London (City Travel Guide)
by: Damian Harper
publisher: Lonely Planet, published: 2012-03-01
ASIN: 1741798981
EAN: 9781741798982
sales rank: 280054
price: $13.45 (new)

“London’s wealth of historic splendor draws millions of visitors every year, while its diverse cultural dynamism charms all who come to this most international, but intrinsically British city.” – Damian Harper, Lonely Planet Writer

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Inside This Book…

64 different regional cuisines
53 of the city’s best museums
45 page color map section
7 favorite views over London
4 inner city farms
Comprehensive map section
3D plans of iconic sights
Range of planning tools
In-depth background on London’s literary heritage

Nature Lover’s Paradise – Hyde Park

Nature Lover’s Paradise – Hyde Park

Hyde Park is one of London’s finest historic landscapes covering an area of 350 acres. There is something for everyone in Hyde Park. With over 4,000 trees, a lake, a meadow, horse rides and more one can naturally forget that he/she is in the middle of London. Hyde Park lies between the Bayswater Road in the north and Knightsbridge in the south. Park Lane lies to the east and Kensington Gardens to the west. At the junction of Edgware Road and Bayswater Road just outside the Park, is a triangular plaque set in the road which marks the site of Tyburn Gallows, where public executions took place until 1783. These were supposed to act as a deterrent, but instead became a public entertainment.

The iron railings surrounding Hyde Park were removed during World War II when there was a big drive to collect iron, steel and aluminum to make war weapons. At Hyde Park corner, which is a very busy junction just outside the south east corner of the Park, is Wellington Arch which has a war memorial statue on top of it. Visitors are welcome at Wellington Arch and viewing galleries and exhibitions have been created inside the Arch.

Aspley House which was the home of the first Duke of Wellington (1769-1852) hero of Waterloo and later Prime Minister, is situated at 149 Piccadilly, at Hyde Park corner. The house now contains a museum which is open to public. Along Knightsbridge from Hyde Park Corner is The Albert Memorial which is a large statue of Prince Albert. Prince Albert was married to Queen Victoria and the memorial was erected at a cost of £120,000. An Exhibition was held in The Crystal Palace which is a large glass gallery in Hyde Park. In this exhibition in addition to the catalogue the memorial contains 169 portraits of poets, architects and painters. At each corner is an illustration of Europe, America, Asia and Africa, whilst figures represent Commerce, Engineering, Manufacture and Agriculture.

The Hyde Park is place for people of all ages. There are a few special sites which one must see when going to Hyde Park. One of these landmarks is the Serpentine, a large artificial lake, which separates the Hyde Park from neighboring Kensington Gardens. It is a popular place for boating and swimming. Another famous landmark is et the south end of Hyde park known as Rotten Row, a famous bridle path. The road is almost four miles long and is used as a horse riding, cycling, rollerblading and jogging route. The term ‘Rotten Row’ is derived from the French ‘route du roi’ or King’s road. Speaker’s Corner is place which was established to create a venue where people would be allowed to speak freely. Here, every Sunday people stand on a soap box and proclaim their views on political, religious or other items, sometimes interrupted and challenged by their audience. The Marble Arch is just outside Hyde Park, at the north-east corner. The design by John Nash was based on the Arch of Constantine in Rome. Another arch, the Wellington Arch, can be found on the south-east corner of the park, connecting Hyde Park with Green Park. Inside the arch are exhibitions and galleries open to visitors. Have a enjoyable day.

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This is a trailer for the DVD release of Blind Faith’s “London Hyde Park 1969” live concert. Fusing the psychedelic blues of Eric Clapton (Cream) and the soulful vocals and keyboards of Steve Winwood (Traffic), with Rick Grech (Family) on bass and the phenomenal Ginger Baker (Cream) on drums, Blind Faith was rock’s first super group. Formed in January of 1969 the band took the world by storm during that counter culture revolutionary year. Their self-titled debut was their only album ever released. It was a summertime chart smash hitting number one on both the US and UK charts. Blind Faith’s debut gig was in front of a cool 100000 people on a warm day in London’s Hyde Park on June 7th, 1969. The free concert was filmed but it has never been seen in its entirety until the release of this DVD 37 years later. The set may have lasted just over 45 minutes long, but fans were treated to a selection of timeless tracks including Presence of the Lord, Cant Find My Way Home and The Rolling Stones classic Under My Thumb. This is a unique opportunity to see the world’s first super group perform for the very first time.

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Speaker’s Corner, Hyde Park, London – History

Speaker’s Corner, Hyde Park, London – History

Speakers Corner is situated in the north-eastern corner of Hyde Park, opposite Marble Arch. Whilst it is nothing much to look at, it is London’s most famous place for public debate. Free speech and banter is the name of the game here, and anyone with something to say can step up and speak their mind.

