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Cenotaph

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Address: Whitehall, London, England
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Solemn

Such a necessary monument - lest we forget. Located on Whitehall, take time to visit and absorb the solemness of remembering the fallen. So important that I took my children... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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Hastings, United Kingdom
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Hastings, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Such a necessary monument - lest we forget. Located on Whitehall, take time to visit and absorb the solemness of remembering the fallen. So important that I took my children to it in order that they learn our history.

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Around St. George's day each year we come here for a parade and service to remember the fallen throughout the history of our country. This event is organised by The Royal Society of St. George and involves cadets from each of the armed services to gether with members of The Royal Society of St. George. We go to show our... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Cenotaph in Whitehall commemorates those servicemen and women who died in the two World Wars and is recognised during the Poppy Remembrance ceremony with the laying of wreaths etc.

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Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Architecturally interesting memorial in middle of Whitehall. Area never that busy so you have time to look

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Sandy, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

On the Sunday nearest to 11th November at 11am each year, a Remembrance Service is held at the Cenotaph in Whitehall to commemorate the British and Commonwealth servicemen and women who died in the two World Wars and later conflicts. The service has hardly changed since it was first introduced in 1921. Hymns are sung, prayers are said and a... More 

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is a very solemn place to visit for any Veteran, ex-serviceman, or serving Soldier, Airforce person, Sailor of Marine. It is impossible to really appreciate the actual monument on or just before the service of Remembrance in November, due to the crowd's, the Royal & Governmental presence. My tip would be to visit the day after and take your... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 March 2017

Very symbolic, emotional and great memorial dedicated to Britain's war heroes. It is very decent for what it stands for and very well kept. The Cenotaph was designed and built by Edwin Lutyens at the request of the then Prime Minister Lloyd George. Services of Remembrance are held at war memorials and cenotaphs throughout Britain and the Commonwealth nations. You... More 

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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 January 2017

Seen it on my screen for years on Remembrance Sunday. Finally took the time to visit and pause. We remember in November, but this reminds us to always remember. Amongst all the hustle and bustle of London it is fitting to pause and reflect on the glorious dead, who gave their tomorrow for our today. I salute you, your courage... More 

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Golden, Colorado
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Reviewed 7 December 2016

I lived in London for years, but never made it to the Cenotaph Ceremony (and Service of Remembrance the night before at Royal Alberta Hall) until this year. It was an extremely memorable and insightful experience. Every nation has a holiday or ritual that provides a unique insight into its soul. If I could choose one for the UK, this... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 November 2016

We visit the Cenotaph annually to pay our respects to those who lost their lives and, those who survived to tell their stories. The sea of poppies is both stunning and fills one with sadness and hope for the future.

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