Greater London Things to Do

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Greater London Things to Do

  • Tower of London

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    London Things to Do

    The Crown Jewels were originally kept in Westminster Abbey but after they were stolen in 1303 they were moved to the Tower of London. Although they were recovered, most of them didn’t survive Oliver Cromwell’s Commonwealth. After Charles I’s execution, Cromwell ordered all the treasure to be “totally broken, and that they melt down all the gold...

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  • Old Royal Naval College and Hospital

    Greenwich Things to Do

    The Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) building is a beautiful masterpiece of the noted Sir Christopher Wren, who was in charge of rebuilding the City of London churches, including St. Paul´s Cathedral, after the Great Fire of London in 1666. The Old Royal Naval College has got twin domes and is very majestic, both on the outside and on the inside....

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  • Hampton Court, Palace and Maze

    Greater London Things to Do

    Hampton Court Palace is certainly among the greatest London attractions, with a rich history that dates back to the 16th century, a variety of fascinating artefacts and heirlooms to see and expansive grounds that regularly play host to fun activities for families. Originally built for Cardinal Wolsey in the time of King Henry VIII, Hampton Court...

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  • London Eye

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    London Things to Do

    Hy Virtual Tourist travellers, My wife and me were 2 hours there! There are a lot of things to do in London, please believe me, do not waste time there. Ok, panorama view is beautiful, but it does nto worth. My opinion, regards

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  • Royal Observatory

    4 out of 5 stars

    Greenwich Things to Do

    The Royal Observatory was founded by Charles II in 1675. It's the basis of the Greenwich Mean Time and the Prime Meridian line. GMT and accurate time keeping at sea are necessary to be able to find one's position at open sea. It lasted till 1770 until clockmaker John Harrison made his Marine timekeeper H4 model. This instrument proved to be the...

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  • Temple Church

    Greater London Things to Do

    The Knights of the Templar first came to prominence as helping to protect Jerusalem (that was under Christian control at the time) from the Muslim Arabs and Saladin. The Templar Knights were essentially warrior monks, which made some people a little suspicious of them (being monks they were sworn to poverty and chastity, but being warriors at the...

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  • St. Pauls Cathedral

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    London Things to Do

    Ok .... We were so eager to come and see this beautiful and magical building .... until we entered and were told it's 20 pounds to enter .... $30 US dollars .... ahhhh nooooooo .....we passed ..... What a shame the price of admission is so high .... Instead we decided to walk around it and have a cup of coffee in the gardens which are free to...

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  • Cutty Sark

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    Greenwich Things to Do

    What can I say about Cutty Sark other than it is awesome visiting it - it is a beautiful ship. And walking by the berth of the ship and standing under it is out of this world. A highly recommended visit. Cutty Sark is a 93 tons British Clipper ship and a part of the National Historic Fleet. It sailed across the world and visited every major port...

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  • Canary Wharf

    Greater London Things to Do

    To really see canary Wharf at its best, you've got to go there at night time, especcially when it's dark. I suppose it roughly takes around half an hour to go around the perimeter of it; there are a lot of traffic lights etc., to go through. You can also drive down the roads that actually go through anary Wharf, however, you will get stopped and...

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  • British Museum

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    London Things to Do

    My first visit goes back to the early sixties so that I have seen on my successive visits a fantastic transformation from a somewhat dusty, old fashion, museum to the present outstanding museological achievement with the Great Court. The success of the British Museum, with 6,7 million visitors in 2013, is certainly due to the quality of its...

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  • National Maritime Museum

    Greenwich Things to Do

    There are beautiful stained glass windows on the 1st floor of the Maritime Museum. These stained glass windows come from the Baltic Exchange building, which was bombed in the IRA bombing in 1992. Three people died in the terrorist attack. At the Baltic Exchange there was a memorial dome (half a dome), constructed in commemoration of the 60 Baltic...

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  • Buckingham Palace and Changing the Guard

    Greater London Things to Do

    We couldn't go in because the royal family was there. Sheesh..... We also didn't stick around to watch the changing of the guard. It just didn't appeal to us. Perhaps that makes this a lousy tip. Or maybe, you'll simply enjoy the photos!

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  • Westminster Abbey

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    London Things to Do

    The finest of all of Englands cathedrals and expensive to visit as a tourist but here is Englands history and some amazing architecture spread out over hundreds of years for you to see and explore. The admission price includes an audio device to listen to the tour as you walk around the cathedral. It does seem at times you are been moved quickly...

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  • Queen's House

    Greenwich Things to Do

    The beautiful Queen´s House is England´s first classical building dating back to 1683. The Queen's House at Greenwich was given to Queen Anne of Denmark. Queen Anne was the wife of James I, who reigned from 1603-1625. This was at the time when the Tudor Palace was located at Greenwich (now ruins beneath the ORNC). There is a story behind why the...

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  • Tower of London

    Greater London Things to Do

    The Tower of London tours run by Yeomen Warders, are very comprehensive, educational and moving. But walking around a little alone allows you to appreciate the terror and power that emanated from this place. I found the chapel a very tragic place to be in, imagining all the souls of the bodies buried under the floor. My kids enjoyed the stories...

