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Sightseeing in London

by Jack Blacksmith

Sightseeing in London

Jack Blacksmith

London is one of the most beautiful and exciting cities in the world, and there are so many things to do that you will have a hard time choosing.

So here are the ten "must-sees" in London that no visitor to this lovely city should miss.

-The British Museum. This museum was founded in 1753 when Sir Hans Sloan contributed over 71,000 items. It has grown over the years, with a surge of growth in the 19th century and now its inventory of cultural items from all over the world is over 7 million. There are items that are over 10,000 years old. This museum is free of charge, a condition contained in it charter.

-London Eye. Sponsored by British Airways, the London Eye has become a foremost attraction in the city. It is an observation wheel that towers 135 meters over London, offering a unique perspective on the city. It is the tallest observation wheel in the world, and a wide swathe of London can be viewed all at once. Most visitors consider it an essential experience.

-Saint Paul's Cathedral. This stunning architectural masterpiece of Sir Christopher Wren is symbolic of the spirit of London, since it was recreated after the disastrous fire of London of 1666. The dome of Saint Paul's can be seen from many sections of the city and the church is a centerpiece of London life, hosting royal weddings and other celebrations, as well as the funerals of Great Britain's leaders.

-The National Gallery. This is one of the finest museums in the world, home to great art from as long ago as the 13th century, including works by Van Gogh, Renoir, Monet and da Vinci. The construction of the gallery began in 1832 and since that time, visitors have been challenged to see all of the works of art it has to offer.

-London Zoo. This famous zoo is located in Regents Park and has 12,000 animals in it. This is no static exhibit; animal shows occur on a daily basis and visitors are encouraged to learn about the animals, not just gawk at them. It is so large, and there are so many things going on all the time, that it will surely take a visitor at least two visits to get the full benefit of this zoo.

-Tate Modern. London has its share of traditional museums and galleries, but the Tate is known for innovation. The modern art movement is represented here and anyone interested in this genre has to visit the Tate to see the wonderful collection of works by modern artists such as Bacon, Matisse and Andy Warhol.

-Tower of London. The "bloody tower" has always had an evil mystique and therefore fascinates. It is known for all of the famous and infamous Londoners who have been protected, imprisoned or executed there. Despite its nefarious reputation, it is striking looking white stone that originally came from France.

-The Natural History Museum. The great halls of this museum contain the world's largest collection of dinosaurs. The towering halls loom over these giant creatures emphasizing their size and striking visitors with awe.

-The Madame Tussaud's Experience. British history comes alive in this museum of animatronics and waxworks. Britain's not so glorious past is depicted at its most ghastly. Here the plague, murders, tortures and beheadings are all presented, complete with ghoulish sound effects. Be careful, what looks like a statue may just jump out at you when you pass!

-Westminster Abbey. This stunning church is familiar to us all as the site of royal weddings and other ceremonies we have seen on T.V. This medieval abbey founded in 1066 is the final resting place for the famous of England, including statesmen and kings, scientists and artists. The murals, tombs and paintings are worthy of an art museum and the stunning gothic architecture is one of its most famous attractions.

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