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Guardsmen Parade Outside Buckingham Palace

Leave your London hotel to a royal reception. Castles, shops fit for a queen and culture accessible to prince and pauper make this city a king among capitals.

Historic London

In olden times, guards kept royals prisoner in the Tower of London. These days they keep watch over the priceless Crown Jewels. Politicians at the Houses of Parliament come and go but a long-reigning leader presides over nearby Buckingham Palace.

Art and museums in London

The large-scale contemporary artworks in the Tate Modern art gallery make a big impression. The National Gallery takes a more classic approach – Van Gogh’s Sunflowers is one of the instantly recognisable masterpieces on display. Kids get their hands on exhibits at the Science Museum, but it’s best to stand back from the dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum.

Quirky things to do in London

Leave your London hotel for a turn on the London Eye and sweeping views of the city. Visitors who want to get under London’s skin descend into the London Dungeon to explore its murderous past. Jack the Ripper is said to lurk here so only those with guts to spare should visit – he’s running short.

Events in London

The Notting Hill Carnival throngs through west London every August. Pride London’s huge parade attracts gay visitors from around the world but anyone can join the party. Winter’s a relatively chilled affair, but the Christmas markets throughout the city keep things festive.

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Hare spat. Animal Behaviour: Mammals - Runner-up. Morten Hilmer (Nationality - Denmark, Country of Residence - Denmark). © Morten Hilmer/Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2009
Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Opening times:
Daily 10am-5.50pm Oct 2012 - Mar 2013 (annual)

Chelsea FC 2012/13

Opening times:
18 Aug 2012 - 19 May 2013 (annual)

Arsenal FC 2012/13

Opening times:
18 Aug 2012 - 19 May 2013 (annual)

Queens Park Rangers 2012/13

Opening times:
18 Aug 2012 - 19 May 2013 (annual)

Fulham FC 2012/13

Opening times:
18 Aug 2012 - 19 May 2013 (annual)

What's on in London:

Birds Eye View - Women's Film Festival, London. Courtesy of
Birds Eye View - Women's Film Festival

Dates Open:
05/03/2015 to 14/03/2015

Fashion Fringe

Dates Open:
16/03/2015 to 18/03/2015

London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival

Dates Open:
23/03/2015 to 01/04/2015

A scene from Handel's Poro, from the London Handel Festival 2007. Courtesy of the London Handel Festival
London Handel Festival

Dates Open:
15/03/2015 to 24/04/2015

St Patrick's Day Festival

Dates Open:
18/03/2015 to 18/03/2015

White Cube (Hoxton Square), London. Photo by Steve White, courtesy of White Cube
First Thursdays

Dates Open:
04/02/2016 to 04/02/2016
05/11/2015 to 05/11/2015
07/05/2015 to 07/05/2015
03/12/2015 to 03/12/2015
03/09/2015 to 03/09/2015
06/08/2015 to 06/08/2015
02/07/2015 to 02/07/2015
04/06/2015 to 04/06/2015
07/01/2016 to 07/01/2016
01/10/2015 to 01/10/2015
02/04/2015 to 02/04/2015

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