The Buckingham Palace is one of the most popular royal buildings in the world and tops the list of most travelers to London. It has been the official residence of Britain monarchs since 1837, the beginning of Queen Victoria’s reign. One of its major attractions is the ceremony of Change of Guard, which is a daily occurrence during summer at 11:30 am and on alternate days in winter. The ceremony lasts for 45 minutes. In August and September, the nineteen state rooms and other sections open up to the public. During this time, visitors can see royal collections, which include incredible array of artwork as well as the most exquisite English and French furniture.
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ST PAULS CATHEDRAL
St Paul’s Cathedral is among the iconic buildings that curve the London skyline giving it such a sophisticated appeal. An architectural masterpiece that draws tourists from every part of the world making it one of the most visited buildings in London. Among the many aspects that make it so compelling is the famous Whispering Gallery, known for its mysterious acoustics, as well as its burial crypt, which houses famous British luminaries including Nelson, Wellington and Sir Christopher Wren, designer of the Cathedral.
THE TOWER OF LONDON
The Tower of London bleeds history, in fact, it was the venue of many executions over the centuries and a reflection of Britain’s most grisly past events. William the Conqueror commissioned the tower and it has a history of almost a thousand years. It is one of the most popular places to see in London and you can poke around the prisons, explore the cells or simply stare in wonder at the immense value of the crown of jewels.
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The Westminster Abbey is a must visit destination in London well known for the plethora of royal events that have been hosted here over the centuries, the most recent being the royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. It boasts of remarkable architecture and famous burials, including Mary Queen of Scots, Elizabeth I and Henry III. It also has the Poets Corner and the Coronation Chair; surely, Westminster Abbey has a lot to offer than just a venue for royal events.
ALL HALLOWS BY THE TOWER
Often overlooked by travelers exploring London, the church of All Hallows By the Tower is overshadowed by the Tower of London, yet it has a history dating back to the Saxon times and is the oldest church in London. The church was originally built in 675 AD on top of earlier Roman buildings with some elements still visible to date. It shares a great connection with the Tower of London as most inmates executed at the tower were brought here. The crypt below houses historic remains including Saxon coffins, stones from a crusader castle linked to Richard the Lionheart and the mosaic flooring of the 2nd century AD Roman villa. Though it may not be popular, All Hallows by the Tower is a historic treasure well worth a visit.