Places to Visit in London

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London view Being one of the most visited towns in the world, London attracts more than 15 million visitors each year.
A wide range of outstanding attractions will fulfil every taste and budget: going from world-class tourist sites to exceptional shopping, restaurants and entertainment and beautiful green parks and places.

London is an incredible metropolis, it is hard to rival its extraordinary diversity. From lively market places to luxurious department stores, London will stun you.

Top 10 London attractions

British Museum

British Museum, London The British Museum is one of the greatest museums in the world. From the works of prehistoric man to modern times with world wide fabulous collections, the museum displays a complete record of the rise and ruin of world cultures : six million objects spread out in 94 galleries.
Famous artworks and historic objects including Parthenon Frieze (Elgin Marbles), Sutton Hoo treasures, Lindow 'bog' man along with an unparalleled collection of mummies, coffins, funerary statuettes and Books of the Dead in the Roxie Walker Galleries.
Last but not least, the programme of special exhibitions and daily gallery tours, talks and guided tours are also available for you to enjoy. You will either spend one day or a whole week over there.

Opening Times: Open daily 10am - 5.30pm. Selected galleries are open late on Thursdays and Fridays until 8.30pm.
Admission is free except for special exhibits.
More information and gallery: www.britishmuseum.org

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Tate Modern

London"Housed in the former Bankside Power Station on the banks of the Thames, Tate Modern holds the greatest collection of British art in the world, including works by Blake, Constable, Epstein, Gainsborough, Hogarth, Moore, Rossetti, Spencer, Gilbert and George, Hirst, Hockney, Stubbs and Turner and some of world wide art: Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso, Dali, Warhol.
Tate Modern is organised by themes and shows the collection of British and world art from 1500 to the present day. Tate Modern is a part of Tate group which is composed of Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool, Tate St Ives and Tate Online.
Opening Times:

  • Open Sunday till Thursday: 10am - 6pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 10am - 10pm
  • Last admission into exhibitions 5.15pm (Friday and Saturday 9.15pm)
  • Closed 24, 25 and 26 December (open as normal on 1 January)

Admission is free except for special exhibits.
More information and gallery: www.tate.org.uk/modern/

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National Gallery

National Gallery, London More than 2,000 works of art represent the leading schools of Western European painting from the 13th to the end of the 19th century. The National Gallery is outstanding thanks to the quality and the range of pictures it displays.
Among the best known works are: "The Arnolfini Potrait" by Jan Van Eyck, "The Baptism of Christ" by Pirro della Francesca, "The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne and Saint John the Baptist" by Leonardo de Vinci, "Rembrandt's Self Portrait" at the Age of 63 and "Sunflowers" by Van Gogh.
The Gallery also arranges many special events, including lectures, guided tours, films and exhibitions. Don't miss the Micro Gallery, where you can search for any painting in the collection and print a reproduction to take home.

Opening Times: Daily 10:00am-6:00pm. Friday 10:00am-9:00pm Closing commences 5 minutes before time stated.
Free admission to the collection and some special exhibitions.
More information and gallery: www.nationalgallery.org.uk

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The London Eye

London Attractions, London EyeThe London Eye is the symbol of the city and one of the UK's most popular new attractions. Standing at 135m, this world's largest observation wheel was designed and built within seven years.
The slow, 30-minute ride in high-tech "capsules" offers breathtaking views of London. Passengers can see over 25 miles in each direction and will view some of the world's most famous sites including Windsor Castle, the Palace of Westminster and the Houses of Parliament. There are over 15, 000 visitors per day.

Opening Times: Winter Oct-May: 10.00am - 8.00pm Daily. Summer: June - September 10.00am - 9.00pm Daily. Closed Christmas Day.
More information and admission price: www.londoneye.com

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The Houses of Parliament

Houses of Parliament Also known as The Palace of Westminster, The Houses of Parliament lie on the north bank of the River Thames. The building mainly dates back to 19th century and contains around 1,100 rooms, 100 staircases and 5 kilometres (3 mi) of corridors. The chapel crypt, Westminster Hall and the Jewel Tower are the three illustrious historic buildings remaining from the 1834 fire.
Westminster Hall is one of the most imposing medieval halls in Europe and you will be able to enter it only on a guided tour. It was used as England's highest court of law until the nineteenth century. The statue of Oliver Cromwell stands outside the hall as the Lord Protector watching over the place.

