Top 20 Reasons to Visit London on a Holiday
Are you thinking where to go on your next vacation? How about visiting a city that has its roots in the past?
London is one such city, where you will find an unparalleled confluence of modernity and history. On one side is the Shard, a modern-day architectural marvel and on the other is Buckingham Palace, one of the biggest palaces of the world and home to British Monarchy. Each year, around 30 million visitors throng the shores of the city grasping the plethora of attractions, which this city has to offer. Be it world famous museums, art galleries, historic places, castles or river Thames, London has so much to offer you as a tourist.
And, if you are still confused about why you should visit the city, then explore these:
1. Diverse Accommodation Facilities
London is one of the most expensive cities of the world. However, that does not mean that you have to shell out a huge amount of money while you are staying in London. To sustain its booming travel industry, London has come up with a number of hotels that will suit the pockets of even frugal travellers. You may opt for luxury or cheap hotels London, whatever your requirements may be.
2. Art Galleries
London, being an artistic city, abounds in art galleries. These art galleries are home to some of the most famous art works of the world. Some of the major art galleries of the city are the National Gallery, Saatchi Gallery, and Tate Modern Gallery. Whether you adore Old Masters like Da Vinci, Botticelli, Rembrandt, Salvador Dali or modern art, contemporary sculpture or Impressionist paintings, London has an art gallery to woo you.
The National Gallery is probably the most famous art gallery of London. Housing the best art pieces of legendary artistes like Da Vinci, Caravaggio, Raphael, and Botticelli, this art gallery draws a large number of visitors every year. Among the priceless artworks that hang in this gallery is the famous “watered-down” version of Da Vinci’s “Madonna of the Rocks.”
London was the hub of British monarchy for eons. Therefore, it does not come as a surprise that the city is profoundly rich in historical architectures and structures. Not a single architectural style dominates London. Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, and several Tudor structures (built during the Tudor period 1485-1603) are the few remnants of ancient architectural style as most of the London buildings were destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666.
However, keeping company this rich history is a number of modern architectural marvels that beautify the landscape of the city even more. Structures like London Eye, Canary Wharf, Big Ben, and Canada Square are modern day marvels in themselves. From the historical buildings by Christopher Wren to the Shard, this city is profused with astonishing structures.
4. Heaven for Literature Buffs
If you are a literature lover, then visiting London would be like visiting the heaven of literature. Poet’s Corner at the Westminster Abbey is the final resting place of some of the greatest writers of the world like Charles Dickens, Wordsworth, and Thomas Hardy and so on. Apart from this, Johnson’s House is another destination, which would please the literature lover in you. Samuel Johnson, the eighteenth century writer, once inhabited this charming 300-year-old townhouse.
Additionally, some of the major novels like Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, and the latter half of the Da Vinci Code had London as the setting place. Visit London and explore the literary roots of the city.
It is probably one of the most alluring reasons for most of the travellers. Almost every building of London conceals history behind its walls. London is over 2000 years old and such long history has resulted in many iconic buildings. Be it Westminster Palace, The Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, or the numerous historical monuments gracing its atmosphere, London has a rich historical story to tell you at every step.
The museums in London store an unending wealth of history and overwhelming artefacts. From Science Museum to Transport Museum, London has an unprecedented array of museums. These museums house priceless historical artefacts and many other valuables. Above all, entry to most of the museums in London is usually free. So, history for free!
London is incomplete without this majestic river. Flowing through the southern England and gracing the city of London, this stately river is one of the biggest attractions in London. In fact, it is often said that London city would not have been possible, had there not been this river. Today, this river is the lifeline of this mega city.
This river is a major attraction by itself. You can go for kayaking and cruise tours on this river. However, this river also boasts the most iconic bridge of London, the Tower Bridge. In fact, Tower Bridge is one of the most visited tourist attractions in London.
8. Heaven for Sports Lovers
If you are a sports lover, then London is the place to be. Be it the Mecca of Cricket, the Lords, or the iconic football stadium, the Wembley, London is literally a pilgrimage for the sports lover in you. Moreover, if football and cricket do not enthral you much, you can always head towards Wimbledon, a district of south-west London, where the year’s second grand slam, Wimbledon takes place.
