London Journals

London for Tourists

A travel journal to London by aliante1981

Quote: "London is the political, economic, and cultural capital of the United Kingdom:" a rather boring quotation from a schoolbook of mine. This is my take on the subject.

London for Tourists

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Overview

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"London is the political, economic and cultural capital of the United Kingdom," - a rather boring quotation from a schoolbook of mine. I have always considered it boring since it said nothing, and I must admit it did not really inspire me enough to make London a top priority on my travel wish list. Getting there somewhat by chance, I came reevaluate my opinion, understanding why it is so difficult to describe London in one phrase and why many who try to do so, fail (see the quotation above). London is one of the very few cities in the world that can truly be all things to all people. For the art-lovers, there are the masterpieces of the National Gallery and the Tat...Read More

Westminster Abbey

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Attraction

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Situated next to the Houses of Parliament on the site of a former Benedictine monastery, the Westminster Abbey has for ages been a site for coronations and other royal events of importance. And every British monarch, starting with William the Conqueror and with the sole exceptions of Edward V and Edward VIII, were crowned inside its walls. As is the case with any important monument, Westminster Abbey is surrounded with legends. In particular, it is said that a church once stood there (built by Saberht, the first openly Christian king of the East Saxon tribes) that was consecrated by St. Peter through a miracle. The place was then called Thorney – a small island in the middle of the river Th...Read More

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Westminster Abbey
20 Dean's Yard
London, England SW1P 3PA
+44 (20) 7222 5152

Westminster Abbey

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Attraction | "Westminster Abbey - Commemorations Corners"

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Many prominent public figures are commemorated within the Westminster Abbey, so this is intended as a brief guide on the subject matter, especially interesting to any fan of English history and art. Statesmen, mostly commemorated at the Statesmen’s Aisle and in the monarchs’ burials: - Every British monarch since Henry III (died in 1272) till George II (died in 1760). They are buried in the chapels of Henry VII and the Chapel of St. Edward the Confessor; - Gladstone, the prime minister who is also buried there, and - Disraeli, the prime minister who is not; - Sir Robert Peel, the Home Office head and the creator of the Metropolitan Police Force...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 24, 2005

Westminster Abbey
20 Dean's Yard
London, England SW1P 3PA
+44 (20) 7222 5152