A visitor’s destination that will sure be written about in the TravelWkly World Travel Blog is London. It is perhaps one of the top travel destinations in the world. Steeped in history dating back to Roman times this, the capital of the United Kingdom also has more modern attractions to interest the visitor.
Here are probably the top 3 tourist attractions in London:
The Tower of London – Originally built in 1066 AD as a Fortress to protect invaders sailing down the River Thames to London, William the Conqueror positioned this on top of an artificial mound at the South East corner of the old Roman wall. Over the following centuries it was continuously expanded on and Palace buildings were built within the walls. The Tower’s name was probably cemented in the history books when, in the 16th century it became the execution site of 3 English Queens. Today it is not just its history that draws visitors to this attraction, as it is also home to the Crown Jewels an attraction of their own.
The London Eye – When first built in 1999, this was the highest observation wheel in the world at 135m high. Today its 32 capsules carry, on average 10,000 visitors a day. This annually is 3.5 million; making it London’s most popular paid attraction. This wheel is situated on the banks of the River Thames and is ideally suited to allow spectacular views of London throughout the “flight”. Included in the price of the ticket is the London Eye 4D Experience, a unique not to be missed show in 4D, included are the only 3D aerial footage of London. The London Eye also offers extras to make the visit more memorable, such as “Champagne flights” or river cruises.
Trooping the Colour – This annual tradition dates back to the 17th century and marks the occasion of the sovereign’s official birthday. On each occasion one Regiment will present its colours for inspection by the Monarch on Horse Guards Parade. For the first 36 years of her reign Queen Elizabeth 11 attended the parade on horseback but since 1987 attends in her carriage accompanied by her personal troops, the Household Division. The parade that takes place in June sees the Queen lead 1400 officers and men plus 400 bandsmen from ten bands, as they march down the Mall. In more recent years, after the parade, the Royal family gathers on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to witness a fly past by the Royal Air Force.
Each of these is a truly unique experience only to be found in London but they are not the only ones. Where better to share your experience and those of others than in the Travel Weekly World Travel Blog. Whichever attractions you decide to visit in London, you will find that you are surrounded by history yet never far from modern boutiques and other first class shopping venues including street markets that have been offering their goods from the same site for hundreds of years.