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Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, London, England

The city of London is the capital of England and the United Kingdom. The UK full and official name is "The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland".

A Capital Experience!
A vibrant combination of heritage and culture, London is one of the most exciting cities in the world. Whether you are visiting for sightseeing, shopping or to catch a West End show, you are sure of an unforgettably magical experience.

 

This major international tourist destination has a rich history that goes back to its founding by the Romans, with numerous royal palaces, cathedrals, museums, galleries, river attractions, parks, gardens and waxworks!

 

Tower Bridge suspension bridge in London, England, over the River Thames

There is much to discover in London, from attractions and culture to world-class arts and shopping. Europe’s busiest shopping area is Oxford Street. Benefit from over a hundred free attractions, including the British Museum, the Tate Modern Museum art Gallery, and the V&A Museum.

London’s history, culture and sights of interest are within comfortable walking distance of each other, so the best way to experience London is on foot, using public transport for longer distances.

London has a great public transport including the London Tube, trains, cycling, airport transfers and buses. There are Open Top Bus tours on the original red bus to watch its landmark locations. The red double-decker bus is London’s symbol & trademark together with the black cabs and the Tube.




ATTRACTIONS AND SIGHTSEEING

 

At the district of Westminster you will see: the Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament, Whitehall, St James Park, Buckingham Palace, Changing of the Guard, Westminster Abbey.

Westminster Abbey and Houses of Parliament

Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament, London
The Abbey is a world-famous working church that enshrines the history of the British nation. Designed in the shape of a cross, it is the tallest Gothic building in the British Isles. Westminster Abbey was founded in the 10th century and almost all the monarchs of this country have been crowned here. The Abbey is home to tombs and memorials to kings and queens, statesmen and soldiers, poets and priests, actors and musicians being Shakespeare, Churchill, Darwin and Newton a few to mention.

 

The Houses of Parliament and the Big Ben, a Great Bell inside the Palace’s Clock Tower, are London’s main attractions. This Gothic style building by the Thames river, also known as the Palace of Westminster, is the seat of Britain’s two parliamentary houses, the House of Lords and the House of Commons.

 

 

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge across the River Thames in the heart of London, England, UK
The world’s most famous bridge and attraction has spanned the Thames since 1894. There are scenic high-level walkways offering stunning panoramic views of London.

 

Tower Bridge view from the thames river boat trip

Discover London in the 1890’s, why the bridge was built and how it works inside the towers from the engine rooms. And find out when the bridge will open so that you can see it open on your visit!

 


Tower of London

Tower of London Historic Royal Palace on the bank of the River Thames

Her Majesty’s Palace and Fortress on the Thames river has dominated the capital for over 900 years witnessing many of the great events in British history. This famous palace and royal residence has been used as a prison, place of execution, armoury, mint, jewel house, menagerie, and observatory.

This historic visitor attraction is home to great treasures, myths and legends including:
Yeoman Warders (known as ’Beefeaters’) guardians of the fortress for centuries, will guide you to the Execution Site where famous prisoners, including two of Henry VIII’s wives, were beheaded.
Crown Jewels
Crowns and Diamonds Exhibition
White Tower: home to the Royal Armouries, the national museum of arms and armour and the museum of The Tower
Tower Menagerie: a Royal Armouries exhibition
Medieval Palace: with 13th century costumed guides scenes of the courtly life, and a Wall Walk with fine views of the Tower Bridge and the River Thames.

Make sure you also see: Traitor’s Gate, Tower Green, Medieval Palace, Tower Ravens, Prisoner’s Wall Carvings in the Beauchamp Tower, Henry VIII’s armour, Chapel Royal of St. John and St. Peter.



Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace London residence of Her Majesty The Queen, and the administrative headquarters of the Royal Household
The Buckingham Palace is the official residence of Her Majesty The Queen and the administrative headquarters of the Monarchy. It is the largest private house in London with more than 660 rooms.

 

Gate and Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, London, England, Uk

The Changing of the Guard is a ceremony worth seeing.



London Eye
The Merlin Entertainments London Eye is the world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel. It offers spectacular views of London and its famous landmarks.

Trafalgar Square
It is the largest square in London and one of the most famous squares in the world. This central meeting place is widely used for many events and activities. Nelson’s Column is at the centre of the square guarded by four lion statues.

Piccadilly Circus
The Circus is an active round open space in the heart of London, located at 5 famous streets junctions. This plaza is a major tourist attraction famous for its giant neon signs, the Shaftesbury fountain, shopping and entertainment areas, nightclubs, pubs, and bars.


National Gallery
Located in Trafalgar Square, it houses one of the greatest Western European art collections in the world. It exhibits works by many famous artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Van Gogh, Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, Michelangelo, Botticelli, Seurat, Velázquez, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Turner, to name a few. Admission free.

 


British Museum

British Museum - Ancient Egypt collection. London view from St Paul’s Cathedral dome observation
It is one of the most important antiques museums in the world with an exhibition of objects representing global history, from ancient times to the present day. Collections from Egypt, Greece, Rome, Africa, the Americas, Roman Britain, Medieval times, Renaissance, Modern, Oriental, and objects from all over the world. Admission free.

