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London is one of the culture capitals of the world and is brimming with exciting things to see and do. Take a breathtaking trip on the London Eye, explore the amazing collections in galleries and museums as diverse as the Tate Modern and Natural History Museum or immerse yourself in the history of the city at Westminster Abbey or the Tower of London.

 
 

London Eye

443 ft observation wheel providing unparalleled views of the city

London Eye London Eye Where:
, Jubilee Gardens, South Bank, London London, SE1 7PB
Category: Sights

Jubilee Gardens, South Bank, South Bank, London, SE1 7PB

Tube: Embankment Underground Station, Westminster Station, Waterloo Station

 
 

When the Millennium Commission announced their intention to build an observation wheel that would stand 135 metres over the city of London, people were initially cynical. But the London Eye has turned out to be the finest and most popular new attraction in London since Queen Victoria's Great Exhibition. The Eye now welcomes between 3.5 and 4 million guests every year and, conceived and designed by Marks Barfield Architects, is a feat of modern engineering, both beautiful to look at and from. When constructed in 1999, it was the tallest observation wheel in the world and, though it has now been surpassed by similar constructions in China and Singapore, it allows you to see one of the world's most exciting cities from a completely new perspective.

 
 

Events at London Eye

London Eye - Valentine's Champagne Experience On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

13th, 14th and 15th February 2015

 

Valentine's Day Champagne ExperienceRomance your loved one this Valentine's with a 30 minute experience and enjoy the sublime views of London from high above the River Thames with a glass of Pommery Brut Royal Champagne ...more

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St Paul's Cathedral

At 111m high, one of the most famous sights in London

St Paul's Cathedral St Paul's Cathedral Where:
, St Paul's Churchyard, London London, EC4M 8AD
Category: Historic Buildings

St Paul's Churchyard, City, London, EC4M 8AD

Tube: St. Paul's Station, Mansion House Station, Blackfriars Station

 
 

Sir Christopher Wren's mighty St Paul's Cathedral draws the eye like nothing else in London, even though the City's skyscrapers now tower above it. The centrepiece of the great reconstruction of London after the great fire of 1666, it is still the spiritual focus of Great Britain. Royal weddings and birthdays, the funerals of Britain's leaders and services to celebrate the ends of wars all take place beneath the famous dome. The cathedral miraculously survived the Blitz in World War II and served as an inspirational symbol of strength. Explore the medieval relics in the crypt, the gorgeous Victorian mosaics and up to the staggering views of London from the top of the dome.

 
 

Events at St Paul's Cathedral

Bill Viola: Martyrs (Earth, Air, Fire, Water)
OngoingFree Event

22nd May 2014 to 31st May 2015 - 8.30am-4pm | Free, plus admission £16.50, OAP/NUS £14.50, family £40, ages 6-17 £7.50

 
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British Museum

World-renowned museum of human history and culture

British Museum British Museum Where:
, Great Russell Street, London London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums

Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1B 3DG

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station, Russell Square Station, Holborn Station

 
 

Founded in 1753 when Sir Hans Sloane left his collection of 71,000 objects of interest, the British Museum's charter insists that it be open free of charge "to all studious and curious persons". The museum expanded rapidly in the nineteenth century and now contains around 7 million objects, some more than 10,000 years old. Spend an afternoon exploring the relics of ancient Egyptian and Greek empires and come face to face with mankind's greatest cultural achievements. Walk through the impressive columned entrance, through Lord Norman Foster's breath taking glass domed Great Court and wander the seemingly endless corridors and displays. The museum is a treasure trove of objects from the whole world and the entire span of human history and prehistory.

 
 

Events at British Museum

Connecting Continents: Indian Ocean Trade And Exchange
OngoingFree Event

27th November 2014 to 31st May 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Ancient Lives, New Discoveries
Ongoing

22nd May 2014 to 19th April 2015 - Various Times | £10

 
Exploring Egyptian Mummies
Free Event

Saturday 31st January 2015 - 11am-4pm | Free

 

Explore digital techniques used by museum scientists to uncover the secrets of the ancient Egyptians.

Pre Columbian Art From Mexico: Talk
Free Event

Saturday 31st January 2015 - 1.15pm-2pm | Free

 

An opportunity to discover more about the Museum's exhibits.

Two Greek Friezes: Talk
On SoonFree Event

Tuesday 3rd February 2015 - 1.15pm-2pm | Free

 

A gallery talk by Richard Woff.

