Although your trip will be worth the journey regardless of what you do and what you see, all tourists should do five things when on an overseas vacation.
1 – Visit Piccadilly Circus
At the intersection of five streets, you will find a well-known London landmark. Even if you don’t know its name, you have likely seen it before in movies or on television. That landmark is Piccadilly Circus.
The Piccadilly Circus is a section of London that is filled with so much for you to do and see. Want to enjoy the nightlife of London? This is one of the best places to be. The area is lit with the night and home to those looking for a fun or romantic night on the town. If you aren’t a fan of the nightlife, you can still enjoy the Piccadilly Circus during the day. It is home to many shops, restaurants, and cafes.
In the center of the Piccadilly Circus, you will find the famous archer statue.
2 – Visit the London Brass Rubbing Centre
The London Brass Rubbing Centre is located at St Martin in the Fields. Although this activity is often geared towards families, it is a stop that all can enjoy.
Upon entrance in the London Brass Rubbing Centre, you purchase a kit. You can choose from replica brasses of medieval knights, St George, and William Shakespeare, just to name a few. A staff member can assist you should you need help along the way.
As you leave the brass rubbing room with your artwork, you can visit the onsite café and shop for a quick snack and more souvenirs.
3 – Visit the British Telecom Tower
The British Telecom Tower is located on Maple Street in the Camden neighborhood. Its size makes it hard to miss. This landmark is an important fixture in London, as most cellular and internet service comes from here.
Until a 1971 bombing, the British Telecom Tower was a major tourist attraction with a revolving penthouse restaurant. That has since been closed. Even still, if you are in the area, stop by the British Telecom Tower. Its design, which includes large satellite dishes, is unique, yet eye catching
4 – Watch the Changing of the Guards
Those who stand guard at the Buckingham Palace are comprised of ceremonial guards and serving soldiers. Since many are still active in the military, the changing of the guards is needed.
Guards can be photographed before, during, and after the ceremony. If you would like a picture of yourself and a guard, visit St. James Place, where you will find a silent guard standing alone for the sole purpose of photographs.
The Changing of the Guards does have varying dates, so verify this information right before your trip or once you arrive in London.
5 – Visit Big Ben
Big Ben is a well-known landmark is London. It can been seen for miles away. Despite the fact it is a well-known attraction, many are unfamiliar with the history behind it. If it weren’t for a 1834 fire that destroyed a good percentage of Parliament, it would not be here today.
Unfortunately, if you are not a resident of the United Kingdom, all you can do is look. At this time, overseas travelers are not allowed inside the tower.
As a recap, a visit to Big Ben, the British Telecom Tower, the London Brass Rubbing Centre, and Piccadilly Circus are all recommended. These attractions may not all be on the top rated travel guide lists, but they all are worth the visit.