The panoramic tour of London lasts about four hours. It involves the inspection of buildings and structures from the outside and photo stops at the most interesting places. While exploring London, you can see the sights, each of which is entitled to be considered the hallmark of England.
The palace occupies a vast territory of 20 hectares. Most of the area - about 17 hectares - are the famous royal gardens. The rest of the territory includes 775 residential and household rooms, a swimming pool and a large man-made pond. It even has its own cinema, concert hall and a post office, but not for public access.
Since 1993, Buckingham Palace has become open to visitors from London and its guests. But you can visit the palace only during two months a year - August and September, when Her Majesty is on holidays. There are 19 rooms open for the visitors, including the Throne room, the Ball room and the Art gallery with a number of paintings, pieces of furniture and porcelain items.
This is another royal residence, more ancient and much smaller in size. Many royal monarchs lived here - Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Princess Diana and others. The wall paintings with historical subjects have some of the former inhabitants depicted there for life. There are also collections of royal dresses and furniture.
Today, the family of Prince William, the cousin of the Queen, the Duke of Gloucester, Prince Michael of Kent and the Duke of Kent, and a number of royal servants live in Kensington Palace. There are also some premises that can be rented to feel attached to the royal family.
Part of the palace is open for tourists. Here you can see the rooms that belonged to many royals, including Princess Diana and Queen Mary II, the reception hall and dressing room.
The height of the attraction is 135 meters. It takes half an hour to make a full circle. However, this time is usually barely enough to fully enjoy the picturesque panorama of the central part of the city from the glass capsule. London is magnificent from the height of a bird flight; the opening views evoke the most reverent feelings and emotions.
It is recommended to take the ride on the wheel twice - in a daytime and in the dark. You will get the opportunity to see two completely different cities, each of which is impressive in its own way.
To make the thrill of the attraction even more ambitious, we can rent you a personalized capsule with champagne and snacks for business meetings, banquets and wedding ceremonies.
St. Paul’s Cathedral
St. Paul’s has a rich history. First, this is the fifth building built on the same place, the first three were burned during major fires, and one was destroyed by the Vikings during their raid on London. Secondly, there are monuments in honor of 67 great people inside the cathedral, whose contribution to the development of mankind is invaluable. Many of them are buried there. Thirdly, there are several galleries, each of which has its own individual characteristics. For example, to get to the Golden Gallery, which is outside above the dome, you must climb up the stairs of 627 steps. The Whisperer’s Gallery is inside the dome and it has a curious peculiarity: you can hear what the person at the other end of the gallery is whispering when facing the wall. The width of the gallery is 34 meters.
The Tower of London
The Tower of London is one of the oldest and most famous English monuments in the world. It was founded in the XI century under William the Conqueror as a fortress to protect the city. First there was a 36 m high tower of square shape. Later in the 13-th and 14th centuries the surrounding walls have been built. So that the enemy could not capture the settlement, the fortress was equipped with watchtowers with loopholes and had massive dimensions. Throughout its centuries-old history, the Tower performed various functions: it was the residence of kings and their families, a zoo, an observatory; it kept the treasury of the state, royal jewels and weapons, many prisoners were kept here and executions carried out.Today, the Tower of London looks almost the same as it did in the Middle Ages. It is the personification of English history and big attraction for tourists.
UNESCO has put the Tower of London on the World Heritage List as a particularly important historical site. Officially, the fortress continues to be considered one of the royal residences.
The Tower of London
Trafalgar Square is located in the heart of London. It was originally called King William IV's Square, but received its final name at the beginning of the 19th century in honor of the Battle of Trafalgar, where England won a crushing sea victory over its long-time rival, France.There is 44-meter-high granite column in the middle of the square with a 5.5 m tall statue of the Admiral Nelson on the top and bas-reliefs showing him in different battles at the bottom of the column. There are also four figures of lions at its foundation, which appeared here twenty years after the installation of the monument. Now they are the most photographed symbols of London. After the Second World War, every year before Christmas, a large Norway spruce is sent to London as a sign of gratitude of the king of Norway whose family found a refuge in London during the time of German occupation. The square is a popular place for different festivities which take place here during the year.
Hampton Court Castle
Hampton Court is a royal country palace of monarchs, built in a picturesque place on the River Thames. It appeared on the outskirts of Richmond-on-Thames in the first quarter of the 16th century and being given to Henry VIII by his cardinal embodied all the features of the mighty Tudors.
