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Royal wedding puts London in the spotlight

Posted by | charlottec | April 26, 2011 | No Comments

The hype is almost up to football World Cup levels and no doubt by the big day itself lots of people will have had their fill of Royal Wedding excitement.

London hotels will be full, campsites jam-packed and the pavements bulging with well wishers all keen to catch a glimpse of the happy couple. Even those who only take a passive interest in the Royal family will tune in on Friday to see some of the big day, as will millions of viewers across the World.

The fitting backdrop to this historical event will be the City of London itself. Attractions such as Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace will be seen in all their glory and no doubt give tourism a much needed boost.

Should you choose too you can follow in the footsteps of William and Kate – as well as scores of their Royal descendants – by visiting the Abbey and the public rooms at the Palace.

Fancy a bit more Royal history? Then visit Tower Bridge and the Tower of London – founded by King William the Conqueror in 11th Century. It also houses the crown jewels and also witnessed the beheading of Queen Anne Boleyn, one of Henry VIII’s six wives.

Next year will also see London host the 2012 Olympics, putting the City’s sporting venues in the spotlight. Arenas ranging from Wimbledon’s centre court, Wembley Stadium, Lord’s Cricket ground as well as the Olympic Stadium itself, will host the events. Those who love their sport will no doubt relish visiting these famous sporting venues, before, during and after the games.

But London is expensive I hear you cry? Yes it is – like most capital cities are. But if you are savvy and plan ahead it needn’t break the bank. Using to book your accommodation will save you cash before you even arrive; spending the day at the many free Museums also helps the wallet.

If you are clever enough you can walk the paths of former Kings and Queens – but without the Royal price tag.


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