London is one of the great cities of the world for festivals, parties and celebrations of all kinds. One of the main reasons for this is its diverse multicultural population.
London has always welcomed communities from all over the world, and in return, these communities are usually happy to share their culture with others, inviting them to join in with their festivals and holy days and to sample the music, arts and cuisine they have to offer.
Set upon the highest point in the city, London’s famed St. Paul’s Cathedral comprises an iconic piece of both the city’s skyline and the country’s history. Originally erected in the year 604 to venerate St. Paul, the original cathedral was destroyed by a lightning strike and subsequent fire. The present-day cathedral was built between 1575 and 1710 under the guiding vision of famed architect Sir Christopher Wren. Steeped in world history, St. Paul’s Cathedral has been host to such historical events as Winston Churchill’s 1965 state funeral and the sermon of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1964.
The Victoria and Albert Museum, also called the V&A, is named after Queen Victoria, the monarch of the United Kingdom and Ireland from 1837 to 1901, and her husband, Prince Albert, who died in 1861. It contains close to 5 million objects within 145 galleries dedicated to four categories of the decorative arts and design.
The tale of Sweeney Todd, a barber who murdered and then cooked his victims into pies during the late 1700s, is one of the most macabre and sinister to have ever come out of London. Accounts of this ghoulish story have been told since at least the mid 1800s, and audiences today have been introduced to the sinister barber through a popular musical, and more recently, a movie starring Johnny Depp.