London

London  is the capital and largest city of England and the United Kingdom, with the largest municipal population in the European Union. Standing on the River Thames in the south-east of England, at the head of its 50-mile (80 km) estuary leading to the North Sea, London has been a major settlement for two millennia. Londinium was founded by the Romans. The City of London, London’s ancient core − an area of just 2.9 km2 and colloquially known as the Square Mile − retains boundaries that follow closely its medieval limits. The City of Westminster is also an Inner London borough holding city status. Greater London is governed by the Mayor of London and the London Assembly.

London, November 2014

In connection with my daughter’s graduation at the University of Hertfordshire, with the ceremony at St. Albans cathedral, we stayed in London for one night before going home.  

We arrived in Kings Cross station by train from Hatfield. After checking into our hotel we went out to have dinner and see a little of London. We visited a Christmas market down by the Thames river. 

London, June 2014 – Camden to London Zoo

In connection with an exhibition in the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield, we took a train to London and walked along the river from Camden Lock to London Zoo after visiting Camden Market.

London, May 2012

1-day tour to Hatfield with my daughter to visit University of Hertfordshire, and enjoy the rest of the day in London. We arrived Stansted airport in the morning, and returned to Norway next morning after staying overnight in an airport hotel.

This video is from shopping in the central district and from Oxford street down to the Thames river + a visit to a theatre.

British Museum
London, April 2011

The British Museum is dedicated to human history, art and culture. Its permanent collection of some eight million works is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence, having been widely sourced during the era of the British Empire. It documents the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present. It was the first public national museum in the world, established in 1753.

On our way to the central district we had a quick tour of the British Museum – especially to see the Egyptian collection, because we had already seen the Egyptian collections in Cairo and Paris.

Camden Market
London, April 2011

The Camden markets are a number of adjoining large retail markets, often referred to as Camden Market or Camden Lock, located in the historic former Pickfords stables in Camden Town. Famed for their cosmopolitan image, products sold on the stalls include crafts, clothing, bric-a-brac, and fast food. It is the fourth-most popular visitor attraction in London, attracting approximately 250,000 people each week.
The markets originally operated on Sundays only, which continues to be the main trading day. Opening later extended to Saturdays for most of the market. A number of traders, mainly those in fixed premises, operate throughout the week, although the weekend remains the peak period.

Westminster and Big Ben
London, May 2010

Westminster is a government district based in London which was the former capital of the England and is today part of the wider City of Westminster on the north bank of the River Thames. Westminster’s concentration of visitor attractions and historic landmarks, one of the highest in London, includes the Palace of Westminster, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral.
Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell of the striking clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster, and usually refers to both the clock and the clock tower. The official name of the tower in which Big Ben is located was originally the Clock Tower; renamed Elizabeth Tower in 2012.

City tour: Camden, British Museum, Tower Bridge, etc.
London, May 2010

One-day sightseeing in London, starting with a stroll through Camden Market. Next was British Museum, and by foot along the River Thames down to the Tower Bridge where it started to rain. We ended in Starbucks coffee shop near Tower of London to rest after a long day, and to and warm up.

Covent Garden Market
London, May 2010

The first record of a “new market in Covent Garden” is in 1654. The original market, consisting of wooden stalls and sheds, became disorganised and disorderly, and a neo-classical market building was built that is the heart of Covent Garden today. Further buildings were added – the Floral hall, Charter Market, and in 1904 the Jubilee Market for foreign flowers was built.
1974 the market relocated to its new site, New Covent Garden Market, about 5 km south-west. The central building re-opened as a shopping centre in 1980, with cafes, pubs, small shops and a craft market called the Apple Market. Another market, the Jubilee Market, is held in the Jubilee Hall on the south side of the square.

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