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With the seemingly endless list of exciting attractions, museums, galleries, theatres, sporting events, festivals, grand landmarks, gorgeous gardens, ritzy restaurants and spectacular shopping on offer, a single trip to London is never enough. The buzz and history of the capital is without compare and its wealth of treasures too many to describe, so much so that you’ll find yourself returning time and time again to take it all in.
In the Central/West End area the most visited sights are the now public rooms of Buckingham Palace, the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square, Tate Britain on Millbank, Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament and Cabinet War Rooms.
Westminster Abbey, nearly a thousand years old, has tombs of many English kings, queens, statesmen and writers. The British Museum in Bloomsbury houses one of the world’s largest selections of antiquities, including the Magna Carta, the Elgin Marbles and the first edition of Alice in Wonderland.
This entire area can be well viewed from The London Eye on the South Bank. Further east, in the city of London, is St Pauls Cathedral, redesigned by Sir Christopher Wren. Nearby is the Tower of London, a medieval fortress dominated by the White Tower and dating from 1097. The Crown Jewels are kept here, guarded by the famous Beefeaters.
In north central London is Madame Tussauds featuring the ‘Marvel Super heroes 4D attraction’ which opened in 2010. Alternatively, if you fancy an historical fright, visit the London Dungeon near Tower Bridge and explore the streets of old London. London’s parks are its lungs. St James, the oldest, was founded by Henry VIII in 1532. Hyde Park, bordering Kensington, Mayfair and Marylebone, is the largest at 630 acres. Regents Park, with its zoo, lies north of Oxford Circus and was given to the nation by the Prince Regent.
To the south east of the capital, land has been reclaimed. Canary Wharf is one of Londons main financial centres and on the south bank opposite Docklands are the Royal Greenwich Observatory, the National Maritime Museum and the O2 Arena.