Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Visit London - London attractions

~ British Airways London Eye~
Towering 450ft/135 metres above the River Thames, this is the world's largest observation wheel with spectacular views of London panorama.
Jubilee Gardens, South Bank, SE1.
Tel: 08705 000600
Website: www.ba-londoneye.com.
Underground Station: Waterloo/Wesminister

~ Buckingham Palace ~
A visit to the Queen's official London residence is a must for every visitor, with the State Rooms open in August and September.
Buckingham Palace Road, SW1.
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7766 7300
Website: www.royal.gov.uk
Underground Station: Green Park

~ Hampton Court Palace ~
Once home to Hendry VIII, this magnificent palace has world-renowned gardens, the famous maze, the stunning State Apartments and the Tudor Kitchens.
East Molesey, Surrey.
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8781 9500 or 0870 753 7777
Website: www.hrp.org.uk.
Underground Station: Hampton Court

~ Houses of Parliament ~
The Palace of Westminister is home to both chambers of the Houses of Parliament and the tower housing the famous bell Big Ben. There are guided tours all summers during the member's summer recess when Parliament is not in session.
Westminister, SW1.
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7219 3000
Website: www.parliament.uk.
Underground Station: Westminister

~ London Zoo ~
Visitors can meet the monkeys at the new Monkey Forest Enclosure, as well as the Reptile House, the Penguin Pool and the Lion Terraces.
Regent's Park, NW1
Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7722 3333
Website: www.londonzoo.co.uk.
Underground Station: Camden Town

~ Madame Tussauds ~
See celebrities come alive with interactive experiences like the Spririt of London ride and the terrifying Chamber Live. Don't miss the adjacent London Planetarium.
Marylebone Road, NW1.
Tel: 08704 003000
Website: www.madame-tussauds.co.uk.
Underground Station: Baker Street

~ The National Gallery ~
Built in the 19th century in Trafalgar Square, the Gallery houses the national collection of western European paintings with special exibitions throughout the year.
Trafalgar Square. WC2.
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7747 2885
Website: www.nationalgallery.org.uk.
Underground Station: Charing Cross

~ The National Potrait Gallery ~
Founded in 1856, the gallery narrates British history through portraits of the rich and famous from the 15th century right up and famous from the 15th century right up to the present day. St. Martin's Place, Trafalgar Square, WC2.
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7312 2463
Website: www.npg.org.uk.
Underground Station: Charing Cross

~ Royal Academy of Arts ~
Founded in 1768, The Royal Academy houses major exhibitions throughout the year including the famous Summer Exhibition.
Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1.
Tel: 08708 488484
Website: www.royalacademy.org.uk
Underground Station: Green Park

~ Royal Botanic Gardens Kew ~
Houses over 40,000 varieties of plants from across the world over 300 acres. The gardens also include seven palatial glasshouses and two art galleries.
Kew Gardens, Richmond.
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8332 5655
Website: www.kew.org
Underground Station: Kew Gardens

~ Royal Observatory ~
Founded by Charles II in 1675 to study astronomy, the Observatory is home to Greenwich Mean Time and the Meridian Line.
Greenwich Park, SE10.
Tel: +44 (0) 8312 6565.
Website: www.rog.nmm.ac.uk.
DLR Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich

~ The South Bank ~
This stretch of the Thames includes the Royal Festival Hall, National Theatre and Hayward Festival Gallery and is London's premier cultural hotspot.
Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7202 6900
Website: www.southbanklondon.com.
Underground Station: Waterloo, Southwark, London Bridge.

~ St' Paul Cathedral ~
A cathedral dedicated to St Paul has overlooked the city of London since 604AD.
The current building was designed by Sir Christopher Wren.
St Paul's Churhyard, EC4
Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7246 8348
Website: www.stpauls.co.uk.
Underground Station: St Paul's.

~ Tate Britain ~
This national gallery houses the world's greatest collection of British art from 1500 to the present day, including works by Constable, Gainsborough and Turner.
Millbank, SW1.
Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7887 8008
Website: www.tate.org.uk.
Underground Station: Pimlico.

~ Tate Modern ~
Britain's national museum of modern art is housed in the dramatic former Bankside Power Station. Its major works include Matisse, Picasso and Tracy Emin.
Bankside, SE1.
Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7887 8000
Website: www.tate.org.uk.
Underground Station: Southwark.

~ Tower Bridge ~
A marvel of Victorian engineering, raised approximately 900 times every year. Inside is a fascinating exhibition detailing the bridge's history and architecture.
Tower Hill, SE1
Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7940 3985
Website: www.towerbridge.org.uk
Underground Station: Tower Hill

~ Tower of London ~
Founded by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, The Tower has been a Royal Palace, a prison, a mint, an arsenal, a menagerie and home to the Crown Jewels.
Tower Hill, EC3.
Tel: 08707 567070
Website: www.hrp.org.uk.
Underground Station: Tower Hill

~ Westminister Abbey ~
Consecrated in 1065, this magnificient church is the crowning and burial site of most English monarchs and the final resting place for countless illustrations figures.
Broad Sanctuary, SW1.
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7654 4900
Website: www.westminister-abbey.org.
Underground Station: Westminister

Info from London Map & Guide visitor book.

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