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Trafalgar Square embraces the past and the present of the city in a single sweep, forming the vibrant core of Westminster. The public square hosts a lively milieu of events throughout the year and features the magnificent National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery along its hem. Trafalgar Square was named thus to commemorate the Battle of Trafalgar of 1805, an event that marks the fall of the French naval fleet, securing Britain from invasion. A column with a statue of Admiral Horatio Nelson at the summit is the centerpiece of the square, honoring the man responsible for this momentous victory. At the base of the column is the renowned Landseer Lions, flanked by babbling fountains. Renovations in 2003 removed traffic lanes to make room for a sizable staircase, connecting the National Portrait Gallery to the square. A beating heart of the neighborhood, Trafalgar Square is forever bustling with tourists making their way to the galleries and locals passing through.
Covent Garden is a historic district that is famous for its street performers, shops, restaurants, bars and theaters. The most well known attraction in the area is the Royal Opera House. Before it became the capital’s premiere destination for entertainment and leisure, Covent Garden served as the largest fruit and vegetable market in England. Currently, the Apple, East Colonnade and Jubilee markets are held in the piazza area. Visitors can browse through antiques, artwork, jewelry and clothing that can be found among the market stalls.
One of Central London's most iconic green spaces, every blade of grass at Hyde Park is drenched in history dating back to the early 1600s. Laden with a myriad of historic spots, the park's prime attractions include the symbolic Speakers' Corner, the restful Serpentine Lido swimming area, and the famous Serpentine Gallery. It is also bedecked by stunning sights such as the Isis statue and the Diana Fountain. Nature lovers can head toward Hyde's southern frontier to find themselves in the midst of blissful Rose Gardens. A fantastic place to spend the day, Hyde Park is a must-visit during a sojourn in London.
Popularized by the famous Harry Potter novel and film franchise, King's Cross Station and its Platform 9 3/4 is every bit as magical as you'd expect it to be. A place where imagination comes to life, although this might be a regular railway station, it does not stop hundreds of visitors each day, from taking pictures at the fabled entrance to Platform 9 3/4. While running into the pillar won't actually get you to the train to Hogwarts, you can in fact hop on to a train that will take you to various destinations around the country.
Kensington Gardens is the plush greenery spread over 105.21 hectares (260 acres), that houses the Kensington Palace, the birthplace of Queen Victoria. This magnificent garden boasts of popular attractions such as The Albert Memorial, the ornamental Italian gardens, the Arch, the Princess Diana Playground and a favorite of the children, the bronze Peter Pan statue. The Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Walk is also conducted here, giving visitors a glimpse into the life of Lady Diana. The park is an ideal place for a fun picnic.
One of the most iconic roads in the world, Abbey Road, located in the borough of Camden and the City of Westminster gained worldwide popularity when a picture of the famous band The Beatles was taken while crossing the road. That picture went on to become the cover of their album Abbey Road and as they say, the rest is history! Such is the importance of this road that the prominent zebra crossing was given Grade II listed status in 2010. No vacation is complete without flocks of eager fans waiting to take that one picture of them crossing this all important road.
This huge woodland park is the glory of North London. It is a space that everyone can enjoy - find an idyllic corner for a picnic, walk your dog, or throw a Frisbee around with some friends. The Heath also has some bathing ponds, an open air stage at Kenwood House where classical summer concerts are held with occasional fireworks, tennis courts, and a bowling green. Bank holiday fun fairs are just some of the popular attractions at the park.
At Greenwich Park you can enjoy one of the best views in London from the Royal Observatory hilltop. Brass bands play in the park on summer afternoons, and August brings puppet shows to the playground. Roman archaeological finds have been made here. A superb day trip, particularly if you take the riverboat from Westminster.