5 Famous Places in London

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London is one of the most multicultural and diverse cities in England. It is the largest city in England known for its vibrant culture and famous places in London.

The notable reason for a visit to London is its lively nightlife with approximately 25.6 events. The best time to visit London is in March and November because of the variable temperature which ranges from 11 to 20 degrees.

July is known to be the hottest month of London when the peak temperature can be 30 degrees celsius.

The British History of London

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The city of London was founded by the Romans, It has numerous galleries, museums, libraries including an art gallery, Tate Britain, and many more.

In London’s history, The last monarch to be buried in the abbey was George II in 1760. Queen Elizabeth II and her close relations were a part of the British Royal Family.

In many state and national duties of queen Elizabeth, members of the royal family supported the queen to carry out important work in different areas such as charity, public affairs, and social work.

The British government focused on giving a single payment to the queen which was made every year, also known as the Sovereign Grant. In British history, Leonardo da Vinci scientifically depicted the world in a deeply naturalistic way.

The Westminster Abbey has never had a bishop and its royal tombs and monuments are unsurpassed. It has been at the forefront of multi-faith dialogue. In the ancient world of the Westminster Abbey, the re-founding by Bishop Dunstan of London and King Edgar begin its story in 1959.

Life in Central London

Central London is the innermost part of London. Victoria and Albert Museum, Westminster abbey, Mayfair, Pimlico, Westminster Bridge, and others are some of the famous places in London.

London sees the maximum crowds during the Autumn when the weather is mild. There are several world heritage sites in London, inscribed on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural organization also termed as UNESCO.

The world heritage site focuses on the outstanding universal value of various areas or objects such as Westminster abbey, tower of London, Westminster bridge, and others. There are four alluring world heritage sites in London.

5 Famous Places in London

1. Westminster Bridge

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Westminster Bridge is situated over the River Thames and connects the boroughs of Westminster and Lambeth. The Westminster Bridge is a type of Arch Bridge, known as the oldest bridge spanning the River Thames and it is well known for its blue color.

The bridge is also served by many local and hop-on-hop-off sightseeing bus tours. There are many other places to visit in London around Westminster bridge. Such places include Westminster Abbey, The national gallery, The London Eye, County Hall, and similar places are some famous places in London.

2. Victoria and Albert Museum

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Victoria and Albert’s museum was named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. It is known as the world’s largest museum of applied arts, design, and performance. It is located in South Kensington, London. It has a vast and diverse permanent collection of more than 6.5 million objects.

The Royal Commission for the exhibition of 1851 owns the site of the Victoria and Albert Museum. The museum is one of the famous places in London.

3. Tower of London

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The Tower of London is known as the most secure castle in the land and is an internationally famous landmark of London.

The Tower of London is a UNESCO world heritage site that was listed in 1988. It was built by William, the Conqueror, and currently resides the priceless Crown jewels of England. It is home to 37 Yeoman Warder and the famous Tower Ravens.

Attractions around the tower include The Jewel House- Home of the priceless Crown Jewels, The Royal Parks, and Science museum, which are some famous places in London. The Tower of London is one of England’s most evocative ancient monuments and is known as one of the most famous places in London.

4. British Museum

British Museum
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British Museum is a public place, that contributed to human history, art, and culture. It is one of the world’s largest and most important museums and has more than seven million objects from all the continents.

The most famous object in the British museum is The Rosetta Stone, which bears the priestly decree and consists of 32 lines of democratic text in the middle section. It is one of the most famous places in London.

The oldest object at the British museum is the Olduvai stone chopping tool, made nearly two million years ago. Sir Hans Sloane was the founder of the British Museum who was a physician by trade.

5. The National Gallery

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The National Gallery is an art museum, that houses a fantastic collection of over 2,300 European paintings. The painting of Virgin and Child Enthroned is one of the oldest paintings in the national gallery, Westminster.

The national gallery is London’s most iconic gallery and holds one of the greatest collections of paintings in the world.

