London is one of the world’s most visited cities, and with good reason: it’s home to so many iconic attractions that you can easily fill a vacation checking items off your lifelong bucket list.
The city’s buildings are striking milestones in a unique and beguiling biography, and a great many of them – the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben – are instantly recognizable landmarks. There’s more than enough innovation (the Shard, the Tate Modern extension, the Sky Garden) to put a crackle in the air, but it never drowns out London’s seasoned, centuries-old narrative.
London is as much about wide-open vistas and leafy landscape escapes as it is high-density, sight-packed urban exploration. Central London is where the major museums, galleries, and most iconic sights congregate, but visit Hampstead Heath or the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to flee the crowds and frolic in wide-open green expanses. You can also venture further out to Kew Gardens, Richmond, or Hampton Court Palace for beautiful panoramas of riverside London followed by a pint in a quiet waterside pub.
London is a vibrant and eclectic city with captivating energy and some of the world’s best attractions. The list of possibilities is endless, but here are examples of a few!