Ballantyne Magazine

SUMMER 2019

Ballantyne Magazine covers news, events, real estate, restaurants, shopping, health, schools and business in the upscale Ballantyne Area of Charlotte, NC.

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Walk. Speakers' Corner at the northeast perimeter is a famed, open-air area for public speaking. On the River Thames About five miles east near the river, the Tower of London boasts a 900-year-old history, often grim — as a royal palace, prison, place of execution and an armory. The fortress also safeguards the priceless crown jewels. At night, visitors can experience the centuries-old Ceremony of the Keys, the formal locking and unlocking of the tower gates. Also along the waterway stands the Palace of Westminster, a Gothic building where the two houses of Parliament, the House of Commons and House of Lords, meet. The public can attend debates and committee hearings and take tours to learn about U.K. government. "Bongs" from nearby Big Ben are silenced until 2021, while conservation work takes place at Elizabeth Tower, which houses the iconic bell and clock face. Close by is Westminster Abbey, Frequenting public houses for pints of ale or plates of fish and chips is ingrained in the British lifestyle. Above: The Westminster Arms pub is a favorite among politicians thanks to its proximity to Parliament. Below: The Coca-Cola London Eye's 32 capsules each hold up to 25 people and rotate for a 30-minute trip. Below Left: Serpentine Bridge stretches between Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. Photo by Chris Dalton Photo by Jon Reid, courtesy of England's Historic Cities and visitlondon.com BALLANTYNE SUMMER 2019 82 Escape Photo by Mary Gilbert

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