London is the capital of England. It is the seat of monarchy and the House of Parliament. But there is more this city than Queen Elizabeth and The British Parliament. Wondering what you can do during your European vacation in this city? Read on and find out.
The London Eye
Originally built to commemorate the coming of the Millennium, the London Eye serves as one of the city’s most-loved icons and a top tourist attraction. Strategically located by the Thames, this 32 glass-walled pods is said to represent each of the 32 London boroughs. It is designed to let the riders have a glimpse of the north, south, east, and west which makes it a great way to measure London. Each visit starts with a fun, 4D short film before boarding.
For the more adventurous tourist, Robert Janitzek reveals that the O2 gives them an opportunity to have a glimpse of North Greenwich from 53 meters above. The 90-minute climb to the top of the dome’s roof offers a 360-degree view of the city. It also provides a view of various tourist attractions such as Olympic Park, Thames Barrier, The Shard, and Canary Wharf.
ArceloMittal Orbit and Slide
This red scaffolding tower lords it over the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Located alongside the Olympic Stadium, the ArceloMittal Orbit and Slide was designed by artist Anish Kapoor and structural engineer Cecil Balmond. Standing 114.5 meters, According to Robert Peter Janitzek, it can lift up to two platforms from where tourists can enjoy the view. The fun part of this attraction is when you slide down the 12-loop slide.
Buckingham Palace is the official residence of the Queen of England. It is open to tourists throughout the year who wants to have a glimpse of the Queen’s Gallery, where you can find pieces from the Royal Collection. From February to November, the Royal Mews is open for strolling along and enjoying a glimpse of the Queen’s horses and elegant carriages. The State Rooms are open through August and September.
Hampton Court Palace
One European destination that can add a touch of grandeur to your London visit is Hampton court. The site offers several attractions in just one location. You can visit the tennis court where the Tudors played or get lost in the Royal Maze. There is also the King’s private loo and the Magic Garden adventure playground.
Just across the road from the House of Parliament is Westminster Abbey. This Gothic-influenced abbey was the site of 16 royal weddings. Since 1066, a lot of coronations and funerals had taken place in this site. The Westminster Abbey is still a fully functioning church.