Today, London Eye is perhaps the best way to admire London and his majesty. This giant Ferris wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames is 135 meters tall and the wheel has a diameter of 120 meters. This makes it the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe. The beauty of it is that is public and accessible to all who maybe don`t have the time to visit the entire city so they can take a look from the above.
The Eye was built at a cost of £70 million pounds. On a good day guests can enjoy a view of up to 25 miles away! The wheel rotates extremely slowly; 26cm (10in) per second – which is about 0.6 miles per hour.
Hyde Park & Kensington gardens
London's Hyde Park is one of the greatest city parks in the world. Covering 142 hectares (350 acres) and with over 4,000 trees, a large lake, a meadow and ornamental flower gardens, there’s a good chance you’ll forget you are right in the centre of London.
Hyde Park is home to a number of famous landmarks including the Serpentine Lake, Speakers' Corner and the Diana, Princess of Wales, Memorial Fountain. The park also offers various recreational activities including open water swimming, boating, cycling, tennis and horse riding.
The Tower of London
The unmissable Tower of London (actually a castle of 22 towers) offers a window into a gruesome and compelling history. This was where two kings and three queens met their death and countless others were imprisoned. Come here to see the colourful Yeoman Warders (or Beefeaters), the spectacular Crown Jewels, the soothsaying ravens and armour fit for a very large king.
Buckingham Palace is the London residence and administrative headquarters of the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom. Located in the City of Westminster, the palace is often at the centre of state occasions and royal hospitality.
Buckingham Palace is one of the residences Queen Elizabeth II spends her time and if the Queen is home, the yellow, red and blue standard is flying. Some 19 lavishly furnished State Rooms are open to visitors when HRH (Her Royal Highness) takes her holidays from late July to September.
The Natural History Museum
Palace of Westminster - Houses of Parliament
The Palace of Westminster is the meeting place of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the two houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Commonly known as the Houses of Parliament after its occupants, it is also known as the 'heart of British politics'.
The Houses of Parliament's oldest part is 11th-century Westminster Hall, one of only a few sections that survived a catastrophic fire in 1834. Its roof, added between 1394–1401, is the earliest-known example of a hammerbeam roof. The rest is mostly a neo-Gothic confection built by Charles Barry and Augustus Pugin (1840–58).
The London Dungeon recreates various gory and macabre historical events in a gallows humor style. It includes live actors, special effects and rides.
The visitors of The London Dungeon show are taken on a journey through 1000 years of London’s history where they meet actors performing as some of London’s most famous horror characters, including Jack the Ripper and Sweeney Todd. The shows are staged on theatrical sets with special effects and incorporate events such as the Black Death or the Gunpowder Plot. Maybe the most interesting fact is that the guests are encouraged to participate in the shows.
Lee Valley White Water Centre
Lee Valley White Water Centre is a white-water slalom centre that was constructed to host the canoe slalom events of the 2012 Summer Olympics.
On 9th December 2010, Anne, Princess Royal officially opened the venue which is owned and managed by Lee Valley Regional Park Authority.
You can experience a range of white water activities from canoeing and kayaking to white water rafting. It's the perfect venue to celebrate a special occasion or to try something new with family or friends. So carve, turn and surf the rapids with this fascinating and adrenalin activity.
A splendid mixture of architectural styles, Westminster Abbey is considered the finest example of Early English Gothic (1190–1300).
It is one of the most notable religious buildings in the United Kingdom and is the traditional place of coronation and burial site for English and, later, British monarchs. Every monarch since William the Conqueror has been crowned here, with the exception of a couple of unlucky Eds who were either murdered (Edward V) or abdicated (Edward VIII) before the magic moment.
In 1894 when the elegant Tower Bridge was built, London was a thriving port. Designed to be raised to allow ships to pass, it was originally powered by steam and enormous hydraulic engines. When it was built, Tower Bridge was the largest and most sophisticated bascule bridge ever completed. The energy created was stored in six massive accumulators, as soon as power was required to lift the Bridge, it was always readily available. Today electricity has taken over the steam engines.
Harrods is an obligatory stop for visitors, from the cash-strapped to the big spenders. The stock is astonishing, as are many of the price tags. High on kitsch, the ‘Egyptian Elevator’ resembles something out of an Indiana Jones epic, while the memorial fountain to Dodi and Di merely adds surrealism. The Harrods store occupies a 5-acre site and has over one million square feet of selling space in over 330 departments making it the biggest department store in Europe.
London Fields Lido
The London Fields Lido is a 50 meters Olympic size, heated outdoor swimming pool open all year round and located in Hackney, central London. This is the only heated outdoor swimming pool in London and has a lane swimming available all day. Besides, it offers swimming lessons for children and adults, advice and instruction for members and non members during their swim fit sessions.
During your brake you can drink a cup of coffee in the pool`s café or take a walk in the park near the pool.
Vista at the Trafalgar
The Vista at the Trafalgar is perched on the top of the Trafalgar Hotel in Trafalgar Square. From the terrace at Vista you can see Nelson's Column as it spears the skyline. Plus there's the London Eye and Big Ben. Those who don't suffer from vertigo can also look down onto buzzing Trafalgar Square.
To escape the hustle and bustle of the West End, go in the daytime, to see the city lights, go in the nighttime.
The Signature cocktail is Midnight at Vista. Perfect for long summer nights, this drink has Grey Goose vodka and Grand Marnier muddled with blackberry, a drop of honey and a dash of lime.
Baileys Fish and Chips
You can easily find a place to eat fish and chips in London, but this is our pick. It is one of the best places to eat in budget when you are in London. The food is exceptionally good, with all the authentic British taste. The service is friendly and the prices are very affordable.
Besides, they offer a comprehensive menu providing not only fish and chips but also various burgers made from the finest beef or chicken and a whole lot more. They are extremely passionate about food with quality ingredients and freshness being the key to the taste.