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Roberto’s guidebook

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Roberto’s guidebook

Sightseeing
The Houses of Parliament and Elizabeth Tower, commonly called Big Ben, are among London's most iconic landmarks and must-see London attractions. Technically, Big Ben is the name given to the massive bell inside the clock tower, which weighs more than 13 tons (13,760 kg).
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Big Ben
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The Houses of Parliament and Elizabeth Tower, commonly called Big Ben, are among London's most iconic landmarks and must-see London attractions. Technically, Big Ben is the name given to the massive bell inside the clock tower, which weighs more than 13 tons (13,760 kg).
Located a stone's throw away from The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey is a Gothic Abbey church steeped in thousands of years of history. This architectural masterpiece has hosted various Royal weddings and is the resting place for some of Britain's most famous and historic figures.
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Westminster Abbey
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Located a stone's throw away from The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey is a Gothic Abbey church steeped in thousands of years of history. This architectural masterpiece has hosted various Royal weddings and is the resting place for some of Britain's most famous and historic figures.
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Sky Garden
20 Fenchurch St
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It is Europe's tallest cantilevered observation wheel, and is the most popular paid tourist attraction in the United Kingdom with over 3.75 million visitors annually, and has made many appearances in popular culture. The structure is 135 metres (443 ft) tall and the wheel has a diameter of 120 metres (394 ft).
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London Eye
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It is Europe's tallest cantilevered observation wheel, and is the most popular paid tourist attraction in the United Kingdom with over 3.75 million visitors annually, and has made many appearances in popular culture. The structure is 135 metres (443 ft) tall and the wheel has a diameter of 120 metres (394 ft).
Form unforgettable memories in London Bridge, an exciting neighbourhood where visitors experience a slice of the real London. Under the gaze of The Shard, western Europe's tallest building, London Bridge offers unusual sights and thrilling experiences alongside the world-famous waterway – the Thames.
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London Bridge
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Form unforgettable memories in London Bridge, an exciting neighbourhood where visitors experience a slice of the real London. Under the gaze of The Shard, western Europe's tallest building, London Bridge offers unusual sights and thrilling experiences alongside the world-famous waterway – the Thames.
The Tower of London is located just across from Tower Bridge and has been standing since the 11th century, built by William the Conqueror. Originally seen as a symbol of French oppression the tower would soon become one of the strongholds against attacks on the city. The Tower of London is also notorious as the execution ground of many prominent British figures, also acting as the prison for notorious figures such as the Kray Twins up until the 1960s. Now a popular tourist attraction in the city, the tower is now the home of the Crown Jewels.
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Lontoon Tower
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The Tower of London is located just across from Tower Bridge and has been standing since the 11th century, built by William the Conqueror. Originally seen as a symbol of French oppression the tower would soon become one of the strongholds against attacks on the city. The Tower of London is also notorious as the execution ground of many prominent British figures, also acting as the prison for notorious figures such as the Kray Twins up until the 1960s. Now a popular tourist attraction in the city, the tower is now the home of the Crown Jewels.
Piccadilly Circus is one of London's most popular tourist destinations. Sit by the famous statue of Eros (a popular meeting point), or take some photos in front of the iconic advertising screens. From this location, you can easily walk to Piccadilly, Leicester Square, Shaftesbury Avenue or Regent Street.
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Piccadilly Circus
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Piccadilly Circus is one of London's most popular tourist destinations. Sit by the famous statue of Eros (a popular meeting point), or take some photos in front of the iconic advertising screens. From this location, you can easily walk to Piccadilly, Leicester Square, Shaftesbury Avenue or Regent Street.
Trafalgar Square, a popular tourist destination, is a public square in the City of Westminster, Central London. Trafalgar Square was designed by architect John Nash in the 1820s and constructed in the 1830s. Tourists gather there, tour buses circle the central monument and political activists gather to demonstrate.
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Trafalgar Square
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Trafalgar Square, a popular tourist destination, is a public square in the City of Westminster, Central London. Trafalgar Square was designed by architect John Nash in the 1820s and constructed in the 1830s. Tourists gather there, tour buses circle the central monument and political activists gather to demonstrate.
