One of the largest and most important capitals in the first world, London is a city full of wonders. The capital city of England and the UK, it is also their largest city in Britain. Also probably the most historically significant city in Europe – home of Queen Elizabeth II, one of the last and most powerful monarchs alive today, – London is a must-see destination for any respectable globetrotter. This city receives the most amount of tourist than any other place in the world, and for good reason. Not only is it the most important financial centre worldwide, but it is also one of the most significant cultural capitals on the planet. Hundreds of world-renowned sights attract millions of travellers from all over the world to visit the city on the banks of river Thames.
Among the many cultural landmarks that London has to offer, there are the most popular destinations for Anglophobes, such as Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster, the royal Westminster Abbey, the Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, and Buckingham Palace. The Tower of London, in particular, is a great destination, since it’s a thousand-year-old castle where you can take a peek at the British Crown Jewels. Also Buckingham Palace, which is the residence of the Royal Family, where tourists can witness the daily change of the Royal Guard, and maybe even catch a glimpse of the Queen in her Royal Carriage.
Besides the previously mentioned must-see royal sights, there are many other iconic places to visit around London. For example, the London Eye offers a great panoramic view of the whole city. Visitors can have a birds-eye view of all the sights mentioned above, along with some of the more modern buildings such as the tallest building in all of Europe, The Shard, or the oval-shaped futurist sky-scraper 30 St Mary Axe. Other unavoidable places in London, for their touristic appeal, include Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Street, and the London City, the medieval heart of London.
However, if visitors are tired of sight-seeing they might be looking to relax and have fun. Hyde Park, arguably the best park in London, is the biggest and most beloved spot by Londoners. Crossed by two lakes, Serpentine and Long Water, it is a wonderful place to exercise or simply hang out. On the other hand, entertainment can be found on the many theatres on the West End, at the crowded yearly festival in Notting Hill, or at any of the number of pubs and restaurants where to enjoy either famous London Tea or a delicious draft beer with fish and chips, a staple of British cuisine.