You’re planning a trip to London. What do you want to do and where should you stay? Visit a traditional English pub? Check out a few museums? Which restaurants do you want to eat at? There are so many options to consider and the research and planning can be daunting. After all London is one of the largest metropolitan cities in the world. What if you can have everything you need to know at your fingertips on one website? VisitBritain.com is the national tourism agency which promotes Britain internationally with helpful guides and links to help make your visit to the United Kingdom fun filled yet as effortless as possible. VisitBritain.com compiles all the essential traveler information about Britain and planning a trip to any city in the UK. You’ll find important advice about everything from hotels, airlines, important destinations, passports, visas to public holidays and so much more – don’t plan a trip to the United Kingdom without using this website! Below you will just a few of the fun things that you can find on VisitBritain.com including London staples the historic London Tower and Tate Modern Museum.
Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress, more commonly known as the Tower of London (and historically as The Tower), is a historic monument in central London, England, on the north bank of the River Thames. It is located within the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and is separated from the eastern edge of the City of London by the open space known as Tower Hill. The Tower of London is often identified with the White Tower, the original stark square fortress built by William the Conqueror in 1078. However, the tower as a whole is a complex of several buildings set within two concentric rings of defensive walls and a moat. The tower's primary function was a fortress, a royal palace, and a prison (particularly for high status and royal prisoners, such as the Princes in the Tower and the future Queen Elizabeth I). This last use has led to the phrase "sent to the Tower" (meaning "imprisoned"). It has also served as a place of execution and torture, an armoury, a treasury, a zoo, the Royal Mint, a public records office, an observatory, and since 1303, the home of the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom. The tower saw many executions including that of Anne Boleyn by her husband King Henry VIII.
The Tate Modern in London is Britain’s national museum of international modern art. Since the museum’s opening in May 2000, it has become a destination for Londoners and tourists alike. Entry to collection displays and some of the temporary exhibitions is free. The Tate Collection is on display on levels three and five of the building, while level four houses large temporary exhibitions and a small exhibition space on level 2 houses work by contemporary artists.
The Tate Modern is also home to the Tate Restaurant, Café 2 on level 2 and Espresso bar on level 4. Located on the 7th level of the Tate Modern the Tate Restaurant comes with phenomenal views of London and the menu offers fresh, seasonal produce together with an exciting wine list focusing on innovative producers.
The Tate Modern recently held an exhibit called “Duchamp, Manray and Picabia” Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray and Francis Picabia were at the cutting edge of art in the first half of the twentieth century, and made a lasting impression on modern and contemporary art. Duchamp invented the concept of the ‘readymade’: presenting an everyday object as an artwork, Man Ray pioneered avant-garde photographic and film techniques and Picabia’s use of kitsch, popular or low-brow imagery in his paintings undermined artistic conventions. This exhibit is just one of the many that come and go at the Tate Modern including exhibits past, present and coming up in the future by Cy Twombley, Rothko, Salvadore Dali and many more.
There is so much more that you can find on VisitBritain.com
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Published on Jun 01, 2008