The palace has a rather impressive size and looks like a fortress. Its main outside feature is the unusual brickwork chimneys, which all look different. As to the interiors there are many which date back to the time of Henry VIII. Here he lived with each of his five wives after divorcing the first one and here one still can “meet” a ghost of his fifth wife sentenced to death.
Another attraction of the area is the picturesque park occupying a huge area around the castle. Here is the famous maze, the description of which is given in the book by Jerome K. Jerome "Three in a boat, not counting a dog" and which was filmed in one of Harry Potter series.
Hampton Court Castle
Greenwich Park is one of the most popular tourist destinations in London. It became famous because of the Prime or “0” - meridian, running through this park and dividing eastern and western hemispheres of the globe. Prime meridian was marked by the first Royal astronomer, Flamsted who worked in the Royal Observatory built in the 17th century and the building of which you can visit. Here you can check your watches – Greenwich observatory clock shows the right time. There opens a wonderful view from the top of the observatory hill to the Naval Museum, Greenwich hospital and University, Queen’s Palace as well as modern skyscrapers on the opposite bank of the river Thames.
This prestigious concert hall was built in 1871 by Queen Victoria to perpetuate the memory of her late husband, Prince Albert.
Today, Albert Hall hosts up to 350 various events every year. The leading artists of the world are honored to perform here. Among those who have received this honor except many classical singers and ballet dancers there were also the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, ABBA, Pink Floyd, Depeche Mode. The famous concert hall was filmed in Alfred Hitchcock's movie “The Man Who Knew Too Much”.
The Albert Memorial
The Albert Memorial is a symbol of true love. It was installed in Kensington Park in 1872 by Queen Victoria in memory of her spouse, Prince Albert, who died in 1861 of typhoid fever being just 42 years old.
The author of the memorial was the famous 19-th century English architect George Gilbert Scott in the Gothic Revival style. In the center of the gothic pavilion he placed the throne with the figure of a prince sitting on it made of gilded bronze. There are 169 marble statues of famous people of various professions surrounding the throne, as well as sculptural groups depicting industrial arts and science and four more groups representing Africa, America, Asia and Europe. Materials used in the decorative mosaics include different semi-precious stones.
Victoria and Albert Museum
The Victoria and Albert Museum is known worldwide for the largest exhibition of works created by artists, sculptors, designers and photographers. Thousands of visitors come here every day, it is believed that it is impossible to visit London and miss this museum.
The museum was created in 1852 and ver the years, it has accumulated a huge number of true masterpieces of decorative and applied art. The exhibition includes hundreds of paintings by the talented English and Western European artists, several sculptures, photographs, items made of ceramics, fabrics and dresses, jewelry and household items, pieces of furniture – all of which were used in different historical periods and in different countries.
Victoria and Albert Museum
Westminster Cathedral, built in the late XIX – early XX century, is the most important building of the Catholic Church in England. This is a working temple, where services are held daily as well as on the major religious holidays.
The cathedral has several attractions. One of them is the children's choir which sings in the church and often travels with concerts to Europe. There are two organs in the cathedral: the large and the small one, both are a hundred years old. Unique acoustic inside the building emphasize the sounds of these organs creating a magic effect.
Cathedral has a very impressive interior; special attention attracts the sculpture of Virgin with a Child made of alabaster. Red and white bricks used for the façade of the building as well as its 90-meter high bell tower are the impressive features of the cathedral’s exterior.
The Foggy Albion
Excursions in UK are a real gift for those who are interested in the castle architecture of the Middle Ages, spectacular landscapes and the rich culture of this maritime state. Picturesque English parks, theatres, museums and temples won’t leave you unimpressed. Take the opportunity to explore the UK right now if you want to get an unforgettable experience.
The Foggy Albion
The amazing city of Bath has a rich history and stands out against the background of other places. It’s the only city in Britain with natural hot springs, which were used by the Romans at the beginning of our era for the construction of grand bathing facilities. In the 18th century Roman Baths were restored and became a popular attraction for visitors. At the same time the city of Bath became a famous hydropathic resort amongst British people and attracted several famous architects, actors, writers and musicians. As a result, Bath became a gem of Georgian architecture, when not only beautiful houses, but the famous Royal Theatre and the Assembly Hall were built here, as well as premises of the University of Bath. Stunning medieval cathedral, where the first “King of English” Edgar was crowned in 973 decorates the central part of the city and not far away from it is the old market which is also worth visiting.
