Everyone wants to visit London


The London Eye

One of the biggest attractions is the London Eye. It is 135 meters high and it has got 32 glass capsules. They are very heavy. Around 20 people get into one capsule. Each of them weighs around 10 tones. The ride is slow and long and it takes 30 minutes. The tickets are very expensive but the views from the top are fantastic. The London Eye attracts millions of tourists every year.

The Tower of London

The Tower of London is the oldest castle in London. Its full name is „Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress”. It is over 900 years old and it is situated in the city centre by the River Thames. The oldest part of the castle is called „The White Tower”. A long time ago it was a prison but now it is a museum. Who lives in the Tower? You can meet there guards called "Beefeaters" with their families, clerks, a priest and a doctor. In the museum you can see royal treasures like a golden apple, the royal crowns and the biggest diamond in the world.

Big Ben

Big Ben is situated very close to the London Eye. The name is often used to describe the tower, the clock and the bell. It is also called “The Elizebethan Tower”. The tower is over 150 years old and 96 meters high. The clock is the largest one in Britain. It is 7.5 meters in diameter. The hour hand is 2.7 meters long and the minute hand is 4.25 meters long. There are five bells in the tower. One hour bell and four quarter bells. The heaviest bell weighs 4 tonnes. Unfortunately, you can’t visit the tower because it is not publicly accessible. 

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