St Paul's Cathedral is one of the most famous and most recognisable sights of London, with its dome, dominating the skyline for 300 years. At 365 feet (111 m) high, it was the tallest building in London from 1710 to 1962, and its dome is also among the highest in the world.
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St Paulin katedraali
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St Paul's Cathedral is one of the most famous and most recognisable sights of London, with its dome, dominating the skyline for 300 years. At 365 feet (111 m) high, it was the tallest building in London from 1710 to 1962, and its dome is also among the highest in the world.
Buckingham Palace is a grand royal residence with 775 magnificent rooms. Highlights of the Buckingham Palace summer opening include: The 19 beautifully decorated State Rooms, used for receiving guests and official functions. The Throne Room – often used as a backdrop for royal wedding photos.
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Buckinghamin palatsi
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Buckingham Palace is a grand royal residence with 775 magnificent rooms. Highlights of the Buckingham Palace summer opening include: The 19 beautifully decorated State Rooms, used for receiving guests and official functions. The Throne Room – often used as a backdrop for royal wedding photos.
Hyde Park is the largest Royal Park in the city of London spanning a jaw dropping 350 acres. This park is the focal point of many British celebrations such as British Summer Time and the Winter Wonderland Festival whilst also playing host to famous landmarks such as the Serpentine Lake and Gallery. There’s plenty of fun for all the family in Hyde Park, with the Serpentine Lake hosting its own outdoor lido and with pedalos to hire so that you can paddle alongside the swans often found on the lake. With memorials to the likes of Princess Diana and the 7/7 bombings this park is of major historical significance and reflects everything great about the city.
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Hyde Park
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Hyde Park is the largest Royal Park in the city of London spanning a jaw dropping 350 acres. This park is the focal point of many British celebrations such as British Summer Time and the Winter Wonderland Festival whilst also playing host to famous landmarks such as the Serpentine Lake and Gallery. There’s plenty of fun for all the family in Hyde Park, with the Serpentine Lake hosting its own outdoor lido and with pedalos to hire so that you can paddle alongside the swans often found on the lake. With memorials to the likes of Princess Diana and the 7/7 bombings this park is of major historical significance and reflects everything great about the city.
Kensington Gardens was created for Caroline fo Brunswick, originally as a private gardens in the 18th century. The garden itself is a prime example of the new design of English Garden which became prevalent at the time, with sunken garden features, waterworks in the Dutch style and beautiful botanical areas. On top of this, you can find Kensington Palace within the garden grounds. This majestic 17th century house is currently home to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as well as Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Kent.
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Kensington Gardens
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Kensington Gardens was created for Caroline fo Brunswick, originally as a private gardens in the 18th century. The garden itself is a prime example of the new design of English Garden which became prevalent at the time, with sunken garden features, waterworks in the Dutch style and beautiful botanical areas. On top of this, you can find Kensington Palace within the garden grounds. This majestic 17th century house is currently home to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as well as Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Kent.
Harrods is known as one of the largest department stores in the country with a whopping 5 acres of retail space. Home to the luxury Harrods Hamper, this department store is a prime location for London tourists to find a great souvenir to bring back to their loved ones. If you want to be one of the 3000 visitors who visit a day, then be sure not to miss the incredible 330 departments. Products which the department store offers includes clothing for all sexes and ages, haute cuisine, cakes, tailors, arcade machines, financial and banking services as well as its own beauty spa and salon. This all-encompassing department store is not one to miss if you fancy a day of pampering and high class care.
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Harrods
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Harrods is known as one of the largest department stores in the country with a whopping 5 acres of retail space. Home to the luxury Harrods Hamper, this department store is a prime location for London tourists to find a great souvenir to bring back to their loved ones. If you want to be one of the 3000 visitors who visit a day, then be sure not to miss the incredible 330 departments. Products which the department store offers includes clothing for all sexes and ages, haute cuisine, cakes, tailors, arcade machines, financial and banking services as well as its own beauty spa and salon. This all-encompassing department store is not one to miss if you fancy a day of pampering and high class care.
