Greater London Things to Do

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Greater London Things to Do

  • Tower of London

    London Things to Do

    First thing when visiting the Tower is to hurry up to the Waterloo block where the Crown Jewels are on exhibit. Do it before 09.30 am. to avoid the lines. Visitors are whizzed past the Crowns on a moving walkway. If you are early you can go back and look again if they are real or fakes because that is an often asked question. As I believe what the...

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  • Buckingham Palace.

    London Things to Do

    On guard in April 2014. With the Easter vacation there will be many tourists going to see the change of the Queen's Guard at Buckingham Palace. Most spectacular and colorful are the five Guards regiments of foot with their scarlet tunics and bearskin caps (now made of synthetic fiber). I would therefore recommend visiting on a day that Grenadier...

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  • British Museum

    London Things to Do

    The Parthenon Sculptures in room 18, the largest of the museum, are certainly the best known highlights of the British Museum. In another comment I expressed my position about the controversy by the Greek government concerning the Elgin Marbles. I'm definitively in favour of a status quo and this is my position for all museums. It would be a non...

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  • Westminster Abbey

    London Things to Do

    Update March 2014: information expanded and updated, new photos added Westminster Abbey should definitely be high on every visitor's must see list. I think is one of the two places in London where you get the greatest sense of the country's history (the Tower of London is the other). Here all British monarchs from 1066 onwards, with the...

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  • London Eye

    London Things to Do

    The full name, since January 2011, is "EDF Energy London Eye". EDF Energy is Britain’s largest producer of low carbon electricity and EDF is Électricité de France S.A. the world’s largest utility company. Headquartered in Paris! Oh my God, the London Eye belongs now to the French! Do they know that at Buckingham? Is this the Tour Eiffel of...

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  • Houses of Parliament and Big Ben

    London Things to Do

    Update March 2014: tour information updated (times and prices), two new photos added, website info updated This photo has to be one of the iconic images of London … … but how many of you think that it is a photo of Big Ben? In fact, Big Ben is the name of the bell inside the clock tower of the Palace of Westminster. And “Palace of Westminster”...

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  • Camden Town, Lock and Market.

    London Things to Do

    If you are looking for something different, Camden Town is the place. From a very basic street market with the usual clothes, bags and shoes to the more exotic and classic covered market. From Goth clothes to fluorescent disco gloves.

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  • Other Museums and Galleries

    London Things to Do

    Update April 2014: information updated including ticket prices, plans for the future of the museum Although it is slightly off the beaten track, this museum is well worth a visit for anyone interested in modern design, and its great setting on the river adds to its appeal. There are no permanent exhibits; instead the museum has a regularly...

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  • Portobello Road and Notting Hill

    London Things to Do

    The carnival is something you have to do at least once. It is summertime and time for party. It is incredibily busy, but loads of fun. You will have to be very patient and expect to move as part of the crowd.

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  • St Pauls Cathedral

    London Things to Do

    Update April 2014: prices checked and corrected, practical information updated, new photos added I can’t quite believe that I have left it this long to write about St Paul’s Cathedral as it’s one of my favourite London sights! And to think that if it weren’t for a major historical disaster, we wouldn’t even have it! I’m talking about the Great...

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  • Hyde Park

    London Things to Do

    A lovely night out for the entire family. Dress warm as this is usually just before Christmas. There is lots of food stalls and many rides to entertain young and old. Weekends can be busy, but week nights are a bit quieter. Take enough money to buy your Christmas gifts from one of the various stalls stacked with unique gifts.

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  • Piccadilly Circus

    London Things to Do

    Picadilly Circus is one of the busiest tube stations in London and nobody leaves without having at least one photo taken her. Closeby is the Ripley, Believe it or Not exhibition as well as Europe's first M&M store. It is also a good place to buy your fridge magnets and keyholders with typical red phone booths and London buses.

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  • Tower Bridge

    London Things to Do

    Update April 2014: prices and opening hours updated, new photos added This is one of the iconic structures of London – so much so that an urban myth has it that the rich American who bought London Bridge to erect in the Arizona desert actually thought he was getting this one and was disappointed when he realised what he had purchased! I’m not...

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  • Monuments, Memorials and Statues

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    The Albert Memorial is one of the most ornate monuments in London and its glory has recently been enhanced with a makeover, so on a sunny day the gilded bronze and white marble really gleam. It’s a bit of a “Marmite” monument – people either love its flamboyance or dislike it as being “over the top”. I fall into the former category and always give...

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  • Trafalgar Square

    London Things to Do

    When we first moved to London, I had no sense of direction in the city. I couldn't tell which side the river would be and could walk in circles for a long time just to find out what I was looking for is just behind me. These days Trafalgar Square has become a good beacon of direction. Nelson's Column and the fountain make good backgrounds for those...

