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Discover London - where to stay, what to see, what to do, how to get aroundLONDON ! At one time it was the largest city in the world. Today, although exceeded by several megacities on different continents, London remains a city that fascinates and attracts millions of visitors each year. And for good reason. It is one of those great " world cities " cosmopolitan centers that offer the visitor not just an unparalleled choice of museums and monuments, but also an unforgettable experience and a change of scenery . London is London , and no other city in the world is like it.
Its attractions and places of interest are countless and cater for all tastes and all ages; its shops - small and large - are often unforgettable; its culture - theatres and museums combined - in a class of its own..
Tourists visiting London are spoiled for choice. Depending on your preference, you can choose between dozens of attractions, places, shows, shows or strolls. Here is just a selection of some of the most popular.
- Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Every day at 11:30 from May to July, otherwise every two days. However the ceremony does not take place if it is raining heavily.
- The London Eye. On the South Bank of the Thames, opposite Big Ben Big Ben. Get fabulous aerial views of the river Thames, the Houses of Parliament, and the London skyline.
Ben and the Houses of Parliament -
These can be seen from the outside, right next to Westminster Abbey, one of the finest and largest of Europe's great medieval cathedrals, built in Norman times
- The Tower of London: a medieval fortress, in very good condition, which has marked the history of England. Historical collections and official jewels of the English monarchy, "the Crown Jewels". Open daily.
- St Katherine's dock (historic boats) and Tower Bridge; just a few hundred metres from the Tower. Free to visit.
- The London Dungeon: plunge into the world of medieval torturers! On the south bank of the Thames, opposite the Tower.
- HMS Belfast: on the Thames, opposite the Tower. Visit a Royal Navy warship that saw service during the Second World War.
- Madame Tussaud's: World-famous waxworks, where you will meet all kinds of celebrities from today and yesterday; including stars, historic characters, world leaders and even some notorious criminals.
- The British Music Experience - This is no longer in London; it has been moved to Liverpool
- Hyde Park: the great area of parkland in the West End. Picnic on the grass, or stroll under the trees to forget for a few minutes the streets and traffic.
- St. Paul's Cathedral: London's great neo-classical cathedral of the city, designed by the great architect Sir Christopher Wren in the seventeenth century.
- London Zoo - in Regent's park - one of Britain's top zoos now a major player in world wildlife conservation.
- Clubs: London has many, big and small. Clubbers will surely already know where they want to go! But for others, try for instance the Ministry of Sound at the Elephant & Castle.
- See also culture
below, for the main London museums, and more London pages:
London for Free, Using public transport in London, and Country walks near London.
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- Department stores Head to the West End, and the streets of Regent Street and Oxford Street in particular. You will find the most famous British department stores, including Marks & Spencers, Debenhams, Liberty, Hamleys - the oldest toy shop in the world - and other big British and international names.
- In the little streets nearby, discover small specialist shops: Savile Row, with its famous tailors and shirt-makers, Carnaby Street with its hip trendy boutiques. Bond Street, for its up-market drapers and tailors.... and much more too.
- Harrods: in Knightsbridge. This is the largest store in Europe, with over 90,000m ² of retail space, on 7 levels. The store has over 300 departments, and popular legend has it that you can buy anything in this shop.
- For more information visit Shopping in London
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- The National Gallery: One of the largest and greatest art galleries in the world, located in Trafalgar Square. Free admission.
- The Science Museum - South Kensington . You can easily lose yourself for a day or more in this great science museum. This museum, which is free, is very close to .....
- The Natural History Museum - Cromwell Road. Free entry. From insects to dinosaurs, discover the fascinating world of nature in one of the largest museums of its kind in the world.
- Museum of London - the world's biggest museum devoted to a single city. In the City, at London Wall, a few minutes from St. Paul's cathedral.
- The British Museum: Great Russell St (near Oxford St.) one of the largest museums in the world, with remarkable collections of art and artefacts from around the world.
- V&A : the Victoria et Albert Museum. The major national museum of decorative arts, including sculpture, porcelaine, paintings, decoration, particularly noteworth for its collections of 19th century decorative arts.
- Tate Modern : South Bank; near Southwark Bridge. Britain's most famous modern and contemporary art gallery.
- Theatres: London's West End is particularly famous for its Musicals. No need to understand English: just come in and enjoy the music and the show. You can buy your tickets online, often at discounted rates for all major shows in London.
music London is a world capital of rock and pop music,
major venues including the O2 arena.
- Classical music: Plenty of choice here: for major events choose between the Royal Albert Hall, The Barbican Centre, or the capital's other large concert halls.
- Opera: London's most famous opera house is located at Covent Garden, in the West End
- For a day in the country from London, see Country walks near London - real country rambles all directly accessible by train in less than an hour from a London terminus.
- For more ideas of places to visit that can easily be reached from London by train, see regional guides: Southeast England (including Eastbourne, Rochester, the North Downs), the East of England (including Cambridge), Central southern England (to the west of London, including Windsor and Oxford)