The British Museum is one of the best known museums in the city and what’s more its free! If you or your fellow travellers have a distinct interest in world and human history then the British Museum is the one for you. Here you can find permanent exhibits ranging up to 8 million works. With a focus on human history, art and culture, the museum was established in 1753 and was built upon the collections bequeathed to the general public by scientist Sir Hans Sloane. Here you can find exhibits with relics from Ancient Japan, Asia and the Egyptian empire. This even includes a preserved Mummy, a fascinating relic among thousands of others.
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British Museum
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The British Museum is one of the best known museums in the city and what’s more its free! If you or your fellow travellers have a distinct interest in world and human history then the British Museum is the one for you. Here you can find permanent exhibits ranging up to 8 million works. With a focus on human history, art and culture, the museum was established in 1753 and was built upon the collections bequeathed to the general public by scientist Sir Hans Sloane. Here you can find exhibits with relics from Ancient Japan, Asia and the Egyptian empire. This even includes a preserved Mummy, a fascinating relic among thousands of others.
For a more modern wonder of the city, why not marvel at the peculiar Gherkin. This 180 metre high neo futuristic piece of architecture is one of the most iconic and quirky skyscrapers of the city and stands tall at 41 storeys. It currently holds a varying range of businesses including Swiss RE, ION trading and Hunton and Williams. The building was developed and designed by Norman Foster and Arup Group before being erected by Skanska. The building was completed in 2003 and now serves as a recognisable addition to the London skyline.
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30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin)
30 St Mary Axe
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For a more modern wonder of the city, why not marvel at the peculiar Gherkin. This 180 metre high neo futuristic piece of architecture is one of the most iconic and quirky skyscrapers of the city and stands tall at 41 storeys. It currently holds a varying range of businesses including Swiss RE, ION trading and Hunton and Williams. The building was developed and designed by Norman Foster and Arup Group before being erected by Skanska. The building was completed in 2003 and now serves as a recognisable addition to the London skyline.
Based near Baker Street and the Paddington area of London, Madame Tussauds wax works is one of the most popular tourist attractions of the city. One of the many Madame Tussauds wax museums created by the famous wax sculptor, the London branch plays host to special exhibitions relating to the opening of films such as Sherlock Holmes and King Kong as well as permanent life like replicas of famous figures from pop culture and from throughout history. These include the likes of Albert Einstein, Brad Pitt and even Hugh Bonneville. The museum is a perfect place to get that selfie you’ve always wanted with your celebrity hero.
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Madame Tussauds London
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Based near Baker Street and the Paddington area of London, Madame Tussauds wax works is one of the most popular tourist attractions of the city. One of the many Madame Tussauds wax museums created by the famous wax sculptor, the London branch plays host to special exhibitions relating to the opening of films such as Sherlock Holmes and King Kong as well as permanent life like replicas of famous figures from pop culture and from throughout history. These include the likes of Albert Einstein, Brad Pitt and even Hugh Bonneville. The museum is a perfect place to get that selfie you’ve always wanted with your celebrity hero.
Covent Garden is one of the most well-known shopping districts of the city of London. Based between Leicester Square and Holborn, Covent Garden gives visitors a great link into the London West End whilst also playing host to some of the best shopping and dining experiences in the city. Whether its high street fashion or independent boutiques, Covent Garden has what you’ll need. With an extensive Niketown store, an Urban Outfitters and even a Fred Perry retailer, you can be sure to find the best in fashion and accessories. On top of this, the market is one of the most unique in the city, with its own market stalls and even a Moomins shop. If you need a bite to eat, don’t miss the extensive range of restaurants, cafes and bars dotted around the street performer frequented area. Covent Garden is also a prime location for some traditional British Pubs, an often visited area for locals to relax after a busy day at work.
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Covent Garden
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Covent Garden is one of the most well-known shopping districts of the city of London. Based between Leicester Square and Holborn, Covent Garden gives visitors a great link into the London West End whilst also playing host to some of the best shopping and dining experiences in the city. Whether its high street fashion or independent boutiques, Covent Garden has what you’ll need. With an extensive Niketown store, an Urban Outfitters and even a Fred Perry retailer, you can be sure to find the best in fashion and accessories. On top of this, the market is one of the most unique in the city, with its own market stalls and even a Moomins shop. If you need a bite to eat, don’t miss the extensive range of restaurants, cafes and bars dotted around the street performer frequented area. Covent Garden is also a prime location for some traditional British Pubs, an often visited area for locals to relax after a busy day at work.
