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London, England: Historical Attractions

VO: Rebecca Brayton
The history of London, England dates back almost two thousand years, and because of this the British capital city is full of historical landmarks and icons of culture. Gathering places like Trafalgar Square host festivities and draw tourists, while the nearby National Gallery showcases centuries of art. Relive history at the Churchill War Rooms or take in some Shakespeare at the Globe Theatre. If you’re looking for a place to stay that is also packed with historical significance, hotels like St. Pancras of the Corinthia are restored to their former glory. In this video, WatchMojo.com checks out a few of the historical attractions found in London, England.
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Historical Attractions in London, England


This British capital city’s recorded history dates back over two millennia, and they’ve got the landmarks to prove it. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’ll be taking a look at a few of the historical attractions you can visit while traveling in London, England.

Trafalgar Square


Located right in the heart of London, Trafalgar Square is a gathering place that features numerous statues and fountains. It was opened to the public in 1844, and has since become an important tourist destination and the site of numerous festivities.

Whitehall


Found on the south side of Trafalgar Square is Whitehall, and that road is full of government offices and other significant buildings. This thoroughfare was named for a Palace that once stood on the site, but burned down in the late seventeenth century.

National Gallery


Also found on Trafalgar Square is the National Gallery. The building was constructed in 1824 and today it hosts an impressive collection of art from the 1200s up until the twentieth century. The building’s front entrance is essentially the same façade that greeted patrons when it opened.

Churchill War Room


Another fascinating museum not to miss is the Churchill War Rooms. These rooms were built just ahead of the Second World War, and were used by Prime Minister Winston Churchill as a base of operations during the conflict.

Globe Theatre


London’s Globe Theatre is an important historical venue in the city. Today’s Globe is a reconstruction of the theater that hosted many of Shakespeare’s plays during his time. It is as close an approximation to the original theater as possible and acts as a gateway to the past.

St. Pancras Hotel


While the St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel is relatively new, the building in which it is housed has been in use since 1873. It was opened as the Midland Grand Hotel that year, and ran as such until 1935 when it became an office building. Finally in 2011, it was restored as a beautiful hotel that pays homage to the building’s rich history.

Corinthia Hotel


Another restored hotel is the Corinthia Hotel. This building originally served as a hotel, but was commandeered by the government in war years because of its proximity to other government buildings. Its status as an impressive luxury hotel was restored in 2011.

Old Royal Naval College


The Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich is a vital piece of a UNESCO World Heritage site because of its stunning architecture and sprawling grounds. This building was originally designed as a hospital by famed architect Sir Christopher Wren in the late seventeenth century. In 1873 it became a naval college, and today it stands as an inspiring landmark of culture and history.
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