London's top ten tourist attractions
A quick review of the most visited tourist attractions in London.
1. British Museum
The amazing British Museum houses some of the world's true treasures. Objects including the Rosetta Stone, Lots of sculptures knicked from the Parthenon (the Elgin Marbles) and the wonderful Portland Vase sit alongside British finds from prehistoric, Roman, Anglo Saxon and more recent times. They sit in a building that is itself a design icon and one of our great treasures.
2. National Gallery
The National Gallery offers free access to a truly world-class collection of European paintings made up to 1900, the collection includes work by Botticelli, Da Vinci, Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Turner, plus a fine selection of impressionist art. Give yourself plenty of time and enjoy this great collection of remakable works.
3. Tate Modern
A new free gallery on the south bank of the river Thames, Tate Modern is Britain's national museum of modern art. There is always something new to excite the senses at Tate Modern. Close to the new pedestrian bridge over the thames which is a work of art in itself.
4. The British Airways London Eye
A 30 minute ride on this great ferris wheel gives you the opportunity to take in London's historic skyline. It is the world's highest observation wheel. Queues are sometimes long in summer and when raining, the views out of the gondolas get obscured by rain and misted glass.
5. Natural History Museum
A fantastic dinosaur exhibition is now a permanent feature of the National History Museum in South Kensington, the life-sized model of the Blue Whale is one of thousands of great exhibits. This is where many of Charles Darwin's specimens, found during his 5 year voyage on the Beagle ended up. Not quite as hand's on as some more modern museums but it makes up for that in the treasures on show. Kids love it. Well worth a visit.
6. Science Museum
Right next door to the Natural History museum, although pipped to the post by Washington's Smithsonian, this is still a world class attraction. Lots of modern gallerys for kids and adults alike. A great spaceflight section but my favourites are the steam engines and the aeroplane gallery. Now also features a giant IMAX 3D cinema.
7. The Tower of London
Stunning. You cannot visit London withut going to the Tower. It is the symbolic heart of the nation. Since 1066 it has stood, guarding old father thames as a fortress, a prison, a royal palace and much more besides.
8. Tate Britain
British art from 1500 to the present day. A real gem and definitely worth a visit if you are an art lover.
9. The Victoria & Albert Museum
The V&A is a great fun museum, dedicated to design. Some exhibitsare serously quirky. My favourite is without doubt the halls of plaster replicas. In victorian times the major immoveable artworks of europe (cathedral doors, michelangelo's david, the roman ruins of rome etc) were cast in plaster from moulds taken from the real objects. All the major museums of the day then swapped these around so everyone could enjoy each other's monumental artworks.
10. The National Portrait Gallery
Famous brits on canvass and in bronze. Trafalgar square is just round the corner an it is right next door to the National Gallery.
So, that then is a top ten list of London attractions. However there are so very many more wonderful things to see and do in London. I could easily create a top 100 london attractions list and still have more ideas for you. London truly is a remakable city. Come and see it for yourself.