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London Sightseeing
Madame Tussaud's
  The most famous waxworks in the world. Come and take a closer look at celebrities from far and wide. The London Planetarium is also an out of this world treat for anyone interested in outer space.
The London Planetarium and Madame Tussaud's
Marylebone Road, NW1
Tel. 0870 400 3000
Prices: Adults from £14.95 to £16.95 children from £5.00 to £12.0
Nearest tube: Baker Street. Buses 13, 18, 27, 30, 74, 82, 113, 139, 159, 274 stop nearby
Open around 9.00 to 17.30 except Christmas Day. Opening times vary so check the website.
www.madame-tussauds.com

The Sherlock Holmes Museum
  Come and find out more about the most famous detective in literature. See where the fictional character worked and discover more about London in the Victorian era.
221b Baker Street, NW1
Tel: 020 7935 8866
Entry prices £6 adults and £4 children
Open from 9.30 to 18.00 every day except Christmas Day.
Nearest tube: Baker Street or Marylebone
Bus 13, 18, 27, 30, 74, 82, 113, 139, 159, 274 stop nearby
www.sherlock-holmes.co.uk

Serpentine Gallery
 
This is an ideal location for tourists, as visitors can combine an afternoon trip to Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, the Lido (London's very own lake for swimming in) and this famous art gallery. Built as a tea house over a century ago, this unusual building has been recently renovated. Not only are the exhibitions excellent, showing work by international artists, but there is also a well-stocked, if slightly cramped bookshop. It is a pleasant haven completely surrounded by trees, and in close proximity to the large museums such as the V&A ten minutes walk away. It is a welcome respite from the crowds and busy roads nearby.
The Gallery is open from 10.00 to 18.00 daily.
Nearest tubes: Knightsbridge, Lancaster Gate,
South Kensington
Buses
9/10/12/52/94
Tel 020 729 81515
www.serpentinegallery.org

The London Eye
 
Not for the faint hearted or sufferers of vertigo, this high tech Ferris wheel offers one of the best and highest views of London. Built to coincide with the Millennium celebrations, and apparently not welcomed by the government, as the wheel looks down on their ornate 19th Century offices. So, if you want to lord it over those in power and view the elected British MP's down below, you can climb to a great height and gaze for thirty minutes on the city rooftops and spires. A thrilling ride in a glass pod above central London.
Nearest tube: Embankment or Waterloo
Buses 211 ,24, 11 and many tourist bus routes.
Prices range from £5 for children to £10.50 for adults.
Disabled visitors can bring one carer for free and pay only £8.50
Open from October to December from 9.30 to 20.00 except for Wednesday mornings when the Eye is closed until 11.00
Tel 0870 5000 600 for advance bookings
www.londoneye.com
River Cruises on the Thames
  To complement your trip in the air, you can now take another by water.
River cruises can be booked on 0870 443 9185
Cutty Sark
  The Cutty Sark was built in 1869 to be the fastest clipper to bring the first of the season's crop of tea home to Britain. She is the world's sole surviving tea clipper. On the Main Deck you can see the crew and officers' accommodation; the 'Tween Deck has displays about her history, trade and life on board and the Lower Hold has a colourful collection of painted figureheads. There are plenty of children's displays and hands-on activities to do. Group discounts and free guided tours are available. There are many other interesting places to visit in Greenwich, from the London Observatory to Greenwich Park. Come and pick edible chestnuts here in the Autumn or visit the many traditional pubs, market stalls and smaller shops in this pretty district of London.
King William Walk, Greenwich, SE10
Tel: 020 8858 3445
Fax: 020 8853 3589
Open 10.00-17.00 daily, except for Christmas and Boxing Day.
Tickets: Adults £3.90, children and concessions £2.90
Nearest train station: Greenwich
www.cuttysark.org.uk
Tower of London
  Every British Child who has been to London seems to have a vivid memory of going to the Tower when they were young. One of the oldest and most famous buildings in Britain, and still standing by the River Thames after 1000 years, this imposing building has seen some gruesome action in it's time. Younger visitors seem strangely fascinated by the fact that a number of royals were incarcerated here. However, the Tower is not just an historical monument, it is also where the crown jewels are held. Unless the British Queen, Elizabeth II is actually wearing them for a state occasion, they will be on display for visitors to see. Remember to take your camera if you want a shot of the red liveried Beefeaters, the colourfully dressed guards of the Tower.
Opening times

