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Planning a Visit to London

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Planning a Visit to London
By Roo Sadegi

London may be one of the greatest travel destinations in the world. There are so many interesting and beautiful attractions in London related to its long and fascinating history. Included in the long list of things that make this city great for tourism is its culture, the museums and galleries, many great shopping opportunities, the huge variety of restaurants and pubs, and the number of 5-star hotels in London.
London is a huge city that is divided into two main centres. The western portion is near the River Thames, the Houses of Parliament, and Buckingham Palace. The City of London is to the east. The city's best known and most popular sights are in the area between these two main centres as are London's most bustling entertainment districts, Knightsbridge and Soho.
Getting around London and sightseeing can be easy by using the underground train system called the Tube or on one of their famous red open top buses. However, so many of London's major sights are close enough together that you can walk between them, for instance Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament.

One of London's better-known sights is probably Westminster Abbey. This huge Gothic monastery has been used for centuries as the location for royal weddings, funerals, and coronations. It houses the tombs of royalty and other of England's more famous citizens.
Just next to the Abbey sits arguably one of the most famous clocks in the world, Big Ben. It gets its name from the huge bell that chimes from inside the clock tower. The bell weighs thirteen tons. Next in this same area is the Palace of Westminster, which is home to the British House of Parliament, the House of Commons, and the House of Lords.
The west side of London is where you will find many of the city's wonderful museums like the Victoria and Albert, the Natural History Museum, and the Science Museum. Perhaps the best of all these is the British Museum with one of the largest collections in the world. It includes 95 galleries that display more than 8 million objects.
Most people who visit London don't want to miss seeing Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the Guard ceremony, the Tower of London, and the National Gallery.
No matter how many days you have to spend in London, you can plan your daily itinerary from the comfort of a room in one of the 5-star hotels in London.
Roo Sadegi is an online travel writer based in London's East End, although he spends much of his time travelling around Europe's travel hotspots.

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