Four of the best-known and most photographed tourist attractions London: still worth a visit? The majestic Buckingham Palace, stunning London Eye, impressive Houses of Parliament and legendary football stadium Wembley. How to get there?
One of the top tourist sights in London: the royal palace in the heart of town might look a wee bit boring and clinical from the outside. However, the changing of the guard causes the necessary commotion. Plenty of ceremonial accompanies this excitement at 11 am every day. At midday, status quo is restored. When the queen is home, the Royal Standard flag flies above the palace. When she’s out and about the Union Jack flutters in the wind. The Queen Victoria Memorial graces the Buckingham Palace forecourt. Inside you’ll find what is to be expected of a palace. Snazzy chandeliers, plenty of gleaming marble and fine porcelain. Also, iconic works by masters like Rembrandt and Rubens enrich the walls. During summer, the palace opens its doors to visitors, while the royals sojourn in Scotland. For more information visit the palace’s website.
Tube stations: Hyde Park Corner (Piccadilly) and St. James’s Park (Circle, District).
You either love it or hate it: The London Eye. Either way, the tallest Ferris wheel of Europe has become one of the most attractive sights of the British capital. How so? Each one of the 32 capsules offers encapsulating panoramas of London. On clear days the view stretches dozens of kilometres. The London Eye is built right in front of the Palace of Westminster, south of the Thames. During the eventful summer months long queues might form. Book in advance to win time. An adult ticket sets you back over 25 quid (£25) and treats you to half an hour Eye-time. For current opening times and more information check out this link.
Tube station: Waterloo Station of Embankment.
London proudly hosts world’s most illustrious and legendary stadium: Wembley. The iconic arena lies northwest of the English capital and holds 90,000 visitors. Wembley sets the stage for home games of the national football squad and for the FA Cup final. Extensive renovations modernised the iconic football cathedral last decennium. Take a tour to find out why Wembley is considered holy grounds by many. The English procured the 1966 world cup in this football temple and it set the stage for the legendary Live Aid concert in 1985. A tour lasts 75 minutes and costs £19.
Tube station: Wembley Park Station (Jubilee, Metropolitan lines)
Houses of Parliament
Also known as Palace of Westminster and acts as political arena for the United Kingdom. The House of Commons and House of Lords reside here in central district Westminster. With on its doorstep the tower with the big clock, Big Ben and the beautiful Gothic church, Westminster Abbey. The Abbey sets the stage for coronation services, royal weddings and funerals. In 2011, under the watchful eye of the world, Prince William and Kate Middleton said ‘I do’ on these holy grounds. Westminster Abbey is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. What’s more, Buckingham Palace is right around the corner.
Take the Tube to Underground station Westminster (Circle, District, Jubilee).