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London is one of the culture capitals of the world and is brimming with exciting things to see and do. Take a breathtaking trip on the London Eye, explore the amazing collections in galleries and museums as diverse as the Tate Modern and Natural History Museum or immerse yourself in the history of the city at Westminster Abbey or the Tower of London.

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London Eye

443 ft observation wheel providing unparalleled views of the city

Jubilee Gardens, South Bank, South Bank, London, SE1 7PB

Tube: Embankment Underground Station , Westminster Station, Waterloo Station

 
 

When the Millennium Commission announced their intention to build an observation wheel that would stand 135 metres over the city of London, people were initially cynical. But the London Eye has turned out to be the finest and most popular new attraction in London since Queen Victoria's Great Exhibition. The Eye now welcomes between 3.5 and 4 million guests every year and, conceived and designed by Marks Barfield Architects, is a feat of modern engineering, both beautiful to look at and from. When constructed in 1999, it was the tallest observation wheel in the world and, though it has now been surpassed by similar constructions in China and Singapore, it allows you to see one of the world's most exciting cities from a completely new perspective.

 
 

Events at London Eye

London New Year's Eve Fireworks 2017 On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Sunday 31st December 2017 | £10 | First batch of tickets on sale 29th September

 
London New Year's Eve Fireworks 2017 London Eye 2017-12-312017-12-31 Where:
London Eye , Jubilee Gardens, South Bank London, SE1 7PB
Category: Sights

The annual New Year's Eve Fireworks display is an impressive sight. They cram enough firepower for an hour-long display into 12 explosive minutes, lighting up the sky for miles around. Watched by 100,000 people, the ...more

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St Paul's Cathedral

At 111m high, one of the most famous sights in London

St Paul's Churchyard, City, London, EC4M 8AD

Tube: St. Paul's Station , Mansion House Station, Blackfriars Underground Station

 
 

Sir Christopher Wren's mighty St Paul's Cathedral draws the eye like nothing else in London, even though the City's skyscrapers now tower above it. The centrepiece of the great reconstruction of London after the great fire of 1666, it is still the spiritual focus of Great Britain. Royal weddings and birthdays, the funerals of Britain's leaders and services to celebrate the ends of wars all take place beneath the famous dome. The cathedral miraculously survived the Blitz in World War II and served as an inspirational symbol of strength. Explore the medieval relics in the crypt, the gorgeous Victorian mosaics and up to the staggering views of London from the top of the dome.

 
 

Events at St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul's Christmas Carols & Services Now OnFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

2nd to 28th December 2017 | Various, many Free

 
St Paul's Christmas Carols & Services St Paul's Cathedral 2017-12-022017-12-28 Where:
St Paul's Cathedral, St Paul's Churchyard London, EC4M 8AD
Category: Historic Buildings

Few places are better for traditional Christmas services and carols than St Paul's, the spiritual home of Great Britain. To meet the increasing demand, this year St Paul's hosts a series of concerts throughout the ...more

Bill Viola: Mary OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

8th September 2016 to 31st December 2018 | Free

 
Bill Viola: Mary St Paul's Cathedral 2016-09-082018-12-31 Where:
St Paul's Cathedral, St Paul's Churchyard London, EC4M 8AD
Category: Historic Buildings
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British Museum

World-renowned museum of human history and culture

Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1B 3DG

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station , Russell Square Station, Holborn Station

 
 

Founded in 1753 when Sir Hans Sloane left his collection of 71,000 objects of interest, the British Museum's charter insists that it be open free of charge "to all studious and curious persons". The museum expanded rapidly in the nineteenth century and now contains around 7 million objects, some more than 10,000 years old. Spend an afternoon exploring the relics of ancient Egyptian and Greek empires and come face to face with mankind's greatest cultural achievements. Walk through the impressive columned entrance, through Lord Norman Foster's breath taking glass domed Great Court and wander the seemingly endless corridors and displays. The museum is a treasure trove of objects from the whole world and the entire span of human history and prehistory.

 
 

Events at British Museum

The Business Of Prints
OngoingFree Event

21st September 2017 to 28th January 2018 - Various Times | Free

 
The Business Of Prints British Museum 2017-09-212018-01-28 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums
Scythians: Warriors of Ancient Siberia Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

14th September 2017 to 14th January 2018 | £16.50 (Adults), Free (Children under 16)

 
Scythians: Warriors of Ancient Siberia British Museum 2017-09-142018-01-14 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums
Living with gods: peoples, places and worlds beyond Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

2nd November 2017 to 8th April 2018 | £15

 
Living with gods: peoples, places and worlds beyond British Museum 2017-11-022018-04-08 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums
King's College London
On SoonFree Event

Friday 15th December 2017 - 6.30pm-7.45pm | Free

 
King's College London British Museum 2017-12-152017-12-15 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums

Musicians from King's College London perform a programme of seasonal music of devotion.