This was the first royal park opened to the public in 1637. On its corner stands Speakers Corner where on a Sunday morning speakers pontificate of every subject under the sun. During the summer band concert, softball games and boating on the lake takes place. However whilst safe during the day it is better avoided at night.

Its origins date from the 1700s, when Tyburn was still a site of public execution. Condemned men were allowed one last speech before they met their maker, and the memory has stuck throughout the centuries. It gained a huge boost in 1855, when a crowd gathered to rail against the Sunday Trading Bill. When the police arrived to arrest the ringleader, they were met by a mob 150,000 strong.

It moved to its present location, the northeast corner of Hyde Park in 1851. Just beyond it, in the park, is the Speakers’ Corner, where soap- box orators sometimes put on a diverting show.It runs through Oxford Circus and passes many department stores on its way to Marble Arch. Modeled on the Arch of Constantine in Rome, Marble Arch was designed to serve as a gate to Buckingham Palace, but was British Travel Association BEHEMOTH — London tour bus passes Parliament Square and Big Ben. moved to its present location, the northeast corner of Hyde Park in 1851. Just beyond it, in the park, is the Speakers’ Corner, where soap- box orators sometimes Speak there mind.

The events of June 1855 at Speakers’ Corner inspired Karl Marx ( the disliker of democracy ) to declare that the English proletariat had begun their inexorable rise and that social revolution leading to a communist state was under way. “This alliance between a degenerate, dissipated and pleasure-seeking aristocracy and the church — built on a foundation of filthy and calculated profiteering on the part of the beer magnates and monopolistic wholesalers — gave rise to a mass demonstration in Hyde Park. As in most things neo-communist this was another failed attempt to create a revolution in England which failed because we in England held with suspicion anyone who tried to cause dis-harmony and invariably they would fail miserably. This is probably why Karl Marx and his ilk went back to where they came from. Typically they used our freedoms to try to undermine all freedoms.

The history of Speakers Corner began in 1872. It was then that an Act of Parliament, otherwise known as law, was passed giving up a small corner of Hyde Park to pubic speaking. Throughout the years, great debates and large crowds were common. Today, not so much, but this is still considered a must see. If you are easily offended by many of today’s political and religious issues or if you cannot stand to hear another word about the “impending apocalypse,” it may be best to walk away or put your hands over your ears.

During 1872 the place had started to gain a nationwide fame, and a legal licence was granted to allow sizeable meetings.

There are many Speakers Corner around the world in Australia, Canada, Netherlands, Singapore, Trinidad and tobago, Thailand and Malaysia and in English Cities Nottingham, Worthing based on London’s Speaker Corner.

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Discover how London Can Entertain You

Discover how London Can Entertain You

One of the world’s most influential cities, London is a veritable melting pot, brimming with historical lure and cultural diversity. Long established as an important financial centre, it is also a strong leader in the worlds of fashion, media and politics. Embracing the new, whilst keeping a firm grip on the past, there is always something new to discover in England’s capital.

Indeed, not only boasting a plethora of ancient sites of interest and modern attractions, it is also home to four World Heritage Sites, including the Tower of London and the Royal Botanic Gardens. And, from fashion and art to shopping, museums and energetic outdoor activities there is something to entertain even the most demanding of visitors.

For example, if you’re a culture vulture, eager to soak up as much as you possibly can, you won’t be left disappointed. In fact, famous for housing the largest theatre district in the world, as well as offering up an exceptional range of galleries, exhibitions and museums, the problem will be in deciding what to visit! Definite must-sees however, include the Tate Gallery of Modern Art, the British Museum and the city’s West End.

If it’s your passion for fashion, though, that’s driving you to the capital then you’re in for a treat. Shopping opportunities galore, London offers the visitor a breathless array of high-end boutiques, world-famous department stores, eclectic markets and the very best in high-street retail therapy. Renown for being a fashion hub, it is the perfect place to pick up the very latest fashion offerings, as well as searching for the many brilliant bargains around – Camden Market and Harrods are two great starting points.

For some family fun that’s guaranteed to charm the children, make sure check out the range of specially-designed activities and attractions on offer. In addition to the many child-friendly theatre performances, plays and museums, the city is also home to a huge number of parks, as well as the London Zoo – the world’s oldest scientific zoo. The London Eye also promises a thrill and is brilliant for gaining a panoramic view across the sprawling landscape.

And, when you’ve spent a hard day indulging your interests, you can then take advantage of the many nighttime attractions scattered around. Well-known for its entertainment offerings, there is a huge range of clubs and bars to test your dancing feet, restaurants, bistros and cafes in which to satiate your gastronomical needs and London hotels and guest houses to rest your head.

London’s calling and for those looking for a fun-filled, activity-packed break London is certainly a worthwhile consideration.

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