The Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter
Perhaps becoming London’s most popular vistor attraction, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London provides an amazing new opportuinty to explore the magic of the Harry Potter™ films – the most succesful and beloved film series of all time. Go behind-the-scenes and witness a showcase of a huge array of beautiful sets, costumes and props. The unique walking tour also reveals some closely guarded secrets, including facts about the special effects and animatronics that made the magical children books come to life on screen that have made these films so hugely popular all over the world.
Whilst visiting the attraction you can expect to see the Great Hall, never-before-seen treasures, including the opportunity to explore Dumbledore’s office, step through the streets of the iconic Diagon Alley, which includes the shop fronts of the loved Ollivanders wand shop, Flourish and Blotts and the Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes gift shop to name a few.
The hugely popular attraction is open seven days a week, however, you’ll have to book in advance, as places for the tour sell out extremely quickly!
Buckingham Palace Tour
Wanting a glimpse inside one of the few working royal palaces remaining the world? Then the Buckingham Palace Tour is the perfect choice for you!
Throughout the summer, you can expect to your the 19 spectacular State Rooms. These extroadinary rooms are decorated with some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection, including paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens and Canaletto.
Yearly hosting a special exhibition, Buckingham Palace offers a fascinating glimpse into royal life. If you’re visiting outside of the summer opening, you can still see the iconic exterior the palace and watch the famous Changing the Guard.
HM Tower of London
Despite a grim reputation as a palace of torture and death, within the walls of the Tower of London you will also discover the history of a royal palace, an armoury and a powerful fortress. Making it the first London Zoo, don’t miss Royal Beasts and learn about the wild and wonderous animals that have inhabited the Tower.
Join an iconic Beefeater whilst discovering the priceless Crown Jewels, hear the bloody tales, stand where famous heads have rolled and learn the legend of the Tower’s ravens, storm the battlements, get to grips with the swords and armour and enjoy so much more!
Madame Tussauds London
Madam Tussuads London combines glitz, glamour and incredible history with more than 300 stunning wax figures and 14 interactive areas.
Explore a sports zone alongside Usain Bolt and David Beckham, whilst walking down the red carpet with Bendeict Cumberatch and Johnny Depp. Enjoy an audience with Her Majesty The Queen and Will and Kate before stepping on a stage with music icons including Adele. Then, after a behind-the-scenes look at how our sculptors work, ride in a taxi and relive the rich history of London.
Also exciting if you’re a Star Wars™ fan, is our unique world where you can discover your favourite heroes and villans from Star Wars Episodes I-VI. They’ve been brought to life in authentic walk-in sets, inspired by key scenes from the films, including the swamps of Dagobah, Jabba’s Throne Room and the flight desk of the icon Millennium Falcon.
Coca-Cola London Eye
Located in the heart of the capital, the Coca-Cola London Eye can be found centrally, gracefully rotating over the River Thames opposite the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben.
At an impressive 135 metres, the Coca-Cola London Eye is the world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel; a feat of design and engineering, it has become the modern symbol representing the capital and a global icon. The experience showcases breathtaking 360-degree views of the capital and its famous landmarks and has been the number one visitor experience in the city for the past decade.
The gradual rotation in one of the 32 high-tech glass capsules takes approximately 30 minutes and gives you an ever-changing perspective of London. Within each capsule, interactive guides allow you to explore the capital’s iconic landmarks in several languages.
An experience on the Coca-Cola London Eye will lift you high enough to see up to 40 kilometres on a clear day and keep you close enough to see the spectacular details of the city unfolding beneath you.
St Paul’s Cathedral
One of London’s architectural and religious symbols, St Paul’s Cathedral is a jewel in the crown of London’s cultural offerings. Rebuilt in the 17th Century after the Great Fire of London, the renowned architect, Christopher Wren, gave the newly built cathedral its now iconic Baroque style which forefronts the City of London and the Thames bank. The cathedral holds a significant presence in the area as until 1967, St Paul’s was the tallest building in London. Royal and state marriages and funerals have been held here for national figureheads such as Queen Victoria, Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher and so many more.
The cathedral is a tourist hotspot but stays true to its original purpose of providing London with a religious beacon as it still holds regular daily services to this day. The St Paul’s Cathedral Choir may sing at some of the more momentous services. The members of the public are welcome to attend the services held here but because of the cathedral’s significance and age, a fee is payable for visitors.
The dome, of course, is the most recognisable feature of the cathedral to locals and tourists alike. For a closer view of the dome, why not take a trip into the dome? You are able to climb the dome at your own pace to suit yours and other visitors’ needs. There are, in essence, three levels to this experience.
The first level is the Whispering Gallery located within the dome which gets its name from the fact that if you whisper into the walls, people on the other side of this great dome can hear you. Due to the unique and exact nature of the design of the dome, any conversations you have within the dome should be kept child-friendly. Even when talking quietly, you are more than audible over the other side of the dome so practice caution when commenting on someone’s dress sense.
The second level is The Stone Gallery which is 378 steps from ground level. This is one of two galleries on this tour and is about halfway up in the building. The Stone Gallery allows visitors a walk around the outside of the dome with tall, stone pillars lining the exterior.
The third level is The Golden Gallery which is the second, and smallest gallery on the tour. This gallery provides a panoramic view of London that features the City of London, the River Thames, the nearby and recognisable Tate Modern and the Globe Theatre. This viewing platform runs around the highest point of the outer dome at around 85 metres high (528 steps). Additionally, you are able to see the tallest point of the cathedral, the Ball and Lantern, from this gallery. This feature is fairly significant, standing tall and proud on the top of the dome at 23 feet high and weighing around 7 tonnes.
The Interpretation Project
St Paul’s Cathedral runs many projects in order to make the cathedral more accessible, intricate and intimate to everyone. One of these is the Interpretation Project which aims to exhibit the full history of the local area in the cathedral. So for example, the cathedral has invested in multimedia exhibitions that are able to be understood by Japanese, Russian, Polish, German, Italian, Mandarin speakers (and others) as well as English speakers. These exhibitions actualise the early and modern history of the cathedral by exploring major events, art and interior analysis in great detail. This multimedia exhibition works in synergy with trained tour guides who give visitors an in-depth and personable experience for all those visiting.
