There is obviously a huge amount to do and see but it sounds like people generally have the main ones in their minds. I’m sure you have already done this but a good London travel guide will help explain things from a tourist perspective – I always find the Lonely Planet ones pretty good.
The iconic London Eye
London Travel Guide
London is divided into travel zones. This helps give an indication of how close to the centre places you are. When you travel the further out you go the ride will cost more. To travel on public transport you will need an Oyster Card, which you can get at main stations (including Waterloo). You top this card up with money and then use it at the ticket barriers to paying for travel. You can also use a contactless bank card to do this if you have one
Anything within Zone 1 is the very centre. Any place in zone 1 will be a walk or a very short tube ride away. It will be worth getting a map of central London as that will show you where things are located close together and so you can walk from place to place rather than get the tube – cheaper and you see more. In this London travel guide, my objective is to make you familiar with almost all popular and not so popular points of interest in London.
Central London Points Of Interest (roughly East to West)
(closest tube Green Park/Victoria/St James’ Park/ Westminster)
– you have the palace itself and various other surrounding buildings. Look up when the changing of the guard is and see if you can catch it – lots of pomp and ceremony.
Big Ben/Houses of Parliament/Westminster Abbey (Westminster)
– Just up the river from Waterloo on the North Bank
London Eye (Waterloo/Westminster)
– Right by the river and on the “South Bank” which often has some little stalls or street performances on so is a good place to walk along and see the river.
Trafalgar Square (Charing Cross)
– Located on the other side of the river from Waterloo. There is a footbridge you can take with good views. The National Portrait Gallery is also here (free entry) if you are interested.
Globe Theatre (Blackfriars)
– Along the South Bank of the river. Between The London Eye and the Globe is the Tate Modern art museum. It is in an old power station so pretty cool to look at. Free to go into as well if you are interested.
– this is a bit further along the river from the Globe. However, it is just a boring road bridge. The Tower Bridge is the pretty one and the next bridge down the river.
Tower of London (Tower Hill)
– This is on the North Bank of the river across Tower Bridge. Really interesting historical sight but will probably be very busy. It is quite expensive as well (£25 entry).
Tower of London entry
Lords Cricket Ground (Baker Street/St Johns Wood) a bit further north
– You can’t just look around you have to book a tour which you can find online. It depends if you are that interested or not.
Other Points of Interest in London
“The West End”
– This is the general area around Covent Garden, Leicester Square, and Piccadilly Circus. It is the glitzy theatre district with theatres, posh shops & hotels etc. Also the home of the East India club.
St Pauls Cathedral (St Paul’s)
– An iconic building in the old city of London
St. Paul’s from London Millennium Bridge
– A tall column monument to the Great Fire of London – there is a viewing platform you can climb.
Museums – (South Kensington)
– Here you find the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum. Both are free to get into and are really good museums if you like the subject matter. Likely to be very busy as well.
Brick Lane (Aldgate East)
-This might be interesting as for many Brits this is what they think of when they think of curry. It is a street with loads of restaurants and the owners all stand outside and negotiate prices with you. I don’t actually think the food is that nice and I think it is Bangladeshi rather than Indian but it might be interesting to see at least.
The Old East End (the area around Shoreditch/Hoxton)
. This used to be the old working-class district where all the dock workers lived. It has now been gentrified and is the “cool” part of London. There are lots of independent shops and bars and very trendy people. Some people love it and some people find it a bit weird but might be interesting to look around.
Points of Interest in London Which Are a Further Out
– this is a nice place to look around and is easily accessible. If you want to look at the O2 (The Millennium Dome – a big arena with lots of shops and restaurants) you go to North Greenwich station. If you want to go to Greenwich itself (they call it Greenwich Village) you need Greenwich station…these are different sides of the river so not actually that close together.
– London equivalent of Cyber City in Gurgaon. Interesting to look at all the tall buildings bit not actually that exciting I don’t think. Home of KPMG, HSBC and Barclays.
Wimbledon Tennis Club (Southfields station is closer – not Wimbledon)
– like with Lords you can’t just look around but have to book a tour.
That’s all I can think of at the moment. Let me know if you’ve any questions and I’ll give you a shout if I think of anything else. Hope it can serve you as a London travel guide!
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