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  • Madame Tussauds and Planetarium

    London Things to Do

    Great place to visit to see all the waxworks of famous people. There is the london cab ride as well and chamber of horrors and scream (age 12+) there is also the marvel experience with its 4d cinema experience. You can even make your own waxwork of your hand The queues for madam tussauds can be long and it can be very busy inside paticularly in...

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  • City of London (the Square Mile)

    London Things to Do

    Between Paternoster Square and St Paul’s Cathedral, behind a fence you will find this water pump inscribed thus: “Erected by St Faith’s Parish 1819” This got me wondering as I was not familiar with St Faith’s Parish – though to be fair, I am far from an expert on the parishes of London! On delving deeper I have ascertained the following but still...

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  • River Thames

    London Things to Do

    Update March 2014: ticket prices checked and updated The best way to see London’s River Thames is possibly to take a boat trip along it. There are several companies offering these, all pretty similar. Trips depart from a number of central London locations along the river, including Charing Cross Pier (by Embankment tube station), Westminster...

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  • Tate Modern

    London Things to Do

    Update April 2014: additional photo added The newer of the two Tate Galleries in London is Tate Modern, which is housed in a converted power station on Bankside. It displays the national collection of international modern art, which is defined as art dating from 1900 onwards. Tate Modern includes modern British art where it contributes to the...

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  • Covent Garden

    London Things to Do

    A visit to Covent Garden is a bit like stepping back in time. For those that have seen the theatre production, My Fair Lady, you'll recognize some of the area. Formerly the fruit market, today it is a bit of everything for the tourist trade. Antiques, souvenir shops, pubs, even street actors passing the hat after their acts. It is a fun place to...

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  • Natural HIstory Museum

    London Things to Do

    Housed in a handsome Victorian building with an imposing Romanesque facade, the Natural History Museum in South Kensington is popular with families. It is certainly a child-friendly place, with lots of space to run about (even with the inevitable crowds) and numerous events catering to children of all ages. The most popular exhibits are the...

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  • Knightsbridge, Kensington and Kensington...

    London Things to Do

    Update April 2014: link to new second gallery and additional photo The Serpentine Gallery has no permanent collections, but instead shows a programme of modern and contemporary art exhibitions. Admission to these is free, and details of what’s on at any particular time can be checked on the gallery’s website (below). We particularly enjoy the...

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  • Soho and the West End

    London Things to Do

    Soho is synonymously known for its entertainment district especially for its sex shops/industry venues, night life and film industry. The area has undergone a big transformation since the 1980s. Today it's mainly restaurants, bars, cinemas, entertainment centres, theatre and media offices. Soho is also the home of London's gay community and...

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  • National Gallery

    London Things to Do

    I'm sad to see that one of the five best painting museums in EU is only on position 25 among the things to do in London according to VT! "De gustibus et coloribus non est disputandum". ============================ To visit the 70 rooms of the National Gallery needs a whole day. Even a museum freak like me gets tired after a few hours, not only...

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  • Whitehall and Downing Street

    London Things to Do

    Whitehall is one of the unmissable thoroughfares of Westminster. A walk down this busy road will provide you with many sights to see including: Main photo: The Cenotaph. This is the national war memorial where the Queen lays a wreath of poppies on Remembrance Sunday, the second Sunday of November. It stands as a reminder to all Britons of the...

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  • South Bank

    London Things to Do

    This statue of Nelson Mandela has stood beside the Royal Festival Hall on the South Bank for almost thirty years, but it took on particular poignancy in the days following the news of his death in December 2013. Many admirers left flowers and tributes here , and for a short period after his death a selection of quotes by the great man were...

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  • Royal Botanic Gardens - Kew Gardens

    London Things to Do

    A few key points about Kew Gardens: It is huge. It is impressive. It is not cheap. Admission is £15 for adults. I balked at this a little but bit the bullet and went in, and I didn't feel as if I'd been ripped off. However, Kew is massive, and you're on your own for getting around. So you may have trouble packing it all in, depending on...

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  • Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

    London Things to Do

    The site of the Globe Theatre goes back to the 16th Century but only lasted until 1642 when the site was used for tenements. Sam Wanamaker's aim was to rebuild a replica of the original globe theatre and in 1996 the theatre was completed. Sadly Sam Wanamaker died in 1993 soon after the site had been secured and the foundation work had just been...

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  • Greenwich

    London Things to Do

    Wandering around the exterior of the Old Royal Naval College (formally a naval hospital to 1873 and now the University of Greenwich) and a look at the grandness of the buildings in a setting next to none will leave the visitor with little doubt that this was no ordinary hospital for convalescing seamen in the late 1700s. Enter some of the buildings...

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  • Chinatown

    London Things to Do

    I had previously been to one other Chinatown, in Washington, D.C. That one was not terribly authentic and definitely didn't feel how I'd hoped Chinatown would. This one, however, was very nice and 'real'. It's very near Leicester Square and there are some nice Chinese decorations, like stone lion statues and little gazebos, etc. The people around...

