Time in London
|Thursday, December 12, 2019|
Facts about London
Things to do in London
Big Ben is the name of the renowned bell inside the clock tower that is seated high above the Palace of Westminster in London. Big Ben is popular not just because of its numerous appearance in different movies but also for being world's largest four facing clock tower. Big Ben is one of the most prominent image of the United Kingdom and its parliamentary democracy. It attracts thousands of local and foreign tourists all year infact it is one of the most visited landmarks in the UK. Big Ben is known for its accuracy and once it chimes, it can be heard as far as five miles away.
Buckingham Palace is the official residence and administrative headquarter of the British Monarchy located in the City of Westminster. It was initially called Buckingham House. Buckingham Palace has 775 rooms in total and it has several highlights: The Grand Staircase that welcomes visitors upon entering the Palace with historic portraits of the royal family members seated on the walls; The Palace Ballroom which is the setting for royal banquets; The Throne Room used for investitures; The Picture Gallery which is packed with King's art collection displayed in exhibits and gallery; The Balcony which is the most iconic part where we see the royal family gathered for special events including weddings and Trooping the Colour. Buckingham Palace hosts several state affairs and special events like Royal Parties, banquets, dinners, among others.
Tower Bridge is a fusion of bascule bridge (moveable bridge) and suspension bridge in London and is one of the most beautiful and highly recognized bridges in the world. This iconic landmark is 244 meters long (800 ft) and each tower is 65 meters (213 ft) which is connected by glass-floored walkway. The Tower Bridge walkway being transparent with its glass floors, gives a good view of passing boats at River Thames to visitors as they look down. Every year, the central span of the bridge is raised at approximately 1,000 times to enable ships to pass. Aside from enjoying the view of this historic Tower Bridge, visitors also enjoy the bridge's exhibition called The Tower Bridge Experience which allows you to look back on the history of the Bridge through its amazing displays and videos.
London Eye is an observation wheel or Ferris Wheel located in the heart of the capital over the River Thames, specifically seated opposite of the well-known Big Ben and House of Parliament. Completed at 135 meters (443 ft) tall, the London Eye is the world's tallest cantilevered observation wheel and it used to be the world's tallest Ferris Wheel from 1999 until 2006. The wheel slowly revolves to safely embark and disembark passengers and it also give a spectacular 360-degree view from the Coca-Cola London Eye's Capsule. There are 32 air-conditioned capsules with interactive guides at seven different languages and this famous landmark also offers a London Eye 4D Experience. For decades now, London Eye annually welcomes over 3.5 million visitors and it has been the most popular paid tourist spot in the entire U.K.
London Bridge is the famous bridge over the River Thames in London, England that links the Southwark and City of London. London Bridge has historically collapsed numerous times and has been replaced. The current bridge is built from concrete and steel, which replaced the previous stone-arched bridge from 19th century and timber bridges made. London Bridge is very popular for tourists because of its history, several nearby landmarks, and wide variety of dining and recreation options. There are several highlights in this iconic landmark like the London Bridge Experience which lets you step back and explore the history of the London Bridge, Mug House, and nearby landmarks makes it one of the top visited sites in United Kingdom which includes but is not limited to Borough Market, Tower Bridge, the Shard , Thames River Tours, and a lot more to explore!
Founded by William the Conqueror, the Tower of London is a castle and a fortress which is popular for being the home of the Crown Jewels and rich history. This World Heritage Site functions as a royal residence, garrison, prison and museum. Being one of the most famous castles in the world, it accommodates millions of visitors every year. There are a lot to explore in the Tower of London including its Crown Jewels with 23,578 gemstone collections, The Ravens, The Yeoman Warder Tours, as well as its exhibition Line of Kings which displays its remarkable armor collections which dates back few centuries ago.
