Attractions To Spot While On London River Cruise

River Thames is the perfect vantage point to view some of London's most iconic landmarks and hence, choosing London River Cruise can be a perfect. You can opt for a luxurious dinner and sightseeing cruise to enjoy viewing the stunning landmarks of London. Some of the best places to see while on London River Cruise are the Houses of Parliament that are famous for their sheer size and architectural style. Big Ben, one of the most prominent landmarks in the London skyline. St Paul's Cathedral, famous for its lead covered dome and considered to be one of the largest domes in the world. The Tower of London, which is home to the Crown Jewels. Shakespeare's Globe Theater, where you can catch a Shakespearean play during your visit.

London Eye, a cantilevered observation wheel offering the most spectacular views of the London skyline. A Thames river cruise is the most relaxing way to enjoy the sights of various attractions of London with the added advantage of avoiding traffic and busy trains. Children get an activity book to enhance the experience while adults can indulge in some snacks and drinks from the fully stocked bar.

London Eye
London Eye

Built in 1999 the London Eye is the largest cantilevered observation Wheel in the world. This is one of the most prominent places to see while on London river cruise. The London Eye offers a spectacular view of the city for up to 25 km in all directions. You can spot some of the most iconic landmarks of the city from the pods of the London Eye. Some of these attractions are Big Ben, the House of Parliament and Buckingham Palace. The London Eye has 32 viewing pods representing the 32 boroughs of London. One rotation in one of the viewing pods takes approximately 30 minutes and you can add to your experience by booking the VIP capsule which gives you priority boarding. It also has a selection of chocolates or wine tasting, champagne and you get the whole capsule to yourself. Watching the London Eye rotating from your river cruise is truly a spectacular experience.

Tower of London
Tower of London

The Tower of London is one of the most important sets of buildings in the UK. It has a long history and parts of it are over 1000 years old. This UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the best places to see while on London river cruise. The imposing structure of the fortress, the wardens guarding it day and night and the menacing birds flying overhead all create an atmosphere that is hard to beat. The Tower of London is home to the Jewel House which secures and displays more than 23,000 precious and semi-precious gemstones from all over the world as well as the Crown Jewels.

Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is the official London home of the Queen. The Palace has been the official London residence of Britain's monarchy since 1837. It is also used as the administrative office of the monarchy. Her Majesty receives and entertains guests invited to the Palace in the state rooms. The Palace has over 600 rooms, including 19 State rooms, 52 royal and guest bedrooms, 78 bathrooms, 92 offices, a cinema and a swimming pool. It also has its own post office and police station. About 400 people work at the Palace, which includes domestic helpers, chefs, footmen, cleaners, plumbers, gardeners, chauffeur, electricians, and two people who look after the 300 clocks. Each year, more than 50,000 people visit the Palace as guests to banquets, lunches, dinners, receptions, and Royal Garden Parties

The National Gallery
The National Gallery

The National Gallery in London is ranked 7th in the world in terms of football and popularity and it is definitely one of the attractions to spot while on London river cruise. This gallery is home to some of the most famous art works in the world. There are works of Leonardo da Vinci, Van Gogh, Titian, Caravaggio, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Raphael, and many more. One of the most popular exhibits here is the Sunflower by Van Gogh. The National Gallery is not only about paintings but other art works too such as sculptures. The Gallery features several sculptures from renowned sculptors. Here you will find sculptures of King James II, George Washington and others. There are exhibits that feature beautiful collections of Roman kings and Greek legends as well.

St. Paul's Cathedral Church
St. Paul's Cathedral Church

The St. Paul Cathedral is the landmark of London as well as the city's highlight and it needs no introduction. This world famous English Baroque style church was built in 1708 and it was designed by Sir Christopher Wren. The Cathedral has many bells like any church worthy of its name. Its two largest bells have names: Great Tom and Great Paul. Great Tom is sounded for a royal death or that of the Bishop or Lord Mayor of London. A rare exception was made in 1881 when the US President James Garfield was assassinated. The Cathedral takes pride in its various artworks. Some of the most remarkable works including Anthony Gormley’s sculpture Flare II was installed in the Geometric Staircase and Gerry Judah was installed in the nave. Yoko Ono too has an installation in the Cathedral. You can find Henry Moore’s limestone carving of the Mother and Child in the north choir aisle.

Big Ben
Big Ben

Big Ben is one of the most iconic landmarks of London. The Elizabeth Tower is the Parliamentary Tower holding the Great Bell which is nicknamed Big Ben. The Great Clock is operated by a Victorian mechanism that was customized and this mechanism relies on gravity to trigger the bongs. There are 334 steps to the belfry and another 59 to the lantern in the tower where Big Ben is. It has been almost 2 centuries since its first chime but it has rarely stopped or slowed. A fun fact about the Big Ben is that you can enter inside the tower only if you have a British passport.

Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey

One of the more popular attractions to spot while on London river cruise landmarks is Westminster Abbey. This magnificent church with over seven centuries of heritage has more than 1 million visitors each year and is one of the most iconic places to see while on London River Cruise. Westminster Abbey was formed by Benedictine monks back in the 10th century. Westminster Abbey is the coronation church for the British Monarch. 39 coronations have taken place at Westminster Abbey since 1066. Seventeen royal weddings have taken place at Westminster Abbey and more than 3300 burials. The architecture within Westminster Abbey is truly fantastic. The most spectacular area is the Henry VII Chapel which is commonly referred to as the Lady chapel.

The British Museum
The British Museum

The British Museum is the world's oldest national public museum. It was founded in 1753, and opened to the public in 1759. The British Museum is home to eight million objects. Here you can discover the many diversities of human cultures right from the dawn of human history to the present. With a massive collection of at least eight million objects, and 80,000 on public display, it would be impossible for visitors to explore all of the exhibits at the Museum in one visit. So make sure you follow a set plan so you can visit the artworks you want to see on your visit.

Trafalgar Square
Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square is a square in central London that was built to commemorate the victory of Britain at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Nelson's Column is in the center of the square and it is surrounded by fountains and four huge bronze lions sculpted by Sir Edwin Landseer. It is said that the metal has been recycled from the cannon of the French fleet. Trafalgar Square is famous for its Christmas ceremony where every year since 1947 a Norway Spruce is given by Norway's capital Oslo. This is done as a token of gratitude for Britain's support during World War II. Each year, traditionally the Lord Mayor of Westminster visits Oslo in the late autumn to take part in the chopping down of the tree. Then the Mayor of Oslo visits London to light the tree at the Christmas ceremony.

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