It has been claimed that London is “the world in one city”. And who can disagree? Due to the varied range of cultures and people that you can meet here, London is crowned as the most cosmopolitan city on the planet. More than 300 languages are spoken in this area. People from all over the world visit London in order to experience its famous chaos and noise but mostly to discover by themselves all the reasons that make London such an interesting city.

Standing on the River Thames, London is marked as one of the most exciting cities on Earth. Full of monuments and palaces, pubs and restaurants, it is a capital that can satisfy every kind of tourist. London is undoubtedly the world’s most-visited city and our guide will let you know why.

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When to Visit

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January & February Low season; cheaper deals on accommodation, attractions and restaurants. Best time to avoid lines and large crowds.

May – August High season; expect long lines and peak prices in flights and accommodation. The weather is warm and plenty of summer music festivals or outdoor cinemas take place, such as the Notting Hill Carnival, Europe’s biggest street festival followed by a huge Caribbean party.

September – November Still crowded till mid-September due to the mild temperatures. The city hosts a variety of annual events, such as the Totally Thames Festival, which offers a vibrant programme of live performances, river-inspired art and more.


The London Eye

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It is impossible to visit London and not spend time to admire this incredible structure! The London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel towering over the Thames and opposite the Houses of Parliament. Built in the 1999 in order to celebrate the new millennium, it is marked as the tallest cantilevered observation wheel in the world. The London Eye is undoubtedly a must-see and, actually, a must-do since you can get on in one of its 32 enclosed capsules and enjoy the breathtaking view of the city. I hope you are not acrophobic because it will make you feel like you are touching the sky!

Open:
October-March 11:00AM-06:00PM daily

April-September 10:00AM-08:30PM daily

Closed: 25 December and 2 weeks in January

Price: Adults £27/Children (3-15)£22/Children under 3free entrance

The Ticket office opens at 09:30AM but it is advisable to book tickets online especially for weekends or school holidays; they are also online discounts. For the visiting hours and for further information check   www.londoneye.com.

Tower of London 

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Located at the north bank of the River Thames, Tower of London is a glorious castle with a more glorious history. It was built in 1078 by William the Conqueror and it was considered as a symbol of oppression inflicted by the new masters upon the people. Throughout the years, London’s castle has served as a protected fortress, royal palace and an infamous prison as well. In the past centuries, controlling the Tower was directly linked to controlling the country.

Open:
March-October 
Tuesday-Saturday 09:00AM-05:30PM
Sunday-Monday 10:00AM-05:30PM

November-February 
Tuesday-Saturday 09:00AM-04:30PM
Sunday-Monday 10:00AM-04:30PM

(last admission 30 min before closing)

Price: Adults £24.80/Children under 15 £11.50/Family £44.60 (1 adult, 3 children), £63 (2 adults, 3 children)/Children under 5s free entrance

There is a café and a restaurant at the Tower. If you need more information visit the website www.hrp.org.uk or call at +44 (0)20 3166 6000.


Buckingham Palace 

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Buckingham Palace was originally built as a townhouse for the Duke of Buckingham in 1703; however, during the 19 th century it was enlarged by architect John Nash and became the residence of Queen Victoria. Marked as the most famous landmark, Buckingham Palace is home to the present Queen and British monarchy in general. The State Rooms are open to the public only during summer. Don’t miss the chance to explore the beautiful State Rooms and enjoy an interesting tour of the residence!

State Rooms

Open:
21 July-31 August 09:30AM-07:00PM daily (last admission 05:15PM)

1-30 September 09:30AM-06:00PM daily (last admission 04:15PM)

Price: Adults £24/Students & over 60s £22/ under 17s £13.50/ Family £55.30

This ticket includes admission to the State Rooms, a special exhibition and a multimedia tour.

Royal Mews

Open:
1 February-25 March 10:00AM-04:00PM (last admission 03:15PM)

26 March-3 November 10:00AM-05:00PM (last admission 04:15PM)

4-30 November 10:00AM-04:00PM (last admission 03:15PM)

Price: Adults £11/Students and over 60s £10/under 17s £6.40/under 5 free/Family £28.80

This ticket includes a multimedia tour.

