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Facts about Trafalgar Square you might not know

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At the time of the Tudors in Trafalgar Square in London you could find the royal stables which were then moved to Buckingham Palace in the late 18th century to make way for the square.

The last building built as a stables was made in 1732 in the place where the National Gallery is now located. The famous Christopher Wren had also made a plan to build more stables, but it was never built.

In the early 19th century almost all the buildings on the square were demolished, John Nash had planned to create a square, part of his grand plan to modernise this part of London. John Nash died before he could get to work on his project.

One of the architects involved in the current project was Sir Charles Barry who also did the design of the Houses of Parliament.

Trafalgar Square is not the largest square in London; that record goes to Lincoln’s Inn Fields.

The famous Nelson’s Column dominates the square, the four bronze lions were added in 1867.  The reason for the steps found in the square is that Trafalgar Square is on a slope.

There are two equestrian statues in the square and they are both of kings: Charles I and George IV. There must have been another equestrian statue dedicated to King William IV who, however, did not leave enough money to make it when he died. So the space remained empty until 2001 when it was decided to put modern art in rotation. Each statue remains in this place for about a year.

Trafalgar Square was opened to the public on 1 May 1844

The famous fountains were not part of the initial project, they were put in place in 1845 and rebuilt in the 1930s. The sculptures of mermaids and dolphins were added after World War II.

In the southeast corner of the square there is a lamppost and in this lamppost is the smallest police station in London. However, it is not populated by mini policemen, it only has a telephone connected to Scotland Yard, but legally it is considered a real police station.

Among the buildings that overlook the square we cannot forget the National Gallery, Canada House, the church of St Martin in the Fields and South Africa House.

On the corner of the Strand and Charing Cross Road you will find a plaque, all distances from London are calculated from here.

Part of the square has now been closed to traffic since 2003.

The square is also the place where demonstrations and protests have been held since its opening in 1844.

The square’s pigeons came naturally and practically infested it for years, ruining monuments and buildings. Since 2003 it has been illegal to sell pigeon food and feed them.

There are also several birds of prey around Trafalgar Square used to control the number of pigeons. The pigeons in the square appear to have dropped from over 4000 to around 200, but it looks like the pigeons have simply moved to other parts of London.

Every year at the beginning of December a large Christmas tree is lit, donated by Norway as a thank you for the help given by Great Britain during the Second World War.

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What are the most popular places in the UK?

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Here we go again … another survey. This time, try to figure out which places the British love the most and missed the most during the lockdown. 44% of respondents feel happier in countryside places or in any case with nature, the 31% to the cinema or theatre and the 20% in historic places like Stonehenge or Chatsworth Residence.

Kew Gardens which tops the charts as the happiest place in the UK, around 12% of Britons feel at home in this botanical garden and missed it a lot during lockdown.

The Eden Project in  Cornwall ranks second together with  Snowdonia National Park in Wales. Among the top ten we have the Natural History Museum in London , the British Museum , the Roman Baths , the London Zoo and Loch Lomond.

 

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Brighton & & Hove, a short guide for the informed tourist

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Brighton is a beautiful city with a fascinating history, vibrant culture and vibrant nightlife located in East Sussex on the south coast of England. It is not a particularly populous city having only 200, 000 inhabitants, but it is also quite well known abroad. Being a seaside town it always has a certain charm.

A brief history of Brighton

The first time  Brighton was found in documents was under the name of Bristelmestune, registered in Domesday Book  in 1066. Strangely enough this name remained as Brighton’s official name until 1810! The name Beorthelm comes from the word “bord helan” + tūn, which means “the farm of Beorthelm”. This is a common Old English name that is often found in England, in fact now many place names end with ton.

We know that this area has been inhabited for at least 5000 years, archaeologists have discovered a lot, but they are sure there is still a lot to discover. The Romans are standing here, it remains in fact a Roman rental property and passed various Roman roads. Archaeological discoveries of vases and other objects are not lacking.

In 1300 Brighton was a small town with the usual church, bar and a few houses, the real development of the city began in 1700 when rumours started to gaze by the sea and say hello. So the first beach holidays were born. Of course, only the rich could afford them and instead of going to a hotel, they often had a house built. For this reason, we can now see many instances of the penalty 1700 and start 1800 in Brighton and certainly does not lack the Victorian style.

