Popular sites in London and why to visit them

Buckingham Palace

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This is the official residence of the Queen in London. There are 775 rooms and has the largest private garden in London (42 acres).

London Eye

See London from a completely different perspective by taking a half an hour trip on the London Eye and see miles and miles of London.

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Tower of London

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This is where British history was made. It is a medieval fortress having been built nearly 1000 years ago. Today it houses the crown jewels but in its past it has many more stories of treason, executions and murder.

Westminster Abbey

This is an 800 year old church steeped in Royal history. It is where every King or Queen has been crowned since 1066, where many are buried and also where any Royal weddings have taken place, the most recent being that of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011. As well as its Royal connections, it is also the final resting place of some of our most revered scientists and writers.

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St. Paul's Cathedral

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This is the people's church where famous events such as the funerals of Britain's military heroes Admiral Horatio Nelson and Duke of Wellington, made famous for their roles in Napoleon

Churchill War Rooms

Here you can walk in the footsteps of Sir Winston Churchill in the secret bunker from where he directed WWII.

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Kensington Palace

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This Palace was initially built as a country resort away from the smog of London by the King William III and Queen Mary II in the 1690s. It tells the story of the mysterious bed-pan whose birth could have changed history forever and a lonely childhood of a princess who would grow up to be one of the most important monarchs in our history, Queen Victoria. Today it is the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their family.

Hampton Court Palace

This is on the outskirts of London but we could get an easy train there. Or if you prefer we could hire a car with a driver. This is a tale of two palaces. Palace 1 was the favourite home of King Henry VIII. The infamous king with 6 wives. It then had a dramatic extension in the late 17th century by the King and Queen who ruled as equals, William and Mary.

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Natural History Museum

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This is known as a Cathedral to nature. There is a great section on the dinosaurs, treasures of the past including a fossil of the first bird and Charles Darwin’s pigeons which he studied to come up with his theory of evolution.

HMS Belfast

This is a real light cruiser which has since been made into a museum. It was involved in WWII and the Korean War, notably at its last sea naval battle and during the D-day landing in 1943 and 1944 respectively.

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British Museum

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This museum tells the story of civilisation through religion, scripts and treasures. Its collections include the famous Rosetta stone, whose discovery in 1799 was the key to deciphering ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs. As well as this there are mummies, Parthenon marbles from Ancient Athens and a statue from Easter Island.

National Gallery

Visit this phenomenal collection of Western European art dating from mid 1200s up to early 1900s. See works by the most revered artists such as Botticelli, Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, Velasquez, Van Dyke, Turner, Constable, Monet, Van Gogh and many more.

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Tate Modern

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Situated in a former power station, Tate Modern displays some of the greatest and most controversial pieces of art ranging from Picasso to Marcel Duchamp and Rothko to Tracey Emin.