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Most Popular London Attractions

           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!

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White Tower

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.

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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.

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Regent’s Park

            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.

What London has for You

When vacationing in London, there is truly something for everyone. Whether you’re taking a trip with the family, going for a relaxing week away, or having a crazy weekend abroad with a group of friends, London has something to offer you, Here are just some of its many attractions:

Music and Nightlife

When the sun sets over London, the city comes alive, and believe us when we tell you that there is something for everyone here,from chic night clubs like Chelsea and Mayfair to cool clubs like Fabric to raves in warehouses. Or maybe you prefer to discover the live music scene? Meet at Cargo in East London, or at Ronnie Scott’s in Soho Bar Fly, or at Proud Camden Jazz Cafe: whatever the evening when you come, you will find musicians playing any style of music from rock to hip-hop, jazz.

For families

London is the perfect playground for children of all ages. Do not miss the Science Museum, the Natural History Museum and the Horniman Museum, where kids will enjoy themselves so much that they will visit not even realize they are learning. Animal lovers will love to approach the animals at London Zoo, the London Wetlands Centre and Battersea Park Children’s Zoo, and spend a little pocket money at the world famous Hamleys toy store.

Sport

In 2012, London became the center of the sports world by hosting the Olympic Games. The Olympic Park reopened in 2013 under thename of Queen Elizabeth Park, but there’s plenty to do to fill the sports fanatics schedule without ever stepping foot there. Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of one of the 13 professional football clubs of London, take in a cricket match at Lords, watch the pros in action at Wimbledon, or cheer during a football or rugby match at the incredible Wembley Stadium.

Shopping

London is a dream for shopaholics, whatever your taste and budget. Big name major retailers line Oxford Street, Bond Street, Regent Street and Knightsbridge. If you have a penchant for vintage, go to Portobello Market, Camden, Spitalfields and Brick Lane. And don’t worry if a little rain starts to fall- shopping centers Westfield, Dover Street Market and shops known worldwide as Liberty, Selfridges and Harrods are there to keep you dry.

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History and Heritage

London may well be one of the most modern cities in the world, though there are still traces of its rich history everywhere. The Royal Botanical Gardens, the Tower of London, Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey and Maritime Greenwich are all classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Sites, in addition to being beautiful attractions. For an overview of London in Roman times, visit the historic City of London, also known as the Square Mile.

Hidden gems

Of course, there is no need to limit yourself to the usual tourist areas: visit the “villages” of residential London, where you can explore the city in the same way as its inhabitants. Hampstead, Greenwich, Barnes, Highgate, Wimbledon and Richmond are full of beautiful houses, shops and restaurants, but do not miss the most sophisticated neighborhoods like Brixton and Dalston who adopted a dynamic culture and great music.