Monday, June 18, 2012

Places to go in London

This amazing city has so much to offer, so many beautiful places to go. I will give you the most important ones, the ones I went to and recommend. It is incredible to know that about 13.8 million tourist visit London every year. It is important to have the phone # of emergency: 999

Do you like to go to plays and musicals?

London has a booming theater enterprise, which is divided into 3 distinct parts:
  • The West End, 
  • National Theater/Globe Theater
  • The Fringe
I love it, try to go every time I have a chance.

London is often described as more of a conglomerate of villages than a unified city. While this understates the pride Londoners take in their city as a whole, it is true that locals are strongly attached to their neighborhoods. Each area’s heritage and traditions are alive and evolving, from the City of London’s 2000-year-old association with trade to the West End’s ever-changing theater scene.

So here are the places I recommend:

1. The British Museum
It is the oldest and the most important museum in England. Imagine the collections of Kings and Queens during the Empire years. They are housed here. The public displays and the collections of the British Museum represent an important part of the cultural and material heritage of the world, containing exhibits from Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

2. Buckingham Palace
This is the official residence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The changing of the guards is one ritual that no tourist should miss when visiting London.On Royal birthday's, you will see the Mounted Calvary that Prince William is in, parading in formation and escorting the Royals.If you've seen the movie, "The Kings Speech", you have seen them address their subjects from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

  3. London Eye
The giant wheel was built on the bank of the Thames - in front of the Houses of the Parliament - and offers a wonderful perspective of the whole city. It give you an opportunity to look down on the Houses of Lords and House of Commons.

4. The Houses of Parliament (The Westminster Palace)
The world famous Big Ben is the major attraction of the building. The huge clock tower dominates the City and it strikes precisely every hour.

5. Westminster Abbey - Across the street from Westminster Palace you will find the The Coronation Cathedral, We3stminster Abbey.
Beginning with the 25 of December 1066 - whenWilliam the Conqueror was anointed king of England - all the kings and queens receive the divine blessing in this huge cathedral. Look for Poet's corner and Chaucer's grave. You will find many famous British subjects buried along side Chaucer.

6. The Tower of London
Before his being anointed king of England William ordered the Norman builders who were accompanying him to erect a tower. The White Tower gradually became, after repeatedly being extended, what is today known as the Tower of London - a series of fortifications that were used as royal residence, prisons or Royal Treasury. Today it is a famous museum which houses the Royal Jewels under the watchful eye of the ever present Beefeaters and Ravens. They are most pleased to guide all the tourists.

7. St. Paul's Cathedral
It is a Baroque master piece built under the supervision of Sir Christopher Wren. The Dome is one of the largest in the world. Christopher Wren himself was buried here. Other famous British subjects that rest under the roof of St. Paul's are Duke Wellington, Lord Nelson, John Donne or J.M.W. Turner.

8. Tower Bridge
Built in the neo-gothic style Tower Bridge was inaugurated in 1894. It is a wonder of technology and engineering. When finished the central platform was lifted by steam engines to allow traffic to pass. Now the half an hour guided tour offers the tourists another perspective of London and its achievements.

9. The National Gallery
Displays more than 2,300 paintings created between 1260-1900. The main entrance is in the Trafalgar Square but the Sainsbury wing is more appropriate for starting a tour of the exhibitions.

10. The Underground
Particularly interesting is the London Underground or the tube (initially the tunnels were perfectly round) as it is also called. It is not a real touristic attraction but I consider it worth "visiting" I mean using. It is the best means of transport in London - there are also the famous double-deckers or the black cabs - but dont go during rush hour, the tube is packed and it is no place for tourists.

So enjoy London, see the history and meet the people. They are remarkably resilient.

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