Hyde Park is a 350-acre (142 hectares) Royal Park in London best known for its Speakers' Corner and The Serpentine, along with its beautiful massive gardens, lake, sculptures, and for housing large events. The top highlights of the park are the historic Speakers' Corner which is the traditional ground for debates and speeches since the mid 1880's, The Serpentine which is a 40-acre (16 heactares) recreational lake where people can do rowboats, pedals or swimming as well as Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain. Numerous sculptures can also be seen around the park counting Joy of Life fountain, The Drinking Horse and the Statue of Achilles. It also houses large events and concerts. As the city's most significant green lung, Hyde Park is a great place to spend time if you want to relax, breath fresh air and take a relief from city buzz.
The British Museum is one of the most visited attraction in United Kingdom. The museum houses several historically significant antiquities - Rosetta Stone, Parthenon Marbles, Egyptian Mummies, Renaissance and Medieval Objects, among others. It's collection includes early men's stone tools which was speculatively almost 2 million years old up until the 20th century prints. The museum itself has more than 8 million object collections that also expands to Greek, Roman, Egyptian ethnographic artifacts. With its permanent and special exhibitions, the British Museum provides a great range of learning opportunities to visitors from art, culture and history.
Step into this 300 acres of Green delight and explore the botanic garden that showcases the largest collection of plants and fungi in the world, The Kew Gardens. The Royal Botanic Garden, Kew is internationally recognized for its plant and fungi diversity as well as its contribution to botanical research. There are a lot of things to do as you explore this stunning garden like experiencing The Hive, The Treetop Walkway, visiting the Palm House (where rare and extinct plants are placed), strolling through the Alpine House, Waterlily House, The Temperate House as well as the Arboretum where you can see the ancient and unusual trees that are planted based on their species.
The Shard is a 95-storey skyscraper, currently the tallest building in UK standing at 1,016 feet high (309.6 meters). Located in Southwark, The Shard is the place to go if you want to look at London from the highest viewpoint. The View from The Shard is the observatory experience opened to the public at 68th, 69th, and 72nd floor. The Shard functions as an office, restaurants, bars and observation deck. The Shard is sometimes called as London Bridge Tower or The Shard of Glass, inspired so by its exterior that is made up of 11,000 glass panels.
Named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, The Victoria and Albert Museum is a world-famous museum of arts and design. Explore the museum and discover the rich cultures through their hands-on exhibitions and permanent displays. It houses a permanent collection of more than 2.3 million items that goes as far back as 5,000 years ago. The museum houses different forms of cultural artifacts - fashion, painting, jewellery, glass, ceramics, Asian art and design, photography, furniture, among others. It is free to visit hence you may visit the museum as they host numerous special timely exhibits throughout the year.
The National Gallery is an art museum that houses more than 2,300 art collections from mid-13th century to early 20th century. It has free admission and is located in Trafalgar Square. The National Gallery has world-class collections of arts including the works of significant artists like Raphael, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Hogarth, Gainsborough, Botticelli and many more! With its huge collection of sculptures, paintings and other forms of arts, it has made it to the top destinations of both local and foreign tourists.
Get close, pose and take a selfie with your celebrity idols as you explore the Madame Tussauds London wax museum located in Marylebone Rd, London. You can have face-to-face moments with members of Royals and celebrities in their life-like wax figure. The number of wax figures update from time to time and currently, it has over 250 wax figures at Madame Tussauds London.
Step into the world of Jellyfish, drown yourself into the kingdom of crocs and critters, have a face-to-face moment with sharks and witness the cuteness of the Penguin Chicks at SEA LIFE London Aquarium! As you delve into the rich marine life, you will get to encounter plenty of sea creatures including whales, penguins, lively and colorful coral reefs, deadly stone fish, among others. The museum offers a fun-filled experience to visitors and a lot of learning opportunities.
Kensington Palace is the home of the British Royal Family seating at Kensington Gardens. Duke, Duchess, Prince, and Princesses has been living here since the 17th century. The museum houses several exhibitions allowing visitors to discover the life and fashion of the members of Royal Family at a more intimate look - Princess Diana, Queen Victoria, and many others. A stunning Staircase of the Kings Apartments is a highlighted feature of the Kensington Palace, along with its historic portraits and paintings. A large share of Kensington Palace is accessible to public.