House of Commons

An incendiary bomb destroyed the House of Commons in 1941. A reconstruction of Barry's original design for the house, taken from St. Stephen's chapel, the commons old meeting place, was completed in 1950.

House of Lords

The House of Lords was decorated in scarlet and gold and has all the grandeur one would expect in this chamber. Every year in November her Majesty the Queen is used to making her opening speech. She seats on the gold throne which masters the chamber.

More information and admission price: www.parliament.uk

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The Changing of the Guard

Changing GuardThe Changing the Guard or Guard Mounting is a ritual involving a new guard exchanging duty with the old guard.
The Queen's Guard is the Guard at Buckingham Palace, it is split into two Detachments: the Buckingham Palace Detachment and the St. James Palace Detachment in charge of respectively guarding Buckingham Palace and St. James Palace.
A battalion of the Household division is usually chosen for the guard but sometimes the Scots Guards, the Irish Guards, the Welsh Guards, the Grenadier Guards or the Coldstream Guards may be commandeered.

See the time of guard exchanging: www.changing-the-guard.com

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Victoria and Albert Museum

London AttractionsThe Victoria and Albert Museum is a "must-see" on every London itinerary. The museum houses 7 miles of exhibition space, displaying a collection of over 4 million objects drawn from 5000 years of cultural history.
Founded in the 1850s, it now owns the greatest and most diverse collection of decorative art and design in the world. Get lost in 145 amazing galleries of photographs, fashion, metalwork, paintings, sculpture, glass and ceramics. The Dress and Jewellery collections are particularly outstanding.

Opening Times: 10am-5pm daily, Friday 10am-10pm Closed 24, 25 & 26 December.
Free admission to the collection and some special exhibitions.
More information and gallery: www.vam.ac.uk

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Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds Museum Madame Tussauds opened her famous wax museum in 1802, displaying sculptured heads of guillotined aristocrats. Today, you can brush shoulders with the rich and famous from all over the world in this famous wax collection.
First, take a picture with an history's great, visit the Chamber of Horrors and relive the terror of Jack the Ripper. Do not forget to greet the Superstars and have a look at the Grand Hall.

Opening Times: open seven days a week. Normal opening hours are 9:30am – 5:30pm. Peak opening hours are 9.00am - 6.00pm. Christmas Eve 9.00am - 2.30pm, closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day 10.30am - 6.00pm and New Year's Day 9.30am – 6.00pm.
More information and admission price: www.madame-tussauds.co.uk

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The Tower of London

Tower of LondonThe Tower of London was built in 1078 by William the Conqueror as a fortress to protect the city of London.
During the following centuries it was modified and rebuilt. Other buildings were added to the first White tower building. At the beginning of its life, The Tower of London was a fortress, after that a residence of Royal family. Henry VIII of Tudors turned the tower into a state prison. The first prisoners were people who were unlucky enough to loose his favour, including his wife Anne Boleyn.
The Tower of London holds many secrets inside its walls... Some say that there is a treasure hidden inside the tower, others claim meeting the ghosts of lonely prisoners that still dwell in their Jail.
The Black Ravens represent another mystery of the Tower of London. One of the legends says that if all the Ravens leave the Tower, it will fall and the Kingdom of England with it.

Opening Times: Tuesday-Saturday 9.00am- 5.30pm Sunday &Monday 10.00am- 5.30pm. Last admission: 5.00pm.
More information and price: www.hrp.org.uk/toweroflondon/

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Westminster Abbey

Westminster AbbeyWestminster Abbey is a must-see place of the history of Britain. Kings, queens, statesmen and soldiers; poets, priests, heroes and villains, almost 3,000 people are buried in the Church and Cloisters and there are over 600 monuments and memorials.
Located in the heart of London, every year the Abbey welcomes more than one million visitors. Explore the Poets' Corner, one of the best known parts of Westminster Abbey the burial place of writers, playwrights and poets; Geoffrey Chaucer was the first poet to be buried here.
Walk through the College Garden that has been cultivated for more than 900 years as the Abbey's first Infirmary garden. And visit the Great Cloister, used by the monks for meditation and exercise it is one of the busiest parts of the monastic precincts and, with windows filled with glass, rushes strewn on the floor and braziers burning, would have been comfortable than it seems today.

Opening times and more information: www.westminster-abbey.org

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