London, England is the largest city in the United Kingdom. In fact, about 7.5 million people call this city home, including the Queen and Madonna! Check out the 411 on the city that was once the center of the English-speaking world.
London - Where Is It?
London is the capital city of the United Kingdom, which is an island off the coast of Western Europe. London is in the south-east of England.
London - The History
London has a long and complicated history, which is full of violence, blood shed, royalty and intrigue. The city was founded on a Roman outpost called Londinium. It became an important trade center in 886. Since 1558 (when the first Queen Elizabeth took the throne), London has been the political, cultural and economic center of England.
London - What to Do
Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum
If you can't see all your fave celebs in the flesh, the next best thing is seeing them in wax! This has been a must-visit stop for any trip to London since it opened in 1835. There are life-like wax figures of infamous criminals, royalty and pop princesses like Britney, Beyonce (who has a shaking booty, no less!) and pop oldies like Michael Jackson and Madonna!
The London Eye
The best way to get a good look at this enormous city is to take a ride on the world's largest observation wheel. The London Eye is like a giant enclosed Ferris wheel that takes you on a half hour ride 450 feet (135 meters) above London! You'll get a bird's eye view, a wild ride and memories to last a lifetime. What more could you ask for?
When you get tired of London life, you might want to give London death a try. This spooky museum will give you an authentic look at the gruesome and bloody side of English history. Be warned, this isn't your average stuffy museum - some of the exhibits aren't as dead as they appear! If you think you can handle it, the museum lies deep beneath London Bridge station. Good luck.
Most of London's museums have free admission, so why not check 'em all out? You can see fine art at Tate Britain or Tate Modern, big old tanks at the Imperial War Museum or giant dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum. You'll definitely get your money's worth!
London - Did U Know?
- On July 7, 2005 terrorists attacked the British capital leaving more than 50 people dead and 700 people injured.
- In September 1666, a massive fire roared through the city for four days, destroying approximately 13,000 houses, 87 churches and many government buildings.
- The first toy balloon was invented in London in 1847.