The National Gallery is a magnificent Georgian edifice on the northern side of Trafalgar Square that houses a massive collection of Western European art. Started in 1838, you can find many early Renaissance works in the Sainsbury Wing of the gallery, including those of Botticelli and Giovanni Bellini. The West Wing contains works by Titian, Michelangelo and Raphael, the north wing contains works by Rubens, Rembrandt and Caravaggio, and the east wing contains works by Seurat, Canaletto, Degas and Monet. A portable audio guide is available in different languages.
Referring both to the famous tower that forms the north end of the Palace of Westminster, as well as the iconic clock built into its face, the Elizabeth Tower or Big Ben as it is popularly referred to, is deemed as one of the most prolific timekeeping devices of the 19th Century. This hugely exalted monument was constructed when the old Palace of Westminster was ravaged by a fire in 1834, sparking the need for a newer structure. It was then that English architect Augustus Pugin's spectacular design for the tower found fruition, an imposing Gothic Revival structure that would go on to become one of the most striking icons of the British empire. Towering over 315 feet (96 meters), the Big Ben is a brilliant blend of sand-colored Anston limestone that dominates its lower half and a cast-iron spire that pierces the city's ashen skies. Its impressive timekeeping mechanism weighs in at over 5 tons, and the pendulum, which beats once every two seconds, weighs 203 kilograms (447.53 pounds). While this imposing structure can be admired from a distance by overseas visitors, only residents are privy to the internal depths of the tower.
Designed by Sir Horace Jones and opened in 1894, Tower Bridge is one of London's most recognizable landmarks. This famous monument is built on the River Thames and overlooks the iconic Tower of London. Due to the volume of river traffic in the 19th Century, the Tower Bridge was designed to have twin bascules that could be raised. One of the most fascinating features of the bridge is the Victorian-era engine room that houses the coal-powered motors used to raise the bridge lifts. The two towers, the North Tower and South Tower, are open to visitors. There is a glass-covered enclosed walkway that runs between the two that offers a bird's-eye view of vibrant city life.
The Victoria and Albert Museum celebrates the rich culture of a bygone era. It includes around 2.27 million objects including ceramics, fashion, furniture, glass, metalwork, paintings, photographs, prints, sculpture and textiles. Collections from as far as East Asia, South and Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Egypt are housed in the V&A Museum. One can explore the world's most comprehensive holding of post-classical European sculpture. The museum frequently holds exhibitions of its collections. And what's more, you could even shop for books, stationery, gifts and jewelry at the museum. After working up an appetite, head to the V&A Cafe for a bite.
The British Museum is one of London's top tourist attractions, as well as a major scholarly resource. Its collection was bequeathed to the nation in 1753, and the museum's distinctive Greek Revival structure was constructed during the 19th Century. The collection expanded massively during the heyday of the British Empire, leading to the museum's reputation for acquiring from sources all over the globe, leaving it with over 8 million objects. The displays cover about 5.5 hectares (14 acres) making it impossible to see everything in one visit. The famous Rosetta Stone, Assyrian Reliefs, Parthenon Marbles and the vast Egyptian collection are a few of the British Museum's most well-known exhibits.
Explore the natural history of the planet Earth, from the prehistoric era to the present day, at one of London's most visited museums. In 1881, the Natural History Museum moved to its present venue. Designed by Alfred Water house, this building is now one of London's most beautiful and recognized museums. The halls house more than 300 years worth of collections, with over 80 million specimens. Broadly divided into Life and Earth galleries, the museum provides much more than can be seen in a day, and your feet will get tired before your brain does. Let your kids run wild among dinosaur skeletons, erupting volcanoes and life-size constructs of blue whales - it's unlikely they'll ever forget their first visit here.
Enjoy panoramic views of London city from the Thames. The boat departs daily from Embankment Pier and offers relatively inexpensive tourist cruises as well as pricier lunch cruises. Some of the sites that the Catamaran Cruises cover are Cleopatra's Needle, the Tower of London, Oxo Tower Restaurant, and the Battersea Power Station. You'll also be able to spot St. Paul's and the Houses of Parliament from the all-glass 'My Symphony' cruiser.
Dedicated to film, video and the digital arts, The Lux - a non-profit organization - combines its year-round program of alternative cinema, exhibitions, events and festivals with help for emerging artists, by offering training programs and access to state-of-the-art production facilities. Situated in Hackney, The Lux is the place to be seen, with Sony, Channel 4 and Dazed and Confused having held receptions and screenings here, and Blur and Bjork using it for celebrity parties. Screenings range from art-house flicks, like Jack Smith's Flaming Creatures, and foreign language films, such as Vittanio De Sica's Umberto D, to credible mainstream titles like The Deer Hunter, while the gallery showcases up-and-coming international talent. Membership includes invites to private screenings, priority booking for special events and discounts on tickets, as well as access to the production facilities.
This is a city location for Muslim worship and other services.
Old Kent Road Mosque is a place of worship for Muslims. Many Muslims from UK drop by at this mosque to do so.
Named after the patron saint of seamen, St Clements was destroyed in the Great Fire of London of 1666. Since the 11th century, there have been three churches on this site -the second being engulfed by flames. It was rebuilt, like other churches destroyed in the fire, by Sir Christopher Wren in 1686.
As with most of the churches in the area, this church was rebuilt after the Great Fire of 1666, but the site has had a religious history since 1100 A.D. During the reconstruction, the financier Sir Christopher Wren intended for the church to be an open space, full of light. Since its consecration, the church has been alternatively named "Wren's Lantern." For those looking to sight see, the church is quite close to The Mansion House and The Guildhall as well as The Millennium Bridge.