Big Ben & The Houses of Parliament
Once a royal residence, the Houses of Parliament has been the seat of the British Government since the 16th Century.sometimes know as the Palace of Westminster and is the meeting place of the House of Commons and the House of Lords .This building dates from the mid 18th century.The Clock Tower known as. The Queen Elizabeth Tower is where the large bell known as Big Ben is housed .Big Ben chimes out the hour .
The Tower of London
A world Heritage Site this 900-year-old Royal Palace known as Her Majesty's Palace and Fortress.is a historic castle.Explore the wonders of this awesome fortress and the stories behind them .Three Queens of England were executed at the Tower .Visit the Crown Jewels and also see the Armour of Henry VIII .The Tower is where the Beefeaters live .
St Paul's Cathedral
For more than 1,400 years,a Cathedral dedicated to St Paul has stood at the highest point in the City.The present Cathedral is the masterpiece of Britain's most famous architect Sir Christopher Wren .This building is over 300 years old . Climb the steps to the whispering gallery and then descend into the crypt where Wren, Nelson and Wellington are buried.St Paul's ,with its world -famous dome,is an iconic feature of the London skyline.Step inside and you can enjoy the Cathedral"s awe-inspiring interior,and uncover fascinating stories about its rich history .
The home of the coronation of the British Royal Family since 1066.The Abbey is also the burial place of many of our Monarchs.In 1065 the church was dedicated by Edward the Confessor .The present church dates to 1245 as Henry III begins to build the Abbey.It is one of the world's great churches with a history stretching back over one thousand years .The Abbey is also the burial place of many Kings and Queens of England .
The British Museum
The museum has works from prehistoric to modern times from around the world. Highlights include the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures and the mummies of Ancient Egypt.This Museum is dedicated to human history and culture.Its permanent collection ,numbering some 8 million works ,is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence and originates from all continents,illustrating and documenting the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present. It was established in 1753 ,largely based on the collections of physician and scientist Sir Hans Sloane.
The London Eye
It has 32 capsules, each weighing 10 tonnes, and can hold up to 25 people. This is a breathtaking experience with unforgettable views across London and its famous landmarks. It is a giant Ferris wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames .Also know as the Millennium Wheel .It is 443 ft tall and the wheel has a diameter of 394ft .It was erected in 1999.It is Europe's tallest Ferris wheel and offers the one of the highest public viewing points in London . During the summer it is often advisable to book click here
The Globe Theatre
The Globe theatre is associated with William Shakespeare.The original theatre was built in 1599 by Shakespeare playing company ,the Lord Chamberlain's men,this building was destroyed by fire in 1613.The present reconstruction of the Globe opened in 1997 During the summer months. This is the London home of Shakespeare’s productions. This reproduction of the original globe theatre also has a museum, which is open all year round.It is advisable to book for the Museum and plays click here
The Winston Churchill War Rooms and imperial War Museum
The Churchill War Rooms is one of the five branches of the Imperial War Museum .These secret underground were the headquarters for the core of the British government during WWII .In 2005 the only major museum in the world dedicated to Sir Winston Churchill was opened .This museum has a multimedia and engaging approach which provides visitors with a comprehensive overview of Churchill's life .The War Room built just before World War II and used by the Government during the war. This underground installation was built in secret, in the heart of the government district of Whitehall. The Imperial War Museum covers conflicts,especially those involving Britain and the commonwealth,from WWI to the present day .We can also visit HMS Belfast which is a museum ship permanently moored on the River Thames near Tower Bridge.
Art Galleries in London
The National Gallery houses a collection of over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid 13th century to the 1900’s. This gallery houses one of the greatest collections of Western European paintings in the world.Near by is the National Portrait Gallery housing a collection of historically important and famous British people .It was the first portrait gallery in the world when it opened in 1856.London has many art galleries we can visit ,Tate Modern.Tate Britain,The Wallace Collection to name but a few .Most of these are free to enter. Contact me for more details .
A real treasure trove .The V&A celebrates art and design from around the world over the last 3,000 years. From Natural History,Science, Transport. London offers a hosts of about 250 different museums we can go and visit .Many of these museums are free to enter .You are spoilt for choose here in London. Contact me and we can discuss where to go .