Londons Westminster area is packed full of the capitals most famous landmarks. Youll find Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and the River Thames in this area. There are also lots of other attractions for tourists in and around Westminster.
The London Eye is located on the south bank of the river Thames and stands an impressive 135 meters high. This is the worlds biggest observation wheel with 32 capsules that hold up to 25 people each. On a clear day from the very top it is possible to see views of anything up to 25 miles in every direction. You can spot lots of famous London landmarks from the top and during your ascent, including Big Ben, Windsor Castle and St Pauls Cathedral to name just a few.
Another place worth a visit in the Westminster area is The London Aquarium. Here you will find 3000 different types of aquatic and marine life housed in huge tanks. The impressive stingrays and sharks amaze children and adults alike, and shark-feeding time is a popular daily event. The aquarium covers 3 floors and daily talks about the sea creatures are given during the day.
The Florence Nightingale Museum can also be found in Westminster and was originally part of the St Thomas Hospital that was founded by Florence Nightingale in 1860. The museum is home to many original and unique artifacts relating to Nightingale such as the slate she used to write on as a child, her pet owl Athena, which was stuffed after its death, and the famous Turkish Lantern she used during the Crimean War.
The iconic Westminster Abbey has been the venue for every coronation in England since 1066 and is a definite must see when in London. The historic building as seen today was completed sometime around 1245 and several styles of architecture can be noted in the design. There is a stunning, ornate organ in the Abbey that has been there since 1937 and this is used to accompany the famous Abbey choir. The nave is the resting place of Charles Darwin and Sir Isaac Newton with the Poets Corner holding the graves of Charles Dickens, Geoffrey Chaucer and Rudyard Kipling.
One of Londons best-loved art galleries can also be found in Westminster The Tate Britain. The museum opened in 1897 and is home iconic works of art by British artists such as Blake, Turner, Francis Bacon and David Hockney. A programme of regular exhibitions at the Tate Britain means there is always something new to discover here.
Also in the area is St James Park, a beautiful park that is popular with those who enjoy green scenery and tranquil views. The lake here is home to a number of geese, black swans, ducks and even pelicans. There is a good childrens play area and also a cafÂ© for refreshments.
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