Big Ben é o nome do relógio dentro da famosa torre que faz parte das Casas do Parlamento. Seu impressionante mecanismo pesa no total mais 13,5 mil toneladas, e do pêndulo, que bate uma vez a cada dois segundos, é de 13 metros de comprimento e pesa 690 quilos. O relógio foi chamado de "Big ben" depois que o primeiro comissário de Obras da Câmara dos Comuns acendeu uma luz em cima do relógio para representar que camara estava em sessão. Os moradores do Reino Unido podem agendar uma hora para subir na Torre do Relógio. Infelizmente, a gente que não é uma cidadão do Reino Unido não têm permissão para subir a Torre do Relógio.
A brilliant spectacle of Norman Architecture, Eynsford Castle is a major attraction in the region. Built in the 11th Century, this stone-walled structure is one of the most comprehensive substantiation of the Norman pattern. Managed by English Heritage, the site is open to visitors on all days.
The Globe Theatre is universally known as the place where the great plays of Shakespeare came alive. Today, Shakespeare’s Globe, located on the banks of the River Thames is a reproduction of the original Globe, which burned down in 1613 after a cannon shot set fire to its roof. The theater was built near the site of the original using nearly identical methods and materials, and is believed by historians and architects alike to be very realistic. Since it opened in 1997, The New Globe has been a popular and iconic addition to London theater, and has turned from hosting only open-air summer productions into a vibrant center of Shakespearean drama, education, exhibitions, and tours. The ‘groundling’ tradition is still alive at the Globe, whereby visitors can watch world-class theater from the yard for a low price.
Durante muitos anos, Piccadilly Circus - no cruzamento de cinco movimentadas ruas - foi um grande marco de Londres, inclusive sendo vista por muitos como o centro da capital. Durante o dia é o lugar dos homens de negócio, turistas e pessoas que em geral saem para comprar. Porém, a rua torna-se realmente viva a noite, com seus interessantes anúncios luminosos e mistura de clubes nocturnos e casais prontos para uma óptima noite. No coração da Piccadilly há é um chafariz com uma estátua de um arqueiro feito em aluminio. Embora sendo carinhosamente conhecido como o Eros pelos londrinos, é na realidade a representação do anjo da caridade cristã realizado pelo Senhor Alfred Gilbert. Quando foi lançada era bastante impopular, mas hoje é um dos mais famosos lugares de Londres para turistas e casais românticos. Esta é realmente a porta de entrada para o West End.
This museum is housed within the Bank of England, in the heart of London. It traces the history of the Bank, also known as the "Old Lady," from its foundations set by the Royal Charter in 1694 to its role to date as the nation's central bank. Exhibits include early writing equipment, weapons once used to defend the bank against robbers, coins, photographs and archaeological finds uncovered when the Bank was rebuilt between 1925 and 1939, which include four extremely rare Roman gold bars. The Bank also hosts regular exhibitions and activities for children.
Nestled between the River Thames and Ministry of Defence's main building in Victoria Embankment is the Fleet Air Arm memorial of the Royal Navy. The beautiful bronze idol of Daedalus, a Greek mythological legend who lost his son in the sea was sculpted by renown sculptor James Butler in an ode to more than 6,000 naval officials who had sacrificed their lives since World War I. The winged Daedalus stands tall at 2.5 metres (8.20 feet) with a plinth that lists all the wars and campaigns where the Royal Navy lost its members. It is a beautiful memorial for all the lives lost at the cost of war and a reminder of their sacrifice for the homeland.
Housed inside the Uganda House, Embassy of Brundi is a inter-governmental organization located in London. The High Commission of Uganda and Ecuador Consulate are also located in the building. There is a flag flying atop the building to mark the presence of the embassy.
High Commission of Uganda is an inter-governmental organization housed in the Uganda House in London. The Embassy of Burundi and Ecuador Consulate are also located in the building.
Built in the early 1700s and retaining most of its original characteristics, this beautifully restored Georgian building is the only surviving residence of Benjamin Franklin. Serving as his home during the 16 years he spent in London as a mediator, it is essentially the first U.S. embassy. Designed to be a historical experience, the Benjamin Franklin house is now a museum and educational institution. State of the art lighting and projection technology recreate the fascinating life and discoveries of this politician, inventor, scientist, and philosopher, while the Student Science Centre offers a hands on look at Franklin's London based discoveries. Opened on Ben's 300th birthday in 2006 and just steps from Trafalgar Square, this is a wonderful variation from traditional museums and well worth the stop.
Whitehall's namesake comes from the Whitehall Palace, which burned down in 1698. Today, Whitehall is the main road in the heart of the city leading from Parliament Square to Trafalgar Square. It's worth a look if you're in the neighborhood, just to admire the superb architecture. Lining the road are government ministries, commonly referred to on as Whitehall.
O Horse Guards Parade (Desfile dos Cavalos de Guarda) é a segunda cerimônia mais popular, depois da Troca da Guarda. De fato, os dois regimentos de cavalaria montada que marcham na cerimônia de troca de guarda, fazem o desfile dos cavalos de guarda. O desfile começa às 11:30h todos os dias do verão, e todos os outros dias durante o inverno. Ela ocorre do lado de fora do edifico da guarda no Whitehall, que foi construído em 1745 para abrigar o antigo palácio das guardas. O edifício da guarda é também onde ocorre a cerimônia de Desfile das Bandeiras.
The Garrick Theatre is a quiet break from the hustle and bustle of Central London. The plays shown here tend to lean towards the satirical and they're best described as comedy with an edge, a mix that's popular with tourists and local theater-goers alike. Established in 1889, the theater has a striking facade which makes it impossible to miss on the popular Charing Cross Road. The stage at Garrick Theatre has been graced by several, eminent actors and renowned productions.