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Things to Do in London

There's so much to do in London you'll never run out of ideas so here's a list of attraction reviews and recommendations, plus some more quirky ideas to help you have fun in the city.
  1. Cookery Schools (5)
  2. Greenwich (8)
  3. London Thames River Cruises (8)
  4. House of Parliament (4)
  5. London Eye (8)
  6. Photography Courses (7)
  7. St Paul's Cathedral (6)
  8. London Gardens (14)
  9. The London Dungeon (5)
  10. Days Out in London (8)
  11. London Day Trips (22)
  12. London Museums (104)
  13. London Spas (1)
  14. London Zoo (4)
  15. London Wetland Centre (4)
  16. London Factory Tours (4)
  17. Sports in London (25)

The London Pass - Sightseeing Pass
The London Pass is a sightseeing pass to over 50 popular London attractions for a fixed price. Find out how to buy a London Pass, the pros and cons, and then add your own London Pass review.

Top 10 London Visitor Attractions
London has so many great places to see it's hard to know which are the ones not to miss. It's always good to get recommendations from friends who have visited London or live here, so this is the list of my favorite places in London.

Royal London
Royal London is more than just Buckingham Palace, although that's a great place to start. Find out more about the wonderful royal London locations.

London Attractions - What's The Best London Attraction?
Let us know what you think is the best London attraction.

Top Ten Free Things to Do in London
Visitors worry that London is an expensive city but there really is so much to do for free from museums and galleries to free music and walking tours.

Top 10 London Hidden Gems
London has lots of hidden gems (those places that are really special) for you to discover if only someone would tell you about them! Well, that's what I intend to do here with this list of London's Top 10 Hidden Gems.

London Off The Beaten Track
Find out about London off the beaten track -- the more unusual places to see in London. These places have been chosen as they aren't on the general tourist routes but are all well worth a visit.

Tall Attractions in London
There are now many places to get a high up view of London as this list shows.

Up at The O2
Up at The O2 is the opportunity to climb safely over the roof of the O2! It's open to all who are fit and up for the challenge.

The View From The Shard
This is the best place to get 360 degree views of the whole of London from 244m (800ft) above the city.

Goodlife Centre - DIY & Interior Project Courses
The Goodlife Centre opened in Waterloo in 2011 and offers a wide range of home improvement and project classes and courses. I tried DIY in a Day and learned so much I'd definitely recommend it.

Banqueting House
Banqueting House on Whitehall in London is famous for its Rubens ceiling and for being the site of the execution of King Charles I.

Fun Free Day Out for All The Family
Here's a great day for families with children of all ages. It starts at the British Museum, takes in a free children's playground, and visits spooky university museums.

Shoreditch Street Art Tours
Shoreditch Street Art Tours lead you around the ever-changing street art landscape in east London with an expert guide who has known the scene for many years.

Dennis Severs' House
Dennis Severs' House is not a museum but a private home that opens to the public as a time capsule to London's past. Find out what it's like to visit and add your comments and review too.

When is the Changing of the Guard?
I'm planning a trip to London and I'm finding conflicting information about the changing of the guard ceremony at Royal Horse Guards and Buckingham Palace. One guide says 10am, another says 11am, another says 4pm. Can you clarify? Find out the answer...

London Art Galleries and Museums Late Openings
A list of the late openings at London's major art galleries and museums.

Fish Pedicure in London
Fish pedicures came to London in 2010. I've tried them and can tell you where to go in London to try one and what it honestly feels like.

18 Stafford Terrace
There are costumed guided tours available of the Kensington home of Victorian Punch cartoonist Linley Sambourne.

Hyde Park Stables
Hyde Park Stables offer horse riding and horse riding lessons all year round and welcome riders of all abilities and from age five upwards. The horses and ponies from Hyde Park Stables are well-known for their calm temperament and you'll be escorted around the five miles of bridleways across Hyde Park so there's no fear of getting lost.

