What pops into your head when you hear London? I would guess double-decker buses, Big Ben, and fish and chips. London has always been a top tourist destination in Western Europe but there is more to this vibrant city than meets the eye. London has been the backdrop for countless movies and TV shows and is a place that you can truly visualize.
So, why is London so popular? Why should you visit? I have put together the top 6 reasons why I think London is a place that shouldn’t dare be passed up.
Guest Blogger: Rachel Coston, Queen Wanderlust Travels
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London should definitely be on your Bucketlist!
#1 A Melting Pot of Diversity
London is a crazy unique and diverse city that has something to offer for travelers of all ages, backgrounds, races, sex, etc. There is something to see and do for all walks of life in London which I think is pretty awesome. The varied sections of this city offer opportunities for all to kick back and have a great time. A business section with huge skyscrapers boasts well for business-oriented travelers.
If you are looking to relax you can enjoy the endless shopping, sightseeing, and restaurants in this incredible city. For those looking to dance the night away, check out the large nightlife scene in London. Concerts, bars, and nightclubs are just a few of the nightlife aspects one can enjoy here.
#2 Away with the Public Transit
Ever visit a new city and immediately feel confused by their public transportation? I have used public transit in various cities but none of them compare to the train and bus systems in London. The famous red double-decker buses are used for public transit which I didn’t know before. Another popular form of transportation is the underground metro system, overwise known as the “tube.”
This is a great way to get around the city! With one-way tickets, daily passes, and oyster cards there are plenty of options on how to use the tube. With the oyster card, you can add as much money to it as you choose at any train station. Last but not least, I can’t leave out the iconic black cabs. Hail one down and let your driver take you directly to your destination.
The Iconic Cabs of London!
#3 Adventures for days!
You are never bored in London! There is always something going on for any kind of traveler. Whether it’s a market, shopping, sightseeing, or events you never know what you might get into while in London. The sightseeing in London is endless. With thousands of years of history behind it, this city will captivate you. Big Ben, Parliament, Tower Bridge, and Westminster Abbey are just a few of the popular sights you can see in London.
#4 Unforgettable Views
Everyone has seen pictures of London but it is a totally different experience to walk the streets yourself. The cathedrals are incredibly breathtaking and the museums are larger than life. Every turn is filled with the famous red photo booths and street signs. London is a city that looks like it came straight out of a postcard!
#5 Budget Friendly
One way you can save money while visiting London is to go to any of the museums. Most museums have free admission for all which means history is just at your fingertips. Here are London museums that you can explore for free!
Museum of London
Natural History Museum
National Maritime Museum
Tate Modern Museum
For the sights that aren’t free of charge, don’t fret! They won’t break your wallet. The Tower Bridge was only 7 pounds, ($8.82.) Researching and purchasing tickets ahead of time can also save you some money.
Street Art "All you need is Love"
#6 Well-known Music Landmarks
We all know that London is filled to the rim with history but most people don’t consider the musical history that lies here. It doesn’t matter what genre you listen to, there is music history all over this amazing city. The Beatles recorded the majority of their music in London and even chose Abbey Road for their 11th studio album cover. David Bowie decided to use the streets of London as his cover art as well. His album, the Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, featured Bowie leaning against a building along Heddon Street. Many other music landmarks can be found in London including, Pink Floyd, Oasis, and Bob Dylan.
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