London flights into Heathrow have delivered more than 175 million passengers making London the world capital in the 21st century and with good reason. With something for everyone in London, it makes sense to plan ahead for the trip. Here are the top 5 things you can’t afford to miss out while visiting London.
1. The London Pass
To get in as much as possible in limited time, a fixed-rate sightseeing pass provides for over 55 popular attractions. The London Pass operates like a smart card getting visitors to the front of the line with no waiting or worrying about conversion rates. Purchase one or more days but note that the time starts accruing from first use based on a calendar day.
2. London Walks
While much ground may be covered traveling by vehicle, nothing can replace the intimate and close up reveals on a classic signature walking tour. Replete with experts who are the voice of authority on such historical subjects as Jack the Ripper and the streets of White Chapel, choose to see Regent’s Canal, Oxford, Cambridge, Bath, Stonehenge, The Cotswolds, or Old Westminster. Just show up at the tube and off you go. Each tour lasts about 2 hours.
3. The Royal Treatment
London’s royal history and traditions are truly something to experience. See famous landmarks on a private tour through the Tower of London; a visit to Buckingham Palace to see the Changing of the Guard; The Houses of Parliament; Big Ben; the London Eye and end up lunching at a traditional pub on the Southbank of the Thames.
4. London Museums
With over 200 museums in London, this choice to visit cultural history can occupy an entire trip. The good news is that a lot of London’s art galleries and major museums are free to explore.
5. Shop ‘til You Drop
There are over 3500 shops, restaurants, bars and hotspots to discover in London. Shooting off from Oxford Circus are Oxford, Carnaby, Marleybone, Bond and Regent Streets; famous Soho, Leicester Square and Covent Garden just for starters.