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Where to Visit in London?

Where to Visit in London?

London is one of the world’s leading tourism destinations; its astounding variety of attractions are visited by around 30 million international visitors every year. 

One of the best ways to travel around London is by car, so why not rent one and explore London for yourself? You could visit any corner of the city and discover something new, but we’ve selected what we believe are the five most must-see attractions and locations for your trip to London.

london eye on a cloudy and sunny day

The London Eye

Unable to see all of London? The London Eye grants you breathtaking panoramic views of London’s skyline. 

Located by the Thames, the London Eye is the world’s largest cantilevered observation wheel. It is visited by millions of tourists each year and is considered a staple part of London’s identity.

Jump in one of the public pods or splash out for added privacy. You’ll be transported up 135 glorious metres, giving you a view of the capital from multiple levels. 

During the day, the Eye’s iconic chalk-white wheel provides the perfect opportunity for a photo (or selfie). By night, the London Eye glows in seasonal colours, alternating from green to pink and even the occasional rainbow!

 

Buckingham Palace attracting a big crowd of tourists on a sunny and cloudy day

Buckingham Palace

Take a royal stroll through the Buckingham Palace grounds and marvel at the most historic residence in all of the UK.

Buckingham Palace, home to Queen Elizabeth II, boasts a colossal 775 rooms. It has been the official London residence of Britain’s sovereigns since 1837 and has hosted over one hundred state banquets for international leaders.

A portion of the grounds is open to the public. From here you can watch the traditional Changing of the Guard or frolic through the 350 varieties of wildflowers found across the 39-acre gardens. You can also visit a few state rooms and the outdoor cafe. 

Watch out for the flag above the palace, too. If the Royal Standard is flying, that means the Queen is home.

 

Westminster Abbey from the River Thames

Westminster Abbey

Soak up Britain’s rich political history with a visit to Westminster’s iconic landmarks.

Considered the political hub of London, Westminster features Big Ben, the Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey and Westminster Bridge — all less than a five-minute walk from each other. Spy London’s most famous clock tower, before taking a stroll down the Gothic church where Prince Willian and Kate Middleton wed.

Parliament Square is also just a short walk away. Here you can find statues of significant political leaders, such as Nelson Mandela and Winston Churchill.

 

Oxford Street in London

Oxford Street

Europe’s busiest shopping street sees over 500,000 visitors bobbing between 300 stores every day.

Oxford street stretches over 2 kilometres and is home to some of the world’s most iconic retailers, including Selfridges, John Lewis and Marks & Spencers. Many of these stores are encased in stunning architecture, setting them apart from typical retail stores found on other high streets. Some even feature interactive windows and works by acclaimed artists.

Visit around Christmas time to witness the street transform into a wonderland of glitter, lights and decoration.

 

tourists visiting the National Gallery in London

National Gallery

Art may be subjective, but there’s something for everyone in London’s premier art gallery. 

Enjoy an eclectic mix of classic and contemporary art from the world’s most celebrated artists. Original works from Boticelli, da Vinci, Turner, Renoir and Van Gogh all feature, plus paintings and sculptures from the country’s most promising new artists.

The National Gallery is free to visit, and exhibitions rotate throughout the year. For even more art, stop by the National Portrait Gallery next door.

 

Explore London at your leisure. Heathrow Car & Van Rental offer flexible contracts on a fleet of over 300 vehicles. Choose between standard cars, luxury cars, minibuses and more. We offer free breakdown cover on all our vehicles and plenty of FREE hire deals, so you don’t need to worry about a breakdown ruining your stay. Conveniently located near Heathrow airport, you can essentially step off the plane and into your rental, giving you more time to explore the capital. 

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