Another project commissioned in the Cathedral is the Arts Project which aims to explore and promote the intimate connection between art and faith. Pieces from cultural icons such as Yoko Ono and Gerry Judah are a part of this exhibition. Judah, for example, has been commissioned to create pieces on the First World War and in the Nave stands two sculptures representing the famously well-maintained war graves of Europe. These are suspended from the walls in the form of crosses which also depict current war zones in the Middle East. For tourists engaged with politically motivated art, St Paul’s and its Arts Project is definitely one for the bucket list.
St Paul’s Cathedral is accessible by public transport via St Paul’s tube station served by the Central line, Mansion House tube station served by the Circle and District lines and City Thameslink National Rail station served by Thameslink services.
Founded in 960AD, Westminster Abbey has hosted its fair share of history. It is the venue that coronated Queen Victoria, held Princess Diana’s funeral and is the resting place of over 3000 famous people from throughout British history. The Abbey is as significant as it is tall and stands proud in the City of Westminster as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. However, much like St Paul’s Cathedral, its international importance and popularity have not allowed the Abbey to lose sight of its origins as the Abbey still holds daily religious and choral services for the general public, and any interested tourists, to attend.
As previously mentioned, the site holds significant historical importance as it is the burial place of over 30 kings and queens. Alongside this, memorials to recent influential citizens from the UK and abroad like Nelson Mandela, Stephen Hawking, Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin hold centre stage in the Abbey. As a final resting place, you cannot get grander than this and poets corner is no exception.
For many hundreds of years now, the English language has allowed the British Isles to thrive as a home for poets. From Chaucer to Hardy, Kipling to Wordsworth, poetry is at the very core of British culture and this is celebrated in Poets’ Corner. Poets’ Corner is located in the South Transept and is the burial place of over 100 influential poets and writers. The Westminster Abbey website describes Poets’ Corner as “a place of pilgrimage for literature lovers” and you can only agree with them as the Westminster Abbey shop stocks many of the poets’, playwrights’ and writers’ most celebrated works.
The Coronation Chair
The Coronation Chair is found in St George’s Chapel in the Abbey and has been the place of coronation for England’s kings and queens for at least the past 700 years. The Coronation Chair was originally created upon request by King Edward I (Edward the Confessor) who brought the chair from Scotland to the Abbey in 1296.
The chair contained, at the request of the King, the Stone of Scone which was a stone kept in Scone Abbey, Scotland in the 13th Century. This stone was once stolen in 1950 by a group of 4 Scottish students who believed that the stone was rightfully Scotland’s. During the theft, the 152kg stone broke into two pieces and the students buried the larger part in a field in Kent. After a while, both parts of the stone made the journey to Scotland, were professionally mended and then returned to London. However, in 1996, Prime Minister John Major said that the Stone was rightfully Scotland and that the Stone was to reside in Scotland and return to the Abbey during coronations.
Unusually, for a symbol of such national importance, the Coronation Chair features graffiti. Carvings and dents on the back of the chair are thought to have come from visiting school children during the 18th and 19th centuries when the Coronation Chair was in full view of the public. Today, the Chair is well secured in the Abbey to mitigate the risk of tampering. If you happen to be invested in royal history or British history in general, Westminster Abbey and its links to the Coronation Chair and the Stone of Scone are definitely worth your while!
The Unknown Warrior
Located at the western end of the Nave is the grave of The Unknown Warrior. The Unknown Warrior is a symbol of the sacrifice that all soldiers gave during the First and Second World Wars. The battles at the Somme, Ypres, Arras and the Aisne left many unknown soldiers dead. Due to their anonymity, this meant that their sacrifice and dedication was often overlooked. In order to give recognition to all unknown soldiers who lost their lives during the war, one body was chosen from unknown soldiers exhumed from the four battle areas. It was then transported to London from France where it was taken upon a commemorative journey around London where it passed Whitehall and King George V unveiling the Cenotaph. Followed by pallbearers, the King, members of the royal family and state, The Unknown Warrior was brought through the North Door of Westminster Abbey where it was then laid to rest in its grave in the Nave.
The body was brought back from France in November 1920, the grave contains soil from France and the commemorative black marble slab comes from a Belgian quarry. A truly European-wide show of recognition for one of the world’s darkest periods. For any visitor, visiting The Unknown Warrior is a chance for true self-reflection and gratitude for the world we have today – if you are in London, this really is a must.
Westminster Abbey is accessible by public transport via St James’s Park tube station served by the Circle and District lines, Westminster tube station served by the Circle, District and Jubilee lines and Westminster Millenium Pier served by Transport for London’s riverboat services.
Houses of Parliament
The cornerstone of British democracy, famous (and infamous) the width and breadth of the land; the Houses of Parliament are one of Britain’s true sources of pride. It has, for many hundreds of years, been the centre of politics and official business in Britain. The Houses of Parliament comprises the well-known House of Commons and House of Lords.
Located in the City of Westminster on the River Thames in Central London, the Houses of Parliament are a UNESCO World Heritage site recognised as having international importance. Originally built in 1016, Parliament’s track record on fire safety has not been great as it nearly burned down in 1512 and then again in 1834. So most of what you see architecturally was built in 1834 by Charles Berry who gave Parliament its iconic Gothic Revival style. And finally, during the Second World War, the House of Commons was bombed and the chamber was engulfed by fire so was then rebuilt again in 1950.
The Parliament has had a very long and lively history. Most notably, Parliament gained fame in the UK and around the world for the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605 where Guy Fawkes planted 36 barrels of gunpowder under the House of Lords. On the 5th November 1605, the King was carrying out the state opening of the House of Lords. Guy Fawkes, an English Catholic, wanted to assassinate King James I and blow up the House of Lords. Luckily for the integrity of the house, just before Guy Fawkes was going to carry out the deed, a guard found him in the basement of the House. Guy Fawkes was promptly hung, drawn and quartered (as the English saying goes) but lived on forever in the British psyche. Today, November 5th is bonfire night in the UK where people let off fireworks all across the country with people letting off fireworks in their gardens and impressive displays in large towns and cities all in remembrance of that fateful night in November 1605.
Other interesting events of Parliament’s history include the execution of writer and explorer, Walter Raleigh, the assassination of the prime minister in 1812, the bombing in 1885 and tear gassing of the Commons in 1970. Due to its tumultuous past, Parliament today is an incredibly safe place to be. Peaceful protestors adorn Parliament Square on a day-to-day basis so if you see them, be sure to have a talk with them and get caught up on the latest political happenings!