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HMS Belfast

World War II cruiser moored on the River Thames

HMS Belfast HMS Belfast Where:
, Morgan's Lane, Tooley Street, London London, SE1 2JH
Category: Boats and Bridges

Morgan's Lane, Tooley Street, Bankside, London, SE1 2JH

Tube: London Bridge Station

 
 

HMS Belfast, moored at Morgan's Lane off Tooley Street, is a World War Two cruiser with nine decks. As you explore this floating museum, pop into the Captain's Bridge and then head down to the massive Boiler and Engine Rooms, well below the ship's waterline. Launched on St Patrick's Day (17th March) 1938, the 187-metre long ship is a 6-inch cruiser (the inches denote the size of its guns), designed for the protection of trade, for offensive action, and to support military operations by aiding landings from the sea. One of her last jobs was to help evacuate emaciated survivors of Japanese prisoner of war and civilian internment camps from China. Up until the autumn of 1947 she was fully occupied with peace-keeping duties in the Far East. Following a stint in Korea she was retired in 1952 and long after was given to the public in 1971. A collapsed gangway in 2011 caused the ship to close for members of the public but it was successfully re-opened in May 2012.

 
 

Events at HMS Belfast

Hew Locke At HMS Belfast

26th March to 7th September 2015 - 10am-5pm | see website

 
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Tower of London

Historic castle in existence since 1078

Tower Of London Tower Of London Where:
, Tower Hill, London London, EC3N 4AB
Category: Historic Buildings

Tower Hill, City, London, EC3N 4AB

Tube: Tower Hill Station

 
 

For a thousand years the Tower of London has protected, threatened, imprisoned and occasionally executed the people of London. Originally the fortress of the hated Norman conquerors, built with imported white stone from France, it has been through many different incarnations in its life; the bloody tower where Richard III allegedly murdered his nephews, a patriotic symbol, home to British monarchs and armies, a prison and in modern times a treasury museum and UNESCO World Heritage site. The biggest draw for visitors are the crown jewels: crowns, sceptres, plate, and the two largest cut diamonds in the world are among the objects in the collection. The medieval palace, traitors gate, the beefeaters and the ravens make visits wonderfully atmospheric.

 
 

Events at Tower Of London

Tower Powerhouses 5km Family Challenge

Sunday 8th March 2015 - 9am-5.30pm | £25 per team, max 5 people per team

 

A family challenge event, testing numeracy and language skills.

Curious Connection... Design And Punishment

Tuesday 14th April 2015 - 7pm-8.30pm | £10, mems £9

 

Join historians, plus criminology and architecture experts in conversation about designing prisons from the Tower of London to 21st-century sites.

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Westminster Abbey

Large Gothic church and coronation and burial site for the monarchy

Westminster Abbey Westminster Abbey Where:
, Dean's Yard, London London, SW1P 3PA
Category: Historic Buildings

Dean's Yard, Westminster, London, SW1P 3PA

Tube: Westminster Station, St James's Park Station

 
 

The setting for every coronation since 1066 and the burial ground for kings, statesmen, scientists, musicians and poets, Westminster Abbey is a true Medieval masterpiece. Stunning gothic architecture, the fascinating literary history represented by poets corner, the artistic talent that went into the statues, murals, paintings and tombs, and the fantastic stained glass, combine to make Westminster Abbey the most enduringly stunning of London's churches.

 
 

Events at Westminster Abbey

Holy Week Concert: Arvo Part Passion

Tuesday 31st March 2015 - 7pm | £12-£28

 

James O'Donnell conducts Arvo part's Passion.

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Buckingham Palace

Official residence of Queen Elizabeth II

Buckingham Palace Buckingham Palace Where:
, Buckingham Palace Road, London London, SW1A 1AA
Category: Historic Buildings

Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1A 1AA

Tube: Victoria Station

 
 

England's most famous royal palace, and the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II, Buckingham Palace opens the doors of its State Rooms to the public every summer. Originally acquired by King George III for his wife Queen Charlotte, Buckingham House was increasingly known as the 'Queen's House' and 14 of George III's children were born there. On his accession to the throne, George IV decided to convert the house into a palace and employed John Nash to help him extend the building. Queen Victoria was the first sovereign to live here (from 1837). The State Rooms are now still used by the Royal Family to receive and entertain guests on State and ceremonial occasions. Visitors can admire some of the more unusual gifts received by the current Queen, including drawings by Salvador Dali, an embroidered silk scarf from Nelson Mandela and a grove of maple trees. Decorated in lavish fashion, the rooms include paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Canaletto, Vermeer and Poussin, sculpture by Canova, exquisite examples of Svres porcelain, and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world. The Ball Supper Room, the setting for a host of sparkling events in the history of the palace, 29-acre gardens and annual exhibitions are all also available to visitors.

