London is known for many things, perhaps one of the more prominent ones is that the royal family, in particular the Queen, lives in the capital. This vibrant city has plenty of attractions for families from ancient history, modern art, opera, museums, galleries to parks and musicals. There’s something for the whole family here.
London Eye – In a city famous for its landmarks, this attraction stands out against the English skyline. Start the day by taking a ride with the family and children in this hugely popular tourist attraction. Situated next to County Hall and across from the Ministry of Defence, the London Eye is the tallest observation wheel in the world. Offering unrivaled views of London, the Eye was conceived and designed by Mark Barfield Architects. With 32 capsules, each weighing 10 tonnes, and holding up to 25 people, a trip up is an unforgettable experience. Quick tip: Buy your tickets in advance otherwise be prepared to spend at least two hours waiting in line and going up the observation wheel.
Trafalgar Square – After the London Eye, head towards Trafalgar Square. At the heart of London, this iconic square is one of the city’s most vibrant open spaces. Managed by the Greater London Authority, Trafalgar Square is a landmark in central London enjoyed by Londoners and all visitors alike. It is a lively place often used for a wide range of activities including: special events and celebrations like the Royal Wedding, Olympics One Year to Go, St Patrick’s Day and Chinese New Year; filming and photography; and rallies and demonstrations. Home to Nelson’s Column, the famous stone lions, the infamous fourth plinth and a lot of pigeons, the square is rich in history and provides a platform for new artistic performances and events. It’s a must-see destination for visitors to London, where one would often find cultural events, performances, shows and other special activities going on in the square by the fountains.
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.
Tate Modern – After lunch, soak in the arts and culture of London with the family. A visit to this global capital is not complete without a trip to Tate Modern. Located in the former Bankside Power Station on the banks of the Thames, it is Britain’s national gallery of international modern art and the most-visited modern art gallery in the world, with around 4.7 million visitors per year. The collections in Tate Modern consist of works of international modern and contemporary art dating from 1900. The awe-inspiring Turbine Hall runs the length of the entire building and work by artists such as Cézanne, Bonnard, Matisse, Picasso, Rothko, Dalí, Pollock, Warhol and Bourgeois are available on display. Entry is free to the public, except for major exhibitions.
St. Paul’s Cathedral -End the day by visiting the St. Paul’s Cathedral. This is a Church of England cathedral and the seat of the Bishop of London. Its dedication to Paul the Apostle dates back to the original church on this site, founded in AD 604. Visitors can now take advantage of a new touch-screen multimedia guide or join a guided tour to explore this iconic building, both now included with the sightseeing admission charge. St. Paul’s cathedral is one of the most famous and most recognisable sights of the English capital, with its dome, framed by the spires of Wren’s City churches.
Visitors should venture down to the crypt and view the tombs and memorials of some of the nation’s greatest heroes such as Admiral Lord Nelson and the Duke of Wellington. Another feature not to be missed is the Oculus, an award winning 270° immersive film experience. To cap the experience, visitors can try out the acoustic quirks of the Whispering Gallery and continue the climb to the Golden Gallery to enjoy breathtaking panoramic views across London.
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Strategically located in the fashionable Canary Wharf area – London’s newest financial centre with spectacular riverfront setting and ultramodern towers the serviced residence provides easy access to The ExCel Centre (London’s new state-of-the-art “pillarless” exhibition centre), London’s West End and the City’s financial centre. A wide range of cosmopolitan restaurants, wine bars, bistros, pubs, quality shops, and leisure and sports facilities are located nearby too. Fraser Place Canary Wharf is conveniently located 5-minutes from bustling Canary Wharf shopping and entertainment complex, while road, rail and airport links are all accessible within a 10-minute walk or ride.
Fraser Place Queens Gate – This property combines elegant Victorian beauty with contemporary design to create a welcoming ‘home for home’ comforts during your stay in London. The stately residence with exquisite tall pillars and floral decoration is conveniently located on the Cromwell Road and moments away from all the historic and shopping districts that London has to offer. Fraser Place caters for those seeking short term accommodation. The executive apartments at Fraser Place Queens Gate can be booked by the night, making them the ideal alternative to any hotel in London. The kind of temporary furnished apartments corporate travellers dream of, they offer hotel luxury but with the homely touches you tend to miss during an extended hotel stay. They really are the ultimate corporate housing solution for those wanting to rent short term.
Just round the corner from Gloucester Road underground station the property is only a stone’s throw away from Britain’s most fashionable shopping areas. Kensington is also home to many chic restaurants, bars and cafes as well as major tourist attractions such as Kensington Palace, Hyde Park, The Royal Albert Hall, The Natural History & Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. And with Harrods, Harvey Nichols and many of London’s top couture boutiques just down the roads celebrity spotting is a distinct possibility.