TRAVEL IN LONDON (PART 5)

 

51. Parliament & Big Ben

Westminster Palace, SW1

When Henry the 8th settled in Whitehall, in 1532, the old Westminster palace became the seat of parliament. The medieval hall, Westminster Hall and the Jewel Tower are the only remnant. The Neo-Gothic building and the famous tower -Big Ben clock- were opened in 1852 (18 years after the old palace was burned).

The old Westminster palace  is home to two Parliament buildings – House of Lords and House of Commons.

A flag of the United Kingdom waving in the tower of Victoria when the House of Commons are in session.

When the meeting is continuing after sundown is indicated by a light in the clock tower.

52. Tate Gallery

Millbank, SW1P 4RG

With an unparalleled collection of paintings that includes five centuries of English paintings, the Tate Gallery gives a complete picture of British art.

There are ferryboats connecting Tate Britain to Tate Modern from Bankside Pier.

53. St. Margaret’s

Westminster, SW1P 3JX

The parish church of the parliament. It has very beautiful stained glass.

54. Victoria & Albert Museum

Cromwell Road, Knightsbridge SW7 2RL

It was founded in 1852 for the aim of training students in the decorative arts and has the largest collection of Applied Arts  worldwide that are exposed to 11km galleries.

55. Science Museum

Exhibition road, Kensington, SW7 2DD

This museum devoted to the science exhibits a multitude inventions and discoveries from the first locomotive of Stephenson The Rocket till the capsule Apollon 4.

The basement is specially formulated for kids.

56. Natural History Museum

Cromwell Road, Kensington,  SW7 5BD

This wonderful Neo-Gothic building was opened to the public in 1881.

57. Albert Memorial

Kensington Gardens, W2 2UH

Monument of Prince Albert, spouse of Queen Victoria and the Committee for the Great Exhibition who died of typhoid in 1861.

58. Royal Albert Hall

Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP

A huge circular Victorian hall, which hosts the famous Promenade Concerts

59. Royal college of Art

Kensington Gore, Kensington, SW7 2EU

It is a large building that houses the students of the third year of Fine Arts. Their annual report, every May and June, attracts many visitors.

60. Madame Tussaud’s

Marylebone Rd, Marylebone, London NW1 5LR

One of the most popular attractions in London since here you will find the wax statues of many famous person from Arnold Schwarzenegger to the queen.

Tip: You should arrive very early so as to avoid long queues.

61. London Planetarium

Marylebone road

London Planetarium has the Digistar Mark II,  projectors best performers in the world.

62. London Zoo

Regent’s park, NW1 4RY

The London zoo is world famous for its halls with reptiles, insects, nocturnal animals (Moonlight House) and the Children’s Zoo.

63. Wallace Collection

Hertford House, Manchester square, Marylebone, W1U 3BN

Τhis wonderful house was bequeathed to the state by the widow of the Marquis of Hertford in 1897 with the collections of furniture, porcelain, armour and tables of great painters.

64. Sherlock Holmes Museum

221b Baker St, Marylebone NW1 6XE

Fictional representations of  of the famous Detective’ house that inspired Conan Doyle.

 

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