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A brief history of London

London is known as the capital of England as well as the United Kingdom as its history dates back to it being founded by the Romans and was first named Londinium. London's main section is the ancient City of London, also known as the square mile, and it still holds its medieval style. Ever since the 19th century, the name London has been widely known and covers the entire metropolis that has been built around it. London one of the world's largest financial centers which makes it a global city. London is a huge influence when it comes to politics, education, entertainment, media, fashion, and the arts and culture. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations for both domestic and overseas vacationers.

The medieval part of London is said to have started on Christmas Day in 1066 when a guy by the name of William the Conqueror was crowned king of England during a ceremony at the just built Westminster Abbey. William the Conqueror had just won victory at the Battle of Hastings a short three months before. William gave the people of London special privileges, he also built a castle in the Southeast corner of the city so he could keep control of them. Later kings also added onto this castle and it is now known as the Tower of London. At one point during the medieval time there were 13 monasteries in the city. The houses are now only remembered by the names that were given to their areas, which are Greyfriars, Whitefriars, and Blackfriars. This was just the start of the medieval period in London.

In the nineteenth century there was a rapid increase in land prices due to the prosperity of the City of London. Even the city's population was moving into the suburbs. In return the suburb regrouped and the upper and middle classes moved into the Hampstead and the West End as the poorer classes resided in the East End with overcrowded conditions. When the new century started, London was even more larger and busier than it had ever been before. People could buy fresh fish and many other kinds of goods anywhere that are ready and available. London became the center of the world's largest empire very quickly as a center of trade and commerce.

Today there are more than seven million people living here in London which makes it known as the biggest city in Western Europe. Even though London is such a large city most residents are lonely and isolated, three of the five most underprivileged boroughs in England are located in London. The city has so many green parks and green areas, more than any other city of its size in the world. London also has what they call the "built environment" which is also very important with world famous buildings that date back to the Tower of London and even the new ones such as the Swiss Re building or gherkin. All of these buildings are looking after London's heritage and are very important as far as caring for London's environment.

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Attractions in London

London is a city with all kinds of different attractions to visit and enjoy whether you are a local or a tourist just visiting. There are more than 300 museums and galleries alone to explore in London which makes it the epicenter of culture and collections in the northern hemisphere. London has so many to choose from with the world's largest Maritime Museum to an art gallery that is held in an old power station. The city dives into history with everything such as boats, Botticelli's, mosaics, manuscripts, and so much more. Some of the museums and galleries in London include the British Museum, National Gallery, Tate Britain, Natural History Museum, Museum of London, Imperial War Museum, and many more.

London's visitors and vacationers always take an interest in the monarchy. Since 1066 when William the Conqueror used Westminster Abbey, London has been the capital of Great Britain. Ever since then all the successive Kings and Queens have left their unforgettable marks all throughout the city. London is said to be a treasure collection of the lavish, the classy, and the marvelous. Along with all of this, London has a number of palaces to explore such as Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace, Banqueting House, Eltham Palace, Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, and many others.

London has many ceremonies and traditions that have been around for more than 2,000 years. Many of the capitals in London still perform these ceremonies and traditions. These ceremonies and traditions are held at her palaces, courtyards and castles and they are all embedded in the history of London. There are parades that are put on regularly every year around the capitals most ancient sites such as Trooping the Color to the State Opening of Parliament. Some of the city's most spiritual rituals include Changing the Guard, Trooping the Color, Lord Mayor's Show, Ceremony of the Keys, and more.     

London Walks give a great chance to discover the history throughout the city wandering through the hidden streets and coming across charming English pubs. There are so many pubs along the river and in London's villages. There is history hiding around every corner and on every street plus a great place for dining along the way makes it perfect. Some of the London Walks include Green Park to the South Bank, Wimbledon Common and Village, The Boat Race-Putney to Chiswick, Richmond Park, Hampstead Heath and Village, Kew Gardens, Sloan Square to Camden Town, and many others.  

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Things to do in London

London is full of places to see and things to do for visitors. There is a ton of history and people get to learn a lot just by what they see in the city. London is known as one of the culture capitals in the world and is full of excitement and breathtaking views. Without all of these things to see and do in London it wouldn't be such an amazing city to visit and learn from. Every city and/or country has top main attractions that everyone goes there to see and explore. Of course London has a few places people are dying to visit such as the London Eye, National gallery, Westminster Abbey, Tate Modern, and more.

The London Eye bustled its way onto the capitals tourist scene to make the turn of the century, at the same time it became a great part of the London experience. This is a wheel that stands an amazing 135 meters tall and offers a totally see through glass pod 360 degree view of London and more. From this glorious ride people can see Houses of Parliament, Canary Wharf, Big Ben, Windsor Castle, and much more. On a clear day the view from this wheel can extend 25 miles every each way. It goes around just once and moves at a slow but steady pace letting the passengers see everything possible. It takes 30 minutes to complete its ride but is one of the most popular places to be while in London.

Westminster Abbey is also one of London's most visited tourist destinations. Inside the Westminster Abbey there is Elizabeth I, Mary I, Mary II, Edward the Confessor, Edward I, Edward III, Edward IV, Henry III, Henry V, Henry VII, James I, George II, Richard II, Charles II, and William III that are buried. There are 3,300 people that have been buried inside the church along with Chaucer, Sir Isaac Newton, Laurence Olivier and Charles Dickens. Every royal body buried there tells a magnificent story and there is no better place to relive it then here in this medieval church. It is decorated and styled with stunning Gothic architecture, literary history, murals, paintings. and stained glass windows that all make this church so beautiful and a real treasure to royal history.

The Tower of London is about 1,000 years old with royal history behind it that is hidden within its fortified walls. Visiting the Tower of London is just like taking a step back into time. Visitors start at Traitor's Gate and then make their way to see Sir Walter Raleigh in the Bloody Tower who was accused of trying to kill James I. Then off to join Edward I in the court revelry in the Medieval Tower and gaze as Henry VIII's amour, weapons, and torture equipment in the White Tower. This is truly one of the most amazing places to visit and helps people to realize how it really was back in the old days and about the history and things the people then had to go through.