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December 19, 2015

The great city of London needs no introduction.  It is a place however which seems to have an endless list of attractions to see.  During my time living in there, I tried to see as much as I could and do as much as I could do.  Hopefully the list below gives you are few ideas to fill your spare time.  Be sure to click on the orange words to take you to a new website.

 

 

FAMOUS LANDMARKS

 

Tower Bridge

What is it? One of the worlds most iconic bridges opens up to give a tour of how it works.

Cost? £8

Opening Times? Apr-Sep 10.30-17.30, Oct-Mar 09.30-17.00

 

Parliament Houses and Big Ben

What is it? See where the laws from England are made.  You can visit the Commons and Westminster Hall.

Cost? £18

Opening Times? Tours are available on Saturdays and throughout the week when parliament is in recesses.

 

Buckingham Palace

What is it? The official London residence of the British Sovereigns.  It is home to Queen Elizabeth at the moment.

Cost? Free

Opening Times? There are no tours inside, but head to the gates to get a picture

 

Changing of the guards

What is it? A ceremony which is the official historic handover of military responsibility of the Royal palaces. 

Cost? Free

Opening Times? 11.15 start.  Daily between April and July. Scheduled every second day throughout the year.

 

 

Tower of London 

What is it? Home to the Crown Jewels and a medevil fortress which still stands today.

Cost? £23.10

Opening Times? Tue-Sat 9.00-16.30, Sun-Mon 10.00-16.30

 

 

SHOPPING

 

Oxford St

What is it? London's busiest shopping street.  This is what is ment by High street shopping.

Cost? Free to look

Opening Times? Shops usually open at 9.30 until 9pm but differ each store.

 

Harrods

What is it? The famous London store in which you can buy anything.  Head to the bottom for free samples.

Cost? Free to look

Opening Times? Mon-Sat 10.00-21.00, Sun 11.30-18.00

 

Carnaby Street

What is it? Marketed as London's hippest fashion and lifestyle shopping destination.

Cost? Free to look

Opening Times? Usual store times are Mon-Sat 10.00-19.00, Sun 10.00-18.00

 

 

AREAS TO SEE

 

Lords

What is it? The home of cricket.

Cost? Varies with each game.  Minor games are £17

Opening Times? Varies with each game.

 

Abbey Road

What is it? The pedestrian crossing made famous by the Beatles cover is near the Abbey Road Recording Studios.  Watch for traffic when mimicing the infamous photo.

Cost? Free

Opening Times? Any time.

 

The Globe theatre

What is it? A replica of WIlliam Shakespeare's Globe theatre.  Throughout the year there are live plays.

Cost? Tours are £15. Plays start from £5

Opening Times? 09.00 - 17.30

 

The Shard

What is it? A tall building that has London's highest viewing platform.

Cost? £25.95

Opening Times? 10.00-21.00

 

London Eye

What is it? A giant ferris wheel with great views over central London.

Cost? £19.35

Opening Times? 10.00-21.00

 

Southbank

What is it? Located in central London onthe banks of the river Thames, Southbank is home to numerous attractions.

Cost? Free.

Opening Times? All day

 

Hyde Park

What is it? A 350 acre parkland in the heart of London.  Famous landmarks are Speakers Corner, the Serpentine Lake and Princess Diana's memorial.

Cost? Free

Opening Times? 05.00-00.00

 

Platform 9 and 3/4

What is it? Made famous by the Harry Potter series, Kings Cross Station has made a sign for Platform 9 and 3/4.  There is even half a trolley sticking out of the wall.

Cost? Free

Opening Times? Best to visit during daylight hours

 

Piccadilly Circus

What is it? Where 2 main roads meet, the round about is surrounded by multiple billboards.

Cost? Free.

Opening Times? All day

 

Trafalgar Square

What is it? Home to the large lion statues.

Cost? Free.

Opening Times? All day.

 

Leicester Square

What is it? Home to movie premiers. 

Cost? Free

Opening Times? All day.

 

 

MARKETS

 

Brick Lane Markets

What is it? The place where up and coming designers come to sell their work.

Cost? Free to look.

Opening Times? Sunday 10.00-17.00

 

Camden Markets 

What is it? The alternative and bohemian markets where you can buy great gifts for people.

Cost? Free to look.

Opening Times? Open everyday 10.00-18.00

 

Borough Markets

What is it? London's number one fresh fruit 'n' veg market.  It is also packed with meats, cheese and seafood.  Go for your weekly shopping or lunch.

Cost? Free to look.

Opening Times? Wed &Thur 10.00-17.00, Fri 10.00-18.00, Sat 08.00-17.00

 

Portobello Road Markets

What is it? If it is antiques, fruit 'n' veg, new stuff or fashion, head to Notting Hill and check out the markets.

Cost? Free to look.

Opening Times? Mon-Wed 09.00-18.00, Thur 09.00-13.00, Fri-Sat 09.00-19.00.

 

 

MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES

 

Tate Modern

What is it? Home of British Art from 1500 to today.

Cost? Free

Opening Times? daily 10.00-18.00

 

Royal Observatory - Greenwich

What is it? Stand on the historic Prime Meridian (0 degrees Latitude) and visit Londons only planetarium.  Be there for sunset to see stunning views of London.

Cost? £9.50 - £19.50

Opening Times? 10.00-17.00

 

 

National Gallery 

What is it? A collection of paitings from around the world.

Cost? Free

Opening Times? Daily 10.00-18.00, Fri 10.00-21.00

 

The British Museum

What is it? A collection of artifacts from civilisations from around the world.

Cost? Free.

Opening Times? Daily 10.00-17.30, Fri 10.00-20.30

 

London Zoo 

What is it? Here you will find animals from around the world.  Take a canal boat and arrive in style.

Cost? £19.80

Opening Times? Daily 10.00-17.00.  Closing times can vary throughout the year.

 

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