London is one of the most exciting, vibrant cities in Europe and is amongst the most visited cities in the world. It's not hard to imagine why with everything that London has to offer: from historic landmarks to world-leading music venues, towers made from glass, and a lasting legacy in Stratford thanks to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Below is our pick of the finest sights, locations and attractions in London.
Marlin Apartments near The London Eye: Empire Square (3 minutes via Jubilee Line from London Bridge to Waterloo)
The London Eye is arguably London’s most iconic, instantly recognisable structure, and one of the most visited tourist attractions in the world with over 3.5 million visitors each year. Peaking at 135 metres above ground in Central London, it currently provides London’s highest public viewing point, providing breathtaking views of the city for miles around. Each passenger capsule has its walls lined with glass panels to maximise your viewing pleasure and provide a full 360 degree experience. You can also have a luxury champagne experience or even hire an entire capsule for a special occasion.
Marlin Apartments near The Shard: Empire Square (4 minutes walk)
The Shard is the tallest building in London and the EU, standing at greater than 1,000 feet tall. It is clad entirely in glass and consists of 95 storeys, including a viewing gallery and observatory between the 68th and 72nd floors. Located in Central London by London Bridge, you can see for miles around, taking in the astounding views from the top of London.
Marlin Apartments near St. Paul's Cathedral: Queen Street (5 minute walk)
St Paul’s Cathedral is one of the grandest, instantly recognisable structures in London. Located in the heart of the City and also at the highest point of the City, Ludgate Hill, it attracts over 1.5 million visitors each year due to its incredible history and grandeur as an astonishing piece of architecture. Step into the cathedral and relive history with the touchscreen multimedia guides, available in 12 languages. As well as being a tourist attraction, it is an active place of worship where the Bishop of London holds his seat. The cathedral holds hourly prayer ceremonies and all are welcomed by the cathedral to participate.
The West End is one of the most affluent areas of London, encompassing the global phenomenon that is West End Theatre, as well as worldwide icons such as Oxford Street and Harrods. Situated in Central London, the area is very well connected via public transport and is directly accessible from all Marlin Apartments.
Increasing in popularity in the past decade, the West End has seen more than 14 million people in attendance of the UK’s most incredible shows. Currently showing is: Les Misérables, Billy Elliott, Wicked, Matilda, and many more.
London is also world-renowned for its high street fashion and where better to immerse yourself in great British fashion than Europe’s busiest shopping street – Oxford Street. With over 300 shops including the behemoth department store giant Selfridges, there is sure to be something for everyone.
The O2 Arena is a dynamic indoor venue in North Greenwich with a capacity of up to 20,000. It is officially the world’s busiest music arena, attracting the biggest names in music from The Rolling Stones and Guns N’ Roses, to Lady Gaga and the Spice Girls. But it isn’t just a music venue; some of the world’s most exciting sports competitions are also held there such as the ATP World Tour Finals, WWE events and sell-out NBA exhibition matches. What’s more, the arena is a great entertainment complex complete with an 11 screen cinema, a multitude of stylish bars and restaurants, and various world-class exhibitions.
Madame Tussauds is a major London tourist attraction famous for producing and hosting an extensive range of waxwork figures of celebrities and famous faces. Bringing famous (and infamous) faces to life with their amazingly life-like figures, Madame Tussauds is an incredible experience for all the family. Recent additions to Madame Tussauds London include London 2012 Olympians such as Usain Bolt and Jessica Ennis, hugely popular film characters Captain America and Captain Jack Sparrow, and the nation’s beloved royal couple Prince William and Kate Middleton.