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5 Reasons to Add London to the Top of Your Bucket List

London’s reputation precedes it, and we’re very lucky at Let Me Show You London that we are based in one of the most famous and beloved cities in the world. However, despite London’s popularity worldwide, SOME people haven’t added our fair city to the top of their bucket lists… But don’t panic, as Let Me Show You London has gathered together all of our love and enthusiasm for London into one helpful guide! With this article, we hope to convince a few fence sitters why London should be their next big adventure. And if you do decide to visit, let us show you around on one of our highly rated London Tours.

London’s Numerous Iconic Landmarks and Monuments

Given London’s status for centuries as the capital city in the heart of the vast British Empire, it has gradually accumulated an impressive array of famous monuments and landmarks. In fact, the only negative side of London’s assortment of sights is that some visitors feel overwhelmed when trying to consider where to visit, or in which order. Here’s a short list of some of London’s top landmarks:

  • Westminster Abbey (home to royal weddings and coronations)
  • Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament
  • Buckingham Palace (home to Queen Elizabeth II)
  • St James’s Palace
  • Nelson’s Column (in the bustling Trafalgar Square)

And if seeing all of these sights in one day appeals to you, then you should consider taking our Panoramic Walking Tour of London. This 4-hour tour is perhaps the best way to tick off some of the city’s best sights while learning about the city from a passionate local guide!

London’s Shopping is Rivalled Only by New York

London’s shopping attracts people from all around the world. It’s not just the sheer quantity of shops and top fashion that appeals to visitors, it’s the boutique stories and traditional markets scattered through the city. Here is a small list of some of London’s most popular markets and department stores:

  • Fenwick of Bond Street
  • Harrods
  • Selfridges
  • Liberty London
  • Covent Garden Market
  • Dover Street Market
  • Vivienne Westwood Worlds End
  • The Royal Exchange

We started making this list then realised that a proper list would go on for ages; it could be 10 times as long and still not do justice to London’s shopping scene.

The Tower of London

Given London’s status for centuries as the capital city in the heart of the vast British Empire, it has gradually accumulated an impressive array of famous monuments and landmarks. In fact, the only negative side of London’s assortment of sights is that some visitors feel overwhelmed when trying to consider where to visit, or in which order. Here’s a short list of some of London’s top landmarks:

  • Westminster Abbey (home to royal weddings and coronations)
  • Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament
  • Buckingham Palace (home to Queen Elizabeth II)
  • St James’s Palace
  • Nelson’s Column (in the bustling Trafalgar Square)

And if seeing all of these sights in one day appeals to you, then you should consider taking our Panoramic Walking Tour of London. This 4-hour tour is perhaps the best way to tick off some of the city’s best sights while learning about the city from a passionate local guide!

London is the Food Capital of the UK

While we’re sure many the UK’s biggest cities are proud of their cuisine, London’s huge population and restaurant scene has attracted some of the most innovative and exciting chefs and restaurateurs from Europe and beyond. Some people aren’t always kind about British food — but that’s okay as London does a lot to recover our foodie reputation! It is home to 67 Michelin Star restaurants, which puts it above Hong Kong, San Francisco, and Barcelona. In fact, Paris is the only city in Europe with more Michelin Stars! While there are lots of great traditional “British” restaurants, you can also look forward to some of the best Indian food anywhere outside of India, and there is a large selection of particularly exciting French restaurants. Fans of Gordon Ramsay will be excited to visit one (or several) of the famed chef’s 11 London restaurants.

Visit Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

Whether you’re interested in theatre or history and culture, a visit to Shakespeare’s Globe is a must. Arguably the most famous theatre in the world, the Globe is a faithful reconstruction of the Bard’s famous venue. While the original Globe Theatre was built in 1599 (the same year our mate William wrote Much Ado About Nothingand Julius Caesar), it burned down in 1613, was then rebuilt in 1614, and was subsequently demolished in 1644. The current Globe is a faithful reconstruction built on the ruined foundations of the original theatre, and its construction was supervised by a crack team of experts and academics who did everything they could to ensure it was restored to its original glory — with a few modern concessions to accommodate modern fire safety regulations. This magnificent building has entertained visitors and audiences for years, and the reconstruction has taught us much about how Shakespeare’s plays were performed.