Step into the world of wildlife and have fun as you meet, feed and have a close look at the distinct animal species at the London Zoo. The Zoo was opened on April 27, 1828 making it the world's oldest scientific zoo with a collection of over 750 animal species. Here you can engage into entertaining activities like witnessing animal talks, engaging into animal feeds and presentations, bedbugs sleepovers, and many other animal adventures! The zoo is the home of over 17,000 amazing creatures including giraffes, sea creatures, reptiles, gibbons, penguins, rainforest animals, and many others. It's a fun place to learn about animals, a family and kid-friendly environment with a wide range of learning opportunities. It is seated at the northern edge of Regent's Park in London, hence it's sometimes referred to as Regent's Zoo.
Greenwich Park is one of the largest green field in South East London seating at 74 hectares (183 acres). The park offers spectacular view across London especially if you walk to the peak of the park. Its beauty is a fusion of beautiful gardens, 17th century landscapes, ancient trees, among others. It is one of the notable areas in London that offers several activities to visitors - cycling, hiking, picnics, as well as overlooking the River Thames and royal residences.
The Museum of London is a scientific institution with numerous collections of relics relevant to London located in 150 London Wall, Barbican, London. Take advantage to the free highlights gallery tour as you explore the museum's collections that depict the culture, history and art of London from past era to present time. With more than six million objects, its historical object spans thousands of years of London History - from the time before it was built to Roman London, to Medieval London up to present times. Their interactive exhibitions and displays (both temporary and permanent) give interesting presentation for visitors to fully understand London through history. It's been a consistently popular destination for tourists.
Touch the 4.5-billion-year-old meteorite and stand at the reference point of the world, Prime Meridian, at Royal Observatory! Prime Meridian uses the Meridian Line in Greenwich which in turn, allows you to stand at two hemispheres at once - one foot at eastern hemisphere and the other at the western hemisphere. It's very significant to the world of science and astronomy. The Royal Observatory must see's include Harrison Clocks, The Great Equatorial Telescope, Peter Harrison Planetarium, Octagon Room, and the Shepherd Gate Clock. With its unique experiences offered, the Royal Observatory has been a popular tourist destination accommodating millions of tourists every year.
Palace of Westminster (also called The House of Parliament) is the official meeting place of the two houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom - House of Commons and the House of Lords. It is located in Westminster, London particularly at the north bank of the River Thames. The Palace is built in Gothic Revival style by Charles Barry. The lengthy facade, the design and history of the palace makes it one of the finest in the world. Be captivated by the architectural beauty of Palace of Westminster as you visit this popular destination in London!
Step back into time and witness the Britain's history and how it handled its complex time during World War II at Churchill War Rooms Museum. Churchill War Rooms is a part of London's Imperial War Museum. It served as wartime fortification for Winston Churchill, a former British prime minister, his team members, and his wife during the Blitz. The museum has an interactive gallery that shows Churchill's life story, photographs, documents, clips and interviews, and memorabilia from World War II.
Science Museum is a place to go to be educated and at the same time, be entertained as you venture to the special award-winning exhibitions and presentations that kids of all ages would enjoy. The museum has a permanent collection of more than 300,000 objects related to science, medicine and health. It offers free access to the public and you can delve into the world of Science through their interactive gallery, growing digital resources, special and permanent exhibitions and activities. It is a very popular destination and it welcomes millions of visitors every year.
St James' Park is the oldest Royal Park in London surrounded by beautiful flower beds, fountains, lakes, Pelicans, sculptures and statues, and memorials. It is historically significant because it is a well-known venue for Royal and state events like The Mall which is the venue during Royal processions and coronations; Military ceremonies like Trooping the Colour and House Guards Parade also take place here. St James' Park houses amazing statues and sculptural works like The Duke of York Statue, The Queen Victoria Memorial, The Tiffany Fountain, King George VI Memorial, Captain Cook Statue, among others. The park offers a spectacular and relaxing view hence it's a famous attraction for residents and tourists not just for relaxation.
Step into the world of imagination and visit the house of the famous fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. It is located in 221b Baker Street. Arthur Conan Doyle is a Scottish writer who created the world-famous literary character. Being the first museum dedicated to Sherlock Holmes, it attracts around 70,000 visitors yearly.