Not only "The Shard" offers a wonderful view over London. The London Eye is the largest big wheel in the world with 135m and offers the opportunity to see up to 55 of the city's most famous sights on a 30-minute tour. This includes views of the Parliament, Buckingham Palace, Hide Park and Millennium Bridge. Be sure to book your ticket in advance otherwise a long waiting period in front of the landmark are pre-programmed.
Not really in London but definitely worth a trip: Stonhenge. The trip to the famous stone circles takes about 1.5 hours. The former purpose of today's attractions is still being disputed. Whether as a meeting place, religious temple complex or burial place: Stonehenge is one of the most impressive sightseeings in the surroundings of London.
3. Tower of London
The former fortress of the royal family, the Tower of London, is the perfect place for rainy days in London. Explore the more than 900-year-old history of the palace and its former functions as a fortress, prison and zoo. Be sure to admire the crown jewels on your tour. We wonder what it would be like to wear them?
4. St. Paul's Cathedral
The cathedral built in the style of the classicistic baroque is, beside Westminster Abbey, probably the most famous church of London. From the roof of the dome you have a unique view. Also admire the colourful mosaics and paintings and visit the Whispering Gallery. The fastest way to get to St. Paul's Cathedral is via the subway station St. Paul's (Central Line) or you take the opportunity of a little walk alongside the Thames and cross the Thames River at the Millenium Bridge. Now you're walking straight towards St. Paul's. A great photo scene!
5. Warner Bros. Studio
Besides the Queen also Harry Potter calls London his home. Admire the magic studio, Gringott's magic bench and Winkelgasse - real Harry Potter fans can enjoy a day trip to the Warner Bros. Studio. Fly the Nimbus 2000 and play Quidditch in the fascinating world of magic. A great activity with many attractions while sightseeing with children.
6. Madame Tussauds London
The famous waxworks of Madame Tussauds London are part of the sightseeing program in all metropolises of the world. In London the famous museums with celebrities from all over the world have their origin. Take a photo with the Royal Family, meet the Beckhams and look forward to movie stars Katniss Everdeen and Chewbacca from Star Wars. Children under 4 years of age do not pay admission. Save yourself waiting time and book tickets in advance.
7. Big Ben
Actually located in the Elizabeth Tower, "Big Ben" is the name for the heaviest of the 5 bells of the clock tower with 13.5 tons. But in the general language usage, the Tower itself is also called Big Ben and is one of the absolute landmarks of the British capital. The next subway station at Westminster Abbey is Westminster and is practically located right at the Elizabeth Tower.
8. Tower Bridge
It is also one of the landmarks of the City of London: Tower Bridge is a bascule bridge built in neo-Gothic style and spans the Thames. The walk along the Thames can already inspire by various local actors, who always know how to entertain the tourists on their walk. If you want to learn more about the history and origins of Tower Brigde you can discover it on various private or public tours.
The Thames runs right through the heart of the city. Along the Southwark is one of the most beautiful tours in London. Here you will find London as you know it from postcard scenery. The path leads through the historic city centre. This way you will see many of the top attractions on your walk. Discover the district with the Tower, Millennium and London Bridge. Enjoy views of Westminster Abbey and visit Borough Market or one of the quaint pubs along the way. Or take an afternoon boat trip and admire the many sights and attractions along the shore.
10. British Museum
The British Museum is one of the largest and most important museums in the world. Exhibits from prehistoric times to modern times have been collected and exhibited here. Highlights include the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures and the ancient Egyptian mummies. The nearest underground stations to the museum are Tottenham Court Road (about 500m) and Holborn (also about 500m). The entrance is free of charge.
Travel tips for London
The best view over London
The highest building of the European Union: "The Shard" offers the perfect opportunity to enjoy a spectacular view over all of London. With a ticket for this ultra-modern skyscraper it is possible to elevate to the 72nd floor at a height of approx. 230m and let your eyes wander. Are you interested in the history of London? In the multimedia exhibition at "The Shard" you will learn everything you need to know.
How much is London?
London is certainly not one of the cheapest destinations. Here you can currently (Jan 2017) get around 0.85 British pounds for 1 euro. A good planning of your travel budget is therefore highly recommended. Consider the following tips if you are planning your budget for London:
A white coffee in a coffee bar costs about 3,00€.
Fish & Chips can be bought at the snack bar for about 6,00€.
Public transport is expensive. A bus ride in the city centre costs about 4,50€.
A pint of Guinness, Fosters or Carling in a London pub is available from around 4.00€.
3. Cheap shopping in London: the best time
An extensive shopping tour is the highlight for many tourists in London. There's nothing in London that doesn't exist. From the latest fashion trends to the chicest shops in the world, everything is represented. As London is not cheap it is worthwhile to shop at certain times: At the beginning of January and July there are also a lot of sales. Those who are not travelling at these times should regard the mid-season sales. Here you can almost always find good bargains. Most shops are also open on Sundays between 12 and 18 o'clock.
4. Attention dress code!
Before you start your trip to London, you should think about whether and especially where you might want to go out in the evening. London is generally oﬀen, tolerant and individual. However, there are some clubs, bars and restaurants with dress code. Sneakers are not desired. In alternative neighbourhoods, however, you will be send away at the door in your suit. But in many places the unwritten rule applies: dress to impress - provocative and chic. If you consider this at the packing of your baggage, then nothing will stand in the way of a wonderful evening in London.
5. The best travel time for London
London is an attractive destination all year round. The high tourist season here is in summer between mid-April and mid-October and just before Christmas. The average temperature is about 15°C. Unfortunately the heavy rainfall in London is not a cliché. Often London lies in the fog and the next rain shower is just waiting for its chance. Even in summer the rain jacket and an umbrella belong to your luggage. But don't worry: in London there is always something going on even when it rains!
6. Public transport: Buy Oyster Card
Public transport in London is expensive. Nevertheless, take a taxi or the London Tube. Locals choose the bus for short distances or walk. Those who live outside of London and often use the London subway will save a lot of money with the Oyster Card. The OysterCard is a small plastic card in credit card format that you load with a certain amount of money. With the credit you can travel cheaply by bus and tube in London. You can also use the National Rail Service with the OysterCard. If you make several trips per day, the card always calculates the cheapest fare. In any case you always pay less than for conventional paper tickets. The Oyster Card can also be ordered at home before the journey starts.