21 March 2013

Cultural places to go in London

Many centuries of history have made London one of the cultural capitals of the world, and with so much on offer, it can be hard to know where to start.



These are some of the sights you won't want to miss:

Historical


London has been built up through centuries of habitation and has survived bombings, fires and even the Plague, so there's plenty to see here. As iconic as the Eiffel Tower is to Paris, Big Ben is one of the most recognisable and historic buildings in the city. Completed in 1858, Big Ben's official name was recently changed from 'The Clock Tower' to 'The Elizabeth Tower' in honour of Queen Elizabeth II. The largest four-faced chiming clock in the world, it is a London icon and a must-see for visitors.

Visual art


London is famous for its vibrant art scene. Through the centuries it has been home to some of the brightest lights in the art world and now encompasses more than 850 art galleries. Arguably as much a spectacle as the artwork it houses, the Tate Modern occupies an old power station and is one of the most important and impressive modern art galleries in the world. Since it opened in 2000, the museum has exhibited shows by many luminaries of the art world, including Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin and Ai Weiwei.

Performance


If you're keen to see some live performances, London has plenty to offer. Shakespeare's Globe Theatre is a must for any true fans of the Bard, with at least 200 shows being put on a year - not all of them Shakespeare plays. If you'd prefer something more light-hearted, you might want to track down some comedy. London hosts more live comedy than any other city in the world, and venues like the world-famous Comedy Store regularly put on top quality acts that are definitely worth checking out.

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  1. All you need to know: Go there, but make sure you get there early or are comfortable with a 1-2 hour wait because there are maybe 18 chairs at a single right-angle bar or 8 chairs outside (barring rain). london icons

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