Queen’s Gallery

Open:
During Buckingham Palace Summer Opening (21 July-30 September 2018). 09:30AM-05:30PM (last admission 04:15PM)

All other times of the year 10:00AM-05:30PM (last admission 04:15PM)

Price: Adults £11/Students and over 60s £10/under 17s £5.50/Under 5 free/Family £27.50

This ticket includes a multimedia tour.

If you need more information you can check online at www.royalcollection.org.uk.



British Museum 

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The British Museum, located at the Bloomsbury area, was established by the physician and scientist Sir Hans Sloane in 1753. Devoted to humanity, it illustrates a collection of works that document the evolution of human culture from its beginnings to the present. The themes of the collection vary: Middle East (scenes from the Assyrian palace of Nineveh), Ancient Egypt and Sudan (mummies and sarcophagi), Greece and Rome (Parthenon sculptures and marvels of the Classical world), Asia (Chinese antiquities, Islamic pottery and Japanese relics), Africa (objects from indigenous African people), Prehistory and Europe, Coins and Medals, Prints and Drawings as well as the Enlightenment.

Open: Daily 10:00AM-05:30PM (Friday 10:00AM-08:30PM)

Great Court:Saturday-Thursday 09:00AM-06:00PM

Friday 09:00AM-08:30PM

Closed: 1 January and 24, 25 & 26 December

Price: Free Entrance

You can get free maps and if you are interested for a guide address to the information desks of the museum.
For further information visit www.britishmuseum.org.

National Gallery 

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Founded in 1824, the National Gallery is located at Trafalgar Square in the City of Westminster, in Central London. It is an art museum that consists of a huge collection of paintings from the Early Renaissance to the Impressionists (1250-1900). Marked as one of the greatest art collections in the world, the National Gallery is separated in four areas: the Sainsbury Wing, the West, the North and the East Wing, depending on the time period of the artworks.

Open: Daily 10:00AM-06:00PM (Friday 10:00AM-09:00PM)

Price: Free Entrance

For further information visit
https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/.


National Portrait Gallery 

An art gallery at St Martin’s Place, off Trafalgar Square, currently connected with the National Gallery. Home to a collection of portraits of historically important but less known British people, the National Portrait Gallery illustrates royalty. The Chandos portrait of William Shakespeare, Patrick Branwell Brontë's painting of his sisters Charlotte, Emily and Anne or Queen Victoria’s sculpture are some of the most famous displays in the gallery.

Open: Daily 10:00AM-06:00PM (Thursday-Friday 10:00AM-09:00PM)

Price: Free Entrance (there is a charge for some temporary exhibitions)

There is a great view of the Trafalgar Square if you wish to have a lunch at the Portrait Restaurant.

For further information visit the official website: 
www.npg.org.uk


National History Museum 

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An ideal place for people who are interested in natural history. The Natural History Museum is located at Cromwell Road in Kensington & Chelsea. It exhibits a wide range of specimens which are divided into collections: botany and entomology, mineralogy, paleontology and zoology. Specimens collected by Charles Darwin are also projected, but the most impressive is the exhibition of dinosaur skeletons which makes it interesting for children as well.

Open: 10:00AM-05:50PM Daily (Last admission 05:30PM)

Closed: 24-26 December

Price: Free Entrance (admission charge for special exhibitions)

There are two cafés and snack bars where you can spend some time if you need a break. If you need more information about the museum visit www.nhm.ac.uk.

Science Museum

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If you are interested in science, then this is your place. The Science Museum explores the world of science and projects how the world developed through time scientifically and technologically. Founded in 1857 and located at Exhibition Road in South Kensington, this museum is attracting millions of visitors per year.

Open: 10:00AM-06:00PM Daily (Last admission 05:15PM)

Closed: 24-26 December

Price: Free Entrance (chare for some of our events, activities, galleries and special exhibitions)

There is a shop in the Museum where you can buy innovative gifts. There are also cafés, a restaurant and a picnic area.

If you need more information visit
www.sciencemuseum.org.uk.