Once the railway arrived in 1840, Brighton grew faster than any other city in Great Britain and during the subsequent Victorian period, many areas were horribly overcrowded, with smelly slums. In the years ’30 Brighton had a bad reputation, there were violent gangs coming to the train station from London. In short, little has changed at great.

Disadvantage the arrival of cheap foreign holidays, Brighton has suffered. Londoners still come to Brighton for a day or weekend break, but they rarely choose to spend their holidays there. It is cheaper to go to Spain or Greece where the single is almost guaranteed. Brighton has suffered, having for a few decades the air of a failed city like Blackpool or Hastings. But it has managed to reinvent itself with a university and an economy of its own. Although tourism and hospitality are an important part of the economy, they are not everything. There are many major companies here and the creative sector is booming. Brighton isn’t just a place for commuters working in London. Brighton with Hove officially became a city in 2000

What to see in Brighton?

The Palace Pier and the famous Brighton Pavillion The first is the famous pier with a bit of everything above, typical of the second half of the nineteenth century when every seaside town built at least one. Not to be confused with the West Pier, destroyed by storms and fire, now you can see only a part of the skeleton, a somewhat ghostly vision, but which many photographers its weird atmosphere.

The Royal Pavillion or Brighton Structure was built by architect John Nash in oriental style (also responsible for the Regent’s Park and Regent Road in London) for George, the Prince Regent, the future King George IV. It became the seaside home of the royal family until Queen Victoria decided to use Osborne House to the Isle of Wight and the Pavillion was sold to the city of Brighton.

The other, more recent thing that almost everyone who visits the city does is to get on the British Airways i 360 and admire the view. Or go on the Wheel, a Ferris wheel located on the beach.

Museums to see

Like any self-respecting city, also Brighton has several museums. The Brighton Museu m which is located near the Pavillion is worth visiting, not only does it have an excellent permanent collection but the exhibitions are often interesting and very much reflect the spirit of the city. For eternal children, we also find the Brighton Plaything and also Version Gallery which, as the name implies, is dedicated to models, toys and trains. Brighton also has a natural history museum and although not quite a museum also a famous aquarium called Sea Life Brighton

In addition to the usual chain stores found everywhere, the city has a number of small shops of antiques, stamps and coins that you cannot find anywhere else. It also has several interesting markets. You cannot miss The Lanes which are narrow streets full of shops, restaurants and clubs that will make you lose at least one afternoon. You will also find it has a great flea market which is located in Kensington Gardens and is called Snoopers Heaven Or you can go to the Free Market , which despite its name is an indoor market.

Brighton & Hove, what does alarming mean?

Brighton and Hove, the neighbouring town, were joined in 1997 and have only one town hall. Officially the name of the city is supposed to be Brighton & Hove, but everyone calls it Brighton. But you see the official name often and also the football team is called Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club and plays in the Premier Organization.

Culture and nightlife in Brighton

This city is often referred to as the gay capital of the UK , in fact it has a vibrant LGBT+ community that organizes many events. Brighton Pride is one of the most famous in Europe. However, it is a place with so much culture, from exhibitions to concerts, you never get bored. Just think that Londoners often come here to spend the weekend break!

On a day trip from London

It is less than an hour by train from London Victoria station and therefore it is the most visited place by many Londoners when they want to get out of the metropolis and go to the seaside. Trains are frequent and you can go for a day or for a weekend break.

 

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8 Tips For Finding A Cheap Hotel In London (And Still Get A Good Night’s Sleep)

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London has everything from cheap hostels to luxury hotels, the choice is nearly unlimited. There are so many things to do in Londra but with so much choice, it’s hard to make a decision.

Budget vs Luxury

It depends on how you look at it. If you’re used to living in a big city, with a lot of choice on a much lower budget then it won’t be as hard a task finding something as cheap as a hostel. But if you want a treat, or want to feel like you’re not missing out, the luxury hotels will have you spoilt for choice. However, you will still be able to find a good deal on a hostel. It’s simply going to be a lot more expensive. Different Types Of Hostels There are two types of hotel in London – budget and luxury. If you’re looking to save as much money as you can then you’ll probably want to try to get into a luxury hotel. If, however, you want to live like a local in a budget hotel you should still be able to find a good deal on a hostel.

