What to see in London when you do not have much time


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We have lived in England for 15 months, and of course, of course, we looked at London a few times. But not as often as he would have deserved this inexhaustible city and classical sight seeing we spent basically just two days. Write a detailed travelogue and history of the London "must see "seems like carrying coals to Newcastle. On the other side of me but a lot of people asking what they should be in London to see if they have a lot of time (usually 1-2 days) and if I gave them some tips on how to manage and put together. So why not? Here's a brief guide to London flight worlds :-).

On foot

To my surprise, the major London monuments are located   relatively close together   (definitely compared to South Korea's Soul or Japanese Tokyo :-)), so the basic London wheel will be a total of   to manage the walk. The two most distant points, i.e. Natural History and the Tower of London, between them have about an hour and a half journey. If you see a monument just outside, just soak up the atmosphere and odškrnout the imaginary box "I have seen," one day it will be on the main cool enough. But that would be a shame, and I would recommend it   at least two to three days y, that for example only in the Natural History Museum could be spending a week alone. The ideal starting point is the Victoria bus or train station, where most of you are likely to get off.

By subway

If you do not like (a lot) go use the legendary London Underground, which itself was also a great experience. It is definitely worthwhile to buy the so-   Oyster card, electronic card that will save more than half the fare. Buy it either online in advance (3 pounds non-refundable) or directly at the London Underground Station (5 pounds, which will be refunded to you once you hand over the card). One way you with Oyster card will be released on the 2nd of 40 (asopposed to 90 in the fourth traditional paper ticket) and when you reach the amount   6th 50, the day you travel "free" and more machine you have not overflow. Be careful on two things: Automatic charging Oyster card   machines do not take cash, so you have to pay for the card, and one can travel Oysterku   at one time, only one person, so if you have two, you have to get two cards.  


Another great news! In fact, all of the sights listed below can be viewed for free if you do not go inside :-). But for me to see Big Ben, London Eye, Tower of London or St Paul's Cathedral was a great experience and outside. If you decide to pay the entrance fee and go to all the tours, such a two-day London excursion will cost you a little bit (about 20 pounds for a ticket or an attraction). The best is probably to choose one or two things that you are most interested in and to the invetsovat. We indulged views of London from the highest skyscraper Shard. The admission fees are listed below for individual attractions. Peck is that all London museums are free.

London residence of Queen Elizabeth II. and the largest royal office in the world. The first monarch, who was moved into it in 1837 by Queen Victoria. The palace is so huge that it even has its own SW1A code   1AA.   His other numbers are even more interesting: 40 acres royal gardens, 775 rooms, 1,514 doors, 760 windows, 350 hours, 40,000 light bulbs and 800 employees. 

Travels Tip: To Buckingskému palaces inherently ceremonial changing of the royal guard, so plan your visit so that you saw it. It is only once a day at 11:30 o'clock, not exactly every day, and you can verify the dates of the event   on the official website .   If you want to see something, it's also good to come a little early, because after eleventh, the whole square is crowded with crowds of tourists.


Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament)

The biggest fun with Big Ben is that none of them are :-). Perhaps the biggest icon of London, the clock tower, in fact his real name Elizabeth Tower is part of a huge complex of buildings of Parliament Westminster Palace. Big Ben was the name for a sixteen-tone bell cast in 1856, but it cracked under the heavy blows of the heart of the bell. Dial itself is truly monstrous dimensions thanks to the height of the tower (96 meters) do not even realize. The hour hand measures 2, 7 meters and minute even 4, 3 meters! Big Ben calls every fifteen minutes, and the sound of his bells can be heard five miles away. Adjacent Palace of Westminster then the seat of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, that the House of Lords (House of Lords) and a lower house (House of Commons).  

Travels Tip: Have a photo with Big Ben is the basic duty of every visitor to London. Once you get to him, but, it turns out a bit more complicated than expected. Big Ben is so big that it would not engage vlést, so probably (just like us) you spend tens of minutes koumáním where have all those nice pictures with a parliamentary building. We will save you this effort and tell you that the bridge that runs over the River Thames right behind the tower itself.  