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HMS Belfast

World War II cruiser moored on the River Thames

Morgan's Lane, Tooley Street, Bankside, London, SE1 2JH

Tube: London Bridge Station

 
 

HMS Belfast, moored at Morgan's Lane off Tooley Street, is a World War Two cruiser with nine decks. As you explore this floating museum, pop into the Captain's Bridge and then head down to the massive Boiler and Engine Rooms, well below the ship's waterline. Launched on St Patrick's Day (17th March) 1938, the 187-metre long ship is a 6-inch cruiser (the inches denote the size of its guns), designed for the protection of trade, for offensive action, and to support military operations by aiding landings from the sea. One of her last jobs was to help evacuate emaciated survivors of Japanese prisoner of war and civilian internment camps from China. Up until the autumn of 1947 she was fully occupied with peace-keeping duties in the Far East. Following a stint in Korea she was retired in 1952 and long after was given to the public in 1971. A collapsed gangway in 2011 caused the ship to close for members of the public but it was successfully re-opened in May 2012.

 
 
 

Tower of London

Historic castle in existence since 1078

Tower Hill, City, London, EC3N 4AB

Tube: Tower Hill Station

 
 

For a thousand years the Tower of London has protected, threatened, imprisoned and occasionally executed the people of London. Originally the fortress of the hated Norman conquerors, built with imported white stone from France, it has been through many different incarnations in its life; the bloody tower where Richard III allegedly murdered his nephews, a patriotic symbol, home to British monarchs and armies, a prison and in modern times a treasury museum and UNESCO World Heritage site. The biggest draw for visitors are the crown jewels: crowns, sceptres, plate, and the two largest cut diamonds in the world are among the objects in the collection. The medieval palace, traitors gate, the beefeaters and the ravens make visits wonderfully atmospheric.

 
 

Events at Tower Of London

Tower of London Ice Rink Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

17th November 2017 to 2nd January 2018 | £14.50 (Adults), £12.50 (Concessions), £10.50 (Children 3-12), £42 (Family)

 
Tower of London Ice Rink Tower Of London 2017-11-172018-01-02 Where:
Tower Of London, Tower Hill London, EC3N 4AB
Category: Historic Buildings

Nestled in the rounded hollow of the dry moat, the Tower of London's ice rink area forms a wonderfully festive scene. An ideal winter activity for children, couples and friends alike, visitors can carve their ...more

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Westminster Abbey

Large Gothic church and coronation and burial site for the monarchy

Dean's Yard, Westminster, London, SW1P 3PA

Tube: Westminster Station , St James's Park Station

 
 

The setting for every coronation since 1066 and the burial ground for kings, statesmen, scientists, musicians and poets, Westminster Abbey is a true Medieval masterpiece. Stunning gothic architecture, the fascinating literary history represented by poets corner, the artistic talent that went into the statues, murals, paintings and tombs, and the fantastic stained glass, combine to make Westminster Abbey the most enduringly stunning of London's churches.

 
 

Events at Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey Midnight Mass, Christmas Carols & Services Now OnFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

3rd to 25th December 2017 | Various, some are Free with no need to book while others are ticketed

 
Westminster Abbey Midnight Mass, Christmas Carols & Services Westminster Abbey 2017-12-032017-12-25 Where:
Westminster Abbey, Dean's Yard London, SW1P 3PA
Category: Historic Buildings

Pack inside one of London's most famous landmarks for an old-fashioned service to take you right through to Christmas Day. Westminster Abbey has been at the centre of royal and religious life in Britain since ...more

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Buckingham Palace

Official residence of Queen Elizabeth II

Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1A 1AA

Tube: Victoria Station

 
 

England's most famous royal palace, and the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II, Buckingham Palace opens the doors of its State Rooms to the public every summer. Originally acquired by King George III for his wife Queen Charlotte, Buckingham House was increasingly known as the 'Queen's House' and 14 of George III's children were born there. On his accession to the throne, George IV decided to convert the house into a palace and employed John Nash to help him extend the building. Queen Victoria was the first sovereign to live here (from 1837). The State Rooms are now still used by the Royal Family to receive and entertain guests on State and ceremonial occasions. Visitors can admire some of the more unusual gifts received by the current Queen, including drawings by Salvador Dali, an embroidered silk scarf from Nelson Mandela and a grove of maple trees. Decorated in lavish fashion, the rooms include paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Canaletto, Vermeer and Poussin, sculpture by Canova, exquisite examples of Svres porcelain, and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world. The Ball Supper Room, the setting for a host of sparkling events in the history of the palace, 29-acre gardens and annual exhibitions are all also available to visitors.

