The London Eye is a great stop for any eagle-eyed visitor hoping to take in as many of the city’s sights as possible. You can find many of London’s greatest landmarks on foot from your base at Shoreditch boutique hotel, M By Montcalm, but what of those you’d like to see from a slightly different perspective? Here’s what to look out for from the London Eye…
One of the world’s most famous palaces is clearly visible from the London Eye. Occupied by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as the official residence of the UK’s monarch, Buckingham Palace is an architectural marvel which has been developed over the years of its occupancy. It first began as a grand townhouse owned by the Duke of Buckingham in 1703, until its acquisition by King George III, who continued with extensive building work in 1761. The palace has been the principle dwelling of reigning British monarchs since Queen Victoria ascended the throne in 1837, and the last significant design alterations were carried out in the early-20th century.
St Paul’s Cathedral
St Paul’s is one of the most distinctive and instantly recognisable London sights, the base of the Diocese of London and the Bishop of London. A Grade 1 Listed Building, the site on which St Paul’s Cathedral stands has been a place of worship since AD 604, when it was dedicated to Paul the Apostle. The current cathedral dates to the 17th century, designed in the English Baroque style by architect Sir Christopher Wren. The Cathedral’s redesign was a significant factor of London’s rebuilding following the Great Fire of London.
The Houses of Parliament
The Palace of Westminster has been a Grade I listed building since the 1970s and is easy to reach from our Shoreditch boutique hotel location. It is the central hub of the UK government, the seat of the House of Commons and the House of Lords. It was originally a royal palace dating back to the 11th century. A fire destroyed much of the original structure in the 15th century, and parliaments of England have been meeting in this site since the 13th century. The palace’s main bell, named Big Ben, is an iconic landmark as well as being one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions.
One of the most famous buildings of its kind, Westminster Abbey has been the site of all coronations in England since William the Conqueror in 1066 and the site of numerous royal weddings. In addition to its ceremonious purposes, Westminster Abbey is the final resting place of historical luminaries such as Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton and Galileo, all of whom have their tombs here.
Tower of London
The Tower of London represents some of the darkest segments of Britain’s distant past, and was for many years a prison housing some of the most notorious prisoners in history, starting in 1100 and ending with the Kray twins in 1952. The tower is one of the most famous historical sites in London, and clearly visible from the London Eye.