Attractions in London

The Tower of London is one of the most popular attractions in London. Tourists visiting the Tower can receive guided tours by Yeoman Warders who are dressed in historical costumes. This attraction is rich with history, which isn't surprising being that it has been around for over 900 years. Throughout its life, the Tower has had many different functions, including palace, prison and place of execution. It was also a jewel house and even a zoo at one point in time. Much of it is open to the public. Visitors can take a tour through royal bedchambers and see the Crown Jewels, which is a popular stop on the tour.

The London Eye is the perfect stop for tourists looking to get phenomenal panoramic pictures. It is a gigantic observation wheel and each capsule accommodates up to 25 passengers. Because they are made of glass, visitors have a 360-degree view of London and some of the most famous attractions, including Buckingham Palace, St. Paul's Cathedral and the House of Parliament.

For those dying to see beautiful architecture, Buckingham Palace is a definite must-see. It was originally called Buckingham House and was built in 1705 by the duke of Buckingham, but in 1761 King George III purchased it for his wife. It wasn't until 1826 that King George IV expanded it and turned it into a palace. Buckingham Palace is open to the public, though part of it is still used by the royal family. It has over 600 rooms, including a throne room and ballroom.

St. James Palace was commissioned in 1530 by Henry VIII and earned its name because it was built on the site of a former leper house, which had been dedicated to St. James. It wasn't until 1702 that it became the principal royal residence. Today, it is still considered the official residence, but the royal family rarely frequents the palace. While this attraction is not open to the public, tourists can still marvel at the beautiful Tudor-style architecture.

The British Museum is one of the most popular museums in London and offers exhibits that range from prehistoric times to modern times. Some of their more famous artifacts include the Rosetta Stone and the Parthenon sculptures. There are also a number of mummies from Ancient Egypt. Entry is free, although certain exhibits do require a ticket.