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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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Attractions in London:

Oysters and Champagne in the Trafalgar Roof Garden, London. Courtesy of Hilton
Trafalgar Roof Garden

Opening times:
Mon-Sat 5pm-11pm Apr - Dec 2013; not Sun (annual)

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)

What's on in London:

Trafalgar Square's Christmas Tree, London. Photo by James O. Jenkins, courtesy of Greater London Authority
Carol Singing in Trafalgar Square

Dates Open:
05/12/2015 to 22/12/2015
05/12/2014 to 22/12/2014

Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square, London. © Whatsonwhen
New Year's Eve in Trafalgar Square

Dates Open:
31/12/2014 to 31/12/2014

Alice & Fish, by David Stewart. © David Stewart
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

Dates Open:
05/11/2014 to 14/02/2015
05/11/2015 to 14/02/2016

The Snowman

Dates Open:
02/12/2015 to 03/01/2016
03/12/2014 to 04/01/2015

Blind Summit's The Table at the London International Mime Festival
London International Mime Festival

Dates Open:
10/01/2015 to 25/01/2015

A colourful character at the New Year's Day Parade, London. Courtesy of the New Year's Day Parade
New Year's Day Parade

Dates Open:
01/01/2015 to 01/01/2015

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