This is Part 3 of our short series of articles about the best places to visit in London. In Part 2, we looked at The Houses of Parliament, Hyde Park, Borough Market, the Tower of London and London Bridge. You can find Part 2 here. Let us continue:
20 Dean’s Yard, Broad Sanctuary, London SW1P 3PA
Westminster Abbey, formally titled the Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster, is a large, mainly Gothic abbey church in the City of Westminster, London, just to the west of the Houses of Parliament. The following review is by SweetCLV from Houston, Texas:
Amazing! Don’t miss when in London! While on family vacation we toured the Abbey and we were so glad we did. This place is amazing. We did the self guided audio tour which is nice cause you can go at your own pace and really look around at all the Abbey has to offer. There is SO much history here. We bought our tickets on line in advance which I strongly suggest you do. It got us in fast and we missed all the crowds waiting to purchase tickets. The Abbey is very impressive; great architecture and so much to see and lots to learn. You cannot take pictures in the Abbey, but the postcards in the gift shop give you a good snapshot of the building and anything else you may have wanted to snap a picture of. Take the time to visit if you are planning a trip to London. You can get thru the Abbey in an hour but you’ll miss so much. Plan on spending a little more time if you want to soak up the history. It can get crowded. There may even be a service going on during your visit.
20 Fenchurch St, London EC3M 8AF
The “Sky Garden” is also known as the “walkie talkie” due to its unique shape, this skyscraper features a top-floor restaurant. Sam from Angmering, has this to say about their visit to the Sky Garden.
Great free visit! Great visit, the Sky Garden is on the 35th & 36th floors of the Walkie Talkie Building (at 20 Fenchurch Street), access is at the rear of the building. You have your ticket scanned and go through security, bags are x-rayed. The lift to the top is really fast and you walk out into a light bright garden. There’s a balcony with views south across the Thames to the Shard and London Bridge. There’s a counter on the 35th floor for drinks and cakes and you can walk up the stairs through the garden to the 36th floor which has views to the north and Gerkhin (which is slowly being surrounded by other large commercial buildings). There is a bar area and plenty of seating. Brilliant visit, perfect for a few drinks before our night out. The tickets are free and available online, obtain them on Monday the week before you want to visit.
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London SW7 5BD
London’s Natural History Museum is a natural history museum that exhibits a vast range of specimens from various segments of natural history. It’s famous for its dinosaur exhibition.
Lissel from Brisbane, Australia, talks about her visit and experience to the Natural History Museum:
Be sure to spend some time admiring the building itself as well as the contents! A spectacular museum which I really enjoyed, just sad that at the time of our visit last year Dippy the dinosaur was not on display. We spend almost as much time admiring the architecture and design as we did the exhibits. My favourites were the displays about the history of the buildings, and the early researchers, pioneers, specimen collectors and “preparers”. I fully see why this beautiful building is in the book 1001 Buildings you must see before you die. The level of detail in the ceilings, cornices, pillars, tiles is wonderful, with a great museum display inside as well! One thing – we had to wrangle a lengthy line and bag checks etc that seemed to take longer than in other buildings with similar security, so if you are going on a weekend/other busy time, make sure you have sun protection for while you are waiting in line outside.
St. Paul’s Cathedral
St Paul’s Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD
London’s St Paul’s Cathedral, is an Anglican cathedral, the seat of the Bishop of London and the mother church of the Diocese of London. It sits on Ludgate Hill at the highest point of the City of London and is a Grade I listed building. A truly stunning building and piece of 17th century architecture by Sir Christopher Wren.
This review comes by Mary from Seattle, Washington. Here she talks about her visit to London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral:
Even though it was unbelievably gorgeous outside – we decided this would be a great day to enjoy history and the spectacular views of London. This was hands down my favorite place to be in London. The church itself is beyond words. We started by climbing (felt like climbing a few times) the steps…. the hundreds of steps to the top – the middle top – each little jaunt was worth every bit. And I am completely terrified of heights. Then walked the length of the main floor – taking it all in – the details that overwhelm your senses if you are paying attention. Then to the crypts. I appreciated that the folks around us were being respectful and speaking in hushed tones. Main floor – ah…. it was a great day for tourists. Which is good for all … I was expecting a bit more quiet. Worth every moment. Lighting a candle for peace in this world.
Camden Lock Place, London NW1 8AF
Camden Town is famed for its market, a warren of fashion and curiosities by London’s Regent’s Canal. A haven of counter culture, the area is popular with tourists, teenagers and punks. The thriving nightlife scene includes live music in alternative clubs and old-school pubs, and major stars playing at the Jazz Cafe and the Roundhouse. Cafes bustle during the day. Nearby Regent’s Park has formal gardens and the London Zoo.
This review comes way of the Saintlysinner from London:
A tale of two halves! My boyfriend and I hadn’t visited Camden Market in ages. Yes its changed in that its become a lot more touristy. It’s a shame that they have a lot of fakes too. So personally I wouldn’t recommend it for shopping. However, the food stalls looked great and next time, I think my boyfriend and I will definitely eat here.