London is the capital of England and the United Kingdom, being the chief metropolitan area in the United Kingdom, it is a leading global city prominent in arts, fashion, commerce, education, media and entertainment, healthcare, professional services, transport, finance, research and development and tourism. It is also tapped as the world’s most-visited city and described as a world cultural capital, the reason why this two-millennia-old city remains one of the most exhilarating places on earth.
What makes life invigorating in London are the following:
London 2012 Olympics
The 2012 Summer Olympic Games, officially the Games of the XXX Olympiad, also known as London 2012, began in London on 27 July and will continue until 12 August 2012.
Tower of London
Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress or the Tower of London is a historic castle which comprises 20 towers. View the famous Crown Jewels at the Jewel House, you can ask for a free guided tour led by the Beefeaters or Tower guards , you can climb the White Tower, greet the ravens that occupy Lanthorn Tower, with many other activities.
The Tower functioned as an armoury, a treasury, a menagerie, the home of the Royal Mint, a public records office, and the home of the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom.
Hyde Park & Kensington Gardens
Kensington Gardens is one of the Royal Parks of London, lying to the west of Hyde Park. The park envelops an area of 111 hectares or 270 acres.
Tourists, travelers and locals enjoy picnicking on the park’s green lawn, sitting on the benches while simply watching the swans and boats over the lake or merely get pleasure from sightseeing flora and fauna while walking around.
The iconic symbol of London is the Tower Bridge. It is a joint bascule and suspension bridge in London, England, over the River Thames built in 1886–1894. It is near to the Tower of London, from which its name was derived from.
The bridge consists of two towers tied together at the upper level by means of two horizontal walkways, designed to endure the horizontal forces exerted by the suspended sections of the bridge on the landward sides of the towers.
Harrods is a high class and upmarket department store situated in Brompton Road, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London. It has a selling space in over 330 departments on its 5-acre area.
Over the years, Harrods has become a tourist attraction rather than a shopping mall. If you happen to visit the mall make sure to check out the food halls the perfumery and the shrine dedicated to Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed. Now, if you want to do your shopping galore, experts recommend to head along the chain of stores in Oxford High Street or the boutiques in Soho, or in department stores like Selfridges and Harvey Nichols.
All Things for All People, Everywhere or Omnia Omnibus Ubique is Harrod’s famous motto.
Portobello Road Market
Saturdays is the most busiest day in Portobello Road Market. It is one of London’s remarkable street market notable for its second-hand clothes and antiques. The market sprawls in the Notting Hill neighborhood. It is distinguished as the main market of all street markets in the area.
London’s National Gallery
London’s National Gallery houses a collection of the world’s greatest paintings of over 2,300 works of art dating from the mid-13th century to 1900. The gallery’s interior is so big and a bit of a labyrinth that a color-coded map is needed to get around. It is only closed on Saturdays and open on Sunday through Thursday with extended hours on Fridays.
Imperial War Museum
The Imperial War Museum is a British national museum organisation with branches at five locations in England, and three of which are in London. The museum’s mission is to “to enable people to have an informed understanding of modern war and its impact on individuals and society”
Exhibits include World War II’s Blitz Experience, World War I’s Trench Experience, a Holocaust Exhibition in which children under 11 are not permitted and many more. Museum-goers can wander through to get a look at World War II-era life.