Discover London with your Royal Holiday membership and see why it’s considered as one of the most Avant-guard cities in the world. If this is your first time in London, there are some of the many great places you should visit.
1 Buckingham Palace
It’s the London residence and principal workplace of the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom, home of Queen Elizabeth II. Located in the City of Westminster, the palace is often at the center of state occasions and royal hospitality. It has been a focus for the British people at times of national rejoicing. The Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace encompasses a colorful spectacle and British pageantry. The ceremony lasts about 45 minutes and usually takes place daily at 11:30 from April until the end of July. Get there early.
2 The British Museum
It’s one of the oldest museums in the world, which dates back to 1759 and hosts a huge antiques collection of Greece, Rome, Egypt, and the Middle East, among others. Admission is free. A must-visit!
3 Westminster Abbey
This large and famous Anglican Church in Westminster, London, is the shrine of Edward the Confessor and the burial place of many kings, queens and writers such as Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare. Since it was built it has been the place where the coronations of Kings and Queens of England have been held. The present structure dates from 1245. The Abbey contains the Westminster Retable, the oldest known panel-painting altarpiece in England and the oldest door in Britain.
4 London Eye
The London Eye is one of the largest observation wheels in the world. Also known as the Millennium Wheel, it is 135 meters high. At the time it was built, in 1999, it was the tallest giant wheel in the world, and at present it is Europe’s tallest Ferris wheel. The London Eye stands at the western end of Jubilee Garden, on the South Bank of the river Thames, between Westminster Bridge and Hungerford Bridge. Offer great panoramic views of London.
5 Tower of London
The Tower of London is one of England’s most iconic structures. It has become one of the symbols of royalty. From its original use as the mighty fortress of the new Norman ruling elite, the Tower has also served as a Royal Mint, an armoury, the home of the Crown Jewels and of course, most infamously in the late 17th century as prison.
Harrods is London’s most famous upmarket department store. The store occupies a 5-acre (20,000 m2) site and has 330 departments, making it the biggest department store in Europe. It’s located on Brompton Road, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, close to Hyde Park. Prices are high but it’s worthwhile visiting. The Georgian Restaurant stands as London’s finest destination for afternoon tea, where you can experience the epitome of elegant dining and classic English flare.
7 St Paul’s Cathedral
St Paul’s Cathedral dates back to the late 17th century is the seat of the Bishop of London; it sits on Ludgate Hill at the highest point in the city, Services held at St Paul’s have included the funerals of the Duke of Wellington and Sir Winston Churchill; Jubilee celebrations for Queen Victoria; the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer, among others.
London is one of Europe’s most fascinating cities. Stay at the Citadines St. Mark´s- Islington with your Royal Holiday membership. Book now.