A lot has been written about England as the huge Indian diaspora has always held it in high regard. But we get you on a fast track through the beautiful London before we cover it in detail. This is for people who are short of time and would like to breeze through the capital before settling on other areas. We stayed in a lovely little hostel in London. Do read about the best hostels in London.
One of the most iconic places, the Trafalgar Square is owned by the Queen in Right of the Crown. The square contains a large central area with the Nelson’s column flanked with fountains. The National Gallery is in walking distance from the square. The beauty of this place lies in beautiful architecture and sculpture work all over the place.
The seat of one of the strongest monarchical powers that ruled large swathes of the world. Some of the older rooms of the Palace are done in bright colours and gilt. A plethora of functions are held over the palace including the large gardens for the Queen’s tea parties. The forecourt is used for the impressive Change of Guard which takes places every day during the three summer months and on alternate days in the other months.
The Elizabeth Tower or the Big Ben is one of the most recognizable locations of London. Every movie or feature shows the camera panning out to the famous clock tower. Located right next to the House of Commons or the lower house of the English Parliament, this iconic tower has been built in a neo-Gothic Style. The interiors of the tower aren’t usually open to the public although it does have a stairs of more than 300 limestone steps.
Check out Westminster Abbey
The London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames. Europe’s tallest Ferris wheel, it offers a perfect view of the whole city of London. With slowly rotating chambers where you can stroll around or sit, the view over the Thames river and the metropolis of London is a sight to behold.
Another common depiction from the movies, the Tower Bridge is best seen from the Thames river cruise. One of the most interesting parts of this bridge is that it is a bascule bridge and a suspension bridge. The Bascule bridge is the central part of the bridge flanked by two towers which can be raised for river traffic to pass through. Although the bridge is raised enough for the ships to pass through, but the Bascules are raised to their full height when a monarch is on the vessel.
Although this is not a detailed write up of London, do mention the sites we missed out on in the comments below. Read more about interesting London history on this East End Walking Tour.
Check out this article on 18 Fun things to do in London.