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  • Victoria & Albert Museum

    London Things to Do

    The V&A is one of the best museums in London, dedicated to applied arts from around the world. Collections are arranged by materials and origin, so you can hone in on the bits of interest. Sculpture and fashion are particularly strong. Entry is free (though a donation suggested) and there are periodic special exhibitions, often excellent, with...

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  • London Zoo

    London Things to Do

    This is a fanatastic place to visit in the middle of London. The zoo has various species of animals for monkey and gorillas to fish and penguins. There are various interactive exhibit and talks through out the day. We spent a full day here and it was great fun.

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  • Bridges (not Tower Bridge).

    London Things to Do

    The bridge that wobbled. It was meant to celebrate the new millennium, but instead it was shut down within just a couple of days due to the sickening wobble that walkers experienced when crossing its span. It turned out the designers hadn't factored in the effect of so many pedestrians would have on the vibration dampening. The bridge didn't reopen...

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  • Leicester Square

    London Things to Do

    Leicester Square in down-town London is so lovely, the cinema square - with Leicester's Square Odeon, Emporium, Odeon West-End and Vue - and many more cinemas in this area. If you ever want to spot a famous actor this might be the place to be. Just hang around there at the premiere of a big movie. I accidentally stumbled into Leicester Square once...

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  • Markets and Street Life

    London Things to Do

    London as a city probably has more landmarks and features instantly recognisable world wide than any other city in the world. While some of these are major buildings and monuments some are items of a rather more mundane nature. Everyone knows about London’s red buses, its black taxis and the Tube. Anyone who has visited London, or the UK...

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  • Southwark and Bankside

    London Things to Do

    She's only a replica, but she has an amazing tale to tell herself. Built in 1973 to exacting standards of traditional handicraft, she is a full size replica of the original galleon sailed by Sir Francis Drake himself. Like Drake's original, the replica has circumnavigated the world. In fact she's sailed enough miles to have made the trip five times...

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  • Gherkin (30 St. Mary Axe)

    London Things to Do

    The 180 metre high skyscraper looks a little out of place in the city, and would look much better surrounded by green fields. It is quite difficult to find a suitable place to take a photograph due to the surrounding buildings. The building has several energy saving methods as well as double glazing and a ventilation system running through gaps in...

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  • London Dungeon

    London Things to Do

    London Dungeons is a fun way to find out some of Londons history. However this is not meant to be an accurate account of its History. Its just a bit of fun with history thrown in. There are some scary bits and their is a couple of rides. We loved it and would go again, we prebooked our tickets so were able to fast track into the dungeons however...

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  • Royal and Ceremonial London

    London Things to Do

    Admiralty Arch is a landmark building which incorporates an archway providing road and pedestrian access between The Mall, which extends to the South-West, and Trafalgar Square to the North-East. As the ceremonial entrance from Trafalgar Square to The Mall, itself the ceremonial road leading up to Buckingham Palace, Admiralty Arch plays an...

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  • Parks and Gardens

    London Things to Do

    Update March 2014: extra photo, minor corrections to text This is another of my favourite London parks, and it’s particularly nice for a Sunday afternoon stroll, when these photos were taken. A lot of families come out to enjoy the open spaces, even in winter, especially when the sun shines. Some paths are designated for use by cyclists,...

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  • Walking and Walking Tours

    London Things to Do

    From around 200 AD, the shape of London was defined by one single structure; it’s massive city wall. From Tower Hill in the East to Blackfriars Station in the West, the wall stretched for two miles around the ancient City of London.This particular section can be seen from inside the Museum of London , there are other surviving parts of the wall...

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  • Kings Cross / St. Pancras

    London Things to Do

    Kings Cross Station has recently been extensively remodelled and modernised, with a brand new departures hall. Harry Potter fans will be pleased to hear that this incorporates a special “Platform 9 ¾” photo opportunity! The sign and trolley are against the wall near the bookshop, Watermark (to the left as you exit the tube station, and left of the...

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  • Places of worship

    London Things to Do

    I went past this church on my way to the BBC Studios where my friend works and we were meeting for a coffee nearby. This church was designed by John Nash, a regency architect, in honour to celebrate the victory over Napoleon in 1815 and the the building was completed in 1822-14. The church is built of Bath stone and the entrance is a rotunda...

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  • Docklands

    London Things to Do

    Visitors of the St. Katharine Docks like to watch the Locking In of yachts between the river Thames and the present marina. The lock operates from 2 hrs before High Water till 11/2 hours after HW. The lock entrance reconstructed in 1956 is rather small. Even when in the 19th c. the docks were fully operating the entrance lock was only 55 m long,...

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  • Science Museum

    London Things to Do

    My last visit to the Science Museum was thirty years ago or so when I went as a child with my Mum and Dad. I vaguely remember the visit so I was glad of the opportunity when my Dad and I returned. We had an hour or so at the museum before going to Proms at the Royal Albert Hall nearby. The museum was founded in 1857 and has developed a worldwide...

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