London’s Top 5 Attractions

London is one of the world’s major cities, with over 26 million visitors every year. There are many reasons why so many people visit the UK’s capitol city over this period, the main attractions being one of them. Although I would always advise getting off the tourist trail, and discovering a place outwith the main tourist attractions, it can still be fun ot interesting to visit those well known places. London has some incredible and world renowned tourist attractions. Below are the Top 5 based on popularity

1. British Museum

The world famous British Museum is the most popular attraction in London based on the most recent figures available (2007). It exhibits the works of man from prehistoric to modern times from around the world. Highlights at the museum include the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures, and the mummies in the ancient Egyptian collection. Entry is free, but special exhibitions require tickets. 

2. National Gallery

Based in the world famous Trafalgar Square, London’s iconic National Gallery is a vast space filled with Western European paintings from the 13th to the 19th centuries. Here, you can find the works of Van Gogh, Da Vinci, Botticelli, Constable, Renoir, Titian, and Stubbs. Entry is free.

3. Tate Modern 

Sitting on the banks of the Thames, the Tate Modern, Britain’s national museum of modern and contemporary arts is a stunning sight. One of the most unique things about the Tate Modern is its shape. This is due to the fact it was previously a power station, before being turned into what is now one of the most famous contemporary museums in the world. Inside you’ll find temporary exhibitions from artists such as Damien Hurst, and Gauguin. The gallery’s restaurants also offer great views of the city. Entry is free.

4. Natural History Museum

 

The Natural History Museum boasts a collection of the larges, tallest, and rarest animals in the world. This includes the permanent and fascinating dinosaur exhibition. Highlights include seeing a life size Blue Whale, a 40 million year old spider, and the Darwin Centre. Entry is free, but special exhibitions require tickets.

5. The London Eye

 

The London Eye is a major feature of London’s skyline. It is the world’s highest observation wheel, with 32 capsules, each weighing 10 tonnes, and holding up to 25 people. It offers great views of London, including 55 of it’s most famous landmarks in the space of 30 minutes.

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