London tourist attractions for dummies
Imagine you’re planning to go on holiday to a country that you’ve never been to before, and to a huge city with an enormous array of monuments to visit, places to see, things to do, and activities on offer. It can be quite overwhelming. Well, we can safely say that London is one of those cities so we at Friendly Rentals thought that in continuation with our ´tourist attraction for dummies blogs` we would lend you a helping hand with the British Capital and point out the top tourist sites in this great city so you can then move on and enjoy the fabulous array of Christmas activities on offer this season as mentioned in previous posts. Enjoy!
The Queen’s official residence and of course the first attraction on our list because who doesn’t think of England or London without picturing the British Monarchy. This grand building located in the city of Westminster and used for state occasions and royal hospitality is open to the public each year, however visiting dates and times do vary for the various houses and galleries comprising the palace, thus it advisable to check the official website for details.
St Paul’s Cathedral
This beautiful cathedral dedicated to St Paul and the seat of the Bishop of London stands on Ludgate Hill, at the highest point of the city. The present building dates back to the 17th century, is one of the most famous monuments in the British capital, has one of the highest domes in the world, and important services such as Lord Nelson’s funeral, Queen Victoria’s jubilee, and the 80th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II were held here. It is still a working church with hourly prayers and daily services, and visitors to the cathedral are welcome. You can explore the cathedral floor, climb the dome, and this festive season St Paul’s is holding a wide variety of services, free concerts and events for all the family. Click here for further information on events and visiting times.
Palace of Westminster
Also known as the Houses of Parliament or Westminster Palace, the Palace of Westminster is the meeting place of the two houses of Parliament. This perpendicular style gothic beauty graces the north bank of the River Thames close to the historic Westminster Abbey, and is particularly famous for the clock tower otherwise known as Big Ben, named after the main bell. It is an iconic landmark of London and the UK in general, comprises one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city, and is an emblem of parliamentary democracy. The Palace of Westminster has been a Grade I listed building since 1970 and part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. Further information on visiting times and events can be found on their official website.
The London Eye or Millennium Wheel, comprising a 135 metre high cantilevered observation wheel stands majestically on the South Bank of the River Thames. This magnificent wheel that for a while was the tallest in the world, carries 32 egg-shaped passenger capsules each with a 25 person capacity who are free to walk around inside and enjoy the spectacular view on offer of this fantastic city. During the Christmas season there is an ice-skating rink set up just below the wheel, and you can purchase tickets for both attractions on their official website.
Last but by no means least is Trafalgar Square in London, one of the most famous squares in the world and commemorating the Battle of Trafalgar. It features Nelson’s column in the centre guarded by four lions, and some pretty fountains dotted around this famous location. The Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place on the square, it is home to the huge Christmas tree that is erected during the festive season, and finally there is a carol singing programme all throughout December. In addition, many gather here to celebrate in the New Year. Finally, Trafalgar Square has been a venue for many political demonstrations, and is used for a wide range of events and activities throughout the year including filming and photographic shoots, and promotional and performance based events. Again, check out their website for further details.
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