London, nestled in the Thames Valley is where the timeline of humanity is portrayed in one city. The story of London began when the Romans established it as a small settlement called Londinium around AD 43.
From her humble beginning, she began to flourish in the 11th century when William the Conqueror built the Tower of London, which laid the foundation for modern London.
At its core, ‘City of London’ is only almost 3 square km in area, however nowadays London refers to the expansive metropolis engulfing the City of London.
London historically is split between various boroughs. London, the capital of United Kingdom, is the second most populous in the EU, after Paris, with well over 9 million people who are the cause of its prosperity.
While London retains its rich English history, it is also very diverse in the range of individuals and cultures, with more than 300 languages spoken within Greater London.
Brought upon by the 2 Millenia of civilisation London encompasses four World Heritage Sites namely The Tower of London, Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew, the historic settlement of Greenwich (in which the Royal Observatory, Greenwich marks the Prime Meridian, 0° longitude, and GMT) and collectively the Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey, and St Margaret’s Church.
While London is blessed with impressive ranges of public transport, its real charm is best found on foot. When you think of London, you can almost see the iconic landmarks she has to offer.
However, by far the imposing Big Ben is where London is tied together. The timeless masterpiece rings every hour, on the hour for all to listen. It is a must visit and a great first site to start your exploration.
Just down the river is Tower bridge, not to be confused with London Bridge. This elegant bridge is an insight into the economic powerhouse London once was and still is. Unlike other buildings, it is painted blue as it was Queen Victoria’s favourite colour.
To know London through the ages, you must visit the Tower of London. This site is so deeply entrenched in London’s age old history. Once England’s grimmest prison, now it is a popular attraction where people of all ages marvel at the kings and queens long gone.
For today’s kings and queens, the Buckingham Palace is the place to go. Rivaling many royal courts around the globe this palace is the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II.
For another imperial encounter, you should take a peek at the famous Kensington Palace. Since the 17th century, it is the official London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The State Rooms are now open to the public and managed by the independent charitable organisation, Historic Royal Palaces.
Escape the infamous hustle and bustle of London and spend some time in the Royal parks where the scenery is sure to never to let you down. Namely Bushy Park, Green Park, Greenwich Park, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Regent’s Park, Richmond Park and St. James’s Park. Together these eight parks leave 2000 hectares of serene space within Greater London.
If you are looking for a different legacy left in London, there is the St. Paul’s Cathedral which holy domes peers into the world-renowned skyline. The Cathedral suffered heavily from the Great Fire of London which ravaged through the city in 1666 possibly from a bake-house.
Among the numerous celebrities in London, no one has such literary significance as Shakespeare. His legacy lives in London today in the form of Shakespeare’s Globe theatre.
While many landmarks serve as a reminder of the past, London also encompasses the refreshingly modern world of today. The towering London Eye protruding into the timeless skyline is in the heart of London, sitting on the Thames’ riverside. The Ferris wheel of colossal proportions gives a different perspective of London while retaining reasonable comfort.
Your journey to London is not complete without visiting its numerous pubs to experience the local tradition.
Knowledge is the language of London that never ceases to stop. The world’s greatest treasures can be found in no other than the vast British Museum, and the entry is free.
Another insight to the world of knowledge is interactive and possibly the most interesting museum in the world namely, the Natural History Museum. Be wary that these museums, these can leave anyone overwhelmed trying to explore in one day.
London offers much more than it can be said, so it leaves you no choice but to create your own story of London