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The Cenotaph is a war memorial that stands on Whitehall Street in central London. It began as a temporary structure built for a peace parade at the end of World War I and in 1920 was replaced by a permanent structure made of Portland stone. It is now considered the United Kingdom’s primary war memorial, also commemorating those killed in World War II and other wars in which Britons fought and died. King George VI unveiled the memorial for the second time in November 1946 following the end of World War II. The design of the Cenotaph has been replicated elsewhere in the U.K., as well as in Australia, Canada, Bermuda, Hong Kong and New Zealand.
Standing 35 feet high and weighing 120 tons, the memorial has the words “The Glorious Dead” inscribed on it twice. It is the site of the annual National Service of Remembrance, held on Remembrance Sunday, the Sunday closest to November 11.
The Cenotaph is located on Whitehall Street between Richmond Terrace and Derby Gate. The closest Underground station is Westminster.
Address: Whitehall Street, London, England
8 Tours and Activities to Experience Cenotaph
Discover the grandeur of London aboard the open-top, double-decker Big Bus on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. With your 1-, 2-, or 3-day ticket, design a personal itinerary with stops including Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, St. Paul’s Cathedral and more. Enjoy unobstructed views and onboard commentary as you view the city’s highlights and upgrade to The Big London Day Out option to get an aerial view of the city aboard the London Eye giant observation wheel. Hop off to enjoy a Thames River cruise, currently operating Friday to Sunday only.
CHOOSING THE SOUTH TOUR WILL PROVIDE A CAPTIVATING EXPERIENCE. ONCE WE LEAVE THE HUB YOU ARE INSTANTLY TRAVELING THROUGH WHITEHALL WHERE YOU GET TO SEE THE QUEEN’S GUARD, 10 DOWNING STREET AND MUCH MORE BEFORE THE STUNNING BIG BEN, HOUSE OF PARLIAMENT AND WESTMINSTER ABBEY APPEAR ON THE HORIZON. YOU WILL GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO DELVE INTO SOUTHBANK WHERE YOU GET FAMILIAR WITH ROYAL NATIONAL THEATRE, TATE MODERN, SHAKESPEARE GLOBE, THE FAMOUS BOROUGH MARKET AND OF COURSE THE SHARD BEFORE DRIVING OVER TOWER BRIDGE AND THROUGH UPPER THAMES STREET WHERE YOU WITNESS THE BEAUTIFUL VIEW OF THE RIVER THAMES AND THE SOUTHBANK. FINALLY, WE WILL REACH TRAFALGAR SQUARE THROUGH NORTHUMBERLAND AVENUE. FURTHERMORE, BY TAKING SOUTH TOUR, YOU WILL OBSERVE SITES SUCH AS TATE BRITAIN, LAMBETH PALACE, MI5 BUILDINGS AND MUCH MORE.
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Explore London your way with a popular hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus that takes you directly to dozens of top attractions like Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, and Downing Street. Take in views from atop the double-decker bus and ride as often as you like with a 24-, 48-, or 72-hour ticket. This combo tour also includes admission to the legendary Madame Tussauds wax museum, where you can pose for selfies with models of your favorite celebs including Benedict Cumberbatch, Kim Kardashian, and the royal family.
Have only a short stay in London? See the best of the city—and enjoy a variety of sightseeing experiences—with this convenient package. Begin with a hop-on hop-off bus tour: pick from 24-, 48-, or 72-hour passes, and cruise around town at your own pace. Then, head to the London Eye, where you’ll enjoy fast-track entry and sky-high views. This package also includes a river cruise which currently operates Friday to Sunday.
Enjoy a fun-filled, stress-free, and cost-effective way to explore London when you book this four-in-one package. Choose between 24-, 48-, and 72- hour passes to a hop-on hop-off bus, and you can look forward to seeing top sights like the Tower of London, Houses of Parliament, and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Then, enjoy the many rides and frights at the London Dungeon, plus a Thames river cruise and free walking tour.
Perfect for first-time visitors to London, this multi-part package includes many of the city’s key sightseeing experiences. Begin with a hop-on hop-off bus tour: with your 24-, 48-, or 72-hour passes, you can catch it where and when you wish. You’ll also enjoy entry to the SEA LIFE London Aquarium, will see London from the water’s edge on a Thames river cruise, and can join a free walking tour.
See London from the streets, water, and sky with this great-value package that lets you explore London at your own pace. Easily reach top sights without spending a fortune on cab fare with a hop-on hop-off bus ticket valid for 1, 2, or 3 days. You’ll also get an aerial view of the city aboard the London Eye giant observation wheel and glide past Parliament and Big Ben on a Thames River cruise (Fri-Sun only).
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What's the best way to experience Cenotaph ?
The best ways to experience Cenotaph are:
- Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise with Optional London Eye
- South Tour of London by the traditional Electric Black Taxi (Electocab Ltd)
- Royal London: Immersive Podcast Walk from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace
- Madame Tussauds London with Hop-on Hop-off Tour and River Cruise
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