The most famous bell in Europe, perhaps even the world, Big Ben is one of the iconic landmarks of London. The tower is the third largest bell tower in the world and is over 150 years old. It was recently renamed Elizabeth Tower as a tribute to Queen Elizabeth's 60 years’ of reign. Part of Westminster Palace, it was designed in the Neo-Gothic style. There is no elevator, but 334 steps lead to the top; however tours are only available to British nationals who organize a trip through their Member of Parliament. The skyline in this part of London is spectacular, so taking pictures of Big Ben with the London Eye in the background is very popular.
A phenomenally successful modern and contemporary art gallery housed in a former power station. Well worth a visit! If you are carrying any bags, briefcases or umbrellas, you may need to leave them at the cloakroom. Large bags and suitcases must be left there, too. There is a café and a restaurant in the gallery, where you can refresh yourself. You can also find three shops selling books, gifts and more.
With approximately 300 shops, Oxford Street is Europe's busiest shopping street and is home to a number of major department stores and many flagship stores. If shopping is your thing, then the shopping district it forms with Regent Street and Bond Street is sure to delight you! Located in the West End of London, the street is about 1.5 mi (2.5 km) long and used to be part of the London-Oxford road. It actually follows the route of a Roman road that linked Hampshire with Colchester. The area can be very busy with shoppers and tourists and gets quite polluted by the number of buses running along it. Christmas is a particularly busy and particularly pretty time on Oxford Street as, since 1959, it has been decorated with festive lights each year, usually switched on by a celebrity.
Explore the restaurants, bakeries, night clubs and enjoy the great atmosphere of Chinatown. Well worth a visit. If you happen to be in London at the time of the Chinese New Year, head to Chinatown for the largest celebration of this event outside Asia. However, there are also things to do all year around. Chinatown is home to around 80 restaurants, many of them serving authentic Chinese and Asian cuisine. You have a lot of dining places to choose from! While walking around Chinatown, you can find several blue plaques, commemorating famous people and events.
This grand arch is a monument to Queen Victoria and will be transformed into a luxurious hotel. An impressive, splendid sight. The Admiralty arch becomes an important place during various ceremonies. When there is a royal ceremony such as wedding, funeral or coronation, the procession passes under the arch. Maybe you'll see one if you are lucky enough!
Long and broad promenade lined by tall leafy trees serves for ceremonial occasions. Closed to traffic on Sundays. Enjoy! When the United Kingdom receives a state visit, the monarch and the visitor take a ride on this street which is decorated by flags of both states. The famous London Marathon finishes here, too. If you manage to visit the road at the time of one of these events, it will be an unforgettable experience.
If you want to stand on two hemispheres at the same time, visit this place where the meridian divides the Earth! The prime meridian with longitude 0º is the reference line for the Greenwich Mean Time. It means that every new year starts at this line! While in the area, visit the surrounding museum and learn more about the Universe, astronomy and the meridian line itself.