12 things to do in London 21/11/2017


1. Natural History Museum 

  • Address: Cromwell Rd, Kensington, London SW7 5BD, UK 

  • Opening Hours: Daily, 10:00 - 17:50 

  • Entrance Fee: FREE 

Established in 1881, one of the greatest museums in London. A true architectural beauty on the outside and filled with treasures on the inside. A great educational opportunity for all ages and a place you cannot get enough of! A museum that is home to more than 80 million items and divided in five main collections; botany, entomology, mineralogy, paleontology and zoology.  
 
*The entrance for the museum is free, but keep in mind that this is a very popular destination and thus most probably there is going to be a long, long queue, so plan your journey ahead and clear your schedule cause an hour or two are not enough to fully appreciate everything this museum has to offer!!   

*There is a store in the museum that's totally worth a visit. I'm sure you will want a memorandum of your visit, in there you'll find something for everyone, from a pen to amethyst and other replicas of precious stones. 

 

2. British Museum 

  • Address: Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG 

  • Opening Hours: Daily, 10:00 -17:30 

  • Entrance Fee: FREE 

The British Museum, a gem in London, a place with so much history and variety covering three main sectors, human history, art and culture around the world. There you will come across the Mummy of Ginger from Gebelein, the Caryatids from Greece, the Cylinder of Nabonidus from Iraq and so much more. With more than 8 million exhibits from the beginning of history up to today, this museum will leave you speechless!!  

*A must-visit for everyone! Beautiful, unique and extraordinary.  

*A queue is expected here as well, so plan ahead, and empty your agenda, because you will want to spend a day in that museum. After all one shall not rush when appreciating beauty! 

 

3. Science Museum 

  • Address: Exhibition Rd, Kensington, London SW7 2DD, UK 

  • Opening Hours: Daily, 10:00 –18:00 

  • Entrance Fee: FREE 

Curious to see Apollo 10? Want to see how cars used to look like? Have you ever wondered how some of the earliest steam engines look like? Do you want to see James Watson's model of DNA? Or do you want to discover more about you? If you answered yes to at least one of these questions then you have to visit the science museum in London! It has more than 300,000 exhibits but what makes this museum unique other than its exhibits? The interactive exhibits!! Yes, it is true in this museum you can take person test and find out a little more about the person that matters most, you!  

*One more interesting thing is the fact that if you are lucky you can participate in a research / experiment. I was lucky enough to visit during a research done by college students on how we perceive ourselves and our surroundings. Completing their little tasks was fun and rewarding. I watched my score get better and better with each try and now I know me and my skills a little better. 

 

4. Buckingham Palace 

  • Address: Westminster, London SW1A 1AA, UK 

Who wouldn't want to get a sense of what is like to be a king and queen? From early age we all dream about being a princess or a prince but not many of us get to become one. While you cannot always visit the palace, unless there is an exclusive tour, seeing it from the outside is enough to make you feel 5 years old again, dreaming about a world where this is your palace, your gardens, your home. Apart from the dreaming part, the Buckingham Palace is an architectural beauty, and let's not forget the Victoria Memorial right in front of it. So, when in London after your picnic at St. James park go for a picture or two in front of the Palace. 

 

*You can book exclusive tours to the State Rooms from the 15th of December 2017 till the 4th of February 2018.   

*The Palace will be open to the public from the 21st of July till the end of September 2018. 

*If you want to see the Guard change then you have to visit during January to March or during the summer. It is a 45 minutes ceremony at 11:00 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays – if the weather allows it – and daily during the summer. Be aware of possible changes, so do check the schedule before you plan your visit.  

*The palace has 1,514 doors and 760 windows!! Makes me wonder how many rooms it has! 

 

5. St James Park 

  • Address: London SW1A 2BJ, UK 

  • Opening Hours: Daily, 05:00-00:00 

  • Entrance Fee: FREE 

A beautiful landscape ideal for all ages, families, couples, friends, tourists and employees who want to enjoy the nature during their lunchbreak. There you can find a playground, a small lake with swans and ducks, a colony of pelicans, the Blue Bridge from which you can appreciate a view of the Buckingham Palace and the Swire Fountain, the London eye and more. 

