7 BEST PLACES IN LONDON FOR HISTORY LOVERS


The treasure trove of the world’s illustrious antiquities, London is a stopping point for the history enthusiasts. The city’s past stretches back centuries and almost every landmark in the city has its own story and style. Some of the must “must sees” of the world are housed in London. It also boasts World Heritage sites such as the Tower of London, the Palace of Westminster, Royal Botanical Gardens and Westminster Abbey.

Here’s a list that helps you explore the historical splendor of London.

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Tower of London

Dating back all the way back to the reign of William the Conqueror, the Tower of London was built by some of the greatest kings of England. The tower was expanded during the thirteenth century into the complex we see today. The historic castle is located on the north bank of the River Thames. It was used as a prison from 1100 until 1952. The most famous attraction is its well-known assortment of Crown Jewels.

Opening times from March to October: 9 AM to 5.30 PM (Tuesdays to Saturdays) and 10.00 AM to 05.30 PM (Sunday to Monday)

From November to February: 9.00 AM to 04.30 PM (Tuesdays to Saturdays) and 10.00 AM to 04.30 PM (Sunday to Monday)

  1. Westminster Abbey

Situated to the west of the Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey is a huge Gothic church and is one of the most prominent buildings. It has been the customary place of coronation and also a burial site for both English and British monarchs.

Opening Times: 09.30 AM to 03.30 PM (Thursday to Tuesday), 09.30 AM to 06.00 PM (Wednesday).

Open on Sundays for workshop

  1. National Gallery

An art museum in Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery was founded in 1824. With an outstanding collection of more than 2000 paintings dating from 13th century to 1900, it is a must-see for history enthusiasts. Entry to the collection is free of charge. National Gallery in London is the fourth most visited museum of art in the entire world. The other three include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Musee du Louvre and the British Museum.

  1. Roman Wall

The defensive wall built by the Romans surrounding the city of Londinium, the Roman wall is left to only small fragments. You can see them near the Tower of London and Barbican.

  1. Greenwich

Home to some of the many important buildings, Greenwich is one of London’s four World Heritage sites. The group of buildings and landscape setting powerfully symbolize English art and architecture from 17th to 19th century. The Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site includes Royal Park, the historic town centre and other institutional buildings.

  1. Banqueting House

The surviving component of Whitehall Palace, Banqueting House was built in the 17th century by Inigo Jones. The execution of Charles 1 after the English Civil War took place here. Introducing the neo-classical style, Banqueting House is significant in the history of English architecture.

Opening Times: 10.00 AM to 05.00 PM (Monday to Sunday)

  1. Temple Church

Located between River Thames and Fleet Street, Temple Church is a church that dates back to 1185. It was built by the Knights Templar, the popular band of military monks as their headquarter. It is famous for being around church. Damaged during the Second World War, the temple church has been restored to a great extent and is a very famous with history lovers.

Last but not the least; one never gets tired of London. It offers you plentiful reasons to visit and re-visit.

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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.

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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.

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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.