There’s no denying that London is a wonderful holiday destination. And that’s not only because of its classic attractions such as the Hyde Park or the Buckingham Palace. London is always changing, and every year, it offers a host of brand-new museums and attractions keep bringing in more visitors to this vibrant city. If you’re planning a trip to London, here is a guide to all the new attractions in the city that have become the must-see for 2019.
Slide the Orbit
This structure by Anish Kapoor has made many appearances during the London 2012 Olympic Games. Serving as the centerpiece for the Queen Elizabeth Park, the Orbit used to be merely decorative. However, since the park is quite away from London, the city decided to turn it into something new. Today, the Orbit is a must-see for those who want to experience the world’s longest slide. The slide was recently added to the structure, and visitors can easily enter the tower to have some fun. The tickets are £15 for adults £10 for children. By booking online, you get a small discount. However, since the Orbit is a new attraction, it’s also smart to book tickets in advance. The Orbit is open every day from 10 AM until 6 PM. Have fun sliding!
Get a view from The Shard
Standing proudly over the Southbank in London, the Shard is Western Europe’s tallest building. The glass tower is open to the public in many ways. First, it houses a luxurious hotel and a few restaurants and bars that offer outstanding views on London. However, if you only want to see London from above without splurging on an expensive meal, you can still do that. You can now get to the top of the building in a fast elevator and see spectacular panoramic views on London. The attraction is quite pricey: when booking online, prices start at £25 for adults at a standard rate. Families can enter it at £22 per person. If you buy a ticket at the door, expect to pay more. Since the attraction is very popular, booking in advance is always a good idea. The shard is open from 10 AM until 10 PM and the night views are to die for.
Jack the Ripper Museum
Jack the Ripper is the most famous British serial killer who has always attracted visitors in London to explore the gruesome story on their own. Opening a museum dedicated to this mysterious killer was only a matter of time. The museum is just fantastic and works like a time capsule, taking visitors back to London of 1888, easily the most stunning city in the world. Visit the museum to discover everything there is to know about the lives of victims, murder suspects in the investigation, and the lifestyle of Victorian Londoners. Also, you can take a walking tour in the local area organized by the museum. The museum is open every day from 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM. Admission at the door is £12 for adults and £10 pounds for children if you book online in advance.
The Sky Garden
Have you seen the new tower at 20 Fenchurch known as the Walkie Talkie? It now includes a public Sky Garden built into the top of the tower. Naturally, public gardens offer fantastic views of the city of London. You will also find two restaurants and two bars located in the Sky Garden. The attraction has been extremely popular since the opening so it might be difficult to get in. If you want to visit the Sky Garden, you simply must book tickets in advance. Tickets are released up to three weeks in advance, so make sure to grab them. The tickets are free, but you need to show them at the entry. Unfortunately, visitors can’t just turn up and visit the Sky Garden spontaneously. Note that the opening times of the Sky Garden differ depending on the season.
The Victor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine art, and Natural history
This fascinating museum is Britain’s only museum of curiosities. It’s not easy to describe what this museum is actually about, but you can be sure that it displays some very strange items. You will find things like art from Guinea, trophy skulls, two-headed kitten, and occult art. It’s a brilliant attraction for those interested in London squares inside. The museum is open only from Wednesday to Sunday, from 12 PM until 10:30 PM. The ticket costs £5 pounds, including a guidebook and a cup of tea at the local cafe.
London is full of attractions that cater to all tastes and preferences. This list by no means exhausts everything that London has to offer this year. But these attractions are simply must-sees in London for 2019. So if you’re visiting the city this year, don’t miss out on them – and make sure to send everyone postcards that showcase your experience in this amazing city.