Something we all say we’re going to do is travel. As we take a break from our hectic schedules, we all dream of sitting on that sandy beach with a cocktail to keep us company. Unfortunately, we come crashing back to reality and realize we have a stack of bills waiting to be payed.
Let’s take a look at how you can travel for a fraction of the cost (not to the Maldives of course). No, we’re talking about getting all those cultural experiences right here in London.
From visiting the V&A instead of The Met, to walking along St James’s Park rather than the Hawaii beaches, we’ll go through the best places to visit in London, whilst fulfilling all your travelling desires (without leaving that gaping hole in your pockets).
Here’s what you had to say about London’s top attractions:
“ I’ve been to the National Gallery like four times. It’s really amazing and I never get tired of it.”
– Hajer Gomri
“This is the first time I’ve been on the London Eye and I thought it was amazing. I don’t think I’m going on The Shard, because it’s a bit expensive, but this was worth it. I thought I’m a Londoner and I’ve never seen London properly. Well worth the money.”
– Chris Warren
“Portobello Road Market is great for shopping. You get some really cheap stuff there and if you’re lucky you can find things there you can’t get in other shops. It’s a lot better than going to places like Westfield or Oxford Street and a lot cheaper!”
– Salma Hersi
“Just left Madame Tussauds now and it was great. I’ve been here before, but I wanted to see the Will and Kate wax figures and there were some others I haven’t seen before like Obama. They’re always adding new people in, like whoever is in the spotlight, so it’s good to come again and see who else has been put in.”
– Tom Evans
Here are the top 10 London attractions you have to visit (click on image for slideshow):
10. Hampstead Heath. In a survey by Roam, Hampstead Heath turned out to be pretty popular. The 320 hectares park is a must visit for any living in or visiting London. A warm summer’s day compliments a nice picnic with the family, with 25 ponds to sit by. Copyright Garry Knight
9. Tower of London. London’s most popular tourist attraction has been a fortress, place and prison. The exhibition takes a tour of some of the most infamous inmates, including Anne Boleyn, Guy Fawkes and Sir Thomas Moore, while going through the gruesome executions of these historic figures, including Henry VIII’s instruments of torture.
8. Madame Tussauds. Who doesn’t want to stand by wax figures of their favourite musicians/actors and celebrities? That’s right, no one. Well thanks to Madame Tussauds, you can do just that. It’s pretty difficult to find the real Beyoncé to take a picture with, so we’re improvising.
7. Portobello Road Market. The famous market in Notting hill is a mile-long street selling something different every day. It’s the perfect place to go for bargain prices and with cafes and pubs lined up you can put those shopping bags down and relax.
6. National Gallery. The gallery in Trafalgar Square is home to hundreds of the world’s most famous paintings, from Di Vinci to Van Gogh. All the portraits worth seeing are housed in this building. Even better, they’re all public property. Translation: free!
5. Westminster Abbey. Ever watch the Friends episode where the gang head over to London? Of course you have! And where did Joey and Chandler go? That’s right; they came over to Westminster Abbey. Now we’re not asking you to wear a long red hat (and embarrass your friends), but taking pictures is definitely advised.
4. Covent Garden. From street entertainers to the Royal Opera House and Burberry to vintage clothes stalls, there truly is something for everyone. All situated in the historic market building, there’s no traffic ruining your day shopping.
3. The Victoria and Albert Museum. With a new exhibition every week, the V&A is the perfect place to go if you have a cultural appetite. From Hollywood Costumes to the David Bowie exhibition, you’ll be taking a walk through history.
2. St. Paul’s Cathedral. It’s an iconic London building, with a skyline to match. As you enter the building you can climb the dome and hear your voice echo over 100 feet away in the Whispering Gallery. Then take a touch screen tour of paintings across the gallery and finish by looking over 1400 years of history.
1. The London Eye. Forget the Shard, for half the price you’ll get a 30 minute view of London at an angle you’d think was impossible. With luxury packages to match, you can enjoy a champagne treat and be pampered all at the same time.
Well there you have it. The top 10 places to visit in London, chosen by you. So once you’ve finished roaming our online magazine, pick a place and be culturally enlightened.
But before you disappear, take a second to fill in this short survey on where you’ll be spending the summer afternoon: