LONDON LIGHTS

Places to visit in London

by Vedika Soni
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One of the most famous and significant cities in the world is London, which serves as the capital of the United Kingdom. The city has some of the best sites, here are the top 5 places to visit in London :

THE BRITISH MUSEUM :
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One of the most famous museums in the world, the British Museum is situated in London’s Bloomsbury district. The following are important facts regarding the British Museum:

History and Foundation: Founded in 1753, the British Museum saw its first public opening in 1759. The purpose of the museum was to collection of specimens and artefacts collected during the British Empire.

Architecture: Sir Robert Smirk created a masterwork of architectural design for the British Museum’s main structure by combining elements of the neoclassical style. The Great Court, located in the middle of the museum, underwent renovations in 2000 that resulted in a stunning modern space with a glass ceiling.

TOWER OF LONDON :

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Situated inn the heart of London on the north bank of the River Thames, the Tower of London is a historically significant castle. It has fulfilled a number of functions over the ages and has been significant to English history.

History: William the Conqueror took the initiative to build the White Tower which dates back to the Norman Conquest of England in the eleventh century. Buildings were added to over time, creating a complex of many types of structures.

Architechture: Over the ages, the Tower of London has had several architectural additions and modifications, making it a recognisable stronghold and ancient castle.

BUCKINGHAM PALACE

The official residence and administrative centre of the British monarch is Buckingham Palace. It is situated in London’s City of Westminster.

History: The Duke of Buckingham’s private mansion, the original Buckingham House, was constructed in 1703.
The property was purchased by King George III in 1761.
The current version of Buckingham Palace was built in the early 1800s. The main block facing St. James’s Park was also created by architect John Nash.

Architecture: Buckingham Palace’s architecture is mainly Neoclassical, with three large arches and a central balcony dominating the exterior.
The palace has wings on either side of its core section. The royal family frequently makes public appearances from the recognisable balcony that looks out over the front facade.

THE BRITISH LIBRARY :

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One of the biggest and also most extensive research libraries in the world is the British Library, which serves as the national library of the United Kingdom. It is situated in London’s St Pancras neighbourhood.

History: The British Library Act of 1973 made it possible to combine a number of esteemed libraries. It also had papers from the British Museum Library from the eighteenth century. The British Library was created by uniting these historic libraries to create a singular organisation.

Architechture: London’s British Library is a modern architectural wonder renowned for its distinctive features and well-thought-out layout. Architect Sir Colin St John Wilson created the main structure which further also became accessible to the public in 1997.

COVENT GARDEN :

Located in London’s West End, Covent Garden is a bustling neighbourhood with a rich history that is well-known for its food options, shopping, and cultural attractions. Here are a few essential features of Covent Garden:

History: Covent Garden was first established as a fruit and vegetable market in the 17th century as an addition to rich history of the city. The Convent Garden, which once stood on this location during the Middle Ages and further more it inspired the area’s name.

Architechture: Covent Garden’s architectural design is a reflection of its historical development from a fruit and vegetable market in the 17th century to a thriving, multicultural neighbourhood with theatres, shops, eateries, and entertainment.

 

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