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5 historic reasons to book

Friday, May 20, 2016 - 09:30

London is a city teeming with history and overflowing with allure. A social and cultural melting pot, the capital is recognised across the globe as a leader in sports, art, literature and culture with world leading facilities, stunning architecture and some of the most instantly recognisable locations in the world. Below are but a small selection of the magnificent sites available to event bookers through the Unique Venues of London portfolio, to explore the rest of the places and spaces which shaped the capital, click here.

1. British Library

London’s sanctum of knowledge, the British Library is know the world over as one of the greatest collections of information and culture, with around 170 million total items spanning some 3000 years of history. Nestled between two of London’s largest stations this cultural hub is not only bursting with charm, but is also one of the capitals most easily accessible venues.

2. Shakespeare’s Globe

Located on the banks of the Thames with striking views of the river and across to the City, Shakespeare’s Globe is one of London’s most iconic venues and unquestionably the world’s most renowned home of theatre. Dating back to 1576, the site has seen hundreds of years of pioneering theatrical works, with the building itself becoming synonymous with the industry.  Re- opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 1997, today’s Globe was painstakingly rebuilt to exacting specifications and the site remains a cultural hub for playwrights and actors alike.

3. St Paul's Cathedral

Hailed as one of London’s most instantly recognisable buildings, the grand dome of St Paul’s Cathedral (the second largest in the world) dominates the London skyline and is intrinsically linked to the history of the capital. Built by Sir Christopher Wren from 1675 – 1710 one of the cathedral’s most well-known features is the Whispering Gallery. A whisper against the wall can be clearly heard at the other side, 112 feet away. The current event spaces contain some of the cathedral’s oldest architectural features, providing diverse venues ideal for entertaining.

4. Tower of London

Standing proudly for almost 1,000 years, the grandiose Tower of London has been an iconic symbol of England for hundreds of year, and to this day houses the world famous Crown Jewels. Located on the banks of the River Thames, the Tower delivers one of the capitals most unique, history-drenched venues. Whether to enjoy a private viewing of the Crown Jewels, or a Yeoman Warder tour this distinctly British landmark provides an experience like no other.

5. Westminster Abbey

Kings, queens, statesmen and soldiers; poets, priests, heroes and villains - the Abbey is a must-see living pageant of British history. The Abbey has been the coronation church since 1066 and is the final resting place of seventeen monarchs. The present church, begun by Henry III in 1245, is one of the most important Gothic buildings in the country, with the medieval shrine of an Anglo-Saxon saint still at its heart. Through the centuries the Abbey has hosted a wide variety of events and with six captivating spaces to choose from, the Abbey is sure to inspire your guests while bringing gravitas to your event.