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As a major European metropolis, the British capital has everything: museums, theatre, modern galleries, enjoyable walks through parks and squares, and endless shopping opportunities at big-name stores or underground boutiques.
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Sightseeing in London
One of the most important museums in the world houses exhibits from the entire planet, including the "Parthenon Marbles" near and dear to Greece's heart. Masterpieces and collections from civilisations through the ages and continents highlight the history of the world's peoples. Address: Great Russell Str.
The city's landmark monument, the Tower of London stands majestically on the North Bank of the River Thames. Since it was first built in 1078 by William II as a royal residence, a long line of English monarchs have slept and dined, and even executed their opponents there. Nowadays, the well-maintained London fortress, aside from its impenetrable walls and interior gardens, is also a showcase for the Crown Jewels. Address: Tower Hill.
Τhe most famous clock in the world and London's trademark. It is located on the West Bank of the Thames, near Tower Bridge.
The official residence of Britain's royal family. It is worth visiting on Sunday mornings to see the changing of the guard.
This giant Ferris wheel, which has become famous throughout the world, was erected on the South Bank of the Thames and has afforded more than 21 million visitors a heart-stopping panoramic view of the capital. You must book a ticket to get on. Address: Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd.
Housed in the old Bankside Power Station on the South Bank of the Thames, it is the heart of modern art in England, featuring masterpieces from the international contemporary art scene. With free admission, you can admire works by masters like Matisse, Picasso, Dali, Rothko and Pollock. Address: Bankside, London SE1 9T,
This landmark square was created to commemorate the British naval victory over France and Spain. Aside from the impressive fountain, Trafalgar Square is noted for Nelson's Column, which commemorates the British admiral who died in the Battle of Trafalgar and is guarded by four marble lions. The National Gallery, housing masterpieces from the 13th through the 20th centuries created by great European masters such as Da Vinci, Giotto, Van Eyck, Michelangelo, Canaletto, Rembrandt and Raphael, dominates the north side of the square. Address: Trafalgar Square.
The site of coronations and burials of British monarchs, this awe-inspiring UNESCO World Heritage Site has stood behind the Houses of Parliament in the Palace of Westminster since 1245. The Gothic church built by Henry III is architecturally breathtaking, while it is also impressive because of the unbelievable plethora of monuments and art works housed there. You can see the awe-inspiring monuments and tombstones of famous figures like Newton, Darwin, Handel, Chaucer and Dickens.
Known around the world as the place where the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana took place, it is the only Baroque church in England with a dome - one of the largest in the world, rising in white splendour in the heart of the City. Make the effort to climb to the two outer galleries of the dome. The view from there is magnificent.
The city's emblem and perhaps the most recognisable Parliament in the world, the Palace of Westminster, better known as the British Houses of Parliament, is an impressive Victorian neo-Baroque 19th century palace. Though its current form is relatively new, it stands on the ruins of the palace that was destroyed by fire and had been the seat of the government since the 14th century. It is open to visitors on Saturdays and during the Christmas, Easter and summer holidays.
London is one of the greenest capital cities in Europe. Led by the best-known Hyde Park, where you can stroll around or go horse-riding, a number of others like Green Park, St James Park, Battersea Park and Alexandra Palace Park offer you the chance to lose yourself in the forests and along their paths and enjoy nature in all its glory - right in the heart of this European metropolis.