The American nexus with London’s attractions

United States and United Kingdom shared long years of history, and there are many sites in London that have associations with America. The sites showcase the intimate cultural, military and political nexus between the two countries.

The Mayflower Pub

This beautiful but small pub called as Mayflower has etched its name with a crucial point in the history of finding of America. The pub roosts in Rotherhithe in London and has the most picturesque views of riverine London. The Pilgrim Fathers embarked upon their first journey to the new world and called for religious freedom aboard Mayflower in 1620. The Pilgrim Fathers put up the first English settlement at Plymouth.

All Hallow By The Tower

Perched close to the Tower of London, All Hallow by the tower is a beautiful church popping over American nexus. John Quincy Adams who was the sixth President of United States is known to have got hitched in All Hallows by the Tower. He tied the knot with a British Lady, Louisa who became the only foreign-born First Lady, before Melania Trump. The church is also noted for the baptizing ceremony of the founder of Pennsylvania, William Penn, in 1644.

London Bridge

America has aped the famous London Bridge of United Kingdom, which is built over the vivacious River Thames. The present London Bridge which was built in 1973 is known to supplant the one constructed in 1831. The bridge built in the nineteenth century could not contain the traffic and played up the commuters of London. So, it was decided that it be sold to a top-class American oil purveyor. The tycoon decided to lay down the bridge in the town founded by him called Lake Havasu in Arizona. The bridge was brought down and transported to Arizona to be built piece by piece, replicating the London Bridge. London Bridge is just a 10-minutes ride away from the Hotels in west end London, via tube.

George Peabody Statue

A London-based American banker has his statue sitting behind the Royal Exchange. Peabody created a Peabody trust to build homes for the downtrodden of London, in the nineteenth century. His body had to be laid down to rest at Westminster Abbey for a month as his coffin had to be transported to America. It was the wish of Peabody to be interred in his hometown of Massachusetts.

St Mary Aldermanbury Garden

Nuzzled in the corner of the financial district, there is a small garden, near the street named as Love Lane. The garden contains bits of stone foundations of a church. The garden was once the site of Church of St. Mary Aldermanbury which singed in the explosions of 1940s, beyond recognition. The rubbles of the battered church were transported to Fulton, Missouri in 1966. The church was rebuilt at Westminster College as a memorial of Winston Churchill.

St Paul’s Cathedral

St Paul harbours the most emotional nexus of Britain and US: American Memorial chapel. The behind of the high altar was rigged with this chapel to pay homage to US servicemen, who were deployed to scrape through the Second World War, in Britain. The stained-glass windows are symbolic of US states and the wooden work showcases the birds, flowers, and plants of the United States.

St. Sepulchre Without Newgate Church

St. Sepulchre Without Newgate Chucrh is situated on Holborn Viaduct, northwest of St Paul’s buries the founder of Jamestown. Captain John Smith founded Jamestown which was the first permanent English settlement in North America. It was Captain John who named New England. A stained-glass window in the church commemorates the Captain.

Inns of Court

If you wish to explore the legal tinge of London, you must see the Inns of Court where budding lawyers stuck around for ages. Lawyers from the original 13 colonies travelled to London for their training. It is known to be a rarefied enclave, housing a large disputation of lawyers. The largest troupe of lawyers sprang from the inn called middle Temple.

Lawyers of Middle temple formed a part of the escheat that signed the Declaration of Independence. Many lawyers of Inns of Court also drafted the Constitution. John Dickinson of Middle Temple became the governor of Pennsylvania in 1782. Dickinson gave the call for “no taxation without representation” which roped in the masses and stirred the independence struggle in the colonies. The American struggle for independence culminated in to the War of Independence.

Benjamin Franklin House

Situated just a couple of minutes away from the Trafalgar Square, there is museum on the Craven Street, called as Benjamin Franklin House. The place housed Benjamin Franklin between 1757 and 1775. Benjamin Franklin was called as the founding father of United States. During the topsy-turvy times before the War of Independence, Franklin served as the mediator between the colonies and England.

Texas Embassy in London

Before, joining the Union in 1854, Texas was a separated republic. Texas also had its separate embassy in London.  Texas London Legation near the St James Palace, is situated a small alley called Pickering Palace. The place was also the residence of wine merchant Berry Bros & Rudd for a brief period.

The Globe Theatre

The Globe Theatre reels off some American story associated with it. Sam Wanamaker, who was an American actor and producer maneuvered the reconstruction of the theatre and worked hard to bring about a new Elizabethan Theatre. The Globe Theatre, a stone’s throw from the London Bridge, on the Southbank of River Thames hosted various performances of Shakespeare and also produced his plays was destroyed by the fire in 1613. The Globe Theatre was rebuilt but again dismantled in 1644. The Piccadilly London West End is situated just half an hour away from the Globe Theatre.

Grosvenor Square

Grosvenor Square is a site of British-American nexus as many prominent events of War-time took place here. The 20 Grosvenor Square headquartered the military under General Dwight D. Eisenhower, during the Second World War.

Handel & Hendrix in London

American rock musician Jimi Hendrix had his home in the Brook Street, in the east of Grosvenor Square. His flat was renovated and adjoined to 18th-century home of the German composer George Frideric Handel.

Selfridges Department Store

Selfridges is noted to be the second largest department store of United Kingdom, after Harrods. The Store was founded by American Harry Gordon Selfridge in 1909.

Benedict Arnold Plaque

Gloucester Palace has a plaque that marks the home of Benedict Arnold. He was a general during the War of Independence who later cheated on Americans and fought for the British.

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