From movies like ‘Namaste London’ and ‘Queen’ to ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’, London has been a fav with Indian directors and there are undoubtedly a number of reasons for the same. So, you are familiar with London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben (the three biggies) and may be one or two other places, but what beyond that? As an Indian tourist, there are so many other places that might interest you in this beautiful and vibrant British Town.
The hop-on hop-off buses and underground tubes make travelling across London so much convenient and affordable. Apart from the 3 biggies there are 9 other places that are of special significance to Indian tourists and when in London, you must seriously not miss to explore them:
Lying on the north bank of the river Thames in central London, the Tower of London is her majesty’s royal palace and fortress. From being a royal residence to a prison for the most notorious criminals, this castle has seen it all.
But you would be more interested in visiting the Crown Jewels. Remember, the Kohinoor diamond that was taken from India by the East India Company, it is still there and looks astonishing.
You must also not miss to take a cruise ride on the river Thames from the Tower of London to the London Eye.
Visiting a mesmerising temple like Iskcon can be really a wonderful experience in a foreign country. You will find a number of devotees performing bhakti yoga at this Hare Krishna temple.
St. Paul’s Cathedral, an Anglican cathedral is one of the most recognisable sights of London (in fact you can locate it from the window of your aircraft).
Being 365 feet (111m) tall, this structure was the tallest building in London till the year 1962. This church is worth a visit and you can even offer prayers here.
Harrods, the largest upmarket department store across Europe will change your definition of opulence. To reach Harrods by tube, you can get down at Knightsbridge station on the Piccadilly line and use the Brompton Road exit.
This 5-acre (20,000 m2) site with seven floors of exquisite collection houses has over 330 premium departments. You must seriously not miss visiting this grandeur place.
The ambience at Akshardham, popularly known as the ‘Neasden Temple’, is so soothing that you will never want to leave this place. Located in the north-west London this grand Hindu temple is a masterpiece of exquisite craftsmanship and is a must visit for all Indian tourists.
You would be surprised to know that the finest of Italian Carra and Indian Ambaji marble along with Bulgarian limestones were carved in India and then assembled in London.
Being a home to 80 million life and earth science specimens from five different categories: zoology, botany, entomology, mineralogy and palaeontology; this place will leave you surprised. Here, you can expect to encounter dinosaurs! A 5 minute walk from South Kensington Tube station is all it takes to reach one of the most prestigious museums across Europe.
I am sure that you must have read detective novels and wonder how Sherlock Holmes (fictional character) could find everything that’s beautifully wrapped under lies. Situated in the Baker Street, The Sherlock Holmes Museum is a privately run museum in the heart of the City of Westminster.
I am sure you would not miss the bird’s eye view from the capsules at London Eye. But London Eye is not the only amazing place to visit on the Westminster Bridge Rd; Sea Life London Aquarium, the largest aquarium of London is worth a visit and your kids will simply love the experience.
Quiet often we hear about wax statues of our Bollywood stars being created at Madame Tussauds, so would you not like to see it with your own eyes. You must visit this place and see how close the artists could get to our dazzling Indian divas.
So, if you are heading to London, do not miss-out these 9 places.
Note: Last year when I visited London in the first week of January it was so cold that we could hardly feel our fingers. So, if you too are planning a trip to London during winters, do keep not forget to carry warm clothes.