1. The Tower
One of my earliest memories of London was visiting the Tower, with my sister-in-law when I was a child. The scary ravens on the lawns are said to protect not only the Tower, but London itself. The story goes that if the ravens ever leave the Tower, London will fall. They have lived there for over 200 years and don’t look like going anywhere, thank God!
2. The London Eye
My first visit to the London Eye was back in 2000. It was owned and operated by British Airways and was originally intended as a temporary structure, able to be dismantled and transported to a new location, and had planning permission for just five years. But with millions boarding it every year, its popularity has prompted its lease to be extended. Today it is a permanent fixture on the London skyline and a beautiful symbol of modern London.
3. Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese
My most favourite watering hole in the whole of London! Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese is just steeped in history.
Dating back to the mid 1500’s and being rebuilt in 1667 after the Great Fire, Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese has seen no less than 15 monarchs rule England, and is now a heritage listed building.
As small as it looks from the front window on Fleet Street,(the door is actually in a little alley at the side) it is a myriad of rooms, winding stairs and passages. Serving Real Ales and good “pub grub”, the pub has reportedly been host to many famous people over the years, including Mark Twain, Alfred Tennyson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and P. G. Wodehouse.
4. Covent Garden Piazza
Set in London’s West End, Covent Garden dates back to the 13th century.
it is a “must go to”place for anyone that likes history, food, arts and theatre. Home to the Royal Opera House, The London Transport Museum and m
Go during the day to shop at the boutiques and artisan stores or the famous undercover markets, grab a bite to eat and watch the street performers.
Covent Garden comes alive at night with fine dining, bistros and the many pubs and wine bars. Whatever the time of day or the weather, Covent Garden Piazza is always bustling.
5. Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge was built in London in1886–1894. It is a combined bascule and suspension bridge that crosses the River Thames close to the Tower of London and has become an iconic symbol of London.
Tower Bridge has a fascinating history, which is explored in full in Tower Bridge Exhibition.
The new glass floor that was installed in November 2014 gives amazing views standing 140ft above the Thames. (Not for the faint-hearted!))