London – Most popular places to visit
Westminster Abbey: where all our monarchs are caped and buried, at least since 1066. The acoustics are gleaming – watch out for an organ recitals and such like.
Houses of Parliament and Big Ben: The seat of ruling can be viewed by all!. You can visit both the Commons and the Lords. There are tours in lofty season if you’re interested call 020 7344 9966.If you have time then the Cabinet War Rooms are worth looking at. This was the underground HQ of our fight against the Nazis 1939 – 1945. Some things have not been changed since the end of the war.
Downing Street: Number 10 is where it all happens but you’ll have to be satisfied with peeking through the railings. Gone are the days when you could stand outside and esteem the door knocker!
Buckingham Palace: What can one say – this is home. If you want a visit you can do it in August and Sept. Call 020 7321 2233. It’s very popular so save time and book.
Tower of London : Founded by William the Conqueror in 1066-7 and distended and modified by successive sovereigns, today the Tower of London is one of the world’s most famous and spectacular fortresses. Discover its 900-year history as a royal palace and fortress, prison and place of execution, mint, arsenal, menagerie and jewel house.
Tate Modern Just across the river from St Paul’s – go via the unsteady Millennium Bridge. This could be a controversial visit but art is a matter of opinion. If you like a mixture of art then you’ll enjoy Picasso, Matisse, Monet and Warhol and many others plus extreme exhibits that make you think. The audio guide is a good idea at around £1. If you’re highly into Tates then try the river bus which connects the Tate Modern with Tate Britain
Trafalgar Square. Another place where you can experience you have ‘arrived’ Lord Nelson dominating this large open space at the top of his huge column. Pigeons no longer abound but I suppose we’ll get used to that. This is one of ‘the places’ to be on New Years Eve – if you like cuddling perfect strangers that is!
The EDF Energy London Eye: The EDF Energy London Eye is a major characteristic of London’s skyline. It is the world’s highest observation wheel, with 32 capsules, each weighing 10 tonnes, and holding up to 25 people. Climb aboard for a breathtaking experience, with unforgettable views of more than 55 of London’s most famous landmarks – all in just 30 minutes!