London Big Ben

Today, we will be exploring around the area of Westminster and Covent Garden.

  • Landmark tower at the house of Parliament –Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster๐Ÿ•ฐ
  • The main Parliament building date back to the mid 1800s in Westminster Abbey๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿคด
  • Home of Britainโ€™s Monarch at Buckingham Palace๐Ÿฐ
  • Public square in the City of Westminster at Trafalgar Square๐Ÿ›
  • Busker and fascinating market in Covent Garden๐Ÿคน๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธ
  • Transport heritage in London Transport Museum๐Ÿš‡๐Ÿš–๐Ÿš

Big Ben and Palace of Westminster

For any first timers to London, Big Ben and Palace Westminster are definitely must visit places!๐Ÿค“๐Ÿค“๐Ÿค“

London Palace Of Westminster

Big Ben is the clock tower of the Palace of Westminster. It was built in 1844 together with the house of parliament, tower and clock.๐Ÿ•ฐ

 

Do you know: Big Ben was given the name due to the massive bell inside the tower as it weighs more than 13 tonnes.โฑ

London Big Ben

Trying to act cool with Big Ben

 

This clock really looks spectacular in the day!๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„

London Big Ben Towkaynew

Like most tourists, we posed and took my photos with the Big Ben. We got really excited while standing and posing in front of Big Ben!๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹

Quick Fact:Big Ben is the nickname for the bell in this clock tower. This clock tower is called Elizabeth Tower.

New will always say โ€œ this is iconic, need to take more photosโ€. Hehehe๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

London Big Ben Candyce

So thatโ€™s why we really took a lot of photos from different pose to different angles!๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Big Ben is the most iconic film location in London. It is also the worldโ€™s largest four faced chiming clock.

London Palace Of Westminster Welfie

Outside Palace of Westminster

 

Westminster Abbey

London Westminster Abbey Candyce

This amazing gothic church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Westminster Abbey is one of the world greatest churches. It has a very magnificent gothic Architecture and has more than 1000 years of history.๐Ÿ˜ต๐Ÿ˜ต๐Ÿ˜ต

Quick Fact : Westminster Abbey was the venue for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

 

London Westminster Abbey Welfie

While we are queuing and got nothing to do, we take photos again…Waiting to get into Westminster Abbey.๐Ÿ“ท๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿ“ท๐Ÿ“ธ

The queue can be pretty long, just be patient and soon you will be able to reach the entrance of Westminster Abbey.

There is an audio guide to bring you through the history of Westminster Abbey.๐Ÿ“ฝ๐Ÿ“ฝ๐Ÿ“ฝ

London Westminster Abbey Interior

As we enter into Westminster Abbey, we are able to see many impressive stained glass windows, paintings and artifacts. Other than the super cool painting, there are also tombs and monuments in Westminster Abbey. ๐Ÿ‘‘

It is a place where most kings and queens of England are buried in. It is said to be an honour to be buried here. This practice spread to include generals, admirals, politicians, doctors and scientists.๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผโ€โš•๏ธ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€โš•๏ธ

Till now, there are over 3,300 people that have been buried or commemorated here.

London Westminster Abbey Front

In fact, it has over 1Million visitors a year! So what are you waiting for?

Remember to make time to visit this magnificent church during your visit to London!๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

Buckingham Palace

The Buckingham Palace was built during the 1700s and was finished during the 1800s with a Baroque architectural style. It is among the top list among its architecture. ๐Ÿข๐Ÿข๐Ÿข

In this palace, it has ย 775 rooms, 78 baths, 1,514 doors, and 40,000-plus light bulbs.

London Buckingham Palace

Standing in the huge crowds in front of Buckingham Palace

But guess whyโ€ฆ..

Because Itโ€™s time for โ€ฆ Changing of Guards๐Ÿ’‚๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ’‚๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ’‚๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

London Victoria Memorial

Us waiting for the changing of guards

Changing of guards ceremony takes place outside buckingham palace every alternate days- Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday between 11.30am for 45 minutes. This is subject to weather condition. Time may change so do check before you go.

Just click onto the link below for the provisional schedule:

https://www.royalcollection.org.uk/visit/buckinghampalace/what-to-see-and-do/changing-the-guard

 

This free event is very popular, so be sure to arrive early to secure a spot with a good view.

 

London Buckingham Palace Guard Changing

Lucky us, we managed to squeeze in front for a clear view for changing of guards ceremony.๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

This is a scene that we usually see on TV or movie. It somehow felt different while we see it LIVE! ๐Ÿ’‚๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’‚๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’‚๐Ÿป

The new guards will march towards the Buckingham Palace from Wellington Barracks to change with the guards at the palace.๐Ÿ‘‘

London Buckingham Palace Guard Changing Inside

The guards are dressed in traditional red tunics and bearskin hats.๐Ÿ’‚๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ’‚๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ’‚๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

Btw, if I never remember wrongly, this photo is taken by a little Japan boy that TowkayNew carry on his shoulder so that the little boy can have a unblocked view๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿป.

