Thursday, February 24, 2011

Harrods - The Most Famous Department Store in The World

Harrods is the most famous department store in the world and one of the three major attractions of London. The company, which was started by Charles Henry Harrod in 1849, has grown from a small grocery store using two staff became Seven Wonders of the employees employment to 6,000 employees. Store now has more than 300 departments that offer its customers hundreds of thousands of different product lines.

The motto of the store, first coined nearly a hundred years ago - Omnia Omnibus, Ubique (all things to all people around the world) is just as important today as it was then. And up to 300,000 customers on certain days of the year, Harrods has to participate and serve to the international customers with different tastes.

President shop Mohammed Al Fayed, has invested around £ 300 in business after taking office in 1985. His goal was always to restore the fabric of the company for its best reputation. Over long bridge painting, the work is endless, but customers today, all testify to the improvements that were made by Mr. Al Fayed.
Harrods at night

Opening Times
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 19:00
87 - 135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7XL
Tel: +44 (0)20 7730 1234

Nearest Underground (Tube) Station: Knightsbridge

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

2012 Olympic London Velodrome

The Velodrome for Olympic London 2012, was officially opened today, making him the first place for the Olympic Park to be completed.

6000 seats in Velodrome area will be a place for indoor cycling and BMX events of the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

Olympic gold medalist, Sir Chris Hoy was riding on the track with the Beijing medal winners Victoria Pendleton, Jason Kenny.

Velodrome praised the architecture and is known as the "Pringle", because the curved shape of the roof.

Velodrome can be used for athletes and in the community after the Games. Facilities include a cafe, bike rentals and bike shop.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Big Ben - The Clock Tower

Big Ben is not open to the public. Perhaps the most famous clock and chimes in the world, Big Ben is actually the name of the biggest bell (13.5 tons) inside the Clock Tower (320 meters), part of the Chambers Parliament. Built in 1858 / 9 the bell was named after Sir Benjamin Hall and when it was released was a heaviest bell in Britain.

The four clock dials each have a diameter of 23 feet, minutes hands are 14 feet long and the numbers in each face are nearly 2 feet tall. The placement of ancient coins in the mechanism for checking the accuracy of the movement, however, is incredibly accurate.

The tower that houses Big Ben has been called by many names, one of the most popular is St Stephen's Tower. from the official line of the Head of Public Information at the Palace is that Clock Tower is simply called The Clock Tower. However, the name Big Ben was in daily use and the locals call it Big Ben, so we will going along with it too.

There is a light at the top of the tower, when lit, tells that the House of Commons is sitting. During the day you can see if they're sitting in a banner near the top of Victoria Tower, which is the highest and largest of the towers of Westminster.

The subject of John Buchan '39, Steps', the Clock Tower is unfortunately not open to the public so that they will not be able to verify the number of steps actually lead to the belfry.

However, we can say that there are 39 - is actually closer to 400, depending on where it begins and ends.
It is generally believed that Buchan came up with the idea of using the 39 steps at a time when he was recovering from illness in a nursing home. Directly in front of your window there were 39 steps leading to the courtyard lawn!

The room in which the mechanism of the actual clock is full of mechanical marvels Victorian genius and the band every time the clock strikes the hour.

The Ding-dongs that precede the striking of the hour were taken from George Frederick Handel's "Messiah," and really have too many lyrics.
"During all this time,
Lord is my guide,
By his power,
No foot shall slide. "
The clock rings at the forefront in the quarter after the hour, the first and second every half hour, three lines in the quarter and all the time!

Address: Houses of Parliament, Parliament Square, Westminster, London, SW1A 2NE

Saturday, February 12, 2011

London Aquarium

Located in Hall County on the south bank of the Thames, London Aquarium is one of the largest and most spectacular displays of aquatic life in Europe. The aim is to promote the London Aquarium of knowledge about aquatic environments around the world through a series of exhibitions based on the world's oceans - the Pacific Ocean exhibit contains a collection of huge sharks and rays in more than 1000000 liters of water.

Opening Times 
Monday - Sunday 10:00 - 18:00
 

Costs 
Adult: £8.75
Child: £5.25
Family: £25.00
OAP: £6.50
County Hall, Riverside Building, Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7PB
Tel: +44 (0)20 7967 8000