London is one of the world’s historic city and that’s why is full of tourists. I cannot say that there is a certain time when it is not crowded. However, regardless of the season, the umbrella or waterproof clothing should not be missed if you do not like to be wet under the cloudy sky of London.
In 2011, I visit London for a day and I confess you that it was hard for me to choose from the dozens of tourist attractions of this metropolis.
The Natural History Museum was the most beautiful surprise. I stayed here for a couple of hours, because I had not seen such an interactive museum. I experienced how is to stay in a room during an earthquake, I saw how a delta is formed, I played in the Universe section, and I saw a blue-whale in natural size. It was amazing! The admission is free every day between 10:00 and 17:30.
I explored time and space at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. I stepped on the long line of the 0 meridian and I tried to imagine which part of London is in the eastern hemisphere and which in the west. From the Observer’s court I admired London under a sky full of menacing clouds. The Observatory is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm and the ticket is 10lb. Details here.
I walked across the banks of the Thames and I admired Canary Warf, London Bridge and Big Ben. Every time when I thought at London I imagine only historic buildings. Canary Warf is a London financial center that stands out through very tall buildings and modern architecture. The district is located on a peninsula with a curious name, „The Isle of Dogs”. London Bridge offers one of London’s most scenic views. If you want to visit it, you have to know that you can do it between 10 am and 6.30 pm in summer and between 9.30 am and 6 pm from 1st October and 31st March. The last entry is one hour before closing. Big Ben and The Houses of Parliament can be admired both on Westminster Bridge and Great George Street. The time did not allow me to enter Westminster Abbey but I admired the impressive building from the outside. In St. James Park I enjoy a small picnic and I looked at the way the Londoners enjoy the beautiful weather.
The Changing of the Guard at the Buckingham Palace was a strenuous experience. I just do not like the hustle! I stayed next to Victoria Memorial and I could see this event very well.
I experienced a tour using a double decker and a DLR for the first time in my life. DLR is an automated light metro system. For me it was an unprecedented experience at that time.
The time passed very quickly, but I was happy that it did not rain and that I was able to visit so much in a day. I do not know when I’m going to visit London again, but I’m sure I will stay more.