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Exploring London

The UK capital has long held an appeal for travellers from across the globe, attracting tourists from near and far to see its many iconic landmarks and exciting attractions.
As with any large city, it can be a struggle to see everything, so it is important for visitors planning a trip to London to decide where they hope to visit in advance of travelling to ensure that they don’t miss out on any experiences. Buying an ‘A to Z’ map complete with a tube map, or installing a London mapping smartphone app are a great idea for those heading for this city.

Best Places to Visit in London

The city of London offers an exciting and eclectic mix of attractions, with something on offer to suit all styles and budgets. Visitors can mix and match a wide range of landmarks, museums, park and attractions to create an itinerary that will be fun, interesting and even educational. The city itself offers a range of stunning sights, including Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament – visitors should ensure they take their camera equipment along to capture some great London memories.

London Museums

No visit to London would be complete without a trip to at one of the fantastic world class museums on offer, choices to consider include:
  • The Natural History Museum – Situated in South Kensington, the Natural History Museum is a delight for all the family offering an inspiring collection of anthropological exhibitions. Popular choices on a visit to the Natural History Museum include the Dinosaur hall with its animatronic T-Rex and the Mammal exhibit – complete with full size Blue Whale model.

  • The Science Museum – Set alongside the Natural History Museum on Cromwell Road, the Science Museum offers a great day out for all the family – with engaging interactive displays that are a hit with visitors of all ages.

  • The Victoria and Albert Museum – The third museum in South Kensington that is a must for culture vultures is the Victoria and Albert Museum, which is billed as the “World’s Greatest Museum of Art and Design. This stunning space hosts a wide range of exhibits in everything from art and architecture to drawing and design or fashion and furniture.

London Galleries

As a cultural centre for UK, Europe and the rest of the world, London is also the home of some spectacular gallery spaces offering access to amazing art. Two great choices for the visiting art enthusiast are:
  • The National Gallery – set on the city’s well know Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery houses pieces from artists including Monet, Manet and Carvaggio.

  • The Tate Modern – housed in a converted industrial space in London’s Bankside the Tate Morden is home to modern and contemporary art dating from the turn of the century to the present day.

London Parks

Despite its status as a major metropolis, the city of London boast a large number of green spaces that are a delight for visitors. Popular places to visit include the city’s Royal Parks such as Hyde Park, Regent’s Park and Kensington Gardens. While other great spaces such as Battersea Park, Hampstead Heath and Clapham Common are also worth a visit.

Whatever your preferred pastimes – you are sure to find something to suit in “swinging” London.

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