Text by Luca Lembi
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Published on Avion Tourism Magazine
Updated September 2020 by Nicolò Villa
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London is a welcoming city and offers different possibilities for accommodation.
Trafalgar Square is a must-see for visitors to London for the cultural events, shows, exhibitions and other unusual activities it holds. The square is home to Nelson’s Column and the famous stone lions. Trafalgar Square is named after Britain’s victory in the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. It is located in Westminster, in the city centre. It’s surrounded by St Martins-in-the-Fields Church and The Strand to the east; Admiralty Arch and The Mall to the south west; Whitehall to the south and the National Gallery to the north.
Buckingam Palace, the residence of the British Royal Family, is one of the few royal palaces left in the world. During summer, visitors can visit 19 State Rooms, out of a total of 600, in the heart of the palace. All rooms are decorated with some of the greatest treasures of the Royal Collection, including paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Canaletto, Van Dyck and sculptures by Canova. Outside Buckingham Palace you can see the magnificent exterior of the palace and the famous Changing the Guard ceremony.
The Westminster Palace, known also as the Houses of Parliament, is the building where the two Parliament houses conduct their sessions. Initially used as a royal residence and built in Gothic style, it consists of almost 1,000 rooms. Alongside is the famous clock that has marked time in London since the middle of the nineteenth century. The clock tower, 96 meters high, is fabulous also at night with the four clock faces illuminated.
This predominantly Gothic style church is the site of coronations and burials of British monarchs. With a length of 156 metres and a width of 34, the central nave of Westminster Abbey is the longest in Great Britain.
The tombs of important English writers and poets such as Shakespeare and Dickens can be found inside.
Westminster Abbey Tour with Optional Houses of Parliament
This characteristic bridge of London opens to allow the passing of large ships. Inside it houses the Tower Bridge Museum which tells the story of the bridge. It was opened on 30 June 1894 by the Prince and Princess of Wales (the future King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra). When you visit the Tower Bridge, experience the glass floor to see a view above the River Thames. Not far away is the Tower of London, a solid construction fortified and built by the Normans.
Known as “the navel of the world”, Piccadilly Circus is the most important meeting place in the city. Here two attractions can be found: the Trocadero, a large shopping centre, and Rock Circus dedicated to the history of pop and rock music. The square is dominated from above by the famous statue known as the Fountain of Eros, which is reality represents the Angel of Christian Charity. Piccadilly is a perfetc place to experience London’s West End, to shop, dine or stay.
Free entry. www.designmuseum.org
The National Gallery houses numerous paintings from western Europe from approximately 1250 to 1900. Important works include paintings by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Turner, Renoir, Cezanne and Van Gogh. Inside offers a restaurant, café, bar and a shopping area with exclusive gift, books and prints. It is located in Trafalgar Square and the entrance is free. There are also many temporary exhibitions and guided tours for both children and adults.
No visit to London is complete without seeing the Tate. The British National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art from all over the world is located in the former Bankside power station on the banks of the River Thames. It houses works by Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso, Dalì and Bourgeois.
Hyde Park is located in the centre of London and offers boating on the Serpentine, the famous recreational lake near the well-known Rotten Row horse track. In summer the park hosts a great many shows and activities.