Virgin and child enthroned
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The painting ‘The Virgin and Child Enthroned’ is a small oil-on-oak panel painting. It makes this place one of the famous places in London. It beautifully depicts the motherly love of the Virgin Mary for Jesus.

The national gallery also has the most comprehensive collection of Renaissance paintings such as Jan van Eyk- The Arnolfini Portrait, Leonardo da Vinci- The Virgin of the rocks, Hans Holbein the Younger- The Ambassadors, and so on. The British Museum is one of the famous tourist attractions near the national gallery.

14 Fascinating Tourist Attractions in London

London is famous for its vibrant culture and people across the world take initiation in several other activities based on the different programs.

The tourist attraction here includes some famous Museums, parks, art galleries, and the royal palace. From ancient history to modern art, explore the beautiful city, London.

1. Historic Museums of London

Historic Museums represent cultures of people from time immemorial. Museums store scientific and artistic interests and exhibit modern art. When it comes to representing the cultures and art, the people of London display the best works of art.

However, Museums can be open-air museums or they can exhibit items in buildings but nearly all museums fall into one of the following categories: archaeology, ethnology, anthropology, natural history, craft, and technology. Here are some important museums in London:

(a) The Imperial War Museum

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The imperial war museum of London is the world’s leading museum of war. It tells the story of people who have lived, fought, and died in conflicts since the first world war. Upon its opening in 1920, its focus was on world war I but eventually its focus was caught by world war II and subsequent military engagements.

The museum holds an extensive photographic archive and has an outstanding art collection from world war II. The imperial war museum represents several realistic audiovisual experiences to the visitors.

(b) The London Transport Museum

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The London transport museum spans 200 years of London history from the perspective of its public transportation and attracts over 400,000 visitors every year.

The London transport museum is owned by Sam Mullins OBE opened in 1980 and is known as one of the famous places in London. The Museum houses an enormous collection of underground carriages, historical maps, and vintage tramps. It also includes several relics, such as the oldest urban bus of London.

(c) The Postal Museum

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The Postal Museum is a postal museum dedicated to the preservation, study, and presentation of postal history and philately.

The Museum is run by the Postal Heritage Trust since 2004. It is located in a section of London’s General Post Office, extensively holding postage stamps including domestic and foreign issues dated to Britain’s first stamp in 1840. It is one of the most famous places in London and attracts thousands of people every year.

It reveals remarkable social and communications history through its iconic services, bringing five centuries of communication history to life.

(d) Natural History Museum

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The Natural history museum is a natural museum of history that exhibits a wide range of natural history collections including current and historical records. It is known as a world-class tourist attraction in London and a leading science research center, administered by the Smithsonian Institution.

The natural history museum is home to 70 million specimens of plants and animals. The main collection of the natural history museum includes Botany, Entomology, Mineralogy, Palaeontology, and Zoology, which makes it to be a part of the list of famous places in London.

2. Delightful Parks in London

(a) Hyde Park

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Hyde Park is one of the eight royal parks in London and is spread across an area of 350 acres of land in Westminster Borough. It is also known as the largest park in the heart of London exhibiting treasures of public statues and sculptures.

Hyde Park is famous for its speaker’s corner which is used to host public debates and speeches. The name of the park is derived from the Manor of hyde, the northeast sub-division of the manor of Eia.

Hyde Park is also known as the hometown of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Some tourist attractions and famous places in London near hyde park also include:

  • Kensington Gardens
  • Parade ground
  • Serpentine Waterfall
  • The Hudson Memorial Bird Sanctuary
  • Richmond park
  • Westminster abbey
  • St. James Park
  • Green Park
  • Royal Albert hall

(b) Richmond Park

Richmond park
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Richmond Park was created by Charles I in the 17th century as a deer park. It is one of the eight prestigious parks in London, enclosed in space extending over an incredible 2,500 acres.

Richmond Park, a national natural reserve is a famous tourist place for its red and grazing deer and is home to a variety of ancient trees, birds, beetles, bats, and flora.

