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London - The city of dreams! London is a world class tourist hub and capital of England, which attracts millions of visitors every year as it has everything that a vacation landmark should have - culture, history, entertainment and music.
You can’t leave London without a stopover to the iconic Buckingham Palace - The official abode of the Queen. If you notice the royal standard flag at the flagpole, the queen is in residence. The Palace is also popular for its everyday changing of the guard ceremony in late morning with pomp and music. The Buckingham Palace tour takes about 4.5 hours and you can end up with an afternoon tea at the royal residence. When the queen is not in residence, one can visit the Queen’s Gallery and the State Rooms as well.
There’s a grand history behind the Tower of London. It was built in the year 1078 by the dreaded king William the Conqueror and is now a Palace of the Queen and currently on a World Heritage site list. Many arms and weapons of the past era’s and the Crown Jewels Exhibitions, the Royal Mint’s office, including other surprising items are placed here for public display. It is advised by regular travelers to purchase the tickets in advance to avoid last minute crowds.
The London Eye is Europe’s largest observation wheel and was built in the year 2000 to mark the city’s millennia birthday. It is 443 Ft. above the ground and as it rises with the passengers inside the capsule, you can have a bird’s eye view of London, not to mention the River Thames glowing nearby. The journey takes only thirty minutes or so. The London Eye is a hit amongst one and all, specifically the kids, who love to snap pictures of the landscape in front.
The London’s National Gallery in the Trafalgar Square is a haven for the art buffs. The museum is a classic example of how the early era paintings can be safeguarded. A collection of more than 2300 European paintings from the years -1200’s to 1920’s are still intact. The famed works of Leonardo da Vinci and the Michelangelo can be viewed, such as the sketch of the Madonna and Child and latter’s Entombment amongst other art masters. Van Gogh’s Sunflower masterpiece is also at home here.
Did the name strike something in the memory? Yes, it is the same station that has been mentioned in the famed Harry Potter book series and the movies. Actually, The King’s Cross Station has been in existence since the year 1852 and is an operational train station. There’s an existent 9 ¾ real station at the platform now reserved for everyone to have some amusement. One can pose with the luggage trolley that is designed to disappear into the wall. Time for some Wizardly Magic!
What’s a trip in London without some self pampering? London is a shopping core for fashion and clothing enthusiasts. Commence your spending spree at the wide Oxford Street that has more than 280 stores to choose from. Major brands such as Marks and Spencer, John Lewis and others await you. Buy some toys at the Regent Street’s Hamley for kids in the family. If you are a fan of Versace and Louis Vuitton, then Bond Street is the place to jaunt!
If you are touring London with buddies and wish to enjoy the London night life, there is no better option than the Shoreditch. It has several eateries and bars to chill out with friends and spend an evening in. The Far Rockaway-a bar and a restaurant invites anyone who loves to seek out new drinks and beer and comics. Friday evenings are always excitable as youngsters flock the area after dark. Coffee addicts will not leave until late as various coffee shops await their presence inside.
Wimbledon happens every summer. If your London trip coincides with the grand tournament, don’t hesitate to purchase a ticket and watch the Tennis greats playing live. Witnessing a Grand Slam tennis tournament and observing your favorite stars compete against each other is itself an experience. A last minute ticket entry may cost you a distant seat, so book in advance to avoid disappointment. However, be advised that tickets are to be purchased in cash. Those who are late can purchase the ground admission tickets and watch the game from the standing areas.
To gain information and knowledge of a country or a region, always visit a Museum. London has world’s finest and exemplary museums such as the Natural History Museum that has a big dinosaur skeleton to welcome you at the entrance and ancient fossils. The Victoria and Albert Museum is ideal to gain some cultural history of London while the British Museum has displays of past archeology findings and mummies to pay a visit to. Your kids will not be bored for sure!
Frequent the streets and take a walk around the metropolis to find something interesting that keeps popping up anytime. You may witness a street performance at the Covent Garden or watch spectacular photography exhibits at the Photographer’s Gallery. Spend some quality time with your kids at the Regent’s Park by indulging in boating or let them play in a special playground while you keep a watch over them.
There is never a dull moment for any tourist in London. They will always find company, entertainment, knowledge and resources in this iconic landmark.
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