Pay-for tours are available throughout Westminster Palace and you can buy tickets on the parliament.uk website or at the ticket office for tours when Parliament is not in session. If you are a British citizen you can request a tour of Westminster Palace while Parliament is in session through your local MP. In both of these tours, you will be able to take a look at both the Commons’ Chamber and the Lords’ Chamber. In the Commons’ Chamber, you will recognise the trademark green benches which are reflected in other Commonwealth countries such as Canada, Australia and New Zealand. You will notice on the floor of the Commons, between two sides of the house, there is a red line on both sides just in front of the front benches. Parliamentary tradition is for politicians to stand behind these lines when speaking to the House. This is because the distance between both lines is about the length of two sword-lengths so, in older times, duels could not break out in the House. Some would argue that today, this is still necessary.
Also on your tour, you have the opportunity of visiting one of the most famous parts of the palace – Westminster Hall. Built in 1907, the Hall was used historically to carry out judicial proceedings of high importance. Westminster Hall has been used in recent years however for matters of national celebration and ceremony. Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela and Charles de Gaulle are just a few of the names that have spoken in Westminster Hall in recent times and it is considered an honour to be able to speak there. Alongside this, Queen Elizabeth II’s Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilee celebrations have been held here too. It is a place of national celebration and any visiting Anglophiles will not be let down by both its iconic stature, architecture (arched hammer-beam roof) and its historical value.
The tour as a whole will allow visitors a unique and intimate insight into the institution that has defined British politics for the last few hundred years.
The Houses of Parliament are accessible by public transport via Westminster tube station which is served by the District, Circle and Jubilee lines. It is also accessible by mainline bus routes.
Covent Garden is your location for the best that London’s cultural scene has to offer. Based in the West End of London by Charing Cross Road, this former fruit and vegetable market has a plethora of options for any tourist willing to indulge themselves in the best that Central London has to offer. Covent Garden is often frequented by theatregoers as it is in a prime position and while the food may not always be cheap, you can be sure that it will be unfailingly good.
Covent Garden contains many large stores like the Apple Store, the London Transport Museum and Mulberry. However, while it is based in the centre of one of the largest cities in the world, its focus on independent stores and cuisine is a welcome surprise to many travellers.
Rules restaurant on Maiden Lane, Covent Garden claims to be the oldest restaurant in London dating back to 1798. The restaurant specialises in British classics such as game pies, pudding and oysters. They claim that, historically, the restaurant has been frequented by writers and poets like Charles Dickens, H. G. Wells and Charlie Chaplin. The website says that the former Poet Laureate, John Betjeman, described the ground floor as “unique and irreplaceable”. The history that ‘Rules’ harbours is unrivalled by any other restaurant in London. If you visit you will be able to try authentic British cuisine whilst learning about the heart that family ownership has provided the restaurant over the many years it has been open for business.
For something more contemporary and cosmopolitan, try Caffé Vergnano 1882 on Charing Cross Road. Caffé Vergnano is a small, family-owned chain of coffee shops that you will find throughout London. They have shops on Mark Lane, New Street Square, High Holborn and on Charing Cross Road, Covent Garden. A very successful coffee business with the local hustle and bustle, Caffé Vergnano is a coffee shop for the tourist who wants to drink as the locals do. With its origins in Italy and its branches in London, the café has an international spirit about it but still feels personable and intimate. The Times named the coffee shop as having “the best espresso in London” and if you take a moment to consider the superabundance of coffee shops in the capital, this is quite the feat. The coffee shop on Charing Cross Road is the original branch of Caffé Vergnano and most certainly worth a visit if you’re in the area and have a thirst for coffee.
Whilst independent shops sound nice, if you are looking for something more familiar, Covent Garden has you covered. Wagamama, Nando’s, Five Guys, TGI Fridays, Zizzi, Bella Italia and many more familiar names are never far away and are serving at your leisure.
Covent Garden is also very famous for its street performers who perform in different areas of the complex year round. It is a fantastically easy, and free, way of entertaining the family during a long day of shopping or touring. Expect juggling, magic, music and performances that will entertain the whole family.
If you are considering Covent Garden as a shopping or food destination but need a way to fill your evening, the Theatre Royal, Royal Opera House, Adelphi Theatre and Wyndham’s Theatre are within the bounds of Covent Garden. If you want to walk a little further around the bounds of the area, you can visit the Novello Theatre, Aldwych Theatre, Cambridge Theatre, Palace Theatre and so many more. Covent Garden is also easily accessible by the fantastic public transport system in London that makes location no longer an obstacle for a good night out. Covent Garden is central, it is cosmopolitan, it is busy, it’s entertaining and it’s everything that you need for a good time.
Covent Garden is accessible by public transport via Covent Garden tube station which is served by the Piccadilly line. The station can only be accessed via stairs and lifts and can become quite congested. Other stations include Charing Cross served by the Bakerloo and Northern lines. Covent Garden is accessible by many mainline bus services.
Famous for its large advertising and video displays and very busy thoroughfare, Piccadilly Circus is a must for tourists wanting a taste of inner city life. Whilst Covent Garden sits on the fringes of the West End, Piccadilly Circus is the West End. The West End, for those who don’t know, is the theatre, cinema and performance quarter of London where historically all the big plays and performances once started. The area is legendary in performing circles and Piccadilly Circus and the West End attract millions of people every year.
Most people have seen one photo of Piccadilly Circus and that is the photo of the intersection and pedestrian thoroughfare with the advertising boards in the background. While this is the most popular part of the area, there is so much more to Piccadilly Circus than meets the eye. For example, the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain which sits at the southeastern side of the intersection is a beautiful and significant monument to Britain’s past. The statue commemorates the 7th Earl of Shaftesbury, Anthony Ashley, who was a Victorian politician and philanthropist who is famous for championing education rather than child-labour in Parliament. Much of the reason why towards the end of the Victorian era there were more children in school is because of Ashley’s campaigning. Piccadilly Circus is more than just an entertainment district, but a place of national congregation.
