London - United Kingdom Travel Guide

London, the capital of the United Kingdom, and a world class city. Visiting London is no less than a dream. There are many beautiful places in the world. In those beautiful places London also holds its special significance. The beauty, arts, culture and lifestyle here have been appealing to people around the world. London attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world. It is famous for its natural beauty, unique landscape, attractive mountains and beautiful lakes. London is a major global city in arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, health care, media, professional services, research and development, tourism and transportation.

There are four World Heritage Sites in London: Tower of London, Kew Gardens, Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey and St. Margaret's Church area and Greenwich Observatory. Other famous destinations include Buckingham Palace, London Eye, Piccadilly Circus, St. Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square, and The Shard.

Places to visit in London

Tower of LondonIn center of city, there is a historical castle located on north bank of River Thames. It is known as the Tower of London. This fort was built by William the Conqueror in 1078 and stones were made from France to make it. Before the Buckingham Palace, it was the Royal Palace of Britain. In 1536, Henry VIII of Britain had punished his Queen Anne Boleyn with a head cut. There is no longer a Royal Family at this place, but their jewels are kept here (Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom). While watching the boat in the River Thames, its view looks great. There is also St. John's Chapel, and the Jewel House is also located right here, in which the World Famous Kohinoor diamond is also kept. In the whole year, the Jewel House is kept closed only in February.

Big Ben - On the banks of the River Thames while going to Westminster Bridge and Westminster Abbey sound of bell is heard in every 15 minutes which comes from Big Ben.The clock and the dial were designed by Augustus Pugin and it’s dial were gold platted. In Gilt words on Big Ben, "DOMINE SALVAM FAC REGINAM NOSTRAM VICTORIAM PRIMAM" has been written, which means "O Lord, keep our Queen Victoria the first safe". This clock was the largest and most accurate four-faced striking and chiming clock in the world. The official name of the tower in which Big Ben is located was originally the Clock Tower, but it was renamed Elizabeth Tower.

Madame TussaudsMadame Tussauds is a very famous museum in London. Here you will find wax statue of the world’s famous celebrities. It includes famous Bollywood stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif and others. Madame Tussauds of London is considered to be very good as compare to other countries Madame Tussauds museums.

Stonehenge StonehengeStonehenge Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument, it is considered one of the world's most famous monuments. Archaeologists believe that it was built between around 2000 BC to 3000 BC.

Windsor Castle - Windsor Castle is a royal palace in Berkshire's English county Windsor, which is very famous because of its architecture and the palace of the royal family.

Westminster Abbey - This Gothic church was built during the period of Henry III. And since then it has been witnessing the rituals in the lives of members of the Royal Family of Britain, Westminster Abbey. Recently, it has witnessed the wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Kate (Catherine Middleton).

London Eye - London Eye is Located at center of the city and revolves around the banks of the River Thames. The 135m high giant wheel is a new wonder of world and trip to London is incomplete without experiencing ride of London Eye. In the 30-minute ride of London Eye, you get a chance to see 360-degree views of London.

Tower Bridge - It was made in 1894. This is a bridge built on the River Thames in London, which has specialty, that whenever a big ship arrives at the Thames River, the bridge closes and opens after the ship leaves. Earlier this bridge was run from stationary steam engines but now it runs through electricity. The bridge is freely accessible to both vehicles and pedestrians, whereas admission charges are applied for entry to the bridge's twin towers, high-level walkways and Victorian engine rooms which form part of the Tower Bridge Exhibition.

London Shopping - London is famous shopping destination in the world. Be a part of Oxford Street, Bond Street, Regent Street or any London merchandise. People from all over the world come here for shopping too. Fashion in the world starts with London and Paris.

Hop-On Hop-Off Tour - The Hop-On-Hop-off Tour is the best way to see and explore London. When you go to London, take the hop on hop of tour. This tour has advantage that you can roam the bus all day, your bus stops at every particular place where there is a special place to watch. Don't forget to see the Buckingham Palace's Change of Guards ceremony during this tour, this change of guard is taken place around 11:00AM – 12:00PM in the morning which is supreme ceremony.

London Visa Fee for Indian Citizens

You can apply for a Standard Visitor visa if you want to visit the UK for Short-term Short-term (up to 6 months, single or multiple entry):

Standard Visitor Visa fee for Indian Citizens is Rs 8650

Find the deatils Trip Budget for London here 

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