London is a city that can really change you, and bring out something that you never knew you had. It's a paradox: a multicultural city, unconventional and young, but also the home of the oldest institution in the country, the royal family. It's a great city because it has opened its doors to everyone ... tourists, students and professionals all rub shoulders here, and the different cultures have brought new ideas, new lifestyles, and new foods to the capital. The British capital is a young city for young people, with rhythms of life that only extremely strong hearts can bear. London also offers immense museums (most with free admission), endless shopping in Regent Street and Oxford Street, and huge parks such as Hyde Park.
The Millennium Bridge opened in 2000 as part of an infrastructure project to commemorate the new millennium. It was designed by famed British architect Norman Foster and extends from the Tate Modern Art Museum to St Paul's Cathedral across the Thames. I recommend that you visit it at night because the lighting is spectacular and along with St Paul's is one of the most spectacular views of the city.
This impressive monument to Queen Victoria, which is 25 meters high, is located opposite Buckingham Palace. The monument pays tribute to this charismatic queen, the monarch has lasted longer on the throne of England, 64 years, and has led to an era name is also very characteristic of that country: The Victorian era when the Industrial Revolution took place .
We decided to walk around the city, we started in the shopping area and went towards the Mosi (the museum of science and technology). After passing an area full of fast-food restaurants, offices and pubs, we arrived in a large square where the City Hall is located. On our walk, we saw two interesting things: An irish flag atop of the City Hall (it was getting close to St. Patrick's Day) and a ton of Italian tourists dresses in their teams' colours (our trip coincided with the Inter Milan/Manchester United match). The building itself was Victorian, but it has a Westminster feel, even though there is a huge size difference. Still, it's worth checking out.
If you pass by the Southbank area, you must climb the Oxo Tower. On the 8th floor there is a restaurant and bar that offers one of the most spectacular views of London. One of those places that everyone should know. Bring someone special there. You will be surprised. Eat something or have a beer whilst viewing the Thames. Cracking.
A spectacular building on the London skyline which is not lacking in outstanding heights. We went up to the observatory that, despite being somewhat expensive, is worthwhile. It lacks a site from where you can take pictures without a glass front, but that's my only complaint. Recommended.
Liverpool Anglican Cathedral is one of the great emblems of the city. Situated on Hope Street right across from the Catholic cathedral it is one of the largest cathedrals in Britain. It´s one of the tallest neo-gothic cathedrals in the world. Even though it was built sometime between the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, it looks like an ancient cathedral. During the evening, the reddish color that is cast on walls is beautiful. Its located high in the northern part of Liverpool next to a residential area, and can be reached on foot in just over 10 minutes from the shopping area.
The Temple Bar is the only gate to the City of London to survive the passage of time. Next to the Cathedral of St Paul's, it was built in 1672, during the reign of Charles III, to replace the previous one, destroyed after the Great Fire of London in 1666. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, the architect who built the cathedral of St Paul's, and built by Joshua Marshall and Thomas Knight.
This is considered the most beautiful cathedral in England's smallest city. We loved this place, located between the south-west of England and London. It's a small town full of little places to explore, such as the cathedral or the oldest street in Europe which is here. A highly recommended stop if travelling in the area.
Hyde Park is the most well known of all the London parks, and it is so enormous that it has different access doors scattered around the perimeter. One of the most striking is the white marble triumphal arch. It's not too big, but its whitish color makes it a very striking. It is close to Speaker's Corner, where all those who want to be heard meet on Sunday afternoon. Originally, the arch was built as a gateway to Buckingham Palace. The metro station of the same name drops you right in front. It is a good starting point for exploring Hyde Park.
Dodging tourists, I could really feel the magic of this bridge. By day, you can walk around and buy souvenirs, such as a replica of Big Ben. At night, you can enjoy the yellow lights and "London Eye" (The wheel). In any case, a must for those who love photography.
A monument in the center of the legendary London's Trafalgar Square made to commemorate Admiral Nelson's victory over Napoleon at Cape Trafalgar in 1805, a battle that cost him his life. It measures 52 meters high and is the most well-known monument of this ilk in London. From above, the Admiral Nelson, one of the most famous men marine history, views his fleet in the southwest.
Walking through the streets we reached this Egyptian obelisk, a little spoiled, since it was abandoned in a storm while being transferred from Alexandria, and suffered damage to the base in a bombing and perhaps pollution also caused some havoc. The obelisk accompanying two replicas of bronze sphinxes and from it you can get exceptional views of the river, the London Eye, etc ... For me Egypt was a long time ago and to see an obelisk here, gives me a strange feeling.
The Radcliffe Camera is one of the most beautiful buildings in the old center of Oxford. Colloquially, students call it Radders, or Rad Cam. The building was designed by James Gibbs and built in the mid 18th century. It's English Palladian style. John Radcliffe, whom the building is named after, was a scientist in King William III's Court. He wanted to build a library for students, but he wasn't able to before his death. Initially it was thought that there would be an extension to the Bodleian Library, which is next door. But finally came this beautiful building came around. Only the college students can go inside. But it's worth a few minutes to stop by and admire it for a minute or two. It's one of the first libraries in the country. The site has three main floors on the outside, and two on the inside. Columns support the building's facade. The area around it is paved and landscaped. A few movies, such as Sherlock Holmes, and The Saint filmed some scenes here.
Wellington Arch, also known as Constitution Arch, is a triumphal arch situated north of Green Park. It is found in the middle of a roundabout, like Marble Arch, on the other side of Hyde Park. It celebrates the victory of Britain over Napoleon in the Battle of Waterloo, and was designed by Decimus Burton. The statue on top is the largest bronze statue in Europe, showing a coach drawn by horses.