The Guerkin tower, as it is popularly known for obvious reasons, is officially called 30 St Mary Axe and is located in the City of London's financial district. It is a spectacular building, both day and night when it is illuminated. Many people compare it to the Agbar Tower in Barcelona for its similarity. You can see it like this from all over the city. It was designed by British architect Norman Foster. It is 180 meters high and opened its doors in 2004. Its interior can be visited only once a year in September: Www.Openhouse.Org.Uk).
Hi guys! We did a 2 hour guided tour through the south bank of the Thames and loved the experience, they tell stories you would not know if you went alone, and also it was cheap, 10 pounds. The girl's name was Naomi and worked for WalkAroundLondon
Built between 1978 and 1986, designed by architect Richard Rogers (who worked with Renzo Piano in the construction of the Centre Pompidou in Paris), the impressive Lloyd's Building in London stands between classical and Gothic buildings of the City of London. The building, with its hyper modern silhouette, consists of three interconnected towers in the financial district of London.
I have been to London several times, but every time I go I am still surprised at the number of tourists and all the different places. Also the view is spectacular from the London Eye - you have a panoramic unparalleled view of the city in just one spin. You can also visit Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and see the bridge that crosses the Thames. Definitely a place to visit again and again.
Who hasn't heard of the famous red phone booths in London or England in general? Even in other countries like France you can see some as decoration. These small red phone booths that are around all the streets in London are nice to see, fun to take a picture in and easy to spot. To use them, they take coins. The booths are locked and they say it's because a homeless person in London had made himself at home in one. In a time where cellphones are taking over, these booths are a wonderful lesson for the younger generations.
The Thames Clippers are the boats that you see going full speed over the Thames when visiting London. But the good thing is that you can use them with your metro card and you get 1/3 off, making every trip cost 3.50 euros, cheaper than a tourist boat. There is also a pass for 12 euros for the day, and 25 euros for a family. Overall the service is very professional and there are few stops, making the journey pleasant and efficient, and generally faster than the bus. The Thames Clippers services operates every day, usually until 10pm, giving you beautiful views of London by night at a reduced price. Fast catamarans go up and down the river, past Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Greenwich and the O2. Along the South Bank, there are museums, exhibitions and lots of entertainment.
Here is the typical London taxi. These black cabs are everywhere in the city center. The back is spacious, with room for luggage or for you to stretch your legs, and sometimes they even have small televisions. A real pleasure! You can also try mini cabs, normal cars with a sticker to show that the driver has a taxi license. You can book them by phone or in offices in strategic places, near stations for example.
Located in the heart of Victoria, within 5 minutes walk from Victoria Station and Buckingham Palace, you will find an impressive 28-story building. Completed in 1963, Portland House measures 101 meters in height and is home to many corporate headquarters including renowned American Express, Crossrail, TradeDoubler, uSwitch, Upmystreet.Com and Regus. A total of 12 lifts are available to reach the higher levels: 6 for the first 15 floors and six others from the 16th to the 27th floor. Alain Robert, known as the French Spiderman, climbed this building's facade in 2007, and you can see videos online! There is no public access, but here are some different views of London from the top of the tower. Enjoy!
I visited London this year. It was my first trip to the old world and it was really amazing! Although my stay only lasted a few days it was spectacular. When I was over there were days before the opening of the Olympics and since breathed the atmosphere of the sports festival in this photo as much as I could I approached the famous Thames, although achieved touch kept thinking it was a dream, before the photo with my friend Lourdes walked long hours at his side, as endless from London Bridge to Big Ben, it was about 11 pm and the sky was not as dark as normally happens in Lima. The super-safe streets, ideal for receiving visits from thousands of tourists.
This Georgian house is distinguished by its style, its balance of proportions, its red bricks, sash windows and beds of violets filled. A jail was built here in 1718 in the neoclassical style of the era of the four kings George of the House of Hanover that ruled between 1714 and 1830. It is one of three in the same style that has become a charming boutique hotel. Here lived and died the humanistic essayist William Hazlitt British writer born in 1778 and died in this place in the most absolute poverty in 1830. Hazlitt was noted for his work on various newspapers and literary essays of the characters in the works of William Shakespeare, the "Panorama of the English theater", "The Elizabethan playwriting," "The English comic writers" and "The pleasure of hate "among others. His great admiration for Napoleon Bonaparte was inspired to write his biography in the four volumes of the book called "Life of Napoleon Bonaparte", being in the history of English literature as one of the most prominent literary critics for his talent.
Sea Containers House is located on the River Thames, South London, in the district of Southwark. This building is giant, originally built to be a large luxury hotel. Nowadays, it houses offices for real estate agencies, travel agencies and advertising firms. It was opened by the England-born American businessman James B Sherwood.
The BBC television center is located near the largest shopping center in Europe (Westfield). The BBC employs 23,000 people, working not only on television but also radio. The BBC empire was founded in 1932. Throughout its history, operating costs have been funded mainly by direct grants from the British government.
The blue plaques you see around London indicate the old houses of famous people. The plaque of US-born Lillie Langtry (October 13, 1852 - February 12, 1929) can be found here. Born Emilie Charlotte Le Breton, she was a singer and a stage actress famous for many of her stage productions including 'She Stoops to Conquer,' 'The Lady of Lyons' and 'As You Like It.' She was also known for being well acquainted with several members of the nobility including the Prince of Wales, Albert Edward, Earl of Shrewsbury and Prince Louis of Battenberg.
Brixton library is in the center, next to the Ritzy Cinema. It provides books, information, free use of Wi-Fi, and computers. The library also has a small collection of books in Bengali, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. On the first floor there is a large collection of encyclopedias, maps, newspapers and magazines, government publications and books to study. Offices are available for private study sessions.