With its old-world charm and gorgeous attractions, it’s no wonder that London is a part of most people’s travel bucket list. The amazing architecture and rich culture of the city attracted almost 19 million visitors in 2017. From royal palaces to ancient churches, there’s a lot of activities that London can offer. Here are five that you should not miss.
1. London Eye
A trip to Britain’s capital will not be complete without visiting the London Eye. World Atlas notes that it’s the fourth biggest Ferris wheel in the world boasting an incomparably beautiful view of the city. At 135 metres high, it’s the tallest observation wheel in Europe, and was built to commemorate the city’s millennium celebration in 2000. Tourists and locals alike can enjoy this ride at South Bank in Lambeth, London.
2. Madame Tussaud’s London
This popular wax museum has reached a few other parts of the globe, but the London branch is the place that started it all. There are over 300 lifelike figures that come from all areas of pop culture, music, movies, and even politics.
3. Warner Brothers Studio Tour
If you’re a Harry Potter fan, the Warner Bros. studio tour should not be missed. Get the chance to see some of the actual film sets used in the movie, such as the Great Hall, Forbidden Forest, and Diagon Alley. Exclusive props and costumes may also be lent to tourists, allowing them into the magical world of the popular series. The Express shared that the tour gives insider access on the movie’s special effects, including how they filmed Harry Potter’s Patronus. Isn’t that neat?
4. Underground Bingo Academy
The Vaults underneath Waterloo station hold an extraordinary experience for traditional and new-age bingo players. With the aim to educate bingo enthusiasts, this event will teach players how to win different variations of bingo.
Bingo has certainly become an integral part of British culture, with around 4 million active players today. The game has evolved since its pinnacle three decades ago, and British players have contributed a lot to the bingo community’s expansion, especially online. Foxy Television features the new-age route that bingo has taken through different videos of the game, along with tutorials on how to play various versions of it. For old time’s sake, the Underground Bingo Academy aims to provide a more interactive in-person learning experience. If you’re planning to catch it, The Resident announced that the event will be held every Thursday-Saturday throughout April 2018.
5. Thames RIB Experience
For the adrenaline junkies who want to go around the city at top speed, the Thames Speed Boat RIB Experience is one of the best things to do on your trip. Timeout notes that the rigid inflatable boat can reach speeds of 30 knots (35mph), guaranteed to satisfy tourists who are up for the adventure. The ride lasts anywhere from 20 minutes to more than an hour depending on the package booked.
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