From venerable Westminster Abbey to the cutting-edge exhibitions of the Tate Modern, from the Tower of London's imposing facades guarding the Thames to idyllic St. James' Park, Louise Nicholson, a 25-year resident of the capital, guides you step-by-step through the fascinating citiscape that is 21st century London. Starting with a detailed introduction to the city's history and culture, including an in-depth look at London's rich literary and theatrical heritage, Nicholson then explores in detail every corner of this captivating metropolis. From the great historical sites - St. Paul's Cathedral, the Inns of Court, the British Museum, Hampton Court Palace, Banqueting House, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and Buckingham Palace, among many - to newer destinations including the London Eye, the shopping and business district around East London's Docklands, and the rebuilt Globe Theatre on the trendy Southbank, it's all here. Special detailed features give comprehensive information on many diverses topics such as London's street markets, Regency architecture, and historic port. In addition, the book offers four guided walks through many of the city's lesser-known nooks and crannys. A special Excursions chapter guides readers to some of England's most rewarding destinations, all within range of the capital, including Bath, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Oxford, and Windsor. A thorough Travelwise section provides recommendations for hotels and restaurants in all price ranges and in all areas. A series of sidebars gives information on authentic experiences that will help you to delve deeper into the culture - such as where to get a fine British high tea, how to get half-price tickets for London's renowned West End shows, and where you can try your artist's hand at duplicating the old masters at the National Gallery. Whether shopping along Oxford Street, strolling the quiet streets of Chelsea, or gazing at portraits of kings and queens in the National Portrait Gallery, NG Traveler: London has every tool you need to make your trip a memorable one.
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