London City Sightseeing
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London is home to the world's oldest underground railway system, known as the London Underground or the Tube. The first section of the Metropolitan Railway, the world's first underground line, opened in 1863 between Paddington and Farringdon. This pioneering transportation system has since expanded into an extensive network, playing a crucial role in London's daily life.
London – a city steeped in so much history it’s origins traces all the way back to Roman times when Londinium emerged along the Thames. Rivalling Rome itself, Londinium quickly became a vital administrative, commercial, and cultural centre in Roman Britannia. The city boasted forums, basilicas, temples, amphitheaters and so much more.
The medieval period then saw the construction of iconic landmarks we know today such as the Tower of London and Westminster Abbey before the Great Fire of 1666 (also known as the Great Fire of London) helped birth a new era of London marked by the architectural brilliance of Christopher Wren, as much of the city had to be rebuilt in light of the flames.
As the Industrial Revolution unfolded, London’s landscape transformed once again, embracing both prosperity and challenges. The 20th century brought the trials of two World Wars, shaping London into a resilient global city. The ’60s ushered in cultural revolutions, and post-war reconstruction gave rise to further modern developments.
Whilst three paragraphs isn’t even close to enough to cover all of Londons history, it paints a picture for the centuries worth of stories buried beneath the ground.
The London City Sightseeing route gives you the opportunity to explore and discover the thousands of years worth of history this city has to provide, taking customers to all corners of central London, visiting all of the major sightseeing attractions between whilst also providing commentary and descriptions to customers describing what they are seeing and telling tales/stories of the city.
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The Journey starts at Belvedere Road where the first of many of London’s iconic landmarks is unveiled to customers – The London Eye.
The London Eye, also known as the Millennium Wheel, is an iconic observation wheel situated on the South Bank of the River Thames. Standing at 135 meters (443 feet) tall, it was the world’s tallest observation wheel when it opened to the public in 2000. The London Eye offers panoramic views of the city, providing a unique perspective on landmarks such as Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and Buckingham Palace.
Each of the London Eye’s 32 sealed and air-conditioned capsules can accommodate up to 25 people, offering a 30-minute slow rotation for a complete view of the cityscape. The structure has become a symbol of London and a popular attraction for tourists and locals alike, offering stunning vistas both day and night. Additionally, the London Eye frequently serves as a focal point for various cultural events and celebrations in the capital.
Moving into Aldwych, customers can catch a show at the renowned Novello Theatre. Located in London’s West End, and designed by architect W.G.R. Sprague, it was part of an ambitious archaeological development. Renamed the Strand Theatre in 1913, it underwent several renovations before being rebranded as the Novello Theatre in 2005 to honour the renowned composer and actor Ivor Novello. The theatre’s architectural charm, with its distinctive neo-classical façade and traditional Victorian-style auditorium, has hosted a variety of productions over the years, contributing to its status as a historic and beloved venue in London’s theatre scene.
At our next stop, Ludgate Hill, stands the majestic St Paul’s Cathedral, a masterpiece by Sir Christopher Wren, an iconic symbol of London. Completed in 1710, the cathedral is a masterpiece of English Baroque architecture. Its awe-inspiring dome, one of the largest in the world, offers breathtaking views of the city from the Golden Gallery. Housing impressive interior features such as the Whispering Gallery and the intricate mosaics of the Nave, St. Paul’s Cathedral stands as a testament to both the architectural brilliance and heritage of the city.
Moving further into the city via Queen Victoria Street, the financial district unfolds with its striking modern sky-high buildings and historic gems.
Crossing London Bridge, riders are treated to panoramic views of the Tower of London.
Tooley Street leads to the architectural marvel of Tower Bridge an iconic symbol of London, a magnificent bascule and suspension bridge spanning the River Thames. Completed in 1894, it was designed by Sir Horace Jones and Sir John Wolfe Barry. Tower Bridge’s distinctive features include two impressive towers connected by walkways and a central bascule that can be raised to allow large vessels to pass through.
