London, the UK’s capital city and second largest city, is an incredible 21st century city with many historical buildings dating back to ancient times. At its center stands the imposing Houses of parliament, the world famous Big Ben, and London’s famous Westminster Abbey. Also at its heart are the historic sights and landmarks of London’s Thames River and, across the river, the London Eye observatory wheel offers breathtaking views of the Southbank area. The city has so much to offer and visitors are encouraged to explore all of its many attractions.
From Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon to the Tower of London, a former prison camp, visitors can view the rich history of London at the Tower. On an excursion to London for a week, or even a few days, tourists will find plenty of activities to keep them occupied and entertained while they discover the city’s rich history. From a stroll along the River Thames to a visit to one of the many pubs, restaurants, markets and museums, visitors are sure to find an experience that will stay with them for a long time.
Of course, one of the most famous sights in London is the Big Ben, which stands tall above the cobbled streets of central London. The clock tower was built in 1833 and is topped by the world’s tallest bell. In fact, it is said that a voice from heaven once told Sir Winston Churchill about the tower when he was still a young man, saying that it would be an interesting landmark to mark his return from his travels. When the time came to choose a new bell, he chose one that he thought was different from the other bells in the tower, so that it would not ring in time when it was struck.
One of the most important landmarks of London is the British Museum. In fact, it is the home of one of the oldest museums in the world, and is home to some of the world’s finest collections of history. There are some spectacular items in the museum that can’t be found anywhere else in the world such as an authentic English tea set and a very old Egyptian sarcophagus.
Another major attraction in London is the Tate Modern, an art museum. The museum has one of the largest collections of modern art in Europe and has many modern art masterpieces that are displayed on its walls. These pieces can be seen in the gallery, inside the building or even in the Tate galleries located throughout the world.
The Victoria and Albert Museum, which are also located in the heart of central London is one of the world’s best art museums and is the only one in the world that houses a huge collection of British art. It houses a large collection of paintings that were used by the royals and other notable personalities.
As if there was not enough to see in London for visitors, it doesn’t stop there! London has many parks and gardens that visitors can explore. From Hyde Park to Piccadilly Circus, Kensington Palace, and Hyde Park Corner, to Regent’s Park, London has it all!
No matter what part of London you want to visit, from the heart of the city to the centre, or from the heart out of town, there is plenty to see and do. Whether you want to have a day out or a long trip in London, you can find something to interest you. All you need is a good map and a little bit of imagination.