London Brass Rubbing Centre
On the east side of Trafalgar Square is St. Martin-in-the-Fields and in the Crypt (basement) is a wonderful cafe, a shop, and The London Brass Rubbing Centre where you can try this old English pastime and create your own artwork to take home.

Chelsea Football Club Stadium Tours
Chelsea FC is one of the richest football clubs in the world and one of the most popular teams in London. You can visit Chelsea FC for a tour of the stadium and to their museum seven days a week. Find out what to expect.

clueQuest London - Live Escape Game - Review
clueQuest London is a live escape game where you can pretend you're a team of secret agents cracking codes.

National Theatre Backstage Tours
The National Theatre on London's South Bank runs regular backstage tours where you can find out more about the iconic building, see costumes and props, and behind the scenes of the three auditoriums.

Discover Greenwich
Discover Greenwich is a new permanent exhibition, Tourist Information Centre, Brewery cafe and learning center. Opened in 2010, Discover Greenwich is housed in the Pepys Building of the Old Royal Naval College and is the first building you see from Greenwich Pier.

Bounce London
Bounce London is a fun place to play ping pong with friends. There's a bar and restaurant and the basement venue has a cool, American Diner atmosphere.

London Bridge Experience and London Tombs
The London Bridge Experience and London Tombs are a popular 'scare attraction'. In the London Bridge Experience you discover the gruesome tales of the area and in the London Tombs you'll scream like a girl. Well, I did!

British Music Experience
The British Music Experience is a permanent, high-tech, interactive music exhibition at The O2 in London. A combination of cutting edge audio-visual technology and the most coveted music memorabilia of all time makes this a great attraction for music lovers.

BBC Television Centre Tour
BBC Television Centre in London has regular tours where you can find out more about the BBC and what goes on behind the scenes at these busy TV studios.

The Vault
The Vault is the rock memorabilia museum in the shop at the Hard Rock Cafe in London.

Royal Institution
It's free to visit so find what to see at the Royal Institution in London.

Fulham Palace
If you'd like to say you've visited a London palace for free, or simply fancy some peace and quiet, then a trip to Fulham Palace may be for you.

London Tours
London tours are a great way to see a lot of the city in a short time which is what most visitors need.

BBC Broadcasting House Tour
Broadcasting House was the UK's first ever purpose-built broadcast center and you can book a tour to find out more about BBC Radio and the stunning building.

Prince Charles Cinema
The Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square, London has had low ticket pricing policies since it opened in 1991. With membership (low cost) you can see films for as little as £1.50. Yes, in Leicester Square!

23/24 Leinster Gardens - Dummy House Facade
23/24 Leinster Gardens, London W2 are not what they first seem. They are actually dummy houses and there is literally only the front facade! A walk around the back reveals a gaping hole and a railway line. Find out more...

Rococo School of Chocolate
The Rococo School of Chocolate in London offers a variety of chocolate classes for all; from children to experts polishing their skills. It can be about making chocolate, coking with chocolate or tasting chocolate. Parties are available or even one-to-one sessions.

Aspley House London
Aspley House was the home of the first Duke of Wellington - the one that defeated Napoleon - and is also known as Number One London because it was the first house encountered after passing the tollgates at the top of Knightsbridge.

Buckingham Palace Annual Summer Opening
Details of the Annual Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace. All the information you will need: how to get there, dates and opening times, ticket prices, visitor facilities, etc.

When is the Changing of the Guard?
I'm planning a trip to London and I'm finding conflicting information about the changing of the guard ceremony at Royal Horse Guards and Buckingham Palace. One guide says 10am, another says 11am, another says 4pm. Can you clarify? Find out the answer...

Benjamin Franklin House London
Benjamin Franklin House in London was his home between 1757 and 1775 and is the only surviving former home of Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Benjamin Franklin House opened as a museum on Franklin's 300th birthday on 17 January 2006.

