London is a huge city rich in amazing places to visit and things to do.
Here is a list of the primary attractions that make London one of the most visited cities in Europe and in the whole world:
LONDON EYE located on the south bank of the Thames; built between 1998 and march 2000, it is one of the highest observation points of the city. Same thing for the SHARD - the skyscraper designed by the italian architect Renzo Piano. From its 310 meters, it offers one of the best panoramic views over the city.
Less tall but not less majestic is the BIG BEN: its 96 meters of height and its neogothic style bewitch thousands of people every day.
Visiting the Big Ben you can't not notice WESTMINSTER ABBEY, the most important anglican church - along with St. Paul Cathedral - inscribed in the list of world heritage of UNESCO.
Another must see is the queen's official residence, BUCKINGHAM PALACE. This is not only Elisabeth II's house but also the place where many public ceremonies take place as well as the famous changing of the guard. WINDSOR is the summer house.
London offers a vast variety of museums and many of them are free. The most famous ones are VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM in Knightsbridge, BRITISH MUSEUM and NATIONAL GALLERY in Covent Garden.
Other inspiring exhibitions are TATE MODERN, MADAME TUSSAUD - the famous wax museum - TRANSPORT MUSEUM and SCIENCE MUSEUM
There are a lot of festivals and celebrations all year round amongst which you can enjoy: fireworks during eastern new year, a great parade in february for chinese new year, St Patrick's day in march any many others.
Talking about characteristic and peculiar markets you cannot miss CAMDEN TOWN, PORTOBELLO and COVENT GARDEN, the most renown and visited by tourists from all over the world. Camden Market in Regent's Canal offers heaps of extravangant and curious objects from antiques, technology, musical instruments, piercings and food - delicious dishes from every corner of the world!
The market in Portobello Road is between Kensington and Chelsea (Notting Hill underground station stop). Here you can find high-quality antiques as well as vintage objects and the famous Brick-a-Brack.
Covent Garden is one of the most visited areas in London: here you can find the most important theatres, many attractions of the city - like the APPLE MARKET - high fashon stores and museums. The square - always really crowded - is the meeting point chosen by many Londoners and tourists. The charm of Covent Garden is enhanced by the constant presence of many artists: this area is the only district in London where artists and street performers can freely entertain passers-by.
The great number of pubs, clubs, discos, casinos and restaurants make London night life really interesting - London is basically a city that never sleeps. You can do something new and different every night and you will hardly get bored of the city! Restaurants from all over the world offer dishes and food for all tastes. The huge amount of italian restaurants cannot pass unnoticed: style and quality of italian products are really appreciated and loved - the expansion of the hospitality sector ensured the diffusion of italian restaurants all over the city, not only in the very heart of London.
Another common form of entertainment is the theatre. The most important theatres are the GLOBE THEATRE, the ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, the ROYAL NATIONAL THEATRE, the LONDON COLISEUM. We can't omit the DOMINION THEATRE: in 2001 it hosted We Will Rock You, a musical inspired by the famous Queen's song. Being the Queen an English rock group, the musical was a blast and was performed for 10 years not only in Great Britain but in the whole world.