Things to do in London

Trafalgar Sq

Tower of London is one of London’s many great places to visit. It has been the setting for many great events during its 900-year history as a royal palace and fortress, prison and place of execution, arsenal, mint, menagerie and jewel house.

London Eye – breathtaking views are available to visitors of London. More than a Ferris wheel ride — London Eye’s rotating attraction offers 32 enclosed capsules for full, 360-degree views of historic London.

Westminster Abbey – the architectural masterpiece of the 13th to 16th centuries, the Abbey has been both the coronation and burial site of English monarchs since William the Conqueror.

British Museum founded in 1753, this museum houses the world’s greatest collection of world antiquities from ancient Greece, Rome and Asia, plus items from prehistoric Britain.

Victoria and Albert Museum possibly the largest museum of applied art in the world, the Victoria and Albert displays extraordinary collections from around the world from Venetian glass and Chinese art, to high-button shoes and tapestry cartoons by Raphael.

Cabinet War Rooms The underground headquarters of the British High Command served as the nerve center of Britain’s war effort during World War II.

National Gallery houses one of the greatest collections of European painting in the world. These pictures belong to the public and entrance to see them is free. The National Gallery’s permanent collection spans the period from about 1250 to 1900 and consists of Western European paintings.

Harrods Department Store and Food Court is located right outside the Knightsbridge tube stop, Harrods has long been a bastion of style and taste in London.

Imperial War Museum vast collection of weapons, vehicles, models, photos and film are reminders of Britain’s involvement and sacrifices during the wars of the 20th century.

St. Paul’s Cathedral built by Christopher Wren after the great Fire of 1666, St. Paul’s has been the site of many historic state occasions, including Winston Churchill’s funeral and the marriage of the Prince and Princess of Wales.

Buckingham Palace by vast parklands and gardens, this grand palace has been the Royal London residence since Queen Victoria’s time, and contains priceless works of art, fine furniture and decorations that form part of the Royal Collection.

Trafalgar Square’s 145-foot-high monument, bearing a statue of Lord Horatio Nelson guarded by lions, marks the spot considered the center of London.

Natural History Museum center of scientific excellence in the discovery of taxonomy and biodiversity, this world-famous museum promotes the discovery and enjoyment of the natural world through such exciting exhibits as the Life and Earth Galleries, wildlife garden and geological collections.

Hyde Park once the hunting ground for Henry VIII, this large royal park is best known for its famous Speakers’ Corner, where people speak their minds; Rotton Row, a famous horse-riding area; and Serpentine Lake, home to waterfowl and oarsmen.

Notting Hill is a fashionable neighborhood in London with a distinctive, small-village feel, made famous by a movie of the same name.

Royal Observatory Greenwich – The prime meridian, zero degrees longitude, runs through the courtyard of the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England, which was founded in 1675 by King Charles II.

Covent Garden – Filled with restaurants, bars, markets and boutiques, London’s premier tourist center offers fabulous shopping by day, and the destination of theatergoers and patrons of the Royal Opera House by night.

Kensington Palace once the favored home of kings and queens, this royal residence, redesigned by Christopher Wren for William and Mary in 1689, was home to Princess Diana, and today features the Court Dress collection.

Tower Bridge spans the Thames River, providing sweeping views of the city from a glassenclosed walkway, with museums in each tower house that chronicle the bridge’s dramatic history.

St. James’s Park This 90-acre park, the oldest Royal Park in London, features a large lake that is a wildlife sanctuary for ducks, geese, swans and even pelicans.

Piccadilly Circus – Located at the junction of five busy streets, this famous London landmark blazes with neon displays, which serve as a colorful backdrop to a bronze fountain topped by a figure of a winged archer.

Museum of London – traces the city’s 2,000-year history through displays of Roman remains, Anglo-Saxon objects, furniture from the Tudor and Stuart periods, and an audio-visual presentation of the Great Fire of 1666.

Houses of Parliament – The symbol of England’s strong democracy, this famous Gothic building houses the House of Lords and the House of Commons.

Soho – Popular with foreign residents, this lively London neighborhood is filled with cafes, theaters, nightlife, restaurants and shops lining its tiny streets.

Downing Street – Residence of the British Prime Minister.

Leicester Square – Located right in the heart of London’s West End, this busy square is within easy walking distance to many of London’s top theaters, the cafe society and nightlife delights of Soho.

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