Historical Look at London Through the English Capital’s Top Attractions


There is no doubt London is still one of the centres of World History in many respects. Through its many historical sites and attractions, it is possible to see why. While there are hundreds of top historical sites in London alone, here are a couple that have been drawing visitors from around the world in droves.

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace was at first just another Queen’s House prior to its total transformation into a fulsome private palace for Queen Charlotte (1744–1818). The Palace has been developed over the centuries by Queens and Kings as a comfortable residence befitting a royal family. However, it was through the work of the great architect, John Nash, that Buckingham was modified into what it is today. By 1837, Queen Victoria ascended the throne and the Palace was transformed into a principal residence for the Royal Family it is famous for today.

Buckingham Palace

London Bridge

The current site where the London Bridge can be seen is a 1973 construction made of concrete and steel to form a box girder kind of bridge. However, the box girder replaced a stone arched bridge constructed in the nineteenth century to replace another old bridge created in the sixth century during the medieval times. Likewise, the medieval structure of the London Bridge was also replacing another timber bridge created by the Romans.

London Bridge

Kensington Palace

Mary II of England realized her joint sovereign, William III of England, was asthmatic and Kensington Palace was bought for 20,000 pounds from Daniel Finch in 1619 to be their residence. Christopher Wren, the Surveyor of King’s Work at the time was commissioned to expand the Palace so that both the attendants and sovereigns could be accommodated. Queen Mary had the Queen’s Gallery built, including a reconstruction of the King’s Staircase.

By 1704, Queen Anne took residence of Kensington Palace and extended the work of William and Mary through Christopher Wren who had done the earlier expansions. George I in 1722 also added fresh and lavish state rooms, namely the Privy Chamber, Withdrawing Room and the Cupola Room. As the 2nd World War took its toll, Kensington Palace was also affected and it had to be rebuilt by Queen Elizabeth II before her Diamond Jubilee for 12 million pounds in 2012.

Tower of London

Officially “Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress”, the Tower of London is a historical Central London castle along the north bank of the River Thames. It was built in 1066 A.D. immediately following the Norman Conquest of England, named after the White Tower of 1078 constructed by William the Conqueror. The Tower of London hosts the Crown Jewels of the Royal Collection within the Jewel House, guarded by Beefeater or the Yeoman Warders.

Houses of Parliament

The House of Parliament is well spread upon the Middle-sex bank of the River Thames within the larger Palace of Westminster and holds the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Westminster Hall in contrast with other Palace of Westminster historical constructions is the oldest, constructed around 1097. The Big Ben (Elizabeth Tower) is towards Westminster Palace’s north end and rises to a height of 96 metres or 316 feet.

London Eye

River Thames’ south bank holds the giant Ferris wheel popularly recognised as the Millennium Wheel or the London Eye. Since January 2011, the structure has been known as the EDF Energy London Eye. At a diameter of 120 meters, the 1999 creation is Europe’s highest Ferris Wheel at 135 meters.

London Eye

Fen Court’s Slavery Memorial

Around Fen Court is the first slave victims’ memorial ever built in London known as the Gilt of Cain, erected with the support of City of London in 2007. It is the design work of Lemn Sissay and Michael Visocchi.

Guildhall

Every civic government today draws its model from the Guildhall, located in the City of London. Guildhall’s history is long but the first time it was documented as Guildhall was in 1128. For hundreds of years, the building has been the city’s town hall, including maintaining the ceremonial and administrative centre of the City of London.

Wimbledon-England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club

It is the only location where all Wimbledon Championships occur. All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club or the (AELTC) is located in the capital’s Church Road. As a private member’s club, AELTC is famous for its Grand Slam on grass and was developed on the 23rd of July in 1868, at a time when England was crazed by croquet.

V&A Museum

Apart from being the largest arts and decorative design museum of its kind around the globe, Victoria and Albert Museum is the home of permanent collections totalling 4.5 million. It was developed in 1852 and named after Prince Albert and his wife Queen Victoria. Spread across 12.5 acres, V&A Museum houses 145 galleries with 5,000 years of art collections collected from diverse cultures around the world, both contemporary and ancient art.

An apt accommodation, one that takes you closer to the spirit of the city, is essential to your experience! London certainly has no paucity of choice. The rich historic splendour and old world charm of this city drenched in history is reflected at its best in a wide range of serviced apartments offered.  London Bridge, a bustling and historic area in the heart of the city stretches from London Bridge to pass Tower Bridge on both sides of the iconic river Thames. One of the best places to base your stay in London, it houses some of the best serviced apartments. Featuring a fully furnished kitchen, lounge, terrace and even a balcony, the apartments come with all the modern comforts and conveniences. A stay in this area means you are just a short walk from trendy cafes, exciting bars and everything that exudes the unique London vibe.

How to Make the Most of Your August Bank Holiday


London is at its best in the month of August. One of the warmest and most awaited months of the year, August comes with some of the biggest and brightest events. Needless to say, the August bank Holiday weekend (August 22 to August 25, 2014) is nothing but a thing of beauty. It is undeniably an opportune time to experience the true flavours of the city. After reading the below, you’ll know why!