Dr. Johnson's House
Dr Johnson's House was built in 1700 and has retained many original features. It was the home and workplace for Samuel Johnson from 1748-1759, and was where he compiled the first comprehensive English Dictionary.

Guildhall Art Gallery and Roman Amphitheatre
The Guildhall Art Gallery was established in 1885 to house and display paintings and sculpture belonging to the Corporation of London. Located in the historic heart of the City next to the medieval Guildhall, the present building opened to the public in 1999.

Hampton Court Palace Guide
Hampton Court Palace is best known as King Henry VIII's home but it there's a lot more to this wonderful English royal palace. Find out more, including all you need to plan a trip.

Kensington Palace Visitor Guide
From 2010-2012, Kensington Palace, Princess Diana's former home, will be offering a completely different visitor experience. While major building improvements take place, the palace becomes the 'Enchanted Palace' with a theatrical art installation project throughout.

Tea Masterclass
I love tea and find afternoon tea irresistible but often felt confused by the wide variety of teas so I wanted to learn more. Through the UK Tea Council I discovered this Tea Masterclass taught by Jane Pettigrew and Tim Clifton who are both tea experts.

HMS Belfast
HMS Belfast was built in 1938, taken out of battle service in 1965, and opened as a museum in 1971. Find out all you need to plan a visit.

Fashion Rules - Kensington Palace
The Fashion Rules exhibition at Kensington Palace has dresses worn by Diana, Princess of Wales, Princess Margaret and Queen Elizabeth II.

Inner Space - Meditation and Self-Development Center
Inner Space is a meditation and self-development center in Covent Garden, central London. After visiting the bookshop, try the free Quiet Room where you can relax and unwind. What an oasis of calm in such a busy city!

Kew Gardens Visitor Information
Kew Garden visitor information including how to get there, what to see, when to go, plus plenty of visitor tips.

Kings Place - Music and Arts Venue
Kings Place opened in October 2008. The ground floor has an art gallery - dedicated to sculpture, next to the main entrance; cafes and restaurants, plus a waterside terrace. It's not a view you expect in King's Cross - canal barges moored in Battlebridge Basin.

Lord's Cricket Ground Tour
Even if you know nothing about cricket (like me), a tour of Lord's Cricket Ground is a fascinating day out. You'll find out more about the history of the club, the architecture and the nuances of the game and see areas generally not available to the public.

L. Ron Hubbard's Fitzroy House
Fitzroy House, in the 1950s, was the London home and office of L. Ron Hubbard the founder of Dianetics and Scientology. The public can visit for free and see the restored building and exhibits of his life and works.

Madame Tussauds London
See photos of the stars at Madame Tussauds London and find out all you need to know to plan a visit.

National Gallery Visitor Information
The National Gallery in London takes up the entire north side of Trafalgar Square. Its masterpieces include: Botticelli, Titian, Raphael, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Cezanne, Hogarth, and Gainsborough. Here's all the information you need to plan your visit.

The Monument
The Monument in the City of London was built by Sir Christopher Wren in 1667, after the Great Fire of London, to give hope that the "city would soon rise again". You can climb 311 steps to the top of The Monument for amazing views of London.

Old Operating Theatre
In the roof space of an English Baroque church in London Bridge is the Old Operating Theatre. It's the oldest surviving operating theatre in Britain and is a fascinating place to visit.

Ripley's Believe It or Not! London
Ripley's Believe It or Not! London opened in August 2008. It's part of a US chain of odditoriums, as these museums are called, which has 500-plus authentic, original, and unbelievable exhibits.

Sea Life London Aquarium
Sea Life London Aquarium relaunched in April 2009 after a multi-million pound refurbishment. It is one of Europe's largest displays of global aquatic life and includes one of the world's biggest collections of Cownose rays, a glass tunnel walkway encased in a gigantic whale skeleton and a Shark Walk finale.