 
 

Events at Buckingham Palace

Charles II: Art & Power
Ongoing

8th December 2017 to 13th May 2018 - 10am-5.30pm | £9.50, under 17s £4.80, under 5s Free, OAP/NUS £8.75, family £24

 
Charles II: Art & Power Buckingham Palace 2017-12-082018-05-13 Where:
Buckingham Palace , Buckingham Palace Road London, SW1A 1AA
Category: Historic Buildings
Changing Of The Guard
Now OnFree Event

1st to 31st December 2017 - 11.30am | Free

 
Changing Of The Guard Buckingham Palace 2017-12-012017-12-31 Where:
Buckingham Palace , Buckingham Palace Road London, SW1A 1AA
Category: Historic Buildings

Soldiers from the Queen's Guard march from Wellington Barracks to the forecourt of the palace accompanied by a band, then proceed to change detail in a ceremony lasting approximately 40 minutes that draws fascinated onlookers ...

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Houses of Parliament

The centre of political life in the UK

Parliament Square, St Margaret's Street, Westminster, London, SW1A 0AA

Tube: Westminster Station

 
 

Now more commonly known as the Houses of Parliament, the Palace of Westminster began life in 1042 as a royal residence under Edward the Confessor. The major structure to survive various fires, Westminster Hall was built between 1087 and 1100 and is one of the largest medieval halls in Europe with an unsupported hammerbeam roof. During the 14th century the Hall housed the courts of law as well as shops and stalls selling legal equipment - wigs and pens. Following a fire in 1512, Henry VIII abandoned the Palace and it has been home to the two seats of Parliament - the Commons and the Lords - ever since. Yet another disastrous fire in 1834 destroyed everything except Westminster Hall and the Jewel Tower. A competition to redevelop the whole site was won by Sir Charles Barry and Augustus Pugin who came upwith the mock Gothic building that has become such a familiar landmarktoday and includes Big Ben (the bell that chimes on the hour) and the largest clock face in the country. Members of the public can watch debates when Parliament is in session - you don't need tickets in advance but may have to queue. To watch Prime Minister's Question Time (Wed 12noon, when Parliament is sitting) it's advisable to get tickets in advance.

 
 

Events at Houses of Parliament

Houses of Parliament Guided Tours Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

3rd October 2008 to 30th December 2017 | £25.50 (Adults), £21 (Concs), £11 (Children 5-15, one child admitted Free with paying adult)

 
Houses of Parliament Guided Tours Houses of Parliament 2008-10-032017-12-30 Where:
Houses of Parliament, Parliament Square, St Margaret's Street London, SW1A 0AA
Category: Historic Buildings
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National Gallery

Huge range of European art, ranging from 1260 to 1900

Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DN

Tube: Charing Cross Station , Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Covent Garden Station

 
 

The National Gallery is visible in its full glory in the heart of the pedestrianised Trafalgar Square. Its permanent collection houses some of the world’s most important paintings from as far back as the 13th century. Gaze upon the works of greats such as Titian, da Vinci, Rembrandt, Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, Raphael and Van Gogh. Built in 1832-1833, in an attempt to outshine Paris’s Louvre, it aspires to make art accessible to all with free admission, a central location and extended opening hours. The important thing in planning your visit is not to try and see everything. You could spend a week wandering through its hallowed halls, and still miss many of the greatest works of European art.

 
 

Events at National Gallery

Akseli Gallen-Kallela: Lake Keitele: A Vision Of Finland
OngoingFree Event

15th November 2017 to 4th February 2018 - Various Times | Free

 
Akseli Gallen-Kallela: Lake Keitele: A Vision Of Finland National Gallery 2017-11-152018-02-04 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries
Lake Keitele: A Vision of Finland OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

15th November 2017 to 4th February 2018 | Free

 
Lake Keitele: A Vision of Finland National Gallery 2017-11-152018-02-04 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries
Monochrome: Painting in Black and White Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

30th October 2017 to 18th February 2018

 
Monochrome: Painting in Black and White National Gallery 2017-10-302018-02-18 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries
Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

4th October 2017 to 2nd April 2018

 
Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites National Gallery 2017-10-042018-04-02 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries
Drawn In Colour: Degas From The Burrell OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

20th September 2017 to 7th May 2018 | Free

 
Drawn In Colour: Degas From The Burrell National Gallery 2017-09-202018-05-07 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries
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Tate Modern

The Turbine Hall, 20th century art, Matisse to Moore

Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG

Tube: Blackfriars Underground Station

 
 

Tate Modern is London's most visited and innovative gallery - housed in a former power station, the space itself is as much as an attraction as its collections and exhibitions. The journey there can be an adventure in itself: take the tube to Blackfriars, cross the river on the 'Blade of Light' Millennium Bridge and admire the startling contrast between historic St Paul's Cathedral and this uber modern art gallery. The interior is a glorious, unpretentious playground of modern art, as appealing to children and amateurs as it is to adults and art experts. Permanent collections includes works by Bacon, Matisse, Rothko and Andy Warhol as well as the best of contemporary British art.  

