The English writer Samuel Johnson famously said, "You find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford." More than two centuries have passed since Johnson's era, but his words still ring true. Life in London is nothing short of invigorating, and travelers find that one visit isn't enough to experience everything this two-millennia-old city has to offer.
Here, the antiquated clasps hands with the contemporary. You'll find the historic Tower of London and the avant-garde Tate Modern both considered big must-sees. Shakespeare's sonnets are still being uttered by actors who don modern garb. Londoners most certainly still respect the royals, but they also jam to the likes of Arctic Monkeys and Adele. And while they still praise the power of tea, they now make room for some Starbucks here and there, and pressed juice too. A current leader in everything from politics and banking to fashion and music, London's culture compass is always attuned to what's next.
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No matter your reason for visiting, London has something for everyone. History buffs looking to brush up on the British narrative will delight in the Tower of London. Admirers of art or theater will praise the National Gallery and the West End Theatre District, while fans of the monarchy can't skip Buckingham Palace. Although London is notoriously expensive, the city is filled with historical and modern-day attractions fit for even the most frugal of travelers.
One of London's top free attractions, and considered its top museum by many, the British Museum is both an architectural beauty and a trove of some of the world's most noted antiquities. From the Rosetta Stone to the Elgin Marbles to the Lindow Man, the British Museum is a history buff's treasure trove containing artifacts in the millions. The immense collection can make an initial museum visit seem overwhelming: Pick the exhibits that most interest you, and plan return trips if you feel so inclined.Recent travelers are impressed with the British Museum; some saying it is the best museum they've ever toured. If you're not an antiquities enthusiast, you might not want to spend all day here, but visitors say it's still worth even a brief look around as there is just so much to learn. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. from Saturday till Thursday, but stays open till 8:30 on Fridays. Though admission is free, some exhibitions come with an extra fee. The British Museum is accessible from the Tottenham Court Road, Holborn and Russell Square Tube stops. For more information, visit the British Museum's website.
Although its exterior might be grim and even unimpressive (especially when compared to stately Buckingham Palace), the Tower of London's interior is always bustling with activity. The Tower, which actually comprises multiple towers (12 of which can be explored by the public), offers something for everyone. If you're enchanted with the history of the monarch, don't miss the famous Crown Jewels exhibition. Among the items you'll see is the Imperial State Crown – which is still worn by the queen for each State Opening of Parliament – and the Sovereign's Sceptre with Cross. If you have more than an hour to spend here, take an entertaining tour led by the Yeoman Warders (tower guards). During the hourlong excursion (already included in your admission ticket), the guards will regale you with tales of the tower's bloody past. Lastly, don't forget to visit the White Tower, an iconic symbol of London's heritage and one of the world's most famous castle keeps.
The majority of travelers say the Tower of London's high admission price and long lines are worth every pence. And some recent visitors strongly recommend attending the free tour put on by the Yeoman Warders. The Tower of London is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday and Monday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., though it closes an hour earlier November through February. Tickets for adults cost 24.80 pounds (about $32.75) and admission for youths younger than 16 cost 11.50 pounds (about $15.20). Children younger than 5 get in for free. If you want to save some cash on admission, buy your tickets on the Tower of London's website. You'll find the Tower of London off the Tower Hill Tube stop.
虽然它的外观可能是严峻的，甚至是不起眼的(特别是与国家级的白金汉宫相比)，伦敦塔的内部总是热闹非凡。该塔实际上包括多个塔楼(其中12个可以由公众探索)，为每个人提供了一些东西。如果你对国王的历史感到陶醉，千万不要错过著名的皇冠珠宝展。在这些项目中，你会看到的是皇家国家皇冠- 每个国家的议会开幕还是由女王佩戴- 和主权的十字勋章。如果你有一个多小时的时间在这里度过，那就参加一个由曼奥维德(塔曼卫士)带领的娱乐旅游吧。在长达一小时的游览中(已经包括在门票中)，守卫们将会以塔楼血腥的过去的故事来重游你。最后，不要忘了参观伦敦的遗产标志性的象征白塔，世界上最有名的城堡之一。大多数旅客说，伦敦塔的高入场费和长线是值得的每一个便利。最近一些游客强烈推荐参加Yeoman Warders的免费游览。如果您想在入场时节省一些现金，请在伦敦塔的网站上购买您的门票。你会发现塔山管地铁站伦敦塔。
Buckingham Palace, the London home of Queen Elizabeth II, is open for tour (except for the queen's private quarters, of course) in the summers. On the tour, you'll have access to the 19 State Rooms where the queen and members of the royal family host guests for state, ceremonial, and official affairs. Opulently accented with chandeliers, candelabra, paintings by Rembrandt and Rubens, and exquisite English and French furniture, these rooms display some of the most magnificent pieces from the Royal Collection. Along with the grand interiors, the State Rooms are also a witness to history. Those of you who followed the royal wedding closely will recognize the Throne Room, which served as the backdrop for the official wedding photographs of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
For tours in the summer, recent travelers suggest taking advantage of the audio guide (included with admission), so that you hear a detailed history of each room at your own pace. The Palace advises you set aside at least two hours to see the State Rooms (and that you wear comfortable shoes), while recent travelers advise that you use the facilities prior to the start of the tour; there are no public restrooms available until you reach the garden. Tour tickets start at 23 pounds (about $30.30) for adults; 19.60 pounds (about $28.40) for seniors (older than 60) and students; 13 pounds (about $17.20) for kids younger than 17; children younger than 5 enter for free. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 6:30-7:30 p.m. depending on the month (the palace is open from July 22nd to October 1st). Visitors can also spring for the Royal Day Out Ticket, which also includes entrance to the Queen's Gallery and Royal Mews, but it will cost you.
