For the best part of two millennia, London has been one of the most culturally and economically important cities in the world. Anyone who has visited the English capital will speak of the vast array of sights and attractions – but which are the best?
Each year millions of people from all over the world flock to visit and be photographed alongside London attractions such as Tower Bridge, the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and the London Eye. In total there are around 40,000 listed buildings and more than 150 ancient monuments all within this one city.
As aesthetically pleasing as they might be there is far more to a successful trip to London than posing with Beefeaters and feeding pigeons in Trafalgar Square.
Galleries and museums
London is home to some of the UK’s finest galleries and museums – with 22 national museums and 200 other museums residing within the city’s limits.
The National Gallery displays works by Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Caravaggio and many other iconic pieces while the Tate Modern houses collections by Picasso, Lichtenstein, Warhol and other more contemporary styles.
If the painted medium is not your cup of tea you might wish to pay a visit to the British Museum. This houses artefacts from the Ancient Egyptians, displays from the Greek Bronze Age and prehistoric Europe and much more.
In terms of modern attractions, the wax models of Madame Tussauds are an obvious attraction that cannot be missed. Few of us get the chance to stand beside the rich and famous but here you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to posing with your favourite stars!
For those who want to glimpse the iconic skyline of London, a trip on the London Eye is perfect. This gives a bird’s eye view of everything the city has to offer, whilst those after a viewpoint closer to the ground may prefer bus or river tours.
Travelling around London
London Transport takes many forms, from buses and bicycle hire to the London Underground tube network and overground railways. London was actually the first city to have an underground rail network, and whilst the Tube still performs well today, it may be advisable to choose car hire instead.
Whilst all London’s locations are easily accessible via the Tube, multiple line changes may be needed and this can cause confusion to some travellers. Those with a fear of confined spaces can also find the carriages too cramped for their liking – making London car hire far more pleasant.
Here at Avis, we offer a range of hire options so you can focus on enjoying the sights and sounds of London rather than worrying about your travel arrangements.
You can even add an extra driver to your hire agreement to share the burden of city driving. Our flexible fuel options are also extremely convenient, meaning you can get on with enjoying your trip. Whether you choose to the option of a full tank before you depart, paying for what you use on your return or returning it with a full tank of fuel – we’re eager to provide a service which matches your needs perfectly.
For more information about visiting London, visit http://www.visitlondon.com/.