However, the area really is busy – truly busy. It is thought that around 100 million people visit Piccadilly Circus every year, so if you do not like crowds Piccadilly Circus really isn’t the place for you, however, if you do, read on. The theatres and cinemas surrounding Piccadilly Circus are old and are the birthplace of many famous performances from over the years. The theatres around Piccadilly Circus include the London Pavillon, Criterion Theatre, Piccadilly Theatre, Apollo Theatre, Gielgud Theatre, Queens Theatre, Prince of Wales Theatre and many more.
If you are after blockbusters, you will find Piccadilly Circus a good home for you too! The Picturehouse Central, Odeon Luxe, Cineworld Leicester Square, Vue Leicester Square, Curzon Soho, Prince Charles Cinema and so many more adorn the streets surrounding Piccadilly Circus.
Piccadilly Circus in itself is possibly the best place in London for people watching. If you have a day spare to yourself and you just want to watch the world go by, Piccadilly Circus will provide you with the anonymity for that. The area around Piccadilly Circus contains so much to do that you can take out an entire day and still barely scratch the surface of the gifts that Piccadilly Circus has to offer. This is why, even though it looks incredibly busy and you may assume it stressful, Piccadilly Circus can and will allow you a stress-free, no obligations day out in the city. Piccadilly Circus is busy and sometimes crowded, yes, but it is a true reflection of city life for the indulgence of the everyday tourist.
Piccadilly Circus is easily accessible by public transport via Piccadilly Circus tube station (which is located directly under the circus) served by the Bakerloo and Piccadilly Lines. The nearest stations after that, if Piccadilly Circus is too full, are Leicester Square served by the Northern and Piccadilly Lines (7-minute walk) and Green Park served by the Piccadilly, Jubilee and Victoria Lines (8-minute walk).
Located between Marylebone and Mayfair, Oxford Street is your destination for the material side of your life. On Oxford Street, it is okay to be sucked in by big brands and global conglomerates; today that is the purpose of the area. The street contains many of the big brands’ flagship stores and every single shop along the street will do their utmost to serve you – the tourist. Shops like Uniqlo, House of Fraser, ZARA, Lush, Boots, John Lewis, Gap, Disney, HMV, Boots, Adidas, Debenhams and countless others will be doing their utmost to cater for you. Much like Piccadilly Circus, Oxford Street is very busy and allows you to shop at your leisure. Many people will save up a certain amount of money and give themselves entire days to shop around and indulge themselves in whatever takes their fancy.
It is thought that around 500,000 people visit Oxford Street every day which makes it the busiest shopping thoroughfare in Europe. Due to this fact, the powers that be who maintain the street try to keep the street open, relevant and popular all year round. The crescendo, if you will, of visitors generally occurs around November and December when visitors and residents of London will make their pilgrimage to Oxford Street to carry out their Christmas shopping. Every year at some point during the middle to the end of November, the Christmas lights are turned on in Oxford Street. This is an event that gains national attention all across the UK and is majorly important to London. The lights are always turned on by a celebrity which draws massive crowds. Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams, Cliff Richard, Terry Wogan and Richard Branson are just some of the famous names who have turned on the lights in years gone by.
Oxford Street is easily accessible by public transport with the nearest tube station being Oxford Circus which is served by the Bakerloo, Central and Victoria lines. Due to overcrowding sometimes this station is closed, so the nearest after that is Bond Street (which is on Oxford Street) which is served by the Central and Jubilee lines. The street is also served by a large number of major bus routes making Oxford Street very accessible to all visiting the Capital.
For the best in wholesale food and produce, look no further than Southwark’s Borough Market. Located on the South Bank near The Shard and London Bridge, Borough Market is open to both traders and the public with one of its key draws being the speciality foods on sale. Traders from around the UK and across the world congregate under one roof to provide a unique experience.
The market building itself is Art Deco style, built in the mid 19th Century and was poised in a prime position on the River Thames and therefore acted as one of the most important markets in London. Traders who owned greengrocer shops around London and the surrounding area would all go to either Covent Garden or Borough Market for their produce due to their strategic positions.
Today, the market is still open for traders on weekday mornings from 2 am to 8 am but is considered most popular with the visiting public. Tourists, rightly, want an exclusive experience that only Borough Market can offer and it provides. The produce sourced from the UK, Europe and the wider world is sold exclusively and at competitive prices under one roof.
Borough Market is accessible by public transport via London Bridge tube station served by the Northern and Jubilee Lines and by London Bridge Pier and also by Borough tube station served by the Northern Line.
Located in the youthful and popular town of Camden, North London lies Camden Market which has been trading since 1974. The Market sits upon Regents Canal just North of St Pancras and has four main locations throughout the town: Camden Lock, Camden Lock Place, The Stables and North Yard. Every area of the very busy market, that attracts around 250,000 visitors each week, is open to the public every day.
The Market has over 1000 stalls including restaurants, cafés, gift shops, book stores, craft stores, bars and more. Nearly all of these stores are totally independent and offer you a unique experience that you simply just cannot get anywhere else. Camden Market is wonderful for the foody-tourist looking for the widest range of international street food on offer. From Vietnam to Yorkshire to Venezuela to Japan to California and so many more, Camden Market will undoubtedly serve you new experiences no matter your background.
The area is very busy year round due to the wide-reaching appeal of Camden’s trendy scene, especially so in the summer when the market is particularly packed. If you are visiting in the summer be prepared for a very busy Market and town. However, the Market always delivers and keeps up with demand – it will serve you well.
Camden Town and Camden Market are available by public transport via Camden Town tube station served by the Northern Line. Due to overcrowding, the station is regularly exit-only meaning that you may travel to Camden Market through Camden Town station but will have to leave the town via the nearest station, Mornington Crescent (10-minute walk) also served by the Northern Line. Camden Road London Overground station is also nearby. This area is served by mainline bus routes.
St James’s Park
Built in 1603, St James’s Park is one of the few areas in London where you can take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life. The Park is located in the City of Westminster and sits alongside Hyde Park, Green Park and Kensington Gardens. Visitors may take a moment to relax at St James’s Café and observe the lake and fountain over a good cup of British tea. As well as the lake and fountains, you may be able to see the pelicans that roam the area with grace and that have roamed the area for around 400 years. They were first gifted to King Charles II by the Russian Ambassador and somehow have survived all these years.
As well as providing a lovely view, the general public can walk around the Park and learn about the history of the Park and how it used to house exotic animals and its long connection with royalty. Many Londoners use St James’s Park and the surrounding parks as a moment of bliss within nature and this is the intention for visiting tourists too. London is a fantastic city but like all big cities, it can become tiring for those living there. This is the purpose of opening these royal parks to the public; a moment of nature in an international metropolis.
