Whether you’re a first-time visitor or you missed them first time around, these are the places every explorer needs to tick off their list.
Experience London from the River Thames via an exhilarating RIB speedboat ride. You won’t only see and receive a guided commentary on London’s spectacular modern and historical sights, you will also be filled with adrenaline once those turbo engines are engaged and you are travelling at high speed. Life jackets and waterproof clothing are provided to ensure passengers can travel in complete safety and comfort, whatever the weather. Ideal for corporate and family days out! What are you waiting for? Book a Thames RIB Experience today and prepare for the ride of a lifetime! (Pre-booking is recommended) Thames Rib Experience serves Embankment, Tower Millennium and North Greenwich for The O2
Tours run most Saturdays all year round, and Tuesday to Saturday during the summer. The 75-minute guided tours start by following the route taken by The Queen at the state opening of parliament - from The Queen’s Robing Room, through the Royal Gallery and into the Lords and Commons Chambers. The tours end in Westminster Hall, where Guy Fawkes and King Charles I were tried and where Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama have addressed parliament in recent years.
At 135 meters, The Coca-Cola London Eye is the world’s tallest observation wheel, with 40 kilometer panoramic views on a clear day. The gradual flight in one of the 32 glass capsules takes approximately 30 minutes, offering wide-ranging views of London and its famous landmarks.
A world-famous arts centre on the South Bank of the Thames, Southbank Centre offers a wide range of cultural events throughout the year including music, dance, art, performance and spoken world. Take part in free activities and events and enjoy a wide range of restaurants, cafes and shops.
Covent Garden is a world-famous district with a great mix of shops, restaurants, entertainment and culture. The neighbourhood’s new take on luxury mixes premium retailers with one-off craft stalls, street theatre with the Royal Opera House and world-class brands with emerging designers, creating a vibrant retail and leisure district.
Trafalgar Square is home to Nelson’s Column, the iconic stone lions, the famous Fourth Plinth and a lot of pigeons. You’ll often find cultural events, performances, shows and other special activities going on in the square by the fountains. At Christmas, you’ll find the biggest Christmas tree in London, an annual gift from the city of Oslo.
Visit Bankside, the Soho of Elizabethan London, and experience today’s working theatre. Shakespeare’s Globe is a faithful reconstruction of the open-air playhouse designed in 1599 where many of Shakespeare’s plays were performed. Shakespeare’s Globe is open year-round, with an exhibition, theatre tour, educational workshops and an annual theatre season (April-October). It also has a shop, bar and brasserie.
The Tower of London, founded by William the Conqueror in 1066-7, holds some of the most remarkable stories from across the centuries. Despite a grim reputation as a place of torture and death, this powerful and enduring fortress has been enjoyed as a royal palace, served as an armoury and for a number of years even housed a zoo!