 


St Paul’s Cathedral

Built in the late 17th century by Sir Christopher Wren, it is the Cathedral of the Diocese of London and has been a place of pilgrimage for nearly 1,400 years. The Dome has the largest bell in England and rises up to 365 feet offering panoramic views of London. The dome has three circular galleries and it is possible to reach to the top of the tower to appreciate marvelous views from the galleries across London. The Whispering Gallery is a circular area where whispers can be heard in any other part of the gallery.

The crypt is the largest in Europe with monuments and memorials to many famous people: the tombs of Wellington, Nelson, Fleming and Christopher Wren. Many important events have taken place here such as the wedding of the Prince Charles and Princess of Wales Lady Diana Spencer, and the funeral of Sir Winston Churchill.



Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds wax museum tourist attraction for celebrities London, England

From Shakespeare to Brad Pit, you will meet over 400 famous life-like figures at the world’s famous wax museum. The ’Spirit of London’ ride takes you through 4 centuries of London life, and the London Planetarium leads you to experience an inter-galactic trek across the universe.



Royal Observatory Greenwich

The Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London, England, Uk

The Greenwich Meridian Line, Longitude Zero, divides the Earth into the Eastern and Western Hemispheres. The famous Old Royal Observatory is where the time from all over the world is measured.



Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Castle and Gardens, Herefordshire
This impressive palace, set in magnificent gardens by the River Thames, was one of Henry VIII’s favourite palaces.

Hampton Court Castle Gardens attraction, London

There are courtyards, grand staircases, Henry’s Great Hall with ornate wooden ceiling and musician’s gallery, State Apartments, portraits, towering tapestries, painted ceilings and intricate wood carving.

 

Hampton Court Palace and Gardens, London, England

Explore the Palace Gardens with the world famous maze, The Georgian Rooms, The King’s Apartments, Henry VIII’s State Apartments, The Tudor Kitchens and The Courtyards and Cloisters.

 

The palace is divided into six routes:
Henry VIII’s State Apartments: all his private rooms were demolished but only two public rooms still survive - the Great Hall and the Chapel Royal.
The Tudor Kitchens: holds the most extensive surviving 16-century kitchens in Europe.
The Wolsey Room & Renaissance Picture Gallery: houses one of the greatest collections of Renaissance paintings in England.
The King’s Apartments
The Queen’s State Apartments
The Georgian Rooms
Courtyards & Cloisters: with curiosities such as Henry VIII’s Astronomical Clock and Cardinal Wolsey’s coat of arms in Clock Court.
The Palace Gardens: 60 acres of gardens including the Maze, the Great Vine and the Privy Garden.

 

 

Nelson’s Column
Nelson’s granite Column commemorates the Admiral who defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 and paid with his life.

Monument to the Great Fire of London
Referred simply as ’The Monument’, it commemorates the Great Fire of London in 1666 being the world’s tallest isolated stone Roman Doric column.

 

London Zoo
Set at Regent’s Park, the London Zoo features a wide variety of animals, stunning gardens, impressing architecture, fine art, and more!

 

Museums and Art Galleries
The Victoria and Albert Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, the Tate Gallery of Modern Art, National Army Museum, National Portrait Gallery, the Museum of London.


Abbey Road Studios and Beatles Walks

Visit the world famous Abbey Road Studios and crosswalk, the zebra crossing prime Beatles landmark, located near the EMI studios.

 

The "Apple" offices is where the Beatles played the famous "rooftop session".

 

Music
London is one of the music capitals of the world, from leading music corporations and bands to several orchestras and concert halls: the Barbican Arts Centre, Cadogan Hall and the Royal Albert Hall. London’s two main opera houses are the Royal Opera House and the Coliseum Theatre.

Theatres

There are many cinemas, bars, clubs and restaurants: the Chinatown district (in Soho); the Royal Opera House; the London Coliseum; Sadler’s Wells Theatre; the Royal Albert Hall; and the New London Theatre with Broadway’s most successful musical of Cats. Other Classic Musicals are: Les Misérables, Miss Saigon and the Phantom of the Opera.

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
The open-air theatre is a reconstruction of the original Globe playhouse built in 1599. It was rebuilt to supply performances and to educate about William Shakespeare and his plays. Every season the theater includes a variety of Shakespeare’s plays under a thatched roof house with natural light, with performances and actors dressed in recreated clothing of the period. Come prepared for the weather for there is no heating or airconditioning, and if it rains, you will probably get wet. But, the show will go on! 

 

Thames River Cruises
It is a great alternative to see London scenic attractions from the water.

 

Celebrity Tours
Visit famous film and music landmarks like Notting Hill, Harry Potter, James Bond and The Beatles, as well as the celebrity homes.

 

Sporting Attractions
Chelsea Football Club, Emirates Stadium, Wembley Stadium, Wimbledon, and Twickenham Stadium.

 

Attractions outside London
Hampton Court, Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Stratford-upon-Avon, Bath, Cambridge, Salisbury, Canterbury, Oxford, York, Durham, Chester, Cheltenham.

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