St James’s Park is accessible by public transport via St James’s Park tube station served by the Circle and District Lines. Green Park tube station served by the Piccadilly, Victoria and Jubilee Lines is close by too. The area is also accessible by bus.
Based in the picturesque Richmond upon Thames, this UNESCO World Heritage Site provides one of the best botanical experiences in the world. Kew Gardens is home to over 50,000 plants with an incredible variation that any visitor looking for a peaceful walk can immerse themselves in botanical heaven. The Gardens are a very significant place in London housing over 30,000 different kinds of plants that even the most avid flower-file couldn’t comprehend.
The Gardens are sponsored by DEFRA (the Department for Environmental, Food and Rural Affairs) and feature their own police force, Kew Constabulary, to keep any flower thieves at bay. It may sound a bit excessive, but the area really is valuable as it dates back to 1299 when the construction of the Gardens by King Edward I commenced. Over the years, there have been countless exhibitions and structures built around the Gardens to keep them up-to-date and one of the best and most intricate botanical gardens in the world. It is for this reason that Kew Gardens is such a fantastic place to visit as it is always being updated with new things to see, flowers to smell and people to meet.
Just a few of the structures in the Gardens include the Pagoda erected in 1762 that stands 50m high; a Japanese Gateway replica from Nishi Honganji, Kyoto; a Minka House (traditional Japanese house) and temples of Aeolus, Arethusa and Bellona. More notably, however, the Gardens house the iconic Treetop Walkway designed by David Marks. The Walkway provides visitors with a birds-eye view of the park foregrounded by the skyline of London in the distance.
For tourists not up for, or able to, walk around the park, there is a vehicular tour that takes a circular route around the Gardens giving all visitors an in-depth experience of the Gardens. Customers will find themselves inside a road train that will take them around the park and will be able to, just for a moment, feel like royalty and wave to passers-by.
However, if there is one thing that Kew is known for then it is this: Kew Gardens hosts one of the largest compost heaps in Europe. Unfortunately, there is no chance to get up-close and personal with the heap as they felt that heap-mania would cause a stampede. However, there is a wooden viewing platform where you can observe the heap in all of its biological glory.
It is pretty incredible how much they fit into Kew Gardens as there are many galleries and museums for visitors to take themselves to at their leisure along with Kew Palace which is a picturesque building bought by King George III. They also feature so many other structures and exhibitions that this article doesn’t cover. It is best to simply visit and see for yourself the variation that Kew Gardens can offer for tourists and families.
The Gardens really are very large and most people will not want to rush their visit to Kew. So, for visitors who want to make the most of their visit to the Gardens, there are free tours that run every day.
Kew Gardens really is a fairly essential day trip for an extended stay in London. The Gardens work well for families and all tourists as this World Heritage Site provides more services, experiences, exhibitions and events than you can count. It really, truly is worth a visit if not just for the mini-excursion from London life.
Kew Gardens is accessible by public transport via Kew Gardens tube station which is served by the District Line and London Overground. Richmond station is nearby too which is served by the District Line, London Overground and National Rail services, however, is a much longer walk. Bus services are available but rail is recommended.
Located just west of Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens are a serene reminder of the luxuries that come with royalty. The Gardens were first purchased by Henry VIII in 1536 to be used as grounds for hunting and then were passed on throughout the years and are now available to the general public. Kensington Gardens consist of 270 acres of beauty comprising of cafés, statues, playgrounds, walking trails, memorials, galleries, museums and more.
If you are in Kensington Gardens, you must visit the Italian Gardens. They are, without argument, the nicest part of the Gardens featuring classical statues and fountains for you, and anyone travelling with you, to enjoy at your leisure. And this is by no means just a walking experience, the Italian Gardens Café provides visitors with upmarket food morning, afternoon and evening. You are able to enjoy the Gardens whilst indulging yourself on pastries, yoghurt and poached eggs for breakfast if you are an early bird. If you are here in the afternoon, a selection of afternoon teas will not be difficult to come by either. And if you are visiting in summer, the cafe features an ice cream cart to help you cool off under the sun. The Gardens, unlike some of the other royal parks, anchor their opening hours to the amount of daylight on that day. This is a very good reason to try and visit Kensington Gardens if you are visiting London in the summer. It is recommended to take half a day out to Kensington Gardens, but this article recommends you spend a large portion in the Italian Gardens.
Showcasing modern and contemporary art, the Serpentine Galleries are two art galleries located within Kensington Gardens which are a wonderful addition to an inner-city park. The Serpentine lake separates the two galleries and is simply a five-minute walk across the impressive Serpentine Bridge. Transforming Kensington Gardens into a place for the arts is a welcoming sight to a park that could have easily stagnated if it was forgotten about. However, after all these years, the park has been kept clean, beautiful, contemporary but maintaining its heritage.
This embrace of old and new is clear in the case of the Elfin Oak which is a tree stump located in the Gardens that is today around 900 years old. However, it has been carved and painted so as to make it appear like elves and gnomes are living in a congregation on the tree stump. This is what makes the Gardens special as they do more with old items, experiences and land to make them relevant and contemporary.
Created in memory of Princess Diana, the Diana Playground makes Kensington Gardens an ideal destination for the whole family. The playground, opened in 2000, features a very large wooden pirate ship painted in the traditional colours for children to climb on. It also features sculptures that children can safely play upon and climb. The Gardens say that they pride themselves on this playground being accessible for children who are both less able and able. It is partly for this reason that this playground also features a sensory trail to calm children down, if their parents so desire, and let children become one with their senses and allow life to slow down just a little. And, luckily, for parents, there is a seated area just to the side of the park to allow them enough space from the buoyant goings on whilst being able to see their children.
Standing in the south-east corner of the Gardens is the Albert Memorial which is a memorial to Prince Albert commissioned by Queen Victoria. The memorial which features a statue of Prince Albert stands at 54m tall and is Grade I listed. If you are up for a casual stroll or walk around the garden, having the memorial on your bucket list is certainly a fine idea.
The Gardens are not just working for looks but also serve a practical purpose as they feature their very own allotments. Members of the public may visit these allotments and gain tips, tricks and insight into how to perfectly tend to their allotments.
