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  • Jane s
    Halstead, UK9 contributions
    The Tower is a very interesting place to visit. There is such a lot to see. Go early and get straight in to see the Crown Jewels which had just been returned after Her late Majesty's funeral when we visited. Amazing!! Really good cafe as well. Allow at least three hours to see most of the place
    Written 24 September 2022
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  • Steven H
    Kaneohe, HI7 contributions
    There are SO many Cathedrals and churches to see in London (and GB) it is easy to get overwhelmed. St. Paul’s should be on your must see list, however. As a nurse, I had to go down to the crypt level and the Florence Nightingale plaque. In the gift shop, make sure you get the correct language guide. I had to go back the next day when we got to the hotel and discovered I had a German language guide.
    Written 23 September 2022
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  • Megan T
    Spain1 contribution
    The workers are very friendly and work very well. Hatem is very close and very hardworking. is attentive to everything.
    Written 23 September 2022
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  • Noraatc
    Sudbury, MA31,041 contributions
    I didn’t expect to spend more than two hours at Museum of London but my visit lasted much longer because this is the place to put captivating history of London in perspective starting with the days of Ancient Rome and up to our time. It is fascinating to see how humble Londinium of the Roman era has been gradually transforming over years into one of the largest and the most powerful world capitals of our time. You can learn about the Great Fire, devastating plague epidemics, various trades, crafts, buildings, bridges, period costumes and objects of everyday life, old cars and carriages and even the 1928 bronze lift of the Selfridges. You can recall the events witnessed by our generation: the flame of the 2012 Olympics is in its own room - it such a wonderful place to relive the moments of the opening and closing ceremonies (in my opinion, the best in the history of the Olympic Games)…The list of the Museum objects is endless and every one of them tells us something unique about the great city.

    The Museum of London is great for both children and adults. The shop is full of London memorabilia and I could not resist buying a beautiful Museum catalogue.

    Keep in mind that Museum of London is moving to the new location and will be closing for three years, so do visit now!
    Written 25 September 2022
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  • Brian T
    London, UK6,329 contributions
    This is a popular and historic tourist attraction in London. The column, designed by Sir Christopher Wren and Dr Robert Hooke, was built to commemorate the Great Fire of 1666 and stands on the small cobbled piazza between Fish Street Hill and Monument Street, and very close to Pudding Lane which is widely known as the location of Thomas Farriner's bakery, where the Great Fire of London started in 1666. It was built between 1671 and 1677 not online to commemorate the devastating fire but to celebrate the rebuilding of the City. It’s been attracting visitors since it opened in 1677.

    It comprises a circular Doric column built of Portland stone, and is topped by a gilded urn to represent fire. The Monument is 202 feet tall, apparently the same distance from the spot where the Great Fire is said to have started.

    It’s certainly worth a visit, especially for the views from the observation deck at the top, as there are some great 360 degree views across London.

    Here’s some practicalities to keep in mind when planning your visit:

    1. The Monument is usually only open on weekends, and during school holiday periods. On the days that it is open, it is closed between 13:00 and 14:00.
    2. There are 311 steps up a spiral staircase to the observation deck at the top. It’s quite narrow, but not an arduous climb by any means.
    3. There is no lift, hence no access to those using mechanical mobility assistance.
    4. There is a bag search before you start the climb. Large bags and cases are not permitted.
    5. The observation deck at the top is completely fenced; the wire fencing may hinder your photography.
    6. An adult ticket costs £5.80; a ticket for a senior with ID is £4.40. You’re given a certificate after your visit. Tickets can be bought at the entrance, though visitors on the deck are limited to maintain safety, so you may have to wait a bit for your turn to climb the stairs.
    7. It’s easily reached by public transport. It is right beside Monument Station for the Circle and District lines, and a short walk across London Bridge from London Bridge mainline station..

    Enjoy your visit; it should be included on the itinerary of all visitors to London.
    Written 23 September 2022
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  • BackPacker800547
    Bilston, UK823 contributions
    Peaceful little oasis in the city, this is a really nice place to visit with some great curves in the ruins and lovely planting. It doesn't take long to look around and is a great little extra to visiting the general area.
    Written 5 August 2022
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  • Brian T
    London, UK6,329 contributions
    This is a beautiful and historic church to visit, in the legal quarter in central London known as the Temple. Lawyers have lived and worked in the Temple since 1320. In 1337 the premises were divided into the Inner Temple, where the lawyers resided, and Middle Temple, which was also occupied by lawyers by 1346. It is one of the oldest churches in London, and is certainly worthy of a visit.

    Consecrated in 1185, the Temple Church was originally built as the English headquarters of the Knights Templar. As you visit, you’ll notice that the church has two distinct parts. The round nave was constructed first, inspired by the shape of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem and one of only 4 round churches in England. The chancel was added later in 1240.

