The city of London has numerous attractions within its limits. So many, in fact, that it may seem impossible for the average tourist to see them all! Here is a list of some of the city’s most popular attractions, though it is by no means exhaustive. Check a few off the list the next time you are in London!
The Tower of London takes its name from its oldest building, the White Tower, which is nestled in the center of the High Court. This dungeon has undergone many changes since its construction in the 11th century.It was so named during the reign of Henry III, when the walls were whitewashed. Fortress and residence of the ruler of England, it served as an arsenal for centuries and now houses many pieces of the collection of the Royal Armouries. Admire also the beautiful chapel of St. John the Evangelist, of Norman Romanesque style.
The Crown Jewels
Kept at the Tower of London since the 17th century, The Crown Jewels have been on display since 1971. Most of the pieces are those used only during the coronation ceremony. The oldest date back to the coronation of Charles II, to the Restoration (1660). Most of the gems are of inestimable value, including the largest diamond in the world, the first Star of Africa (530 carats). The imperial crown alone has 3,733 stones.
The British Museum
The British Museum is one of the most important institutions of its kind, and its vast treasures illustrate a large part of the history of civilization. The large courtyard, an architectural marvel designed by Sir Norman Foster, is the heart of the entire museum. Passing through here is an exhilarating experience, one that puts visitors face to face with those rare works that reveal the genius of man and the interweaving of multiple cultural influences from the beginnings of time up until the present day. No trip to London is complete without a visit to the British Museum, where there is so much to discover!
Victoria and Albert Museum
This museum dedicated to the decorative arts is home to many various treasures – masterpieces of all time, of all countries and of all kinds, to the delight of visitors strolling through its maze of corridors and galleries. Connoisseurs each have their favorite pieces, but many unique discoveries await lovers of beautiful things willing to spend a few hours, an afternoon, or a day exploring every corner of the museum.
The harmonious arrangement of the park, bordered to the north by Regent’s Canal, dazzling “terraces” and splendid villas, as well as its natural beauty, is an outstanding achievement where the beauties of nature blend into the most refined artistic taste. Young and old will enjoy the attractions of the zoo, the rose garden, and outdoor performances of outdoor theater and concerts which are the highlights of the summer season. Park amenities include a lake for boating, plenty of idyllic picnicking areas, and tennis courts.