In all honesty, it is incredibly difficult to go wrong with Kensington Gardens as they cover all bases on beauty, location, history, accessibility, convenience and more. Kensington Gardens works for individual tourists, couples, families and groups as it is able to provide a stress-free experience for all – this attraction is highly recommended.
Kensington Gardens is accessible by public transport via Lancaster Gate tube station (which sits on the perimeter of the park) served by the Central Line. The bus services that stop right outside the Gardens at Lancaster Gate Station are the 94, 148 and N207. This will allow you entrance to the Gardens through the Italian Gardens. Queensway is as close to the park and is served by the Central Line too. The bus services from this station are the 70, 94, 148 and N207. This will allow you entrance to the Gardens through the Diana Memorial Playground.
Royal Observatory, Greenwich
Take a trip to the beginning of time – synchronised time that is. The Royal Observatory Greenwich is famed for quite a few things. For example, the world standard of time GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) started here, the Meridian Line that defines the Eastern and Western hemispheres crosses through here, the planetarium exhibits Greenwich’s astronomical history and the surrounding parks give weary travellers a chance to bask in the summer sun.
The Observatory is a beautiful building designed by architect, Christopher Wren, who also designed St Paul’s Cathedral and sits at the crest of Greenwich Park. Most visitors today are most attracted to the Meridian Line which is a line that runs through Greenwich Observatory and is marked on the floor. When standing on the eastern side of the line you are in the Eastern Hemisphere and on the western side of the line you are in the Western Hemisphere. This line was devised in 1884 by using a telescope in the observatory that gave Greenwich a longitude of 0° and all other longitudinal measurements today are relative to Greenwich’s. The real draw for tourists and visitors alike is that it is cool to stand on both sides of the hemisphere at once – and there is no shame in that.
The Royal Observatory is also the centre and the beginning of international synchronised time. In 1884, it was recommended that GMT would become the world standard and that each country in every time zone would base its time relative to Britain’s time. This is true everywhere today. There is a history of the time inside the observatory for anyone to see and that helpfully reminds visitors that they are visiting a very important place, not very well known, but very important internationally. The museum itself is not targeted at specialist visitors but is widely accessible to the general public and is more than suited to the entire family.
The planetarium at Greenwich is an entertaining and awe-inspiring experience for all visitors. The planetarium is especially good for families who need a break from dashing about the different tourist destinations and provides just a moment to unwind, relax and immerse yourself in this visually stunning experience. Visitors can expect a tour of the universe making this experience not just beautiful and tranquil but educational too. If you are in Greenwich, the planetarium really is a must to give yourself a good moment to calm down and slow down.
Royal Observatory Greenwich is available by public transport via Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich DLR station which is served by the DLR. This is a 15-minute walk. It is also accessible via Greenwich DLR station served by the DLR and National Rail services – this is a 19-minute walk. Give yourself plenty of time to get to this attraction.
The Royal Observatory, Greenwich was commissioned in 1675 by King Charles II. The king also created the position of Astronomer Royal (initially filled by John Flamsteed), to serve as the director of the observatory and to “apply himself with the most exact care and diligence to the rectifying of the tables of the motions of the heavens, and the places of the fixed stars, so as to find out the so much desired longitude of places for the perfecting of the art of navigation.”
Located on the River Thames in Greenwich, the Cutty Sark is an up-close and personal interaction with one of the last ever Tea Clippers. Visiting Cutty Sark is a very good idea for families travelling to London as dress-up characters give an enticing and thoroughly entertaining history of the boat and sailing in general to any visitors willing to listen. Visitors will get to meet characters such as Captain Woodget, Mrs Ray and James Robson who will be more than happy to tell of their tales at sea and the history of the Cutty Sark in a creative and playful way. Different characters speak on different days, so visiting Cutty Sark offers a unique experience every time.
Whilst you are on the ship, you can walk around at your leisure and check out all of the instruments and features that have been painstakingly restored over many years. You can take a trip down to the cabin where you can play with the wheel and take a look at what the captain of Cutty Sark had to deal with during its heyday in the 19th and 20th centuries. Information on each part of the ship is available from tour guides on guided tours and of course, the characters who are positioned throughout the ship.
The ship is a fascinating look into 19th and 20th Century Britain, its needs and trading relations. In its infancy, she transported tea around the world until the advent of steam-powered ships. She was then required to transport wool all over the world. After this, the Cutty Sark was sold off to Portugal and encountered further rigorous use. Finally, the Cutty Sark ended back up in London as a tired boat in great need of restoration. This was granted and has now become a living symbol of maritime Britain.
The Cutty Sark is accessible by public transport via Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich DLR station served by the DLR.
Overlooking the fantastic Cutty Sark and housing the Royal Observatory, Greenwich Park is a very popular and well-loved park among visitors and locals alike. The Park is open year round and is famous for its views of the London skyline in the distance where Canary Wharf’s domineering size leaves Central London merely a spec in the distance. Maritime Greenwich, where this park is located, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as the Park and the area have been massively important historically. Today, the area is quaint, busy but quaint, yet in the past, the Observatory, maritime connections and royal grounds have held significant stature. The history is detailed throughout this beautiful park today and in many cases is still self-evident. Most people visit Greenwich Park, however, for its many gardens, freedom and charm.
In the summertime, many visitors to the Park will take a trip to see the Rose Garden which is in full bloom and at its peak around June and July. Located on the eastern side of the park, the Rose Garden features beds of roses laid out in a semi-circular fashion for visitors to walk around and admire at their leisure.
Head east to find Greenwich Park’s very own deer enclosure! The Wilderness, Deer Park houses Red and Fallow Deer who have been roaming the park for many years now. Due to the influx of tourism and visitors, they are now enclosed in the south-east of the park but are still in clear view of any visitors who want to see them.
For visitors who need something more active – good news! Greenwich Park features its very own Greenwich Park Tennis Centre which is a public tennis court that requires no membership but willingness and a small fee. Located to the north of Rangers’ Fields in the south-west of the park, the tennis court is best enjoyed in the spring and summer. The Park is very popular, so if you want a game of tennis in the midst of such beauty – and why wouldn’t you want to? – you should arrive at the park at your earliest convenience to avoid disappointment.
