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London

Discover
London
Discover
London
Discover
London
A regal city, home to majestic monumental architecture bound by tradition
but with a modern influence
London boasts an unmistakeable skyline, a fascinating attraction for those wishing to discover the English capital. Whether on foot, by bus or by boat on the Thames, the city is well worth visiting by any means.
 
 
A very useful and convenient way of seeing London is to purchase the London Pass, a card allowing access to most of the main attractions including the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, the Catamaran river cruise on the Thames and Windsor Castle.
 
The Tate Modern, with its minimalist architecture and spectacular view over the river, is the world’s most visited modern art galley. As well as the imposing stairway in the Great Court of the British Museum and the breathtaking view from the ultra-modern London Eye. Entrance is free to more than 70 museums including the National Gallery and the Natural History Museum.
 
 
Buckingham Palace, official London residence of the British royal family with 775 rooms, 12 of which make up the Queen’s apartment overlooking Green Park, is open to the public: the State apartments are open in August and September and the Queen’s Gallery and the Royal Mews all year round. The Palace forecourt is used for the Changing of the Guard, a major tourist attraction. The “Memorial Walk dedicated to Diana, Princess of Wales, is a 11 km route passing through St James’s Park, Green Park, Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens.
 
London offers more than 400 places with live music of every type ranging from opera to Brit pop, and also holds the world’s most important classical music festival, the Proms, every summer at the Royal Albert Hall.   
 
 
Shopping enthusiasts can choose between famous designer stores in Bond Street, trendy shops in King’s Road or the markets of Camden StreetNotting Hill and Brick Lane. And lastly, two must-do experiences are a trip on the BA London Eye, the world’s largest observation wheel, and tea at the Ritz or Fortnum & Mason, two true London institutions.
 
Where to sleep in London

London is a welcoming city and offers different possibilities for accommodation.

To find the ideal hotel and the best offers you can do a search for the stars but also for districts or landmarks.

 


Text by Luca Lembi

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Video: www.visitlondon.com

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Published on Avion N28

 

 

 
 
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www.visitlondon.com

WHERE TO GO
Monuments
TRAFALGAR SQUARE

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

BUCKINGAM PALACE

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 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 and sculptures by Canova.
www.royalcollection.org.uk 

 
WESTMINSTER PALACE AND BIG BEN

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.
www.parliament.uk

WESTMINSTER ABBEY

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 Dickenscan be found inside.
www.westminster-abbey.org

 
TOWER BRIDGE AND THE TOWER OF LONDON

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.

Not far away is the Tower of London, a solid construction fortified and built by the Normans. 
www.towerbridge.org.uk

PICCADILLY CIRCUS

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. 

 
Museums
BRITISH MUSEUM
The British Museum exhibits works from all over the world, from prehistory to the present day. Among the most famous works: Stele di Rosetta, the sculptures of the Parthenon and the mummies of the collection on ancient Egypt. Free entry.
MUSEUM OF DESING
The Museum of Design in London is the most important museum in the world dedicated to contemporary design in all its forms: from furniture to graphics, from architecture to industrial design.
Free entry.
 
NATIONAL GALLERY
Trafalgar Square
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. There are also many temporary exhibitions and guided tours for both children and adults.
www.nationalgallery.org.uk
TATE MODERN
Bankside
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.
www.tate.org.uk

 

Excursions
TOURS WITH TOURIST BUSES

Exploring London, going up and down from tourist buses, choosing different routes to visit the main attractions such as the Tower of London, Shakespeare's Globe at Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly guarantees the freedom to explore the city with tickets lasting 24 hours.

ST JAMES'S PARK
St James’s Park is found along The Mall and from the bridge over the river offers two of the best views in LondonBuckingham Palace and Whitehall. Free concerts are held during the weekends, from mid June to the end of August.
www.royalparks.org.uk/stjamess
HYDE PARK

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.
www.royalparks.org.uk/hyde

 

Text by Alisè

Photos: Sisterscom.com, Shutterstock

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