From the beginning of the twentieth century, when the world turned its attention to the capital of the British Empire, it has always been, and still is, incredibly exciting. For as long as the city has been around, so has its architecture. From the age-old, Medieval edifices like the Tower of London and the immensely popular Victoria and Albert Museum, the impressive palace hotels like the famous Mayfair, Eton and Chelsea to the grand and stately homes like Hyde Park and Kensington Palace, the wealth of the past and the beauty of the present have always combined to make the city the most liveliest, fashionable, and varied place in the world. There are many great museums here that attract huge numbers of people every year.
Don’t miss the world-famous Victoria and Albert Museum and the Science Museum of London, they are amongst the top attractions in this great city. In fact, many visitors here wish to catch a glimpse of the famous Buckingham Palace, just across the river from the museum. The Victoria and Albert Museum houses one of the largest collections of antiques in the world. It is also home to some of the finest examples of Victorian architecture that can be found anywhere.
Another popular spot to experience the social work and charity side of London life is the Big Ben. This Gothic stone structure stands majestic above the streets of the city and is a reminder of the centuries-old royal power that once ruled the city. Every evening, at the stroke of midnight, a massive bell, carved by the then king Charles II, rings out to announce the starting of the working day. Even though the doors to the bell are locked, the bells themselves remain open to all who want to ring in the beginning of the working day.
Photos are attached to this post. One shows the top of the London Eye, the highest and most well-known tourist attraction in the city. Another is of the tower of London itself. Please note that the London Eye has different hours of operation and is only opened at certain times. For more information on the time of the opening of the London Eye, you can contact the London Eye Company at contact dot com. The Tower of London is open to the public daily and admission is free.
For those who enjoy collecting things and taking them back with them, London offers a wide variety of second-hand shops. In Central London you will find the Kensington High Street. There is a market place for the weekly sale of second-hand clothing, books, antiques, furniture and second-hand goods. Kensington High Street has also been deemed as the capital of second-hand shopping in the UK. This is where the famous “second-hand book shop” was born. The second-hand book shop quickly became renowned as the place to go if one needed an extraordinary gift for a loved one.
The final part of this three-part series on wonderful London locations is a look at the famous British Library. Built in the late 19th century, the British Library is the pride of all British citizens. One can take in the beauty of the marble facade and the history of the library through the historical wax moldings. The three volumes of the Bibles can be viewed and the first photo scanned. The last photo shows the exterior of the building and the exact location of the Royal Albert Hall.
Photos are attached to this post. One shows the top of the London Eye, the highest and most well-known tourist attraction in the city. Another is of the tower of London itself. Please note that the London Eye has different hours of operation and is only opened at certain times.
Other wonderful London locations include the Westminster Abbey and the Buckingham Palace. Both of these historical sites are easily accessible by the London Heathrow Express if you are flying into the area. The Westminster Abbey is considered to be the tallest and most impressive building in the world, next to the New York Times Tower. The Royal Wedding at the Palace has been featured in countless films, television shows and music albums. No matter what your favorite activities or tastes are, there is a London location that is perfect for you. The following photo galleries provide some wonderful opportunities to see and experience the capital of England.