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.
Known as both the London Eye or the Millennium Wheel, this huge 137-meter (450-foot) Ferris wheel on the South Bank gives a fabulous bird's eye view of London. The spectacular views from the top stretch as far as 40 kilometers (25 miles) in every direction on a clear day to include views of Windsor. Its inception at the turn of the 21st Century conferred upon it the title of 'the Millennium Wheel', symbolic of the progress made thus far and the promise of a glorious future. The London Eye has since come to be an icon of the city skyline, renowned as the world's tallest cantilevered observation wheel and one of the city's highest observation points. Each of the glass-encased pods of the London Eye can transport up to 25 passengers around its 120-meter(394-foot) diameter at a leisurely pace, a circuit that takes close to 30 minutes to complete. For the duration of the ride, the city and its many attractions lie sprawled all around for a glimpse of London's girth in a single sweep.
There is something about photography that has fascinated people since its inception. Exhibiting some incredible shots, Atlas will enthrall anyone who appreciates the serene beauty of still images. The gallery's immense catalog includes artists from around the world, and spans works from the beginnings of photography as an art form, all the way up to limited edition prints from contemporary artists. Check out their online gallery to take a peek at their wonderful collection.
Take a glimpse into the life of World War II Prime Minister Winston Churchill (1874-1965), arguably the greatest British statesman of the 20th Century, through this unique and historical collection. Within the Cabinet War Rooms, the museum captures the public and private life and achievements of the British leader and icon. Separated into five chapters, take a glimpse at the young Winston Churchill and his life as a politician, statesman and war leader. The museum has over 150 original objects including Churchill's baby rattle and his trench periscope used on the Western Front. There are also numerous documents, photographs, and audiovisual and interactive displays. For anyone interested in the history of the 20th Century, this exhibit is a must.
The Photographers' Gallery was the first independent gallery in Britain to be solely devoted to photography. It hosts multiple temporary exhibitions, which focus on high-quality international contemporary photography. A visit here is always full of surprises, as no two exhibitions are alike. There's also an excellent bookshop, which stocks over 5000 titles and runs a worldwide mail order service. There is no admission fee, however some exhibitions may be charged.
Journey to the clouds where an ethereal vista of the metropolis awaits you, and see the Ben, Eye, Bridge, Palace and Thames in a way like never before. Soaring above London, The View from The Shard is the highest viewing deck in the city, offering 360-degree panoramic views from a spellbinding height of 244 meters (800 feet). Opened to the public in early 2013, this iconic attraction above The Shard is based on three levels- 68, 69 and 72. Supersonic elevators fitted with multimedia take you to 'The View' in merely ear-popping 30 seconds. From the topmost level on floor 72, the spectacular view of the shimmering city unravels and if you look above then you will see the shards of glass melting into the heavens. This one is truly an experience you can't afford to miss, so book your tickets ahead.
One of London's noteworthy Anglican churches, St Martin-in-the-Fields is the parish to Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street. Redesigned by James Gibbs in 1726, its Georgian architecture has been an inspiration the world over. The intricate citadel towers over Trafalgar Square and the structure boasts beautiful woodwork and Italian carvings. Located in the heart of the capital, the venue prides itself on hosting some of the best music events in history. From 18th Century classical acts by Mozart to weekly jazz nights by emerging artists, the space has seen it all. With state-of-the-art acoustics and magnificent backdrop to its credit, experience world-class entertainment.
British Optical Association Museum is one of the oldest museums of its genre in the world. Inaugurated in 1901, the museum has almost 16,000 collectibles on display which describes the history of Ophthalmology. They have a huge collection of visual aids, spectacles, rare catalogs and other equipment's used in the field of optics. The museum is managed by the British Optical Association.
For a complete experience in art, head over to the city's Institute of Contemporary Arts. This innovative institute boasts of a gallery and auditorium. They even have a bookshop and a restaurant and bar, so you can fuel up and look around some more! Come watch experimental dance and theater shows and revel in the vibrancy of newly emerging talent. ICA also offers unique PhD programs and yearly memberships. Have a look at their projects and films like Crimson Gold or Kitchen Stories.
Whitehall Palace was the primary residence of the royal family from 1530 until the building's destruction by fire in 1698. The Banqueting House is the last remaining section of this historic palace and is an excellent example of the architecture of that time period. It was built to house various masques, balls, plays and important state events. It has seen other more nefarious moments, being the site of the execution of King Charles I. After the fire destroyed the rest of the palace, the building was used first as a church chapel and then as a museum for the state. Be sure to leave some time to explore the displays and be sure to check out the stunning interior decoration, especially the ceiling artwork.
Established in the year 1819, Travellers Club is built to the designs of Charles Barry. Travellers Club has hosted several overseas High Commissioners and foreign Ambassadors. Like many other historic gentleman's clubs, Travellers Club has retained its distinct charm and an effervescent character that reflects from the club being a members only meeting place. The original idea for Travellers Club is rooted in the Napoleonic Wars when Lord Castlereagh and his colleagues opined of starting a club for foreigners who visited other countries as well as to host foreign dignitaries.