Thursday, 22 January 2009

London’s most popular attractions

Madame Tussaud's & The London Planetarium: Madame Tussaud's world-famous waxwork collection was founded in Paris in 1770. It moved to England in 1802 and found a permanent home in London's Marylebone Road in 1884. The 21st century has brought new innovations and new levels of interactivity. Now you can score for England with Sven-Goran Eriksson watching, or give a speech with Bush and Blair by your side. There is a Chamber of horrors and a Spirit of London ride taking visitors through 400 years of change in one of the world's greatest cities. Expect long cues in the summer or book a fast track ticket.

Tower of London: The Tower of London was founded by William the Conquerer almost 1,000 years ago. A huge stone stronghold - In places the tower is nearly 100 feet heigh and its walls 15 feet thick - the tower was built on the banks of the River Thames to protect London and to assert the power of the King. It continued to house English Kings and Queens until after the death of Henry VII in 1509. Its use as a prison began in the reign of Henry III and in 1303 it served as a treasury when the crown jewels were moved here from Westminster Abbey and they remain here to this day. The Tower of London was still used as a prison as recently as World War II. Many famous prisoners have been executed here including Thomas More, Lady Jane Grey and Anne Boleyn, whose ghost is said to haunt the tower. The tower is also famous for the yeoman guards, or 'Beefeaters', and for the Ravens - according to legend, at least 6 ravens must remain here or the Tower and the monarchy will fall...

Natural History Museum: The Natural History Museum is located in a stunning building with a Romanesque interior. The museum contains over 70 million animals, plants and fossils and includes interactive displays and guided tours. Entry is Free! Nearest tube is South Kensington tube...

British Airways London Eye: The British Airways London Eye is one of the most inspiring and visually dramatic additions to the London skyline. At 135m high, it is the world's tallest observation wheel, allowing you to see one of the world's most exciting cities from a completely new point of view.

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