Holiday Destinations #3: London
Although there is a lot of talk these days about the decreasing influence of Britain, and by extension England, upon the world, there is no doubting the fact that it still punches above its landmass when it comes to topics of conversation and its impact upon worlds as diverse as sport, music, politics and tourism. With a history as rich as London’s, and a present as dynamic, it will continue to be a place to visit for many years to come.
There was a time when London was the center of the world (geographically, it still is in some ways), and the most influential city on the globe. This may have changed in recent years – the geopolitical pendulum never stops moving, after all – but it is still home to what is known as the Mother of all Parliaments, the Houses of Commons and Lords on Parliament Square.
If you go to London and someone asks you if you saw Big Ben, you probably did not. Many people assume that that is the name of the famous clock tower of the Palace of Westminster – but in fact, it is the name of the bell that is housed inside the tower. You can go and see it if you want, but there is so much else to see in London, and you can’t see it all in one visit.
London is also home to Buckingham Palace, the residential home of Queen Elizabeth II and of all sovereign monarchs of the United Kingdom. This is another of its most popular landmarks – and we have only dealt here with the historic ones. Modern London is another thing entirely, and just as beguiling.