Things To Do
Although in use for the many official events and receptions held by The Queen, the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace are open to visitors every summer.
Originally known as Buckingham House, the building at the core of today's palace was a large townhouse built for the Duke of Buckingham in 1703 on a site that had been in private ownership for at least 150 years. It was acquired by King George III in 1761 as a private residence for Queen Charlotte and became known as The Queen's House. During the 19th century it was enlarged, principally by architects John Nash and Edward Blore, who constructed three wings around a central courtyard. Buckingham Palace became the London residence of the British monarch on the accession of Queen Victoria in 1837.
Once home to Huguenot and Maltese immigrants, the area of Chinatown as we know it today started to form in the 1950s, when a handful of Chinese restaurants opened. With other businesses and services moving in, by the 1960s and 1970s the neighbourhood had become a hub for Chinese culture.
Chinatown boasts buildings and streets decorated with Chinese symbols such as dragons and lanterns. Keep an eye out for street signs, which are written in English and Chinese. Every year, Chinatown plays host to the capital's colourful Chinese New Year celebrations between mid-January and February – the dates vary from year to year according to the Chinese lunar calendar.
Chinatown is home to some wonderful, authentic Chinese food shops and bakeries, as well as shops crammed full of Chinese-inspired trinkets and gifts.
Piccadilly Circus is a road junction and public space of London's West End in the City of Westminster. It was built in 1819 to connect Regent Street with Piccadilly.
Piccadilly now links directly to the theatres on Shaftesbury Avenue, as well as the Haymarket, Conventry Street (onwards to Leiceister Square) and Glasshouse Street. The Circus is close to major shopping and entertainment areas in the West End. The Circus is particularly known for its video display and neon signs mounted on the corner building on the northern side, as well as the Shaftesbury memorial fountain and statue, which is popularly, though mistakenly, believed to be of Eros. It is surrounded by several notable buildings, including the London Pavilion and Criterion Theatre. Directly underneath the plaza is Piccadilly Circus Underground Station.
Trafalgar Square is named after Britain’s victory in the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Although Britain won, war hero Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson was killed during the battle on his ship, HMS Victory. Nelson's contribution was remembered with Nelson’s Column, a key feature of the square.
The site of Trafalgar Square was previously the Royal Mews from the 14th to the 17th centuries. John Nash subsequently redesigned the square, which officially opened in 1844. More recently, it was redeveloped to include a pedestrianised area at the north of the square in 2003.
Enjoy a drink at Trafalgar Square pubs and bars, which can be found around the square and in adjoining streets.
It is so convenient and easy to access to all the major tourist attractions in London simply because we are right in the middle of Piccadilly. There are several ways to get to your attraction sites such as by walking, underground train, bus or taxi. If you would like us to book a tour package for you and your guests, please contact out Host.
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