Use the right websites

The truth is that travel websites cater to different customer types. If you’re a budget traveller, it’s best to use a site such as Hotelbookers that offers special deals, like having a 4-star hotel at a 2-star price. If you’re in the market for a luxury hotel, however, then you should be looking at booking platforms such as Booking.com or Hotels.com which tend to have higher-priced hotels with less competition. Using these websites you can find the best hotel for you and can get a better idea of the standard at the property. This will help you negotiate with the hotel directly and find the best deal. Book a room at the right time If you know what time you need to arrive at the hotel, you can tell the hotel to prepare a room for you.

Know your dates

As with all your plans, booking a cheap hotel in London is key. Get a night in advance and you will save. Ideally, booking for the weekend when you want to do the absolute maximum with your time is ideal but if you are jetting in for work or an overseas getaway, midweek can be a little easier. Check out cheaplondonbrides.co.uk, LondonDeals.com and Idoinehouse.com for some great last-minute deals. Choose your location wisely The whole of central London is full of cheap hotels – including some great ones in what used to be the poorer parts of the city, so you don’t want to waste your time if you’re there for the weekend or going to see a show.

Be flexible with your dates

The best deals can be found during times that are either off-peak or late in the year. Visit the Victoria and Albert Museum website or try the TfL travel pages and try to stay for a period where prices are more in the half-price range. If you have a particular interest in a subject, such as art or antiques, try visiting early in the morning when prices can be the cheapest. Don’t be put off if a hotel is booked out, this is a common occurrence and not a cause for concern. Remember that hotels are booked up months in advance. Happily, many hotels have special offers or sales at key times, and check hotel websites to see if there is anything coming up in your desired dates.

Know the neighbourhoods

Some neighbourhoods like Covent Garden and the Southbank are tourist traps, but there are cheaper alternatives if you know where to look. Narrow down your destination to the area that you want to explore, pick out the high end hotels that are near there and hit the road. For example, if you want to see all of the London eye and have a late night out, pick out The London Eye, Southbank, Marble Arch, Waterloo and Leicester Square as the areas to head towards. Search hotels Searching through sites like Booking.com  is a great way to see what you can get for your money. Check reviews on Tripadvisor.

Know your travel needs

What’s your budget? What sort of hotels are you looking for? With a little bit of research, you can find some of the best bargains and rates you could ever find. Do your research What’s your destination? You need to choose where to stay, the accommodation and whether it’s a hostel or luxury hotel. There’s a lot to consider, and before booking your trip start researching in detail. Get a website You can search hotels online and most companies will let you compare accommodation and prices. There are also some very useful smartphone apps which can also be used to save money. Some hotels offer a free Wi-Fi code so you can use them on your phone without paying.

Stay in a hostel

If you’re looking to save money on your stay, you can save hundreds of pounds a night by staying in a hostel. It’s easy, fun, and affordable. You’ll meet loads of different people, they’re quite sociable, and if you can find a good one, you’ll get good sleep and most of all, you’ll have a lovely time! Boutique Hotel If you want more privacy and are after luxury, try the leading establishments. Try some of London’s best hotels like The Bloomsbury, The City, The Connaught, The St. Regis, The Shard, One Hyde Park, The Mondrian, or The Battersea or Raffles. Whatever your budget is, there’s sure to be a hotel that suits your requirements. Wellness Retreats London is full of different wellness retreats.

Conclusion

It’s impossible to choose the best hotel on the Internet for you, so my best advice is to book with a local travel agent. They can offer good deals and guidance, as well as the opportunity to negotiate for the best price. Alternatively, many hostels offer discounted rooms on a daily basis and some are even opening their doors to hotel guests for the whole weekend. That said, if you do want to book a room, read all the reviews, watch the videos and read the comments to see what others think. You’ll find the best places to stay for cheap and the worst, but it’s still possible to find a great deal.

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