Maybe after your game of tennis, you’re feeling parched or hungry… don’t fret, the Pavilion Cafe located next to the Royal Observatory at the top of the hill will provide you with seasonal, quality food year-round. Built in 1906 and recently refurbished, the café’s positioning makes it a perfect venue for enjoying an English Cream Tea in heat of a summer afternoon or a warming soup on a bracing winter’s day.
After a brief stop at the café, why not take a look around some of the other smaller attractions of the park? The General Wolfe statue located near the café at the top of the hill commemorates General James Wolfe who was victorious fighting at Quebec and won Canada for the British. The statue is entirely accessible for the public and many use it as a meeting point as it stands proud at the top of the hill. Then you can take a trip to the Millenium Sundial in the north of the park next to the Boating Pond and the perimeter of the park. If you are basking in the summer sun and considering finding out what the time is based upon the sun’s positioning, and haven’t we all been there, take a trip to the Millenium Sundial. Next, located in the northeast of the park is the Queen’s Orchard which is a large, enclosed allotment open from April to October to the general public. Here, the public can walk amongst locally sourced fruits and vegetables and garner ideas for their own gardens and allotments.
Greenwich Park is popular, and for good reason, it offers many things to do for people of all ages and abilities. It is a good day out, especially in the summer.
Greenwich Park is accessible by public transport via Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich DLR station which is served by the DLR. It is also accessible via Greenwich DLR station served by the DLR and National Rail services. Give yourself plenty of time to get to this attraction as the park is a moderate walk from the centre of town.
For a real change in pace, visit the world famous Canary Wharf. The name itself may not be famous, but the buildings certainly are. Canary Wharf is the home to London’s skyscrapers and international financial operations and is located on the Isle of Dogs in the East End. The buildings are the tallest for miles – overshadowed only by the Shard.
There are few specific attractions in Canary Wharf, mainly just the skyscrapers such as the second tallest building in the UK, One Canada Square. However, up-market shopping, for tourists that way inclined, is abundant in the area with designer labels such as Bremont, Paul Smith and Crockett and Jones alongside restaurants from all around the world. Nobody in Canary Wharf is going to pretend any of this will be reasonably priced, tourists take themselves to Canary Wharf to really treat themselves.
Walking around Canary Wharf is a treat within itself as tourists are able to get lost in the ineffable height of these buildings that are so closely packed together. Getting lost in the hustle and bustle of Canary Wharf is exhilarating too and allows visitors a good walk within a city that has such an abundance of public transport.
Getting to and from Canary Wharf is a doddle; Canary Wharf tube station is served by the Jubilee line and the DLR and soon by the upcoming Elizabeth Line. If visitors want to alight at the top of the complex instead of in the middle, West India Quay and Canary Wharf DLR stations are 30 seconds apart by train but allow visitors different perspectives of the area. If you want a good look at the outside of the Wharf, it is recommended to alight at West India Quay.
Westfield Shopping Centres
For somewhere considerably more affordable and down to earth, take a visit to one of the two Westfield Shopping Centres in Shepherd’s Bush and Stratford. Westfield London (Shepherd’s Bush) is the largest shopping centre in Europe which provides visitors with an abundance of stores. The shopping centres are full of national chain shops that sell any and all products you need at sensible prices. Unlike pricey Oxford Street, Canary Wharf and Piccadilly Circus, Westfield Shopping Centres provide visitors with an unmatched variety at lower prices.
The shopping centres are not attractions strictly but are more often used by visitors who want a wide variety of shops to buy presents for others or clothes, decorations and more for themselves. These are easily accessible shopping centres in the middle of a very large city but do not come with the typical London price tags.
Westfield’s Shopping Centres are your destination for great value and great choice for gift giving and domestic shopping. They provide variation and convenience with the values of outer-city stores. Christmas. Shopping. Sorted.
Westfield London (Shepherd’s Bush) is accessible by public transport via Shepherd’s Bush tube station served by the Central Line, London Overground and National Rail services. For visitors with lesser mobility, this shopping destination is great as the station is a mere 1-minute walk from the shopping centre.
The London Dungeon
For a family destination, The London Dungeon is an absolute must for families with younger children. Situated on the South Bank by the London Eye, The London Dungeon is a tourist experience with the aim of exposing the most gruesome parts of London’s history in an immersive, convincing, family-friendly and educational way.
The experience uses a mixture of special effects, live actors and rides which all work in synergy to create a fully immersive experience. Throughout this gory and funny experience, you will make your way through Henry VIII’s England, Guy Fawkes’ Gunpowder Plot, the Black Plague, The Great Fire of London, Fleet Street, Whitechapel, Jack the Ripper and so much more. The experience employs what is known as “gallows humour” which means that gruesome and sometimes distasteful parts of history are represented in a palatable, family-friendly and hilarious fashion in order to be simultaneously entertaining and informative.
As aforementioned, the attraction is tailored to younger children and often there are school-trips from the surrounding area who visit to educate the children in such an engaging way. This experience is amplified during Halloween in October when Screamfest starts at The London Dungeon. Screamfest is an annual holiday at the Dungeon where members of the public will be up-close and personal with live-actors playing historical characters and riding on London’s only underground water ride. The London Dungeons are quite dark so this is a sense-based experience sure to get any children, and other adult children, truly into the spirit of Halloween.
This event is incredibly popular and the Dungeons strongly recommend to buy tickets online well in advance to avoid disappointment. Tickets are also cheaper to buy online than they are in person, so there is absolutely no reason to get started on this attraction in preparation for your trip to the city.
The London Dungeon is unlike many other attractions as it is tailored almost exclusively for families who are simply in London for a good time. This attraction is educational and age-appropriate but above that is thoroughly adored by the children who have visited it.
The London Dungeon is available by public transport via Waterloo tube station which is only a six-minute walk away and is served by the Bakerloo, Jubilee, Northern and Waterloo & City Lines and National Rail services.
ZSL London Zoo
In stiff competition with The London Dungeon to be the most attractive experience for families, the London Zoo by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is, and I really do not want to overuse this phrase, an absolute must for families visiting the city. Located by Regents Park and Camden, London Zoo features over 670 species and 19,000 animals and is the oldest scientific zoo in the world opening in April of 1828.
Some of the areas of the Zoo include an aquarium, the Attenborough Komodo Dragon House, Butterfly Paradise, a tropical bird aviary and Penguin Beach. During your visit to the Zoo, you may come across animals such as parrots, penguins, butterflies, meerkats, giraffes, tigers, kangaroos, camels, rhinos and so many more. Whatever you or your children’s favourite animal is, there is a good chance that you may find it happily wallowing in its habitat here.
