London is a city that is rich in culture, history, and entertainment. It certainly isn’t much of a mystery why many people include visiting London at least once on their bucket list. If you are unsure why London is a bucket list must-have, then the following reasons are going to have you rushing to update your list as soon as possible. No matter how old you are or what interests you may have, there is bound to be something in London that will attract you to it. So, without further ado, here’s why you need to visit London.
Full of Art
London is home to over one hundred and ninety museums. If you are into art or history, then you will not want to miss out on some of the amazing museums that the city has. For example, you have the famous British Museum which is full of paintings from world-renown artists such as Edvard Munch, William Blake, and Edgar Degas to name a few. Whether you are an artist yourself or appreciate good art, London will be a great place to explore art and its extensive history. If you are more interested in literature and theatre, then you should make it a point to visit the British Library which has around fourteen million books, and the well-known Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre which is a reconstruction of the Globe in which his plays were performed. Also, don’t miss the opportunity to see amazing West End shows in London’s theaters.
Who doesn’t enjoy good food! If you are a self-proclaimed foodie, then London should immediately appeal to you. London is rich in cultural cuisine and has a diverse array of food that you will never tire of. Whether you want an elegant breakfast, a bottomless brunch, or food for teatime, London is an experience any food-lover will want to have. Don’t forget to try out British delicacies like fish and chips and steak and kidney pie. You will also find different foods from across the world, so if you want to try out a mix of European or Asian cuisine, you will find an abundance of cafés and restaurants to choose from.
From vintage-looking buildings that have been reconstructed to accommodate fire safety regulations such as the Globe theatre, to more modern buildings with unique designs, London has great architectural sites all over. If you are an architect or are interested in architecture in any way, you will find yourself surrounded by a wonderful collection of amazingly designed buildings. Some of the most famous architectural sites that you should include in your visit to London are The Westminster Abbey, The Houses of Parliament, and you should not miss the breathtaking view from The Shard.
Shop Until You Drop
If you are not really interested in the architectural beauty of London and don’t care much for history, you can still have a great time in the city. Shopping in London is one of the best activities that you can do. Not only will you find many designer clothing stores, but you will also find high-end fashion for great prices. You can literally spend all your time in London shopping, and you still will not have shopped enough because you will find great stores around every corner.
Monuments and Landmarks
Of course, you cannot mention London without mentioning the different monuments and landmarks that are a must-see for anyone who has never visited the city before. For example, you have to see Ben at least once and visit the London Tower. You can also go to St. Paul Cathedral, which has amazingly intricate designs on its walls and ceiling. Don’t forget to ride the London Eye to get a great backdrop of London and check out the view from up high.
Full of History
As mentioned above, London has a ridiculously high number of museums, but that is because there is a lot of history to cover in two thousand years. In fact, some of the museums in London are also full of artifacts from countries around the world, so not only are you going to be taking a look at the city’s history, but you are also going to be taking a look at the world’s history across the years.
World-Class Sports Hub
You might already be aware of this, but it is still worth mentioning. London is a veritable sports hub, which makes it a must-visit for sports lovers out there. You will find that London is especially into football, but other sports are also part of British culture, such as rugby. There are twenty-two stadiums in London. If you are a fan of football, then you should check out if there are tickets for matches taking place in any of them, but especially in Wembley Stadium, which is the most famous.
Suitable for Any Budget
The best thing about London is that it is suitable for any budget. If you want to have an extravagant visit to London with high-end fashion, food, and activities, then you can easily find that. If you want a more budget-friendly visit that still has many activities, sightseeing, shopping, and good accommodation, then you also don’t need to search too hard. In fact, you can even plan on backpacking your way across London if you want to save on some expenses.
A lively Nightlife
Last, but definitely not least, London has one of the most lively night scenes that you will ever experience. If you enjoy spending the night out and want to socialize after the day is over, London is the place to go. You can spend the night watching a match in a pub while drinking a pint of beer and having dinner, or you can visit any of London’s amazing dance clubs where you can party with your friends. Not to mention the incredible street performers showing off the local talent.
Now that you are aware of the different reasons why London is one of the most amazing cities worldwide, you now have to add it to your bucket list. We suggest placing it near the top because chances are that you will want to revisit it as soon as possible once you go there. Not only do you have a new addition to your bucket list, but you also have ideas about what to do once you get there.