The Millennium Bridge began construction in 1996 and was finished by the beginning of the millennium. This footbridge, also known as the wobbly bridge is created using a suspension design with a “blade of light” aesthetic. The design was the winning entry for a competition set up to find the best designs for the Millennium Bridge. It’s easy to see why this 325 metre three part structure made from aluminium won the award. The working load of the bridge is designed to carry 5000 people at one time and although that may seem like a lot it is definitely necessary when you take into account the amount of people who will be using it. With the Globe Theatre and the Tate Modern on one side as well as St Pauls Cathedral on the other, it’s a well-connected bridge for tourists.
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Millennium Bridge
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The Millennium Bridge began construction in 1996 and was finished by the beginning of the millennium. This footbridge, also known as the wobbly bridge is created using a suspension design with a “blade of light” aesthetic. The design was the winning entry for a competition set up to find the best designs for the Millennium Bridge. It’s easy to see why this 325 metre three part structure made from aluminium won the award. The working load of the bridge is designed to carry 5000 people at one time and although that may seem like a lot it is definitely necessary when you take into account the amount of people who will be using it. With the Globe Theatre and the Tate Modern on one side as well as St Pauls Cathedral on the other, it’s a well-connected bridge for tourists.
Based in Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery is one of the most popular Art Galleries in the city. Dating back to 1824, the gallery is home to a massive collection of 2300 paintings, some of which are as old as the 13th century. Whether you’re looking for the works of Turner, Holben or Van Gogh, you’ll find some recognisable classics dotted around the gallery. One item of note about the national gallery is in the fact that it was not taken from an existing collection from royalty or nobility but was instead stemming from a collection of 38 paintings which were bought from John Julius Angerstein, a patron of the arts in the 19th century.
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National Portrait Gallery
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Based in Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery is one of the most popular Art Galleries in the city. Dating back to 1824, the gallery is home to a massive collection of 2300 paintings, some of which are as old as the 13th century. Whether you’re looking for the works of Turner, Holben or Van Gogh, you’ll find some recognisable classics dotted around the gallery. One item of note about the national gallery is in the fact that it was not taken from an existing collection from royalty or nobility but was instead stemming from a collection of 38 paintings which were bought from John Julius Angerstein, a patron of the arts in the 19th century.
The Victoria and Albert Museum is based in South Kensington alongside the Science Museum and Natural History Museum. Set up as a museum which explores design, printmaking and ceramics from across the world. On top of this you can find 12.5 acres worth of gallery space which will no doubt fill an artistically inclined tourist day.
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Victoria and Albert Museum
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The Victoria and Albert Museum is based in South Kensington alongside the Science Museum and Natural History Museum. Set up as a museum which explores design, printmaking and ceramics from across the world. On top of this you can find 12.5 acres worth of gallery space which will no doubt fill an artistically inclined tourist day.
Neighbourhoods
Clapham, South West London, has spread outwards over the years, and now straddles both the Lambeth and Wandsworth boroughs. It can broadly be divided into four areas - Clapham North, Clapham Old Town, Clapham South and Clapham Junction - and is one of the most popular places to live in London. It's nearest neighbour is the trendy Brixton, so you won't be short of places to go for a night out close to home. With a distance of two miles between North and Junction, these areas are reasonably distinct and can each be considered to have their own particular 'tribes'. Famous faces such as JK Rowling, Piers Morgan and the Redgrave acting clan have all lived there at some point, so whichever area you choose, there's a high chance you will be in good company.
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Clapham
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Clapham, South West London, has spread outwards over the years, and now straddles both the Lambeth and Wandsworth boroughs. It can broadly be divided into four areas - Clapham North, Clapham Old Town, Clapham South and Clapham Junction - and is one of the most popular places to live in London. It's nearest neighbour is the trendy Brixton, so you won't be short of places to go for a night out close to home. With a distance of two miles between North and Junction, these areas are reasonably distinct and can each be considered to have their own particular 'tribes'. Famous faces such as JK Rowling, Piers Morgan and the Redgrave acting clan have all lived there at some point, so whichever area you choose, there's a high chance you will be in good company.