6. Tower of London 

  • Address: St Katharine's & Wapping, London EC3N 4AB, UK 

  • Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 09:00-16:30, Monday & Sunday 10:00-16:30 

  • Entrance Fee: Adults (16+) £21.50, children (5-15) £9.70 

Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London, or as it most widely known, the Tower of London, is a popular tourist attraction, with visitors traveling from every corner of the world to visit the Tower and write about it. It is a historic castle with a variety of uses, from an armory to the home of the Royal Mint and the Crown Jewels of England. The crown Jewels and the Royal Menagerie are some of the things you can explore and two of the most famous choices among others.  

  

7. London Eye 

  • Address: Lambeth, London SE1 7PB, UK 

  • Opening Hours: Daily, 11:00 -18:00 

  • Entrance Fee:  prices vary, many packages and options to choose from, online ticket price: from £23.45 

Oh, the London Eye, I'm sure you've all heard about it, some of you have ridden it as well. It's so famous that you will be lucky if you are in the queue for only 2 hours, but it's not in vain. In every country in the world there is a view point where you can see a small part of the area from afar, well London has built a spectacular Ferris wheel for that! Admire London like never before, feel like you are on top of the world, and enjoy the ride in this iconic attraction.  

*London eye is not only England's highest viewing point of London, but also Europe's tallest Ferris Wheel. Now that's something to be proud of! 

*In the first 8 years of opening the London Eye has been ridden by 30 million people! 

*London Eye is now named as Coca-Cola London Eye and it now glows red at night after signing a contract with Coca-Cola. 

9. St Paul's Cathedral 


  • Address: St. Paul's Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD, UK

St. Paul's Cathedral is known for its astonishing architecture and undeniable beauty. It is no surprise that it is so highly praised and appreciated by tourist as one of the most recognisable sights of London city. London's skyline has been embellished for more than 300 years by the cathedral's dome.  

 

9. Tower bridge  
 

  • Address: Tower Bridge Rd, London SE1 2UP, UK

An iconic 123 year old bridge that you have to see!

 

10. Sky Garden 
 

  • Address: 20 Fenchurch St, London EC3M 8AF, UK 

  • Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 10:00 - 18:00 & Saturday, Sunday 11:00 - 21:00

What's better than great food and drinks? Great food and drinks while enjoying a great view of London city! In this restaurant not only they serve delicious food and drinks, they provide a breathtaking view.

*Due to it's location people tend to find this restaurant quite pricey. 

*Be aware of possible dress code, usually places with a great view have a dress code.

 

11. Camden Market 


 

  • Address:  Camden Lock Pl, London NW1 8AF, UK

  • Opening Hours: Daily, 10:00 - 19:00 

Camden Market has everything you could ask for, clothes, souvenirs, house and kitchen tools, vintage shops, food, coffee shops and so much more! You will be amazed by the variety, and the amount of choices you have. What's more? On your way to the Camden Lock Village you will come accross a beautiful bridge over Regent's canal great for some pictures and admiring the view!

*As you make your way further in the Camden Market you will find "The Stables market", while now it serves as a market, it used to be the historic Pickfords stables and horse hospital.

*In the heart of The Stables Market you will find a statue of Amy Whinehouse as it was place she loved and her fans associate her with. 

12. Covent Garden 
 

  • Address: The Market Building, Covent Garden Piazza, London WC2E 8RF, United Kingdom

  • Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday, 10:00 - 20:00, Sunday 11:00 - 18:00 

Covent Garden used to be a place where market traders would set up their fruite and vegetables stalls every day, except Sundays and Christmas. In 1980 it was re-opened as a shopping centre, with everything a shopping centre must have; shops, cafes and pubs and the Apple Market!

An article is not enough to cover everyhing you can do in London, this are just some of our few top suggestions, is there something you think should have been included? 

Emily from StayPlanet

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