 
 

Events at Tate Modern

Ilya And Emilia Kabakov: Not Everyone Will Be Taken Into The Future
Ongoing

18th October 2017 to 28th January 2018 - Various Times | £11.30, OAP £10.30, concs £10, mems Free

 
Ilya And Emilia Kabakov: Not Everyone Will Be Taken Into The Future Tate Modern 2017-10-182018-01-28 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Red Star Over Russia
Ongoing

8th November 2017 to 18th February 2018 - Various Times | £11.30, mems/under 12s Free, OAP £10.30, concs £10

 
Red Star Over Russia Tate Modern 2017-11-082018-02-18 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Hyundai Commission: SUPERFLEX
OngoingFree Event

3rd October 2017 to 2nd April 2018 - Various Times | Free

 
Hyundai Commission: SUPERFLEX Tate Modern 2017-10-032018-04-02 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Artist Rooms: Bruce Nauman
OngoingFree Event

24th July 2017 to 24th July 2018 - Various Times | Free

 
Artist Rooms: Bruce Nauman Tate Modern 2017-07-242018-07-24 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Magdalena Abakanowicz
OngoingFree Event

11th January 2016 to 31st December 2017 - Various Times | Free

 
Magdalena Abakanowicz Tate Modern 2016-01-112017-12-31 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Marcel Duchamp: Fountain 1917
OngoingFree Event

11th January 2016 to 31st December 2017 - Various Times | Free

 
Marcel Duchamp: Fountain 1917 Tate Modern 2016-01-112017-12-31 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Marisa Merz & El Anatsui
OngoingFree Event

11th January 2016 to 31st December 2017 - Various Times | Free

 
Marisa Merz & El Anatsui Tate Modern 2016-01-112017-12-31 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
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The Shard

See London from above in Western Europe's tallest building.

96 Tooley Street, Bankside, London, SE1 9SG

Tube: London Bridge Station

 
 

When it officially opened on Thursday 5th July 2012, The Shard became the tallest building iThe Shardn the European Union and the 45th tallest building in the world. Designed in 2000 by Renzo Piano, an Italian architect best known for creating Paris's Pompidou Centre in collaboration with Britain's Richard Rogers, the mixed use Shard building, visible from wherever you are in London, combines offices, three floors of restaurants and the 5-star Shangri-La Hotel with residential apartments - Europe's highest homes; yours for 30 to 50 million pounds - and London's highest viewing gallery. Covered in 11,000 panes of glass, the 'vertical city' in the newly created London Bridge Quarter is well connected with London Bridge Tube and train stations ferrying people to and from the hard-to-miss London landmark. The public viewing galleries, way up on floors 68 to 72, open early February 2013 but you can pre-register now to be the first to get tickets when they go on sale at 9am on Friday 6th July 2012. In the meantime you can enjoy the virtual views 40 miles across the city online. Vertigo sufferers need not apply. See our full feature on The Shard.

 
 

Events at The Shard

Shard Lights Now OnFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

4th to 31st December 2017 | Free

 
Shard Lights The Shard 2017-12-042017-12-31 Where:
The Shard, 96 Tooley Street London, SE1 9SG
Category: Sights

Shining like a beacon over London, the tallest building in town puts on a festive light show throughout December as the top 20 storeys of The Shard are lit up, illuminating the city's skyline. With ...more

Join the Experimentalists at The View from The Shard Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

27th November to 31st December 2017 | Cocktails £11.50-£15.50 plus admission to The View from The Shard

 
Join the Experimentalists at The View from The Shard The Shard 2017-11-272017-12-31 Where:
The Shard, 96 Tooley Street London, SE1 9SG
Category: Sights

Are you a motivator, an influencer or an experimenter? How you answer affects which whisky you get. Fill out the app, find out your personality type and discover which Glenfiddich cocktail is best suited to ...more

The View From The Shard Tickets Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

1st February 2013 to 31st December 2022 | £24.95, child/disabled £18.95, NUS £19.95, disabled carer/under 3s Free, Oct 21-31, Nov 1-3, Dec 20-31, Jan 1-6 £24.95, maximum of two children per paying adult Free, children must be accompanied by a paying adult

 
The View From The Shard Tickets The Shard 2013-02-012022-12-31 Where:
The Shard, 96 Tooley Street London, SE1 9SG
Category: Sights
The View from The Shard Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

1st February 2013 to 31st December 2045

 
The View from The Shard The Shard 2013-02-012045-12-31 Where:
The Shard, 96 Tooley Street London, SE1 9SG
Category: Sights
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