There’s definitely more to London that the 2012 Olympics, one of the most visited cities in Europe, London is teeming with history and culture that is unique to the city. This richness is of course, mirrored in the city’s equally vast attractions like the Buckingham Palace, the British Museum, and Big Ben. If ever you’re planning a visit to London, make sure to not miss out on these favorite tourist locations!
Whether you’re a history buff, into the arts, or a curious traveler, follow us on our trail of classic London attractions.
“Buckingham Palace is the official London residence and principal workplace of the British monarch. Located in the City of Westminster, the palace is a setting for state occasions and royal hospitality. It has been a focus for the British people at times of national rejoicing and crisis.” – Source
“Hyde Park is the largest of four parks which form a chain from the entrance of Kensington Palace through Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, via Hyde Park Corner and Green Park (19 hectares), past the main entrance to Buckingham Palace and then on through Saint James’s Park (23 hectares) to Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall.” – Source
The British Museum
“The British Museum was established in 1753, largely based on the collections of the physician and scientist Sir Hans Sloane. The museum first opened to the public on 15 January 1759 in Montagu House in Bloomsbury, on the site of the current museum building. Its expansion over the following two and a half centuries was largely a result of an expanding British colonial footprint and has resulted in the creation of several branch institutions, the first being the British Museum (Natural History) in South Kensington in 1887. Some objects in the collection, most notably the Elgin Marbles from the Parthenon, are the objects of intense controversy and of calls for restitution to their countries of origin.” – Source
The Houses of Parliament
“The House of Commons is the lower house of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, which also comprises the Sovereign and the House of Lords (the upper house). Both Commons and Lords meet in the Palace of Westminster. The Commons is a democratically elected body, consisting of 650 members (since the 2010 general election), who are known as Members of Parliament (MPs). Members are elected through the first-past-the-post system by electoral districts known as constituencies. They hold their seats until Parliament is dissolved (a maximum of five years after the preceding election).” – Source
Natural History Museum
“The Natural History Museum is one of three large museums on Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, England (the others are the Science Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum). Its main frontage is on Cromwell Road. The museum is an exempt charity, and a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.” – Source
Royal Albert Hall
“The Royal Albert Hall is a concert hall situated on the northern edge of the South Kensington area, in the City of Westminster, London, England, best known for holding the annual summer Proms concerts since 1941.” – Source
“The bridge consists of two towers tied together at the upper level by means of two horizontal walkways, designed to withstand the horizontal forces exerted by the suspended sections of the bridge on the landward sides of the towers. The vertical component of the forces in the suspended sections and the vertical reactions of the two walkways are carried by the two robust towers. The bascule pivots and operating machinery are housed in the base of each tower. The bridge’s present colour scheme dates from 1977, when it was painted red, white and blue for the Queen Elizabeth II’s silver jubilee. Originally it was painted a mid greenish-blue colour.” – Source
So now it’s official! Aside from the opening of the London Olympic Games, we’re also putting the spotlight on London for another reason…our London City Guide is already here! In honor of our launch (and of the Olympics), we hope you’ll join us in the celebration by grabbing a copy as well as continue sharing your favorite London Locations here! There’s something special waiting for you in return. (Hint:piggies hehehe)