Traveling to London is a very expensive experience, so here are a few of the sights which you can get to from the center of the city. If you are more interested in a few alternative places to travel about and spend your day, then check out Alternative London Travel Photography.
This is a series of night photographs from around London. I like the night photos because they take a bit more work. When you travel with limited photo gear, it means you need to be more resourceful. No tripod? Look for a ledge that can support your camera and won't shake under a strong wind. Longer exposure means more time for the something to go wrong.
Personally, my favorite time to go out is right as it gets dark out, and the sky still have some deep blues in it. Hope you enjoy!
London is an accessible city for anyone who likes to walk. One could easily walk to most of these places. If you find yourself getting a bit tired, opt for a more interesting way besides the bus or underground, go for the Thames Ferry. It runs all day and will drop you off at all the major attractions that are on or near the Thames.
The London Millennium Footbridge allows pedestrians to cross the River Thames from Tate Modern over to St. Paul's Cathedral.
St. Paul's Cathedral. Yet another religious building that has a lot of pull for tourists from around the world. Gosh, you silly Catholics, how do you do it? Well, I say go at night, that way you don't have to go in. And again, if you love Christmas trees, visit England in December... or look at this picture.
Another icon of London, albeit a much older one, is the Tower Bridge. This was made in 1894, and hasn't looked better.
Also, check out this live look at the Tower Bridge on Ustream.
And then we have another of England with Big Ben. It looks pretty good considering it is over 150 years old. That is a lot of ticks. This clock is also famous as it has been in more movies and TV shows than it will ever know. Every time they want to show generic England, a shot of Big Ben will follow. Good luck trying to get its autograph, however. What a prima donna.
London's Westminster Abbey is right next door to Big ol' Ben. With over 1000 years of history this building sees over 1 million people. If you want to go inside, be sure to go during regular business hours.
The London Eye is synonymous with the London Skyline ever since it was erected in 1999. It has 32 pods, one for each of the boroughs of London. Each pod carries up to 25 people, but if you go when it is slow season, you could find your self sharing that space with half that many tourists. Originally, it was meant to run for five years, but luckily, they made it a permanent fixture in the city of London. Before going on the Eye, they send you to watch a short 3-D movie about the Eye.
Again, traveling to London in Winter you will wait in line for sites like the London Eye for only 20-30 minutes. This is a fraction of the time you would end up waiting during the height of tourist season. I also recommend going at night after you have seen a good portion of the city so while on top you can pick out the destinations you have been to.
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