North London Tours
London, England, is best known for its swinging nightlife, bustling city, terrific shopping, and of course, a glimpse of royalty past and present. First time visitors will want to see all of the regular tourist spots as well as some of the less well publicized yet nevertheless exciting sights of the city.
First on our list of popular landmarks is the looming Big Ben- the hour bell on a tall clock tower that is as intrinsic to the city's image as the pyramids are to Egypt-officially referred to as the Great Bell of Westminster. Big Ben is connected to the Palace of Westminster, which is home to the Houses of Parliament. If that catches your fancy, you'd definitely want to watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace or any of the other palaces in the city. Tours of the various palaces are available and a viewing of the Queen's Jewels in the Tower of London would be well worth it. Ghosthunters will have plenty of opportunities to pursue their passion as some of the palaces and old historical landmarks are reputed to be haunted.
Another must-see landmark is the Tower Bridge. At night, the tower is lit up and makes for some wonderful photo opportunities especially on those occasions when the bridge is being raised. Other landmarks worth visiting include Shakespeare's Globe Theater, the London Eye, and St Paul's Cathedral.
Literary enthusiasts may want to take a walk through the Old Curiosity Shop, which found global fame through Charles Dickens' novel. The Shop can be found north of the Strand on Portsmouth Street. Tourists can also visit famous places like Baker Street (the residence of the fictional Sherlock Holmes) or see the areas where Karl Marx, Lenin, or Ho Chi Min once resided.
Lovers of debate and discourse have the opportunity to listen to impromptu soapbox speeches at Hyde Park or Nelson's Square, or they could simply get their own box and relay their own views.
Of the man made attractions, the two famous wax museums The London Dungeon and Madame Tussaud's gather a great deal of interest. It's better to pre-book a ticket online since queues at the entrance can be quite long. The London Dungeon features instruments of torture that were once used by the authorities on suspected criminals. Madame Tussaud's is more family friendly with life-sized wax replicas of famous individuals.
London is also home to several museums. At least one that can't be missed is The Natural History Museum, which bears one of the largest collections of insects, animals, fossils, rocks, minerals, and meteorites anywhere in the world. There are over 67 million items in total. Some of these include the skeleton and reconstruction of the now extinct dodo and a model of the Blue Whale and the Tyrannosaurus Rex.
Shoppers can traipse through the myriad street stalls or visit the famous Harrods's department store for all their needs and more. After a long day of touring and taking in the sights, visitors can while away their evening hours in one of the many cozy pubs or live it up at the flashy discos that are in equal abundance in the city.
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