Essential London ‘Must-Sees’
As one of the truly great cities of the world, there are always plenty of things to see and do when spending a weekend in London. If you have never been to the city before however, you will more than likely want to see most - if not all - of the ‘The Big Five’: Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, the London Eye, The Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey
Built in 1705 and home to every British monarch since 1837, Buckingham Palace is one of the most famous and popular tourist attractions in all of England. The Changing of the Guard is a particular highlight for many tourists and draws huge crowds, especially during the summer months when it takes place every day. Simply unmissable.
Big Ben & Houses of Parliament
Big Ben (or Elizabeth Tower as it is more correctly known) is as synonymous with London as the Eiffel tower is with Paris or the Statue of Liberty is with New York. Indeed, listening to its mighty chimes as you gaze upon its Gothic majesty from the river is without doubt a ‘must do’ for any first–time visitor to London. Big Ben is part of the Houses of Parliament – the seat of Government in the United Kingdom.
This truly extraordinary Gothic church is an architectural masterpiece, with ribbed vaulting, stained glass windows and two massive limestone towers. With only a handful of exceptions, nearly every English and British monarch has been crowned in Westminster Abbey since its erection in 1245. It also serves as the resting place of such luminaries as Elizabeth I, Mary Queen of Scots, Charles Darwin, Sir Isaac Newton, Geoffrey Chaucer and Charles Dickens.
Tower of London
Dating all the way back to 1078, the fortress commonly known as The Tower of London has a very long, varied and bloody history. Whilst it served as a royal palace for some time, it is best known for being a place of imprisonment for many high profile individuals. Indeed, many members of the royal family and leaders of England ‘served time’ there, including Anne Boleyn, Henry VI, Elizabeth I and Edward V.
The London Eye boasts the title of being the largest Ferris wheel in all of Europe. With 32 spacious, air-conditioned capsules attached to the wheel - each of which can accommodate up to 25 passengers - the Eye enables large numbers of people to enjoy truly incredible panoramic views over the city each and every day. On New Year’s Eve, the London Eye becomes the focal point for London’s huge firework display as soon as Big Ben strikes midnight.
If you are thinking of booking a hotel break in London then ensure you make us here at The Landmark London your first and only port of call. As one of the finest 5-star hotels London has to offer we really are perfectly equipped to make sure your first visit to the capital is a truly amazing experience.