London's history is revealed through visiting 10 of its most famous sites

Emma Wallis

By , Local Expert, London
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Every city has its own unique feel and vibe, which is determined by a number of things. The local historic sites are no doubt one of the largest contributing factors to the aura that surrounds a city. When in London, users recommend paying a visit to Tower Bridge Exhibition, in the City area to get a feel for what truly makes up the city. Once you have been there, you can take a walk on through the city, along the river Thames which has provided the life blood to this city for centuries, being the conduit to the outside world, and the bringer of new things in. Buildings tower above you and architecture through the ages abounds...  Read more »

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    Charles Dickens Museum

    Charles Dickens is one of the UK's most famous writers, and the museum is housed in his London home.

    Local Expert Tip: "The Charles Dickens museum is housed in one of the writer's London homes, and has just been beautifully restored."

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    Baker Street

    Baker Street is a modern busy street today, but step just around the corner and you can immerse yourself in the crimes of London past.

    Local Expert Tip: "For all lovers of Conan Doyle books, this corner of London provides a great way to stroll the streets and take yourself back in time."

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    Churchill War Rooms and Museum

    Churchill's war rooms are a must see for anyone interested in the history of the Second World War and London's role in it.

    Local Expert Tip: "Combine a visit here with a visit to the Imperial War Museum to really update your picture of not just the Second World War, but British involvement in conflicts throughout history."

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    The Brunel Museum

    The Brunel museum takes you through the history of the first under water tunnel and the making of a great engineer.

    Local Expert Tip: "Call ahead to book a guided visit of the tunnel shaft, it is seriously worth it, but wear flat shoes and something you can climb in."

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    Tower Bridge Exhibition

    The Tower Bridge Exhibition explains the history behind one of London's most iconic and historical sites.

    Local Expert Tip: "For further information on London's relationship to its river, read Peter Ackroyd's brilliant book Thames."

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    Big Ben

    Big Ben had to make it on to historical sites in London, the symbol of the oldest democracy in the world is not to be missed.

    Local Expert Tip: "Combine a walk around Westminster with a trip on the London Eye early on in your stay so that you get a birds eye view of all the delights London has to offer."

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    Albert Memorial

    The Albert Memorial and the Royal Albert Hall are a memorial to love, empire, and royalty, all very British themes.

    Local Expert Tip: "Combine a visit to the Albert Memorial with a trip to see a concert in the Royal Albert Hall, or a walk through Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens."

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    Trafalgar Square

    Trafalgar Square is one of London's best known historic sites and a symbol of the powers that made the city, and the nation great.

    Local Expert Tip: "Avoid Trafalgar Square during New Year unless you like the cold and lots of crowds. Watch out for the interesting displays on its empty plinths"

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    Southwark Cathedral

    Southwark Cathedral provides that link between London's history, power, religion and the people that made the city, and the world great.

    Local Expert Tip: "Combine a visit here, with a stop off for food and drink at brilliant Borough market, at its feet, and then a lovely walk along the South Bank, taking in London's historic connection to its river, history and the rest of the world."

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    Westminster Abbey

    Westminster Abbey is the heart of power even in Britain today, just across the road from parliament and the place for coronations and royal weddings.

    Local Expert Tip: "Come with some time to walk around both the abbey and the surrounding area, including taking in the houses of Parliament, Big Ben, and Churchill's war rooms."



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