Millennium Bridge, © Can Stock / tombaky
Visit London – British Parliament
The British Parliament along the Thames Rivers at the Westminster Bridge is one of the most popular attractions for those who visit London. The British Parliament buildings contain the House of Lords, the House of Commons and the clock tower of Big Ben. Westminster Abbey is right behind the British Parliament. Weddings for the Royal Family often take place at Westminster Abbey. Directly beside the Abbey is St Margaret’s Church. Both are World Heritage Sites.
Parliament, Big Ben, © Can Stock / sborisov
Visit London – Trafalgar Square
Trafalgar Square is a popular tourist stop where you can see Nelson’s Column and the National Gallery. The Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle sculpture is a favorite photo opportunity. Nearby, visit Covent Garden and stroll the shops and markets. Also close by is Piccadilly Circus. Piccadilly is actually a traffic circle and a place where lots of people hang out. It has nothing to do with a circus. Somerset House is another attraction not far from Trafalgar Square.
A short block away from Trafalgar Square is the impressive Admiralty Arch. Walk through the Admiralty Arch to the beginning of the Mall boulevard that leads to St James Park and Buckingham Palace.
Visit London – Buckingham Palace
Another extremely popular attraction for those who visit London is Buckingham Palace. Buckingham Palace is the primary residence for the Royal Family. The changing of the guard is popular viewing for tourists. The palace is at the western end of St Jame’s Park. The Mall runs through the park, but it isn’t a shopping mall. Instead, the Mall is a long, wide and straight promenade to the palace. The Churchill War Rooms museum is in the park too. Churchill led the British World War II effort here in an underground maze of office space.
Buckingham Palace, © Can Stock / fazon1
Visit London – British Museum
The British Museum is one of the world’s premier collections of artifacts. Britain brought original art and sculpture to the British Museum from all over the world during the height of the British Empire. See the Grand Court, the Reading Room, the original Rosetta Stone and the original sculptures that adorned the Parthenon in Athens. The collection has created international controversy because many nations have fought to recover their antiquities from the British Museum.
Great Court, British Museum
Visit London – St Paul’s Cathedral
St Paul’s Cathedral is one of the largest churches in the UK. Services are held daily. Entry to the church is free, but an admission is charged to climb the 1,161 steps to the Golden Gallery. At the top, you can catch views of the city. Stop at the Whispering Gallery and the Stone Gallery along the way. Famous people buried in the crypts of St Paul’s Cathedral include admiral Lord Nelson, the Duke of Wellington who defeated Napoleon, poet John Donne, architect Christopher Wren, explorer Captain Robert Scott and poet Samuel Johnson.
St Paul’s Cathedral, © Can Stock / chrisdorney
Visit London – Hyde Park
Hyde Park is famous for its Sunday afternoon public speaking at the Speaker’s Corner. You will also find Kensington Gardens in Hyde Park. Along the edge of Hyde Ppark is Apsley House, the former residence of the Duke of Wellington. Apsley House is often referred to as Number One London. The Albert Memorial is also found at the edge of the park. The memorial commemorates Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria. Across the street from Albert Memorial is Royal Albert Hall. Not far from Hyde Park is the Victoria & Albert Museum, known for its art and design. The Natural History Museum and the Science Museum are next to the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Visit London – Hotels
- The Arch London
- DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London -Tower of London
- Holiday Inn London-Kensington Forum
- Holiday Inn Express London – Southwark