If you’re in London for the first time for a week or more, there are certain historical sites that you can’t miss. Thankfully, there are many short and long let apartments in London where you can drop your luggage off, relax, then catch a bus or ride the tube to the nearest point of interest.
This world-famous fortress was constructed over 900 years ago by William the Conqueror. Throughout its long years, royals used this place as a palace, an armory, a refuge, a prison, and even a zoo at one point. As a whole, the structure is gorgeous to look at, but the White Tower that stands at the center of the fortress dominates the scene. Currently there is an exhibition in the Tower for Tudor, Hanoverian, Windsor and Stuart arms and armor.
This iconic cathedral has drawn tourists from around the world. Make sure you allot a good portion of time exploring the many areas – from the Whispering Gallery famous for its acoustics (try it yourself!) to the Golden Gallery and the Quire to name a few. All the areas are breathtaking in their architecture and art. Make sure you catch the HD film showing in The Crypt called “Oculus: An Eye into St. Paul’s”.
Not everyone is a horse buff out there, but the Royal Mews also showcases a stunning collection of historic, royal coaches and carriages. The Mews is still a working, functional stable and is one of the finest in the world. In fact, it still functions as the primary location and coordinator for modern royal transport. Viewing historic old coaches and carriages, most of them original, is a true London gem. You can even get a glimpse of the famous Glass Coach which is used by Royal brides and the Gold State Coach, which has been in use since 1821 for coronations then and thereafter.
The Royal Albert Hall is one of the most popular historic buildings in London, making it a hit with tourists. This prestigious landmark and active venue has hosted over 150,000 performances since it’s opening in 1871. Sign up for a guided tour to get the richest experience and learn about its history in royal patronage as well as what it does as a charity.
This historic landmark is an essential London stop for a traveler. Known as the nation’s “Coronation Church” since William the Conqueror’s crowning in 1066, this landmark has been witness to the coronations of Kings and Queens throughout the decades. For the intellectual, the tombs of Geoffrey Chaucer, Charles Dickens and Charles Darwin are located here. Check out the Scientists corner and find the memorial for Isaac Newton, too.
London has a long, storied history - one that is represented by its stunning national, historic landmarks. While you are in London for a short let stay, make an effort to see at least a few of these top places. You’ll never forget them!