London. United Kingdom Coordinates: 51°30´25´´N,0°07´39´´W
London is a capital city of Great Britain. Over 3 milion people live there. It is situated on The River Thames, divides London into two parts: the East End and the West End. The East End were homes of workers and poor people. In the West End there are the financial and comercial centre with the Bank of England and other important bussines offices.
Buckingham Palace The Buckingham Palace is the royal residence since the last century, it is the private of royal family. It is rounded by park. Turists come to see changing of the Guards.
The Big Ben
The tower was raised as a part of Charles Barry's design of a new palace, after the old Palace of Westminster was destroyed by fire on the night of October 16, 1834. The tower is designed in the Victorian Gothic style, and is 96.3 meters (316 feet) high.The first 61 meters (200 feet) of the structure is the clock tower, consisting of brickwork with stone cladding; the remainder of the tower's height is a framed spire of cast iron. The tower is founded on a 15 by 15 meters (49 by 49 feet) raft, made of 3 meters (9 feet) thick concrete, at a depth of 7 meters (23 feet) below ground level. The tower has an estimated weight of 8,667 tonnes (9,553 tons). The four clock faces are 55 meters (180 feet) above ground.Due to ground conditions present since construction, the tower leans slightly to the north-west, by roughly 220 millimeters (8.66 inches). Due to thermal effects it
THE BIG BEN
Tower of London
Description The Tower can be described as a "palimpsest". The oldest visible structure is the White Tower (which is 11th century); other elements added over the centuries are evident, right up to modern additions, most of which cater for the tourist or security needs.The Tower today is principally a tourist attraction. Besides the buildings themselves, the British Crown Jewels, a fine armour collection from the Royal Armouries, and a remnant of the wall of the Roman fortress are on display.The tower is manned by the Yeomen Warders (known as Beefeaters), who act as tour guides, provide discreet security, and are something of a tourist attraction in their own right. Every evening, the warders participate in the Ceremony of the Keys, as the Tower is secured for the night.
Construction of the bridge started in 1886 and took 8 years, employing 5 major contractors and 432 construction workers. Two massive piers, containing over 70,000 tons of concrete, were sunk into the river bed to support the construction. Over 11,000 tons of steel provided the framework for the towers and walkways. This was then clad in Cornish granite and Portland stone, both to protect the underlying steelwork and to give the bridge a pleasing appearance.Jones died in 1887, and his chief engineer, Sir John Wolfe-Barry, took over the project. Wolfe-Berry replaced Jones' original mediaeval style of facade with the more ornate Victorian gothic style that makes the bridge a distinctive.
London is one of the major music capitals in the world and is home to one of the five major global music corporations EMI. London and its surrounding Home Counties have spawned iconic and popular artists through the years, including: The Rolling StonesPink FloydEric ClaptonIron MaidenGenesisElton JohnQueenRadioheadColdplay Robbie WilliamsBernard Butler