There are so many things to see in London, really one is spoilt for choice. What to see very much depends on the time you have available to you and on what your favourite things to do, when visiting a new place, are.
Nonetheless, whatever your tastes, there are a number of must-see places in London, places you can’t really miss to see.
Westminster Cathedral (nearest tube station: Westminster), Buckingham Palace (nearest tube station: Green Park), Tower Bridge (nearest tube station: Tower Hill), Tower of London (nearest tube station: Tower Hill), Saint Paul’s Cathedral (nearest tube station: Saint Paul’s) and the Millennium Bridge (nearest tube station: Saint Paul’s and Blackfriars), definitely are amongst them.
Entry is totally free of charge; a £3 offer would, anyway, be appreciated by the museum management, which is really nothing compared to what you can see. Your contribution will allow the museum management to keep free of charge the entrance to the venue. Special exhibit, nonetheless, could require tickets.
The National Museums (nearest tube station: Charing Cross) towers the scenery of Trafalgar Square, where you could gaze up at paintings and works made by artists such as Van Gogh, da Vinci, Botticelli, Constable, Renoir, Titian and Stubbs. Also here entry is free of charge, but even in this case, a £3 offer would be appreciated, for the same reasons listed above. Once again, after all, it must be said that £3 is equal to a totally free entry; you could literally need hours to visit and enjoy the masterpieces these museums are exhibiting.
Another museum, worth to be visited and whose entry is free of charge, “sitting grandly on the banks of the Thames” is the Tate Modern (nearest tube station: Blackfriars). The site, which previously was a power station, offers exhibitions by contemporary artists such as Damien Hirst to Gauguin. Although entry is free, some exhibits can require tickets.
Staying in London’s Bankside, once home to derelict wharf building, it is worth say that in the area you also find the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Vinopolis, Clink Prison (London's oldest jail) and London Dungeon, which, without any question, is the most popular London’s horror attraction (nearest tube station: London Bridge).
If you like animals and, of course, if you’ll get the time, you could also pay a visit to the Natural History Museum (nearest tube station: South Kensington) in order to stare at dinosaurs exhibit, its collections of the tallest and biggest animals in the world, a Blue Whale and to pay a visit at the Darwin Centre. Even in this case, entry to this amazing museum is free, but, also in this case be ready to pay an entry ticket for special events.
Another worth-a-visit museum in London is the Science Museum (nearest tube station: South Kensington), where, amongst the other things, you could familiarise with the last three centuries’ major scientific technological development. Also in this case, entry is usually free, but some exhibits may require tickets.
The National Maritime Museum (nearest DLR station: Cutty Surk for Maritime Greenwich), acknowledged as one of the greatest museum of its genre, will allow you to discover and get acquainted with the traditions of maritime London. Usually free, some exhibits could require tickets.
If you are passionate about art and design, you can’t really miss to pay a visit to the Victoria & Albert Museum (nearest tube station: South Kensington), which boosts an amazing collection of artefacts, paintings, sculptures and furniture from around the world. Usually free, some exhibits could require tickets.
If you want to gain an in depth knowledge of prehistoric London, how it was managed during the Roman and medieval period, you can’t miss to see, then, the Museum of London (nearest tube station: Barbican and Saint Paul’s). Entry is free.
If you are, instead, interested on finding out more about the conflicts form the World War 1 to the present and to learn more about the espionage in The Secret War and the holocaust, then the Imperial War Museum (nearest tube station: Lambeth North) is what it takes. Entry is usually free, but some exhibits could require tickets.
For those who are passionate about contemporary design, architecture and industrial design the Design Museum (nearest tube station: Tower Hill and London Bridge) could represent a must see.
If you are curious to find out how public transport has been evolving through the years in London, a visit to the London Transport Museum (nearest tube station: Covent Garden) is suggested. You could look at a collection of approximately 80 vehicles which have helped Londoners and tourists to travel across the city over a period of 200 years.
If you are now considering that London can just offer you museums, you are pretty wrong, there are, in fact, many more places to visit and many more things to do.
A definitely lovely place to see is, for instance, Trafalgar Square. Closed to the vehicles circulation in 2003, Trafalgar Square is now one of the biggest pedestrian squares in London, where many major events are continually held throughout the year, under the constant scrutiny of Admiral Nelson, who towers the whole area from the top of his column.
In the immediate proximity to Trafalgar Square is the National Portrait Gallery and St. Martin in the Field Church (nearest tube station: Charing Cross) where you could enjoy a lunch or evening classical concert.
North of Trafalgar Square is Leicester Square (nearest tube station: Leicester Square and Piccadilly), where you could buy theatre tickets at discounted price in one the theatre booths located in the area. Theatre in London definitely is one of the main attractions of the night life, successes like Les Miserable, Mamma Mia, Billy Elliot, The Phantom of the Opera, just to name but a few, are masterpieces everybody knows.
One of the major, arguably the major, concert venues in London is the Royal Albert Hall (nearest tube station: South Kensington), located just opposite to the south side of Hyde Park. Coming into Hyde Park from there, you’d find The Serpentine Gallery (nearest tube station: Lancaster Gate) which hosts one the most visited contemporary art gallery in London.