If you'd rather skip the admission fees altogether, you can still experience Buckingham Palace by witnessing the storied Changing of the Guard (also referred to as Guard Mounting), which occurs daily at 11:30 a.m., from April until late July, and on alternate days the rest of the year (except during inclement weather). Make sure to get there early, as many previous visitors say the area gets crowded very quickly, making it hard to see anything if you arrive shortly before the ceremony starts. You'll find Buckingham Palace off Green Park, Hyde Park Corner or St. James Park Tube stops.
Locals and tourists alike tend to adore Portobello Road Market. Located in the posh Notting Hill neighborhood (made famous by the Hugh Grant movie of the same name), the market stretches down the long Portobello Road, considered to be the high street (or main street) of Notting Hill. The market is filled with merchants of all kinds (more than 1,000 to be exact) selling a variety of common flea market items including antiques, art, jewelry, clothing and food. But what stands out about Portobello Market (aside from its adorably colorful location) is its collection of antiques and quintessentially English items. In just a few blocks visitors can find a wellie shop, scores of vintage tea sets, quality London souvenirs and Banksy recreations. The market is also billed as being the largest antiques market in the world. If you have a penchant for fashion, the best sampling is found at the end of the market near the Ladbroke Grove tube stop. There, visitors will not only find the greatest concentration of locals but a great selection of vintage attire as well.
Recent visitors loved Portobello Market for its lively atmosphere, wide selection of items and cheap food stalls. Although many lauded the quality found at the food stalls, some urged visitors check out nearby restaurants, as many serve exceptional British and international fare. Others also advise visitors to pay close attention to their belongings. Portobello Market is not only very crowded, but concentrated on a narrow street, creating an easy opportunity for pickpockets to strike. Keep in mind though, Saturday is the only day Portobello Road turns into a full street market, open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Select stalls are open daily, but considering the amount of residences close by, Portobello Road is quiet and quite bare during Sunday and the weekdays. To get to Portobello Road Market, hop off at Notting Hill Gate or Ladbroke Grove tube station.
当地人和游客都喜欢波多贝罗路市场。这个市场坐落在豪华的诺丁山社区(由休·格兰特的同名电影著名)，它沿着长长的Portobello路延伸，被认为是诺丁山的商业街(或主要街道)。市场上到处都是各种各样的商人(确切地说是1000多人)，出售各种各样的跳蚤市场商品，包括古董、艺术品、珠宝、衣服和食物。但是，Portobello Market(除了它的多彩多姿的地理位置之外)最引人注目的是它收集的古董和典型的英语项目。在短短几个街区内，游客们就能找到一家wellie商店、几十套老式茶具、优质的伦敦纪念品和Banksy的娱乐活动。市场也被认为是世界上最大的古董市场。如果你对时尚有偏好，最好的采样点是在靠近Ladbroke Grove tube站的市场尽头。在那里，游客不仅能找到最集中的当地人，而且还能挑选出大量的复古服装。
最近的游客们更加喜欢波多贝罗市场，因为它的气氛活跃，商品种类繁多，而且价格便宜。尽管许多人对在食品摊上发现的质量赞不绝口，但也有一些人呼吁游客到附近的餐馆就餐，因为许多餐馆的服务都是英国和国际的。其他人也建议游客注意自己的物品。波多贝罗市场不仅非常拥挤，而且集中在一条狭窄的街道上，这为扒手们提供了一个轻松的机会。不过要记住，周六是Portobello Road的唯一一天，从早上9点开到晚上7点。选择摊位每天都是开放的，但是考虑到附近的住宅数量，Portobello Road在周日和工作日都很安静，很空旷。要到波多贝罗路市场，请在诺丁山门或Ladbroke Grove地铁站下车。
This medieval church, graced by many royal weddings and coronations, offers a magnificent peek at London's far-reaching history. Westminster Abbey is pretty much always busy – and the staff keeps you moving at a pretty swift pace – so do a little research ahead of time to avoid missing your personal must-sees. For instance, if you're a bibliophile, consider a visit to the Poets' Corner. This is the final resting place of famed authors Geoffrey Chaucer, Charles Dickens and Rudyard Kipling. If you're fascinated by all the intrigue surrounding the British royalty, you might like to visit the shared tomb of enemies and half-sisters Elizabeth I and Mary Tudor.If you prefer to see the Abbey at your own pace, but still want a little guidance on the history you're encountering, take advantage of the free audio guides online. Alternatively, you can take a 90-minute Verger-led tour and see the Shrine (containing the tomb of Saint Edward the Confessor), the Royal Tombs, Poets' Corner, the Cloisters and the Nave. If you decide to take this tour, there is an extra 5 pound (around $7.30) charge added to your original admission price.