London, what a great city! Once you learn how to use the Tube you can have a great time traveling around the city. Here are some of the sites we had the chance to visit while we were there.
You have to see and hear Big Ben while you’re in London and it was something to see. Big Ben is actually the name of the bell and has come to include the clock as well. The clock tower holds the largest four-faced chiming clock in the world and is the third-tallest free-standing clock tower. It is at the north end of the Palace of Westminster.
The London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel situated on the banks of the River Thames, just a short distance from Big Ben. The entire structure is 135 meters tall and the wheel has a diameter of 120 meters. The wheel’s 32 passenger capsules holds 25 people,who are free to walk around inside the capsule, though seating is provided.
Westminster Abbey is steeped in more than a thousand years of history. Benedictine monks first came to this site in the middle of the tenth century, establishing a tradition of daily worship which continues to this day. It has been the coronation church since 1066 and is the final resting place of seventeen monarchs.
The Red Lion is a classic late 19th century pub. It is located midway between the House of Commons and Downing Street. There has been a Red Lion pub on this site since 1434, but the present building dates to 1900. Long associated with Parliament, every Prime Minister up to Edward Heath has popped in for a drink after work, and The Red Lion also featured in the childhood of Charles Dickens, the formation of the unions and has been the scene of much political intrigue over the years.