Friday, July 15, 2011

London, United Kingdom

Hello readers! In celebration of the premier of the Harry Potter and the Deathly Part 2 movie, I decided to do this blog post on London, United Kingdom. I’m so excited to go and see this movie!!

London is the largest and capital city of England and the United Kingdom, and is a leading global city in many aspects, such as fashion, business, media, and tourism. It is also the largest financial center besides New York City. London has a ton of things to flaunt, so let’s check it out!

One of the most famous landmarks in the city is the Tower Bridge, which serves as both a bascule and a suspension bridge over River Thames. This bridge has become a national icon for United Kingdom yet it is often mistaken for the London Bridge (like the children’s song), which is the next bridge upstream. The upper level of the bridge is open to the public to travel on and offers a magnificent view.

Another attraction you can’t miss in London is the London Eye. This mega-sized Ferris wheel is also located on the Thames River, and is the most popular paid tourist attraction in the city. The wheel carries 32 sealed and air-conditioned pods that represent each of the 32 boroughs in England. From up there, you will probably get the best view of the entire city.

The Westminster Palace is the meeting place of the two Houses of Parliament. It is also close to the famous Westminster Abbey, where Prince William and Kate Middleton were recently wed. The Palace’s clock tower, better known as “Big Ben” is a huge national icon. While the old palace may have been built around the 11th century, this particular palace has been modeled in the 19th century.

Speaking of palaces, we can’t ignore the Buckingham Palace. This is the primary residence of the British royal family. Built for Queen Victoria, who was the first monarch to reside in the palace in 1837, it is now the home of Queen Elizabeth II and all of her family (including the newlyweds!).

Well there you have it. Now go enjoy the movie if you haven’t seen it already!

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