Notting Hill carnival (Aug 23-25)

Notting Hill

Europe’s biggest Caribbean flavoured street festival, this one brings life and happiness to the streets of West London. Amazing music stands, magnificent food stalls and gorgeous parades are some of the characteristics of the Notting Hill Carnival. From late night parties to family events, the carnival has something for everyone. The beats of reggae and funk along with the smell of food will leave you enthralled.

Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival

Frightfest (Aug 21-25)

Look no further if you want to be a part of a festival that will see nails bitten to the quick and snacks scattered over, all in fear and fright! The Frightfest in Leicester Square will feature sixty-four films, eleven world premieres and twenty shorts. With thrills like ‘A nightmare on Elm Street’, ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’, here’s a chance to experience an adrenaline rush!

South West Four (Aug 23-24)

Clapham Common

With more than 80 DJs and electronic acts taking over eight brilliant stages, it is nothing less than magnificence that you witness. Some of the acts include Fedde Le Grand, Above & Beyond and garage duo Oxide & Neutrino.

Carnival del Kerb (Aug 22-29)

The Paperworks

Tickle your taste buds at this food festival which brings to you street food experts kicking off with the best of spicy food and zesty music. The event features fiery and hot snacks from all across the globe.

Buckingham Palace

Take a tour of one of the most iconic and regal buildings in the world. Buckingham Palace welcomes people into its 19 wonderful state rooms. Available in many languages, this recorded tour offers you a chance to get a taste of royalty.

Buckingham Palace

Strictly Summer Ballroom

This one at the South bank Centre promises to be a laid-back and leisurely Monday after two days of fun and action. Listen to some amazing live music and enjoy doing rumba and tango in the Royal Festival Hall. And yes, it simply doesn’t matter how good or bad are your moves. The rhythm here will certainly bring out the best in you.

BBC Good Food Festival (Aug 23-25)

Hampton Court Palace

With chefs like Gregg Wallace, Lisa Faulkner and John Torode, BBC brings to you bunch of some star chefs offering cooking demos while you relish the summer dishes. That isn’t all! Kids can also be part of the cooking classes offered here.

So, take your pick and make the most of the August Bank Holiday, the big bash to have a fabulous long weekend.

The Best of London


No trip to London is ever going to be dull; it’s simply something that is never going to happen. London may not be the City that never sleeps but there is always something for you to do in the capital city of England.

Buckingham Palace

Although you’re unlikely to actually meet the Queen, a trip to London is incomplete without going to Buckingham Palace. Instead of standing outside those magical gates why not actually get shown around the Palace? Throughout July, August and September there are tours of the State Rooms, The Queen’s Gallery and the Royal Mews. Tours take around two hours and it’s something you’ll never forget. Prices range from £19.75 to £34.50 and of course there’s a fantastic range of souvenirs on offer so you’ll never forget the day you were shown around the Queen’s home.

Any football fan would love to go to Wembley Stadium, so why not take one of their stadium tours? Just imagine how you’ll feel when you get shown round the dressing rooms where some of the greatest teams in the world have been. You can sit in the England manager’s chair, climb the steps to the Royal Box, have your photograph taken with a replica of the FA Cup and receive a gift pack including a personalized voucher and message card. Prices start at £17.50.

The West End of London boasts some of the greatest shows in the world. Whether it’s musicals, comedies or the most dramatic plays around, then this is the place to go. With shows such as ‘The Phantom of the Opera’, ‘Wicked’, ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ and ‘The Mousetrap’ there’s something for everyone in the West End. There are always some great offers on tickets in the half-price ticket booths and online.

Being imprisoned in the Tower of London was a bit of a torturous experience, but if you’re just paying a visit then it’s a much more enjoyable experience. You can see the Royal Jewels; attend the Ceremony of the Keys which makes sure the Royal Jewels are still there the next morning, the White Tower and the ravens. There’s over 1000 years of history to discover here and even vegetarians won’t mind meeting the Beefeater. Adult tickets start at £22 but it’s cheaper to book online.

If the stars in the West End weren’t enough for you then why not take a trip to Madame Tussauds in Baker Street. There’s over 300 wax figures, the Spirit of London ride and the amazing Marvel Super Heroes 4D movie experience. Just imagine how jealous (and possibly confused) your friends will be when you show them your selfie with Wolverine. Online tickets start at £15 which is a real bargain.

With 14 zones, over 300 wax figures, Spirit of London Ride and the amazing Marvel Super Heroes 4D movie experience, we combine glitz and glamor with incredible history. So, who do you want to meet?

Fans of a certain detective series won’t want to leave Baker Street without visiting the Sherlock Holmes Museum. It’s actually based at 221b Baker Street where the great detective resided. The famous 1st floor study overlooking Baker Street looks just like it did in Victorian Times. At just £10 to get in, this really is unmissable.

London's Eye

If you want to see lots of London without having to travel around the city then take a trip on the London Eye. Built as part of the Millennium celebrations this has become one of the most popular tourists’ attractions in the capital. Tickets start at £26.55 online but there are plenty of great offers online including a combination ticket for the London Eye and Madame Tussauds at £39.95. Even better is the London Pass which for £49 allows you to visit over 60 great London attractions including the Tower of London, Wembley Stadium, The Museum of London and London Zoo.

There really is so much to see in London, it’s just fitting it all in without having to live there full-time that’s the problem.