Tower Bridge London – The tower bridge is an iconic monument of London and I heard that so many movies are shot there. I was extremely excited to pass through it when I was on my way to visit the other tourist locations. It is perfect for a photography shoot and I had some really lovely pictures taken there.
St. Paul’s Cathedral London – The St Paul’s Cathedral was much more mesmerizing than the pictures, and the fact is no picture can do enough justice. I had a feeling of walking into times of a bygone era. Everything was golden and royal looking and I felt my trip to London was complete only after I visited this cathedral.
A war is not something that any nation desires but when the time to defend its principles comes once in a while, it is the prerogative of every citizen to fight for the national cause. Some men immortalize themselves by giving the ultimate selfless sacrifice towards a greater cause and become the heroes of war.
These brave men fight for the nation and create stories that are remembered for generations to come. These become legacies of a nation and show how strong it is. The RAF Bomber Command Memorial is one such monument build to remember thousands of members of the Royal Air Force Bomber’s Squad who lost their lives serving the nation in the Second World War.
The RAF Bomber Command Memorial was developed and planned in the year 2000 and completed by 2012. A long delay in its construction occurred because of a lack of funds but finally through a combined effort of thousands of private donors and a group of war veterans the memorial was commissioned and inaugurated by Her Majesty in the year of her Diamond Jubilee that is 2015. The people who donated in large amounts have found honorable mention on its official webpage.
Since its inauguration in July 2012 when around 6000 veterans and thousands of other national dignitaries attended, the RAF Bomber Command Memorial has become one of the most important memorials in London.
It is visited by thousands of tourists every year. I personally decided to travel to this memorial because I wanted to know more about these heroes of war and also to witness the beautiful and renowned architecture of the memorial. It has been critically acclaimed for the innovative design and also the use of remains from many RAF bomber planes that crashed during the war around Europe.
The Memorial is also a great location if one wants to have some time off from the busy city life without travelling to the countryside. The city maintains an air of calm around the RAF Memorial and it seems as if the entire city is paying homage to its heroes, the one who lost their lives to save not only the life and freedom of their fellow citizens but of those of the other friend nations.
The Royal Albert Hall is one of the most iconic buildings in London. It was established in the year 1868 by Queen Victoria. It is among the most visited tourist destinations in the city and is popular not only for its beautiful architecture but also for its vibrant cultural importance in Britain.
It has been a center of excellence for the display of art work from all spheres and all parts of the world since its establishment. It is also interesting to note that the Royal Albert Hall receives neither any public nor any private funding and yet has been able to maintain its extravagance over the years. This is a clear reflection of the dedication of the Royal hall’s trust and also of the immense popularity of the Albert Hall.
Royal Albert Hall is not only one of the most beautiful but also one of the largest concert halls in the world and is located on the northern corner of South Kensington in the British capital. It is also popular for hosting the largely followed and internationally covered Proms concerts every summer since the year 1941.
The capacity of the hall varies between 4200 and 5800 depending upon the positioning of the stage and the audience. It is a heritage site and has been serving the people of Britain for around 150 years now.
The hall was completed and opened for public in the year 1871. Since then almost all contemporary greats and leading artists from all corners of the world have given several performances cutting across genres. It has thus become one of the most treasured and dignified art stages in the world.
The popularity of the Royal Albert Hall can be inferred from the fact that it has hosts around 350 events annually even today including not only classical concerts but also rock and pop genres. Ballet and opera shows have been the signature of the Albert Hall. Several sports, school events, charitable events and award ceremonies are also regularly organized at the hall.
The Hall was built in the memory of the Prince Consort Prince Albert and hence showcases his life and work. My trip to the Royal Albert Hall was mesmerizing and I am definitely touched by the Grandeur of the British Arts.
The London Eye United Kingdom – The London Eye is one of the iconic locations in London and even though I thought my guts would spill out when I climbed up the Ferris wheel, I really enjoyed the view. I could see the city of London, important monuments and River Thames span across the horizon and it was a memorable experience.
Britain has been a pioneer in aviation technology, whether it is the development of the first military planes or it is the development of the first commercial planes, Britain has done it all. It has revolutionized the way we fight wars (albeit tragically so) and also the way we travel around the world.
The Royal Air Force is one of the most advanced air forces in the world if not the largest. It has a rich heritage beginning from the days when the first planes were built at the dawn of the 20th century and its legacy is paramount.
People from all around the world visit the famous Royal Air Force Museum in London every year in order to catch a glimpse of its unique history and also to get a feel of how the development of military aircraft technology has affected our day to day lives.
Development and progress in military technology can in no way be disconnected from the development of commercial technology; in fact all major commercial developments began as innovations in military pursuits. The Royal Air Force museum is a representation of these innovations and the human story behind these developments. People from all around the world contributed to the success of this great institution and have found their due place at the museum.
The exhibition currently on display at the Royal Air Force Museum in London is “Royal Air force in the First World War”. The exhibition includes many of the biplanes and preliminary fighter and bomber designs developed during the war. It also has a display of planning rooms, the ammunition used and a gallery containing actual photographs from the war. One could feel the thrill, the adrenaline and the same time anxiety and fear associated with being in a state of war.
The reading room has a beautiful collection of memoirs, photographs, speeches and interviews from all periods of history. The famous Churchill Address – “Battle of Britain” is also currently playing. My experience at the RAF museum was not only enriching but also an eye opener. Wars are not about machines and arms but about the human stories that play around these weapons of destruction.
Houses of Parliament London – The Westminster Abbey or the House of Parliament was on my bucket list of places to visit in London. As a history professor, I was able to enjoy and feel the richness of the history that this place carried. Even today the parliamentary sessions take place in the Westminster Abbey and still carry the yesteryear glory and splendour.