Must see London sights
When you’re staying in 5 star hotels in London, whether on business or pleasure, it’s a shame not to visit some of the city’s most renowned and interesting sights.
Before you arrive in the English capital, it can pay off to do a little research and decide which attractions you’d like to visit. If you have to cram your sightseeing into a limited period of time, you might only be able to pick one or two things, but if you have more time, there are a host of special buildings, parks and more to marvel at.
Tower of London
First on your list might be the HM Tower of London. This is one of the country’s most notorious buildings and has a wealth of history. Despite its reputation as a place of torture and death, the construction also contains the history of a royal palace, an armoury and a powerful fortress.
You’ll be able to learn about the Royal Beasts and the animals that once inhabited the tower and made it the first London zoo, and you’ll also be able to see the priceless Crown Jewels newly displayed in 2012.
You’ve no doubt seen Westminster Abbey plenty of times on TV, but this is no match for witnessing the impressive building for yourself in person. This is a living pageant of British history and every year it welcomes more than one million visitors.
With 700 years of history, the abbey has hosted kings, queens, statesmen, soldiers and more and it is the coronation church of England.
Another priority on your to-do list while staying in London might be the Royal Observatory in Greenwich. Visitors come from around the world to stand astride the line that divides east and west in terms of time. Endorsed by international agreement in 1884 as the Prime Meridian of the world, the Greenwich Meridian Line, Longitude 0 deg., is the centre of global time.
You can see the 17th century rooms occupied by the first Astronomer Royal, the observation room complete with its early Tompion clocks and displays on the development of improved navigation at sea that helped Britain to explore the world and trade.
Royal Botanic Gardens
You’ll quickly realise while on a hotel break in London that the city is not simply an urban jungle. There are plenty of green spaces dotted around the capital. For example, you can take a stroll around Greenwich Park.
Spanning 183 acres and home to a small herd of deer, it boasts sweeping views across the River Thames and central London. In summer, you might also be treated to concerts from the bandstand.
Royal Botanic Gardens
Another must-see when you’re enjoying luxury bed and breakfast London is the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. This 326-acre UNESCO World Heritage Site is located just 30 minutes from central London by Tube and it features a treetop walkway, galleries and fascinating listed buildings.
You can also go there come rain or shine since the attraction features 4.5 acres of gardens under glass, guaranteeing year-round warmth and cover.