Visitors to Tower Bridge can explore its high-level walkways, offering panoramic views of London, including landmarks like the Tower of London and the Shard. The Victorian Engine Rooms house the original steam engines that once powered the bridge’s bascules. The Tower Bridge Exhibition provides an in-depth look at the history and mechanics of the bridge through interactive displays and exhibits.
At Tower Hill, the historic Tower of London awaits exploration. A historic fortress and castle that played a pivotal role in English history and is now open to the public to explore. Built by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, it served as a symbol of royal power and a royal residence. Over the centuries, it also functioned as a prison, with infamous prisoners including Anne Boleyn and Lady Jane Grey. The iconic White Tower, a central structure within the complex, houses exhibitions of the Royal Armouries, showcasing an extensive collection of arms and armour.
The journey then meanders along Victoria Embankment, offering scenic views of the Thames and the city skyline.
Crossing Westminster Bridge reveals the iconic Big Ben and Houses of Parliament.
Big Ben, a colossal bell housed within the Elizabeth Tower at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London. Cast by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, the bell weighs approximately 13.7 metric tons. It was completed in 1858 and hoisted into the tower in 1859.
Going by it’s official name the Elizabeth Tower is renowned for its deep and resonant chimes that ring out over London. The bell’s distinctive sound is well-known and has become a symbol of the city.
The Houses of Parliament, also known as the Palace of Westminster, stand majestically on the banks of the River Thames in London. This iconic symbol of British democracy houses two key parliamentary chambers: the House of Commons and the House of Lords.
Designed by architect Sir Charles Barry and his assistant Augustus Pugin, the current Gothic-style structure was completed in 1870 after a fire in 1834 destroyed the previous palace. The building features intricate detailing, including the Victoria Tower, the Central Lobby, and the famous Big Ben clock tower.
The House of Commons is where Members of Parliament (MPs) debate and make decisions, while the House of Lords serves as the revising chamber. The two houses work in conjunction to enact legislation.
Visitors can attend debates, tour parts of the building, and explore Westminster Hall, the oldest part of the complex, dating back to the 11th century.
As the bus ventures on it reaches Buckingham Gate the home of Buckingham Palace.
Buckingham Palace, located in the heart of London, serves as the official residence and administrative headquarters of the British monarch. Originally built as a townhouse for the Duke of Buckingham in 1703, it became the principal royal residence in 1837. The iconic balcony of Buckingham Palace is famous for hosting important royal events and ceremonial appearances. The Changing of the Guard ceremony, a popular attraction, also takes place at the palace, showcasing the precision and tradition of the British military. Buckingham Palace also stands as an architectural marvel, the palace boasts stunning neoclassical architecture, with its iconic balcony and ornate gates creating a grand entrance.
State Rooms are opened to the public during the summer months, offering a glimpse into the opulent interiors of this historic residence consisting of a lavish display of regal opulence adorned with exquisite artworks, grand chandeliers, and ornate furnishings.
Speakers’ Corner near Marble Arch, the next stop in the journey, stops right outside Hyde Park, one of London’s most iconic green spaces, spanning 350 acres and offering a serene escape in the heart of London.
Continuing on, the lively atmosphere of Haymarket, our next stop, precedes Trafalgar Square at Pall Mall East. Trafalgar Square, located in the heart of London, is a historic public space renowned for its cultural significance and iconic landmarks. Named to commemorate the Battle of Trafalgar, the square features Nelson’s Column at its centre, surrounded by grand fountains. The National Gallery, situated on the north side of the square, houses a world-class collection of European paintings, while St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church stands on the northeast corner.
Finally, the journey concludes on Westminster Bridge (South), offering views of the South Bank. Westminster Bridge is an iconic structure spanning the River Thames, offers stunning views and stands as a key passage between Westminster and Lambeth. Completed in 1862, the bridge features an elegant design with its distinctive green colour, ironwork, and intricate detailing. From Westminster Bridge, visitors are treated to views of prominent landmarks, including the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, and the London Eye.
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