Hotels & Accommodation – London, UK
London, United Kingdom, originally named Londinium was founded by the Romans between AD 43 and 50. Although back then it wasn’t the capital, it was still a thriving port where people would come from all over the world by ship to sell their merchandise to the city.
As it has passed through many different eras over the years each one has left its mark in the capital. Building extravagant buildings and castles creating rich heritage and culture that still can be explored to this day.
The city grew each year and by the 1800’s it was difficult to pass through the extremely crowded streets due to trams, buses and horse drawn carriages.
And so in 1863 the worlds first underground railway was opened! Named the ‘Metropolitan’ people came from all over to experience the new underground steam locomotive.
It was very difficult breath in the tunnel due to the smog from the coal fired train.
Now the largest and most populated city In Europe the capital of the UK has a myriad of unique and rewarding things to offer its visitors!
Palaces, castles, theaters, parks, clock towers, rivers there is no end of attractions here! Have your camera in hand, there are photo opportunities at every turn!
London is home to some of the most extravagant bars and clubs you have ever seen. Some clubs are underground, some on rooftops and some in tall skyscrapers.
There are comedy cubs, gay clubs, shot bars, live music venues and cocktail bars! So much variety to suite all tastes.
Most clubs are open until 3 or 4 am some even later, a lot of popular and swanky clubs have a guest list as they are so busy and if you’re not on it’s then no entry.
It is wise to check with the club if you need to register for the guest list, with some clubs you can do this through their site or some sites can do it for you and get you access for a small fee.
There is an abundance of ways to travel around London city. If possible, it is best to avoid car hire at all costs!
It will take you a very long time to get anywhere and there are different charges you have to pay for driving in the city including congestion charges and T-charge (A charge in addition to the congestion charge for polluting vehicles) there are also low emission zones.
If you do not pay these charges then you will be issued with a fine.
The famous London black cabs (Taxis) are available on most streets and can be a good way to travel but if traffic is busy it can work out quite expensive.
If you decide to use public transport then the best way is to obtain an Oyster card, a pay as you go smartcard that can be used on all public transport within the city.
Purchasing an Oyster card will mean that you won’t have to wait at ticket stations and can access the transport straight away. It is also a lot cheaper than purchasing single fares.
Oyster cards can be used on the London Underground also known as ‘the tube’, Overground and National Rail trains in London, London buses, South London trams, Docklands Light Railway (DLR) and the Thames cable car (Emirates Air Line.)
What’s also great is under 11’s also travel free of charge which is great for families and makes it even more cost effective.
The oyster cards are priced at different amounts depending on how many journeys you wish to make however; a £25 Oyster card will generally cover travel from Heathrow airport and 3-day travel around the city.
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Buckingham Palace is the official residence place of the UK Monarch and where her majesty’s principal offices are maintained however, they don’t usually stay here and normally reside at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
Originally a town house named ‘Buckingham House’ it was built in 1703 for John Sheffield the ‘Duke of Buckingham who thought the original building was old and outdated. It was then later converted to a palace after 1803 by George IV.
Over the years its owners have each added to it, influencing its great character and architecture. It now has over 755 rooms including 19 State Rooms, 52 Royal and guest rooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms!
You can explore the palace and some of the state rooms including viewing some of the treasures from the Queens Royal Collection.
You may even catch a glimpse of the queen! Look out for her royal flag, if it is up it means she is home, if not the union jack will be raised.
Most days through the summer months (weather depending) at 11:30am you can see the changing of the guard ceremony.
Take in the view of all of the whole city and become part of the famous London skyline from this 433ft tall Ferris wheel! Located on the South Bank of the river Thames and opposite the Houses of Parliament this massive Ferris wheel was the largest in the world when it was first opened in the year 2000.
Although it is one of London’s more modern attractions it is also now one of the most popular and a landmark of London as we now know it today. Private capsules can be booked for a range of special occasions including birthday parties, proposals, weddings and many more.
Tower of London
The 900-year-old history of the tower of London is not all a pleasant one, used as a prison and a place of execution, it holds a gruesome past.
The Normans constructed the original part of the castle but in 1078 William the conquer added to it by building the tower giving its name.
Each of its successors have all added their own parts creating the marvel as it stands today. It was in the Tudor times that it was used as a prison and a place of torture even though there were no official torture chambers.
Guy Fawkes was brought to the Tower of London where he was tortured and confessed to the gun powder plot and both Ann Boleyn and Catherine Howard were executed here.
During WW2 the tower was used as a prison for the prisoners of war and many were also executed in the grounds.
Although some of the outer buildings were damaged during the blitz, miraculously the white Tower remained untouched leaving it still standing today.
Six ravens protect the tower of London and can be seen around the grounds if you look closely, Legend says that if they ever leave then the tower and the kingdom will fall!
Seven live here In total (6 protectors and 1 spare) they are all cared for by the Ravenmaster and they even have their own graveyard and marker that can be seen on the south mote!