 

Madame Tussauds 

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Madame Tussauds, one of the most famous tourist attractions in London, is located at Marylebone Road. It was founded by wax sculptor Marie Tussaud and it displays waxworks of famous and historic people as well as film characters. Visit one of London's most important museums and take some memorable pictures with George Clooney and other celebrities!

Open:
Monday-Friday 09:30AM-05:30PM

Saturday & Sunday 09:00AM-06:00PM

Price: online tickets start from £29 for adults/£25 for children

Avoid buying tickets at the ticket office because you'll have to wait the longest time to gain entrance and you will pay the full entrance price which can be 30% more expensive than purchasing tickets in advance.
For more information visit 
www.madametussauds.com.


 Combine your Madame Tussauds ticket with another top London attraction and save money. Receive the best saving by buying online more than 24 hours in advance.

Parliament Square

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One of the main tourist attractions, Parliament Square is acknowledged as the spiritual and political center of London. Built a thousand years ago, it is located at the north side of the Palace of Westminster. The Palace was destroyed by a fire in 1834 and the square that we can admire today was part of the rebuilding program.

If you visit London, you will definitely end up at the Parliament Square at least for one reason. And this is undoubtedly Big Ben, the originally called Great Bell of the clock at the north side of the Palace of Westminster. The popular tower was completed in 1859 and it is crowned as one of the symbols of London.

Parliament Square also includes St Margaret’s Church which was founded in the 12th century by Benedictine monks. Another important building situated in Parliament Square is the so-called Houses of Parliament which was built between 1840 and 1870. This Gothic revival building consists of 1,100 rooms, one of which is the Commons Chamber, the place where the members of Parliament debate. Last but not least, you should definitely spend time to admire the medieval architecture of the Benedictine abbey church at the south side of Parliament Square. Westminster Abbey, one of the most remarkable religious buildings of London, was founded in the 11th century. It is the place where important events took place, such as the coronation of Elizabeth II’s and the funeral of Princess Diana.

Westminster Abbey

Open: Monday-Friday 09:30AM-03:30PM (Wednesday 09:30AM-07:00PM)

Price: Adults £22/Concessions £17/Children (5-15) £9/Children under 5 free entrance/ Half-price entry on Wednesday evenings 04.30PM-07:00PM, last entry 06:00PM (adults £10/children £5)

For more information about the Westminster Abbey visit www.westminster-abbey.org.

Houses of Parliament (Common Chamber and Chapter House)

Price:
Guided tour: Adults £28/concessions £23/Children (5-15) £12/Children under 5 free entrance

Audio tour : Adults £20.50/concessions £18/Children (5-15) £8.50/Children under 5 free entrance

You can also attend a debate at the Houses of Parliament but due to the limited seating you should check times online at www.parliament.uk 

Hyde Park 

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Divided by the Serpentine and the Long Water, Hyde Park is a huge park established in 1536. You will really enjoy this park due to the various activities that it offers. Specifically, you can hire a boat and enjoy the lake or rent a horse and go for a ride. Ideal for children!

Open: Daily 05:00AM-Midnight all year round

You can easily go there by public transport. Avoid using a car due to the limited parking places. For more information check here
https://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/hyde-park.



London Zoo 

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Opened in 1828, it is crowned as the world’s oldest scientific zoo. You can enjoy a variety of almost 700 animal species and it is a perfect place for children!

Open: Daily 10:00AM-05:30PM (Last admission 04:30PM)

Price:
Adults £29.75/Concessions £26.80/Children (3-15) £22/Children under 3 free entrance

If you need more information call 0844 414 5728 or visit www.zsl.org.


 

 

London Sea Life Aquarium

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Annually visited by a million people, London Sea Life Aquarium hosts thousands of marine creatures such as sharks, crocodiles and many more; however, what mostly attracts visitors are the three robotic fish displayed in the aquarium. Created by the computer science department at the University of Essex, these robotic fish are autonomous and behave like real fish!

