Top attractions in London
London offers a choice of must-see attractions for inquisitive couples celebrating a honeymoon or romantic getaway holiday , including:
Stroll into one of the world’s greatest museums: explore Roman and Greek antiquities, including the famous Elgin Marbles; gaze at the most significant Egyptian collection outside Egypt; try to decipher the Rosetta Stone; discover treasures from Anglo-Saxon and Roman Britain, China, Japan, India and the Middle East; and stand in the former Reading Room where Karl Marx wrote Das Kapital.
Climb into one of the 32 enclosed glass gondolas and enjoy a bird’s-eye view high above London. Spinning slowly and silently over the Thames, the millennium wheel, at 135m tall, is the world’s largest wheel.
Wander around the spacious galleries of this converted power station and discover the largest modern-art gallery in the world. See works by Monet, Bonnard, Picasso, Braque, Dalí, Mondrian, Pollock, Warhol, Lichtenstein and many more.
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
Catch a play in the open-air galleried replica of the 1599 Elizabethan playhouse.
Watch the Changing of the Guard in the forecourt daily at 11.30am (alternate days in winter). Symbolic keys are exchanged by ceremonially dressed troops to the accompaniment of regimental music.
Take a tour around the atmospheric and overgrown West Cemetery, with its Egyptian-style catacombs and Victorian-Gothic gloom, or wander alone among the eerie personalised tombs to discover the final resting place of Karl Marx, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Radclyffe Hall and others.
Cruise down the Thames from central London to picturesque Greenwich. Browse through the antiques, crafts and clothes stalls at the weekend Greenwich Market (Thursday to Sunday, 9am to 5pm).
Check out the National Maritime Museum and straddle the prime meridian (of time and longitude) inside the old Royal Observatory. Take a tour to learn how astronomers and a watchmaker discovered how to improve maritime navigation.
The classic department store has everything: “All things, for all people, everywhere.” Check out the spectacular food hall with its shelves of exotic fare. Harrods is five minutes walk from Knightsbridge tube station.
Savour the taste sensation of the classic English dish of roast beef at the 160-year-old Simpson’s-in-the-Strand, one of London’s finest restaurants. Dine in an oak-panelled dining room and be served by waiters in tailcoats. Ten minutes walk from Embankment tube station.
Down a pint or a G&T at the 17th century George Inn, London’s only surviving galleried coaching inn. Preserved by the National Trust in a cobbled courtyard on Borough High Street, Southwark – three minutes walk from London Bridge station.
London offers countless private gardens to visit as well as the public gardens of Kew Gardens, Hampton Court and Ham House.
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