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Things to do in London
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At half-past three, everything stops for tea – cue fine china, finger sandwiches and irresistible cakes.
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£6
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London leads the world in art, from beguiling old masters to cutting-edge contemporary pieces.
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free
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Art gallery
Awe-inspiring collection of global artefacts spanning two million years, from prehistory to the present day.
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free
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Museum
Step back to the heyday of train travel; tour the British countryside with five-star dining.
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£310
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Scenic tour
The world’s most famous royal palace, London residence of the British monarchy since Queen Victoria.
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£19
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Palace
Secret subterranean bunker from which Churchill directed operations during WWII.
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£17
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Museum
World-class summer arts festival, with an excellent, wide-ranging programme of events at iconic London venues.
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free
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Festival
Get a unique perspective on the city, with river views many Londoners have never seen.
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£12
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Sightseeing tour
Britain’s last-surviving tea clipper, once the fastest and greatest ship of the late 1800s.
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£12
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A thousand-year-old Gothic abbey, and the grand resting place of monarchs, politicians and poets.
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£18
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Cathedral
The world’s greatest art, design and architecture collection, from art deco to oriental rugs.
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free
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Museum
Watch Prime Minister’s Questions and tour the House of Lords within London’s neo-Gothic riverside icon.
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£16
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Parliament
The 18th-century palace home of the late Princess Diana, and birthplace of Queen Victoria.
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£15
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Palace
Lively guided sightseeing tours of London by road and river – in an amphibious vehicle.
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£23
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Sightseeing tour
Sky-scraping observation wheel taking passengers on a stately ride, 450ft above the Thames.
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£20
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Big wheel
Fascinating museum offering an insight into the remarkable transport heritage of the city that pioneered the underground railway.
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£15
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Museum
The world’s oldest scientific zoo with more than 750 species, in an elegant Regent’s Park enclosure.
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£25
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Zoo
Covering all points of the compass, London’s markets are a wonderfully colourful way to shop.
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free
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Market
A waxwork celebration of celebrity that’s been drawing crowds to London since 1802.
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£30
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One of the world’s greatest collections of Western European paintings, from Da Vinci to Monet.
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free
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Art gallery
Headline-grabbing Modernist and contemporary art, housed in a now iconic, renovated riverside power station.
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free
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The dinosaurs, the cathedral-like Gothic-revival building, the Earth Galleries: this museum is a natural wonder.
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free
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London serves up a feast of world-class performing arts, in magnificent, history-laden venues.
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£50
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Performance
Discover a hidden world of wonders – from the fascinating to the outright bizarre.
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free
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Museum displaying child-related artefacts from the 1600s to the present day, with varied daily activities.
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free
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Museum
Founded in 1675, this observatory is the spot from where space and time are measured.
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free
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Observatory
The world’s largest science museum, with 40 galleries celebrating three centuries of major scientific advances.
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free
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Museum
Shakespeare brought vividly to life in a replica of the Elizabethan theatre on the Thames.
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£5
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Theatre
Among the UK’s most impressive attractions, a former medieval prison, home to the Crown Jewels.
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£21
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Castle
A 17th-century masterpiece of architecture, by legendary English architect Sir Christopher Wren.
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£16
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Cathedral
A playful celebration of the capital’s bloody history, to fascinate (and terrify) victims of all ages.
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£25
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Founded by sugar magnate, Sir Henry Tate, Tate Britain remains a treasure-trove of British art.
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free
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A pictorial ‘who’s who’ of British culture past and present, from royals to pop icons.
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free
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Art gallery
Travel time: 5-30 minutes
England’s greatest Tudor estate, courtly playground of Henry VIII, and his succession of wives.
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£18
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Palace
Remarkable, legendary botanical gardens dating back to 1759, housing more than 30,000 species of plants.
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£16
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Botanical garden
Travel time: 30-120 minutes
Shakespeare’s Stratford Stratford-upon-Avon
Picturesque Stratford-upon-Avon combines theatre, museums and architecture to give a unique insight into Shakespeare’s life.
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free
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Town
A self-guided studio tour through the actual sets where the Harry Potter movies were filmed.
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£29
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Theme park
Victorian life comes to life in the real-life setting of Downton Abbey.
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£18
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Stately home
Stonehenge Salisbury
Britain’s most famous historic site, Stonehenge offers a unique glimpse of our Neolithic ancestors.
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£14
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Heritage site
Passes through
No train matches the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express for period opulence and outstanding cuisine.
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£1,910
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