London’s Can’t-Miss Sights

T+L’s Features Director Nilou Motamed dishes on the city’s must-see attractions.

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[MUSIC] Hi, I'm Nilou Motamed, Features Director of Travel+ Leisure, and I'm excited to share with you some of London's coolest new attractions. [MUSIC] One of my favorite things about London is that it always feels like a new city every time you visit there. That's especially the case now because the skyline is actually changing. The aquatic center and the Orbit for example were commissioned specifically for the Olympics, while the Shard and the expansion of the Shard and Tate Modern were fast-tracked to make sure they'd be ready for the games. The Shard at the foot of the London Bridge had been in planning for Almost 10 years. The over 1000-foot tall building was designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, and is the tallest building in Western Europe. In fact, it now beats One Canada Square as the tallest building in London. In 2013, The Shard launches an observation deck, which will afford views 40 miles across the entire city in every direction. [MUSIC] It's not often that you have the opportunity to make an icon even better. And that's what's happening with the Tate Modern expansion. With this 328 million dollar project, Herzog & de Meuron are adding 70,000 square feet of usable space to the museum. The expansion includes a dedicated space for live art performances, which is the first of it's kind world wide. [MUSIC] One of the most striking elements of Olympic Park is the incredibly beautiful Aquatic Center designed by Zaha Hadid. The Aquatic Center roof was inspired by the fluidity of water. It's an amazing feat of engineering. There are only two concrete supports for the whole roof. [MUSIC] The Orbit has been one of the most Talked about projects leading up to the Olympics, it's been called London's Eiffel Tower. The dramatic red steel sculpture by Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond is the UK's tallest. The Orbit was inspired by the tower of Babel and it was built out of 2,000 tons of steel, 60% of which was recycled. For impressive views of the surrounding area and olympic park head straight to the top of the orbit. You'll take in beautiful views up there and the best part you get to take the 455 stairs all the way down. They spiral all the way around the entire sculpture like an orbit. Thanks for watching see you in London.
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London’s Can’t-Miss Sights