PALACE OF WESTMINSTER (Houses of Parliament) – the most famous part is bell tower Big Ben. You can see Westminster Chapel.
CATHEDRAL ST. PAUL. This is the third cathedral erected on the same place after the great fire of London in 1666. The magnificent dome, the first built in the capital, is painted from the inside with frescoes telling about the life of St. Paul. You can climb up the endless stairs leading to the galleries. Gallery is still the most popular Whispers (Whispering Gallery): if you put your ear to the wall, then, despite the 34 m wide, you can hear whispered words from the other side.
TOWER – a massive medieval fortress with watchtowers, loopholes and encircling it moat. The construction of the Tower was begun in 1078 by King Henry III from the White Tower, which considered the heart of the fortress Until the beginning of the 17th century, the castle was the Royal residence, an armory, a treasure chest, and a prison.
The Tower serves as a reminder of Britain’s sinister and bloody past. At the foot of the tower St. Thomas is home to the famous Traitor’s Gate, which overlooks the Thames. The prisoners entered them, never to come out again. The ravens of the Tower are covered in legend: there is a belief that England will perish if they leave. Therefore, they clip their wings and feed them raw meat for slaughter. (be careful – they peck).
WESTMINSTER ABBEY. Since the coronation of William the Conqueror in 1066, All English monarchs have crowned themselves in Westminster Abbey. Many of them were married here, many are buried here next to tombstones and monuments erected in honor of the most celebrated figures in British history.
TRAFALGAR SQUARE. The area is named so in honor of the victory of Admiral Nelson in the naval Battle of Cape Trafalgar. The square is decorated with the Nelson monument crowning the 51-meter column.
LONDON ZOO. This is the oldest and one of the largest and oldest zoos.
world: 5000 species of animals; the world’s largest collection of reptiles; open cages, magnificent poultry house, there is also a “children’s farm” (Children Farm), where you can take care of domestic animals.
BUCKINGHAM PALACE. If the standard flies over the entrance, then the queen is in the palace. Through you can watch the changing of the guard on the lattice of the famous palace. Since 1837, when the throne Queen Victoria ascended, this palace is the official royal residence. Now the palace has 600 rooms, a park and gardens with an area of 18 hectares are adjacent to it.
BRITISH MUSEUM. It surpasses many of the largest European museums in wealth.
The British Museum possesses Egyptian mummies, the Parthenon frieze, Greek, Roman and Eastern antiquities, not to mention medieval art.
We advise you to just wander through the halls. You will meet with Roman pavements and golden cups of French and English kings, Japanese swords and Chinese coins, Babylonian seals and Islamic ceramics, Celtic vessels, Rembrandt engravings, Turner’s watercolors, a collection of bank notes, the rarest collection of old coins.
SHERLOCK HOLMES MUSEUM. Although Sherlock Holmes never existed, he will live forever: the house on Baker Street has been turned into a museum thanks to the constant pilgrimage of fans great detective.
MUSEUM MADAME TUSSEAUTS. The famous wax museum – about a thousand characters – founded in 1835 year. The museum has an exhibition of celebrity wax figures, both with good, and with a bad reputation: historical figures, show business heroes, horror camera characters owls. “Spirit of London” will take you on a journey on the “Time Machine” in the history of the delightful capital Cities.
GREENVIEW is one of the oldest parks in London, where the old Royal Observatory is located, native home of GMT. You can stand on the Greenwich meridian line – one foot in the east and the other in the west. The Observatory houses an extraordinary collection of ancient clocks and astronomical instruments. Of undoubted interest for visits are also the National Maritime Museum introducing visitors to the history of the British Navy, the Queen’s House and the British fast clipper Cutty Sark. NATIONAL ART GALLERY. The gallery has 4 wings.
The western wing is reserved for paintings of the 16th and 17th centuries, the eastern wing – for paintings of the 1700s – 1920s. You see authentic paintings by Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, etc.
FERIZATION WHEEL London Eye. Built by 2000, the Ferris Wheel is the most the highest wheel in the world and its height reaches 135 meters. There are 32 capsules on the wheel, each of which can simultaneously carry 25 people. It’s on the banks of the Thames near Waterloo and Parliament House.
AQUARIUM. The Aquarium building is located opposite Big Ben and is the largest museum Aquarium in Europe. This is the only place in the city where you can come face to face with
a 2-meter shark and watch how fearless scuba divers feed these huge fish from their hands.
You will see the rarest species of fish on the planet – seahorses. Here you will meet with “friendly” piranhas. The most fearless of you will be able to touch the crabs and jellyfish.
General information on personal safety, health and property safety of tourists
Medical insurance is a mandatory part of the travel package. Also recommended purchase insurance covering cases of visa denial, loss of luggage, credit card and others.
There are a huge number of police officers on the streets, ready to help at any time. England is the most quiet country in Europe. However, do not leave your personal belongings unattended.
Where to go in emergency situations
Police, fire service, ambulance: tel. 999 (free). To find out the number of the nearest police station (Police Station) in cases that do not require emergency intervention, you need to call the help desk at tel. 142 (free).
Embassy of Russia in London:
tel. (8-10-44-207) 229 6412, 229-2666, 229-7281 (commander on duty), 229-3620 (secretary of sla) 727-8625
Address: 13, Kensington Palace Gardens, London, W8 4QX, UK
Consulate General of Russia in Edinburgh:
tel. (44-131) 225-70-98
Address: 58 Melville St., Edinburgh, EH3 7HF
The code in brackets before the number is dialed when calling from Russia.