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Best things to do in London

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Park
“Covering 350 acres, Hyde Park is London's largest open space and has been a destination for sightseers since 1635. One of the park's highlights is the Serpentine, an 18th-century man-made lake popular for boating and swimming. Hyde Park is also where you'll find Speakers' Corner, a traditional forum for free speech (and heckling). Another Hyde Park landmark is Apsley House, former home of the first Duke of Wellington and purchased after his famous victory at Waterloo. Now a museum, it houses Wellington's magnificent collections of paintings, including Velázquez's The Waterseller of Seville, along with gifts presented by grateful European kings and emperors. England's greatest hero is also commemorated at the Wellington Arch.”
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Science Museum
“Natural History Museum in London is a natural history museum that exhibits a vast range of specimens from various segments of natural history. It is one of three major museums on Exhibition Road in South Kensington, the others being the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. The Natural History Museum's main frontage, however, is on Cromwell Road.”
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Palace
“One of Britain's most iconic buildings, Buckingham Palace is also the scene of London's most popular display of pomp and circumstance, the Changing of the Guard. Drawing crowds at 11:30am in every season, this colorful and free display of precision marching and music also takes place at St. James's Palace where you can follow the band along The Mall as they march between sites. Buckingham Palace was built in 1837 and has been the London residence of the Royal Family since Queen Victoria's accession. If you're wondering whether the Queen is in, look at the flagpole atop the building: if the royal standard is flying day and night, she's at home. On special state occasions, she and members of the Royal Family may even emerge on the central balcony. When she's away at her summer palace in Scotland, visitors can purchase tickets for tours of the State Rooms, the Queen's Gallery, and the Royal Mews. One of the best ways to tour the palace, see the Changing of the Guard, and experience a traditional afternoon tea, is on a 4.5-hour Buckingham Palace Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony and Afternoon Tea. This tour is a very efficient way of seeing the highlights in a short period of time, and having a knowledgeable guide to explain the history makes the whole experience that much more enjoyable and relevant for first time visitors.”
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History Museum
“Displaying one of the world's finest collections of antiquities, the British Museum contains more than 13 million artifacts from the ancient world. With priceless objects from Assyria, Babylonia, China, Europe, and elsewhere, it's hard to know where to begin. But most tourists head first for the museum's most famous exhibits: the controversial Elgin Marbles from the Parthenon, the Rosetta Stone, the colossal bust of Ramesses II, the Egyptian mummies, and the spectacular hoard of 4th-century Roman silver known as the Mildenhall Treasure.”
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Point of Interest
“Built to mark London's millennium celebrations in 2000, the London Eye is Europe's largest observation wheel. Its individual glass capsules offer the most spectacular views of the city as you embark on a circular tour rising 443 feet above the Thames. The journey lasts 30 minutes, often quicker than the time spent lining up for your turn. If you can, reserve your time in advance. The best option is to skip the line completely with a London Eye: Skip-the-Line Ticket. This advance ticket allows you to take a flight at any time on the day you plan to visit. Address: Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, London”
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Market
“Market on Saturdays, lovely to visit the market and go for a nice stroll in the park afterwards.”
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Art Museum
“Free entry to main exhibits which are over many floors. Lovely court yard with coffee shops and lots of seating areas. Nice restaurants. Check out the website for opening times and bookings.”
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Market
“This is a wonderful place to go on Sunday! You just walk out of the front door and turn left. There is usually music and food and fun, as well as flowers... if you go into the market and turn left down a side street around half way through the market, you'll find a tiny square usually with musicians - and there are a couple of lovely restaurants and fun shops there too. ”
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Castle
“From prison to palace, treasure vault to private zoo, the magnificent Tower of London has fulfilled many different roles down the centuries. One of Britain's most iconic structures, this spectacular World Heritage Site offers hours of fascination for visitors curious about the country's rich history - after all, so much of it happened here. Inside the massive White Tower, built in 1078 by William the Conqueror, is the 17th-century Line of Kings with its remarkable displays of royal armaments and armor. Other highlights include the famous Crown Jewels exhibition, the Beefeaters, the Royal Mint, and gruesome exhibits about the executions that took place on the grounds. The adjacent Tower Bridge, its two huge towers rising 200 feet above the River Thames, is one of London's best-known landmarks.”
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Shopping Mall
“If you want to visit the best shopping Mall in the UK then just hop on the number 49 bus from Gloucester road which will take you straight there.”
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Department Store
“One of the most luxurious department stores in the world, carrying all major fashion superbrands, jewellery, shoes, cosmetics and perfume hall, books, Harrods souvenirs etc. It also has cafes and restaurants, LaDuree, Rotisserie and FoodHalls with bakery.”
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Park
“Regent's Park is one of the Royal Parks of London. It lies within north-west London, partly in the City of Westminster and partly in the London Borough of Camden.”
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Park
“London's largest park. Woodlands, 3 natural swimming ponds (female, male & mixed), outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, running track, Kenwood House.”
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Park
“One of London's largest and most beautiful parks. Great for long walks, picnics, and exercise. Grab a coffee and brunch at The Pavillion cafe - or hire a rowboat to explore the lake.”
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Shopping Mall
“Massive mall with every shop you can imagine and plenty of places to eat, cinemas, bowling, casino and more. ”
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Art Museum
“The citadel of British modern art. Check website for late opening times, and where possible make use of the TFL boat service to visit both the Tate Modern and Tate Britain in one go. ”
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