Top five attractions in London

Big Ben – The Big Ben, now 150 years old, continues to be one of the most visited tourist attractions in London. The name is not actually with reference to the tower but to the man who first ordered the bell, Benjamin Hall. The best time to see the Big ben could possibly be at night where it marks an iconic figure in the London skyline beside the Thames.

London Eye – located on the banks of the Thames River, this is the gigantic 135 meter high observation wheel that carries 32 glass capsules which offer stunning views over Central London. The wheel does not stop its rotation because it is rather slow and passengers can walk in and out as the capsules reach ground level. With more than 3.5 million people coming in to visit this, the London Eye is the most visited paid attraction in London and can be visited at any time of the day during its operation.

Westminster Abbey – Gothic, poignant and beautiful, this large church is positioned just off the West of Westminster Palace. The building and its premises served as the burial ground for many of Britain’s Monarchs. The Abbey has specific times of operation which you will need to check with before visiting the attraction. Monday is generally too crowded with Wednesday being a good choice of day to visit.

Buckingham Palace – This is the main residence of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II even though it is not the personal property of the monarch. The Changing of the Guard – a major tourist attraction is held in the Forecourt. The state rooms are open to the public during August and September.

Tower of London – The Tower of London is home to the British Crown Jewels and was built as an idea of William the Conqueror on 1078. It also was used as a prison from 1100 to the middle of the 20th century and some of its famous prisoners include; Sir Thomas More, Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard. Just make sure you get here before 9am to skip the queues and get inside.