London Itinerary: Day three

Day three

Tower of London – Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress, commonly known as the Tower of London is a historic castle on the north bank of River Thames in central London. The Tower of London has a prominent place in English history, founded towards the end of 1066 as part of the Norman Conquest of England and built by William the Conqueror in 1078, the tower was a resented symbol of oppression inflicted on London by the new ruling elite. Today, the tower is a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions.

The Tower holds some of the most remarkable stories from across the centuries. Despite a grim reputation as a place of torture and death, this powerful and enduring fortress has been enjoyed as a royal palace, served as an armoury and for a number of years even housed a zoo! The Tower held many famous prisoners, from the highest levels of society; some in astonishing comfort and others less so. Visit the places of their confinement and read the graffiti left by prisoners from over 500 years ago. Gaze up at the massive White Tower, tiptoe through a kings’ medieval bedchamber and marvel at the priceless Crown Jewels. Quick tip: arrive as early as you possibly can as queues can get horrifyingly long and be prepared to spend a good few hours looking at the exhibitions and touring the tower.

British Museum – Founded in 1753, the British Museum’s remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history. The origins of the British Museum lie in the will of the physician, naturalist and collector, Sir Hans Sloane (1660–1753).

Over his lifetime, Sloane collected more than 71,000 objects which he wanted to be preserved intact after his death. So he bequeathed the whole collection to King George II for the nation in return for a payment of £20,000 to his heirs. The gift was accepted and on 7 June 1753, an Act of Parliament established the British Museum. The founding collections largely consisted of books, manuscripts and natural specimens with some antiquities (including coins and medals, prints and drawings) and ethnographic material. In 1757 King George II donated the ‘Old Royal Library’ of the sovereigns of England and with it the privilege of copyright receipt.

The British Museum opened to the public on 15 January 1759 . It was first housed in a seventeenth-century mansion, Montagu House, in Bloomsbury on the site of today’s building. Entry was free and given to ‘all studious and curious Persons’. Visitors are able to enjoy a unique comparison of the treasures of world cultures under one roof, centred around the magnificent Great Court. World-famous objects such as the Rosetta Stone, Parthenon sculptures, and Egyptian mummies are also on display. Today, over six million people visit the museum every year, making this one of the world and London’s must see museum. Given the enormity of the collections and the museum in general, be prepared to spend your whole afternoon in the museum.

Soho – After an enriching day of culture and history, head over to Soho for dining options and generally to let your hair down. Soho was developed as an urban area from the late 16th century onwards. The name Soho is believed to have come from a 17th-century hunting and battle cry. From the 17th to early 20th century this area was avoided and neglected by the rich aristocrats in the neighboring areas of Bloomsbury and Mayfair. As such, Soho developed a reputation for prostitution, music halls, cheap food and shady dealings.

During the 20th century, Soho became the centre of bohemian London with intellectuals, writers, artists and poets eating and drinking in Soho’s many pubs and restaurants. Beatnik culture began here and Soho’s Carnaby Street was a centrepiece for swinging London in the 1960s. Soho today has shed its seedy reputation, and is now famous for its theatre shows, gay scene, pubs, clubs, bars and restaurants.

In Soho you’ll find hotels, bars, clubs, restaurants, pubs, cafés, music venues, and stores selling everything from guitars to g-strings. There’s also a long tradition of live theatre and performance in Soho. From big-budget musicals and important plays to quirky cabaret and stand-up comedy, there is something on stage to suit any taste. Soho is also at the heart of London’s live music and clubbing scenes. Jazz came to the UK via Soho and clubs such as Ronnie Scott’s still offer great jazz nights. And, if you’re after punk, rock, disco, electronica, folk or other music, you’ll get it in Soho. London’s Soho has something for everyone – it’s on the must-do list for most tourists and London locals flock here in droves as well.

During your short term or long term stay in London, either for holiday or business trip, Frasers Hospitality will make your stay incredible with world-class facilities and impeccable service. Frasers Hospitality has 8 Properties in various parts of London giving you the choice of  some of the best locations.

Frasers Place is strategically located in the fashionable Canary Wharf area, London’s newest financial centre with its spectacular riverfront setting and ultra modern towers.

The serviced residence also provides easy access to The ExCel Centre (London’s modern state-of-the-art “pillarless” exhibition centre), London’s West End and the City of London, Britain’s historic financial centre. Canary Wharf has an excellent range of cosmopolitan restaurants, wine bars, bistros, pubs, quality shops, and leisure and sports facilities.