That’s all we have time for today. Of course, we have only scratched the surface of London and why you should bump it right to the top of your travel bucket list. If you have any questions about this guide or about the London tours mentioned here, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. So, what are you waiting for? Let us show you London!

sknipfel
sknipfel
2020-01-04
Fantastic! Marina was superb. I took this tour with my husband and three sons (20,18.17). Loved that we had a small group and could ask questions. Note this tours doesn't include skip the line tickets. We ended up seeing the crown jewels at the end of the day to avoid the ridiculously long line.
kimberlyk615G
kimberlyk615G
2020-01-03
Best Tour of London Tower Denisa gave us an amazing tour of London Tower. She was knowledgeable and provided a wonderfully historical tour, holding the attention of a 14 and 15 year old. Denisa is top notch. Try and secure her when you book any tour! Loved hearing about the history of the ravens and, of course, the palace intrigue.
shannonsmoyer
shannonsmoyer
2019-07-24
Great Tour! Sarah was amazing and gave us a great introduction to York! We only had a few days to spend there and this was a wonderful way to make a list of the places we wanted to visit. Highly recommend!
E C
E C
2019-07-07
Private tour Our tour guide Marina was wonderful! She did a great job keeping our 13 year olds engaged the whole time. We all learned a lot and had a great afternoon!
C C
C C
2019-03-31
Wonderful Tour! Kids learned so much! I have never had a tour in a museum before, but wow. I will definitely do it again! Our guide explained the history and folklore behind the paintings. It was like a friend taking you to her favorite places. Our children age 9 and 11 were able to remember what paintings we saw and why they were important. 10/10 would definitely recommend!
gigibites
gigibites
2019-03-31
LOVE Denisa! We had a group with 6 kids and she was absolutely incredible! Very informative and extremely engaging with the children! We did a trip to Paris with a “children specialist” tour and she was just as good if not better!! It felt like we were hanging out with a local friend from the first minute we met her. We recommend her highly and we hope to book again with her in the future!
87joyk
87joyk
2019-03-27
Private walking tour of London and private tour of Tower of London Our family of four took two tours on two different days with Denisa. We took a walking tour of London as well as a tour of the Tower of London. We found her to be extremely friendly and knowledgeable. She had a wealth of information about everything that she showed us. She even knew smal details like the names of the ravens at the Tower! We would highly recommend any tour with Denisa!
M G
M G
2016-08-08
Wonderful walk around... We had a great day with Denisa - we are a family with two relatively small children and we saw a lot of this wonderful city (Westminster, St. Pauls, Tower etc.). Everything was well prepared and with all this specific knowledge it is much easier to get around - very quick and to the point. Denisa knows a lot of the background and she made it very targeted to the kids. She gave us a few great tips on restaurants and other things to see by ourselves. Very recommendable !
Romingscots
Romingscots
2016-08-01
Brilliant London Visit Living at the other end of the country we don't visit too often, or know London very well, but Denisa made lots of very useful and practical suggestions and made sure that we fitted in everything that we were looking for. Her knowledge of the City is excellent, whether it is of the tourist haunts, the historical areas or shopping and eating. She even helped direct us to a great area to stay when visiting the City, which was handy for everything we wanted to do. On top of all that the 2 hour tour we did with her showed us St Paul's and beyond, including the Tower, an area we hadn't really seen before. Lots of information and a good pace with a friendly and very flexible approach. We would not hesitate in recommending her for anyone else visiting London, whether they think they know where they would like to go, or have no idea and we will be booking Denisa again for future visits. First class.
chrism12345342
chrism12345342
2016-08-01
Tour of London I booked a tour with Denisa for my partner and I on a short trip to London. It is clear that she really knows a lot about many different historical and cultural aspects of the city. We spent 2 hours in the National Gallery looking at a number of paintings and were given a comprehensive tour of the highlights. Denisa also gave us a walking tour round some of the sights of the city. She was more than happy to adapt her tour to our interests and the small amount of time we had. Would highly recommend her for your trip to London.

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