Treasures on London’s Alternative List

London Eye

London is such a popular city to visit; millions come to the capital each year. With must see attractions, pop up events and unusual things to do in the city, Londoners and tourists alike will never be stuck for ideas as to what to do and visit in the city. However, for novices and visitors who have never been to London before, there are many popular and must see attractions that are well worth visiting.

London Eye
This is the UK’s most popular paid attraction and it is not hard to see why. Visitors step into a capsule and the wheel rotates slowly in order for people to experience the views of the city. The breath taking views of the London skyline can stretch as far as Windsor Castle on a clear day.  Without a doubt, the London Eye offers a whole new perspective of the capital. However, the London Eye can be far more special for visitors.  For example, those visiting the observation wheel can book at a private capsule; this could be a chocolate, wine, champagne or whiskey tasting session.

National Portrait Gallery
For art lovers, the National Portrait Gallery boasts art from the 16th century all the way to the present day. With over 200,000 portraits, the art that the gallery showcases is truly inspiring with portraits from such well-known artists like Leonardo da Vinci and William Morris. However, the collections of portraits are not just of paintings. There are collections in the museum that offer photographs showing a candid insight to photographers’ subject.

The Fourth Plinth
Right in the heart of Trafalgar Square is the Fourth Plinth. Originally, the space was built for an equestrian statue of William IV. However, this never came to fruition.  Supported by the Arts Council, The Fourth Plinth is used to showcase sculptures created by a whole host of creative and talented artists.  Past sculptures have included a large blue cockerel and currently the sculpture is of a skeletal riderless horse. This is entitled as the ‘Gift Horse’. Attached to the horse’s leg is a bow with a ticker showing the latest prices of the London Stock Exchange.

Houses of Parliament
This is the centre for the government and an iconic and landmark to the city. Visitors can explore the centre of the UK’s democracy and watch debates when parliament is in session as well as explore and take part in a guided tour of the iconic building.

West End Shows
The heart of theatre land, The West End offers shows that have been running for over 10 years. The theatre is important to the arts scene and it is one of the more popular aspects of London.  The city attracts the best shows such as the award winning The Lion King which has been held at the Lyceum Theatre for the last 16 years. This is one of the most successful musical shows of all time and it has been seen by over 75 million people worldwide.

Buckingham Palace
Home to royalty -it is the official residence for Queen Elizabeth II- Buckingham Palace truly has a global icon status.  Every summer, The State Rooms open its doors to the public and here is where visitors can gain a candid look behind the scenes of the preparations of an official state visit to the palace.
Buckingham PalaceFor those visiting on a short break or a long overseas holiday, a hotel in a great central location is needed to visit all the attractions that London is famed for. For those looking for Hyde Park accommodations, there are plenty of hotels to choose from including Park Grand London Hyde Park. This 4 star contemporary hotel offers chic rooms that have a range of amenities including free Wi-Fi. The rooms and suites of the hotel also offers fantastic views of the London skyline including the steeple of St James’s church and views of Paddington. For guests who believe breakfast should be fit for a king, the full English and Continental breakfast will certainly fit the bill. With London Paddington overground and underground stations close by to the hotel, guests can get around the city with ease.