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London

London is  the Capital of England and the United Kingdom. It is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and one of the world's leading tourist destinations.

Enjoying a rich and glorious history, the city boasts some of the most beautiful buildings on earth. Among its most famous landmarks is the Tower of London, which receives more than 2 million visitors per year.

Trafalgar Square, on the other hand, is the starting point for any visit of the city.The Houses of Parliament, which house the famous Big Ben clock tower, attract thousands of tourists every day.

However, no visit would be complete without seeing the splendid Buckingham Palace, a symbol of the British Empire and the official residence of the Monarch. Other attractions include London Zoo, Kensington Palace and Leicester Square.

London lies on the banks of the River Thames. It is a desirable venue for leisure and business tourism. The city offers a wide range of five-star, four-star and budget hotels. Most of the luxurious hotels include modern conference facilities and world-class amenities.

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace, a symbol of the British Empire, is London’s most famous landmark. Built in 1705 on the request of John Sheffield, it has been the official residence of the Monarch since 1837. The Palace is mainly used to receive and entertain the guests of the state and to commemorate ceremonial and official occasions.

Today, the palace is one of the most popular tourist attractions in England. It houses one of the world's most impressive artwork collections, comprising more than 600 masterpieces. The 19 state rooms, ballroom and gardens are open to visitors during the months of August and September. The State rooms display some of the Royal family's greatest treasures, including paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Poussin and Canaletto. They are elegantly furnished with some of the most luxurious French and English furniture.

The Changing of the Guard, occurring daily at 11:30 from April to June, is another amazing show offered by Buckingham Palace. Taking place in the forecourt of the Palace and lasting almost 45 minutes, this popular show  is free to watch.

The Tower of London

The Tower of London is one of the United Kingdom’s most popular and iconic tourist attractions. Receiving over 2 million visitors per year, this World Heritage Site has always been a popular destination, thanks to its history and architecture. It is full of dark secrets, while priceless jewels glint in fortified vaults and ravens strut the grounds.

Founded by William the Conquerer in 1066, the Tower of London boasts some of the most remarkable stories from across the centuries of history. From a grim place of torture and death, this fortress became a royal palace, served as an armory and even housed a zoo. Today, this historic site is home to the Jewel House where the Crown Jewels are displayed to millions of visitors every year. The Tower of London can also serve as an unusual conference venue in central London, providing your delegates with a unique and enduring experience.

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square is one of the most famous sites in London. It is recognized for being the very heart of London, where political and cultural demonstrations, as well as community gatherings, are held.

The square was established to commemorate Britain's naval victory in the Napoleonic Wars in 1805.  It is surrounded by many tourist attractions and magnificent monuments.

The centrepiece is Nelson’s Column, which bears witness to Britain's most famous naval hero. At the bottom of the column are four huge lions.

On the northern side of the square stands the National Gallery, which houses one of the world's greatest painting collections.

Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace is a royal palace located 19 km south west of Charing Cross. It evolved from humble beginnings in the XIth century to become one of the finest palaces in the world. Over the centuries, it was the setting of some of the world's greatest events and most lavish celebrations.

Today, this tourist attraction is open to the public. Visitors can explore over 800 years of history through Tudor kitchens, the Queen's state apartments, the King's apartments and the Wolsey and Georgian rooms. The Great Hall, however, remains the greatest attraction of this magnificent Fortress. Decorated with sumptuous tapestries, it is England’s last and greatest medieval hall. Outside, visitors can admire the most famous maze in the world or visit the Privy gardens, which have been restored to their original glory.

Thanks to its royal setting and idyllic riverside location, Hampton Court Palace is an ideal venue for unforgettable events. It offers numerous facilities for organizing corporate events such as meetings, conferences, banquets, receptions and other prestigious events.

Houses of Parliament

The Houses of Parliament, a medieval palace inhabited by Edward the Confessor during the XIth century, has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987.

Largely destroyed by a devastating fire in 1834, the only remaining vestige of this period is Westminster Hall, which dates from 1097. This London landmark was the setting of royal banquets and medieval jousting as well as many important historical events.

