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Top 10 Things to see in London, England

Apr 11, 2008
London has so many wonderful places to visit that it will be hard to limit it to only 10. There are parks, buildings, architecture, castles and many museums. A city with a metro area of around 14 million people, traffic can be a problem so it may be best to take the Tube or subway when you can.

1. Buckingham Palace
The palace is the official London residence of the British monarch and a setting for state and royal occasions. The British people rally here.

2. The Changing of the Guard
Be sure and get the times and dates of this event so you don't miss it. The times at present are 11:30 a.m. every morning during the summer and every other day in the winter. When in London you need to go to the Changing of the Guard. Get there early so you can view the spectacle from just outside the front gates.

3. Hyde Park & Kensington Gardens
Kensington Gardens is on the west side of Hyde Park. This park is in the middle of central London. This is a nice place to go and relax from the bustle of the city.

4. Big Ben
London's best known landmark has a high bell tower with a very large clock in it. The name is actually the name of the 13 ton bell within the tower. The clock keeps very good time.

5. Westminster Abbey
You will be looking at an absolutely beautiful masterpiece of medieval architectural. This is where most of the country's coronations have taken place since 1066. It is still a church where regular worship services take place.

6. Tower Bridge
Who hasn't played, "London Bridge is falling down" as a child. This is the real thing and another of the most famous London landmarks. It started in use in 1894.

7. London Eye (Millennium Wheel}
This is the place to get a bird's eye view of London. This is a huge 450 foot ferris wheel. It sits on the South Bank of the Thames River. Up to 25 people can fit in each of the wheel's capsules. The wheel takes thirty minutes to make one round.

8. Tower of London
Dating back 900 years, this was a place of imprisonment and execution. Today you can take a tour and see the rooms and some of the things that took place there. The main attraction is the Crown Jewels. They will take your breath away.

9. The House of Parliament
Go and see what is being debated by the Commons and the Lords. See if you can get a seat in the stranger's gallery for Question Time. You may even see the Prime Minister.

10. National Gallery
This is one of the greatest collections of European painting in the world. The gallery's permanent collection spans the period from 1250 to 1900. The collections consist of Western European paintings which belong to the public so admission is free.

London is filled with things to see and this is only a very small smattering of them. Enjoy your time in the beautiful city.
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