Want to experience London as a local? We've found one of the most interesting ways to explore a city is to ask the people that live there what to see and London is no different. London is a very busy and truly global city so there really is something for any taste here, the problem is sometimes fitting in everything you'd like to do during your visit.
To make your trip to London a great one, we've asked our team of Londoners to tell us their favourite places to visit and activities to take part in.
Top Hidden London Attractions
Here's a few popular places to visit according to the RentalCarLondon.co.uk team:
If you do decide to rent a car whilst in London, driving over Tower Bridge is a must. The tower looks like an 18th century structure but that's not quite the case. The bridge has become a symbol of London and is especially well known for the two raisable arms which allow boats to pass through. The current hydraulic system responsible for raising the bridge is actually very modern despite the look of the bridge. The arms were lifted around 5 times a day about 10 years ago but now this doesn't happen quite as often. If you are lucky enough to see the bridge being raised you'll be amazed by the spectacle, just make sure you don't get caught in the middle.
In the centre of London you'll find one of the most famed squares in Europe. Trafalgar Square is sited on an area of more than 90,000 square feet (15,000 square metres). Here you'll find a number of statues and monuments such as Sir Henry Havelock's statue or Nelson's Column. A few times each year special events take place in the square and every winter a large Christmas tree is located here. If you're visiting during the summer this is the perfect place to cool down because of the fountain in the centre of the square. Trafalgar Square is a public space so you can visit it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The London Eye sounds like a good name for a tall structure; and it is. The London Eye is also known as the Millennium Wheel and it's the tallest Ferris Wheel in Europe. It really is the perfect place to get a spectacular view over the city, but not everybody is brave enough to get into one of the glass capsules and they have a good reason: the wheel measures no less than 443 feet (135 metres) in height and 394 feet (120 metres) in diameter. This popular attraction was completed in 2000 after 2 years of construction, just in time for the millenium. The total cost of the wheel reached £70 million but the ticket price for one round is only around £10 for an adult; good value for a great view of London.
Perhaps one of the best ways of relaxing after a long day is by visiting Regent's Park. Filled with lush greenery, this park is one of the cleanest parks not just in London but the entire United Kingdom. Besides walking or sitting you could try playing tennis or cricket on one of the facilities that are available to the public within the park. For the kids there's a specially designed playground. A boating lake is also located in the park for you to admire, and if you're lucky you might get to see a swan or two. Entrance to the park is totally free, but if you want to play tennis or cricket you might have to pay.
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum
Those of you who are passionate about tennis might already know about this museum. But for the rest of you, Wimbledon is one of the four major tennis tournaments which takes place every year and has been held in the famed grounds of SW19 since 1877. In the museum you can admire an impressive collection of tennis exhibits, including Bjorn Borg's striped shirt, racquets and tennis trophies. Besides the museum you might also get the chance to visit the Centre Court which has a capacity of 15,000 seats. If you're a tennis fan everything in this impressive facility will put a smile on your face.