Places to visit and things of interest in London.  Visiting London for the first time can be a bewildering experience.  Even if you’ve visited before, you are unlikely to run out of things to do and see.  It is three cities, and a seemingly innumerable number of villages, all joined up.  You may be familiar with some of the obvious attractions to visit, like Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London or St Pauls.  But what is the background to these places? There are so many stories lurking beneath London’s streets; stories that date from Roman times to the present.  Then there’s green London – parks from the informal to the formal, and gardens tucked away in squares and ruined churches.  There’s a lot you can do for nothing in London, as well – including visiting national museums and art galleries.  A Bit About Britain’s articles tell you some of London’s secrets and give you an idea of places to visit in one of the world’s most exciting cities.

We went to London for the Coronation

Coronation of King Charles III

We did.  A few other people came along too.  Actually, we didn’t only go to London; we went to Slough.  And Windsor.  And London again.  As the Coronation of Charles III was a moment in time, it seems appropriate to share a few inadequate photographs of this experience with you, dear reader, as well as […]

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Royal Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey Lady Chapel

Westminster Abbey is part of a World Heritage Site. It has been at the centre of English, and British, state occasions – coronations, weddings, funerals, services of commemoration – since William the Conqueror was crowned there on Christmas Day 1066.  In fact, its roots are pre-Conquest.  The powerful bishop, archbishop and later saint, Dunstan, established

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Free London – take a walk from Westminster


On the theme of how to enjoy London for free, or on a limited budget, let’s think about walking.  Shanks’ pony is often the best way to see any city and London is particularly rewarding in this regard.  Not only can you take in some of the famous sites for nothing, but you’ll also often

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London’s medieval Jewel Tower

College Green, Westminster

Regular watchers of TV news will be familiar with the scene outside the Houses of Parliament, where journalists interview politicians on a patch of grass opposite Old Palace Yard, against a backdrop of Gothic architecture and the appropriately barbarian howls of protestors.  While you’re hanging on every sage sound-bite tripping off the tongues of our

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Exploring Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square, treasure buried?

Trafalgar Square is one of those places that have always seemed to be there.  It is so famous, such a focal point, and featured in so many news clips and photographs – including those taken by most of London’s tourists – that it’s easy to take it for granted.  Its name commemorates, as most people

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RAF100 – calling Biggles

RAF, Biggles, Sopwith Camel

Captain James Bigglesworth, known as Biggles, absent-mindedly tapped a fresh cigarette on the back of his hand and anxiously eyed the grey eastern sky.  Algy – the Honourable Algernon Montgomery Lacey – was long overdue from patrol over the lines and his fuel would be getting low.  Just then, the melodic hum of a Bentley

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