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London may very well be regarded as the most iconic city in the entire world. There is so much history in this city that awaits you. London has been the home to the Royal Family for a very long time and all the museums are filled with historically significant artifacts collected from all over the world. It is a charming place to be in and with time the city grows on you. So without much ado let's take a look at the most wonderful places that you have to be in if you are going on a trip to London.
The London Eye or the giant ferries wheel in London is the most iconic visual treat for anyone who comes to London. It was erected in the year 2000 to mark the millennium celebrations and a never-ending line of visitors has flocked in front of it ever since. At the highest point, the glass capsules will take you about 443 ft above the Thames River and get you some of the most stunning vistas of the city. There is always a long-wait line but you can skip it by going for the more expensive Skip-the-line Ticket. Tickets to the ride start at $18.28 and it usually lasts for about 30 minutes.
Warner Bros. Studio
The Warner Bros. Studio Tour is for all the Potterheads out there. The studio sets and locations used to create the magical Harry Potter films are stored and up for view for anyone who wants a delightful experience. If you come to the Warner Bros/ Studio Tour you can walk through exciting places such as the Great Hall or the classrooms where our young witches and wizards learn their skills. You might either go for a guided tour or wander about on your own. The ticket includes transportation to and from the studios situated in central London.
The Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in London is one of the most remarkable fronts of the amazing works of Madame Tussaud your favorite stars are crafted into lifelike statues from wax in this elaborate museum. You can meet exact lifelike replicas of eminent stars such as Johnny Depp and Benedict Cumberbatch, and even the Queen amongst the exhibits.
The history of Westminster Abbey dates back to almost the 7th century and is a particularly iconic location in London to visit. The place has been associated with Christianity in London and has seen many celebrations, coronations, burials, and so on. A trip to London is surely incomplete if you do not take a walk down Westminster Abbey. A small entry fee of about £5.00 is charged for entry into the Abbey.
London is the place to be if you are a history buff and the historical adventure could as well start at the National Gallery Museum. This museum has made efforts to do a complete survey and is an excellent storehouse of European paintings from 1260 to 1920. Some of the most famous paintings in the world such as Child by Leonardo da Vinci, Venus and Mars by Botticelli, Sunflowers by Van Gogh, and Monet’s The Waterlily Pond is put up on display here.
Trafalgar Square & Piccadilly Circus
Trafalgar Square is a beautiful piece of history that you have to walk through while you are in London. It was built to commemorate the victory of Lord Horatio Nelson over the French. A 56m granite monument known as Nelson's Column is erected in the square for onlookers.
Nearby the Trafalgar Square is the Piccadilly Circus which is one of the major intersections in London between some of the busiest streets. Piccadilly Ave., Regent Ave., Haymarket Ave., and Shaftsbury Ave. all pass through this intersection which is overlooked by the exquisite sculpture of Eros balanced on one foot.
Hyde Park covers an area of about 350 acres and is the largest such open area in London. The park was opened to the public in 1635 and has lots of attractions for visitors. The lake in the center of the park is a man-made addition and is known as Serpentine- people4 flock here to go boating and swimming. The Speaker's Corner and the Apsley House are also situated within the park premises.
Big Ben is one of the most epic monuments that paint the London Sky and probably the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear about London. It is as iconic a landmark as the London Eye and significantly more legendary. It is a humongous tower standing tall at a height of 97 m and houses and magnificently huge clock. The only thing that can do justice to the feeling of being there is actually being there.
The Royal Family lives in Buckingham Palace which was built in 1837 since Queen Victoria came to power. It is a beautiful monument and there is much history about London, and the world that this place has witnessed. One of the most popular attractions of Buckingham Palace is the Changing of the Guards. It is an elaborately choreographed process wherein the guards cross and change with the highest precision. You can take guided tours to explore the insides of the palace and you should get a full understanding of the intricate details of the palace.
The British Museum
If you are even remotely fond of history, historical artifacts, and lost treasures, you have to visit the British Museum at least once. It is one of the most fascinating places to be in all of London. The British Museum has a collection of about 13 million artifacts that tells the story of man from the dawn of time to the modern world. Articles collected from all over the world such as Assyria, Europe, Babylonia, China, India, Native America, and so on are put on display here. Many remarkable relics from the past including the humongous bust of Ramses II, Elgin Marbles from the Parthenon, and Egyptian mummies among others could be found in the British Museum.
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