The crown jewels, Buckingham Palace, Camden Market…in London, history collides with art, fashion, food, and good British ale. A perfect day is different for everyone: culture aficionados shouldn't miss the Tate Modern and the Royal Opera House. If you love fashion, Oxford Street has shopping galore. For foodies, cream tea at Harrod’s or crispy fish from a proper chippy offers classic London flavor. Music and book buffs will love seeing Abbey Road and the Sherlock Holmes Museum (at 221B Baker Street, of course).
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4.5 based on 32 reviews
The National Gallery houses the national collection of paintings in the Western European tradition from the 13th to the 19th centuries. It is on show 361 days a year, free of charge.
This museum is completely free! Took us a couple hours to go through all galleries at a brisk pace. Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, and many other famous European artists’ works are on display here. The Egyptian works display is simply incredible. Our favorites were “The Thinker” and the Rosetta Stone.
4.5 based on 59 reviews
A museum of the world, for the world. Discover over two million years of human history and culture. Some of the world-famous objects include the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures and Egyptian mummies.
A great collection of collections - so much to see.
We also had lunch in here, good choice and we found a quiet corner.
Very good arrangements to get into the building, and around the exhibits. Many of the toilets appeared to be closed so it was hard to find an accessible toilet, and when we did find one it had a very long queue, was dirty and a sign said 'no hot water'.
4.5 based on 25 reviews
The world's greatest museum of art and design.The V&A's collections are unrivalled in their diversity. Explore historical and contemporary art and design, including works of art from many of the world's richest cultures. Admission free.
We’d never been to the V & A before, mainly because we didn’t think it would interest us, I just thought it was fashion. Anyway, how wrong we were! I loved the place, so much more there than I thought. Statues, religious artefacts, instruments, ceramics and glass, all sorts of fantastic designs and history. Definitely would go again
4.5 based on 17 reviews
The underground headquarters of the British High Command served as the nerve center of Britain's war effort during World War II.
Luckily we had booked our tickets in advance, which cut the wait down to 20 min. Others not so lucky, waited for +2 hours. In any case it is worth the wait, especially the Churchill museum is outstanding for V-fans as myself. Hear his speeches, learn about his life and what formed him. A must visit - just book in advance and join the priority line.
4.5 based on 14 reviews
Most of this iconic building was built in the mid-19th century following a devastating fire in 1834. Westminster Hall survived the fire and dates from 1097. Visitors can book tours through the House of Commons and the House of Lords, and are welcome to watch debates and committees when the Houses are sitting..
4.5 based on 14 reviews
This 90-acre park, the oldest Royal Park in London, features a large lake that is a wildlife sanctuary for ducks, geese, swans and even pelicans.
I work in the area so regularly walk round this park at lunch - it's a great place. You can walk round the whole thing in about 30 minutes but it'll take a longer if you stop to view all the wildlife - lots of geese, swans, ducks and pelicans. It also has very friendly squirrels. It does get busy around lunchtime so if you prefer it a bit quieter come earlier/later in the day. In the warmer summer months it's busy in the evenings too with people having after work drinks/snacks.
4.5 based on 16 reviews
Once the hunting ground for Henry VIII, this large royal park is best known for its famous Speakers' Corner, where people speak their minds, Rotton Row, a famous horse-riding area and Serpentine Lake, home to waterfowl and oarsmen.
The vast open space in the middle of the city is superb. There are many monuments to see particularly the Albert Memorial which is stunning. We walked through to the Albert Hall, the Science Museum and the underground.
4.5 based on 10 reviews
An amazing food market dating back to the 13th century.
Saturday is the busiest day at this market. It is the day that most of the food stalls and restaurants are open. The selection of fruit, cheese, meats, vegetables, produce, seafood, bread, pastries and prepared food items is extensive and of the highest quality. There are many vendors who come from France and Italy for the market. There are organic and hydroponic offerings. It is an incredible market but it can get very crowded - especially on a Saturday so be prepared.
4.5 based on 52 reviews
One of London's most famous landmarks, the historic Tower houses the Crown Jewels, the prison cell of Sir Walter Raleigh, known as the Bloody Tower, and the Chapel of St. John and the Royal Armories.
We have taken the tour of the Tower of London several times before. This time we had an excellent guide - animated and informative - Yeoman Warder Jason Woodcock. His presentation lasted about one hour then you are free to visit the crown jewels, the White Tower and the Torture Chamber on your own.
Admission was included with the London Pass. Without the London Pass, adult admission is £22.70. We had one of the first guided tours in the morning. It can get very crowded. There were lots of school groups the day we visited.
4.5 based on 29 reviews
An iconic London landmark and one of Britain's best loved historic sites, Tower Bridge is open to the public 363 days a year. Within the Bridge's iconic structure and magnificent Victorian Engine rooms, the Tower Bridge Exhibition is the best way of exploring the most famous bridge in the world! Come learn about this incredible feat of Victorian engineering, discover how the Bridge is raised and enjoy stunning panoramic views across London from our high-level walkways, 42 metres above the River Thames. Opening Times: 10:00 - 17:30(last admission )
Visited Tower Bridge with a U3A group, we had booked for group visit accompanied by a guide. The name of our guide was Natalie and she did an excellent job taking us around this fascinating and Iconic Bridge. She explained the history, the mechanics, the contribution that it makes to this part of London.
All in all it was tour to remember and was excellent value for money.
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