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London Attractions

London is the capital of Britain, and has something to offer everyone - majestic stately houses, tranquil green parks and a zoo, engrossing museums and art galleries and bustling shopping centres with all the major stores, specialist shops and markets. The Royal Family have their main residence in London, at Buckingham Palace, but there are many other interesting houses to visit within London with Royal connections - Hampton Court Palace, The Tower of London, and Regents Park, an ancient Royal hunting park. London boasts a large selection of museums and art galleries. The British Museum, The Science Museum and The Natural History Museum are all close to each other in South Kensington, but you’ll need to allow more than a day to see them all! The National Gallery and the Tate Gallery have splendid art collections, and there are many more of size and type all over London.

 
Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is the official London residence of the sovereign, and was first opened to the public in 1993. The History of Buckingham Palace begins in 1702 when the Duke of Buckingham had it built as his London home. The Duke's son sold the house in 1761 to George III, it was renamed "Queen's House" in 1774 as Queen Charlotte resided there. When it passed to George IV in 1820, Nash was commissioned to make alterations to the palace. The main block was retained but a new suite of rooms was added facing west into the garden, doubling the size of the building. The French Neo Classical style was the influence for the design. Queen Victoria was the first monarch to take up residence in Buckingham Palace in 1837. Once again extensive changes took place, one of these was to have the huge arched gateway removed to Tyburn, where it remains, known as Marble Arch.Today Buckingham Palace is used not only as the home of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, but also for the administrative work for the monarchy. It is here in the state apartments that Her Majesty receives and entertains guests invited to the Palace.

Hotels near Buckingham Palace
The Park Lane Hotel5 starfrom £209.00
Athenaeum5 starfrom £243.95
The Stafford London5 starfrom £415.00
Dukes Hotel5 starfrom £294.10
St James Hotel and Club5 starfrom £272.00
 
The O2

The O2

Since opening in June 2007, The O2 has hosted an outstanding array of awe-inspiring performers. The O2 is officially the world's most popular music and entertainment venue. This epic stage has truly created a new benchmark in what both fan and performer can, and should, expect from a rock or pop concert in the UK. The world's hottest and most sought after acts have all rocked The O2, creating some of the most phenomenal and memorable live music experiences in recent years.Bon Jovi was the band to open The O2 arena to the public, then followed a whole host of 'first-time' performances, by the likes of Tina Turner: Live in Concert tour March 08, the first time the star had played a concert in the UK for nine years! Led Zeppelin also joined in the fun by playing their first gig in 25 years back in December 07, along with the iconic Brit girl group The Spice Girls, who returned to wow sold out crowds after almost a decade. The O2 isn't just the number one music venue worldwide, it is also host to many magical family events like Disney on Ice, Christmas Spectacular and has put on an array of exciting sporting events such as the NBA Basketball and ATP Tennis.

Hotels near The O2
Novotel London Greenwich4 starfrom £71.40
Elegant London Zone 2 Apartment from £125.00
Hilton London Canary Wharf4 starfrom £89.25
Fraser Place Canary Wharf4 starfrom £107.10
Radisson Blu Edwardian, New Providence Wharf4 starfrom £119.00
 
10 Downing Street

10 Downing Street

One of the best known Streets in London is Downing Street, named after its builder, Sir George Downing, who was a Cromwellian civil servant. No. 10 with its famous black front door - the backdrop to many historical announcements, has been the official residence of Britain's Prime Minister since 1732, when King George II presented the property to Sir Robert Walpole, Britain's first Prime Minister. No. 11, home of the Chancellor of the Exchequer since 1806 and No. 12, home of the government's chief whip, are all that remains of the original 17th century terrace. The other buildings in the street date from 1868. Unchanged externally, this brick built terrace of interconnecting houses has been modernised internally over the years to accommodate, as well as the many offices required, the Cabinet room on the ground floor and a flat on an upper floor occupied by the Prime Minister's family.At the end of Downing Street today, are a pair of iron gates to prevent the public access to the cul-de-sac, for security reasons.

Hotels near 10 Downing Street
The Grand at Trafalgar Square4 starfrom £106.92
The Trafalgar Hilton4 starfrom £153.30
Sofitel London St James5 starfrom £240.00
Radisson Blu Edwardian, Leicester Square4 starfrom £156.00
St Martins Lane, A Morgans Original5 starfrom £250.97
 

Other Attraction near London

  • Hampton Court Palace - For over 500 years, Hampton Court Palace has stood serenely on the banks of the River Thames. Many important historical figures, including 12 monarchs, have fallen helplessly for her charms. Will you join them?
  • Houses of Parliament - The Houses of Parliament, otherwise known as The Palace of Westminster, stands on the site where Edward the Confessor had the original palace built in the first half of the eleventh century.
  • Nelson's Column - Nelson's Column is the focal point of Trafalgar Square. Admiral Nelson was one of Britain's best-loved heroes, who fought valiantly for his country.