Visit London Blog » tower bridge http://blog.visitlondon.com Enjoy the very best of London Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:38:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Five Of The Best: Historic London Landmarks http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/07/five-of-the-best-historical-london-landmarks/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/07/five-of-the-best-historical-london-landmarks/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:07 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=39101 A Guest Post by London Pass

London is a historical hub and a centre of culture so when visitors arrive in the city they expect the cobbled streets to whisper the secrets and scandals of centuries gone by. Sightseeing city card company London Pass has delved into London’s unique history and picked out five of the best attractions in and around the capital.

Tower of London

Tower of London
Arguably one of London’s most popular attractions, the Tower of London goes all the way back to the days of William the Conqueror and Richard the Lionheart. Passing through the hands of many rulers and sovereigns, it’s no surprise that the building’s purpose and influence over the city has radically changed over time, from a stronghold, to a zoo – and more memorably, a prison…

Learn about the gory history from those who lost their heads in execution, to the most notorious prisoners. It’s not all about blood and brutality though, the Tower of London is most famous for housing the priceless Crown Jewels, the most monarchic symbol in the UK.

Visit the exhibitions and events over the summer and learn about the history of the Royal Mint and the Line of Kings – the world’s longest-running exhibition.

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge
Not to be confused with London Bridge, Tower Bridge is a feat of London’s industrial ingenuity with its hydraulic bascules (drawbridges) and 11,000 tonne steel framework.

Over 128 years old, Tower Bridge was built as a solution to ease East End congestion with both roads and foot passages. As a landmark of architectural glory, it was given a facelift in celebration of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, from brown to blue, white and red. Much more patriotic!

Now you can explore the high level walkways and admire the views over the River Thames, as well as gain an interesting insight into the history of the bridge through an exhibition and photo gallery.

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey
As one of London’s most impressive buildings, Westminster Abbey is not only a stunning Gothic church, but a UNESCO World Heritage Site with hundreds of years of history. As one of the most important churches in the city, it has played host to numerous national events, royal weddings and influential ceremonies.

Westminster Abbey celebrated over 1,000 years of worship – and some believe it might even date as far back as 785 with some evidence of an abbey on an islet in the Thames. Now, the Abbey is the resting place of some of Britain’s most prominent figureheads from royals and poets, to scientists and politicians. Explore the graves of Geoffrey Chaucer and Charles Dickens, even Sir Isaac Newton.

Most recently it was the church in which Kate and Wills, the Duchess and Duke of Cambridge, got married. And what a splendid affair that was!

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle
Slightly outside London lies the Queen’s preferred weekend residence: Windsor Castle. As the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world, it’s a must-see for any visitor to London – and definitely worth the trip. Handed down through a line of Kings and Queens, the castle has undergone years of restoration following a destructive fire and, let’s be honest, clashes in personal ‘decorative’ taste!

The State Apartments are testament to the extravagance of the royals and you can see priceless paintings and portraits of the monarchs who made Windsor Castle their home.

Hampton Court Palace maze

Hampton Court Palace
When you think of King Henry VIII, you think of Hampton Court Palace – or you should. With an infamous reputation that proceeds him, this King was one of the most memorable of the monarchy. With die-hard habits and a ruthless character, he helped transform Hampton Court into what we see today.

One of the most impressive features of Hampton Court Palace – and certainly one of the most ridiculous – is the huge kitchen! Known for his huge appetite, Henry’s kitchen was equipped to cook for up to 600 guests, at least twice a day, so you can imagine the size. You can still explore this kitchen today, as well as the hedgerow maze and 60 acres of manicured gardens, including a vineyard.

Make the most of your sightseeing experience with a London Pass and you can enjoy all of these London landmarks for free. 

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London Video of the Week: A Time Lapse Film http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/05/london-video-of-the-week-a-time-lapse-film/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/05/london-video-of-the-week-a-time-lapse-film/#comments Fri, 09 May 2014 09:04:23 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=38643

Don’t miss this beautiful time lapse movie of the capital entitled ‘London Goes By’, which was filmed by photographer Evan Skuthorpe. Keep your eyes peeled for top London sights, including Big Ben, Tower Bridge, EDF Energy London Eye, River Thames, Trafalgar SquareNational Gallery and Hyde Park.

