London – A World-Class City
Ranking as one of the World’s top global cities, England’s capital London, is an intriguing destination for everyone. Approximately 15 million tourists visit London each year for the history, the arts, entertainment and fashion. No matter the reason for your visit, London has something to offer everyone.
Some of the most popular attractions in the city are the historic buildings and the Tower of London remains one of the most popular attractions in London. The Tower was founded by King William the Conqueror in 11th Century and since has served as a royal palace and fortress, prison and place of execution, an arsenal, royal mint, menagerie and jewel house. Adjacent to it, you will see the Tower Bridge, which goes over the River Thames. This is one of the best known and most iconic bridges in London where you can enjoy amazing views of London from the high-level walkways.
St Paul’s Cathedral is another popular tourist attraction in London and it’s one of the most beautiful too. The Cathedral is home to the tombs of great historical figures. Millions visit this church to worship. Another great church, Westminster Abbey has been the traditional place of coronation and burial site for England’s kings and queens since 1066. It contains a thousand years of English history including 3,000 tombs, the remains of 29 kings and queens, and hundreds of memorials. Experience a service or visit for the organ recital on most Sunday evenings. It is still used today for regular worship and for the celebration of great events in the country.
The Houses of Parliament is also known as the Palace of Westminster, a royal palace and former residence of kings. The House of Lords and the House of Commons conduct their sittings here. The beautiful, iconic building is a fine example of neo-Gothic architecture covering eight acres of ground and has a perimeter of over three kilometers. The Palace is also captivating at night. The Clock Tower of the Palace of Westminster, best known as “Big Ben”, is yet another one of London’s most famous landmarks. “Big Ben” is actually the principal bell within the tower.
Whether you ride or not, the London Eye is not to be missed. The giant Ferris wheel by Thames river, towers above London opposite Big Ben. You can see up to 25 miles in each direction with soaring views over some of the London’s most famous sights.
And of course one should visit the Buckingham Palace, which has served as the official London residence of Britain’s sovereigns since 1837. Today it is The Queen’s official residence. The grand State Rooms at Buckingham Palace are open to the public annually in August and September. You can also watch for the changing of the Guards ceremony and witness the symbolic handing-over of the Palace keys. Across from this palace stands The Queen Victoria Memorial statue carved from a two-thousand pound block of solid marble, with figures representing Truth, Peace, Constancy and Motherhood.
For shopping visitors can go along Oxford High Street and in Knightsbridge. You can find yourself at Harrods, one of the world’s most famous stores. You can also check out the city’s many open-air markets, such as Portobello Road Market, Camden Market, and Old Spitalfields Market. Another site to see can be Piccadilly Circus for its flashing lights.
There is so much to take in from all around this great city, and the above only lists a few. It is an exciting, noisy, vibrant and truly multicultural destination. It is the place to find the attractions that fit any particular interest one may have, making this city one of the “coolest” in the world.