London has long been one of the capitals of the world. It is the crossroads of civilizations. When the word cosmopolitan came into being, its creator might have been wandering London’s streets. It is thanks to centuries of global trade and expansion and immigration and expats returning home that London is a hotspot of global culture. And as such, there are many things to see in London. From constructions that have stood the test of time to cultural offerings that have been formed by time, London’s sites please all traveler tastes. It’s also a city of hospitality, and HostelBookers.com will set you up with the most appropriate London hotel.
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The most gossiped-over family in the world might very well be the Royal Family, who make (one of) their residences at Buckingham Palace. At least that’s where the Queen lives, and it has been the center of Royal attention for a long time. Make sure to arrive at the changing of the guard.
This bridge of two distinct towers is a symbol of London. It is oftentimes confused with the London Bridge by unknowing tourists. That bridge was dismantled and sold to an Arizona man. Tower Bridge was constructed in the 19th century as a draw bridge that functions to this day. Visitors can see the engine rooms and tour a museum annex to learn more.
Speaking of London usually brings to mind a few images. Not least among them is Westminster Abbey and the Palace of Westminster, which consists of that iconic clock tower Big Ben and the intricate architectural feat of the Houses of Parliament. The whole complex is a World Heritage site. The Abbey has been used as the site to coronate kings and queens since the Normans conquered the country in the middle of the 11th century.
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The pedestrian-only square is essentially the heart of London. Its wide open spaces are often dabbled with foot traffic. Nelson’s Column and the Lions sit at the center of the plaza, fronted by the National Gallery, which is another top attraction that visitors ought to see. At night the plaza is nicely lit, as are the fountains.
The closest thing London has to a Times Square is Piccadilly Circus, with its big neon signs dominating one corner. Circus might seem to refer to the hectic movement that the area is sometimes prone to, but really it refers to the circular shape of the junction where the retail shopping street Piccadilly begins.
Tower of London
Sitting pretty on the Thames is the Tower of London, where the Crown Jewels are safely kept. It was built by the Normans upon conquering England, and served as the seat of power for centuries. The donjon is said to be haunted by ghosts, and the administration offers guided tours during which you hear all the twisted tales.
St. Paul’s Cathedral
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Smack dab in the middle of the City is this imposing cathedral. In 1666 the Great Fire of London tore apart the city and left England’s capital in a horrible state of destruction. St. Paul’s Cathedral was one of the first projects to break new ground in the wake of the catastrophe, and its grandeur is a testament to the nation’s resolve.
These are the top attractions in London, but there are many more that are worth a visit.