Discover London at your Own Pace and Convenience

18/04/2012 | Author: | Posted in Travel Tips

Some sights in London that you really must take the time to explore include Piccadilly Circus, with its Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain, the sweeping London Eye, tremendous St Paul’s Cathedral and its eminent museums and galleries, including the British Museum and Tate Modern. Are you uncertain about the very best way to delve into some of London’s most extraordinary attractions? Take a London bus tour, hopping and off, for the finest experience possible.

The British Museum is a remarkable attraction; an intensely impressive building to get lost in. View the one and only Rosetta Stone, be fascinated by Aztec mosaic masks alongside an overwhelming seven million other items. Look out for intriguing 20- and 50-minute eye Opener tours offered for free. Tate Modern showcases a great wealth of contemporary art, and its rotating exhibitions mean that every visit is a unique and distinctive one. It is certainly one of the capital’s most highly regarded attractions. Savour its permanent selection of 60,000 works by such artists as Pollock, Warhol, Dali, and Matisse.

Visit Piccadilly Circus, and marvel at the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain. It was constructed in 1893 to memorialise Lord Shaftesbury, a philanthropist known for the help he provided to the poor. The semi nude statue atop of the fountain portrays the Angel of Christian Charity – however, it was later renamed Eros after the Greek god of love and beauty. The fountain was cast in bronze, but the statue is made of aluminium, which was a new material, very difficult to get hold of at the time.

The London Eye is one of London’s most celebrated attractions, visited by over 3.5 million people a year, and the largest Ferris wheel on the planet. It’s 135 metres high, and on a lucid day you can even see all the way to Windsor Castle, which is over 25 miles away. Its 32 ‘pods’ each hold up to 25 people. Whether it is day or night (but particularly at night) the London Eye proffers exquisite perspectives across London and its most prominent landmarks including the grand Houses of Parliament, beautiful Westminster Abbey and magnificent St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Since its opening in March 2000, The London Eye has become an eminent landmark and a representation of modern Britain. It certainly cannot be denied that the Eye is an overwhelming accomplishment of design and engineering.

St Paul’s Cathedral was fashioned by court architect Sir Christopher Wren and completed in 1710. Its distinctive dome is one of the world’s greatest, measuring 111.3 metres high; it is undeniably an iconic part of London’s skyline. Experience the splendour of St. Paul’s Cathedral for yourself and see its emblematic dome. The cathedral went through a £40 million programme of cleaning and repair work for its 300th anniversary in 2010 and this work transformed the exterior and interior of the building, making it even more resplendent than it was before.

The apex of St Paul’s’ Cathedral is the unusual Whispering Gallery, located 30 metres above the cathedral floor and acclaimed for its acoustics. Another 55 metres above the Whispering Gallery is the Golden Gallery which allows for spectacular panoramic outlooks over central London.. Why not explore all of these attractions and regions of the capital, in addition to many more, on a hop on hop off London tour? You could even combine this with a tour of England’s other alluring areas, for a trip you will remember for years to come.

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