Selfie Sticks: Yay or Nay?

The term selfie has become a household word and even made it into the Oxford Dictionary in 2013 – being named the word of the year, in fact! It officially means: “A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media” It has become such a phenomenon that even your Gran, or your baby sister will know what it is. The newest craze to take off, propelling the selfie further into mainstream, has been the selfie stick – and no tourist can be without one. This handy gadget fixes to your phone and allows you to selfie from afar, perfect for long angle views or group shots (trust us, we know!) But what’s sometimes called into question is where you can use it? Some tourist attractions, especially the historic ones which can be very busy with priceless artefacts on display, are understandably nervous when it comes to allowing long metal arms being waved around their displays. We decided to find out exactly where these selfie sticks can be used so that you can snap happy and get those all-important shots while you’re visiting London. With the help of you’re sorted – all you need to do is double check before you go! Here are 10 top attractions you might want to read up in advance... Can I use my selfie stick at: Tower of London - Yes... but not in the Jewel House, Martin Tower or the chapels

Tower Bridge - Yes!

Westminster Abbey – Inside No, Outside Yes

Windsor Castle – Yes!

Shakespeare’s Globe – yes!

Kensington Palace – Yes, just not inside the palace

Hampton Court Palace - Yes, just not inside the palace

Arcelormittal Orbit – yes!

The National Gallery – no, please put your selfie sticks away

National Portrait Gallery – yes!

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