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4 London Attractions You Should Visit

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London is now over 2000 years old, and it’s no wonder there is so much to see and do there. In this article I’m going to take a look at five attractions you simply cannot afford to miss when you visit the capital. So if you’re planning on going to London in the near future, take note of the attractions mentioned here, and try your best to pay them a visit.

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The London Aquarium

Not many people know that there are waters in the centre of London full of sharks and other exotic sea creatures. I’m of course talking about the London Aquarium. The aquarium itself is located in County Hall, on the south bank of the river Thames. It’s located next to the London Eye, so if you have trouble finding it, just keep an eye peeled for the London Eye.

There are over 350 species of fish swimming around in the 2 million litres of water held in the aquarium. You’ll find something from each of the world’s oceans. There’s Red Eared Terrapins from North America, Clown Fish from the Indian Ocean and even Piranhas. One of my favourite parts of the aquarium is the touch pool. Here you are free to stroke a variety of Stingrays with your bare hands.

Madame Tussauds

Where else would you find Jim Carrey, Brad Pitt and Bono all under the same roof?  Have you picture taken with your favourite celebrities, or even join in on a family portrait of the Royal Family at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. Madame Tussauds is a perfect place to spend the afternoon with your family. You can learn about London’s colourful history, or if you’re looking for more of a fright, you can attempt to make your way through the Chamber of Horrors.

Madam Tussauds has been open for over 200 years now, making it the oldest wax museum in the world. It’s no wonder then that 2.5 million people make their way through the doors each year. It definitely deserves its place in this list of London attractions.

The Thames

Not many people realise that the River Thames itself is one of the most popular tourist attractions in London. The truth of the matter is that London can look very different when seen from the water. There are a variety of companies offering boat rides up, down and even across the Thames. The river tours have got to be one of the best tours I’ve ever been on in my life. Boats leave at regular times, so you should have no problem getting on a boat.

Some of the sites which the boats will go past include, the London Eye, Globe theatre, Houses of Parliament, Tate Modern, Canary Wharf and even Tower Bridge. It’s a great way to see all the main sites by the river, without having to walk all over London.

The London Eye

What would a trip to London be without having a ride on the London Eye, the biggest Ferris wheel in the world. It’s next to the London Aquarium, on the South Bank of the River Thames, so if you’re planning on visiting the aquarium, you might as well go for a ride on the Eye on the same day.

A ride (or flight) takes around 30mins, so you will have loads of time to take in London’s Skyline. If you’re lucky, and manage to visit on a clear day, you should be able to see for 30 miles in all directions.

The Eye opened in 2000 as part of the Millennium celebrations, and it was intended to only be up temporary. However, it proved to be more popular than anyone could have expected, with more than 3 million people going for a ride on it each year. It doesn’t look like it will be removed any time soon.

I hope you enjoy your next trip to London, and you will hopefully have time to visit some of these amazing attractions.

Adam Gibson is a freelance writer based in the UK. This article was written on behalf of Pharos Parcel, the UK Parcel Delivery Company.

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