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London Video of the Week: Sunrise Over London http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/03/london-video-of-the-week-sunrise-over-london/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/03/london-video-of-the-week-sunrise-over-london/#comments Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:44:42 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=38190

Using a GoPro camera attached to a mini-helicopter, photographer Ben Chan has captured London at dawn as the sun rises over the city. Keep your eyes peeled for Tower Bridge, City Hall, the River Thames, the EDF Energy London Eye, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.

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Top 10 Instagram photos: February 2014 http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/03/top-10-instagram-photos-february-2014/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/03/top-10-instagram-photos-february-2014/#comments Sat, 08 Mar 2014 10:07:55 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=37990 Now that our Instagram account (@visitlondonofficial) is up and running, along with the #visitlondon hashtag, here is our pick of your best pictures from the last month.

If you want the chance to be included in a future top ten get out there and start snapping our fantastic city, and make sure to hashtag it with #visitlondon

Yeoman and Raven by maviscfwang

Yeoman and Raven by maviscfwang

Westminster by rebekahesme

Westminster by rebekahesme

Tube escalator by i_shootfilm

Tube escalator by i_shootfilm

The Shard and Tower of London by mongulden

Old and New: The Shard and Tower of London by mongulden

Royal Arcade by nisaoliveira

Royal Arcade by nisaoliveira

View from the EDF London Eye by marenlm

View from the EDF London Eye by marenlm

The EDF London Eye from the river by joanamlimao

The EDF London Eye from the river by joanamlimao

Covent Garden by solar_patrick

Covent Garden by solar_patrick

Barbican by solar_patrick

Barbican by solar_patrick

Millenium Bridge by l_senator

Millenium Bridge by l_senator

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Best Bus Routes for Sightseeing in London http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/01/best-bus-routes-for-sightseeing-in-london/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/01/best-bus-routes-for-sightseeing-in-london/#comments Tue, 28 Jan 2014 11:00:35 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=27625

London’s famous double-decker buses are an ideal way to see the city if you’re on a budget. Buy a Travelcard for the day and take a self-guided city tour on London’s best bus routes. These four cover most of the major sights in the city. Their routes are described from west to east and the return journey passes the same sights in reverse.

Number 74
Starting in Putney, this route travels past London’s museums hub in South Kensington where the Natural History Museum, Science Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum sit side by side. It then passes luxury department store Harrods and the boundary of one of London’s largest green spaces at Hyde Park Corner. You can catch a glimpse of The Dorchester hotel just after, followed by the famous haunt of public rhetoric – Speaker’s Corner at Marble Arch. The final stop is Baker Street, home to both the Madame Tussauds wax figure museum and the Sherlock Holmes Museum, at the site of the fictional detective’s residence.

Number 9
The number 9 is one of only two routes operating the old-style Routemaster buses on part of its route. Leaving from Hammersmith, it passes Kensington Palace (you’ll have to get off to see it) followed by the beautiful Royal Albert Hall and the monument to Queen Victoria’s husband which sits opposite it. Like the number 74, the 9 passes the museums in Kensington, Harrods and Hyde Park corner. It takes a different route afterwards to visit St James’s Palace, Trafalgar Square, The Savoy hotel and arts and cultural centre Somerset House.

Number RV1
The RV1 is a favourite route for us here at VL Towers! Despite being a single decker, it still passes through some of the best parts of London, giving you a great cultural tour of the city. Soak up some shops and street theatre at Covent Garden before taking the RV1. Hopping on it will take you to the South Bank where you’ll see the London Eye and Royal Festival Hall. The London Bridge stop is metres from the London Dungeon and City Hall is the next sight on the route, which crosses Tower Bridge to finish up at the Tower of London.

