London London   Big Ben Tower Bridge Piccadilly Circus Tower of London Buckingham Palace St.Paul's Cathedral Westminster Abbey Harrods

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Population: 8.2 mln
Area: 1.6 k km2
Founded: by the Romans
Time zone: UTC+0/+1
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Best places to see in London:

  • Big Ben
  • Tower Bridge
  • Tower of London
  • Piccadilly Circus
  • Buckingham Palace
  • St.Paul's Cathedral
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Harrods (department store)

London is on of the greatest metropolis in the world- it changes so quickly that every day you can find something new. London brings together all the races and nationalities of the world. Visit the docks of the Themes, some of the top tourists attractions and the places described in the books of Charles Dickens.

LONDON`S TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

London Eye- it is situated in Lambeth district in London, on the banks of River Themes. London Eye is the symbol of the new millennium and is a  project of two architects- Julie Barfield and David Marks. When you see London Eye it looks like Ferris wheel.  It contains 32 capsules with fully glazed windows. The full rotation of the wheel takes about 30 to 40 minutes and gives you the images you cannot forget. The whole panorama of London looks amazing. London Eye does not have to stop to take new tourists as it moves around 26 cm per minute, the only exception is made for disabled people.

Madame Tussauds- probably you do not believe that you will meet all the celebrities, actors, actresses and famous singers in one place. Well, we can assure you that there is such a place and it is called Madame Tussauds- the wax museum. You can strike a pose with Princess Kate or kiss Prince William or kick the ball with handsome David Beckham and many more. The wax museum became so popular among tourists that today it has many branches in Amsterdam, Berlin, New York City, etc.

The Tower of London- originally it was a prison from which it was a mission impossible to escape. The kings and queens like Henry IV, Anne Boleyn- wife of Henry VIII were prisoners here. Throughout history the Tower had many functions like the fortress, prison and the palace. What you can find interesting is that the zoo was one of its function. The Tower is still guarded by people who are called Yeomen Warders. Today, it is the place where armor, weapon , jewels and royal insignia are kept. The symbol of The Tower of London are crows which sit on its roofs. The legend states that as long as the crows appear on it, the British Empire will exist.

Buckingham Palace- the official residence of the monarchs. Now, it is the residence of Queen Elizabeth II and Royal Family.  The palace was built in 1703 and its first owner was Prince Buckingham. Today, the palace is the place of national ceremonies and meetings of head of states. The last ceremony that took place was the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. This was also the place where after Diana`s death  the British left flowers.  Buckingham is also famous for its change of Guards so if you want to see it  you must be there between April and July at 11.30 a.m .

St. Paul`s Cathedral- it is the place of the funerals of famous people such as Horatio Nelson, Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher. The place where the Royal Family organizes its funerals and weddings is Westminster Abbey, but the St. Paul`s Cathedral witnessed the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. When it comes to taking tours in the cathedral worth mentioning are the two galleries. The first called Whispering Gallery where the acoustics is so incredible that when you whisper, someone in the distance of 30 meters will hear what you are saying, and the second gallery called Stone Gallery where you can admire breathtaking sight of the Themes.

Tate Modern- it was built in 2000 and now is one of the most famous museums of modern art in the world. This is not a regular museum where you only watch arts, it is a place where you can learn about techniques used by artists, if you wish you can sketch your own artworks on little pads. What is more, you are able to organize a date where you are shown only the part of the exhibition you are particularly  interested in and you can complete your tour with a meal for two.

National Gallery- it is situated in the Trafalgar Square and it contains collection of paintings dating 1250 to 1900. The entry to the main collection is free of charge, the exceptions are temporary exhibitions. While visiting the main collection you will find works of artists such as: Vincent van Gogh, Tycjan, Leonardo da Vinci, Claude Monet, Rembrandt van Rijn and many more.

Natural History Museum- the museum is divided into five collections: mineralogy, botany, entomology, paleontology and zoology. Very popular are simulations of the earthquakes and all kinds of experiments. The part of the museum where dinosaurs are, is very popular among teenagers as there is a huge dinosaur robot which moves and roars.

Science Museum- you will find here Stephenson original rocket locomotive, Crick`s and Watson`s DNA model, the capsule which took three astronauts around the Moon in 1969, the first known automatic calculator. 

 

 

 

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