Summer
March - October
Monday to Saturday09.00 - 17.00
Sunday 10.00 - 17.00
Winter
November to February
Tuesday to Saturday09.00 - 16.00
Sunday and Monday 10.00 - 16.00
All internal buildings close thirty minutes after the last admission time.
Admission prices
Adults£11.30
Concession£8.50
Children 5 -15£7.50
Family (up to 2 adults and 3 children) £34.00


Tube: Tower Hill BR: Fenchurch Street DLR: Tower Gateway Boats: from Westminster and Charing Cross
Tube: Tower Hill BR: Fenchurch Street
Bus 15 to Tower Hill
Docklands Light Railway: Tower Gateway
Boats: from Westminster and Charing Cross
www.armouries.org.uk

Horniman Museum & Gardens
  Situated in 16 acres of gardens, this impressive anthropological museum was built in 1901 by Mr Horniman, from the profits of the tea trade. It is a grand building and has some marvellous displays of musical instruments from all round the world as well as exhibitions about indigenous cultures and a fascinating natural history collection. Hands-on talks for children are held throughout the year at no extra charge. These include puppet and musical instrument making workshops. In summer it is particularly worth a visit as the conservatory is open and concerts are held at the weekend. There is also a café inside the museum.
Free entry
100 London Rd, Forest Hill SE23
Tel: 020 8699 1822
Fax: 020 8291 5506
Nearest train station: Forest Hill, buses 176, 185, 312 and P4 stop outside, and 63, 122 and P13 stop nearby.
www.horniman.ac.uk
Tate Modern
 
Converted from the disused coal burning Bankside Power station, this huge building has been radically transformed into one of the most impressive art galleries in Europe. Changing exhibitions make use of the enormous turbine engine hall, whilst upstairs the permanent displays are well signposted around coherent themes.
Tate Modern
Bankside
London SE1
Nearest tube: Southwark

Telephone 020 7887 8000

www.tate.org.uk

Millennium Bridge
 

The best way to get from two prime sites: Christopher Wren's glorious St Paul's Cathedral to the impressive Tate Modern. Now the 'wobbling bridge' has been made safe, it is worth walking across the Thames to admire the riverside views across the Thames. There are no charges for crossing the bridge.
Hungerford Bridge
Another rather beautiful pedestrian bridge has been constructed during the past two years over the River Thames. The old Hungerford Bridge has been replaced y two pedestrian bridges which take pedestrians from Embankment Station to the South Bank.
Nearest tubes Embankment and Waterloo Stations


South Bank Centre
 

Here you will find one of the best places to wander by the Thames on a summer's evening. Some critics say that the South Bank Centre is mainly a concrete monstrosity, designed for a siege rather than a night out. However, the many restaurants, concert halls, film and theatre venues all within a few minutes walk of each other make this a lively, inviting part of the city. The area is home to the largest concentration of arts and leisure facilities in the world. Within a few minutes walk of Waterloo Station you can find Imax, the huge cinema screen showing films for all ages, one of only two in Britain. There is the Hayward Gallery, an internationally renowned exhibition venue for mainly contemporary art. Just below, there is the National Film Theatre, currently celebrating it's 50th anniversary and one of the best cinemas in London. The NFT screens old classics, contemporary releases and some surprising films you won't find at commercial cinemas. If you are staying in London for a while you might want to join the NFT to save money on tickets. (You automatically become a member of the British Film Institute and can get information about contemporary films, film history and can also use the BFI library and their excellent resources). They have a reasonable Film Café and bar, with large windows offering a good view of the river. This is a relaxed place to meet and discuss the movies you have seen. Look out for the brand new film centre which will be built in 2003...
The Royal National Theatre nearby is one of the world's great theatrical institutions. With it's four auditoria, there should be something to suit everyone's tastes, ranging from Guys and Dolls to a Shakespeare play or the inventive Theatre de Complicité. There is a decent bookshop and numerous cafes inside the huge building and free pre-performance concerts are held a few times a week. Tickets are not extortionate and can often be bought on the day.
www.nationaltheatre.org.uk

Queen Elisabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Royal Festival Hall. The RFH was built for the 1950's Festival of Britain and is a graceful, spacious monument to the optimism and forward thinking at the time. The building hasn't altered for fifty years, but it still remains a welcoming, open space. There are often exhibitions and free dance or music events at lunchtimes or in the early evenings, so it is a good place to drop by in the late afternoons or weekends. The cultural diversity of London is reflected in the range of work performed, from rhythmic Kathak dance to stately Baroque quartets. Many international stars have played at the South Bank Centre, and their programme encompasses jazz, world, folk, early, experimental and classical music. Hidden on the 4th floor is the Poetry Library, a small but excellent place where visitors can find thousands of modern or ancient poems. This is also open on Sundays, so if you are alone and want some literary diversion, entrance is free.
There are also a number of sandwich counters, bars and The People's Palace, a more expensive restaurant serving food in a large, airy room with fantastic views overlooking the Thames.

