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Top London attractions

Your guide to top attractions in London including museums, galleries, parks and family days out starts here. We are offering you a short, snappy guide to our best tourist attractions in the city, whilst you enjoy your stay at Generator.

Why not snap a picture with the famous celebrity models at the Madame Tussauds wax museum, take a flight on the London Eye and see the city from above or see the ocean come to life in London’s Sealife Aquarium? The possibilities are endless! In many cases, you can book fast-track London attraction tickets well in advance directly through our travel desk saving you time and money.

The London Eye

The London Eye is one of the most famous and unique attractions in the capital.

It stands 443 feet tall and when it was built, it was the tallest Ferris wheel in the world. On clear days, you can see around 25 miles from the top, and with half an hour before you reach the ground again, there’s plenty of time to take in everything.

Taking a ride on the Eye will provide you with fantastic views on both sides of the river, backwards and forwards. You can really see the whole vista of London. It is a fabulous place to start your visit in London.

London Eye Website

Location Westminister

Kew Gardens

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, commonly known as Kew Gardens, are extensive gardens and botanical glasshouses between Richmond and Kew in southwest London. Kew Gardens possesses the largest plant collection in the world. Probably the most recognizable structure within the gardens is the infamous Chinese Pagoda.

In July 2003, the gardens were put on the list of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. In the winter months starting on 29 November to 4 January, there is an ice rink and is one of the coolest places for winter fun, skating surrounded by the natural beauty of the great outdoors is a dreamy scenery.

Location Kew Gardens in Richmond

Visit ‘vibrant’ Trafalgar Square

Considered by many to be one of the most vibrant open areas in London, Trafalgar Square can be found right at the heart of the UK’s capital. Standing at an impressive 185 feet high, Nelson’s Column is one of London’s most instantly recognisable statues. Towering over its home of Trafalgar Square, construction began on the statue in 1840 and took three years to complete. A memorial to Admiral Nelson, one of the UK best-loved heroes, the monument comprises of a granite column with Lord Nelson standing proudly on top.

And for anyone visiting the city over the holiday period, what better way to get a traditional feel of the festivities in London than with the Norwegian spruce Christmas tree given by Norway every year since 1947.

Nearest Tube Station: Charing Cross

The London Dungeon

With over 1000 years of dark history, 13 shows, live acotrs and 2 amazingly scary rides, you will be left shaking in your boots after your experience at the London Dungeons.

Visit the dark crypt of All Hallow’s church where rotting corpses fester, witness the destruction of the Great Fire of London, follow the story of Jack the Ripper, hold on to your stomach in the blood soaked surgery and watch your hair in the Sweeny Todd show.

The London Dungeon isn’t for the faint-hearted and is not recommended for those with nervous disposition, for very young children or scaredy cats!

London Dungeons Website

Catch a glimpse of the prime minister at No: 10 Downing Street

It may once have been an ordinary and peaceful road, but since 1730 Downing Street has been home to the British prime minister.

Although the road is protected by gates and security, members of public can still peer through and say they have seen one of the political hubs of the UK.

Nearest Tube Station: Westminster

Downing Street

Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

Prepare to be astonished, astounded and amazed by over 800 authentic, original and unbelievable exhibits spread over 5 floors! Known as an “odditorium,” Ripley’s houses a collection of over 800 unusual global artefacts from all over the world, representing the places and cultures visited by Robert Ripley during his travels.

London Sealife Aquarium

The London Sea Life Aquarium is home to one of Europe’s largest collections of global marine life. You’ll come eyeball to eyeball with everything from shrimps to sharks and learn tons of great stuff from the experts. There is plenty of interaction along the way, from feeding the stingrays and watching diving displays to touch pools and discovery zones.

Royal Academy of Arts

The Royal Academy of Arts, or as it is often abbreviated, the RA, was founded in 1768 by a group of artists headed by portrait painter Joshua Reynolds. Under Reynolds, the academy functioned as a school aimed at teaching drawing, painting, and sculpture to young artists.

Aside from its avowed aims as an art school, the Academy offered aspiring artists the chance to make a name for themselves by sponsoring an annual Summer Exhibition. This juried exhibition, held from May to August, acted as a launching pad for numerous prominent artists. Some artists who attended the Royal Academy include William Blake and JMW Turner.

The Royal Academy has extended its mandate over the years since its founding. Now, in addition to teaching classes, the RA hosts regular exhibitions of art work drawn from around the world. As such, it is one of the most prestigious art galleries in the world, and it continues its instruction of approximately 60 young and aspiring artists each year. Although the RA has been criticized in the past for its conservative approach, it remains one of the most influential teaching and exhibition centres of the art world.

If you’re looking for more London city guides, or want to know what London locals do at night and where they eat, feel free to ask our beautiful staff at the Generator London hostel.

 

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