    The church is elegant and graceful inside. There are about 60 curious stone carvings of faces in various poses along the wall of the round nave. They are quite delightful, almost amusing. You’ll also see a number of effigies in position on the floor. William Marshall’s is one of these nine medieval effigies that can be found in the nave. In January 1215 the knight William Marshall mediated a meeting at Temple Church between King John and the barons. It was agreed at this meeting that the issues raised would be addressed and the Magna Carta was signed at Runnymede just a few months later in June. Other effigies include William’s son (also William Marshal) and Brother Aymeric, Master of the Knights Templar in England, all witnesses to the signing of the Magna Carta.  When I visited in June, there was a display in the church relating to the Magna Carta.

    The chancel is light, with an elegant arched roof supported by stone columns, with some beautiful stained glass windows behind the altar.

    Curiously, the church is called a ‘Royal Peculiar’ Church. That means that it is owned directly by the crown, in the same way that Westminster Abbey is owned by the crown.

    It’s a lovely house of worship to visit. It was peaceful and serene, and very inviting for those who want to pray, reflect, or simply to sit still for a while in a restful surround. The church is only open on weekdays, from 10.00am to 4.00pm, and there is an entrance fee of £5 per adult, or £3 concession. The church is wheelchair accessible. It’s a short walk from Temple underground station, or buses that travel along Fleet Street.
    Written 25 September 2022
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  • Simon
    Romiley, UK208 contributions
    Small but perfectly formed, this little temple museum is a great way to spend 45 to 60 mins, and best of all it's all free. The emersive experience was astonishingly good, and they had a narration but Joanna Lumley. Interesting displays of finds over the years, the temple rebuilt in nearly its original location, and great interactive tech. Well worth a quick look round.
    Written 21 September 2022
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  • TeamWard
    Nottingham, UK5,066 contributions
    Bank of England Museum doesn't give away free money, but it does show you how money works and how this place is necessary for our life and living, neat slavery exhibition but the gold bar was the best item in the place
    Written 28 August 2022
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  • GummyB
    San Francisco, CA285 contributions
    We chose to have breakfast at this place instead of buying a ticket. It's a functional office building so it gets crowded so the restaurant option is better and the food is good, but on the expensive side. Had to make a reservation about a month before our actual trip.
    Written 13 September 2022
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  • Michele B
    London, UK60 contributions
    Lovely to see the beautiful tropical plants in the Barbican Consevatory/Garden Art. Only gripe is the signage. The Barbican is huge, you get signs to a point and then they disappear. We only sussed where it was from our own initiative.
    Written 14 September 2022
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  • DGVNJ
    Elmwood Park, NJ139 contributions
    What an amazing time we had at the City of London Distillery.
    We signed up for the tour and tasting where we got a history of Gin, it's components and distilling process, and a 4 glass tasting on top of the drink we were given when we first arrived.
    The information session was very informal and we had a great fun throughout. When we were given a tour of the distillery section where we learned even more and they really took the time to explain things for us and answer all our questions and I am sure spent more then the allotted time with us then they were supposed to. They have so many wonderful flavors and combinations to try it's worth coming back over and over to sample all you can.
    These were just such a great group of people we wound up staying after for a couple of hours trying different drinks and chatting everyone up for a bit. We bought a bottle to bring home with us and my only regret is that I didn't buy more!
    This really is a fun place to go and we can't wait to be back and hang out with them again.
    BTW-When you first arrive check out the mural on the wall for the talented actor who is a member of the gin makers family!
    Written 23 September 2022
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  • Sally G
    6 contributions
    We had been to the Walkie Talkie sky garden.. and popped along to this one. Its calmer & we had our Veggie pret on the roof.. great views & security staff went out of their way to be sweet about my birthday ! Thank you
    Written 20 September 2022
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  • leilei00009
    Greece142 contributions
    Quiet art gallery, spacious and very clean. The basement has more history of the area and London's Square Mile and the remains of the first Roman Amphitheatre. Definitely a hidden gem of London. With maps of now and then you could see how London has expanded and how parks and natural areas were slowly turned into urban concrete...
    Written 23 July 2022
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  • busconi
    Wenatchee, WA5,225 contributions
    Diagon Alley from Harry Potter....now where is The Leaky Cauldron?
    This market is so cool....lots of shops, eateries, pubs. We came to grab a bite to eat and to just wander about. It is probably the most beautiful of all the famous London Markets with all the Victorian Buildings....founded in 1331 it has been around for a LONG time. The original market was destroyed in 1881 and new buildings (the ones we see today, were built on the site.) And did you know, when the Olympics were held here in 2012, the marathon race went right through the market.

    Great spot to visit!!!!
    Written 20 July 2022
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