London

London

London offers visitors so much history. To walk around London is to step back in time; so many parts of the city have a story to tell. Attractions and places to see abound in the city, from the London Eye, a masterpiece of modern architecture to the Tower of London, a fortress steeped in hundreds of years of history.

 

Immerse yourself in the city, meet the people, experience the culture and enjoy the hundreds of things on offer. Relax in one of the many famous parks or shop in one of the most famous cities in the world. A visit to London will remain with you forever.

Big Ben LondonBig Ben

The bell first began ringing in July 1859. Big Ben’s name is actually referring to the 13 ton bell which originally came from the old Palace of Westminster. The clock itself took 13 years to build and was finally completed in 1856. The clock-tower was finished between 1858 -1859 and stands 316 feet tall.

 

The clocks’ dials are 23 feet in diameter, the numbers on the clock face are 2 feet high and the copper minute hands are 14 foot long. The hour bell is 8 feet in diameter. Big Ben is indeed a magnificent sight, even more so if viewed at night when the clock faces are illuminated.

 

Houses of ParliamentHouses of Parliament

The Houses of Parliament, also known as The Palace of Westminster is home to the English Parliament, but originally began life back in 1042 as a royal residence. It was built between 1840 and 1888. It houses 2 magnificent towers, the iconic Big Ben and Victoria Tower, which flies the Union Jack Flag whenever Parliament is sitting.

 

The majestic hall is 240 feet long by 60 feet wide and is considered one of the most impressive medieval halls in Europe. Guy Fawkes, famous for attempting to blow up the House of Lords on the 5th November 1605 was tried in the Houses of Parliament.

Tower BridgeTower Bridge

Tower Bridge is over 114 years old, being completed in 1894. Tower Bridge is a “Bascule Bridge”, the word Bascule comes from the French for “see-saw”.

 

When it was originally built it was by far the largest Bascule Bridge ever built. The Bridge uses hydraulic power to operate it, the only difference being that since 1976 the bascules have been powered by oil and electricity as opposed to steam.

 

The two magnificent towers give Tower Bridge its name and is now one of London’s most well known landmarks. In 1982 Tower Bridge was opened to the public with an exhibition, this was the first time the public could enter since 1910. The towers are 43 metres high and the bridge is 60 metres long. There are 29 bridges on the River Thames, Tower Bridge being the only movable one.

 

London Eye

London Eye

The London Eye opened in March 2000 and since then has not only become one of Britain’s best known icons, but also is now the UK’s most popular visitor attraction, which requires paid entrance. The London Eye has in excess of 3 million visitors per year and these visitors on a clear day are greeted by breathtaking views up to 40 kilometres in any direction, whilst enjoying a stunning 30 minute ride.

 

The London Eye is 135 metres high and sits between the bridges of Waterloo and Westminster on the South Bank. It is positioned perfectly, being opposite Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.

 

Buckingham PalaceBuckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of Britain’s sovereigns since 1837, when Queen Victoria took up residency as the first monarch.  Today it is the Queen’s residence and the magnificent building houses an amazing 775 rooms. It was built in 1702 originally as a town house that the Dukes of Buckingham owned from the beginning of the 18th century.

 

Buckingham Palace is used regularly for official events held by The Queen, but parts are still open to visitors. During the summer months, the Changing of the Guards can be seen at the front of the Palace.

 

Tower of London

Tower of London

The Tower of London located by the River Thames has an immense history to it, famous for so many historic reasons, a prison, Jewel House, even a place of execution. The Beefeaters, guardians of this fortress for centuries, the Ravens, birds that have lived inside the walls for hundreds of years. Within these walls Guy Fawkes was interrogated, and Ann Boleyn executed.

 

Founded by William the Conqueror, the Tower of London is a leading historic attraction and magnificent London landmark. Visit The Crown Jewels and be dazzled by the collection of items or the White Tower, which houses historic armour, weapons and torture instruments.

 

Tate Modern

Tate Modern

The Tate Modern is one of 4 Tate Galleries located in Britain and is Britain’s national museum of international modern art. It houses the national collection of British art dating from the year 1500 to the present day and also international modern art. It was created in 2000 from the old disused Bankside Power Station.


The Tate Moderns’ displays and exhibitions are free to the public.



St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul's Cathedral

 

St Paul’s is a heritage site which attracts thousands of visitors every year and is one of London’s most visited sites. St Paul’s Cathedral took 33 years to build. It was built between 1675 and 1708 and designed by Christopher Wren, the cathedral that stood there before was destroyed by the Great Fire of London.


A cathedral dedicated to St Paul has overlooked the City of London since 604AD. The first service took place here in 1697 and since then there have been many important services held. The organ from 1695 is still used today and was once played by Mendelssohn.


Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey, a Gothic Monastery Church, whose formal name is the Collegiate Church of St Peter, Westminster, is a church owned directly by the royal family. It is the traditional place of coronation and burial site for English monarchs.


It houses the tombs of world famous people such as David Livingstone and Charles Darwin and Poet’s Corner will allow you to step back in time, surrounded by memorials to William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens, to name but a few. Westminster Abbey can be found next to the Houses of Parliament. Its oldest parts date back to the year 1050.


Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum took 7 years to build and was completed in 1880. The museum opened its doors in 1881; it wasn’t until 1883 that the move from the old museum was fully completed. The Natural History Museum stands on Exhibition Road, but its main frontage is located on Cromwell Road.


The museum is a magnificent gathering of over 70 million items spanning 5 different collections, all to do with life, earth and science. It even houses specimens collected by Darwin.


Science Museum

The Science Museum is an extremely exciting and interactive museum, which houses the Science and Technology Studies Collection over 7 floors. Visitors have the chance to see over 300,000 items spanning the history of Western Science, Technology and Medicine.


Take a 3D journey and be amazed by the awesome IMAX cinema, enjoy the new Wellcome Wing and discover the Launch Pad and Flight Lab.


London Dungeon

The London Dungeon recreates historical events of a macabre and gory nature from the Medieval Age. It uses a number of different methods to thrill and scare visitors, such as exciting rides, special effects and even live actors.


When it opened in 1976 it was not intended to be an interactive experience, more so a gruesome history, but it has evolved and now attracts visitors from all over the world. The Dungeon is now operated by Merlin Entertainments Ltd.


Madame Tussauds

Located in Marylebone Road, the museum moved to this location in 1884. Madame Tussuads is now a major visitor attraction in London and boasts other museums in such destinations as New York, Hong Kong, Las Vegas, Washington DC, Shanghai and Amsterdam, with more planned.


The wax figures housed at Madame Tussauds include royal figures, film, pop and sports stars, historical figures and many more. The Stardome is an exhilarating 360 degree show of the world of stars and is now also part of the Madame Tussauds experience. The Chamber of Horrors is not for the faint hearted.


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Crest of London

Crest of London is the capital's premier souvenir retailer, with 9 stores across central London. Crest offers a wide range of gifts and novelty items at great prices, for a perfect memento of any London visit.

www.crestoflondon.co.uk