London has always been synonymous for its cultural heritage. The city’s deep-rooted history spreads well beyond the prim, manicured lawns of Buckingham Palace, and who better to ask than someone who has spent a reasonably long time working for the well-reputed travel website Cleartrip.ae?
In today’s guest post, Steven Nazareth takes us on a virtual tour around London. From familiar sites to well-reputed museums, if London is on your travel list, these sites are a must-visit. Read on for more.
London: A Journey Through History (By Steven Nazareth)
London is loved for being one of the biggest cultural hubs in the world. Rich in history and brimming with energy, the city has lots to offer. Whether it’s sports, museums, modern and timeless monuments, London has a number of activities that will never fail to amaze.
British Airways, the national aviation carrier is the best option with direct stop flights to Heathrow. The flights have great in-house entertainment and a well-trained cabin crew that service all needs.
The Imperial War Museum (IWM) has two large cannons in the front garden and stands to salute all those that enter. Founded in 1917, the museum is a testament to the military sacrifice of Britain during the First World War. There are several free tours with video booths and apps for visitors.
A quick Underground tube will stop outside Buckingham Palace, originally built for the Duke of Buckingham in 1703 and later transferred to the British monarchy. The Queen’s gallery is open to the public with marble sculptures and the Queen’s rooms on display. The grounds are surrounded by manicured lawns and several wild geese and ducks on the Princess Diana walk. The Princess Diana walk takes you past Hyde Park and ends at Trafalgar Square.
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At the London Eye, Europe’s tallest Ferris wheel with a height of 443 feet is a wonderful attraction for tourists from across the globe. Also known as the world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel, it is an exhilarating experience that gives you a 360 degree view of London.
Emerging from the end of the Millennium Bridge is St. Paul’s Cathedral. The Anglican Cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of London and is dedicated to St. Paul, the Apostle of Jesus which dates back to the 17th century. Being the second largest church in all of the United Kingdom, it has a dome which stands 365 feet high.
One of the most famous of all landmarks best visited on a London Red Bus is the Tower Bridge which was built across the river Thames. The bridge opens vertically at rare occasions to allow large ships to pass. The towers are accessible to the public and allow visitors to have a view of London with the gears of the clock moving and locking in place in the background.
The Big Ben, renamed as the Elizabeth Tower in 2012 to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II. After the Minneapolis City Hall Clock Tower, the Big Ben is the second largest clock tower in the world and is attached to the House of Commons and in front of it lies the Westminster Abbey.
London is a well-connected city and its inhabitants love to keep fit and do the occasional chit chat at cafes. With a simple map, the city can be covered based on the route chosen and it’s timeless and rich culture make London a place that will let your heart yearn for more.