Without a doubt the London Eye is London’s most popular tourist attraction. Built by the Millennium Commission as a commemoration of the year 2000, and touted as the tallest observation wheel in the world, this amazing feat of engineering gives even the most cynical Londoner a completely new and fascinating view of London city. At 135metres, it is certainly not for the faint hearted, but is most definitely worth making the effort to go and see!
The London Eye is located near the Waterloo / Westminster Tube station.
Westminster Abbey is without doubt one of England’s most beautiful churches, and has been the setting for every coronation since 1066. Located near the Houses of Parliament, the abbey is a major landmark in London and today is more of a historical site than a religious one.
It is located near the Westminster Tube station.
The Tower of London is standing of over 1,000 years, overlooking and protecting the City of London. Dating back to Norman times, the Tower in fact originally consisted of 20 towers in total. The collection of jewellery at the Tower of London includes the crown jewels: crowns, scepters, plate, and the two largest cut diamonds a in the world and is major attraction for vivitors.
The Tower of London is located at the Tower Bridge tube station
At the heart of London is The City of Westminster, the place where the parliaments have been located for more than 700 years. The whole complex, not finished until 1860 includes the Big Ben, House of Commons, Westminster Hall, the Lobbies and the House of Lords. The clock tower aka ‘Big Ben’ is probably the most famous attraction and at a height of 96m is worth its reputation!
The Millennium Dome has been one of the most controversial projects to be undertaken in London city. Originally built as a home for a national exhibition in Greenwich as part of the Millennium celebrations, unfortunately the Dome has been tainted by political overtones with claims of donations to the governing Labour Party and allegations over applications for UK Passports. The future of the Dome is uncertain although it currently houses a range of exhibitions and events.
The Millennium Dome is located near the Thames across Canary Wharf, can be reached via the Jubilee line on the London Underground.
A visit to London is not complete without taking in Buckingham Palace, one of the many castles owned by the Royal Family. Part of the palace is still used by the Royal family, and the presence of the Queen in Buckingham Palace is indicated by the presence of a flag above the palace.
Buckingham Palace is located near Victoria, Green Park, and Hyde Park Corner tube stations.
Trafalgar Square is a square in central London that commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar (1805), a British naval victory of the Napoleonic Wars. It is the largest square in London and has Nelson’s Column as its centrepiece. On the north side of the square are the National Gallery and St Martin's-in-the-Fields parish church. The square adjoins The Mall via Admiralty Arch to the southwest. To the south is Whitehall, to the east The Strand, to the north Charing Cross Road and on the west side is Canada House. The square is particularly famous for its pigeons – an estimated 35,000 pigeons are said to make up the flock that have made Trafalgar Square their home!
Covent Garden is known for its many open-air cafés, restaurants, pubs, market stalls and shops. It is all too easy to get carried away exploring the hidden delights on offer in this vibrant area of London.
Covent Garden is also famous for the Royal Opera House to the North, which is arguably the most significant Opera house in the UK. The Theatre was compeltely refurbished between 1996 and 2000 and today is home to the Royal Ballet as well.