UK is one of the few countries in the world where the monarchy is still surviving and is immensely loved by its residents. It has been there for more than ten centuries and the country, especially its capital London, is full of monuments, palaces, institutions, parks, museums and other places that have been and are still connected with the royalty. Most visitors to London are intrigued by this love of monarchy and all things connected with it, and make it a point to visit at least some of these royal sites.
Tower of London: This royal site is one of the most popular attractions in London attracting more than 2.5 million visitors each year. During its existence spanning more than nine hundred years, it has served in several capacities such as a royal palace, an infamous prison, a place for torture and executions, a treasury, an observatory, an armoury, a zoo, home of the Royal Mint, a public records office, a menagerie, and as the home to the Crown Jewels of England which is open to the public and displays 23,578 gems. It was built in 1066 by William the Conqueror and is guarded by the Beefeaters or Tower Wardens, who prove to be very helpful in providing valuable information including plenty of intriguing and bloodthirsty stories from the past, if you take a tour of the Tower. Visitors should see the famous ravens as legend says that if they ever leave, the White Tower will crumble and there will be a great disaster in England.
Westminster Abbey: It has been the location of crowning all the Monarchs who ruled England since the 11th century. It is also the premier location for Royal Weddings including that of the Queen to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, as well as the marriage of William and Kate in 2011. It is adorned with stained glass windows and intricate stone engravings. It has been the Church of England since 1550 and has served as the burial place for seventeen monarchs along with many famous names from history, like Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Sir Isaac Newton, Rudyard Kipling, Charles Darwin and Geoffrey Chaucer. It is currently open to the public and guided tours are best to get full information.
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St James’s Park: Located beside Buckingham Palace and once a Tudor hunting ground, this Royal Park has also been a royal zoo, a reservoir and even a bowling alley. The park is also home to an impressive collection of ornamental waterfowl, and pelicans, which have been its residents ever since being gifted by a Russian ambassador to the Monarchy in 1664. It is an ideal place to rest on a park bench next to the spring blossoms as you never know but you might be joined by a pelican visitor who might have such a surprising habit.
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Houses of Parliament: The Palace of Westminster which is the meeting place of the House of Commons and the House of Lords is commonly known as the Houses of Parliament. Its name may refer to either the Old Palace, a medieval building complex destroyed by fire in 1834, or its replacement, the New Palace that exists today. It still retains its original status as a royal residence as the first royal residence was built there in the 11th century and it was the primary residence of the Kings of England until it was destroyed by fire in 1512. Thereafter, it has been the home of the Parliament of England which has been meeting there since the 13th century. It has also been the seat of the Royal Courts of Justice.
British Museum: Dedicated to human history, art and culture and having a permanent collection of some 8 million works, British Museum is one of the largest and most comprehensive museums in the world. Its collection includes items from all continents pertaining to the story of human culture from the beginning to the present. It is largely based on the collections of the physician and scientist Sir Hans Sloane.
National Gallery: This art museum in Trafalgar Square was founded in 1824 and is home to a collection of over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900. It is one of the most visited art museums in the world. It started when the British government bought 38 paintings from an insurance broker and patron of the arts in 1824. It then grew by the efforts of its directors and by private donations, which make up two-thirds of the collection.
Victoria and Albert Museum: It is the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design as it is home to a permanent collection of over 4.5 million objects. It covers 12.5 acres and 145 galleries and its collection spreads over 5,000 years of art, from ancient times to the present day, derived from the cultures of Europe, North America, Asia and North Africa, in the fields of ceramics, glass, textiles, costumes, silver, ironwork, jewellery, furniture, medieval objects, sculpture, prints and printmaking, drawings and photographs.
Up at The O2: If you wish to get a fantastic view over London, and see the Olympic Park, Thames Barrier, the Shard and Canary Wharf from a height, you should visit this attraction at the O2 where you can take a guided expedition across the arena roof, via a tensile fabric walkway that peaks at 53m above ground level giving such views.