London is one of the most memorable capitals to visit anywhere in the world. With its history, art, culture, pomp, and ceremony there is no equal. Dating back over 2000 years, ancient and modern history are now the bedfellows of cutting-edge modernity.
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The rubble and limestone Tower of London gazes upon its own reflection in glass and steel, now the mainstay of modern architecture. The 306-meter-tall, futuristic Shard looks down over the Thames between the modern London Bridge and the granite and Portland stone of the historic Tower Bridge.
Wander through London’s famous West End, Leicester Square, Soho, Covent Garden, and China Town. The amalgamation of cultures, color, and entertainment create a fascinating montage of London’s modern life.
From Medieval to Modern, London’s Architecture Never Disappoints
London is famous for its many historical buildings. You will be shocked by the dark history of The Tower of London, whilst also being awestruck by the crown jewels that are housed there. You can hear the chimes that have rung out across London since 1859, from what is surely the most famous bell in the world, “Big Ben”.
Buckingham Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral and Marble Arch are just a few of London’s numerous architectural feats spanning hundreds of years of history. This history can be viewed with a ride on the modern, newly iconic London Eye.
From Classical to Modern, Art is at the Heart of London
You can peruse classical and modern art with visits to any of London’s 250 galleries. Respected collections of contemporary art can be viewed at the Serpentine and South London Galleries. The White Cube, Bermondsey, is one of many galleries exhibiting the very best of modern abstract art. All the major galleries are free and require no tickets.
The great masters including Gainsborough, Canaletto and Constable grace the walls of historic galleries, such as The National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. Just a stone’s throw away, sits The National Portrait Gallery, here, at any one time, you can expect to see in excess of 1,400 paintings form the grand masters as part of their ever-evolving, permanent exhibition. For these galleries, no tickets are required and admission is free.
Explore Hundreds of Years of Treading the Boards in London’s Theater Land
If you are a lover of the thespian arts, then there is no better city to visit than London. The city can boast 241 theaters. Whether you visit the Lyceum, the Palladium or Drury Lane, the choice of entertainment knows no bounds.
St Martins Theater hosts the world’s longest running play, Mousetrap by Agatha Christie, which is now in its 67th year. The marvelous, Phantom of the Opera, is running at Her Majesty’s Theater, Haymarket. Nearby, at The Queens Theater, Soho, you can see another long-running favorite, Les Misérables.
Allow London’s Museums Educate, Amaze and Inspire
As with theaters, you will be spoilt for choice of museums to visit, there are in fact 170 of them in the city. All of the major museums in London are free to all visitors. The British Museum, Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, the London Transport Museum and the Imperial War Museum to name just a few.
There are also some slightly more obscure sounding museums in London. In Euston, there is the fascinating, Magic Circle Museum, the amusing Cartoon Museum at Holborn and the Churchill War Rooms in Westminster. Whatever your interest, there is a museum in London to placate your curiosity.
Visiting London is an experience of contrasts. Be it Lord Nelson or Jack the Ripper, the history, culture and the arts, will live with you forever. Visiting this amazing city couldn’t be easier. Check out all the latest great deals with Thai Airways.
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