If you are interested in jazz, classical and folk music, we’ll take you to Bath in mid-May. It is the time when the music festival starts and then lasts until the end of June. Among the performers are British as well as foreign musicians, which try their best to please the audience. Local cafes and restaurants won’t disappoint you either with a huge variety of different cuisine. Don’t miss a chance to try English beer –ale in one of the local pubs.
This city is in the east of England and was always associated with science. No wonder why, Cambridge is one of the best universities in the world, 87 of its graduates became the Nobel laureates. It should be noted that the University Colleges of the city are famous not only for their educational programs, but also for their magnificent architecture. Each college has a church or a cathedral with a high steeple, gothic structures with decorative elements, towers and wide parade staircases – all of this is simply breathtaking.
One of the most famous sights of Cambridge is the Romanesque church of the Holy Sepulcher. It was built around 1130, and there is a version that it was founded by the fraternity members who participated in the Crusades.We can also organize excursions to the Kettle Yard galleries and Cambridge Zoological Museum. In the galleries you can admire the wonderful pieces of the 20th century art and in the Museum - the unique exhibits which used Charles Darwin himself in his scientific studies.
Despite the pronounced cultural appearance, Cambridge is no stranger to fun: in the evenings its local pubs and clubs are galvanized into life. The students also don’t let guests get bored, arranging interesting events resembling flash mobs in a day time.
This is another ancient city in England, which is conveniently located in the south-east of the country in Kent. There are ruins of Roman and first Christian buildings, as well as the 15-16th century houses that appeared during the royal Tudor dynasty. Canterbury is a very compact city and it’s almost impossible to get lost on its streets, so you would hardly need a map.The gem of the city is the majestic Canterbury Cathedral, which became the center of Christianity and the Anglican Church. In the 13th century the martyr priest Thomas Becket, brutally killed by the knights of Henry II was buried in the cathedral. He was made a saint and many pilgrims streamed up to the city from all over the world to pray by his grave. Nowadays the residence of the Archbishop of the Anglican Church is in Canterbury. Due to the large flow of tourists in the city it has several cafes, bars and restaurants. Many of them, thanks to the old furnishings, resemble medieval diners. If you are going to stay in the city for a few days, check out at least one of the nightclubs. The locals are always happy to welcome guests and will not deprive you of their attention.
Would you like to visit the city that became the birthplace of William Shakespeare? Then book a tour to Stratford-upon-Avon, which is in the picturesque county of Warwickshire. It is the theatrical center of Britain and for good reason. It is the place where the buildings of the times of the great playwright are carefully preserved and various cultural events take place all the year round.
To see where the poet was baptized and where the poet’s grave is - do visit the Church of the Holy Trinity. It is also an example of an old architecture, though by the standards of the British is considered the most common church. Entrance to the church is free, but to see the tomb of Shakespeare you are to make a small donation.
Shakespeare’s house is open as a museum and bears the atmosphere of the 16th century. Here William was born in the family of a glove maker. At 18 years of age he moved to London and became famous working in, writing plays for and later owing one of the theatres. There is a monument to Shakespeare on the bank of the river Avon surrounded by the statues of some major characters of his plays. The latter is permanently staged at the theatre which is just across the river from the monument.
Like Cambridge, an old town of Oxford is famous primarily for its university. Here come young people from different countries who want to get a decent education.
But Oxford is no less popular among those who are interested in history and modernity.
One of the attractions is the 11-th century Oxford Castle built by Lord Robert d'Oile in 1071. It was supposed to protect the owner from enemies but was never called upon to fulfil its primary duty and remained well preserved.
Don’t miss the country’s oldest museum- Ashmolean. Here, except many ancient and Middle Age “curiosities” you can admire works by Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Raphael, Constable and Leonardo da Vinci. Contemporary works you can see in the Museum of Modern Art.
If you are a sweet tooth, plan a trip to Oxford in spring, because at this beautiful time of the year a chocolate festival takes place here. Confectioners of different levels make so appealing masterpieces that you want to stay forever in this chocolate paradise.
The city of Salisbury in Wiltshire has an intricate but very interesting history. It involves the Romans, Saxons, Britons and clergymen.
