Tourist Attractions To Visit In London

More than 14 million people visited London in 2010, making it one of the world’s leading cities for tourism. The city itself is vast, and there is enough to see and do there to keep you busy for weeks. If you’re an older visitor to London, you might not be seeking the bright lights and noise of Piccadilly Circus or the fast-paced urban bohemia of Camden Town. But London caters for people of all ages, and the following attractions offer a slice of London life that you can take in at your own pace.

The London Eye
For as little as £16.74, you can get a truly panoramic view on London’s famous skyline from the London Eye. This huge wheel takes visitors on a 30 minute journey up into the air to get the best view of London, taking in all the city’s biggest and most famous landmarks at once. If you’re concerned about using the London Eye or about any other aspect of travelling around London, search online for ‘travel insurance over 65’ and buy yourself some personal insurance cover for your London trip.

The Geffrye Museum, Hoxton
Far from being the most famous museum in London, the Geffrye is nevertheless one of the most important. The Geffrye has been dubbed ‘the museum of the home’ and showcases a unique collection of quintessentially English furniture, textiles, paintings and artworks. The Geffrye is a must-visit attraction for any newcomers to the UK seeking to get a taste of the way British people have been living for the last 400 years.

Tate Modern
Open all but three days of the year and free to enter, the Tate Modern is the largest collection of modern art in the UK. Visit this former power station in Southwark to get up close and personal with works by Picasso, Dali and Warhol.

Kew Gardens
If you are visiting London in spring or summer, you might not want to spend the entirety of your trip among the built-up, concrete areas that make up such a large part of the city. Luckily for you, the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew offers visitors a world of flowers, greenery and plant life that can take you away from it all without even leaving the city.

Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green
Learning about a city’s children is a great way to get to the heart of a place. Over 400,000 people each year learn about the life of London’s children through the ages at the Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green.

Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum is one of those London attractions that is so good you struggle to believe that entry is completely free. Huge exhibits detailing the natural history of the world will keep the whole family busy for days at the NHM.

The Royal Observatory
Visit the very point where Greenwich Mean Time originated, and enjoy spectacular astronomy galleries, planetarium shows and stunning collections of information and telescoping imagery about the planet and the universe beyond. The Royal Observatory is free to members, just £10 for adults and even less for children.

The Courtauld collection in Somerset House
It would be all too easy to complete this list with attractions like Shakespeare’s Globe, the Tower of London or Buckingham Palace, and those places are all wonderfully fun and interesting to visit. But, for me, the Courtauld Gallery deserves a mention for the stunning collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces that it holds. Whether or not you are an art lover, this collection will take you on an enlightening journey through the history of impressionism.

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