Fraser Place Chelsea is located close to Kings Road, with its many fashionable boutiques. The area offers a vibrant and kaleidoscopic selection of shops, restaurants, bistros, cinemas and health clubs. This part of Chelsea is known as ‘The Beach’ and is extremely popular with trendsetters and glitterati alike. The neighbouring ‘Boltons’, consists of 30 large Victorian houses around a garden square and is arguably London’s most exclusive address.

The nearest Underground Station is Gloucester Road serviced by the Piccadilly, Circle and District Lines. It has direct connections with mainline stations, Heathrow Airport and London’s West End.

Fraser Place Queens Gate is ideally located in fashionable Kensington with easy access to internationally renowned shops of Knightsbridge, Kensington and Chelsea.
Popular restaurants, café bars, Royal Parks, museums and West End theatres are all within walking distance. The vicinity is also home to Britain’s two most famous stores – Harrods and Harvey Nichols.

The nearest Underground is Gloucester Road, serviced by the Piccadilly, Circle & District Lines and connecting directly to the main stations, Heathrow airport and London’s West End. The nearest Station serving Victoria Line has an express service to Gatwick Airport every 15 minutes while an express service runs to Heathrow Airport every 15 minutes from nearby Paddington. Fraser Place Queens Gate is also well placed to get to Heathrow and Gatwick Airports, which are 45 and 60 minutes drive away respectively.

Fraser Suites Kensington is also located in the district of Kensington. London also offers superb bookshops – buy the latest best-sellers in the megastores or rare first editions from specialist shops. London has over 300 markets, selling everything from antiques and exotic ingredients to retro fashions and crafts. Portobello Road and Camden markets are just two of many that you can scour around for great buys. Other markets include Covent Garden Market, Greenwich Market and Petticoat Lane Market.

The nearest Underground is Gloucester Road, serviced by the Piccadilly, Circle & District Lines and connecting directly to the main stations, Heathrow airport and London’s West End. The nearest Station serving Victoria Line has an express service to Gatwick Airport every 15 minutes while an express service runs to Heathrow Airport every 15 minutes from nearby Paddington. Fraser Place Queens Gate is also well placed to get to Heathrow and Gatwick Airports, which are 45 and 60 minutes drive away respectively.

Fraser Residence Prince of Wales Terrace is located in one of the most prestigious areas in the heart of London, opposite Kensington Palace with High Street Kensington and the Royal Park around the corner.

This area has always been closely associated with the British Monarchy. The Albert Hall and the recently restored Albert Memorial dedicated to Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria are both located in Kensington. Located on Prince of Wales Terrace, this Fraser Residence, London, is the perfect place from which to access the rest of the city. The tube stations at Gloucester Road and High Street Kensington are just 7 and 5 minutes walk respectively. The nearest Victoria Station has an express service to Gatwick Airport every 15 minutes while nearby Paddington has an express service to Heathrow Airport every 15 minutes. A wide selection of London Transport bus routes can be found across the road from the property.

Fraser Residence Blackfriars is strategically located in the centre of the City of London often referred to as ‘the Wall Street of the UK’ or the ‘Square Mile’.

With approximately 340,000 commuters coming into the City each day, Fraser Residence Blackfriars enjoys excellent transport facilities. The residence is only a three minute walk away from Blackfriars underground station and National Rail which offer direct access to London Gatwick Airport, Westminster, Tower Hill and the Docklands Light Railway, Liverpool Street and London Victoria and Paddington. A wide network of day and night bus routes encircle the property. Car parking facilities can be found nearby.

Fraser Residence Monument is also strategically located in the City of London. Within this area are galleries, theatres, museums, concert halls, restaurants, bars and designer shops. There is a wide range of sporting activity, a public leisure centre and the world-famous Barbican Centre. Fraser Residence Monument can be found directly behind Monument underground station, nearby London Bridge and is only a short walk away from tourist hotspots such as the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Borough Market, the London Dungeon and the Great Fire of London Monument. Monument station is serviced by the District, Circle, Northern and Central lines and the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) which offers direct access to Canary Wharf, London’s new financial business district, and London City Airport. Blackfriars and London Bridge mainline stations are just a ten minute walk. The vicinity also conveniently offers access to a wide network of day and night bus routes and black taxis can be hailed at every street corner.

Fraser Residence City is also located in the City of London within the ‘Square Mile’. Directly behind Monument underground station on Lovat lane, nearby London Bridge and not far away from many tourist attractions. Monument/Bank stations are serviced by the District, Circle, Northern and Central lines and the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) which offers direct access to Canary Wharf, London’s new financial business district, and London City Airport. London Bridge and Liverpool Street mainline stations are just a ten minute walk. The vicinity also conveniently offers access to a wide network of day and night bus routes and black taxis can be hailed at every street corner.

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