So you have a layover in London for just a day (12 hours to be precise!), and you are wondering what to do. You might think that’s too less a time to see anything in London but you’ll be surprised to know that you can see so many places within that time. Get you camera out and set off for the day!
Hop On Hop Off Buses
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Although the famous double decker buses are not the fastest way to get around London, it offers a unique way of seeing and experiencing the streets of London. The London bus tour is the most iconic way to experience the city. You can see the famous landmarks of London sitting comfortably in the bus and if you feel like it, get off at the next stop to do some sightseeing.
Piccadilly Circus : The liveliest area
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A busy square in the heart of London, famous for its neon lights, different displays and the famous Eros fountain located in the middle of this road junction. It is the liveliest area with the famous traditional english pubs and places to party. There are many cinema theatres, shops and restaurants, but do keep track of your time since there are many more places to see.
Westminster Abbey : Over a thousand years of history here
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Most famous and oldest religious building in the centre of London with over a thousand years of history. This the place where the monarchy is crowned and the remains of the royal family and the famous British people are buried. It is a must see to get to know some British history.
Big Ben : The famous iconic landmarks of the city
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This gothic styled tower holds high four faced clocks and is one of the famous iconic landmarks of the city, its chimes are broadcasted by BBC radio every day. One of the most reliable clocks, which can withstand wind, rain and snow. It even kept chiming during the bombing attacks of World War 2.
Buckingham Palace : Worth a visit!
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The residence of the royal family as well as the administrative headquarters is worth a visit . If you are there between July and October, the palace is open to the public during these months. The changing of the guards, takes place in the forecourt of the palace and is one of the major attractions in London. The old guards who are on duty, are relieved by the new guards accompanied by a marching military band.
Camden Town : If you like crowds, music and food, this is the place
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Definitely a must see place, considered as the capital of music and plenty of eating places. This place is filled with people, loud music, shops selling many peculiar items, and lots of tattoo parlours. There are plenty of food stands and if you are there till late evening food becomes cheaper and cheaper and you may be lucky to eat a meal at a very cheap price.
Now you know how to make the most of your twelve hours in London. Don’t just sit in the hotel, get set and explore!