There is a lot to do and see in London, England. The capital city of The United Kingdom and the largest city of both England and the UK, London has been around since the Ancient Roman times. London has a rich history spanning thousands of years.
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Here are seven things you can do in London
Stonehenge, the town of Bath, the Tower of London, Warwick Castle and Stratford-upon-Avon are just some of the historical sites located in and around London. There are several tour options that start in London and take you around various historical sites. From bike tours, walking tours, and more there is a tour for any budget and interest.
221b Baker Street, one of the most famous addresses in the world, did not exist in the 1800s when Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote his famous Sherlock Holmes mysteries, and technically still does not exist. 221B Baker Street, which is technically 239 Baker Street, now exists is the Sherlock Holmes Museum. The museum opened in the 1990s by the Sherlock Holmes International Society is set up to look like Holmes’s home, and is historically accurate.
Agatha Christie’s The Mouse Trap is the longest running play in the world, opening in 1952, and not missing a show until March 16, 2020, when theaters had to close due to COVID-19. The murder mystery play had 27,500th performance happened in 2018 and has a signature Christie twist ending. Audiences are traditionally asked not to reveal the ending once the performance is over.
The original Chinatown was in the East End where Chinese immigrants settled in Limehouse. Due to the Great Fire of London, Chinatown was rebuilt on a military training ground that was located on farmland owned by Lord Gerrard. Gerrard gave permission for the houses to be built on his land in the 17th century on what is now Gerrard Street.
The tower of London is an infamous prison where many notable historical figures like Anne Boleyn in 1536, were imprisoned, and executed. The Crown Jewels are secured under armed guard in the Jewel House at the Tower of London and are still used today. The ravens of the Tower of London have been cared for hundreds of years. Legend says that “if the ravens leave the Tower, the kingdom will fall” the current Tower Ravens live on the South Lawn and are named Jubilee, Harris, Gripp, Rocky, Erin, Poppy and Georgie.
Brick Lane, ব্রিক লেইন in Bengali is a street in the East End of London. Today, it is the heard of the Bangladeshi community and is famous for its many curry houses.
In the 19th and early 20th century, Whitechapel was the centre of the London Jewish Community, although now it is most famous for the 11 White Chapel murders that spanned 1888 to 18991. All these murders are unsolved to this day, and some are attributed to someone the newspapers deemed “Jack the Ripper”. The 11 victims were all women, and most were sex workers. Although Jack the Ripper is known globally as a serial killer, the concept of the Ripper is not a real person, however the women he killed, and the problems surrounding sex work and people living in poverty that have allowed these 11 murders to go unsolved for hundreds of years, still exist today.