London attractions in 2011

Top 10 London attractions – Things to do in London

London attractions in 2011London is a great city with so many interesting places to see it is very difficult to say which are the best London attractions, however, we tryied to discover via Telegraph.co.uk some of them.
London is home to some of the most iconic attractions in the world, from historic landmarks such as Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London to more recent constructions like the O2 and the London Eye. Here we pick our top 10 must-see attractions for London visitors.

1) The Merlin Entertainment London Eye

Taller than Big Ben and more popular than any other paid-for London attraction, the London Eye offers the most spectacular views of the city, with visibility of up to 40km in all directions. Originally built as a temporary structure, the Eye has proved so successful that it has just celebrated its 10th birthday and looks set to remain one of the best-loved landmarks on the London skyline.

2) The Tower of London

It is impossible not to be drawn in by the (often grisly) history of the Tower of London. See the spot where Anne Boleyn was beheaded, the infamous White Tower where Richard III imprisoned his young nephews, and, of course, the Crown Jewels, still proudly in place despite the best efforts of Colonel Blood in 1671. It’s well worth employing a Yeoman Warder as your guide – they’re often as entertaining as they are informative.

3) Tower Bridge

Often confused with London Bridge – probably because it looks so much more impressive – Tower Bridge is one of the most ingenious examples of Victorian engineering. The lifting bridge was designed in 1884 to allow large ships to pass unobstructed along the Thames. It is still raised and lowered two or three times a day and is just as awe-inspiring today as it was when it was first built. The bridge also houses an excellent exhibition about the history and mechanics of the bridge and offers fantastic views of the city from its high-level walkways.

4) St Paul’s Cathedral

Christopher Wren’s masterpiece has squatted imposingly in the City of London for the past 300 years. It famously withstood the bombardment of the Blitz and has become something of a monument to the determination and resilience of London and Londoners in general. Visit the cathedral to admire its architectural splendour, its crypt – including Nelson and Wellington’s tombs – and marvel at the uncanny acoustics in the famous Whispering Gallery.

5) The Southbank Centre

The Southbank Centre started its life as the main exhibition forum for the Festival of Britain – the post-war cultural extravaganza held on the south bank of the Thames in 1951. It is now one of the most celebrated and diverse arts and entertainment hubs in the world. You can see exhibitions by internationally-renowned contemporary artists at the Hayward Gallery, classical music concerts in the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Rooms, and everything from hard rock to minimalist jazz at the newly-revamped Royal Festival Hall. Dine in the impressive Skylon restaurant or simply come along to admire the robust 1950s architecture and soak up the atmosphere…read more about Top 10 London attractions – Things to do in London – Telegraph.

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