If you’ve ever read about world history, then you would know that London was the centre of the British empire. From this very city, one of the largest colonial empires was administered and it witnessed the rise and fall of British influence the world over. Visitors to London will definitely want to see all the interesting historical landmarks, but will also want to enjoy the rich and wonderful modern attractions here, including its vivacious nightlife.
London welcomes millions of visitors a year, most of whom take the rare opportunity to visit city landmarks, of which the following are the popular and sought after:
The London home of the British Royal family are open to visitors from July to October each year as the Queen and her family spend their holidays in their country estates. Visitors are treated to a guided tour of the palace, which includes priceless collections of artwork and more. Every year, a special exhibition is held with various themes. Previous themes have included the Queen’s official evening gown collection and state awards collection. Both individual walk in and group visitors are welcome, and you can choose which our packages you want.
The Tower of London
One of the most visited ancient buildings in London, the Tower of London has been used for many functions since it was built in the year 1066, including as a defense post during invasions, as a prison, an execution ground and a residence for members of the ruling class. It now functions as a museum that is open year round, with exhibits about its rich history. The most famous attraction at the Tower is probably its ghost, called the Grey Lady, whom many believe to be Anne Boleyn, a British Queen executed here in the 1500s and mother to the famous Queen Elizabeth I of England.
Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster
The Palace of Westminster, despite its name, doesn’t function as a palace but as the British House of Parliament which is a meeting place for the House of Commons and the House of Lords, both of which are components of the British administration today. The elegant and gothic architecture and interior of the palace of Westminster are truly beautiful and worth a visit. Of course you won’t want to miss Big Ben, the old clocktower at the north end of the building.
One of the most beautiful natural gardens in London, Hyde Park is part of a complex of gardens that begin at Kensington Palace through to Kensington Gardens and St James’ park. Hyde Park boasts many iconic monuments on its grounds, both ancient and modern, as well as a speaker’s corner where you can hear speeches from various activists and protestors.
Victoria and Albert Museum
The V & A, as its often called, houses some of the most priceless art collections from all over the world. Entrance is completely free and you’ll be able to view paintings, sculpture, ceramics, carvings, costume, textiles and photographs both old and new.