London, Britain’s capital city, is one of the world’s most popular tourist attractions. The estimate of over fifteen million tourist visits to London annually. The capital city of Britain is endowed with numerous sites; you can stay in London for a whole month and not run out of places to visit. With the concentration of cultural heritage, vibrant arts, and entertainment, London is one of the world’s most beautiful cities, plus the fact that most of the sites of tourist attraction are free. Some of the places to visit in London are:
- The British museum
- Buckingham palace and changing guards
- Big Ben and parliament
- The V & A museum
- The two Tates
- Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar square
The British museum
One of London’s best structural erections and home of price fewer artefacts and antiquities ranging from objects from Assyria, China, Europe, Egypt, and all other parts of the world, the list is endless. Of all the objects held within the walls of the museums, tourist is always eager to see the controversial Elgin Marbles from the Parthenon in Athens, the colossal bust of Ramesses 2, the Rosetta stones, and the Egyptian mummies.
Buckingham palace and changing guards
If you are in London and you do not visit the Buckingham palace or witness the changing, then it’s like not going to London at all. The Buckingham palace is one of Britain’s most historic buildings, built-in 1837 as the residence of the royal family after the ascension of Queen Victoria to the throne. Buckingham palace’s change of guards exhibits draws crowd at exactly 11:30 am with a bright display of marching precision and music. This is one event you do not want to miss.
Big Ben and parliament
There is no other structure that emphasizes London’s heritage than the 318ft tower. The tower is known to house one of the world’s biggest clock, Big Ben, and its resounding bell. It is also the home of the parliament, which is the seat of the British government and even the site of royal Westminster palace once occupied by William the conqueror centuries ago.
The V &A museum
The Victoria and Albert (V&A) museum, founded in 1852, is made up of the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum. The V & A museum covers about 13 acres of land, has about 145 galleries and contains art and related artefacts from over 5000 years ago.
The two Tates
The Tate Britain and the Tate Modern, both once collectively known as the Tate Gallery was created in 1897 to be the site of exhibit and collection of Britain’s historical art and artefacts. The Tate gallery ceaselessly made acquisitions upon acquisitions and needed more room for objects, hence the establishment of Tate Britain, which is the permanent site for British art paintings. If you are an art lover, you can conveniently spend your time viewing both Tates as they are connected by a high-speed ferry.
Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar square
The construction of the Trafalgar square was to celebrate the victory of Lord Horatio Nelson over the French and the Spanish in 1805 at the Trafalgar. The 183ft momentum made of granite, known as the Nelson column, overlooks the fountain and bronze structures at the square, which were made from French canons. The Piccadilly circus came to be as it is made up of the intersection of busy routes like the Piccadilly regent, Shaftesbury avenue, and Haymarket.
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