Westminster Abbey (Westminster Abbey)

This Gothic cathedral of the Anglican Church has been the scene of the crowning of all English kings and queens since 1066. Coronation traditionally performed Archbishop cantenburský, on an oak throne coronation of King Edward. Westminster Abbey also runs a large number of royal weddings, including "recent" wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011. Kings and queens here to return to eternal rest are buried there as well as other prominent figures such as Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton or Charles Dickens. 

Travels Tip: I really do not know it, but to Westminster Cathedral, you can also look for free. As? To attend the evening service that begins at 17:00 every weekday and takes about 45 minutes.  


London Eye (London Eye)

Another unforgettable symbol of London. Millennium Wheel, a wheel millennia since 2000 the largest observation wheel in Europe. Its official name is Coca-Cola London Eye and you are on it in glass cabins to ride at a height of 135 meters. The breathtaking view of London makes it the most visited tourist attraction and annual earnings of around eight hundred million crowns are really crazy. The most famous Russian bike has 32 air-conditioned cabins, each with 25 passengers, one turn around its axis for 30 minutes, and the round can take 800 passengers. You'll really have plenty of time to see the bike spinning at speeds of just 26 cm per second.


Tip for travelers:   If you have a little work done and you are debating the discount portals, you will surely come across a good voucher. For example, on the web   Days out guide   There are two tickets for the price of one.  


Downing street

The most famous street in London (and perhaps in all of England), the line on the right edge of Buckinghemského palace. The most famous address is then house number 10, behind the door, the official residence of Prime Minister bristký. Right next to him, at number 11, no one is less close to him than the Minister of Finance. These two positions have hlubkou historical context and used them for a traditional name First Lord Treasurer (now David Cameron) and second treasurer Lord (George Osbourne). The actual door or on the street, unfortunately, reach because it is bordered closely guarded fence. Fortunately, the metal šprušle but quite far apart, so you can at Downing street pretty good peek.


Trafalgar Square (Trafalgar Squaure)

The busiest square in London. The place where all major demonstrations and New Year's Eve celebrations are held. The largest London meeting point and some of the hearts of London. I personally did not like this famous square, I do not know why - it was so strangely sad and without an atmosphere. Naturally, up to a 56-meter-high granite Nelson column, according to which the whole square is named. At its peak stands the statue of Admiral Horatio Nelson, who looks towards the sea to its fleet, with which in 1805 defeated Napoleon in the legendary Battle of Trafalgar.  

Travels Tip: On the square stands the building of the National Gallery, the tour is free.


Covent Garden

A picturesque neighborhood in central London, the center of entertainment and art. There are a variety of artists, the world-famous theaters are housed and you will find many amazing pubs, cafes and shops. There is also London's Royal Opera House, Museum of London Transport and iconic dance studio Pinnacle (which from time to time I'll go to the dance lessons). The main center of the C quat Piazza and Central Market, which was until the 70s of the 20th century the largest market in the world.

Ttravels Tip: In a secluded side street we found absolutely charming courtyard playing vibrant colors straight out from somewhere in Mexico.This hidden place called Neal's Yard and certainly there happens! We have the biggest pizza we've ever had, and we do not understand how we managed to eat it all the time :-).


Tower Bridge

After the London Eye and Big Ben, perhaps the most famous symbol of London. This iconic bridge from the Victorian era became extraordinary mainly because it must be like easternmost bridge on the River Thames to open and admit to arriving ships to the city.   The bridge stands next to Tower Tower, which is also named after it, and was built in Neo-Gothic style to complete this important building. Footbridge that connects the two towers was originally accessible to ordinary public, but unfortunately it also popular with suicides and prostitutes, and so was closed in 1909. 

