The 2016 winners of the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition were rewarded with a holiday to London, doing both educational and recreational activities. The winners were able to see many of London’s famous landmarks and attractions. We thought we could show you some of the great places you could possibly visit in London, if you were a 2017 winner!
- The London Eye
The London Eye is a Ferris wheel that was erected in 1999, to help London celebrate the new millennium. It is now one of London’s most famous landmarks, and is located along the River Thames. Its total height is 135 meters, making it the world’s tallest Ferris wheel at the time of its construction, a position now held by the High Roller in Las Vegas. The London Eye allows you to see a 25-mile radius around London – a view you cannot possibly get anywhere else! Book tickets online here!
- Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge is the first bridge in the London Thames estuary and is probably the most famous of the 15 bridges on the Thames. It was built between 1886 and 1894, however it was been updated with modern mechanics to allow the bridge to open and let boats pass more easily. If you take a tour within the bridge, you can look down through the glass flooring and watch boats pass underneath. Book a tour online here!
- The British Museum
The British Museum is located at the Grand Russell Square in the north of New Oxford Street in London. It was officially opened to the public in 1759 and has remained a firm favourite with locals and tourists alike. The museum houses a wide range of cultural relics and treasures from around the world, in nearly 8 million collections. Currently there are free exhibitors such as ‘Places of the mind: British watercolour landscapes 1850-1950’ and ‘Desire, love, identity: exploring LGBTQ histories’. Exhibitions you can pay for, such as ‘The American Dream: pop to the present’, are usually around £15.
- Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace is the Queen’s residence and the Royal family’s administrative headquarters. It is located in the City of Westminster and is easily accessible by using the London underground by getting off at St James’ Park, Green Park or Victoria. I would recommend coming via Green Park due to the surrounding natural beauty. Tourists love coming to Buckingham Palace for the ‘Changing of the Guard’. Check online beforehand to plan your trip, so you can see this tradition in action!
- Big Ben
Big Ben is a famous clock tower on the Palace of Westminster on the river Thames. Big Ben may be its most famous name, however it is officially known as Elizabeth Tower. Big Ben appears in most films or TV shows set in London, and is one of the key elements of London’s New Year’s Eve celebration.