The city of London has endless tourist attractions. Many people have always associated London with its outstanding universities as well as its shopping districts, but London offers more than just that. It is a place that art and history enthusiasts would really love to visit.
The Westminster Abbey is one of London’s oldest buildings. Since 1066, the abbey has been used for coronation of the British monarchs. During the ceremony, the future King or Queen will sit on King Edward’s Chair after they receive their new title. It is also a tradition for royal weddings to take place in the Westminster Abbey. Queen Elizabeth II was married to Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten RN (Duke of Edinburgh) in the Abbey when she was still a princess. The royal wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, also took place in the abbey.
Near Westminster Abbey, by the side of the River Thames and Westminster Bridge, is the Palace of Westminster. The Houses of Parliament, as it is also called, is where government meetings take place. However, the Palace of Westminster is more famous for its magnificent clock tower known as the Big Ben. The building, however, is not open for public even though free-guided tours are available for UK residents. Tourists from overseas can join a tour organized by the London Blue Badge Tourist Guides during summer recess, but there is no guarantee that foreign tourists will be able to enter the building.