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Exhibition & Tour
The Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Exhibition and Tour is a great way to see the theatre when there's not a performance on, and to find out more about the history of the theatre, the area, and Shakespeare himself. We have the American actor Sam Wanamaker to thank for being the driving force that made this happen.

Tate Britain Visitor Information
Tate Britain is the national gallery of British art from 1500 to today. Each room is organized around a theme. Displays change regularly.

Tate Modern Guide
Tate Modern is the UK national gallery of modern art from 1900 onwards. Tate Modern is housed on a converted power station next to the River Thames, opposite St. Paul's Cathedral.

Tower Bridge Exhibition
Find out about the Tower Bridge Exhibtion including how to save money on the admission fee, as well as history and more.

Tower of London Visitor Information
The Tower of London is where the Crown Jewels are housed, which are quite spectacular. It's also where you can stand on the execution site of three English queens!

Wallace Collection
The Wallace Collection in London is a national museum displaying eighteenth and nineteenth century European paintings and French objets d'art.

Wellington Arch
Since 1999 the Wellington Arch has been in the care of English Heritage and the building has now been restored and is open to the public.

Westminster Abbey
You can pay to visit Westminster Abbey during the day or attend a church service for free. Find out all you need to know to plan a trip to Westminster Abbey.

Trafalgar Square Sights
Trafalgar Square in London has many interesting sights including Nelson's Column and The National Gallery. Find out more about this world famous square.

Stitch and Bitch London - Knitting Group
Stitch and Bitch London meet every week at a central London venue to knit together and yes, to bitch too! They always welcome new members and are happy to teach beginners how to knit.

Big Bus Company Bus Tours
One of the best ways to see London is to take an open-top bus tour with the Big Bus Company. Tours run every day (except Christmas Day) and all buses have knowledgeable Guides onboard to give you a full commentary of the great sights you can see.

Serpentine Gallery
Serpentine Gallery is one of London's best-loved galleries for modern and contemporary art. Its Exhibition, Architecture, Education, and Public Programmes attract 590,000 visitors a year and admission is free.

Southwark Cathedral
There's no admission charge to visit London's oldest Gothic building, Southwark Cathedral.

Things to Do in London When It Rains
There's no need to hide away when it rains in London as there are plenty of things to do on rainy days too.

2nd Top 10 Free Things to Do in London
Youve seen the Top Ten Free Things to Do in London so what else is there? Well, here's is the second Top Ten Free Things to Do in London with more ideas to keep you busy in London without costing you a penny.

Military Museums in London
London's many military museums are of national and international significance.

City Cruises

London RIB Voyages
Sightseeing on the River Thames - at almost 30 knots! Yes, why take a sedate river cruise when you could try this exhilarating river experience taking in all the main river attractions?

London Wildlife
You may not expect to find such an abundance of birds and animals living in a big city like London but here's where to find a few surprises.

The Rose Theatre
This was the playhouse where Shakespeare's productions were first performed. It's currently an archaeology site but there are also regular performances.

Doctor Who Shop and Museum London
It's not a well-known fact that there is a Doctor Who Shop and Museum in east London. The shop sells Doctor Who merchandise and the museum has props and costumes.

The Magic Circle Experience
Non-members can book to visit the headquarters of The Magic Circle for tours, to see the museum and to enjoy live magic shows.

Centre of the Cell
Centre of the Cell is an inspiring and award-winning science center in east London. It's an education facility in term time and the public can book for events and activities during the UK school holidays.

Raven Row
Raven Row is a non-profit contemporary art exhibition space in Spitalfields, east London. It is housed in an extraordinary eighteenth century building of architectural as well as cultural interest.

BBC Broadcasting House Tour Review
BBC Broadcasting House offers daily tours to find out more about the BBC.

The Golden Hinde - London
The Golden Hinde is a reproduction of the ship used by Francis Drake to circumnavigate the globe in the 1500s and can be found along London's South Bank.

Beefeater Gin Distillery Tour London
Beefeater London: The Home of Gin is London’s first dedicated gin distillery visitor center.

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