That is a question asked over and over by tourists who come to visit this bustling global city. Well noted for excellence in the arts, healthcare, finance, fashion, entertainment, as well as education London is a leading city in the United Kingdom. With 43 universities and the largest city airport’s system in the world London is well noted for hosting the Summer Olympic Games on three separate occasions. London ranks as one of the leading centers of finance in the world. But which of the many historical and important sites of interest are most likely to be attractive to visitors from abroad?
Dating back as far as 43 AD London is filled with history
Europe is old! There is much history to be found and London is an excellent place for history buffs to “poke about”. With many museums and war memorials throughout the city much of Europe’s history is showcased and memorialized for all to see.
The Courtauld Gallery, considered among the finest of small museums around the world, holds collections from early Renaissance up to the 20th century. It holds an unrivalled renowned collection of paintings from Impressionist as well as Post-Impressionist along with vast collections of prints and drawings, decorative arts, and sculptures well worth seeing.
The National Gallery (London) contains collections of paintings considered to be among Europe’s finest works from around the world. The collections contained there belong to the public and admission is free. In the museum can be found works from periods from about 1250 up until 1900 and mostly of Western European works and paintings.
The Royal Opera House was built back in 1732. Well known as home to the Royal Opera and the Royal Ballet, famous stars with their greatest performances are featured here all year long.
The Houses of Parliament are to be found inside Palace of Westminster and are open to overseas visitors as well as the UK public with guided tours provided on most Saturdays around the year plus Tuesdays on the Summer Opening. Tours lasting approximately 75 minutes will cover the Lords and Commons Chambers, the Royal Gallery, Westminster Hall, as well as the Queen’s Robing Room. When debates are ongoing visitors may watch.
Located on the north bank of River Thames, Houses of Parliament is in the City of Westminster. It is also home of both of the chambers of Parliament of the United Kingdom. Westminster Hall, begun back in 1097, by William Rufus who was son of William the Conqueror. Officially the Palace of Westminster but the Royal Family moved away after a previous fire in 1529, never returning to the Palace.
The Royal National Theatre is best described as a place for everyone to enjoy the classics as well as spectacular musicals and new plays. It holds special events throughout the year for families.
The Victoria and Albert Museum has been called the world’s best and greatest museum for the arts as well as design. It holds collections which are unrivalled due to their diversity. Contemporary and historical design and art are there to explore. Visitors may admire works of art originating from cultures around the world.