Great Places to Visit in London

Trafalgar_Square-2Trafalgar Square

The famous city square that celebrates Lord Nelson’s victory against the navy of Napoleon at the Battle of Trafalgar back in 1805. The monument is a tall column that holds a figure of Nelson, which stands guard over London surrounded by four large lions and a set of fountains. Trafalgar Square is said to be one of the most famous monuments in the world and has become a point of pride for Londoners.

Westminster Abbey

A Gothic church located west of the Palace of Westminster. The abbey is one of the most prestigious religious buildings in the United Kingdom and is, of course, the traditional place where coronations are held and royals are buried. Most of building dates from the reign of Henry III who decided to rebuild the abbey in the gothic style. Later, the building was expanded. The earliest parts of the building date from 1245.

Tower_of_London_viewed_from_the_River_ThamesThe Tower of London

Built by William the Conqueror in 1078 and used as a prison for much of its life, this popular tourist attraction now houses the British Crown Jewels. Prisoners held at the tower ranged from Anne Boleyn and King Henry VI to Nazi defector Rudolf Hess.

The Palace of Westminster

Not the residence of the Queen, but the Houses of Parliament. The building dates from the 19th century when it was built after a fire. It is designed in the Victorian neo-Gothic style and the House of Commons is located within the building. As avid BBC Parliament viewers can tell you, the House of Commons is decorated with green leather upholstery.

St. Paul’s Cathedral

One of the most famous sights in London and a building that has even survived the Blitz. Its dome was inspired by St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and rises 118 meters to the cross at its summit. It was once the tallest building in London and is now arguably the most recognizable building in London.

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