If you are adventurous type London Eye is the place to be. With 32 high-tech, glassed-in carriages, each accommodating up to 25 passengers, the London Eye is a Ferris-wheel of sorts which rotates upward and around with continuous piped-in commentary. As the wheel slowly revolves, each air-conditioned carriage rotates on a device designed to keep everyone upright. However, if you are lucky, you can see view as far as Heathrow Airport and Windsor Castle on a clear day. At night, London landmarks such as the Gothic houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, the Tate Museum, and Tower Bridge along with stretches of River Thames are illuminated against the darkness.
First opened to the public in 1993 to finance Windsor Castle repairs, Buckingham Palace is the residence to Queen Elizabeth II which dates back to the early 19th century. During summer, almost 6,000 visitors per day throng the Palace to explore 19 state rooms which includes the Throne Room, Picture Gallery and Ballroom (the largest room in the Palace) used for investitures and banquets. A walk through the south side of the Palace garden is included in the extended visitor route. At the Royal Mews are displayed the Queen horses and carriages, including the Coronation Coach. Dedicated to changing exhibitions from the Royal Collection art and treasures, the Queen Gallery at Buckingham Palace is a permanent space.
The British Museum
Founded in 1753 by an Act of Parliament, the world oldest museum displays the Assyrian treasures, Egyptian mummies, the Rosetta Stones, sculptures from the Parthenon, and the Portland Vase. Opened in 2000, the spectacular Great Court is among 12 of the museum most famed exhibits and functions as Europe largest indoor square. Restored to former glory when readers included Marx and Lenin, it embraces the Reading Room.
Tower of London
One of the world most fortified complexes, the Tower of London construction began in 1078 which continued over several centuries. It was the site where Edward IV young princes and heirs were killed by their wicked uncle, Richard III, according to Shakespeare. The first wooden fort on this site was erected by William the Conquerer in 1066, which was later replaced by a stone keep, afterward known as the White Tower. Apart from being the residence of Royal families for more than five centuries, it also served as a prison for Royal personalities, including Lady Jane Grey. Until 1810, the Tower housed the Royal Mint and the armor worn by Henry VIII also remains here. The Crown Jewels and regalia are also kept here. You can also get a view of the Medieval Palace, the infamous Bloody Tower, and over 90 inscriptions made by prisoners in the Beauchamp Tower. Free guided tours are available for the Martin Tower, and the Crowns and Diamonds Exhibition.
London Zoo is home to more than 12000 incredible animals. To allow visitors a closer look of the amazing 650 species of animals, the Zoo has been ringing down the bars.?At London Zoo some of the main features include Butterfly Paradise, Meet the Monkeys, and Into Africa. Enjoy 30 minutes of animals in Action?display where you will see animals flying, foraging and leaping action showing their fascinating natural skills and abilities. For children visitors, an encounter with farmyard favorites at the touch paddock in the Children Zoo is arranged. If you want to get close to primates of Africa and South America, the two major attractions including Gorilla Kingdom and Clore Rainforest Lookout are a must see.
The arrival of Jennifer Lopez statue at Madame Tussaud has added much to the liveliness and glory of the place. Madame Tussaud has become more buzzing with live actors joining visitors in celebrity gossip, even in the powder room. If you are there, chances are that you will get an opportunity to be interviewed by a reporter, or concocted by a live stylist. The 15-foot Hulk, inspired by the Universe Pictures film version is among the recently added attractions. Also on display is the Queen, along with Henry VIII and all six of his wives, Queen Elizabeth I, and Diana, Princess of Wales.