England has been a monarchical nation with London being the seat of power. Boasting one of the oldest and well-known royal family of the world, London is filled with royal monuments that glorify its ambience even more. And who knows, you might chance upon seeing the royal family? If you want to have more information about the royal family and their history, you can go to the official website of the British Monarchy.
10. Cultural Diversity
With a population of around 8.1 million, made up of over 270 nationalities and close to 250 different languages spoken, London is the most culturally diverse city of the world. People of different nationalities have contributed significantly to the vibrant culture scene of the city. Religious monuments of different religious faiths aptly show this fact. Shri Swami Narayan Mandir, the Central Mosque, and numerous Gurudwaras in the city reinforce the cultural diversity.
11. Ethnic Eat Outs
London has always attracted hordes of people round the world, especially from Asia. Therefore, if as a tourist, you want the tinge of your culture in the food served here, you can easily get that. Be it Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Korean or Caribbean, the city has the answer to everyone’s taste buds.
12. Star Spotting
London is one of the major cities of the world and one of the most desirable too. That is the reason; many celebrities have made London their home. From Wayne Rooney to Stella McCartney and Madonna, London is a home to many celebrities from different occupations. Who knows, you might get an autograph as a prized souvenir?
13. Sea of Greenery
Do not get baffled by this heading. London indeed has oceans of greenery in it. You may have thought that London is all about castles, palaces, and royalty. However, there are number of huge parks in London, serving as a perfect escape for leisure. Richmond Park, the Wimbledon Village, and many such green spaces in London are the best options for a healthy stroll after a hectic sightseeing spree.
14. London Spas
Travelling London within a packed schedule can result in exhaustion and fatigue. And in those times, the best way to reenergise yourself is a revitalising session in spas and London is not behind in this aspect too. London offers some of the best spas of the world, which employ the use of best organic and sophisticated treatments to pamper your skin. Whether it is the Peak Health Club and Spa at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower or the Ajala spa, the spas in the city of London offer you exquisite facilities.
Party animals have a merry time in this city, as London’s nightlife is extremely vibrant and lively. There are “n” number of nightclubs and bars in the city catering to every pocket . Super clubs like Ministry of Sound, Fabric, and Heaven are among the best nightclubs in the city.
However, if you are looking for a more intimate experience, you can head towards the DJ bars in the city, which not only provides you a chic, informal ambience but also adorable facilities.
16. A Home Away from Home
London is known for its hospitable people. You, as a traveller, will feel extremely comfortable here. Londoners are quite warm and friendly and never hesitate to aid you.
Apart from this, London has a huge immigrant population. Therefore, it is quite likely that you might run into someone of your own nationality while you are exploring the city.
Your trip to London without a visit to its shopping streets is like having a cocktail without ice cubes in it. London is home to some of the most famous shopping places in the world. Famous shopping streets like the Oxford Street and the Bond Street grace its ambience. In fact, London is a haven for shopaholics. From high-end designer attires to cheap yet fashionable wears, London offers a wide range to please the shopaholic in you.
18. Tourist Attractions
You will be spoilt for choices when it comes to tourist attractions. After all, there are an incalculable number of attractions in the city. It never really matters how many times you visit this megalopolis, you will never had enough of the attractions in London. Tower of London, London Eye, The Shard, St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Palace, Big Ben and so on, the list is endless. Visiting London is like visiting a garden with a multitude of delightful flowers. It is hard to pick the favourite.
19. Concerts and Events
Well, this one really depends on the time at which you are visiting London. Being one of the major cultural hubs of Europe, London is always brimming with some cultural events.
As far as concerts are concerned, London is one of the best places on Earth. Almost every month, there is a major concert happening in this vibrant city. Places like the Earls Court, O2 Arena are one of the happening concert places.
20. Of Course, the Pubs
No description of London is possible without having a word on its pubs. Most of the London pubs are quite cosy, welcoming, and affordable. Popular among visitors and locals alike, London pubs offer a delicious mix of services like hearty meal, an intimate ambience and above all great music.
However, the real draw is the presence of unusual bars and pubs in the city. Some of the pubs like the Grenadier, the Flask Tavern, the Rising Sun and Bow Bells are haunted. Whereas, bars like Waxy O’Connor’s and the Castle Farringdon are quite weird in ambience and service.
The present list is just a glimpse of what London offers to its visitors. You can have your own reasons for liking this city. After going through this list, I am sure you must have found your reason for visiting London this time.
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