We are able to see precision drill and bands playing stirring music all combine during the changing of guards which is one of Londonโ€™s most popular attractions.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

I personally enjoyed the changing of guards as the guards are all very aligned as they marched towards Buckingham Palace. ๐Ÿค“๐Ÿค“๐Ÿค“

London Buckingham Palace Guard Changing Horses

There are also huge horses and also songs played by the Royal band.

Tourists from all around the world will come here to enjoy this memorable experience.๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

Admiralty Arch

London Admiralty Arch

Letโ€™s teleport into the Trafalgar Square- the most vibrant spaces.๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ•บ๐Ÿผ

Trafalgar Square

London Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square is in the City of Westminster. It is about 10 minutes walking distance from Buckingham Palace. This is a public square and has been a significant landmark.๐Ÿ›๐Ÿ›๐Ÿ›

The square is also linked to the National Gallery in the back view.

London Trafalgar Square Nelson Column

The centre of Trafalgar Square stands one of Londonโ€™s most famous monument -Nelsonโ€™s Column It was built to commemorate and honour Admiral Nelson who died in the battle of Trafalgar which led the British to victory.

 

London Trafalgar Square Lion

There are some sculpture and statues that occupy the square. The lions behind is designed by Sir Edwin Landseer which are said to protect Nelsonโ€™s Column.

London Trafalgar Square Fountain

Fountains at Trafalgar Square.

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London Trafalgar Square Street Buskers

There are also many busker performances at in Trafalgar Square.

Covent Garden

Covent Garden is a place where we can shop, eat and enjoy street performance.๐Ÿ‘ฏโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฏโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฏโ€โ™‚๏ธ

London Covent Garden

Covent garden is a cultural destination in London. It has a very cool interior design.

It is a market hall where you can do some shopping and enjoy some cultural performance.โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

For us, we bought a lot of small tins of chocolate powders from Whittard for souvenirs. ย  ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰

London Covent Garden Shopping

London Covent Garden Street Buskers

For these street performers in Covent garden, they will have to go through an audition by a group of judging panel made up of Musician association, street performers association, and Covent Garden Management team.

These auditions are for performance slots in the North Hall, West Piazza and Courtyard

  • The North Hall and West Piazza pitch is for variety / circus acts with a structured show.
  • The Courtyard pitch is for classical vocalists and instrumentalists.

This is a very cool place to visit and have a afternoon tea after a long day walk and shopping.๐Ÿ‘œ๐Ÿ‘œ๐Ÿ‘œ

London Transport Museum

Beside Covent Garden is the London Transport Museum. London Transport Museum is in a Victoriaย iron and glass building on the east side of the market square.

London Transport Museum

Entrance of London Transport Museum

London Transport Museum provides an opportunity for guests to explore Londonโ€™s Transport System in the last 200 years. There are many galleries, exhibitions on the past, present and also the future of the transport system.๐ŸšŒ๐Ÿš๐Ÿš๐Ÿš„๐Ÿšž

London Transport Museum Route

This is a museum guide where you can start your journey to understand the transportation used in London. The collections here comprise more than 400,000 objects which cover all aspects of public transport in London from 1800 to the present day.๐Ÿšƒ๐Ÿš‹๐Ÿšž๐Ÿš๐Ÿš„

London Transport Museum Train

In the depot discovery, there are many London underground Trains of different types and era.๐Ÿš‰

London Transport Museum Train Carraige

This is one of the surviving steam locomotives from the Metropolitan railway.๐ŸšŠ

London Transport Museum Inside

The collections of the London buses over the years.๐ŸšŒ

London Transport Museum Retro Bus

As we walked down, we discover the history of Londonโ€™s famous transport network and get up onto the different buses.๐Ÿš

London Transport Museum Double Decker

It is a great place for photo opportunity with the buses.๐Ÿš

London Transport Museum Bus

And not forgetting the Iconic London Buses!!!

London Transport Museum Cosplay

We also try to dress up in outfit that make us look like the transport system crossrail staff.๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

This is a very fun and interesting place to visit for adults as well as children to play and to view historical trains and buses.There are many interactive games to understand the history of transport and is suitable for all ages.๐Ÿ‘ช

Do explore if you are near Covent Garden!

London has just too many things to explore! So do plan your trip before you reach London!๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

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