Things To Do
Banqueting House – All that remains of the historic Whitehall Palace.
Buckingham Palace – For information on visiting the State Rooms, the Royal Mews, the Queen’s Gallery and Windsor Castle.
Hampton Court – See Henry VIII’s State Apartments (guided tours), The Tudor Kitchens and the Gardens
Lambeth Palace – Home Archbishop of Canterbury since 1200. The library is open to the public and the gardens occasionally open.
Kensington Palace – Visit The State Apartments, the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection, Queens’ Wedding Dresses & Princess Diana’s dress collection.
Tower of London – See the Crown Jewels, the White Tower, the Ravens & enjoy a Beefeater Tour.
St Pauls Cathedral – Wren’s masterpiece and a centre of national ceremony.
St Paul’s Church – Inigo Jones church also known as the Actors Church, flanks Covent Garden Piazza.
Westminster Abbey – Wonderful Gothic Cathedral and the final resting place for Monarchs.
Courtauld Institute Gallery – A great gallery in Adams’ Somerset House contains world-famous Old Master and Impressionist and Post Impressionist paintings.
National Gallery – Houses one of the finest collections of European painting in the world.
National Portrait Gallery – Enjoyable way to sort out England’s Kings & Queens plus a great deal more
Tate Britain & Tate Modern – Contemporary collections. Try the Millennium Bridge across the Thames to Tate Modern.
British Museum – One of the world’s great museums with frequent special events.
British Library – Largely a research Library but Treasures Exhibition includes Magna Carta, Lindisfarne Gospels, Beowulf, Gutenberg and Tyndale Bibles.
Imperial War Museum – History of the conflicts of the 20th Century – moving Holocaust exhibition.
Museum of London – Tells the fascinating story of London from prehistoric times to the present day.
Natural History Museum – Dinosaur’s, ecology, earth’s treasures – children love it.
Science Museum -Record of scientific, technological and medical change since the eighteenth century. Lots of active participation. One for the Children.
Victoria & Albert Museum – Wonderful fine arts museum from Medici to Gucci.
PARKS & GARDENS
Chelsea Physic Garden – Early cures and palliatives.
Museum of Garden History – The world’s first Museum of Garden next to Lambeth Palace.
Royal Botanic Gardens Kew – Peaceful day out. Take a boat!
Royal Parks – Eight Royal Parks (5,000 acres) for free.
London has a number of street markets held on various days:
Camden Lock Market
Camden Lock Place, London NW1 (Camden Town Tube Station).
Saturday and Sunday only. Antiques, clothes, bric-a-brac.
Camden Passage, London N1 (Angel Islington Tube Station).
Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. Antiques.
St Martins in the Fields Church, London WC2 (Leicester Square Tube Station).
Monday to Saturday afternoon only and Sundays. Craft stalls.
Covent Garden, London WC2 (Covent Garden Tube Station).
Monday to Sunday. Crafts, souvenirs, jewellery and street entertainers.
New Caledonian ‘ Bermondsey’ Market
Bermondsey Square, London SE1 (188 Bus from Woburn Place).
Friday morning. Antiques. Dealers reputedly trade among themselves with much of the business starting at 6am.
Notting Hill, London W11 (Notting Hill Tube Station).
Monday to Saturday, closed Thursday afternoon. Food during weekdays souvenirs etc on Sundays over 2000 stalls.