- By Kevin
- On Sep 12, 2017
- Travel Tips
When planning a London break,weekend getaway or holiday,there are always plenty of tours,attractions and events to enjoy in the capital.It's also a great place from which to explore UK sites and cities such as Stonehenge,Windsor,Oxford and Bath on one of the many cheap day trips from London.There are lots of deals,offers and packages to enjoy.
Westminster Abbey is a large,mainly Gothic,church located just to the west of the Palace of Westminster.It is one of the most notable religious buildings in the United Kingdom and is the traditional place of coronation and burial site for English and,later,British monarchs.Most of the present building dates from 1245 to 1272 when Henry III decided to rebuild an old abbey in the Gothic style.The building was later significantly expanded:the Chapel of Henry VII was added between 1503 and 1512,while the two West Front Towers date from 1745.
Palace of Westminster
The Palace of Westminster(more widely known as the Houses of Parliament)is the seat of Parliament in the United Kingdom.The present building largely dates from the 19th century when it was rebuilt following a fire in a splendid example of Victorian neo-Gothic architecture.The House of Commons(elected Members of Parliament)is located to the north of the building and is decorated with green leather upholstery,and the House of Lords is located to the south and decorated with red leather upholstery.
Built in the 17th century,St.Paul’s Cathedral is one of London’s most famous and most recognizable sights.The Cathedral was heroically saved by firefighters when it was bombed during the Second World War.Its impressive dome was inspired by St Peter’s Basilica in Rome and rises 118 meters(365 ft)to the cross at its summit.It was the tallest building in London from 1710 to 1962,and its dome is also among the highest in the world.