www.sbc.org.uk (for all South Bank Centre venues, including the Hayward Gallery and the Poetry Library).

www.bfi.org.uk (for the National Film Theatre)
Also nearby are :

The London Aquarium (fish and sea creatures, large and small) Tickets from 3.50 to 25
www.londonaquarium.co.uk



The Oxo Tower (restaurant and exhibition space)
  On the rooftop is the Oxo Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie and a free public viewing gallery (open daily). On the first and second floors are 33 retail design studios for contemporary designer-makers. This concentration of specialised studios where you can buy exciting objects direct from the maker is a unique feature of Oxo Tower Wharf. It is also possible to commission one off pieces and the excellent work is recognised by the Crafts Council of Great Britain.

On the ground floor is the.gallery@oxo which hosts a regularly changing programme of art, applied art /design and photography exhibitions. Entry to all exhibitions is free.
www.oxotower.co.uk.

Soon the new Saatchi Gallery will open in the former GLC (Greater London Council) County Hall building. This huge listed riverside building is currently home to a variety of tourist attractions including the London Aquarium, Dali Universe, a permanent exhibition dedicated to the work of the Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali and several restaurants.


Leighton House Museum
  12 Holland Park Road
Kensington
London
W14
Tel: 020 7602 3316
Fax: 020 7371 2467
This West London house was built using the most extraordinary turquoise tiles and the latest designs at the end of the 19th Century to create his stylish palace based on stories from the Arabian Nights. Owned by Lord Leighton, the great classical painter and President of the Royal Academy, this is a sumptuous example of what the wealthy could do if they had a lot of imagination. Leighton House also has a fine collection of Victorian art with paintings by Leighton, Burne-Jones, Millais and their contemporaries. The delightful Holland Park is just round the corner, for an afternoon stroll among the trees.
Leighton House is open daily except Tuesdays from 11.00 to 17.30.The House is open on spring and summer bank holidays but closed on other bank holidays, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Nearest tube : High Street Kensington

The British Museum
  One of the best collections of classical antiquities in Europe, this grand institution is also home to a new architectural masterpiece: The Great Court. Come and gaze at Egyptian mummies, The Rosetta Stone and Ancient Greek jewellery made of gold.
The British Museum is free to all visitors.
A charge may be made for temporary exhibitions. For detail of concessions, check their website or contact the Information Desk on 020 7323 8299.
Open: Saturday -Wednesday 10.00 - 17.30
Thursday - Friday 10.00 - 20.30
Nearest tube: Tottenham Court Road, buses 8, 10, 73,124, 129
www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Cabinet War Rooms
  Clive Steps
King Charles Street
Westminster
London
SW1
Tel: 020 7930 6961
Fax: 020 7839 5897
For the first time since the Second World War you can now visit Churchill's subterranean wartime headquarters including the very room where the Prime Minister, his Cabinet and his Chiefs of Staff took momentous decisions at the height of the enemy bombing on London. Walk through, the top secret Map Room where military planners plotted the course of the war while Britain's slept at night. Located in the basement of a government building, the Cabinet War Rooms were hurriedly converted into emergency accommodation to protect the British Government against air attacks on the eve of the Second World War. The underground complex of twenty-one rooms have remained relatively untouched since they were abandoned at the end of the war in 1945.
Open Daily 9.30am (10am 1 October - 31 March) to 18.00 (last admission 17.15). Closed Over Christmas.
Nearest Tube: Westminster or Charing Cross, buses 11, 12

National Trust Properties
  2 Willow Road
Hampstead
London
NW3

This modernist house filled with work by famous artists from the 1940's onwards is the former home of Ernö Goldfinger, designed and built by him in 1939. It is one of Britain's most important examples of Modernist architecture and is filled with furniture also designed by Goldfinger. The eclectic collection of art includes works by Henry Moore, Bridget Riley and Max Ernst. You can follow your visit with a brisk walk on the wild expanse of Hampstead Heath opposite.
Tel: 020 74356166
Nearest Tube: Hampstead
To the end of February 2003 entry tickets cost: Adult £4.40; child £2.20; family £11. There is no parking at the house. On-street parking is very limited. You can buy a joint ticket with Fenton House, an exquisite 17th Century property nearby, for £6.30.