Open:
Monday-Friday 10:00AM-06:00PM (Last admission 05:00PM)

Saturday & Sunday 09:30AM-07:00PM (Last admission 06:00PM)

It is strongly recommended to purchase tickets online in order to avoid waiting in a long queue. Select the Print at Home option so that you can skip out the step of having to visit the desk to collect your tickets. There is a security check on all guests. For more information visit www.visitsealife.com.

  

Greenwich

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The place where Eastern and Western hemispheres meet. Located in south east London, Greenwich is one of the most historical areas of the city. Don’t forget to visit this Royal Observatory where the Prime Meridian (0° longitude) was established. Wonderful Greenwich Park gives you the opportunity to walk up on top of the hill and enjoy a magnificent panoramic view of London! You can also visit the Queen’s House and the National Maritime Museum located in this area.You can go to Greenwich by train. Visit www.visitgreenwich.org.uk to find out more about this historical area.


Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew 

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If you are interested in botany, then this is your place! With a collection of over 40,000 species of plants, this royal garden is marked as a United Nations World Heritage Site. The plants of the area have been carefully conserved through the years and they project how the art of gardens has evolved since the 18 th century.

Open: 10:00AM-06:00PM Daily (Last admission 05:30PM)

Price: Adults £12.50/Concessions £12.50/Children under 16 free entrance

Don’t forget to go for a tour on the gardens with the Kew Explorer Land train! If you need more information visit www.kew.org.

St. James' Park

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Surrounded by venues such as Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Whitehall, St James’ Park is undoubtedly the most impressive park in London. Beautiful exotic flowers decorate elegantly the park. There is also an impressive lake which you can view from the restaurant next to it. Don’t forget to walk on the bridge over the lake and enjoy the breathtaking view of Buckingham Palace!

Open: Daily 05:00AM-Midnight

  

Oxford Street

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Oxford Street is a major road in the City of Westminster in the West End of London.It is Europe's busiest shopping street, with around half a million daily visitors. The atmosphere is really wonderful during Christmas and the annual switching on the lights by a celebrity has been a popular event since 1959. However Oxford Street has had a reputation for having relatively high rates of crime. So if you ever visit the area, be aware of pickpocket thefts and don’t walk alone around the area, as the sun goes down. If you would like more information about the shopping area you can visit https://www.oxfordstreet.co.uk/

Harrods

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London is the ideal destination for shopping lovers too! The world’s most famous department store is located at Brompton Road in Knights bridge and it is owned by Qatar. The Harrods motto “all things for all people” ( Omnia Omnibus Ubique) indicates that it is full of outstanding things to buy for all kinds of buyers. Due to its extraordinary prices, Harrods continues to astonish customers from all over the world.

Hamleys

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What about visiting an earthly paradise for your children? Hamleys is the oldest and largest toy shop selling the finest toys in the world! If you have children or you want to feel like a kid again, don’t forget to visit Regent Street. With an enormous variety of toys, the seven-storey shop will not disappoint you! You can have a glance at http://www.hamleys.com/.

Camden Market

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One of the busiest attractions in London, Camden Market is visited by almost 250,000 people per week. It is located in Camden Town, near the Hampstead Road Lock the Regent’s Canal. Camden Market used to be temporary and open only on Sundays but the opening days extended later; nowadays it is open seven days a week. Over 1,000 shops are waiting for you to shop, eat, drink and dance! You can visit the official site here https://www.camdenmarket.com/.

Borough Market 

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For 1,000 years, Borough Market has been one of the largest and oldest food markets in the city. You can find this traditional market with the stone built shops in Southwark, Central London. Don’t lose the opportunity to taste the best food and drinks from all over the country!

Open:
Wednesday-Thursday 10:00AM-06:00PM

Friday 10:00AM-06:00PM

Saturday 08:00AM-05:00PM

For more information on Borough Market you can visit www.boroughmarket.org.uk.

Covent Garden

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If you are a shopping or theater lover, you should definitely visit Covent Garden! This tourist site is located between Charing Cross Road and Drury Lane. Including the London Transport Museum and the Theater Royal, Drury Lane, Covent Garden is a perfect venue for people who seek for entertainment. Great restaurants, cocktail bars, pubs, hotels and shops are only some of the reasons why this area is such a famous tourist attraction.