The park comprises a 40-acre woodland garden known as the Isabella Plantation and it was first planted in the 1830s. The highest point is home to the fascinating Georgian mansion Pembroke Lodge, with 13 acres of beautifully landscaped ground in its surroundings.

Ham and house garden can be found to the south of Richmond on the banks of river Thame. It is a fantastic garden, built-in 1610 for Sir Thomas vavasor.

3. Buckingham Place

Buckingham Palace
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The Buckingham palace is originally known as Buckingham House, having 775 rooms. It is one of the most famous places in London. Queen Victoria and Prince Philip live in private quarters in Buckingham Palace, located in central London.

The Buckingham Palace has its name after the house was built for John Sheffield, who was also known as the duke of Buckingham. It is situated within the borough of Westminster. The enormous building and extensive gardens fascinate most of the tourists and focus national and royal celebrations.

The Buckingham Palace features a treasure trove of art owned by the Royal collection. The chief attraction of Buckingham palace is the gold state coach, and wandering gardens is another highlight of a visit to Buckingham Palace.

Interesting architecture and its grand big buildings fascinate people across the world. The value of Buckingham palace is worth up to $1.323 billion.

4. St Paul’s Cathedral

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St Paul’s cathedral is designed by an architect sir Christopher Wren and is one of the famous places in London. The church serves as the Anglican episcopal see in London and focuses on many cultural and religious events.

The architectural design of St Paul’s cathedral is Indo-Gothic and has a library situated over the western pouch. Donations of books to the library were made by W. Gordon and Rev. J. Nath of the University of Oxford.

A display of plastic art forms and memorabilia focuses the major attraction on St Paul’s cathedral church. The external and internal surfaces of the cathedral church were plastered with lime plaster in the form of Stucco.

The Sculpture of Bishop Wilson made of marble is also present in the library of St Paul’s cathedral. The church is surrounded by a well-tended garden. St Paul’s cathedral is a dome-shaped church and has a crypt that extends under the eastern end.

5. London Eye

The London Eye
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In London, the London Eye is the largest observation wheel in the world, built-in 1999 on the south bank of the River Thames.

It gives a 360-degree view over London, often regarded as the Millennium wheel. London Eye is the world’s largest observation wheel at the height of 135m with 32 high-tech glass capsules.

The London Eye is a famous landmark of a great height and vantage point. It rotates at 26cm per second, about 0.9 kph. It has fundamentally modified London’s skyline and is seen from various viewpoints.

The most popular attractions near the London eye are big ben, Westminster Abbey, the Palace of Westminster, Buckingham Palace, and st paul’s cathedral.

6. Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge
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Tower Bridge crosses the River Thames near the Tower of London, built-in 1886 and 1894. It is designed by Horace Jones and engineered by John Wolfe Barry and is London’s most striking bridge. The distance between the London bridge and tower bridge is 509 km.

The Tower Bridge is a spectacular bascule and a marvelous structure consisting of two bridge towers in victorian gothic style tied together. It took the efforts of 432 workers to help build the bridge and 70,000 tons of concrete sunk to the bed of the river Thames to support the bridge. It was unfolded by the Prince and Princess of Wales.

7. Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar square
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Trafalgar Square is a central square of national democracy, protest, and is home to Nelson’s Column. It is designed in 1830, named after the Battle of Trafalgar, the British naval victory in the Napoleonic wars.

To represent the heroism of Lord Nelson, 4 bronze lions are represented at Trafalgar Square, which sits at the base of Nelson’s column. The lions sit in the same position but they are not identical.

The Trafalgar square lions were built by Edwin Landseer in 1868. The color of Trafalgar square is red, which stands as the third and most expensive property. The delightful events occur at Trafalgar square which includes multi-cultured festivals and religious celebrations ranging from pride in London festivities to the Chinese new year.

Fascinating things to do in Trafalgar square include the national portrait gallery, the national cafe, St Martins-in-the-Fields church, and many more.

