Keith and I recently visited London in March. We flew over night from IAD to Heathrow. It was just before Spring, but the weather was sunny and cool with some spotty showers. We stayed in the Victoria neighborhood, which is a 5-minute walk to Buckingham Palace and a convenient location for all the other major sites.
Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster and is usually extended to refer to both the clock and the clock tower as well. The tower is officially known as Elizabeth Tower, renamed to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II in 2012; previously, it was known simply as the Clock Tower.
|St. Stephen's Hall in the House of Parliament|
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Tower Bridge is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London built in 1886–1894. The bridge crosses the River Thames close to the Tower of London and has become an iconic symbol of London. The Tower of London, officially Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London, is a historic castle located on the north bank of the River Thames in central London. It houses the armory and the famed Crown Jewels.
|View of the stage dressed for Taming of the Shrew with the thatched roof behind.|
We also visited the secret WW2 bunker and museum that tells the story of Winston Churchill’s life and legacy, called the Churchill War Rooms. The museum comprises of the Cabinet War Rooms, a historic underground complex that housed a British government command center throughout the Second World War, and the Churchill Museum, a biographical museum exploring the life of British statesman Winston Churchill.
We then continued west to Salisbury, home of the mysterious Stonehenge rock formations. This prehistoric monument consists of a ring of standing stones, with each standing stone around 13 ft high, 7 ft wide and weighing around 25 tons. The stones are set within earthworks in the middle of the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England, including several hundred burial mounds. Archaeologists believe it was constructed from 3000 BC to 2000 BC. The surrounding circular earth bank and ditch, which constitute the earliest phase of the monument, have been dated to about 3100 BC. Radiocarbon dating suggests that the first bluestones were raised between 2400 and 2200 BC, although they may have been at the site as early as 3000 BC. One of the most famous landmarks in the UK, Stonehenge is regarded as a British cultural icon. It's mystical aura is intriguing -- what was it for? A burial ground? A calendar? A place of worship or healing? We may never know...
There is so much more to see and do in London-proper. For more London eats check out my restaurant reviews. We really enjoyed the mix of old history and modern in London. Have you visited London before? What are some of your favorites things to do and places to eat? Please share in the comments below!