London is the city that lives and breathes its historical past, yet its vibrant pulse sets the trends that the world watches.
In culture, fashion, music, architecture and the arts, ideas, nowhere else is like the London. Constantly-evolving, always entertaining, it’s the city that should be right at the the top of your must-see list.
However, London can be expensive, a real shock to your wallet. If you’re looking for good value accommodation, the World Wide Web has dozens of hotel choices including serviced apartments in all the popular districts. But there is an upside to the expense of London. The capital offers not just dozens, but hundreds of free attractions and sights. From museums to art galleries, historic parks to scenic walks, they will not cost you a cent.
Buckingham is one of the few remaining working palaces in the world. Home and office to The Queen, as well as the official London residence of the British Monarchy since 1937, Buckingham should be at the top of any touristâ??s priority list. Visitors are able to tour the 19 State Rooms during the summer, which are decorated with Rembrandts, Rubens, and more. The Changing of the Guard is one of the many things you will want to witness at Buckingham Palace and this takes place at 11:30 from May through August. The switching is on alternate days during the remaining months.
The 700-year-old Abbey is hard to get out of mind. It is located in the heart of London. It is open for visits Monday through Saturday, but only open for worship on Sundays and religious holidays. All are welcome to attend the worship ceremonies. With more than 1000 years of history, the Westminster Abbey is a sight that cannot be missed.
Abbey Road Studios is where the Beatles recorded 90 percent of their recordings. It also inspired the name of their final record as a group. Of course, what we all know about is the iconic image of them walking on the zebra crossing outside the studio. Abbey Road is still visited by high-profile artists, such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Snow Patrol. The crossing remains the most popular pedestrian crosswalks of all time. Abbey Road is definitely worth a visit, and there is even a Beatles Coffee Shop located nearby.
Londonâ??s clock tower and Houses of Parliament, commonly referred to as Big Ben, is one of the most recognisable and noteworthy landmarks in London. Whether an a movie, poster, or brochure, you have seen Big Ben, and you certainly should not leave London without seeing it in person. Technically, what is called Big Ben is the 19-ton bell; inside the clock tower. Big Ben is definitely a place to see by day; at night, the four clock faces are illuminated. The clock tower is not open the general public to tour, but can still be seen from the streets.
Finally, the Tower of London is another of those must-see places, full of history and culture. From the Crown Jewels, to the White Tower and Medieval Palace, there is a lot to see on a visit. There are live historical reenactments and childrenâ??s activity trails, making the Tower of London a perfect destination for the whole family.
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