12. London  UNITED KINGDOM   | Total Sights: 200+ | Nickname: The Old Smoke

 

 

 

 

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A. Strengths and Weaknesses of London

United Kingdom  London, the United Kingdom's capital, is a global centre of business, finance and culture.

You will find contemporary architecture alongside historic monuments like the Tower of London, several outstanding museums, famous churches, parks and palaces.

Many of London's top things to do, including the British Museum, the National Gallery and Hyde Park are free to enjoy.

 As for sights — only very few cities count as many in total — shopping and nightlife London represents world class. 

 A very high price level and the lack of extended pedestrian zones hinder London to finish higher in our list.

In addition, the city seems to lack a dedicated centre.

Criteria 

Sights

Location

Pedestrian Zones

Affordability

Safety 

Cleanliness

Shopping

Climate

People

Nightlife 

Transport

Size

Total Score

Score

8.55/10 [6th]

6.25/10

5.25/10

1.25/10 [149th] 

5/10

7/10

8/10 [10th]

6/10

6.75/10

8.75/10 [1st]

8.5/10

8.5/10 [8.5 Mio]

196.65

B. Best Things to Do in London (Detailed List with Photos and Information)

These sights and attractions contribute to a sights score of 8.55/10.

 British Museum 8
Founded in 1753 this world-class museum, dedicated to human history and culture, is one of London's best free attractions with an impressive collection of more than seven million objects from all over the globe. 

Highlights include the fabulous Elgin Marbles (originally part of the Parthenon in Athens), the colossal horse from Halikarnassos, the world-famous Rosetta Stone, the Sutton Hoo mask, the Lewis Chessmen and an Easter Island statue.

Museum  Free

by Andrew Dunn / CC BY-SA 2.0

National Gallery (Tate Britain)  8 
Situated at Trafalgar Square the National Gallery features one of the world’s greatest collections of 13th to 19th century Western European paintings.

Among the highlights  of  this free museum are masterpieces by Van Eyck ("Arnolfini Portrait", "Portrait of a Man"), Velázquez ("Rokeby Venus"), Rubens ("Samson and Delilah"), Caravaggio ("Supper at Emmaus"), Bronzino ("Venus, Cupid, Folly and Time"), Vermeer ("Lady Standing at a Virginal"), Van Gogh ("Sunflowers"), da Vinci ("The Virgin of the Rocks"), Seurat ("Bathers at Asnières"), Holbein the Younger ("The Ambassadors") and Rembrandt ("Belshazzar's Feast"). 

Museum  Free

by Jan van Eyck / Public domain

Tower Bridge  7  
This iconic drawbridge was built in 1894 in Victorian Gothic style.

Enjoy the wonderful views from the walkway between the two bridge towers.

Bridge 

Best things to do in London | Best Cities | No. 16: London | Tower Bridge

Victoria and Albert Museum  7
Affectionately known as the V&A this huge museum of decorative art objects represents more than 3,000 years of human creativity.

The outstanding free permanent collection contains over 4.5 million objects, predominantly furniture, ceramics, photography, sculpture, silver, ironwork, jewellery and paintings. Highlights of the vast collection include Tipu’s Tiger in the South Asia Gallery, the British Galleries with the collection of paintings by John Constable and Henry VIII’s Writing Box, the breathtaking jewellery gallery and the Medieval Renaissance galleries with wonderful sculptures. 

Museum   Free

by Junho Jung / CC BY-SA 3.0

WESTMINSTER ABBEY  7
Constructed in the 11th century this remarkable mainly Gothic church, located just next to the Houses of Parliament, is where nearly all important British church ceremonies take place. 

It is also a burial site of important people such as Charles Darwin or Sir Isaac Newton, William Shakespeare, Princess Diana or Winston Churchill.

Church  (World Heritage Site since 1987) 

by Amandajm / CC BY-SA 3.0

St Paul's Cathedral  7
Completed in 1711 featuring one of the largest domes in the world the exterior of this extraordinary cathedral shares many similarities with St Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

Visitors are advised to climb the 560 steps to the top of the dome for breathtaking views. With a height of 111 metres (365 feet) St Paul's Cathedral was the tallest building in London from 1710 to 1967

Cathedral  

by David Diliff / CC BY-SA 3.0

PALACE OF WESTMINSTER with "BIG BEN" tower  7
Widely referred to as the Houses of Parliament and located on the banks of the River Thames, this famous building is one of the largest in the world (containing around 1200 rooms).

It comprises House of Lords and House of Commons as well as The Elizabeth Tower, which is often referred to by the name of its main bell, Big Ben. While the iconic clock tower is not publicly accessible you can take a tour of the House of Commons, House of Lords and Westminster Hall.

Historic Building and Tower (World Heritage Site since 1987)  Prebooking advised

Things to do in London | Best Cities | No. 16: London | PALACE OF WESTMINSTER with "BIG BEN" tower

TOWER OF LONDON  7
Constructed at the beginning of the eleventh century this huge fortified complex, situated on the north bank of the River Thames, served as a prison, a treasury and a royal palace.

Marvel at the world-famous Crown Jewels exhibition, which are on display in the Jewel House.

Palace and Fortress  (World Heritage Site since 1988) 

Things to do in London | Best Cities | No. 16: London | TOWER OF LONDON

Buckingham Palace  7
This lavishly decorated palace is the official residence of of the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom since 1837. It is open to the public each year only in August and September when the Royal Family is away.

From the 775 rooms of the palace only 19 rooms can be visited. Highlights of the tour include the impressive Throne Room, the Green Drawing Room, the Silk Tapestry Rooms, the Picture Gallery, the State Dining Room as well as the Blue and the White Drawing Room. 

Palace (visitable in Aug. and Sept.)  Prebooking advised

 The Shard  6
This stylish glass-clad pyramidal tower (total 309 m [1,016 ft], observation deck 244 m) was designed by the famous Italian architect Renzo Piano and completed in 2013.

Skyscraper 

Scoring and Icons Legend (Click here for detailed information)

10 = top-10 sight in the world
9 = world-class  
8 = outstanding
7 = excellent 
6 = impressive
5 = interesting
4 = decent
3 = mediocre
2 = bad
1 = abysmal

= World Heritage Site
= Excursion

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C. Other Notable Sights and Attractions in London

-Hyde Park  6

-London Eye (giant Ferris wheel, view)  6

-Wallace Collection (museum)  6

-Tate Modern (museum)  6

-Natural History Museum (museum)  6

-Science Museum (museum)  6

-Shakespeare's Globe Theatre (museum)  6

-Regent's Park  6

- SAINT MARGARET'S CHURCH (World Heritage Site since 1987)  6

D. Best Day Trips and Excursions from London

ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS (Kew Gardens, World Heritage Site since 2003, 13.2 km from London) 6

Hampton Court Palace (25 km from London) 6

E. Top 10 List of the Best Things to Do in London (including close-by excursions)

British Museum  8
 National Gallery (museum)  8
Tower Bridge  7
Victoria and Albert Museum  7
WESTMINSTER ABBEY  7
St Paul's Cathedral  7
 PALACE OF WESTMINSTER with "BIG BEN" tower  7
TOWER OF LONDON  7
Buckingham Palace  6
  The Shard (skyscraper, total 306 m)  6



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