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 Things To Do in London
  
Things to do in London
Top 10 To Do: 
  1. The Tower of London: Take a free guided tour with one of the Yeoman Warders around one of the most famous fortified buildings in the world. Discover its 900 year history as a royal palace and fortress, prison and place of execution, mint, arsenal, menagerie and jewel house.
  2. The Palace of Westminster: Also known as the Houses of Parliament or Westminster Palace is where the two Houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom meet to conduct their business. The Palace contains over 1,100 rooms.
  3. Tate Modern: The impressive Tate Modern is Britain's national museum of modern art. Housed in the former Bankside Power Station on the banks of the River Thames, the gallery displays major works by Matisse and Picasso as well as contemporary work, exhibitions and installations.
  4. British Museum: Exhibits the works of man from prehistoric to modern times with collections drawn from all around the world. Famous objects include the Rosetta Stone, sculptures from the Parthenon and the Portland Vase.
  5. Natural History Museum: As well as the permanent dinosaur exhibition, the gallery boasts a collection of the biggest, tallest and rarest animals in the world. Don't miss the life-sized model of the Blue Whale!
  6. Tower Bridge Exhibition: You will learn all about how the world's most famous bridge works and the history behind its creation. Enjoy the panoramic views from the walkways situated 45 metres above the Thames and visit the original Victorian engines.
  7. National Maritime Museum: This is the largest maritime museum in the world with a collection of over two million objects relating to seafaring. Now a World Heritage Site, the historic landscape includes the 17th century Queen’s House and the home of the Prime Meridian at the Royal Observatory.
  8. Somerset House: Is home to some world famous paintings, with the Courtauld Institute of Art, the magnificent Gilbert Collection and the Hermitage Rooms. It also houses the Christmas Ice Rink in the grand courtyard from November until January.
  9. Imperial War Museum: A vast collection of weapons, vehicles, models, photos and film are reminders of Britain's involvement and sacrifices during the wars of the 20th century.
  10. National Gallery: It houses one of the greatest collections of European painting in the world. The permanent collection spans the period from about 1250 to 1900 and consists of Western European paintings.
  11. Hyde Park: Once the hunting ground for Henry VIII, this large royal park is best known for its famous Speakers' Corner, where people speak their minds; Rotton Row, a famous horse-riding area; and Serpentine Lake, home to waterfowl and oarsmen.
 
Top 5 Things To See:
  1. The British Airways London Eye: This is a major feature of London's skyline. It is the world's highest observation wheel and offers passengers spectacular views of over 55 of London's most famous landmarks - all in just 30 minutes.
  2. St Paul's Cathedral: With its world-famous dome, it is a major feature on the London skyline. Built between 1675 and 1710, it houses famous works of art and intricate mosaics. Climb to the top of the spiral staircase for amazing panoramic views of the city.
  3. Buckingham Palace: Whilst The Queen enjoys her annual trip to Scotland, visitors can view the palace’s 19 magnificent State Rooms.
    The lavishly furnished rooms contain some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection, with paintings and sculpture by celebrated artists, exquisite examples of porcelain, and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world.
  4. Westminster Abbey: This architectural masterpiece is one of Britain's finest Gothic buildings. The scene of many coronations and marriages, it also houses the tombs of many of the country's notorious kings and queens, as well as the grave of the Unknown Warrior.
  5. Hampton Court: This is the oldest Tudor palace in England and contains over 500 years of Royal history. It holds many attractions including the Tudor kitchens, 60 acres of riverside gardens, the world-famous maze and the magnificent state apartments of Henry VIII.
Best Time of Year to Visit:  Many think London is at its best in the last two weeks of September. But there's actually plenty to do and see year round. Weather is likely to be a major factor and it often surprises visitors to find that August is quite a wet month.
 
 
5 Things to Do With Kids:
  1. London Zoo: More than 12,000 mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and insects make up the collection at London Zoo. Meet the world's largest lizards at the Komodo dragon exhibit, get closer to your favourite animals at feeding time and learn about them at the keeper talks.
  2. Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood: Houses a collection of toys, dolls and dolls' houses, children's costumes and nursery antiques. It also offers a lively programme of activities at weekends and in the holidays.
  3. Science Museum: It holds the world's most comprehensive collections of science, technology and medicine. Features include a Space Gallery, where you can see the Apollo 10 command module and the new Welcome Wing, boasting Digitopolis - an entertaining look at modern technology and the IMAX cinema. Launch Pad, the interactive area, is always popular with children.
  4. Victoria and Albert Museum: From puppet making to turban tying, there's always a huge range of activities for children of all ages at this museum. Embark upon an adventure across the museum with it's Backpack Tours and Activity Cart, both filled with exciting hands-on activities including jigsaws, stories, puzzles and construction games.
  5. Chessington World of Adventures: It is one of the most exciting theme parks in the country. Spectacular rides in dramatically themed areas include the new 'Tomb Blaster' and 'The Rattlesnake', plus a large Zoo and Big City Circus.
 
5 Great Evening Entertainment Options:
  1. Shakespeare's Globe Theatre: Reconstructed exactly as it would have been during the time of Shakespeare, this theater is a replica of the original Globe, where many of the Bard's plays were first staged.
  2. Royal Ballet: Treat yourself to a magical night of dance from one of the world's finest ballet companies.
  3. Yegam Theatre Company - Jump: London welcomes unique, action-packed dance from Korea. Jump is a hilarious, martial arts masterpiece!
  4. Regent's Park Open Air Theatre: Enjoy fantastic outdoor entertainment in London. It is packed full of plays, musicals, comedy and family shows.
  5. 606 Club: It is a haven for true music lovers and a jazz club in the true, traditional sense.
5 Great Restaurants:
  1. Gordon Ramsay At 68 Royal Hospital Road: Combining contemporary elegance, an intimate ambiance and unparalleled service. Also a must for the culinary connoisseur, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay offers exquisitely simple cuisine enthusing the senses with subtle flavours, creative flair and a delicate finesse in every dish.
  2. Stranded in London: Providing both casual and fine dining for all tastes in the warm surroundings. With menus offering contemporary Mediterranean, Italian and British dishes to suit all tastes and occasions, Stranded in London promises a truly memorable dining and drinking experience.
  3. Patterson's Restaurant: Combines the sophistication and quality cuisine with the charm of a family-run establishment. Since its inception in 2003, Patterson’s has been delighting a discerning clientele an unsurpassed Modern European menu with professionalism and panache.
  4. Pasha: This lounge & restaurant offers authentic Moroccan cuisine & genuine warm hospitality, in opulent surroundings. Chic, elegant & glamorous Moroccan atmosphere with rich handmade fabrics, intricately carved tables, beautiful lamps, rose petals & the sweet smell of incense to enjoy.
  5. The Ivy: Once again boasts its position as London's favourite theatre restaurant. "A table at The Ivy is one of the most sought-after pieces of furniture in London" AA Gill.
See Also Links
  1. Wikipedia on London
  2. Visit London
  3. City of London

 

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