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My London Top 5

January 31, 2013

Today I will be counting down my top 5 places to visit in London. I will warn you, I am probably biased towards the historical and literary places, as you will soon see! But, enjoy, and I hope if you visit London you will choose to go to at least one of my favourite places.

5. Häagen Dazs Shop, Leicester Square

This would go at number one…but I felt seeing as I am the culture girl ice cream should probably feature quite low, but it has to be mentioned. This place is amazing, if you simply want an ice cream then you can have one to take away, but, you can also go in and sit down and then you get the entire Häagen Dazs menu, including crepes, waffles, brownies with the ice cream of your choice. You can mix and match or have something set, including all sorts of ice cream drinks. So, for my number 5, I will have to go for this place!

4. London Zoo

I do love animals and so London Zoo, at Regent’s Park is a lovely place to go, especially if you want to get out of the traffic jam that is London. The zoo isn’t as big as others, particularly Whipsnade Zoo, which is outside of London; part has a far larger area to work with. The zoo is lovely though; it has most of the animals you expect in a zoo plus all the shows to go with it. I would advise to book the tickets online, the queues can get quite busy at the entrance.


3. The London Eye

To get a good look at most of London, the London Eye is the place to go, it is easy to get to and there is so much to do around that area. It isn’t cheap, but if you are a visitor to London I would recommend it. Again, book online to avoid queues and get a small discount. The Eye is right by the river, so its easy to combine your trip with a cruise on the Thames, or simply travel on the clipper from Embankment to have a nice boat trip.

2. The British Museum

I struggled with my number one and two because I love both of these places, but the British Museum came in at second. It is such an easy museum to get to, Russell Square tube station is very close as is Kings Cross. This museum is free to get into, and has a nice big gift shop and café. There is almost always an exhibit on (some for an extra fee), and there are hands on tables for children to enjoy. The museum is full of so many different artefacts from all over the world and from various points in History. There are the Egyptians and the Ancient Greeks, History in Asia, Medieval Europe and the Roman Empire and Africa. So, there is so much to explore there is too much to get done in one day! I would thoroughly recommend it though.

1. The British Library

There are two sides to the British Library, my number one place to visit in London, the first is using it for research and the second is the exhibits. For students and academics, the research facilities provided at this library are fantastic. A membership is required, but it is free if you are a student or academic and once you have received this then you can request books in the reading rooms and begin your research. The British Library have so many books, not all published but I’m sure it must be close, it also holds a vast number and variety of manuscripts, some of which you can look at. But, if you want to have a visit to this fantastic building, you can have a look at the items on show. There are some permanent galleries and there are often exhibitions to have a look at. Tours are available, for a fee! But, When the weather is nice (I know it’s England but we do get a couple of good days!) you can sit outside and have a drink and a cake in the courtyard. This is my number one, the British Library!

There are my top 5 places to visit in London although there are so many others that I want to talk about!

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