The capital city of British monarchy, city of princes and princesses, sophistication, measure, and culture. First on the sightseeing list is surely Buckingham Palace where every day at 11:30am you can observe the change of Queen’s Guard and feel, only for a moment, part of that royal world. At 5 o’clock in the afternoon black tea is served in many bars, restaurants, and hotels as a tradition since 1840. Raise your pinkie while you hold a tea cup for that royal feel, only while in London of course.
London is built on the river Themes which plays a big role in tourism today since most famous sights are located around it – London Bridge, Tate Museum, London Eye, Big Ben, and the British Parliament.
If you don’t walk along the river, then you must take the underground train. London Underground, popularly called the Tube, is the oldest railroad in the world with the first station opened in 1863. 402 kilometers and 270 stations makes it second largest metro railroad in the world, right after Shanghai Metro. Perfectly organized and fast it represents a necessity to every resident and visitor of London.
One of the symbols of London is Big Ben, the main bell in the clock tower of the Palace of Westminster weighing 13 tons. This is the center of United Kingdom Parliament. Right next to it is Westminster Abbey and cathedral holding tombs and monuments of important people in British history. The Abbey doesn’t charge entrance fee to people who come to pray and if you intend to visit check the time of Evensong, the most beautiful part of the service when Abbey choir sings.
Trafalgar Square is another tourist attraction worthy of mention. Designed in 1820s, this iconic square offers many sights including the General Nelson Monument as well as the National Gallery. It is a tourist attraction but also a hot spot of political demonstrations.