London is everyones dream tourist destination. Considered as the biggest city in England and it is also the biggest city in Europe. For this reason the people of London are very diverse when it comes to cultures, religions and beliefs. Ask anybody who has been to London before, and you will more than likely hear about how much fun they had.
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Suggested Sites to Visit in London
- The Tate Modern, Tate Britain and National Galleries. All free so don’t bolt your art, digest it slowly with frequent visits. London’s public collections are the best in the world. What’s amazing is the consistent high quality of all the works displayed – there are no duds! Details on our Art page
- Hampton Court. We rate this as one of the best attractions in Europe. A whole succession of monarchs have added to Henry VIII’s original palace. A fantastic park (by Capability Brown) and gardens (including the famous maze), Tudor kitchens and one of the last remaining Real Tennis courts. Lots of free (once you’ve paid the admission) guided tours, some in costume, by people who know and love the place. It’s also surrounded by a series of parks and makes a great destination for a bike trip – train out (30 mins from Waterloo), bike back (12 miles) along the river. We prefer it to the Tower of London (less bleak)- you’ll probably want to visit both, it knocks the spots off Buckingham Palace. Details on our Historic London page
- The River. Walk along the South Bank from Tower Bridge to Lambeth (see itinerary section).The best of London is spread out for you: The Houses of Parliament, Lambeth Palace (residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury), Shakespeare’s Globe theatre, Both Tate Galleries, St Paul’s Cathedral, The South Bank Centre, The Temple, The London Eye. Or you can take a boat out to Greenwich, the Thames Barrier or the Dome.
- Westminster Abbey Where they crown Kings, and bury bards. A steep admission charge (should really be free or voluntary donation), but a masterpiece nonetheless. If you get bored of waiting in the queue, or crushed by the crowds, hie yourself off to the City where there’s more square footage of historic church, and empty.
- The Houses of Parliament If you’re lucky enough to get in the strangers gallery for Question Time, see the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition snipe at each other across the floor of the house, while MPs jeer or enthuse obsequiously. At other times the debates can be soporific – queue up outside the Parliament building when the MPs are sitting, left for commons, right for Lords. It’s worth asking what’s being debated. Often later in the evening the debates liven up again.
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