royal National Theatre, Oxo Tower, Tate Modern, and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.  Pictured above on the left is the start of the walk heading away from Tower Bridge along the Thames.


 

Tower Bridge

Uniquely London is the Tower Bridge.  Built from 1886 to 1894, it was a new was to cross the East End of London.  The design was retro in design for the 1800s but has become a London landmark.  The Tower Bridge Exhibition allows you climb up the towers but also go down below and view the original steam engines.


 

Hyde Park

The British love their gardens so take a walk thru Hyde Park.  A Royal Park, Hyde Park was created in 1536 by Henry VIII.  To the west is Kensington Gardens to which you will access Kensington Palace.  To the east is Hyde Park corner, Green Park, Buckingham Palace and Saint James’s Park.


 

Victoria & Albert Museum

Named after Queen Victoria & Prince Albert, the Victoria & Albert Museum is the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design.    Within the museum you can see over 5000 years of culture from all over the world.   Pictured above is a modern theatre exhibition showing Kylie’s dressing room.  Known locally as the the V&A, admission is free as is all other national British museums.


 

Camden Market 

The original hipster.  On a canal, the Camden markets are a collection of stalls selling craft, clothing, fast food, and souvenirs.  Artists and alternative crowds will enjoy the eclectic feel of London’s best neighborhood.