The city as such started in the 13th century with the Cathedral of Virgin Mary, built at the crossroad of three rivers. Later the spire was erected which made the cathedral the tallest medieval church in Britain, its height is 123 m. Inside the cathedral you can see model of its construction and the oldest clock in Britain which dates to the 14th century. One of the treasures of the cathedral is Magna Carts (“Great Charter”) - one of the survived originals of the first legal document issued in 1215 and sealed by King John which guaranteed certain rights to the people of the country, including the right to a fair trial. This document is a real pride of the nation, which became the basis of the country’s legal system.
The city of Salisbury preserves a spirit of the Middle Ages therefore it annually attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists. Not far from Salisbury is an open archaeological zone, Old Serum. It was from here that people moved to the place where Salisbury is now located, so one can see the remains of an old castle and foundation of the older cathedral.
Virtually no tour of the UK is complete without a tour of Windsor Castle, located on the banks of the river Thames. Perhaps the village of Windsor would have remained an unremarkable place in England, if not for this masterpiece of architecture. The castle started growing rapidly around the tower built for military purpose by William the Conqueror in the 11th century. Since 1110 the castle became the summer residence of the English monarchs, which extended it during the centuries.Currently, Windsor Castle is one of the largest medieval habitable castles, where Queen Elizabeth II spends practically every week end. It doesn’t affect though he permanent flow of visitors: while the Queen stays in her private apartments, tourists can admire the interiors of the reception premises and rich collections of paintings, furniture and porcelain. Around 500 people are involved in the maintenance of the castle; many of them live on the territory of the Queen’s residence.
There is also the medieval chapel of St. George which you can visit during the tour. Some monarchs and members of their families are buried here, including Henry VIII, Charles I and George VI with his wife – parents of Elizabeth II. The chapel hosts also the oldest knight’s order – Order of the Garter, coats of arms, helmets and banners of its members one can see in the Choir of the chapel. Russian emperors: Alexander I, Alexander II and Nicholas I were the knights of this Order.
The chapel is a venue for Royal weddings: here wedded Prince Charles and Camilla and recently Prince Harry and Megan Markel.
It’s highly recommended to visit this magnificent structure while staying in UK. The history of the castle dates to 857 and in the Middle Ages it passed from one English Queen to another as a dowry. Before WWII the castle was purchased by the American, Lady Bailey and partially redecorated in her favorite style became the center of lavish aristocratic parties. After her death the castle was opened for the wide public as a museum.
There is a huge landscape park around the castle with the traditional English and Mediterranean gardens laid out along the river bank; there is also a twisted maze, museum of dog’s collars and a lot of birds in the park including beautiful black and white swans.
The castle premises can be rented for weddings and parties.
The very ancient structure – Stonehenge – shrouded in mystery and legends is in 130 km from London. Stonehenge is a subject of increased attention not only to curious tourists, but also to archaeologists, historians and paleontologists. Everyone wants to understand who created this unique monument and why this place was chosen for its construction. Of course, there are many hypotheses, opinions, but no one can provide the world with the comprehensive information about this prehistoric monument.It consists of a double ring of stones. There are shorter (bluestones) in the inner circle and taller ones (Sarsen stones), around 4 m, are in the outer circle. The stones were brought from very long distances – the bluestones from Preseli Hills, over 150 miles away and the sarsens probably from Marlborough Downs, 19 miles to the north. The stones were dressed using sophisticated techniques and erected using precisely interlocking joints, unseen at any other prehistoric monument. The place was used for rituals and as a burial ground.
Every year many foreign and British tourists come to Stonehenge to celebrate the summer solstice on the 21-22 of June.
If you decide to look at this wonder of the world, the London Luxury Travel employees will organize your trip at the highest level of service.
This is another great monument of architecture, located on the banks of the River Avon. It is a striking example of a military fort due to its powerful defensive fortifications. Despite the beauty and greatness, the history of this castle has dark sides. For example, it is known that the dungeons were the prison for many captured soldiers and once even for the King, Edward IV. Inside the building of the castle one can see medieval interiors and comparatively modern ones where the recent owners of the castle lived
until they gave it to the state in the late 19th century.
In the northeast corner of the castle is a slender tower known as The Ghost Tower. This was originally constructed in the 14th century to prevent attack from the river. The name was acquired because it is said to be haunted by the ghost of Sir Ffulke Greville (d. 1628), who lived there when in residence at Warwick. Greville was murdered in London by his manservant, Ralph Haywood, who learned that his master was going to leave him a paltry sum of money in his will. As soon as the manservant realized what he had done, he turned his knife on himself.
The landscape park around the castle also has a maze and there are different activities going on in front of the castle like knight tournaments or falconry display.