The 900 year-old Gothic building impresses with its 1,000 rooms and more than 2 kilometres of passages.Visitors will admire the Queen's Robing Room, the Royal Gallery, the Prince's Chamber, the rooms used by the House of Lords, the House of Commons, St Stephen's Hall and Westminster Hall.

The deep red furniture, the ornate decorations and the lavishly painted wooden ceilings constantly draw on its past as a royal castle. The Palace is also famous for its clock tower, which was erected in 1859 and rises to a height of 106 meters. Big Ben, overlooking Westminster, is the largest four-faced chiming clock and the world's third-tallest freestanding clock tower.

Glasgow

Glasgow, designated European City of Culture in 1990 and UK City of Architecture and Design in 1999, is an excellent place to live, work, rest and play.

As one of the UK’s most visited destinations, it welcomes over 3 million tourists from all over the world each year. Indeed, with numerous cultural attractions and activities, and as a major European cultural capital, Glasgow is a fascinating city with much to offer.

This destination, one of the liveliest and most cosmopolitan destinations in Europe, holds many festivals and cultural events throughout the year and with its multitude of restaurants, pubs, clubs and cafes, it also offers a vibrant nightlife. It boasts world-famous art collections, the best shopping in the United Kingdom after London, and the most exciting nightlife in Scotland.

Glasgow has been reborn as a centre of style and vitality set against a backdrop of exceptional Victorian buildings. The city has received many impressive and well-deserved awards, such as the prestigious label of UK City of Architecture and Design.

Glasgow is Scotland's largest city. With its strong industrial past, the city is also the the United Kingdom's second-biggest trade shopping centre. Don’t miss out on the chance to visit its high street stores, designer labels, and specialty outlets.

This friendly city, with wonderful architectural masterpieces, a vast array of shops, trendy restaurants, lively pubs and galleries, is a highlight of any trip to Scotland. Famous for its reinvention and riverfront transformation, the historic city of Glasgow sees its future in the service industries, such as tourism and business conferences.

The Glasgow Cathedral

Dating back to the XIIIth century, the Glasgow Cathedral is one of the few Scottish medieval churches to have survived the 1560 Scottish Reformation. Boasting a high of 32 meters, the edifice features breathtaking intricate architecture, stained glass windows and the tomb of St Mungo. Today, it still serves as an active place of worship.

Glasgow Science Centre

The Glasgow Science Centre, located on the south bank of the River Clyde in Glasgow, is a major tourist attraction. Presenting concepts of science and technology in unique and inspiring ways, it is composed of three principal buildings: a science mall with general science learning exhibits, the Glasgow Tower and an IMAX cinema.

The aim of this spectacular building is to capture the essence of Glasgow's proud spirit of innovation and creativity. The titanium structure itself is cutting-edge, and houses over 3,000 interactive science-learning exhibits.

Designed by Richard Horden Associates, the Glasgow Tower is the only building in the world capable of rotating 360 degrees from the ground up. It also houses the first IMAX cinema in Scotland. The single auditorium boasts 370 seats in front of a giant rectangular screen.

Recently modified, it features a stunning new entrance, complete with LED feature wall and new 500m2 corporate events space called "The Atrium".

Clyde Arc bridge

The Clyde Arc, also known as the Finnieston Bridge or the 'squinty' bridge, is a road bridge spanning the River Clyde in Glasgow.

Thanks to its curved design and the way that it crosses the river at an angle, this new landmark bridge is very recognizable.

The Arc is the first city-centre traffic crossing over the river to be built since the Kingston Bridge was opened in 1969.

Manchester

With a population of over 2.6 million people, Manchester is the second largest city in England. Situated in the northwest of England, 160 miles northwest of London, the city enjoys a rich history dating back to the Ist century AD, when it was inhabited by Celtic tribes.

It was only during the Industrial Revolution that the city expanded to become one of the industrial centres of the country. In addition to being home to a great number of the United Kingdom's largest factories for many years, Manchester also was the world’s first manufacturing city and is home to some of its best known brands.

The city has a surprisingly rich heritage and an attractive mix of buildings which range in age and style from the Victorian to the contemporary. Some of the most impressive Manchester tourism sites are the huge shopping centres around the city, paradise for shopping lovers.