Travels Tip: Walk over the footbridge linking the glass floor is included in the tour (which compared to other London attractions not so high) and from here you can look up on the docks of St. Catherine's and Butler Wharf.


Tower of London  

The Tower, known as the Palace and the Fortress of Her Majesty, is without a monarch anymore that Friday. The last king that lived in was Jakub I, who died in 1625. This palace is also referred to as the most terrible place in London, mainly due to its terrible history. The main building, called. White fortress (White Tower) ordered the construction of Vilém Dobyvatel to defend the city against invaders. Throughout history, it has been used for a variety of (and sometimes not the most glorious) purposes: a fortress, a vendetta, an armory, a mint, a treasury, a place of execution, and a shelter and prison for the upper-class rabbi. As a prison, it was also used during World Wars. The actual tour will take you through Beefeater dressed in traditional Tudor costumes.


St Paul's Cathedral (St. Paul's Cathedral)

The seat of the Archbishop of London in the 17th century and its prospects for gold dome of the temple is said to be the most beautiful views of London. Cathedral was designed by architect Christopher Wren, who was inspired by St. Peter's Basilica in Rome despite initial resistance, he managed to push his vision of a place to build the tower dome.   The temple is built of Portland limestone and its plan is shaped like a cross that intersects in a place where the 108 meter high dome is located.   For example, there took place the funeral of Winston Chruchill or wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana.  

China Town

Chinatown spreads in the Soho area, and originally (at the beginning of the 20th century), the Chinese community concentrated there, supplying Chinese sailors at London docks. Known later, it was primarily due to legal opium droves and slums. At present, it is rather a restaurant district where Chinese lovers are hungry, and in fact, only a small number of permanent residents live there.


British Museum

When the mist is spreading over London and falling rain or dropping on the roadside, there is no better place to go than to the world-famous London museums. An absolute must to the British Museum and Natural History Museum. Let's start the first one. It contains more than seven million exhibits from all continents of the world and maps the history of mankind from the beginning to the present. The British Museum could also be called the largest thief museum in the world. The British never complained about it, and during their discoveries they stole what they could, irrespective of their religious or cultural importance, and brought it home nicely. There are therefore the entire Egyptian sphinxes, several meters apart walls of the sacred temples of Persia and Syria (after which logically had to stay somewhere holes)  marble statues from the Athens and even Moai statue on Easter Island.  


Tip for travelers:   At the British and Natural Science Museum, you do not have the chance to go through it, you just do not. Perhaps a week, but certainly not in the day. The only chance to enjoy and have one of them is to choose the exhibits and themes that interest you most and you have a good look at them. The most famous and one of the most impressive expositions is certainly Egypt.


Natural History Museum (National History Museum)

For me a complete heartbeat. Clearly the best museum I've ever been to. Absolute museum excellence tied to excellence. A place to go back and discover something new. This museum is really a megalomaniac and totally beyond human abilities him all day to come at all, let alone a single exposure to view. Each of them is absolutely amazing and totally outweighs your idea of ​​how the museum can look. Just choose what is closest to your heart: dinosaurs, animals, human body, space, volcanoes and earthquakes, the development listva, minerals and gemstones, fossils, Darwin Center and spooostu more!


Price:   free of charge


Travelers Tip: Discreet Treasures exhibition, which would normally probably missed. It features twenty-two carefully selected objects, which are real treasures thanks to their immense excellence. There meteorite example, moonstone, prehistoric Dodo bird, Darwin's pigeons and other attractions.



Highest London skyscraper known as Strep (Eng. Shard). The construction of this building 310metrové unimaginable cost of 450 million pounds and was completed in 2012. It stands on the banks of the River Thames in an area called Southwark and thanks to its height and unique design is eye-catching landmark of London. 95 floors of this elegant building are filled with offices, shops, restaurants, bars, a hotel, but also luxury apartments and a private clinic. We have here a little hooves kicked out and bought a ticket to View of Shard and enjoyed such great 360-degree views of London from the highest possible place.