Sutton House
  A remarkable building in London's East End, Sutton House was built in 1535 by Sir Ralph Sadleir, who frequented the court of Henry VIII. It became home to successive London merchants, Huguenot silk-weavers, and was even a girl's school. This large Tudor house has oak-panelled rooms, carved fireplaces and an exhibition tells the history of the house and its former occupants. A good café serves meals and drinks.
Admission prices up to 28 Feb 2003:
Adult £2.10; child 50p; family £4.70.
2 & 4 Homerton High Street Hackney E9
Tel 020 8986 2264
Bus 38 from Islington Angel tube or Victoria Station
www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Kew Gardens
  Kew is the home to some remarkable glasshouses, including the multi-zoned Diana, Princess of Wales centre with it's temperate and tropical mini climates. There is the Victorian Palm House and the Grade I listed Orangery which has undergone extensive restoration and has now reopened as Kew's most elegant restaurant. There are also acres of parkland, flowers and shrubs to wonder at during every month of the year. There are a number of shops where visitors can buy horticultural related books as well as gifts such as cactus marmalade and stinging nettle syrup.
Adults £6.50
Concessions £4.50
Children up to and including 16 years (accompanied by an adult) Free
Nearest tube: Kew Gardens, Silverlink trains to Kew Gardens or from Waterloo to Kew Bridge
info@rbgkew.org.uk or Tel: +44 (0)20 8332 5655
www.rbgkew.org.uk has a very informative website

London Markets

Columbia Road Market
 

A Sunday morning phenomenon. This quiet East London Street is transformed into a garden paradise once a week.
Take a bus to this small street to buy colourful plants, small trees and exotic flowers. There are 52 plant stalls and around 30 garden shops and cafes. You can buy organic cheese and breads, terracotta pots and antique garden furniture. The atmosphere is lively and people seem to be really enjoying themselves, whether they are stocking up on shrubs for their garden or just savouring a croissant in a pavement café. The market is open during every season, and is an excellent place to find rarities or bedding plants at wholesale prices. However, it can get very crowded after 10am.
Sundays from 8.00 until 14.00.

Parking Restrictions are in operation around the area, so it is advisable to come by public transport.
Buses 38 and 55 to Columbia Road.


Bermondsey Market,
  Long Lane and Bermondsey St, SE1
Friday 05.00 to around 12.00
Tube: London Bridge, Borough
Antiques; mainly paintings, silver, jewellery. A market for dealers and the (canny) general public. You can even bargain (politely) and the stall holders seem to enjoy the banter.

Brick Lane Market,
  Brick Lane, E1
Sunday from daybreak to 13.00
Tube: Shoreditch, Liverpool Street, Aldgate East
Old furniture, second hand books, fresh food, contemporary clothing. A lot of the items on sale are not as exciting as in the past, but you might find something unusual among the stalls.

Spitalfields Market,
  Commercial St, E1
Open: Sun 09.30 - 17.30
Tube: Liverpool Street
Buses 43, 11
Second-hand books, art sold by the artists themselves, hand painted objects, organic food, delicious breads, natural beauty products, homemade West Indian chilli sauces, second hand records, Afghan rugs, retro lamps, designer linen and velvet skirts and much, much more...Surrounding the market are lots of places to eat, from the lively Spitz Gallery to Mediterranean cafés, pasta take-aways and noodle stalls.
There is a smaller version of the market on Fridays, but the atmosphere isn't as animated as on a Sunday
Petticoat Lane Market,
 
Middlesex St, E1

A cheap and cheerful place to wander through. Middlesex Street is close to Spitalfields Market so it is easy to cover both in one Sunday morning. There are lots of stalls selling cheap copies of high street fashion, leather goods, toys, bath linen, watches and shoes. The quality may not be the best, but you might find a few bargains. There are also quite a few shops selling African printed or embroidered fabrics along Wentworth Street, for unusual table linen or headscarves.
Nearest tube stations: Liverpool Street, Aldgate, Aldgate East
Open: Sunday 09.00 - 14.00
A few stalls are also set up from Monday to Friday on Wentworth Street
Buses 253, 25, 43



Portobello Road Market,
 

Portobello Rd, W10
Open: Antiques: Saturday 07.00 - 17.30, General market: Monday to Wednesday and Friday to Saturday 09.00 - 17.00, Thursday 09.00 - 13.00

A world famous market with all kinds of antiques, plenty of fruit and vegetables, bric-a-brac, and a diverse range of new and second-hand clothes. There are also some great places to eat along the route and some eclectic shops to discover, too.
Nearest tube: Notting Hill Gate, Ladbroke Grove
Buses 7, 23, 52, 70
www.portobelloroad.co.uk

 

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