Heathrow airport has long been a hub of international activity. Most major airlines have flights going through Heathrow, both for its central location across all hemispheres of the world, and for its top-of-the-line infrastructure. If you’re soon going to find yourself with a layover in London of eight hours (or are browsing through this as you sit at the airport), you have options galore to choose from. Here are five places to see in London during your layover.

  1. Buckingham Palace

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The residence and administrative headquarters of Britain’s Royal Family, Buckingham Palace offers a wealth of culture and history. If you check the schedule and make it in time to see the Changing of Guards, it’s guaranteed to be an experience you won’t forget. Since 1761, when King George the third first brought his family to the Buckingham, it has undergone many architectural changes. Stately and grand, the palace is the center of most celebrations and festivities. If your timing is right, you may be able to see a concert in the garden, or catch a glimpse of the royal family at the balcony.

  1. Madame Tussauds

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A visit to this iconic wax museum, a delight to both art lovers and popular culture aficionados, is among the most popular things to do in London. Madame Tussauds has the wax figures of actors, sportspersons, and celebrities from around the world. The one in London has life-size renditions of popular fictional characters like the Incredible Hulk, the Terminator, and Katniss Everdeen along with real-life personalities like Elizabeth the second, Donald Trump, and Stephen Hawking. The figures are masterpieces, and it’s often difficult to tell whether they are real or not.

  1. Trafalgar Square

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A popular art museum in Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery is by far the most popular art gallery in London, and you can see art dating back to the 13th century here. There is a café in Trafalgar square where you can stop and try some tea like the English do. There are exquisite statues and fountains, like Nelson’s column, the Imperial Measures and the fourth plinth. A mélange of ancient and contemporary cultural spaces, Trafalgar Square is one place worth every moment of your time.

  1. London Eye

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The aerial view of the London eye presents the most evocative image of London. It offers a sweeping, panoramic view of most of the city, and is the most popular paid tourist attraction in the United Kingdom. The 443-feet tall observation wheel is a true London experience that can’t be replicated, and will definitely make your layover worth it.

  1. Harrods

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A five-acre site, Harrods covers 1.1 million square feet of retail space. It’s a one of a kind institution, as much a part of the living and breathing fabric of London as any monument. Established in 1824, it has a unique history of its own. From high-end pet accessories to designer furniture, and luxury clothing, Harrods has it all. If you have a generous budget, a shopping trip to Harrods is a great way to end your layover in London. Even if you’re not looking to splurge, Harrods offers a completely unique experience, and its 33 departments will always find something to hold your attention.

Apart from all these, you may visit Windsor castle, enjoy a meal at one of the many world-class restaurants, or take a picture pretending to hold the Big Ben. Now that you’ve figured out what to do in London during your layover, just make sure to make the most of your time here and turn the few hours you have into a memorable experience you’ll long cherish.

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