When you happen to be in Central London and you decide to catch up on a little history and art, perhaps it would surprise you that there is very little time for all the historic attractions that can be found there. United Kingdom’s capital has much to offer in terms of palaces and landmarks, so one who is searching for a dose of history will find that he could actually drown in it.
English Parliament and Big Ben
The Parliament Building
The UK is basically ruled by the Houses of Westminster. It is one of the leading political powers in the world. This historical building is the very place where many political decisions are made so it would be a great place to begin your historical journey.
The Tower Clock Called Ben
Located just outside of the Parliament Building, this is a historic attraction that one shouldn’t miss – Big Ben. The largest bell that was ever cast at the Whitechapel foundry was named as Big Ben. In the year 1844, it was unanimously decided by the British parliament that a clock tower should be made inside the Houses of Parliament. The specs were an impossibility, though, so it wasn’t until 1859 that the tower’s clock was finally erected.
This structure, when illuminated at night, is impossible to miss and anyone who sees it in a photograph would immediately recognize what it is and where the picture was taken. The bell sounds by the hour so the surrounding areas get to enjoy its toll. A light right above the clock also indicates that the Parliament is holding a session.
The British Museum
One of the biggest museums in the world, this is also considered as one of the most comprehensive in terms of things that are historical. There are over 13 millions items from all over the globe that can be seen at this museum.
Built in 1753, it houses important collections such aw Sloane’s collection with 71,000 objects; around 7,000 manuscripts and 40,000 books. There are collections from Rome, Egypt and Greece. Other significant items include the Greek vases of the late Sir William Hamilton; South Sea items from the great Captain James Cook, even the Rosetta Stone.
The Buckingham Palace
This is probably one of the oldest attraction in London. The palace isn’t far from the Piccadily Circus, Westminster, Downing Street and other attractions. It is considered that your visit to London isn’t complete if you haven’t gone into the Buckingham Palace.
The building’s history dates all the way back to 1761 when Queen Charlotte was received it as a gift from George III. From that time forward, it was to be known as the Queen’s house. A few of the 19 State rooms are actually used by the Queen and some of the members of her Royal family.
As expected, this palace is lavishly furnished, with furniture pieces coming from different parts of the world. Called as the Royal Collection, the furniture pieces depict an era that was long past but is still admirable. There are also many art paintings made by Rubens, Rembrandt and many other great artists.
The London Eye
Built during the turn of the Millennium, this is recorded as one of the most visited icons in all the world. Located on the banks of the London River Thames, it is actually an observation wheel very near the Houses of the Parliament.
The wheel stands at 443 feet and is declared as one of the tallest observation wheels. If you want to have a bird’s eye view of the capital, then this is the best way to do it.
About the Author: Sarah is a travel writer for Av8Jet – Jet Management Specialists. Her favorite cities to travel to are London, Paris, and Buenos Aires.