Number 24
The 24 sets off from Camden Town which offers alternative fashion and food. The bus then heads to the more mainstream Leicester Square in the centre, calling in at Trafalgar Square and Horse Guards Parade. The political heart of London is next as the bus passes Parliament Square where you’ll find Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, as well as the nearby Westminster Abbey where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were married in 2011. The final site is the city’s policing headquarters at the iconic New Scotland Yard building.

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London Video of the Week: London Timelapse by Mattia Bicchi http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/11/london-video-of-the-week-london-timelapse-by-mattia-bicchi/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/11/london-video-of-the-week-london-timelapse-by-mattia-bicchi/#comments Fri, 01 Nov 2013 15:18:45 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=26925

London is a fast-moving city, but time appears to be moving at a supersonic pace in this stunning time-lapse video. Keep your eyes peeled for London’s most famous sights, including City Hall, Covent Garden, The Gherkin, Liverpool Street Station, Millennium Bridge, Battersea Power Station, Piccadilly Circus, Tower Bridge, London Eye, Westminster and Canary Wharf.

Photo & Editing: Mattia Bicchi

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London Video of the Week: London Architecture Places by TheWorldsCities http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/10/london-video-of-the-week-london-architecture-places-by-theworldscities/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/10/london-video-of-the-week-london-architecture-places-by-theworldscities/#comments Fri, 11 Oct 2013 09:00:30 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=30303

If you love great architecture, you’ll love London. From the Royal Albert Hall to Tower Bridge, The Gherkin to the O2 Arena, this fascinating video showcases the best of London’s eye-popping architecture.

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London Video of the Week: Making London from Vegetables by Tibits http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/09/london-video-of-the-week-making-london-from-vegetables-by-tibits/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/09/london-video-of-the-week-making-london-from-vegetables-by-tibits/#comments Fri, 06 Sep 2013 10:48:09 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=35400 As well as providing delicious vegetarian food at their Heddon Street restaurant, the Tibits team are also talented when it comes to making cities
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from vegetables. Here’s their model of London:

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And here’s how they made it:

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It’s a Boy! Welcome to London, Prince of Cambridge http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/07/its-a-boy-welcome-to-london-prince-of-cambridge/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/07/its-a-boy-welcome-to-london-prince-of-cambridge/#comments Tue, 23 Jul 2013 07:00:34 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=34592 Buckingham Palace has announced the birth of William and Kate’s son at 4.24pm (BST) yesterday.

The royal arrival was announced with a doctor’s certificate placed on an easel at the central gates of Buckingham Palace. The notice announced the delivery of the baby, adding: “Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.”

Last night, Tower Bridge was lit up with spectacular blue lights in celebration of the little boy’s birth. (You can watch Tower Bridge anytime with our popular webcam.) Other London institutions now sporting a blue hue include the top floor of City Hall, the Trafalgar Square fountains, the BT Tower and the London Eye.

The bells at Westminster Abbey (the church where William and Kate were married) will ring for three hours and 15 minutes today, to mark the royal arrival.

The birth will also be marked with gunfire: 62 shots from the Tower of London, and 41 from Green Park at 2pm today. The Green Park salute will be more spectacular, with horse-drawn guns; but if you want a good view, you’re advised to get down there early. The best place to watch the Tower of London salute will be from Tower Bridge or opposite on the other side of the river at More London, near The Scoop. The Tower of London offers a longer salute, adding 21 to mark the loyalty of the City of London to the newborn.

The child’s official title is His Royal Highness the Prince of Cambridge.

Prince William said the couple “could not be happier”. Kensington Palace said the baby would be named in due course.

For ideas on how to celebrate the royal arrival in London and details of the capital’s royal attractions, take a look at our royal baby page.

And for the little prince or princess in your life, you can purchase some beautiful royal baby merchandise at the visitlondon.com webstore.

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London Video of the Week: Beautiful London by Chris Brooker http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/07/london-video-of-the-week-beautiful-london-by-chris-brooker/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/07/london-video-of-the-week-beautiful-london-by-chris-brooker/#comments Fri, 05 Jul 2013 11:09:18 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=34427

We love this gorgeous time-lapse/hyper-lapse video by Chris Brooker. The film took three weeks to make and consists of more than 15,000 still images.

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