London: 5 Great Attractions
London: 5 Great Attractions
London: 5 Great Attractions. Sharks, Ferris wheels, boat rides, wax celebrities, theatres and more - there are many things to do in London. Here are five of the best.
London is over 2000 years old and as you might expect there's a lot to see and do there. These are 5 of its greatest attractions.
Step 1: The London Eye
This is the biggest ferries wheel in the world, and it's on the South bank of the River Thames, opposite the Houses of Parliament. It's one and a half times as high as the Statue of Liberty. A ride, or 'flight' as it's called, takes 30 minutes and gives you an amazing overview of London and its layout. On a clear day you can see 40 km in all directions.
The Eye opened in 2000 to celebrate the Millennium, and was originally intended to be temporary. However, it is now the UK's most popular attraction, visited by over 3 and a half million people every year. It's scheduled to stay put until at least 2025.
Step 2: The London Aquarium
Who would have thought that there were sharks in central London? The Aquarium is in County Hall, next to the London Eye, on the South bank of the River Thames.
It's got 350 species of fish in over 2 million litres of water. Each of the world's oceans is represented. There's a Pacific tank containing 4 different types of shark, tuna and sting rays. There's an Atlantic tank with eels, plaice and trout. Clownfish from the Indian Ocean float over a coral reef. There are red-eared terrapins from North America, red bellied piranhas from the rainforests of South America, and jellyfish - both real and fake. There's even a touch pool where you can stroke the rays.
Step 3: The Thames
London looks very different when viewed from the water, and you get a great sense of its history from the very different buildings crowded along the riverbank.
Many companies offer boat rides up and down the Thames, or across it. The most popular stretch runs between Westminster Pier and Tower Hill, but boats leave at regular intervals from both sides of the river. They can go all the way to Greenwich and pass the Houses of Parliament, London Eye, Oxo Tower, St Paul's Cathedral, Globe Theatre, Tate Modern, Tower Bridge, and Canary Wharf along the way.
Step 4: Shakespeare's Globe
This is the place to come if you want to see Shakespeare as it was first performed. It's a faithful reconstruction of the original 16th century theatre. From thatched roof to open air pit - where the audience can stand to watch a play, just as they could over 400 years ago.
Plays run from May to October, and not just Shakespeare but the work of his contemporaries and modern playwrights too. Educational events, tours and an exhibition on Shakespeare's London, Elizabethan theatre and the building of the new Globe are open all year round.
Step 5: Madame Tussauds
Only at Madame Tussauds could you find Brad Pitt, Arnie and Kylie Minogue in the same room, find Albert Einstein within spitting distance of the Queen of England, and Hitler and look up Marilyn Monroe's skirt. You can also have your photograph taken with your favourite celebrity, take a ride through London's history or scare yourself silly in the Chamber of Horrors.
Madame Tussauds has been going for over 200 years and is the world's oldest wax museum. 2 and a half million people visit each year.
Step 6: Further information
To find out more about these attractions watch our longer films about each one, or check out their websites -