London's Calling

 A brief outline of this post: For my university assignment, I had to write a travel feature in which I chose London. I wanted to share a section of my finished article with you because out of all of my assignments this is the highest grade I got (42/50), something in which I am extremely happy about. Another thing is that it informs you about London and all the cool things to do whilst you are there. I hope you enjoy it.


So here is 'Travel| London's Calling'...

Over 3m tourists visited London in the first three months of 2013.
From the iconic red telephone boxes and buses to the hustle and bustle of shoppers making their way through the busy crowds, this capital city never sleeps.
    The booming metropolis of London has everything you need to escape the winter blues or to enjoy the summer season- if we ever have one again.
    Across the city, there are numerous places to visit and attractions to see, day or night, so do not forget your camera.
    Here are my top 10 tourist attractions.

1.         EDF Energy London Eye
Launched in 2000 and taking roughly 40 minutes to go around, the view shows the whole of London. Do not forget to look out for Houses of Parliament, the Shard and BT Tower while you are up there. You can book tours or special occasions in one of the compartments for your trip. You should definitely take your camera for this spectacular sight.

London Eye, left, with the Houses of
Parliament, right

2.         Buckingham Palace
For those royalists out there, this is the perfect tour for you. Going around the 19 state rooms, a tour offers you a look back through the history of the iconic building. Walking in the footsteps of William and Kate, Prince Charles and the Queen herself. You will definitely feel patriotic during this tour.

Buckingham Palace

3.         Madame Tussauds
Located near Regents Park, this attraction is filled with famous faces. From ‘Brangelina’ and actor Johnny Depp, Olympic sport stars like Jessica Ennis and Tom Daley to royalty, actress Audrey Hepburn and Marvel Comics’ Avengers. The choice will not leave you standing still for long.

4.         Tower of London

A former prison (pictured left), from 1100 to 1952, Tower of London is home to the Crown Jewels, so you would not want to be ‘throne’ out. The tour includes a look around the grounds and where traitors were kept. It is also famous for keeping prisoners like Anne Boleyn, Thomas Cromwell and Guy Fawkes during its early years.

Tower of London

5.         Sherlock Holmes Museum
Founded in 1990, this Museum has everything you need to know about the famous detective. Located on Baker Street, near Regents Park, the museum looks back at the works of Arthur Conan Doyle and his deerstalker wearing criminal consultant, with a gift shop next to it. It does not take an investigator to know that this is the perfect spot for ‘Sherlockians’.

6.         Houses of Parliament Tour

A trip around Westminster, pictured across, can show you where MPs have debates and the history behind the building. The guided tour includes visits to: Commons Chamber, Lords Chamber, Royal Gallery, Central Lobby and so much more. Next to the Parliament building is Big Ben, a bell which is often confused as being the name of the tower itself. Look out for MPs who might be walking around and television news reporters are known for recording outside Parliament. You never know, you might be on TV.
7.         Tate Modern Museum
Created in 2000 and situated in a former power station, this gallery holds roughly 1,500 pieces of ‘modern’ art, including Pop Art artist Andy Warhol, and has a restaurant on the seventh floor. If you visit the he restaurant, make sure you take your camera because the view is superb. Looking over the River Thames, you can see St Pauls Cathedral and the Millennium Bridge, famous for being destroyed in a Harry Potter film.

8.       National Gallery

London is known for its numerous museums but coming in at number six in my list is the National Gallery, located at Trafalgar Square. Pictured right along with Nelson's column, this free entry institution has over 2,300 paintings, ranging from the 13th to 21st Century. Founded in 1824, this attraction paints the perfect picture for art lovers.

National Gallery, far right, with
Nelson's Column in Trafalgar

9.         London Dungeons
For those who like to be scared or who have children who do, the Dungeons is the perfect tourist attraction to get your heart racing. First located on Tooley Street, it relocated near the London Eye in 2013. Recreating some historical events, the dungeon uses live actors, rides and special effects which leave you shaking in your shoes. This is not one for the faint hearted.
10.       Saint Paul’s Cathedral
Built from 1675 to 1720, the Cathedral is mostly known for its dome in which people can climb up to get to Whispering Gallery. You can also go on a tour, discovering the spectacular mosaics and paintings throughout and learning more about the history and what goes on there today.
    Other attractions you may want to visit include: Oxford Street, Leicester Square, Harrods, Piccadilly Circus, The Strand and Covent Garden are perfect for shopaholic. Shakespeare’s Globe, London Zoo, Tower Bridge and enjoy a Thames River Cruise are also recommended.
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Until next time

All photographs are my own!


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