Six Hidden London Gems – Gay Star News

Author: , August 24th, 2017

London gems

Few cities have so many globally famous icons as London. Tower Bridge is one of the world’s top 10 most recognizable landmarks. Big Ben (or St Stephen’s Clock Tower for pedants) is also on the list.

But London is also a city of hidden gems. The nooks and crannies tucked away down secret medieval alleyways, overlooked by the throngs of commuters who pass them every day.

It’s a city where even lifelong Londoners can find something new every day. And, for fear that this London should be entirely overlooked in the summer hype, here are the Gay Star News team’s favorites:

Ceremony of the Keys, Tower of London

Thousands of tourists visit Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress every day. But few know they can, if they apply in advance in writing, also return in the evening to witness the world’s oldest military ceremony – for free.

The locking of the Tower secures the castle, where the Crown Jewels are kept, for the night. But it also symbolizes how the military is responsible for the security of the whole country.

It’s been done in the same way every day for around 700 years. The warder guarded by a troop of soldiers is challenged by a sentry. When he explains he is carrying ‘Queen Elizabeth’s Keys’ he is allowed to pass. It’s all over in 10 minutes but it’s one of those experiences you never forget.

By Gareth Johnson – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Britain’s Houses of Parliament – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , January 29th, 2017

Houses of Parliament

Behind the iconic Big Ben is the Houses of Parliament. This is where the House of Commons and the House of Lords sit down together to make laws. Yes, it’s here where laws are introduced and debated for the greater good of the British people. Visitors are actually allowed to go in here via a guided tour. It is advised to book ahead.

If you look at it from across River Thames, this neo-Gothic building has three towers. And the most famous of all is the Clock Tower where the famous bell, nicknamed as Big Ben, continues to ring.

Here are 10 interesting facts I learned about the Houses of Parliament in London

1. It’s also called Palace of Westminster. Well, obviously, it is a palace!

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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