“Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life…,” wrote Samuel Johnson. More perceptive words were never written, for London never ceases to engage, impress and inspire. It is a leading financial center of the world, home to the mother of parliaments, art and literary capital, fashion trendsetter and the inspiration for poets, romantics and dreamers.
Visitors from all around the world come to gaze at and admire London’s many historic sites, iconic buildings and monuments and also partake of its varied and exciting offerings. London never ceases to attract and every year more and more come to stroll through its well-known streets and wander its famous lanes. There are different ways, besides the traditional coach or open top double-decker buses, to see London’s landmarks and experience its allure. You can read about the 3 most popular ones here-
The Thames – London’s most famous thoroughfare
For centuries the Thames has been the main route for commercial traffic and sailors heading off to or returning from distant lands. That role has become even more exciting. You can now marvel at most of London’s landmarks from a Thames River boat. View Big Ben, the House’s of Parliament, London Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, the London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral, and the city in an entirely different way.
You can choose from several boating options. Take an all day cruise or spend the evening on a Thames dinner cruise and experience the beating heart of London town by day, or night when all the lights are on. Or you could speed through London at 35 knots on a speedboat along the River Thames and get that James Bond rush!
The Shard’s View
Yes, it is called The View! When you are standing at 800 feet (244 metres) above London, you understand why it is called The View. With that great city spread out below your feet and every landmark clearly visible, you finally get a perspective of why it is one of the greatest cities in the world. It is a visual experience that goes deep into your heart.
This experience begins when you whoosh upwards in one of two high speed lifts to Level 68 and the first of your highs kicks in. You are at cloud level. The next part of your skyward journey is Level 69 where you get a true 360? view of London. You can see for about 64kms into the distance. To broaden your experience the vista stretching out before you is brought to life in the multimedia displays.
The pinnacle of your sensory buzz is reached when you get to Level 72. Here you are open to the wind and the sun and the sky. With the city sounds drifting faintly up from the streets below, there is nothing above but the shards of glass reaching ever upwards. As you make your way down to the ground floor of The Shard your memories will forever be up among the clouds above London.
The London Eye View
The London Eye has managed to become the most popular attraction in a city absolutely crammed with so much history, beauty and thrilling things to do. A sedate half hour passes while you catch, literally, a bird’s eye view of London from one of its clear-screen high tech glass capsules.
When you get to the top of the wheel’s arc – 135 metres high – you get a wonderful view of central London and all its iconic landmarks. The River Thames flows below with St James Park in front and the contrasting styles of the Gherkin Building and Big Ben looming upwards from the rest of the city. As you gaze down on Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London, you cannot help but be in awe of the spectacular view that the world’s tallest observation wheel provides. It is truly one of the modern world’s architectural wonders and a ride not to be missed.