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Sightseeing in London (Other than Big Ben)

UNITED KINGDOM | Tuesday, 15 August 2017 | Views [226]

Visitors to London often make a beeline for the Big Ben, usually followed by Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and of course, the London Eye. And if you’re a sucker for champagne with a view, throw in The Shard too. But in this city of Kings and Queens, Medieval churches, Victorian palaces and Georgian landmarks, there is much to see when it comes to architecture. London has so much history to offer the avid sightseer, so I’ve been on a mission to seek out the best places for every bucket list traveller. Here are some of my favourite finds…

The V&A Museum

The Victoria & Albert Museum is named after the famous Victorian Queen and her husband Prince Albert. It’s the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design (with over 4.5 million permanent pieces), and the building itself is worth checking out too. It’s a fine example of Victorian architecture, and one of the most beautiful in Britain. There are regular exhibitions so there’s something for everyone.

Strawberry Hill

Another fantastic attraction in West London is Strawberry Hill, a building created by Horace Walpole in the 18th Century and famed for its architectural style of Georgian Gothic Revival. This is a great place to bring the kids as it will really get their imaginations going and there are gardens which are ideal for a picnic too.

Primrose Hill

And talking of picnics, one of my favourite places to enjoy a London summer with a hamper of good food is Primrose Hill. This is a popular sunbathing spot for Londoners and the top of the hill offers some of the most spectacular views on the city below. Conveniently located next door is London Zoo, which is suitable for the whole family.

Fulham Palace

The old home to the Bishop of London and a building with so much history. The Tudor manor house has had Georgian additions and features a Victorian chapel, taking you through time with its unique mix of architecture. There’s also a garden of 13 acres with 18th and 19th Century landscaping.

Royal Observatory Greenwich

One of the most underrated attractions in the capital and a truly unique experience for visitors. The Royal Observatory is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the birthplace of Greenwich Mean Time. The observatory has also played a major role in the history of astronomy and navigation, and the beautiful building dates all the way back to 1675 when it was commissioned by King Charles II.

Liberty Department Store

If you’ve never been to London before, you may be wondering why a department store has made this list of must-see sights! Liberty is set in a building with a 1920s half-timbered, Tudor style extension and is one of the West End’s most eccentric buildings. It’s often hated by architecture critics but is a favourite amongst shoppers.

The Wilkins Building

A grand building that seems to attract a lot of locals and visitors alike. With plenty of benches to sit down on so you can watch the world go by whilst enjoying the landscaped surroundings. Built in 1826 for University of London, the third university to be founded in England (after Oxford and Cambridge). 

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