When planning a trip to London as a tourist, there are such aitude of interesting places to visit that something can always be found to stir the imagination of the most unenthusiastic visitor. There are the obvious sites such as Big Ben, St Paul's Cathedral, Buckingham Palace and the London Eye, all of which are well worth a visit. London can also proudly boast of its four World Heritage sites which are the Tower of London (unsurprisingly located next to Tower Bridge), Greenwich (from whence comes Greenwich Mean Time), the Royal Botanical Kew Gardens in Richmond and the Westminster site which includes the Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey and St Margaret's Church.
The weather in London is not always pleasant for outdoor activities, but there are a variety of museums, art galleries, theaters and other warm and dry places to visit. One of the most famous museums is the British Museum in Bloomsbury which was founded in 1753 and displays numerous important artefacts such as the Rosetta stone and sculptures from the Parthenon. If your tastes incline more towards the arts, there are many beautiful classic paintings to be found in the National Gallery which looks out proudly over Nelson's Column and the lions of Trafalgar Square, or you can view the contemporary and often contentious modern works in the Tate Modern, which is located on the banks of the Thames in Southwark. The famous waxwork museum, Madame Tussaud's, not only provides excellent shelter from the elements, but also contains such a wide spectrum of waxwork subjects that wherever your tastes run to movie stars, sports personalities or even historical figures, you are sure to find something of interest. London even boasts the world's one and only Fan Museum with an astonishing collection of over 4000 fans.
At the theaters in the West End there will always be a show that appeals. Agatha Christie's famous play, The Mousetrap, is still running at St Martin's Theater since it opened there in 1974. The play first opened on stage in the West End in 1952 and has been running continuously ever since, which makes it the world's longest running play . In addition to being a popular play, it has now become a London tourist attraction in its own right. Other prominent plays and musicals include The Lion King, The Phantom of the Opera and Calendar Girls, and there is always a wide range of ballets and concerts, both classical and modern, on offer at various locations in London.
London does not cater only for the energetic and enthusiast tourist. There are many relaxing activities available, such as a quiet stroll through Hyde Park, doing nothing more strenuous than carelessly tossing bits of bread to the ducks as they paddle along the Serpentine. You can also wander along the historic streets, looking at shops or, alternatively, you can wander through the shops, looking out at the historic streets. If your tastes run to shopping you can visit the upmarket stores in Oxford or Bond Street, or saunter among the stalls and street performers in Covent Garden.