With a performing arts centre, symphony orchestra and opera, it is also the cultural centre of the region in which it is located. Manchester boasts a wide range of diverse museums and art galleries with specialties ranging from Roman history through to the Museum of Transport.

Museum of Science and Industry

The Museum of Science and Industry is a large museum devoted to the development of science, technology, and industry and particularly the city's contributions in those areas.

Based in one of the world's oldest railway stations, the museum's 15 galleries boast displays on science and technology, road transport, railways, and much more. Visitors can see the wheels of industry turning in the Power Hall and marvel at the planes that made flying history in the Air and Space Hall.

The museum also serves as a unique setting for organizing conferences, meetings, banqueting and other corporate events. In fact, it possesses a cutting-edge conference centre with four meeting rooms and seating for groups of between 14 and 40 people in a variety of layouts. It also offers theatre, boardroom, u-shape and cabaret configurations, in addition to a modular function room which can accommodate a wide variety of group sizes.

The John Rylands Library

The John Rylands Library, a masterpiece of Victorian Gothic architecture, is located in Manchester. Inaugurated in 1900, it was founded by Mrs Enriqueta Augustina Rylands in memory of her husband.

This stunning historic building, strongly resembling a castle or cathedral, is arguably the most beautiful library in Britain. It’s such a breathtaking edifice that you could forget about its magnificent collection of early printed books and rare manuscripts.

This collection includes exquisite medieval illuminated manuscripts, examples of the earliest forms of European printing and the personal papers of notable local figures such as Elizabeth Gaskell and John Dalton. It also includes the oldest known piece of the New Testament.

Whitworth Art Gallery

Whitworth Art Gallery, established by Robert Darbishire with a donation from Sir Joseph Whitworth in 1889, is part of the University of Manchester.

Boasting a collection of around 55,000 items, the gallery houses some of the United Kingdom's finest collections of art and design, comprising modern and historic fine art, prints, textiles and rare wallpapers, some of them dating back from the 17th century.

The gallery focuses on modern artists such as Cotman, Cozens, Girtin and Turner. It exhibits many precious examples of British Surrealism and Neo-Romanticism and work from the 1950s and 60s.

Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a major tourism centre in the United Kingdom and an extraordinary starting point for a visit to Scotland. Full of life, full of style and full of history the city has been rightly labelled Europe's festival capital.

In fact, it is a city of remarkable contrasts, from the medieval Old Town and its castle, the Georgian New Town, the wide range of museums and art galleries, to its vibrant nightlife. 10 out of the 20 most attended paid tourist attractions and eight out of the 20 most attended free tourist attractions in Scotland are located within the city area.

This historic, cosmopolitan and cultured city, perched on a series of extinct volcanoes and rocky crags which rise from the generally flat landscape of the Lothians, with the sheltered shoreline of the Firth of Forth to the north,  boasts an enchanting setting.

The area is also home to two of Scotland’s five UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Frontiers of the Roman Empire and the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh.
In addition, Edinburgh is a world leading centre for business, finance and education, and is home to the first Scottish Parliament.

The city excels as a major international centre for meetings and conferences, combining its colourful imagery with the expected professionalism.

Edinburgh Castle

This castle is the best known and most visited of Scotland's historic buildings. Perched on a volcanic rock at the top of the Royal Mile, this majestic landmark dominates the capital just as it has dominated Scotland's long history.

Edinburgh Castle is a formidable fort that was built by David I in 1130. Today, it is a powerful national symbol as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and via its impressive collections visitors can retrace over 800 years of Scottish history.

The castle uncovers the long and colourful history of the Scots with various exhibitions, including The Honours of Scotland, where visitors can admire the amazing the Scottish Crown Jewels, the Prisons of War Exhibition, the Scottish National War Memorial and The Regimental Museum of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.

The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh

Dating back to the Xth century BC, Edinburgh expanded during the construction of Edinburgh Castle, and then became the proud Scottish capital in the XVth century.

To house the city's growing population, a neoclassical new city was developed during the XVIIIth century. This part of town is the largest area of Georgian architecture in Europe.

The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh were listed by UNESCO as a cultural World Heritage Site in 1995. The harmonious juxtaposition of these two contrasting areas gives the city its unique character.

The site boasts almost 4,500 buildings, more than 75% of which are listed as of special architectural or historic interest.