The history of London is naturally inextricably linked with the history of the country itself. The name London most probably derives from the Celtic Liyn (a lake) and Dun (a fort or strong place), although the site was not important during the Celtic period. Visitors with only a limited amount of time at their disposal should try to take in as   many of the following essential sights as possible.

Trafalgar Square, famous for its pigeons, demonstrations and New Year revelries, was laid out by Sir Charles Barry in 1829-41 on the site of the Royal Mews. Its name commemorates the great naval battle of 1805 when the French fleet was defeated by the English under Admiral Lord Nelson, whose monument dominate the square.
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Westminster Abbey London’s most magnificent Gothic Church, scene of the coronation of English sovereigns since 1066, containing monuments to many great figures in British History. Of particular interest are Poets Corner around Chaucer’s tomb, the sumptuous Royal Tombs and Henry VII’s Chapel, one of the supreme glories of late Perpendicular architecture.

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The National Gallery – On the north side of Trafalgar Square stand as one of the worlds greatest art galleries, representing all schools of Western painting from the Italian Primitives to the 19th century. Its collections include such masterpieces as Leonardo da Vinci’s Virgin and Child with St. Anne cartoon, Piero de la Francesca’s Baptism of Christ, Portrait of Charles I and the Rokeby Venus by Velasquez.

Buckingham Palace – The London residence of the sovereign since the reign of Queen Victoria. The colorful ceremony of Changing the Guard takes place in the forecourt at 11:30 (daily in summer, alternate days in winter)

The Tower of London – Since the time of William the Conqueror the Tower has served as a fortress, royal residence, treasury, mint, menagerie and prison. Watched, the complex of walls, towers and other buildings are grouped around the original nucleus of the White Tower, built by William I. Of particular note are the collections of arms and armor, the Crown Jewels, the Chapel of St. John, Traitor’s Gate and the executioner’s block.

The British Museum – Probably the most comprehensive museum in the world, representing man’s most important cultural achievements since prehistoric times, from the monumental sculptures of ancient Egypt to the perfection of Classical Greek art, from the Rosetta Stone to the Portland Vase, from Assyrian reliefs to superb Medieval craftsmanship.

St. Paul’s Cathedral – The present building is the masterpiece of Sir Christopher Wren, who made it the focal point of his network of City churches built after the Great Fire of 1666. The majestic dome is one of the London’s best known landmarks and its galleries afford superb views over the City. The sumptuous interior contains the monuments and tombs of many famous figures, including Wren himself, Wellington,  Nelson and John Donne. The Whispering Gallery is famous for its curious sound effect.

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London Pass sightseeing package –  The London Pass is the ultimate sightseeing package that has been especially tailor-made for visitors to the city. It allows holders to make the most out of their trip, saving them both time and money.

The London Pass is packed with over 60 fantastic attractions from top museums and art galleries to historic buildings such as Windsor Castle and is an ideal addition to a family holiday, romantic weekend or group trip – in fact, anyone who is traveling to London can enjoy and benefit from the pass. Customer survey results show that over 95% of London Pass users are more than satisfied and would recommend the pass to others.

With the London Pass you will get the following:
• Free entry to your choice of over 60 popular attractions, tours, sights and museums
• A useful 160+ page guidebook about the attractions plus helpful tips about the city
• Ability to skip the lines at various selected attractions to save time
• Optional Travel card to cover all of your transport needs
• Over 20 exclusive special offers
• Money back guarantee with London Pass insurance option
• Exclusive for 2014! Each London Pass comes with a specially made 2014 commemorative pin badge

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Piccadilly circus

Benefits include (to name but a few) FREE ENTRY to the following:
British Music Experience, Cartoon Museum, Chelsea FC Stadium Tour, Churchill War Rooms,Design Museum London, Hampton Court Palace, HMS Belfast, Kensington Palace, Kew Gardens, London Bicycle Tour, London Motor Museum, London Transport Museum, London Zoo, Lord’s Cricket Ground Tours, National Gallery, National Maritime Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Royal Air Force Museum, Royal Albert Hall, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Tour and Exhibition, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tate Modern London, Thames River Boat Cruise, Tower Bridge Exhibition, Tower of London, Twickenham World Rugby Museum & Stadium Tours, Wembley Stadium Tours, Westminster Abbey, Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum, Wimbledon Tour Experience, Windsor Castle, Winston Churchill’s Britain at War Experience

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Piccadilly Circus

One of the London’s busiest road junctions, always crowded with vehicles and people, popular because of the many theaters, shops and restaurants in the vicinity. It is most spectacular at night when all the brightly-colored signs are lit up. It was laid out in the 19 th century at the meeting point of several important streets, Piccadilly to the west, Regent Street sweeping north to Regent’s Park, Shaftesbury Avenue leading to Soho and theater land, and Coventry street taking you eastwards to Leicester Square.

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