Buckingham Palace – The official London residence of the British Monarch, Buckingham Palace is one of the most recognizable London Landmarks and dates back to the 18th century. The site however had changed ownership and purpose of use since the 16th century. In 1703 the Duke of Buckingham Continue reading “Buckingham Palace”
The London Eye – The London Eye is a Observation Wheel built in 1999 and located on the west end of Jubilee Gardens on the South Bank of River Thames. It is also known as the Millennium Wheel. It was sponsored mainly by The British Airways. Until 2005 it was jointly held by the BA, Marks Barfield and the Tussauds Group. Today Tussauds group has cent percent ownership. The wheel is 443 ft. (135 meters) high. It consists of 32 air-conditioned capsules which can hold about Continue reading “The London Eye”
Piccadilly Circus – This is a famous road junction of five roads in London’s West End. Built in 1819 it was meant to connect Regent Street with the major shopping area of Piccadilly. Piccadilly derives its name from a 17th century frilled collar called piccadil. The tailor who made these collars lived in this area.
Today this circular area also connects the theatres on Continue reading “Piccadilly Circus”
Trafalgar Square – This square is considered a centre of democracy where the public can hold rallies and demonstrations at weekends on various political, religious and general issues. It is a centrally located open space with historic importance where people can just spend time or participated in the various events that take place here throughout the year.
The area which covers the Square today was originally the courtyard of the Great Mews Stabling of Whitehall Palace. In the early 18th century the Mews were put out of use by Continue reading “Trafalgar Square, London”
Big Ben and the Clock Tower – Probably the most famous landmark of Britain, the Clock Tower (also called St. Stephens Tower) houses the world’s largest chiming four faced turret clock. Its construction was completed by 1858. This tower forms part of the north-eastern corner of the Houses of Parliament building. This tower is very often erroneously referred as “Big Ben”. Big Ben is actually the largest of the five bells within the tower. This thirteen ton Bell was named after Continue reading “Westminster Palace, Clock Tower and Big ben, London”