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London Visitor information

There are countless must-see landmarks & attractions in London, and one of many is the outstanding Tower Bridge, you can walk across it’s high-level glass floor which is 42 meters above the River Thames! And to top it off you can even visit the Tower of London on the bank near the bridge, it’s home to the Crown Jewels and has served as a royal palace and prison. You can get tickets to go inside the Tower of London and even get to see it’s crown Jewels and all other exhibitions. 

The Shard is an impressive building to see and is western Europe’s tallest building. You can go up to number 72 it’s top floor and get a beautiful 360-degree view for up to 40 miles of London. 

An alternative way to see London’s Skyline would be taking a ride on the London Eye, which is the world’s largest observation wheel by the River Thames. 

Visit Buckingham Palace, the official residence of Britain’s Royal Family and you’ll get to see the guards outside patrolling the area. You can also see the colourful Changing the Guard Ceremony which happens every day between April-July and every other day the rest of the year. 

Harrods is one of London’s most famous stores offering luxury goods, with it’s impressive 7 floors and 330 departments, you will have plenty of shops to explore! Located on Brompton Road in Knightsbridge. 

The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben are one of the most iconic attractions, it’s served as the place of Britain’s political power, and is an incredible architectural building. 

There are a huge variety of restaurants, bars and cafes all over London everywhere you go, so you will never run out of something different to eat which is easily accessible. 

Travel

London is a fantastic city to visit, with lots to do and see! Many parts of London are pedestrianized so it is very easy to get to most of the attractions by walking, the advantage is being able to explore and take in it’s beautiful sights. 

Getting around London is very easy due to it’s great public transport network, it is divided into 9 fare zones, with 1 & 2 being central London, the rest of the numbers then increasing the further outside the city you get. 

The Tube (underground) is the most popular way of transport and can get very busy, you can pay for the transport either by buying a ticket, a contactless car or an Oyster Card. It can get you across 270 different stations very quickly and each station is within easy walking distance, with trains arriving usually within less than 10 minutes. They are easily recognized by the distinctive London Underground Logo, with a red circle and blue box. 

The Overground is also an efficient way of getting you around London to different areas and is recognizable by its orange circle and blue Overground logo. 

As well as the above rail-like services, London also offers an actual railway train that links Central London to the suburbs and the rest of the country and some places around the world! 

London has a wide range of Bus routes and stops serving a huge area and taking the Bus in London can get you anywhere! They are slightly slower than the rail services due to the traffic, however it can save you from walking around the underground system. The most famous buses are the Big Red Buses! 

You can get a River Boat along the Thames starting from Putney in the west of the city all the way to Woolwich in the east essentially getting you from one end of London to the other. 

There is also the option of getting Taxis around London from a basic cab to an iconic Black Cab, however this can be quite costly, but is an experience! 

You can hire a Bicycle to get around London due to its many cycle lanes and there are also public cycle points dotted around London to easily hire a bike. 

History of London

London is the capital of England, and has over 2,000 years of rich history. 

It was once called Londinium firstly given by the Romans, in the later years following the Norman Conquest it was then also known as Lunden and then over the centuries was finally settled down as London. 

By 1100 London’s population was more than 15,000 people, by 1300 it had increased to around 80,000. In the mid-14th Century when the Plague hit London, it lost at least half of its population. Due to its economic and political importance it rapidly recovered despite further epidemics. 

It was founded in 1066 and built in 1078 The Tower of London, it lies on the north bank of the River Thames in Central London. The castle was used as a prison between 1100- 1952 where it imprisoned two of the well known ´Kray Twins´ who were twin brothers and criminal leaders of their gang during the 1950s-1960s. 

In 1703 Buckingham House was built for the Duke of Buckingham, it was later enlarged in the 19th Century and became the residence of the British Monarch on the acquisition of Queen Victoria in 1837. There were further structural additions in the 19th -20th centuries which contained the East Front, a well-known balcony where the Royal Family traditionally gathers to greet crowds. 

The Medieval stone arch bridge was for many years the only London Bridge crossing over the Thames up until 1750, due to the Westminster bridge being open. In 1799 there was a design to create a replacement for the Medieval Bridge, which was opened in 1831 however due to it being the busiest point in London the bridge was found to be sinking an inch every 8 years, and by 1924 it was decided the bridge had to be demolished and rebuilt. Between 1967-1972 the new Modern London Bridge was being constructed and opened in 1973 by Queen Elizabeth II.

Half a mile upstream of London Bridge, is the Iconic Tower Bridge which crosses the River Thames near to the Tower of London, it was built between 1886-1894. 

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