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The ever-so-magnificent popular tourist attractions in this dream city will leave you astounded. To get the most out of your visit, catch their stunningly different views from various spots in the city. Each perspective of the city that is gained from a change in time or your location is equally gorgeous.

Even though, you will have to take the underground to make your way to some of its points of interest, there is always a list that you can explore on foot. (Also, since I believe that the red bus isn't the best way to absorb the essence of the city, I have listed all places in an order that will allow you to make best use of your time, as you walk around the city.)

i. The London Waterloo Train Station


Photos of Waterloo Station, Waterloo Road, London, United Kingdom 1/1 by Mahalakshmi Venkatesh

ii. The London Eye

Remember to watch out for 2 for 1 passes at cafes and shops to cut down on your budget for the London wheel and a Thames cruise. Also to avoid waiting in the ridiculously long queues outside London eye, reach there as early as 8 am, when the ride opens. Don't be disappointed if you are unable to take the ride due to budget or schedule constraints. In the later part of the article, you will come across places that offer wonderful views of the city, for no entry fee at all!

Photos of London Eye, London, United Kingdom 1/1 by Mahalakshmi Venkatesh

ii. River Thames

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iii. Palace of Westminster, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey

Unlike other cities in England, London isn't small. So time management can play a crucial role in what you can see here in a day. Especially, if you are on a tight schedule. Since these three marvels are within close proximity of each other, cover them at once, to avoid returning from another location.

Let me warn you of the bitingly cold winds and sudden changes in weather, beforehand. Typically during summer months, days are long and(June to mid September)skies are clear. Also, being stuffed inside thick coats, gloves, hats and boots may not the most comfortable way of touring the city. Of course, winter has its own charm to add. But the wetness and gloom that set in, may not leave the best impression of London on you.

Photos of Palace of Westminster, London, United Kingdom 1/1 by Mahalakshmi Venkatesh
Photos of Big Ben, London, United Kingdom 1/1 by Mahalakshmi Venkatesh

Photos of Westminster Abbey, London, United Kingdom 1/1 by Mahalakshmi Venkatesh

iv. Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park

The royal palace is where the reigning monarch resides. While you are in awe of this iconic palace, do not forget to appreciate its attractive entrance gates. Further, if you are here in London during summer, you can even catch the many ceremonies(such as the change of guard), during the parades that are held all through the summer months. Take the opportunity to watch British soldiers marching diligently in their interesting uniforms.

Photos of Buckingham Palace, London, United Kingdom 1/1 by Mahalakshmi Venkatesh

If you are holidaying in London for a few days, then you should certainly rent a bike and ride under the luscious canopy in Hyde Park. Also take out some time to feed nuts to the adorable fat squirrels found there. It is heartwarming to watch them nibble hungrily.

Photos of Hyde Park, London, United Kingdom 1/1 by Mahalakshmi Venkatesh

Things to remember

Buy the London day pass that covers the metro and train lines that connect all zones of London. It is the cheapest option to reach other parts of the city. Take the metro from the Waterloo station to visit the following attractions.

v. Tower bridge and city hall

People often mistake the Tower Bridge for London Bridge. It is good to familiarize yourself with such nuances, for you don't want to miss out on the actual one. However, the tower bridge of the Victorian era is much more picturesque. Since they are just a short distance from each other, covering them both shouldn't be a problem. Travelling the extra mile is after all a travellers pride.

The queer looking city hall is the headquarters of the Mayor and the London Assembly. I am not asking you to head there to learn of the politics or history. Here, outside the hall, you will encounter the rich culture that makes the streets of London so lively.

Photos of Tower Bridge, United Kingdom 1/1 by Mahalakshmi Venkatesh

vi. Camden town and Skyline, London

Finally, to ensure a perfect ending to your day in London, head to the Primrose Hill. All of the city's major attractions are well lit. And the vibrant sky line is visible from this hill, near Camden town, a great place for people watching and street shopping.

   Alternatively, you can also choose to spend the evening at the tower bridge. High rise buildings like the Shard and St. Paul's cathedral, are visible from the bridge. All these well lit locations can be quite enticing. Further, to spice up your visit with some thrill, walk up to the haunted tower of London from tower bridge. Belief has it that its appearance grows spookier by the night. But during my first visit to the tower, I wasn't even aware of such facts. And nothing seemed abnormal.

I guess it's okay to take chances at times!

Photos of  1/1 by Mahalakshmi Venkatesh
Photos of Tower Bridge, United Kingdom 1/1 by Mahalakshmi Venkatesh

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