HMS Belfast is a British warship which saw action in World War 2, but now sits out her retirement on the River Thames in London. She’s a floating museum, dedicated to the seamen who sailed in the Royal Navy during the war and immediately afterwards. The ship also served the Korean War before being retired in 1963.
The Royal Albert Hall is a working theatre and concert hall but is also an attraction in its own right. It was named after Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert, who originally had the idea to create a multi purpose venue which could hold everything from orchestras to a circus. Sadly though, he never saw his vision realised.
The Royal National Theatre is actually 3 theatres rolled into one and the complex is based in a bleak looking concrete building on the South Bank of the Thames. The three theatres are called the Olivier, the Lyttelton and the Cottesloe and they vary in size and design.
Shakespeare’s Globe is a recreation of the theatre that became synonymous with Shakespeare’s plays. It was built only after a huge fund raising drive with many top British actors involved. They wanted Shakespeare’s plays to be performed in the kind of round theatre for which they were written and this one resembled the former Globe that existed in his time. You can now experience plays there regularly but the building itself is an attraction that’s best visited on the theatre tours.
Borough market is the perfect example of a flourishing market in Britain. It sits alongside the railway arches in the shadow of Southwark Cathedral, just off Borough High Street and it’s a celebration of great quality food. You name it, you’ll find it here – cheeses, fruit, vegetables, home-made pies, flowers, olives, meat, curries and pastries! It’s actually London’s oldest food market and it varies in size and numbers of stalls but even in the winter months it’s always busy.
This dome-shaped structure resembles a very large tent and was the centre piece of the UK’s millennium celebrations. For many years it was known as the Millennium Dome, but now it houses a massive concert arena, restaurants, shops and a cinema. This building has a special place in the hearts of British people, somewhere between hate and love.
This huge wheel was supposed to be temporary, but instead has become a permanently popular attraction. It’s not cheap, but it is a great way to see London from a different angle
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