With 15 million visitors each and every year, London is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. As such a seasoned city break destination, there’s no end to the fun activities and interesting sights to see and with new ones springing up all the time, even repeat visitors stand little chance of getting bored. When you visit London and stay in any of the hotels near the West End, such as the Piccadilly Hotel London, you’ll find yourself centrally located and well placed to explore the many things to do in the city every day of the week. Not only are a number of sights only a short journey away on public transport, some are even within walking distance.
London is packed full of exciting attractions but if you’re on a city break and don’t have much time to spare, you’ll want to make a point of packing in the top sights early on in your trip. You can always save the rest till next time after all!
To help you get started and make the most of your stay with us, here are our can’t miss attractions and suggestions for what you simply must see during your visit.
Changing of the Guards
The Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace is a unique spectacle. It is ideal for those that are only in the city for a short amount of time. The ceremony itself takes place four times a week and lasts for around 45 minutes, so it’s great for fitting in between other activities.
The Changing of the Guards highlights the formal and royal way the palace’s guards are changed over at the end of their shift and it’s interesting to see the marching, the different traditions and impressive uniforms. Be sure to arrive early, especially if you want to take pictures, as the event is free and does attract quite a crowd.
Tower of London
The Tower of London is a historical castle situated in the heart of the city, right next to Tower Bridge. There’s a lot of history surrounding the castle and it is now home to the Crown Jewels, the Royal Mint, a treasury and much more. Visitors can take a look inside the Tower and guided tours are held every day, providing a lot of background and slew of interesting facts about this important historical location.
One of London’s most iconic sites, Tower Bridge is definitely a must-see attraction. There are different ways visitors can check out the bridge; walking along it, viewing it from the bank of the River Thames or by heading inside and joining a guided tour or the Tower Bridge Exhibition. The Bridge has played a key role in London’s history and it has a fascinating legacy. A tour will cover its background, how the bridge actually works and why it remains such an iconic symbol of city life despite its lengthy past
Houses of Parliament and Big Ben
Big Ben is arguably one of the most famous buildings to jut out of the London skyline. Unsurprisingly, it’s a hotspot for visitors, along with the Houses of Parliament which is just next door. The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben are not open to the general public, though they can be appreciated and admired from outside and the surrounding areas
Westminster Abbey is a large church in the heart of the city and is the country’s most recognisable religious building. Westminster Abbey is where the majority of royal weddings, coronations and burials take place and this has contributed to its great, vast history. It’s impressive architecture both inside and out make it a must-see attraction for anyone visiting London for the first time.
This is just a taster of the large number of interesting and historical attractions in London but, these are the ones that we think are must-sees if you are on a city break or visiting for a short time. Hotels near the West End are popular with many visitors as they are close to restaurants, bars, London Underground stations, parks and a number of the best attractions. If you’re ready to plan your trip and want to be in the heart of the city, check out our best deals and special offers at the Piccadilly Hotel London.