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Places to Haunt on London Holidays
London holidays will take you to a haunting city where antique and modern mix; the new millennium has brought a building frenzy, which reinvented some classic London structures and added new ones for visitors to enjoy.
Some of the changes include new facilities at the East End, which are being put up for the 2012 Olympics; a new bridge crosses Thames river, after more than a hundred years. Buildings from the Royal Opera House to the British Museum have been given a makeover, too.
If you want to take in all of the sights at once, go to Westminster Bridge road, near the southwestern part of the Jubilee Gardens, where you'll find the London Eye - the world’s largest Ferris wheel - carrying 32 enclosed glass capsules, which can hold up to 30 people each. The London Eye takes a full 30 minutes to rotate completely, so you can take your time in viewing up to 55 London landmarks.
Visitors will find the world’s largest modern art gallery in the Tate Modern, while an old tourist favourite is Kensington Gardens, where you can take a trip to Neverland. Once a part of the Kensington Palace grounds, it is now one of the Royal Parks of London; Kensington Gardens is famous for being the setting for one of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan books. Within the park you will find a commemorative statue of Peter Pan.
Fun and spooky places to go to are within Parliament Square; find the ultimate Gothic edifice, Westminster Abbey, which is church, shrine, and crypt for British monarchs. In the southeast corner of London, you'll see the Tower of London, an ancient castle complex that was converted into a prison for royal detainees like Anne Boleyn and Queen Elizabeth, as well as anarchists like the master of sabotage, Guy Fawkes.
No London travel is complete without shopping, so a visit to Harrods for some upscale, designer duds. Those looking for artsy, one-of-a-kind finds can check out the unusual weekend markets of Camden, Greenwich, and Portobello Road; Piccadilly Circus in the West End is a neon billboard paradise of more shops, as well as the site of many film shoots like Austin Powers and Stormbreaker.