Time and time again, London has been ranked as the most popular city on the planet. Each year, millions of tourists – on average 16 million, travel to London, making our capital city the most visited place in the world. This is not only because of how much the city has to offer but also because it is a truly beautiful place. Perhaps even, the most beautiful city in the world?
That might be a bold statement to make, when you take into account that it’s going up against the likes of Paris, Barcelona, and Italy. However, London isn’t just the skyline that you see on the postcards; there’s a lot more to it than that. Hence why it could just be the most beautiful city in the world, or at least, one of them.
Below are some of the destinations, sights and attractions within the city of London that could make it the world’s most beautiful city. Have a read and see whether you agree.
Perhaps London’s most popular Park, Victoria Park is a hotspot for visitors from all over the world. Each year, the park gets around nine million visitors, due to the fact it’s London’s oldest public park. Stretching from Limehouse by the River Thames along Regent’s Canal and across Mile End Park, this is a truly beautiful place. Think water features, beautiful flower beds, ponds with bridges across them – Victoria Park could be right out of a fairytale. For Londoners without gardens, this is the place of choice for relaxing in the warmer summer weather, and it’s not hard to see why.
The River Thames
The longest river in England, the River Thames flows right through the heart of the city. Its murky waters may not seem all that appealing in the daylight. But come nightfall, when lit up with little boats and street lights, it’s a beautiful sight. Especially, when you can see the London skyline in the background. Because of how beautiful the River Thames looks at night, a lot of visitors opt to take a Thames river cruise. This allows them to see the city’s skyline in all of its glory while enjoying a relaxing dinner on the River Thames. Anyone who’s floated down the river at night can vouch for just how beautiful it can be.
Located to the North of Regent’s Park, Primrose Hill offers extraordinary views over the city. On clear days, you can see right across London from this magnificent viewpoint. Although partially obscured by treetops, the view of the city from Primrose Hill is one of the best on offer. It is truly beautiful.
With its brightly coloured houses, Portobello Road is one of London’s most famous sites. Partly because of how pretty it is, but also because of the market that’s held here. Famed for its combination of street food, antiques, furniture, and fashion, this is somewhere that you don’t want to miss. The great thing about Portobello Road is that not only is it beautiful when empty of market stalls, but also when filled with them. If you are a fan of the film Notting Hill, you’ll notice this area very well. I’ve actually found the blue door, home to Hugh Grant and also the little travel bookshop. Portobello Road is my favourite place in London, I’d love to live there one day but house prices are insane.
Famed for its winding canals and array of moored boats, Little Venice in London is a scenic part of the city. Just north of Paddington, Little Venice got its name due to its picturesque canals and array of narrowboats travelling down them. On summer’s days, this scenic area of the city is just as beautiful as Venice in Italy. You can opt to go for a boat ride, learn to drive a canal boat or even have afternoon tea on one. For Londoners and visitors alike, Little Venice is seen as being one of the city’s most beautiful places. It’s so far from the busy streets of central London, lined with building after building. It’s a truly unique location, due to how tranquil it is, compared to the majority of the city.
In terms of architectural beauty, London has a lot to offer. From Big Ben – one of the world’s most iconic clock towers, to Westminster Cathedral, London is home to some amazing architecture. One of the most beautiful of which is, of course, Buckingham Palace. The main home of The Royal Family, it’s no wonder that Buckingham Palace is so beautiful. It’s not just the design and architecture of the palace that makes it such a wonderful sight, but also it’s incredible gardens. Anyone who’s been lucky enough to attend one of the royal garden parties can vouch for just how impressive the gardens are. Of all the pieces of architecture in London, Buckingham Palace is one of the most beautiful.
One of London’s eight royal parks, Hyde Park is one of the city’s most popular green spaces. Stretching across 350 acres of land, Hyde Park is home to an array of famous landmarks. These include Serpentine Lake, one of London’s most stunning areas of open water. During the summer months, visitors to the park can hire a boat and spend an afternoon relaxing on the lake. The park is also home to an array of wildlife that brings the park to life during the warmer summer months.
I’m looking forward to visiting Hyde Park for their annual Winter Wonderland event. I believe it opens on the 18th November until the New Year with rides, ice skating, a beautiful Christmas market and so much more. I always try my best to make a trip to London before Christmas, not only to see the amazing lights but to go to Winter Wonderland. The ultimate destination to get you in the festive spirit.
London is a truly beautiful city. When you take into account the various areas of the city, along with their top sights and attractions, it’s easy to see its beauty. Maybe, I’m just a little biased as I certainly have a soft spot for London. Have you visited London or any of these places? Do you think London is one of the most beautiful places in London?