London Landmark Tour. Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Westminster Cathedral, Tower of London and more…
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Originally called Buckingham House, the structure at the core of today’s Buckingham Palace was a vast townhouse erected for the Duke of Buckingham back in 1703, built on a site previously in private ownership for at least 150 years.
It was then acquired by King George III in 1761 – as private residence for Queen Charlotte, known as “The Queen’s House”. In the 19th century it was upgraded by architects John Nash and Edward Blore. They constructed 3 wings around a central courtyard. Buckingham Palace then became London residence of the British monarch on the accession of Queen Victoria in 1837.
Structural additions were built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including the East front, which contains the well-known balcony on which the royal family traditionally congregates to greet crowds.
Big Ben is the famous nickname given to the Great Bell of the clock which is at the north end of the Palace of Westminster. It is also referred to as the clock tower.
The tower is actually officially known as Elizabeth Tower and was renamed to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II in 2012.
It was previously known as simply the Clock Tower. Big Ben holds the second largest four-faced chiming clock in the world (number one is Minneapolis City Hall).The clock tower was completed back in 1858 and enjoyed its 150th anniversary on 31 May 2009.
Westminster Cathedral, London, is known as the mother church for the Catholic Church in England and in Wales. The cathedral site stands in the City of Westminster. It was purchased by the Archdiocese of Westminster in 1885. No trip to London is complete without visiting this historic landmark.
Tower of London
The Tower of London (Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London) is a historic castle that is located on the north bank of the River Thames in central London.
The Tower of London sits in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. It was founded in 1066 as part of the Norman Conquest. White Tower, which gives the entire castle it’s name, was built by William the Conqueror, and was a much resented symbol of oppression.
A grand palace early in its history, the tower served as a royal residence. The Tower is made up of several buildings set within two concentric rings of defensive walls and a moat. The layout established by the late 13th century remains, despite later activity.