London is a beautiful capital, it is located in the south-east of Great Britain and it is the largest city in the United Kingdom.
One of the world’s most popular tourist spots, in 2011 the capital attracted a whopping 15.3 million international visitors. So, what makes London so special? Keep reading to learn more about the many London sites and the charm it offers to its visitors.
Everyone has heard about its scarlet-red phone booths, its famous two-story bus and its red mailboxes, but its incredible London sights that will really impress you. There are many places in London that are worth visiting, here is my selection of sites not to be missed.
Big Ben is the name of the English bell that is located in the Clock Tower in central London, in the British parliament. She was nicknamed Big Ben in memory of Benjamin Hall, 1st Commissioner for Public Works and imposing size. Set up in 1858, Big Ben sounds every hour whose sound carries more than 6 km! After sunset, the bell is surmounted by a light that shines on the capital. Big Ben has become a symbol of London just as the Eiffel Tower is Paris but, unfortunately, the tour is not accessible by tourists.
The London Eye
The London Eye is a big wheel set up in 2000 for the millennium celebrations. This site, which is also known as the Millennium Wheel, is the focus of London’s New Year celebrations. At 135 meters high, you will have panoramic views of the capital so you can see London in all its beauty; its large parks, its boroughs and its numerous squares, resembling an extraordinary patchwork. The wheel is open from 10:00 to 20:30 and the admission fee is around £ 30 per person. Do not miss this unique opportunity!
Buckingham Palace must be the most emblematic building in England. Built in 1837, the palace has been the residence of the Royal Family of England since the 19th century, when Queen Victoria was enthroned. The changing of the guard is a spectacle not to be missed; held in red and accompanied by military music, the captains walk towards each other – a ceremony that begins at 11:30. Did you know that, if the flag is raised, Queen Elizabeth is present? But she will only go out to say a royal good morning for special occasions. However, the palace is a must see in London.
Westminster Abbey is London’s most famous religious building. Built on a Christian site dating from the 7th century, the real name of the abbey is Collegiate Church Saint-Pierre. The word Westminster means ‘West Abbey’, which reflects its position in the city of London. Most English rulers were not only crowned here, but were married in Westminster Abbey. The most recent was the wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine Middleton (who can forget the princess’s dress?).
Gastronomy: Borough Market
Borough Market is a food market in the heart of London, Southwark. The market is considered the best market of its kind in England, with rich and quality foods from around the world. The market takes place every Thursday (11:00 to 17:00), Fridays (12:00 to 18:00) and Saturdays (8:00 to 17:00) and includes fruits, vegetables, pastries, breads, meats, cheeses and more with all the smells and flavors you can imagine!