St. Paul's Cathedral 

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This iconic landmark, located on the highest point of London, Ludgate Hill, is an Anglican cathedral dedicated to Paul the Apostle. It was rebuilt by Christopher Wren in 1711 after the Great Fire of 1666. St Paul’s Cathedral is one of the most recognizable sights of London and it is marked as a symbol of national identity. What mostly stands out is one of its bells, named Great Paul. It is actually one of the highest domes in the world. You should definitely visit St Paul’s Cathedral and explore the interesting interior of the church and learn about its fascinating history.

Open: Monday-Saturday 08:30AM-04:30PM

Price: Adults £18/Concessions£16/Children 6-17 £8 (under 6s free entrance)/Family £44

If you need more information check the official website www.stpauls.co.uk.

 You can get around the city easily and fast using the London Underground or the “Tube”;however during rush hours it can be crowded. The trains’ itineraries daily start from 05:15AM to after midnight.

Notting Hill 

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The most cosmopolitan area of London, Notting Hill is located north of Kensington.It is considered to be an affluent and fashionable district known for its classy restaurants and shops. It is home to one of the best markets in London, Portobello Market, where you can find many interesting things to buy. What mostly captivates visitors is the variety of events that take place here, such as the Notting Hill Festival. If you visit London in August, don’t lose the opportunity to enjoy this Caribbean theme festival and dance with the performers that fill in the streets.

Tower Bridge 

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Built between 1886 and 1894, Tower Bridge is a must-see landmark for every visitor. It is a moveable bridge that crosses the River Thames, often being raised and lowered for ships. Tower Bridge is one of the five London bridges and is considered as an iconic symbol of the capital. Both vehicles and pedestrians have access to the bridge deck. You should not miss the chance to climb up the bridge’s twin towers and enjoy the incredible panoramic views from the top of them.

Open:
April-September 10:00AM-06:00PM (Last admission 05:30PM)

October-March 09:30AM-05:30PM (Last admission 05:00PM)

If you need more information please visit the official website www.towerbridge.org.uk

 Be aware of bag-snatchers and pick-pockets! Never leave items unattended and use a bag that cannot be opened easily. Women travelling alone should choose to walk at busy areas at night. Do not use cabs that do not display an identification disk nor hail one on the street.

Soho 

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Neon bright streets, bars, theaters, all-night coffee shops and music venues are only some of the things that you can see if you visit the West End of London. One of the city’s most exciting areas, Soho is ideal if you are looking for an unforgettable nightlife experience. Home to classy galleries in grungy streets, Soho is actually leading an interesting double life. This area is suitable for any kind of visitor and our guideline will present to you the most important venues in Soho!

Trafalgar Square 

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rafalgar Square is a public venue used for gatherings and political protests and it is characterized as the center of democracy. If you visit London at Christmas, don’t forget to visit this area and admire the astonishing Christmas tree that is erected every year. The square is surrounded by galleries, museums, historic and cultural places. You can also drink a coffee at the café or partake in the events that are hosted there. 

Piccadilly Circus 

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Built in 1819, Piccadilly Circus is a road junction that connects Regent Street with Piccadilly. Famous for its 19th century fountain with the statue of Eros on top of it and the bright neon lights, it is one of the busiest areas of London. Piccadilly Circus is a famous meeting point and it is close to important shopping and entertainment areas in the West End.

Chinatown 

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Located right in the heart of the city, Chinatown has been the focal point of the city’s Chinese residents since the 1950s. Full of Chinese restaurants, souvenir shops, supermarkets and many other businesses run by Chinese, it will make you feel like you are in China! For more information visit www.chinatownlondon.org.

Leicester Square 

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Surrounded by West End, Leicester Square is marked as the home of entertainment. It holds a number of important cinemas such as the Empire and Art Deco Odeon which are usually used for film premieres and attract Hollywood actors from around the world. Visit West End’s luxurious hotels, casinos, family restaurants and witness the sparkle of the area!

 As you might already know, London’s weather can be very unpredictable. What we advise you to do is bring an umbrella and a raincoat no matter the time of the year you choose to visit the city.

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