London is a magical place to visit that all should undertake at some point in their life. Compiling a list of sites and attractions to see while on your tour can be difficult. With so much to see and so little time, including everything you want in your tour itinerary can almost impossible. To help you here is a few of the world heritage sites and other attractions that should form the core of your London tour.
Naturally, as such a historic city you will want to see some of the rich heritage while on your tour of London. The city has been a major settlement for two millennia, since the Roman times. Throughout history London has been at the forefront of development in the UK, its political centre, as well as the administrative capital, it still acts as beacon for many today who wish to undertake a magical tour.
Located in the city are four world heritage sites, these should definitely be included on your tour. The first of these world heritage sites is the Palace of Westminster, the heart of British politics it is also known as the Houses of Parliament. The site has been a political centre throughout history while the current facade is a Victorian creation with remnants of the original Westminster hall. It should be included in you tour itinerary as one of the most recognisable sites in the world, standing underneath Big Ben as he strikes is an experienced not to be missed.
The second world heritage site in London that should at least play a part in your tour is the Tower of London. This is the most historic of all the city's attractions and is defiantly worth a visit. This fortress has a rich and chequered history; the original White Tower stands as a sign of Norman dominance and the invasion of William the Conqueror. The outlying buildings, walls and moat are a later creation but have definitely seen some of the most tumultuous events in British history, the beheading of Anne Boleyn, the imprisonment of Elizabeth I, and the scene of torture and executions for traitors against the crown. Also, the crown jewels are located at the tower showing the opulence of the British monarchy's decorative adornments.
Greenwich is the third world heritage site within London that should be included in your tour. The Royal Naval College is a building of note designed by Sir Christopher Wren, the architect of London. The maritime history of the Greenwich site is rich and is also the location of the Greenwich Meridian Line, the international centre of time and date zones. The outstanding collection of houses and mansions in this area of London make this site an architectural paradise and the reason it is considered a world heritage site. For those interested in maritime history of the Royal Navy this is a must see attraction, and should be included in the itinerary of your tour.
The fourth and final world heritage site in London is the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew. This garden possesses a large collection of botanical glasshouses of varying ages and is a tourist attraction in its own right. The plants and seed collections are of international importance and Kew still acts as a functioning centre for botanical research. This beautiful setting is as far away from the hustle and bustle of the city as possible and as part of your tour will allow you to relax in the lush greenery before you head back into the throng of people.
These world heritage sites are of international importance and should be included as the principal attractions whilst on you London tour. When in the city these attractions are a welcome excursion; combined with the many activities that you can undertake make a vacation in London a wholly rewarding experience.
Travel expert Thomas Pretty looks into what historical sites should be included on your London tour.