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Friday, September 28, 2012

Major Tourist Landmarks in London

London is a bustling, vibrant and an energetic city. People are always on the move, there is so much energy and enthusiasm all year round. The City of London alongwith Greater London (32 boroughs) is one real big city which is 'The Place' for fashion, music and theatre, trade, politics and finance.

For a travel lover, London has it all. There are numerous landmarks all over the city and many are must-sees if you are visiting London. Listed below are some of the major landmarks in London.

Tower Bridge - Decorated with high towers and featuring a drawbridge, this bridge is one of the iconic bridges in London.


The London Eye - Standing at a height of 135 metres (442 ft 11 in), it is the largest Ferris wheel in Europe, and has become the most popular paid tourist attraction in the United Kingdom, visited by over three million people in one year.


Trafalgar Square - Located in the heart of London it is the fourth most popular tourist attraction on Earth with more than fifteen million visitors a year.


St Paul's Cathedral - St Paul's Cathedral is dedicated to Paul the Apostle. It was the tallest building in London until 1962. The dome of the cathedral is an intrinsic part of the London skyline.


Buckingham Palace - Needs no introduction. It is the official London residence of the Queen.


The Shard - The Shard located in Southwark (the latest addition to the London skyline) is the tallest building in Western Europe at present. The tower has a pyramidal shape and is clad entirely in glass.


Piccadilly Circus - With the statue of Eros in the middle and the huge iconic neon hoarding on the northern side, this place is one of the most photographed sights in London. You will find it in every traveller's photo album :)

London has an unbelievable number of museums. Would you believe it if I said that the British government lists over 240 genuine museums in the city? Isn't that just amazing? Here are some:

The Museum of London (St Pauls) - The Museum of London has nine permanent galleries which are open to the public. The galleries are free to enter and depicts the story of London from prehistoric times until the present day.


The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich - The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich is the leading maritime museum of the UK and possibly the largest museum of its kind in the world. The museum houses more than 2 million objects relating to seafaring, navigation, astronomy and time measurement .


The Natural History Museum in South Kensington - The museum is home to life and earth science specimens comprising some 70 million items within five main collections: Botany, Entomology, Mineralogy, Palaeontology and Zoology. The museum is a world-renowned centre of research, specialising in taxonomy, identification and conservation.


The Victoria and Albert Museum - The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London is the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design, housing a permanent collection of over 4.5 million objects. Named after Prince Albert and Queen Victoria, it was founded in 1852, and has since grown to now cover some 12.5 acres and 145 galleries.


Apart from these main ones you have - Tate Modern, National Potrait Gallery, British Museum, Cartoon Museum, Charles Dickens Museum, Forty Hall Museum, Churchill War Rooms, Cutty Sark Museum, Ham House, Imperial War Museum, London Transport Museum, Osterley Park and House, Royal Air Force Museum, Saatchi Gallery, Sherlock Holmes Museum, V&A Museum of Childhood, Wimbledon Windmill Museum, Fan Museum and many many more.

If you are looking for some green spaces to rest and relax after visiting these landmarks then you will find numerous parks all over London.

The Richmond Royal Park - Spread over 2500 acres the park has everything a nature lover could ask for - woodlands, ponds, well maintained gardens, grasslands, small green hills and wildlife.


The Greenwich Park in Greenwich, London is one of the oldest Royal Parks. The park situated on top of a tiny hill and spreading to around 183 acres; is home to the Prime Meridian Line and the Royal Observatory.


Kensingtion garden spread over 275 acres, and lying to the west of the Hyde Park, is one of the royal parks. Its the setting for the Kensington palace. It also houses other attractions like the Italian Gardens, the Peter Pan Statue, the Albert Memorial, the Diana Playground and the Round Pound.


Kew Gardens - The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, usually referred to as Kew Gardens, are 121 hectares of gardens and botanical glasshouses between Richmond and Kew in southwest London, England.


Hyde Park - Spread over 142 hectares and with 4000 trees - Hyde Park is one of the largest parks in Central London. It is also one of the Royal Parks of London. The park includes a lake, a meadow and even horse rides.

Green Park - It is situated close to St James's Park but is quite different as it is more peaceful with mature trees and grasslands.

St James Park is known for its attractions: Horseguards Parade, Pelicans, Inn, The Blue Bridge, The Mall, Playground.

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  1. I just realized that London is the best place to visit in the world. The pictures you shared were amazing. Your post is helpful and useful. I'll visit the places you mentioned here if ever I can spend a vacation in London. I'll bookmark your post. Thanks.

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