London, the capital of England, is a city with a broad mix of old and new. As well as having an abundance of fascinating historical buildings and landmarks to visit and explore, it is a city full of modern, cosmopolitan life and avant garde culture, and is one of the world’s leading cities in many sectors including business, the arts, fashion and entertainment.
London is home to the the British Royal Family and the Houses of Parliament, and millions of tourists visit the city each year to see many of its famous landmarks, institutions and attractions. There are many fascinating museums in London including history, art and science with a vast range of exhibits to see. It is a place where people come for a range of entertainment, whether a West End Musical, a Shakespearean play at the Globe Theatre, a major music concert at the O2 or opera and ballet at the Royal Opera House, to name but a few.
London is an important centre for business and finance and here you will find prominent conference and convention centres such as ExCel London in Royal Victoria Dock in East London, Olympia London in Kensington, and Wembley, in the north west of London. There are several major airports in and around London, making the city very easy to get to by air. These are Heathrow, Gatwick, London City, Stansted, Luton and Southend.
London Car Hire
Wherever you are in London, it’s guaranteed that you’ll to get a car from one of the leading suppliers who provide London car hire services, you can choose from many of the suppliers including Avis, Enterprise, Europcar, Firefly, Hertz, InterRent, Sixt and others.
All of the attractions in London would be far too numerous to mention but ten of the best places to visit would be:
Tower of London
Highly popular with tourists is this impressive castle where the Crown Jewels are on display here for the public to admire in all their glory, explore the White Tower with its imposing Norman architecture built to deter uprisings and invaders in historic London, and holds collections of armouries. During your visit you can also see copies of torture instruments that were used on prisoners at the Tower in days gone by, and have a fascinating tour with a Yeoman warder while they tell you stories about the exciting history of the Tower.
The British Museum houses an enormous collection of works, showing the history of humans from their origins until present day. There are exhibits from all over the world and covering all periods in human history, with departments including ancient Egyptian, Greek, Roman and medieval and a huge range of artefacts such as the famous Parthenon Marbles, Egyptian mummies and coffins, drawings by Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, Bronze Age jewellery and weapons, Aztec and Incan artefacts and Aboriginal art. The Museum makes a fascinating visit for any visitor to London.
This huge ferris wheel by London’s River Thames is a distinctive landmark in the city and measures 135m in height. It is very popular with visitors to London, giving amazing views over the city to its passengers who ride in the large capsules.
The National Gallery
Here in this superb building built in neo-classical style, you can see an impressive large collection of paintings by masters such as Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Durer, Raphael, Jan van Eyck, Titian, van Gogh, J.M.W. Turner, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hogarth, Gainsborough, Goya, Constable Monet, Renoir and many more works between the 13th century and 1900.
If it modern art you want to see then the Tate Modern is a must, with works dating from 1900 to present and houses works by artists such as Picasso, Warhol, Cezanne and Matisse, with both permanent exhibitions and changing temporary displays.
Another popular place to visit is this interesting collection of wax work models of famous people, all life-size. You can see models of people such as The Queen, Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Usain Bolt, Muhammed Ali, Martin Luther King, Barack Obama, John F. Kennedy and Nelson Mandela.
Natural History Museum
Another very interesting museum to visit where you can see a huge range exhibits including dinosaur skeletons, a giant squid, blue whale replica and skeleton, fossils and gemstones.
St. Pauls Cathedral
You can admire the stunning architecture of this building in Baroque style in the 17th and 18th centuries, a famous landmark in London with its distinctive dome. The inside is just as stunning with its beautiful pilasters, arches and mosaics.
This impressive Abbey built in Gothic architecture has been home to many royal coronations and weddings and is steeped in history. There is also a museum that you can visit at the Abbey which include fascinating royal effigies. The Abbey is also the resting place for many famous people who include Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.
This interesting and entertaining museum houses a huge collection from scientific subjects including Space exploration, transport, medicine, biology, technology and many more, with many of the exhibits being interactive, and you can also enjoy a ride in space and aircraft simulators.
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