London Capital of England
The UK’s capital – famous for Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and St Paul’s Cathedral.
Buckingham Palace – The Queen’s residence. Open: From August, Open daily 09:30 to18:00(last admission 15:45). Entry price: £34.50 adult
Big Ben – the great bell mounted on the clock tower of Westminster. Open: You can see the clock tower at any time from the outside. Regular tours for UK visitors only are held of the inside of the clock tower and are free.
St Paul’s Cathedral – famous cathedral designed by Sir Christopher Wren. Open: 08:30 to 16:00 Mon-Sat. Entry price: £16 adult
The Tate Modern Gallery – A large public art gallery with several floors of rooms grouped by theme. Open: 10.00 to 18.00, Sunday – Thursday and 10.00 to 22.00, Friday – Saturday. Entry price: Free for the main galleries, varying charges for special exhibitions.
The V&A Museum - a large museum of many artifacts. Open: 10:00 to 17:4 daily, 10:00 to 22:00 Fridays (selected areas only). Entry price: Free for the main galleries, varying charges for special exhibitions.
The Science Museum – A large museum with exhibits about science for all ages. Open: 10:00 to 18:00 (last entry 17:15) Entry price: Free for the main galleries, varying charges for special exhibitions.
The Natural History Museum – a large museum with exhibits about the natural world. Open: 10:00 to 17:50 (last entry 17:30) Entry price: Free for the main galleries, varying charges for special exhibitions.
Regents Park – a beautiful large park with wide-open spaces. Open: Dawn- dusk Entry price: Free
Oxford St – One of the city’s main shopping thoroughfares. Open: 9am – late. Entry Price – free, but bring your credit cards!
London has a well-deserved reputation as a capital city abounding with interesting culture, fun nightlife, beautiful parks, great architecture and fabulous shopping.
Visit tourist spots and immense architectural wonders such as Westminster, where the British Government sits, and Westminster Cathedral next door. You might also want to see St Paul’s Cathedral, and Buckingham Palace. All of these locations are quite stunning even from the outside only. You can also join tours to see inside.
Three of London’s most famous museums are all on one road, Cromwell Rd in South Kensington. The V&A Museum has beautiful and up to date permanent collections of ceramics, glass, jewellery, design and fashion, as well as top class representations of worldwide artefacts. You can spend hours on the free parts of the gallery alone. Add to that the exciting regular temporary exhibits and it’s a must-visit for London. If you’re more into science than history, the Science Museum is equally huge and has everything from steam engines to rockets, and displays showing the principles of physics. If you love animals and the natural world, then off to the Natural History Museum with you. You’ll be greeted by the famous gigantic diplodocus skeleton in the main hall, and can go off to displays about dinosaurs, mammals, creepy crawlies, and natural wonders such as geodes and gemstones.
Alternatively, if you just want to shop, head for Oxford St for all the big names, including Selfridges, or explore an area such as Brick Lane near Liverpool St or Brixton Village for more quirky finds.
To relax and take in some greenery after all that, Regent’s park is particularly beautiful, and includes a small Japanese garden, and a rose garden.