Modern day London is a vibrant multicultural society with almost 40 ethnic groups living within the city boundaries. The array of potential experiences for tourists is breathtaking ranging from Royal pageantry to the famous London theatreland and boasting world leading film, music and fashion scenes.
Access is made easy by the largest underground railway system in the world which will enable visitors to travel rapidly between attractions. In 2012 London will host the Olympic games which will increase the tempo of the city to even greater heights.
The best known religious site in the British Isles, Westminster Abbey is the final resting place for some of the more famous figures in British history. Kings, queens, prime ministers, generals and scientists are buried here including Charles II, Mary I, Neville Chamberlain, David Livingston and Charles Darwin.
The current building dates to the twelve hundreds having been constructed by Henry III and has been the coronation site of nearly all the English monarchs since William the Conqueror. It was also here that the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales took place in 1997 followed by that of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in 2002. Website: www.westminster-abbey.org. Underground Stations: Westminster or St James Park.
Situated on the South Bank of the Thames, the BA London Eye is the tallest observation wheel in the world at 135m in height. Also known as the Millennium Wheel and completed in 1999 it is a type of modified ferris wheel with a single side supporting frame.
There are 32 capsules which can hold up to 25 people and a single revolution takes around 30 minutes. With good visibility the views can stretch as far as 30 miles. Website: www.ba-londoneye.com. Underground Stations: Westminster, Waterloo or Embankment. More London tourist attractions
The city first grew to prominence following the Roman conquest of Britain when the small celtic settlement was converted into a military and trading centre called Londinium.
London was to become the capital of England during the reign of the Danish King Knut and replaced Winchester. The city continued to expand during Saxon times and many of the current street plans date from this era.
The city has been the setting of many famous historical episodes over the centuries: the founding of the first modern Parliament, the English Civil War and the execution of King Charles I, the Plague and the Great Fire to name but a few.
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