The historical and global city of London is among the top tourist destinations in Europe owing to its galore of attractions that have charmed visitors since centuries. If you are planning London tours, then you should not miss visiting the following places of interest.
Palace of Westminster
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Palace of Westminster lies on the bank of the Thames River. The original building was constructed in the Middle Ages; however, in 1834, a major part of it was destroyed by a huge fire. Later, between 1840 and 1870, the structure was rebuilt in Gothic Revival style by an architect named Charles Barry. The ground floor of the palace features dining rooms, offices and bars while the first floor has libraries, lobbies and debating chambers. The remaining two floors feature offices and committee rooms.
St Paul’s Cathedral
One of the most important landmarks of the city, St Paul’s Cathedral was originally founded in AD 604. However, the present edifice was built in the 17th century by Sir Christopher Wren in English Baroque style. This building has a height of 111 m and length of 158 m, with its two towers having a height of 67 m. Many important events have been held at this church, including funeral ceremony of Sir Winston Churchill; wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana; and Jubilee celebrations for Queen Victoria.
This combined suspension and bascule bridge was constructed between 1886 and 1894. Located close to Tower of London, this bridge crosses the Thames River. It comprises two towers that are linked together by two horizontal walkways, which are at the upper level. The total length of this famous bridge is 244 m while its height is 65 m. Pedestrians and vehicles can freely use the deck of the bridge; however, the twin towers, Victorian engine rooms and high-level walkways can only be seen with a Tower Bridge Exhibition.
Home and office to the monarch of the United Kingdom, Buckingham Palace was originally built in 1703 for the Duke of Buckingham as a townhouse. In 1703, King George III acquired this building as a personal residence for Queen Charlotte. A number of additions were made to the original structure in the 19th and 20th centuries. The palace has in total 775 rooms, along with a spectacular garden. As part of the summer opening of the palace, all staterooms are opened for public viewing in the months of August and September.
Established in the 10th century, this Gothic church lies towards the west of the Palace of Westminster. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is among the most important religious structures in the United Kingdom. It has served a burial site and place of coronation for British monarchs.