Every day there are many different activities that you and anyone else with you can partake in to get a unique experience to get more up-close and personal with the animals or simply to just learn more. For example, you can take a visit to the reptile house to get a more in-depth look at its “most unique residents”. Others may take themselves to the tropical bird house, receive a “nose to beak” experience and feel like you are the Lord of the Wings.
One of the more popular activities occurs at the Penguin Beach area of the park where Penguin Beach Live takes place. Penguin Beach Live is a show where penguins perform underwater acrobatics! London Zoo is one of the more cooler zoos, clearly, and how could you miss penguin underwater acrobatics?
Do you like being watched while you eat? Do you like watching other people eat, in particular, giraffes? Well, have I got the activity for you. Every day in the giraffe enclosure, you can watch giraffes enjoy afternoon tea; or as the Zoo has so ingeniously named it: Giraffe High Tea. At 4 pm every day, this event goes on and is open to the general public to view and also find out a bit more information about these staggeringly tall creatures.
Whilst the Zoo offers some very unique experiences, it goes without saying that ZSL London Zoo is a key attraction for tourists who bring the family along. It provides entertainment for younger visitors whilst being highly interesting, informative and, most importantly, accessible to visitors of all ages.
ZSL London Zoo is available by public transport via Camden Town tube station served by the Northern Line. This is the closest station which provides a 15-minute walk to the zoo. You can also take a train ride to Baker Street tube station served by the Bakerloo, Circle, Hammersmith & City, Jubilee and Metropolitan lines and from the station catch the 274 bus to Ormonde Terrace. The 274 runs from Marble Arch and Baker Street to Ormonde Terrace.
Sea Life London
If you are after a family attraction that will not take too much out of a day to visit and is in an accessible location, look no further than Sea Life London. Located by the London Eye on the South Bank, Sea Life contains zoological experiences for the whole family including an aquarium, rainforest adventures and the UK’s largest jellyfish experience. Sea Life also works a lot on the conservation of marine life and much of this work is carried out in London.
This is a smaller attraction, but certainly not one to be snubbed especially if you want a short and snappy visit that accommodates for the whole family. Sea Life London is available by public transport via Waterloo tube station.
A hive of arts and culture; the Southbank Centre is the UK’s largest arts centre located on the South Bank. The centre was opened in May of 1951 and today hosts over 5000 events every year including art exhibitions, classical music, performances, gigs, film screenings, debates, tours and more.
The centre has events tailored to nearly every taste going, so if you are thinking of visiting, book well in advance but have a good look at every event hosted there during your stay. Some of these events are open for families and this will be indicated on the website; however, some are not so you should check age-restrictions for each event beforehand.
The Southbank Centre comprises of different venues which hold a variety of events, performances and purposes. The Royal Festival Hall is a large music venue which holds classical music performances. The Hayward Gallery exhibits contemporary art. Queen Elizabeth Hall holds classical music performances and gigs. Purcell Room presents jazz performances, literary events, classical music and performance. The National Poetry Library is the most comprehensive library in Britain for poetry from 1912 onwards.
The centre has four different shops and two markets to cater to its audience’s ever-changing and diverse tastes. The Royal Festival Hall Shop sells lifestyle products and decor; the Festival Terrace Shop sells “design-led” products and gifts; the Hayward Gallery sells exclusive designer products, gifts, books and more; and the Foyles Bookshop sells bestsellers and new titles for a wide-ranging audience. The two markets are the Southbank Centre Food Market that runs every Friday to Sunday and the Southbank Centre Book Market for any visiting bookworms!
The Southbank Centre is available by public transport via Waterloo tube station and Festival Pier.
Royal Albert Hall
Venues like the super-famous Royal Albert Hall really speak for themselves as they hold so much prestige in the entertainment industry. This legendary concert hall opened in 1871 by Queen Victoria hosts a plethora of events and performances including musicians, sports events, talks, stand-up comedians, award shows, orchestras, charity events and so much more.
The Hall is located in South Kensington and is most famous in the UK for hosting the BBC Proms every year. However, the Proms are quickly booked up so the experience that most tourists and visitors will receive is largely different. If you are only visiting the venue then this article recommends that you join a guided tour. The Hall has an incredibly long and accomplished history, a history this article simply cannot do justice. And once you have finished your tour, why not take a moment to absorb the building and this venue over a good afternoon tea at the Hall.
To fully understand the gravitas of this hall, take a walk around the perimeter of the building to see the commemorative star plaques in aid of people like Albert Einstein, The Suffragettes, Winston Churchill and Adele. But before you do that, the Albert Hall souvenir shop is open from 09:00 to 21:00 with merchandise relating to current shows and the Hall, books, posters, guides and much more! All proceeds from the shop go to charitable causes.
The Royal Albert Hall is the epitome of large-scale, extravagant entertainment in the UK and is widely adored and, if you can get tickets, is immensely difficult to turn down.
The Royal Albert Hall is accessible by public transport via South Kensington tube station served by the Circle, District and Piccadilly Lines and is a 12-minute walk from the Hall.
The O2 Arena
Second to the Royal Albert Hall, The O2 Arena (formerly the Millennium Dome) is a concert and performance venue of incredible capacity and presence in Greenwich, south-east London. Sports events, internationally renowned musicians, stand-up comedians and many more have played at The O2 since its inception. Today, The O2 Arena is both a performance venue and a shopping centre with big brands giving exclusive experiences at their branches located under the iconic dome.
Speaking of the Dome, you can climb it! The experience, named ‘Up at The O2’ allows visitors to experience life on the Greenwich Peninsula from 52m up, standing on top of the dome. From here, you are able to see London from 360°. One of the more remarkable moments from the experience is the contrast between old and new (Greenwich town and Canary Wharf). From a birds-eye view, visitors can get a footing of the complex and sprawling nature of London.
“Twilight”, “Sunset” as well as “Celebration” climbs are available if you, or someone you are bringing along, desire an extra-special view of London. This is a great experience if your visit to London is coming to an end; to really stand back and take a look at this city from a new perspective is very rewarding.
The O2 Arena is available by public transport via North Greenwich tube station served by the Jubilee Line and is located directly outside the Arena.
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