London is undoubtedly one of the world’s most amazing cities. More than 17 million tourists flock to the city every year, making it the second most visited city in the world, just behind Hong Kong.
From Big Ben to London Zoo, London boasts some of the most amazing attractions on the planet, but don’t take our word for it, here’s what visitors to these places have been saying.
Coca-Cola London Eye
Undoubtedly one of London’s defining landmarks and an instantly recognisable element of the city’s skyline, the Coca-Cola London Eye offers phenomenal views of the capital from around 400ft in the air, sitting beside the River Thames and across the water from Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster.
It currently has a 4.5 star rating on TripAdvisor.co.uk and its most recent reviewers were clearly impressed.
‘45 minutes well worth spending’ wrote one reviewer from TripAdvisor, which is odd because the ride only lasts 30 minutes, according to its official website. Somebody either got some bonus ride time or they’re telling porkies.
‘Great way to see London’ beamed another writer, while a third said ‘when you get to the top, it was fabulous to see all of London. Plan to go on a sunny day, you will really enjoy it’.
For those staying at the Grand Royale London Hyde Park Hotel, it’s only 23 minutes away on the Tube.
London Zoo is the world’s oldest scientific zoo, having been opened in 1828, and currently, it houses more than 17,000 animals, covering 756 different species.
Situated on the northern edge of Regents Park, this 36-acre zoo is a must-see for any animal lover, but what are actual visitors saying?
‘Best zoo ever’ wrote one young grandmother who also hailed it as a ‘fantastic attraction.
Another visitor complimented the ‘good mix of animals’ and despite struggling to pick a favourite, mentioned the ‘very active gorillas’ and how fun it was to play ‘spot the…’ in the fish and reptile sections. ‘If you are local to London with young kids, it is definitely worth having the annual pass,’ they also advised.
Madame Tussauds London
Often labelled one of London’s best tourist attractions, this waxwork museum is crammed full of famous faces from Kate and Wills to Kim and Kanye. With a four-star average rating on TripAdvisor, it has many glowing reviews and here are just a few extracts.
‘This visit was amazing, there were so many exhibits to look at and they are so good it’s untrue well worth the entry fee,’ said one clearly contented customer.
Another said it was an ‘amazing experience’. They added that the trip was ‘totally worth the time and money spent. It’s for all age groups and takes more than four hours to complete’.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter
This behind-the-scenes walking tour of authentic sets, costumes and props from the Harry Potter movies has a full five-star rating on TripAdvisor.
‘Pottertastic’ was how one wowed visitor described it, while another observed how the tour works on many levels, pleasing all age groups and even people not familiar or fans of the Potter franchise.
The View from The Shard
London’s tallest building offers visitors spectacular views of the capital from viewing platforms on the 69th and 72nd level, especially on a clear day.
Aside from the views, one tourist commented on the ‘very friendly, welcoming staff’.
They were also able to ‘take our time wandering around with top-to-floor glass all the way round’.
SEALIFE London Aquarium
London’s largest aquarium is also one of Europe’s largest collections of global marine life, and sits opposite the London Eye by the Thames.
It attracts around one million visitors a year and here’s what some of them said.
‘A lovely experience, the atmosphere was relaxed and it was honestly more than worth it just to see the giant sea turtles,’ wrote one happy visitor. ‘Perfect for kids and family [with] so much to learn,’ added another customer.
Located virtually next door to the SEALIFE London Aquarium, London Dungeon recreates various gory and macabre historical events in a darkly humourous style, mixing live actors, special effects and rides.
It showcases London’s ‘darker side’ and it’s a ‘super fun experience’, according to one visitor from Miami, who noted how its appeal to children was interjected with lots of jokes for adults too.
Another customer commented how Mrs Lovett had them ‘in stitches’, while Ace Woman also got a ‘big thumbs-up’.