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  • Houses of Parliament and Big Ben

    London Things to Do

    There are any number of ways of visiting the Houses of Parliament and the best way to find out what suits you best is to visit the website. Apart from the different options, it’s up to date with visiting times, which can vary for different reasons. UK citizens can arrange a tour through their local MP for free - an offer I didn’t take up because...

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  • Greenwich Royal Park

    Greenwich Things to Do

    The statue is perched on top of a hill at Greenwich Park. Major General James Wolfe (1727-59) served in the British army. The officer was well known for defeating the French at the Battle of Quebec in 1759 and also known for his training reforms. He died in the Battle of the Plains of Abraham due to being seriously injured. Since his death he was...

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  • Houses of Parliament and Big Ben

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    Greater London Things to Do

    Along with the Tower Bridge, the Houses of Parliament are the quintessential icons of this city. Like the bridge, they must be seen in person to truly be appreciated. These massive Gothic structures are beautifully detailed and like all truly wonderful buildings, covered in gargoyles!

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  • Trafalgar Square

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    London Things to Do

    The area was originally the courtyard of the Great Mews stabling, which served Whitehall Palace. In 1812 the architect John Nash started developing a new street that went from Charing Cross to Portland Place and included forming an open public square in the Kings Mews opposite Charing Cross. In 1830, it was officially named Trafalgar Square and...

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  • Greenwich Foot Tunnel

    Greenwich Things to Do

    This tunnel links Greenwich with Island Gardens on the north side of the Thames and was opened in 1902 to enable workers living south of the river to easily reach their employment in the docks and shipyards on the other side of the river. Easily recognised by the attractive domes on each side of the river this cast-iron tunnel itself is 370.2 m...

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  • Royal Park and Observatory, Greenwich

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    Greater London Things to Do

    I would not recommend leaving London without seeing Greenwich. The Village of Greenwich is a paradise just inside London. It does not seem like London at all. Even at nights during the summer, it seem like you are in one of those small villages in the costa del sol. Absolutely lovely!! I recommend take the boat from Central London. The journey is...

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  • Camden Town, Lock and Market

    London Things to Do

    A visit to Camden Town is a must if you want to see an alternative side of London and maybe buy an unusual bargain. I took the tube to Camden Town and walked up Camden High Street past its unique and crazy shop frontages to the market at Camden Lock. Camden Lock Market is a great place to indulge in some street food and browse the arts, crafts and...

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  • Greenwich Market

    Greenwich Things to Do

    I have visited this market 3 times - twice there was a normal market and once there was an antique market. When I visited the Greenwich Market with Fergy there was an antique market. I love antique and Fergy loves medals, so we spent quite some time at the market. The Greenwich Market was established in 1737 and is London´s only market, which is...

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  • London Eye

    Greater London Things to Do

    You have to do this , the vieuw is GREAT !! Its the world's tallest observation wheel offers univalled vieuw of the capital. Get your ticket from the Original tour and then simply visit the advance ticket desk before your flight. Tickets must be used within 90 days of Purchase.

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  • Buckingham Palace

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    London Things to Do

    At 10.45 am starts on the parade ground of Wellington Barracks the formation of the new guard and the inspection of the Guardsmen. This was done by a little man; as he wore a normal cap, not a bearskin cap, he looked smaller than the Irish Guards. He was dressed with a dark blue coat, had a sword and spurs at his boots. So that he looked quite...

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  • Prime Meridian

    Greenwich Things to Do

    I think the 1st thing that 99% of visitors to Greenwich do is hike up the hill and head to the Royal Observatory and stand with a foot on either side of the Prime Meridian of the world, Longitude Zero (0° 0' 0"), one foot in the eastern hemisphere and one foot in the western hemisphere. When we visited in January 2008, there were hardly any people...

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  • Royal Air Force Museum, Hendon

    Greater London Things to Do

    This is a fine museum of static displays (NOT flying aircraft, as at Duxford). It has examples of almost all the major types of RAF planes, as well as many others. This includes a section on American aircraft ,which served in Europe. The RAF Museum is enough for an entire day's visit.

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  • Madame Tussauds and Planetarium

    London Things to Do

    Last year I went to Madam Tussauds in London on 15th April 2014 And I have to say, it was really expensive for just the things you see… I saw the price but I thought: ‘it’s definitely worth it! Well… I’m a little disappointed about the visit. Let me explain: It takes a long time before we could enter... And sometimes I thought the wax-sculptures...

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  • Gipsy Moth IV yacht - no longer there

    Greenwich Things to Do

    Not far from the Cutty Sark you will see a yacht that is quite small in comparison called the Gypsy Moth IV. It was in this yacht that Sir Francis Chichester made the first solo continuous voyage around the world between August 1966 and May 1967. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for this feat in 1967 with Sir Francis Drake’s sword. The...

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  • Trafalgar Square

    Greater London Things to Do

    As a child I saw Mary Poppins, the movie. In it there is an old woman singing "Feed the birds, tuppence a bag ..." It is an entrancing memory which came back to me when we visited Trafalgar Square, although the original was on the steps of St Paul. It obviously also came back to my friend because we had one of those "Me too!" moments when we both...