8. Royal Opera House

Royal Opera House
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The Royal opera house is the home of Britain’s oldest national opera and ballets companies, located in the city of the west minister. The history of the Royal Opera House holds the tradition of operatic performance which goes back for more than 260 years.

The building of the house is known as Floral House and is the third theatre on the convent Garden site. The stunning performances of music and dance, delicious food and drink take place at the house very often. It is one of the famous places in London and exploring many other things may help in a levitating experience.

9. Piccadilly Circus

Piccadilly Circus
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Piccadilly circus is precisely famous for its video display and neon signs placed on the corner building on the northern side. The theatre district, Harry potter locations, Leicester square, memorials, and statues are the famous things to do around Piccadilly circus.

Due to its central location, Piccadilly circus is also a popular hotel area and is one of the busiest junctions in London. Theatres in the area of Piccadilly circus include Prince of Wales Theatre, Leicester Square Theatre, Queen’s Theatre, and Apollo Theatre.

Locations near the Piccadilly circus were used during the filming of the movie series Harry Potter, thereby, fans of harry potter can keep an eye out while visiting the circus. The House of MinaLima features a variety of artwork and props from the harry potter movies.

Trafalgar Square is the famous landmark of Piccadilly circus because thousands of people visit London to enjoy the beautiful scenes around the circus.

10. Elizabeth Tower

Elizabeth Tower is one of famous places in London
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The tower is originally referred to as Big Ben or clock tower. The Tower is named Elizabeth Tower in the honor of Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee and is known as one of the best places in London.

Big ben was designed by British architect Augustus Pugin, who constructed it in a neo-Gothic style to serve as the standard clock of the city.

The big ben symbolizes constant vigil over the British houses of Parliament, completed in 1856. During its construction, 2600 cubic meters of brick and 850 cubic meters of stone were used. The height of big ben is 96m and is the most iconic landmark and must-visit London attractions.

The clock tower is also known for its accuracy and its massive hour bell. The weight of the bell is 15.1 tons and is associated with the whole clock tower.

Big Ben was named after Sir Benjamin Hall, who was the first commissioner of works and affectionately known as Big Ben. The clock of big ben is famous for its reliability and design.

11. Tate Modern

Tate modern is a famous art gallery comprised of a family of four art galleries in London, holding the nation’s collection of modern art from 1900. It is known as the jewel in the crown of modern art galleries in London.

The Nude, Green Leaves, and Bust by Pablo Picasso is the most expensive painting in the Tate modern in 1932. It is the national museum that depicts modern and contemporary art.

12. Covent Garden

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Covent Garden is a region on the eastern boundary of the west end, between St Martin’s Lane and Drury Lane. It is associated with the covent garden market.

The Covent garden spans over 400 years and the convent garden market is one of the largest produce markets in the world. The garden is known as one of the famous places in London.

There are famous shops near Covent garden like Nicole Farhi, Aspinal of London, Mulberry and apple. The Covent garden museums are the famous attraction of Covent gardens such as the Film Museum, London’s national gallery, and the National Portrait Gallery.

13. The Great Hall

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The Great hall was built in 1896 and has been the centre of city government since the middle ages. It is located in the heart of East London, with a capacity of 200 people.

Medieval Great Hall is the largest and most impressive room at Guildhall, which acts as a spectacular venue for grand receptions, royal weddings, dinners, and versatile space for ceremonies and conferences. Natural light floods into the hall and makes royal weddings astonishing.

14. Hampton Court Palace

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Hampton court palace is a Royal Palace in the London borough, which began in 1514 for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey and can be counted along with other famous places in London.

The British royal family has not lived in Hampton court palace since the 18th century. It has many gardens and a maze.  A palace is a fortunate place for a wedding and a modern palace viewing as a cutting-edge castle. Delightful nurseries play a major role in the attraction of the palace.

The city of London is a Metropolitan city and is also known as a Global City. British Museum, the Tower of London, Victoria and Albert Museum are a few famous Places in London. Though there are thousands of famous places to visit in London, London is famous as a Global cultural capital and economic clout. You can also have a look at 10 fun places to go in London.

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