Built between 1675 and 1710, St. Paul's Cathedral is must on any visit to London. First up: Climb the iconic dome. First you'll get to the Whispering Gallery, named for its unique acoustics (a whisper on one side can be heard 100 feet away!). Keep climbing and you'll find the Golden Gallery (only 271 more steps), where your climb will be rewarded with fantastic panoramic views of London.
From ceramics and jewelry to metalwork, paintings and sculpture, the V&A is home to artifacts from around the world. If you're not sure where to start, do what we did and join a daily free introductory tour to get a better idea of what's available and where you want to spend your time among the extensive displays.
One of our favorite places to fit in a jog in London, Regent's Park, (a whopping 410 acres), was designed in 1811 and features stunning rose gardens. The park is also the largest outdoor sports area in London with spots for football, softball, rugby and cricket. The diverse outdoor space is also home to the London Zoo, the Open Air Theatre (see performances until early September), bandstands and a boating lake. Bonus: The view from the top of Primrose Hill is one of the best in the city and not to be missed. Bring your camera.
No visit to London is complete without saying hello to Big Ben, one of the city's most well-known and recognizable attractions. Big Ben actually refers to the giant bell inside the clock tower, which weighs more than 13 tons. Other fun facts to note: the tower comes in at 315 feet tall, the minute hands are nearly 14 feet long and the numbers measure approximately 24 inches in length. Photo op: The clock tower looks especially photo-worthy at night when the four clock faces are illuminated.
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