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  • Hyde Park

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    London Things to Do

    Hyde Park is one of eight roal parks in the city of London. In the park the following attractions are located: -Speakers'€™ Corner -Serpentine Lake -The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain

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  • Bellot Memorial.

    Greenwich Things to Do

    In the run up to the year 2000 a number of Millennium projects were planned for London. Despite some teething problems, most people agreed that the new bridge was a great success, and of course everyone enjoyed the fireworks! But the biggest project, the Millennium Dome, was something of a PR and financial disaster – failing to capture the...

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  • British Museum

    Greater London Things to Do

    The British museum contains within its walls more Egyptian arts than probably the whole of Egypt. Some people say they stole it some people will say the keep it for conservation. Whatever the reason, I am quite glad it is in this city and I can enjoy evertime I want. One great thing about London is that its museum are FREE!! As you see in the...

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  • Piccadilly

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    London Things to Do

    We headed off to Piccadilly Circus. I was so looking forward to the carnival rides, the animals! Oh what a fool I am There is no lions and tigers, not even a carnival ride at the Piccadilly Circus. How very silly of me to think it was an actual circus All it is is a busy meeting place and a resting spot for tourists, It also has the huge...

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  • Trafalgar Tavern pub

    Greenwich Things to Do

    Built in 1837, it became renowned for its Whitebait suppers and its famous diners including the river arrivals of Charles Dickens, William Thackery and William Collins. Charles Dickens wrote Our Mutual Friend and one of the scenes, the wedding breakfast, was set in there. The restaurant still sells whitebait today. Decline of trade at the end of...

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  • Tower Bridge

    Greater London Things to Do

    Noooo..... this is not London Bridge! Apparently, it's often mistaken so I thought I'd clear that up right from the start. Now we can move on and I'll tell you how beautiful this monument is to behold in person. Its architecture is stunning and original, it serves both vehicles and pedestrians and it's got gargoyles! What more could you ask for?

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  • Portobello Road and Notting Hill

    London Things to Do

    With all the fame and the ensuing tourists, its amazing how Notting Hill didn't turn into a full-blown tourist trap (You know what I mean if you have been to Prague). Although it is not hard to find junks for tourists, but they are mostly cheap Britain-themed T-shirts, mugs and poster; nothing too insulting on the tourists' collective intelligence....

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  • Emirates Airline cable car

    Greenwich Things to Do

    This is a cable car link across the River Thames from North Greenwich right next to the O2 Arena to Victoria Docks on the north side of the river, near to Royal Victoria Docklands Light Railway (DLR) station and the Excel exhibition and convention centre. The cars must be high enough to go over any visiting ships, so it is fairly high up and you...

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  • Camden Town, Lock and Market

    Greater London Things to Do

    One of the largest street markets in the city. Great place to find old jewelry, home accessories. All mixed in with trendy, hip, edgy and new items in un-flashy shops. Great place to buy a cool hat, belt or pair of shoes.

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  • Covent Garden

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    London Things to Do

    Everybody loves Covent Garden. I can sit for hours at one of the restaurants at the market and listen to the music and watch the people. The Covent Garden and Soho areas, which are right next to each other, are my all time favourite spaces in London. Walking along Charing Cross Road makes me happy. I've done it tons of times, but I am still excited...

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  • St. Alfege Church

    Greenwich Things to Do

    There is a lovely Anglican church in Greenwich, St Alfege church named after and dedicated to the memory of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Alfege. Alfege was kidnapped and brutally martyred here on this site in 1012 by Danish pirates. Alfege´s last known words were, to the Danish demands of "Give us gold": "The gold I give you is the Word of...

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  • St. Pauls Cathedral

    Greater London Things to Do

    This was not on my "A" list of things to do, but afterwards I was really glad I went. The architecture is amazing, and the sacred space inside the cathedral inspiring. Lots of history, beautiful art, and of course the crypts below where Christopher Wren and company are buried. This is one of those places where having a knowlegeable guide will...

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  • Tower Bridge

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    London Things to Do

    Tower Bridge is one of London's best known landmarks for more than 100 years. The middle of the bridge can be raised to allow the boats to pass, what nowadays happens less than once a day. From the top there is a great view on the centre of London, with a display with the story of the bridge, and the original mechanism used to raise the bridge,...

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  • Fan Museum

    Greenwich Things to Do

    This museum is the only type in the world to wholley devote itself to this ancient art. The histroy of fans can be traced back 3,000 years used by Greeks and Romans for the act of cooling, these were fixed fans as folding fans were only invented much later. Fans have been used to measure economic and social standing in communities. The museum...

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  • Westminster Abbey

    Greater London Things to Do

    Westminster Abbey is the Anglican Church used for many of the royal occasions. Neither my friend nor I are particularly interested in royalty of any persuasion so we were more interested in some of the other people buried or memorialised here. Poets Corner fascinated us. Geoffrey Chaucer was the first poet buried here, but not because he wrote...

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Undoubtedly most vistors to London will visit a central area of a couple of square miles in the centre and, indeed there is a wealth of stuff to do there but London is a huge city and there is...

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