The Best Bits of London in Summer
As the capital city, London has a lot to offer tourists, especially during the summer months. In this article John from London daily deals specialists DealZippy.co.uk takes a look at just some of London’s key attractions.
Great Britain is one of only a few countries to have a reigning monarch so when visiting London, any itinerary should include a trip to Buckingham Palace. Although you’re highly unlikely to see Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, there is still a lot to see. The ‘Changing of the Guard’ is held daily at 11:30am from May through to July and involves guarding duties changing from one regiment to another. The ceremony lasts for around 45 minutes and allows you to see the iconic Grenadier Guards. You are also able to view the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace which are the rooms used by the Royal Family to host guests, present awards and undertake other public duties.
The London Eye
If the weather is nice, the London Eye provides the perfect opportunity to take in the stunning views of London City. The London Eye experience lasts around 30 minutes and will take you 135 metres into the air to view iconic sights such as Big Ben, the River Thames, Westminster and the entire London cityscape. You can choose to enjoy the ride in one of the public capsules or in a private one which makes the whole experience much more personal. On a balmy summer’s evening, the London Eye will allow you to see the city lit up too.
Tower Bridge is one of the most famous bridges over the River Thames and is therefore a popular tourist attraction. It is a combined bascule and suspension bridge which is best seen when a ship is passing as the bridge is slowly raised for the ship to pass underneath. When the bridge is not raised, there are pedestrian walkways which allow you to see the stunning River Thames scenery. However the bridge is best seen from further down the Thames for photos and looks especially good at dusk when Tower Bridge is illuminated.
The Tate Gallery
If you are looking for a rainy day activity this summer, the Tate Gallery is ideal. Housing some of the most astounding art exhibitions in the world, the Tate Modern in London is popular with both locals and tourists. Exhibitions for summer 2012 include pieces by Damien Hurst, paintings from Norwegian born Edvard Munch and Joy of Life and Singles Night exhibitions by Ei Arakawa. There are also a number of evening exhibitions including Tate Blackouts which are great for adding to your holiday itinerary when other attractions are closed.
St Pauls Cathedral
St Paul’s Cathedral is renowned as a symbol of hope and strength in London. As well as a monument to God and holding many different services, the cathedral also showcases some beautiful architecture. The best way to enjoy everything that St Paul’s cathedral has to offer is by participating in one of the regular guided tours which share the history of the cathedral.
Another great attraction to combat the unpredictable UK summer weather is the London Aquarium. This large aquarium is home to over 1,000 different marine creatures spanning 500 species. Set over three floors, London Aquarium has many exhibits including a new Shark Reef for 2012 which includes 40 sharks. There are a total of 14 different themed zones displaying marine life from around the world. This attraction is ideal if you are visiting London with children.
These are just a few of the attractions that a visitor to London can experience on a summer’s day.