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London attractions voted best in the UK

Published: Monday 14th of February 2011

There are plenty of things to do in London and the wide variety of attractions on offer has helped the capital city lead the way at the UKinbound Awards 2011.

London was named Destination of the Year, which could only serve to increase your interest in taking a trip to the capital.

And while there are hundreds of things to do, you may want to spend a significant part of your trip exploring St Paul's Cathedral. The cathedral took top spot for Attraction Provider of the Year and it is easy to see why.

A cathedral celebrating St Paul has stood on the site since 604 AD, although its current form - the fourth to stand there - was built between 1675 and 1710 after the Great Fire of London.

Upon stepping inside the majestic building you will be standing inside the space where many an important celebration has been held over the years.

The funerals of Sir Winston Churchill and Lord Nelson have taken place within the walls of St Paul's Cathedral. Happier occasions, like the jubilee celebrations for Queen Victoria and the 80th and 100th birthdays of Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Mother have also played out here.

You can also see a different side to the cathedral by taking part in some of the many activities on offer.

Exploring the cathedral floor is a must, but those of you feeling slightly more adventurous can also climb the dome, which stands 365 ft above the City of London. If you can make 259 steps then you can explore the Whispering Gallery, which is named as so because if you speak softly, someone on the opposite side can hear you.

The Stone Gallery can be found at 378 steps high, while those of you who manage 528 steps will be rewarded by the Golden Gallery, which allows people to enjoy panoramic views of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, the Tate Modern and the River Thames.

Commenting on the success of London at the UKinbound Awards 2011, Sally Chatterjee, Visit London's chief executive officer, said: "With the upcoming royal wedding and the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games less than 18 months away, the eyes of the world are set to be on the capital. We look forward to showing a global audience why London remains the most visited international destination on earth."

St Paul's Cathedral could be especially worth a visit during Easter, after it revealed it will host a number of services to celebrate the religious festival, including self-guided trails for those of you taking children along.

There will be services taking place throughout the holiday, including on Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Day. On Easter Day, services run from early in the morning to the festal evensong in the afternoon.

This final service is set to be led by Canon in residence Reverend Canon Michael Hampel.

Even if you do not want to visit St Paul's Cathedral during Easter, or are unable to, there are many activities and events taking place throughout the year. And a trip to the top London attraction could be made even more poignant by the fact it celebrates the 300th anniversary of its completion on March 3rd this year.

So whenever you plan to visit London, St Paul's Cathedral could be on your list of priorities if you are struggling to decide exactly which attractions you should discover. 

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