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Our trip to London England

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Bob and I took a Cosmos trip to London and Europe this July 2012. I must say the tour was fantastic. What is London like. Well its old but very clean, very interesting, and the best place to visit.

We stayed at the Kensington Close Hotel, this is a photo I took of the place.

If you visit London please visit the London Eye, On the top you can see the whole of London.

 

Across the Bridge from the Eye is Parliament house and the clock tower with Big Ben.

Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament

The Houses of Parliament, or Palace of Westminster, has been the home of the English political system since the 16th century, and the seat of British government for over 200 years.

Preveously the Palace was home to the English Monarch, but in 1547 the ‘common’ elected parliamentarians were permitted to us the Private Chapel of St Stephen’s as a meeting place and the ‘House of Commons’ was born. The Commons assembled in the Chapel of St Stephen's until 1834 when fire destroyed most of the palace leaving only Westminster Hall, St Stephen's crypt and the Jewel tower standing.

The building we see today was designed in 1835 by Charles Barry and Augustus Pugin. It is built in the Neo-gothic style and building work took thirty years. When completed the new Palace of Westminster changed London’s skyline forever.

 

The Parliament Clock tower rises 316 feet above London and is fronted by the world’s largest four-faced chiming clock. It is often referred to as ‘Big Ben’, but Big Ben is actually the name of the main bell, located deep within the tower.

The tower is one of London’s most iconic landmarks and one of the most recognisable buildings in the world.

Previously the Palace was home to the English Monarch, but in 1547 the ‘common’ elected parliamentarians were permitted to use the Private Chapel of St Stephen’s as a meeting place and the ‘House of Commons’ was born. The Commons assembled in the Chapel of St Stephen's until 1834 when fire destroyed most of the palace leaving only Westminster Hall, St Stephen's crypt and the Jewel tower standing.

The building we see today was designed in 1835 by Charles Barry and Augustus Pugin. It is built in the Neo-gothic style and building work took thirty years. When completed the new Palace of Westminster changed London’s skyline forever.

The Parliament Clock tower rises 316 feet above London and is fronted by the world’s largest four-faced chiming clock. It is often referred to as ‘Big Ben’, but Big Ben is actually the name of the main bell, located deep within the tower.

The tower is one of London’s most iconic landmarks and one of the most recognisable buildings in the world.

The River Thames cruise is also a must to go on, See all the bridges old ships and Tower of London.

 

Back on the bus trip you will visit Buckingham Palace, Marble Arch that’s where they hung people. It was originally outside Buckingham Palace until Queen Victoria had it moved to its present position.

You will see the road where the Beatles all lived together, Where the great detective Sherlock Homes lived. Visit Lovely Parks, The Mall, Westminster Abby, in fact you visit the whole of London on the Red, Blue, Bus tours.

In addition to the many sightseeing attractions of central London, the Blue Tour travels west to the Victoria & Albert, Science and Natural History Museums - all free to enter, plus the world famous Madame Tussaud’s.

You’ll discover the shopping havens of Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Kensington High Street, taking in the elegant Kensington Palace and fashionable Notting Hill en route.

As with all Big Bus Tours, you can stay on board for the full tour or make use of the hop-on, hop-off facility; a great benefit of the London bus tour that enables you to stop and explore the sights at your leisure. Take advantage and visit the top London attractions at your own pace.

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