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London is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations with something on offer for everyone. The city is a vibrant centre for arts and culture, a great place for shopping with its luxury department stores, and has a unique and fascinating history to discover.
A great place to start when you want to explore some of London’s absorbing history is St Paul’s Cathedral. Located in the City of London, the cathedral has the second-largest church dome in the world. The cathedral’s construction was completed in 1710 and the best way to explore its amazing architecture is to climb to the top of its tower. The view from the tower is spectacular, offering a great view of the expanse of London.
You will also not want to miss the whispering gallery which is the inside the cathedral’s dome. It is known as the whispering gallery because if you whisper close to the wall your words will be audible on the opposite side of the dome.
London is home to some of the best shops in the world with many fantastic department stores and more quirky markets. Harrods is one of the most famous department stores. It was opened in 1849 by Charles Henry Harrod and has seven floors and 330 departments showcasing the best in luxury shopping. The store is also home to around 30 restaurants so you will definitely find some food to suit your tastes.
If you would prefer to visit a market to do some shopping you should try the Portobello Market. The market has an eclectic mix of street food and fashion. Many of the fashion stalls are run by independent designers that only sell their clothes at the market so you will be able to by some truly unique items.
London has many brilliant art galleries and museums for you to visit. One of the best galleries is The National Portrait Gallery. When it opened in 1856 it was the only portrait gallery in the world. Today, the gallery has work from a very diverse collection of artists ranging from Rembrandt to Hockney. The gallery also has a stunning restaurant which has amazing views of the London skyline.