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From the Great Fire of London to the plague, London is steeped in history that is world famous. Buildings such as Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, the Tower of London and St Paul’s Cathedral are just a tiny example of the many historic sites in the capital.
London attracts visitors from all over the world, who travel to the city as tourists or to live and work. The curry houses of Brick Lane and the famous Chinatown are just two examples of London’s multi-cultural identity. The capital city was given an even bigger profile on the world scene with the 2012 Olympic Games. The Olympic Park, in East London, was built for this huge ...Read more
The London Marathon takes place in April and attracts serious runners from all over the world as well as thousands of charity runners, many in fancy dress. Thousands line the streets of the capital to watch this event, which is also televised. Notting Hill Carnival has been taking place on the August bank holiday since 1966. This famous event involves a street festival, a huge...Read more
The London Eye, in the city’s South Bank area, was built to mark the new millennium. It is now one of London’s most popular attractions and is visited by over 3.5 million people every year. London Dungeon tells the city’s most gruesome stories by bringing them to life with chilling reconstructions. This attraction also offers 14 actor led shows and three scary rides. Bu...Read more
5. Things To Do
There are plenty of green open spaces to enjoy in the city, including Hyde Park, Regent’s Park, Richmond Park, Wimbledon Common, St James’s Park, Victoria Park, Greenwich Park, Hampstead Heath, Clapham Common, Battersea Park and Lee Valley Park. As well as numerous indoor swimming pools, London has lidos in Tooting Bec, Brockwell and Hyde Park. Boating can be enjoyed on th...Read more
The famous department stores in the city include Harrods, Harvey Nichols, House of Fraser, Selfridges, Liberty, Fenwick of Bond Street and Fortnum and Mason. Famous markets include Borough food market; Brick Lane, for brick-a-brac; Camden clothes market; Portobello Road general market; Columbia Road flower market; Old Spitalfields general market; Greenwich Market for gifts and...Read more
The five major airports are Heathrow, Gatwick, London City, Luton and Stansted. The Eurostar terminal is situated at St Pancras and offers daily services to Paris and Brussels. Trains travel into London from the rest of the UK and the main stations for these are Waterloo, King’s Cross, Paddington, St Pancras, Euston, Charing Cross, Victoria, London Bridge, Fenchurch Street ...Read more
The West End is famous for its theatres and the long list of venues here includes the Palladium, Drury Lane, the Lyceum, the Old Vic, the Dominion, and the Haymarket. Big theatres outside of the West End include Hammersmith Apollo, the Royal Albert Hall and Sadler’s Wells. Among the more well-known venues for live music in the capital are Brixton Academy, Roundhouse, Forum, ...Read more
9. Famous Landmarks
The list of famous landmarks in London is very long but includes Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, the London Eye, Houses of Parliament, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Royal Albert Hall, Downing Street, The Royal Observatory in Greenwich, Nelson’s Column and Marble Arch.
10. Interesting Fact
On a clear day, you can see as far as Windsor Castle (25 miles away) from the top of the London Eye.
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