Living history – 5 places to add to your mid-week itinerary

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If you’re staying in London, you’re never short of historic venues to explore, many of which continue to play a pivotal role in the city’s story. This guide will tell you a little bit more about five of the top places you should add to your mid-week itinerary if you’re keen to discover the landmarks which make London what it is today.

Houses of Parliament

Houses of Parliament

Situated alongside the River Thames, the Houses of Parliament are sometimes referred to by their original name, the Palace of Westminster. As the seat of the UK government, this building is home to the House of Commons and the House of Lords, as well as the famous clock Big Ben. During your stay at Park Grand London Lancaster Gate, you’ll have the opportunity to see the building up close – and it certainly won’t disappoint.

Tower of London

Tower of London

The Tower of London has undergone many transformations in its nearly 1000-year history. Once a palace, the tower subsequently became a notorious site of many of the medieval era’s executions, as well as a famed prison. The tower is now a popular tourist destination where everyone can visit and discover more about this (sometimes brutal) history. It’s an imposing structure, and also houses the Crown Jewels for those with an interest in the royal side to the building. A series of talks offer interactive ways to discover more about medieval England and some of the UK’s ancient traditions.

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey London

This is without doubt one of the most historic buildings in London, but it’s also brought right up to date as the ongoing space chosen for every coronation since William the Conqueror in 1066, as well as a number of Royal Weddings – most recently the marriage of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011. While you’re staying at hotels near Bayswater Tube Station, there’s no better way to get closer to the city’s living history than to stroll along to the abbey, which is also home to the tombs of some of England’s most famous historical figures, such as Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

It’s impossible to compile any list of the city’s living history without mentioning Buckingham Palace. London Paddington hotel deals make getting to London easier than ever before, so you should certainly make the trip to the most famous royal palace in the world. Home to the UK’s monarch, Buckingham Palace hosts everything from state banquets to the Trooping of the Colour, and visitors can take a look around the state rooms during the summer months.

British Museum

British Museum

Not only does the British Museum house more than eight million items, but it’s also home to vast collections which span British history through a series of carefully curated collections. No matter whether you are an established history buff or simply want to find out more about London – this is a great starting point.