It comes as no surprise that London is out of the top tourist destinations on the planet, with more than 16 million visitors to the city annually. The city is the capital of Britain and is known have a vibrant arts and entertainment scene, apart from being home to some of the most historic attractions in the world. The city is also home to some of the best shopping areas with the biggest names in the fashion industry being well represented here. In terms of cultural sites the city is replete with probably the largest number of such attractions in the world. From palatial palaces to cathedrals, Roman ruins to castles there is plenty to see and explore in the city.
Being a tourist hub London offers a wide variety in terms of accommodation. From 5 star hotels in London to budget accommodation visitors will find plenty to choose from. When travelling to the city it is always recommended to make your hotel reservations in advance to avoid any disappointment.
For those who want to stay in luxury without having to spend a fortune, a great place to stay is the Montcalm Hotel London that is a popular choice with visitors on account of its competitive rates and central location. While in central London some of the must see prominent attractions include:
Buckingham Palace: It is definitely one of the most iconic landmarks of the country and also is the venue for the pomp and pageantry of the historic the Changing of the Guard. It attracts a large number of visitors almost every morning at 11:30am, when there is a spectacular display of precision marching and martial music starting from St James's Palace along the Mall as they march towards Buckingham Palace. This magnificent palace was built in 1837, and is the London official royal residence of the ruling monarch from the time Queen Victoria ascended the throne. When the Queen is in residence you will see the royal standard fluttering high aloft the flagpole that is on top of the palace. It is always raised when the monarch is in residence. And on special state occasions, you may find the Queen and members of the Royal Family standing out on the main balcony.
During the summer when the Queen and members of her family are on holiday at their summer palace in the Scottish Highlands, visitors are offered paid tours of the stately palace. It includes its grand State Rooms, impressive the Queen's Gallery and the historic Royal Mews. To make the most of a visit to Buckingham Palace begin in the morning with the Changing of the Guard and join a 4.5 hour Buckingham Palace Tour which includes afternoon tea. It is one of the best ways to take an informative and enjoyable tour of this historic palace and is a delightful experience not to be missed.
The British Museum: It is home to some of the most priceless collections of antiquities from all across the ancient world. The British Museum houses millions of artefacts that span hundreds of years of history from a variety of ancient civilisations. These include rare objects from Babylonia, Europe, Assyria, China and other parts of the world. The most popular and prominent exhibits at the British Museum are the Rosetta Stone, the Elgin Marbles from the Parthenon, the Egyptian Mummies, the Mildenhall Roman Treasure and the massive bust of Rameses II among other priceless treasures.
The Tower of London: The Legendary Tower of London has served numerous purposes during its long and bloody history. It has been a royal residence, a treasury, a prison, an armoury and of course home to the famous Crown Jewels apart from other different purposes. It is one of the country’s most iconic sites and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a great place to learn about the rich history of England as sp much of it happened here. The imposing White Tower was built by William the Conqueror in 1078. There are a variety of interesting exhibits on display including royal armaments and armour through the centuries. Other prominent attractions are of course its world famous Crown Jewels’ exhibits, The Royal Mint and the Beefeaters along with several gruesome execution exhibits that were staged here. Close by is the massive Tower Bridge, which rises an impressive 61 metres above the Thames and is one of the best-known landmarks of the city.
To make the most of your trip it is advised to buy the Tower of London Entrance Tickets in advance, as it will help to save valuable time lining up outside the ticket office. It not only is more cost-effective but also saves on time and a lot of unnecessary hassle.