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One of the best ways to orient yourself is to take a double-decker bus tour. Those famous red two-storey buses provide  More...
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Guide To London
Let's face it… London is regal, royal, and full of pomp and circumstance. There aren't many places you can travel here where some king or queen wasn't beheaded, married, crowned, buried, or paraded by. This is one city that is still steeped very much in tradition and history and there is much to see and do.

One of the best ways to orient yourself is to take a double-decker bus tour. Those famous red two-storey buses provide a wonderful overview of London , pointing out the highlights so that you can go back on your own for closer inspection. They also feature a “hop on/hop off” service so if something in particular strikes your fancy, you can get off, take a look, and get back on later in the day.

Buckingham Palace is home to The Royal Family and whenever the Union Jack (the flag of the United Kingdom ) flies atop it means that the Queen is in residence. If you time your visit right, you can see the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace — one of the traditional royal events and a great opportunity to experience the pageantry for yourself. The ceremony takes place on alternate days at 11:30 a.m. (lasting for 40 minutes) so be sure to check in advance if it occurs on even or odd days during the month you are visiting. Hotels close to Buckingham Palace include the Grange White Hall, De Vere Cavendish St. James, and the Flemings Mayfair Hotel.

The Tower of London (the Citadines London Barbican Hotel is nearby) is the place to go to visit the Crown Jewels that have been housed here since the fourteenth century. This is one of the oldest and most fortified buildings in London and it has seen its share of drama…King Henry VIII ordered the execution of his wife Anne Boleyn there….guess it was easier than getting a divorce! Also nearby is the HMS BELFAST which is the only surviving armored warship from World War II.

London 's most famous icon is undoubtedly Big Ben, which is actually part of the Houses of Parliament, and chimes hourly (the Grange Rochester is close by). And not far away is Westminster Abbey, which was built during the thirteenth to sixteenth centuries and has been the site of every Coronation since 1066 (Princess Diana's funeral service was held here). Hotels close to Westminster Abbey include the Jolly Hotel St. Ermin's and the Crown Plaza London St. James. Another architectural masterpiece is St. Paul 's Cathedral, the Baroque structure that was the site of Prince Charles and Lady Diana's wedding and the funeral service of Winston Churchill.

One cannot come to London without paying homage to The Bard, better known as William Shakespeare. While daytrips from London are available to Stratford-upon-Avon , Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and Exhibition is definitely a “must see.” This unusual structure is a faithful reproduction of an Elizabethan theatre using the same materials and techniques from 400 years ago.

But not all London attractions are “ancient.” One of the newest sights is the “London Eye” or Millennium Wheel which is the world's highest “observation wheel” taking visitors on a 30-minute, 135-metre high bird's-eye view over London . If you want to see something truly spectacular…go for a ride after dark. The K + K Hotel George is only about two miles away.

They say that the Brits are in love with gardening and with just one look at their incredible parks, one would have to agree. London offers an incredible array of gardens and parks just perfect for an afternoon stroll or to relax on a sunny day. Hyde Park is an incredible venue and on Sundays at Speakers Corner you can hear various orators sharing their views on world events. Le Meridien Grosvenor House is across from Hyde Park , the Kensington Close Hotel is on the west side, The Commodore is one mile away, and the Quality Hotel Paddington and Royal Lancaster Hotel are also close by.

Kensington Gardens is adjacent to Hyde Park and also surrounds Kensington Palace (birthplace of Queen Victoria ). There are many noteworthy structures here including the Italian Fountain Gardens , Albert Memorial, and Diana, Princess of Wales, Memorial Playground. The Quality Hotel Kensington is in this area. St. James's Park is perhaps one of the most regal of all the royal parks…could be because it brings visitors right to Buckingham Palace . Greenwich Park is the oldest royal park in London and is also home to the Royal Observatory Museum of Time and Space (and the location they quote when mentioning “Greenwich Mean Time”). Green Park lies between Buckingham Palace and Piccadilly and whilst there was a time when it was known for dueling, today most people just go there to hang out and soak up the sun. And just one more garden…The Royal Botanic Garden is a true attraction for botanists and those who love anything green…in fact there are over 40,000 varieties of plants there.

Not far from Greenwich Park is Canary Wharf , formerly the West India Docks, which is considered a great engineering feat, and is another place to stroll and meander. The Britannia International and Holiday Inn London Docklands hotels are nearby.

If you are into the grim and gruesome, London 's biggest “horror attraction” is the London Dungeon that traces back some 2,000 years of torture and blood and guts (the London Bridge hotel is right across the street). There are also a number of interesting walking tours for those who love mystery and mayhem…including one that follows in the footsteps of Jack The Ripper.

The British seemed to have created the phenomenon of the wax museum and Madame Tussauds has long been a popular attraction. The Sherlock Holmes and Thistle Marble Arch hotels are close to Madame Tussauds where you can pose for photos next to your favorite celebrities, politicians, and more.

You might also be surprised to learn that many of London 's museums are free…yes free. The Victoria and Albert Museum (purported to be the world's finest museum of the decorative arts), the British Library, National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain and Tate Modern are all complimentary and definitely worth a visit. Hotels near to the prime museum areas include the Derby Hotel, Abcone Hotel, Millenium Bailey's, Rydges Kensington Plaza, and My Place Hotel.

If you tire of museums and history, plan a visit to the London Zoo, which has over 12,000 animals and a special Children's Zoo or the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum which is undoubtedly an attraction for anyone who loves the game of tennis.

We've pretty much covered the highlights, but there is so much more to see and do in London…take it slow and easy this time and then plan to come back to see what you didn't catch the first time.

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