As Western Europe’s most populated and dynamic city, London is teeming with attractions. The Tower of London,
the Westminster Abbey, the Changing of the Guards at the Buckingham Palace, the Big Ben, and the British Museum are all iconic structures in that tourists must not miss all of these places when they visit the city. A new cable-car service suspended high across the Thames, capable of carrying 2,500 passengers, has changed the skyline of the British capital. The capital never ceases to amaze with the intoxicating world beats, as it plays out across cobbled alleyways, leafy parks, and gilded avenues oozing with history. World-famous landmarks like the Tower Bridge and the London Eye Ferris wheel bejewelled the vistas along the Thames. Near the Tower Bridge, in a development called More London, Renzo Piano’s 1,016-foot-high the Shard of Glass skyscraper has taken shape and set a record as Western Europe’s tallest building.
About a mile to the west, just past the Globe Theatre, looms the Tate Modern, Britain’s national gallery of international modern art. It is the most-visited modern art gallery in the world, attracting more than 5 million art enthusiasts from all over the world per year. Architects Herzog & de Meuron’s addition to the former Bankside Power Station, in the
London Borough of Southwark is a striking latticework brick edifice with two former oil tanks repurposed as a performance and exhibition space.
Liverpool is The Beatles, UNESCO, and football. Liverpool is Guinness World Record’s “World Capital City of Pop”—thanks to the popularity of The Beatles. The Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City is a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site. It comprises six locations in the city centre, including the Pier Head, Albert Dock, and William Brown Street, and includes many of the city’s most famous landmarks. Liverpool is also home to two Premier League football clubs—Liverpool and Everton. The world-famous Grand National also takes places annually at Aintree Racecourse on the outskirts of the city.
A visit to Liverpool is never complete without reminiscing the world of pop culture and beat at the award-winning Beatles Story, the world’s largest permanent display, purely devoted to the lives and times of The Beatles. Located in the Fab Four’s hometown on the stunning Albert Dock, the Beatles Story takes visitors on an atmospheric journey through the lives, times, culture and, music of The Beatles. Explore a magical history extravaganza and observe how four young lads from Liverpool were catapulted onto the dizzy heights of worldwide fame and fortune to become the greatest band of all time. Walk right back to the place where it started and hang out at the Casbah Coffee Club, or explore the stunning replica of the Cavern Club. Listen to The Beatles story unfold through the “Living History” audio guides available in ten different languages, beautifully narrated by John Lennon’s sister, Julia.
Based in the UK’s Old Trafford, Manchester United is the third-richest football club in the world. The English football club has won the most league titles of any English club, a joint record of 11 FA Cups, four League Cups, and a record of 20 FA Community Shields. Manchester United have also won three European Cups, one UEFA Cup Winner’s Cup, one UEFA Super Cup, one Intercontinental Cup, and one FIFA World Cup. The football club was first launched in 1878; the club changed its name to Manchester United in 1902 and moved to Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, in 1910.
Fondly known as the “Theatre of Dreams”, the Old Trafford Stadium, located in the Greater Manchester district of United Kingdom is home to Manchester United Football Club and is able to facilitate 75,635 viewers. Old Trafford is the second largest stadium in the UK. Old Trafford underwent several expansions in the 1990s and 2000s, including the addition of extra tiers to the North, West and East Stands, which served to return the ground almost to its original capacity of 80,000. Future expansion is likely to involve the addition of a second tier to the South Stand, which would raise the capacity to over 90,000. The stadium has hosted some of the most terrific games and cups in the world including the FA Cup semi-finals and English fixtures. In 2012, it also hosted football matches at the 2012 Summer Olympics, including women’s international football for the first time in history