London is the city of dreams. One of the most iconic cities in the world and the Capital of the United Kingdom. This city which was founded more than two thousand years ago by the Romans and called Londinium is today a city that blends the contemporary with heritage and tradition. London is surely on the bucket list of most travellers whether in Delhi, Dubai, or Denmark. People await the day that they can book Delhi to London flights or fly to the city of dreams from Dubai, Denmark, or any other place in the world.
Why is London one of the most sought-after cities by travellers the world over? What is it with the city that it is the stuff of dreams of millions of travellers? Here are a few of the reasons why London is such a popular destination.
There may hardly be any person who as a child has not listened in wonder at the nursery rhyme, ‘London Bridge is falling down”. In many ways, London Bridge has been an iconic landmark of the city and easily identifiable by millions across the globe. Various bridges that spanned the Thames River across history have been called London Bridge. The current structure was built in the 1970’s while the oldest structure that probably existed was a bridge built by the Romans.
The Tower of London
The Tower of London is an intriguing place, though its dark history may give it a morbid aura. The prisoners who were incarcerated there, the grim executions that dotted history all contribute to give it an eerie aura. However, on the other hand, the Tower of London also houses the famous Crown Jewels which includes the famed Kohinoor Diamond. It is one of the most popular landmarks of London where thousands head in droves to be lost in the intriguing times of history.
Another of London’s iconic landmarks is Big Ben which is a clock tower. Actually Big Ben is the clock tower of the Houses of Parliament. The huge bell inside the clock tower is known as Big Ben. The bell weight a staggering thirteen tonnes in weight. The tower has four clock faces, one in either direction and becomes resplendent at night when it is illuminated. Each of the dials spans a diameter of seven metres while the minute hands are more than four metres long. Big Ben has rarely stopped and even when the Commons Chamber was destroyed by bombing during the Second World War, Big Ben continued doing its job. The chimes of the Big Ben were first broadcast by the BBC in 1923 and the tradition continues to this day. The chimes of the Big Ben are sure to entice you to its precincts when in London.
The London Eye
The London Eye is another icon of London that looms majestically over the skyline of the city. It is a giant Ferris wheel that affords spectacular views of the city. The London Eye stands four hundred and forty-three feet tall while the wheel has a diameter of three hundred and ninety-four feet. Since its inception, millions have ridden on the London Eye and have been thrilled by the spectacular experiences.
Buckingham Palace is the residence as well as the administrative headquarters of the Monarch of the United Kingdom. Buckingham Palace was originally constructed in the year 1703. In the summer months, Buckingham Palace is open to the public except for the Queen’s private quarters. Visitors can tour the nineteen state rooms where the Queen and other members of the royal family host guests for state visits. Each of the rooms is steeped in history and have fascinating stories to tell. Outside the Palace, there is another iconic experience waiting. This is the famous Changing of the Guard Ceremony. This takes place daily during the summer months from April to July at 11.30 in the morning. During the rest of the year, the Changing of Guards Ceremony takes place every alternate day. A visit to the Buckingham Palace is indeed a trip steeped in royalty, ceremony, and heritage.
Hyde park spans the centre of London, stretching over 350 acres. It is one of and the largest of the four royal parks in London. The park was established in the year 1536. Hyde Park is not only a massive garden to relax in, but it is also a place which sees rallies, debates, and other events. If you visit London you cannot leave it without a stroll in Hyde Park.
London, the city of dreams, the city that captured the imagination of literary giants like Charles Dickens and others is indeed a city of icons and an icon in its own right. A trip to London is nothing short of waking up to a dream.