London, the capital city of England, is a truly world class city. In many ways, it has been dubbed as the world capital of trade, fashion, culture and finance. It is slated to host the Olympic Games in 2012 and preparations for the same are in full swing. Keeping in view of this fact, London is the place to be at as tourism is getting a big boost here.
London has been inhabited since pre-historic times and has always been an important center for all types of activities for most parts of recorded history. Due to the global outreach of British Empire in the past, its importance was at its peak during past few centuries. Situated on the banks of Thames River, it is too important to be missed by any traveler.
One may require a lifetime to even have a glimpse of the iconic monuments here. The prominent ones include Buckingham Palace, The London Eye, Marble Arch, Piccadilly Circus, St Paul's Cathedral, The Tower of London and Westminster Abbey besides numerous museums, art galleries and parks.
The Buckingham Palace is the official residence of the Queen. It is open for tourists, though only for summer months. It is an interesting place for any average tourist, with a lot on offer. Certain sections of the palace are open for the tourists to explore. The London Eye is a large observation wheel. Mount on it to have a splendid view of the entire city.
While paying a visit to the Buckingham Palace, do visit the Palace of Westminster, Banqueting House, Cabinet War Rooms and Churchill Museum, Henry VII's Lady’s Chapel, St. Margaret's Church, Westminster Abbey and the Jewel Tower which are located in close vicinity.
The Big Ben is another iconic site which ought not to be missed. It is a giant bell of the clock located at Palace of Westminster and a magnet for tourists from around the world and domestic circles. The Tower of London and Tower Bridge are two of the most popular landmarks in the city. The Tower of London is around a millennium old structure and quite aptly, a World Heritage Site.
Another must visit place in the city is the Leicester Square, which in turn comprises of many iconic places. These places include Trafalgar Square, National Gallery, the iconic Piccadilly Circus, Chinatown and numerous art galleries and museums. Trafalgar Square plays host to numerous activities, celebrations and demonstrations throughout the year. The most prominent one among such celebrations is the New Year celebration every year.
Families traveling with kids may have a harrowing time as the prominent places of tourist attraction are invariably crowded. Thus, it is a good idea to check out the following places for good quality time with children. Prominent places include a slew of museums dedicated to science, nature and war. Avenues of boating, horse riding and sporting, zoos etc can be considered for this purpose.
London has got extensive network of public transport which is renowned in the entire world. One can reach anywhere in the city quite easily with the underground metro (popularly known as the tube), railways, trams and even boats. It is a good idea to purchase traveler cards which can help in getting free or discounted entry to various landmarks here.