 
 

Events at Buckingham Palace

Gold
Ongoing

15th November 2014 to 22nd February 2015 - 10am-5.30pm | £9.75, concs £8.95, under 17s £4.95

 
Cairo to Constantinople: Early Photographs of the Middle East OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

7th November 2014 to 22nd February 2015 | £9.50, child £4.80, concs £8.75, under 5s Free

 
Gold
OngoingFree Event

7th November 2014 to 22nd February 2015 - 10am-5.30pm | £9.50, concs £8.75, under 17s £4.80, under 5s Free

 
Cairo To Constantinople: Early Photographs Of The Middle East: Talk
Ongoing

7th November 2014 to 22nd February 2015 - 11am | £18.50, OAP/NUS £16.65, under 17s £9.25

 
Exclusive Guided Tour
On Soon

Sunday 1st February 2015 at 1.30pm, 2pm, 4pm and 4.30pm | £75

 

A tour of the State Rooms.

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Houses of Parliament

The centre of political life in the UK

Houses of Parliament Houses of Parliament Where:
, Parliament Square, St Margaret's Street, London London, SW1A 0AA
Category: Historic Buildings

Parliament Square, St Margaret's Street, Westminster, London, SW1A 0AA

Tube: Westminster Station

 
 

Now more commonly known as the Houses of Parliament, the Palace of Westminster began life in 1042 as a royal residence under Edward the Confessor. The major structure to survive various fires, Westminster Hall was built between 1087 and 1100 and is one of the largest medieval halls in Europe with an unsupported hammerbeam roof. During the 14th century the Hall housed the courts of law as well as shops and stalls selling legal equipment - wigs and pens. Following a fire in 1512, Henry VIII abandoned the Palace and it has been home to the two seats of Parliament - the Commons and the Lords - ever since. Yet another disastrous fire in 1834 destroyed everything except Westminster Hall and the Jewel Tower. A competition to redevelop the whole site was won by Sir Charles Barry and Augustus Pugin who came upwith the mock Gothic building that has become such a familiar landmarktoday and includes Big Ben (the bell that chimes on the hour) and the largest clock face in the country. Members of the public can watch debates when Parliament is in session - you don't need tickets in advance but may have to queue. To watch Prime Minister's Question Time (Wed 12noon, when Parliament is sitting) it's advisable to get tickets in advance.

 
 

Events at Houses of Parliament

Houses of Parliament Guided Tours OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

3rd August 2009 to 31st December 2015 | £16.50 (Adults), £14 (Concs), £7 (Children 5-15, one child admiotted Free with paying adult)

 
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National Gallery

Huge range of European art, ranging from 1260 to 1900

National Gallery National Gallery Where:
, Trafalgar Square, London London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries

Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DN

Tube: Charing Cross Station, Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Covent Garden Station

 
 

The National Gallery is visible in its full glory in the heart of the pedestrianised Trafalgar Square. Its permanent collection houses some of the world’s most important paintings from as far back as the 13th century. Gaze upon the works of greats such as Titian, da Vinci, Rembrandt, Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, Raphael and Van Gogh. Built in 1832-1833, in an attempt to outshine Paris’s Louvre, it aspires to make art accessible to all with free admission, a central location and extended opening hours. The important thing in planning your visit is not to try and see everything. You could spend a week wandering through its hallowed halls, and still miss many of the greatest works of European art.

 
 

Events at National Gallery

Maggi Hambling: Walls Of Water
OngoingFree Event

26th November 2014 to 15th February 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Peder Balke
OngoingFree Event

13th November 2014 to 12th April 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
The Closed, From Pandora's Box To Damien Hirst: Lecture
On Soon

Monday 2nd February 2015 - 6.30pm-7.30pm | £6, concs £4

 

One of the Paul Mellon Lectures.

A Sense of Place by 'ArtWorks' Artists
On SoonFree Event

2nd February to 1st March 2015 - Various Times | Free

 

Paintings, prints, drawing, photography and mixed media from the collective of 30+ fine artists who studied together and regularly collaborate.

The Paul Mellon Lecture Series
On Soon

2nd, 9th and 16th February 2015 - 6.30pm-7.30pm | £6, concs £4

 

Given by Penelope Curtis, Director of Tate Britain.

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Tate Modern

The Turbine Hall, 20th century art, Matisse to Moore

Tate Modern Tate Modern Where:
, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street, London London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries

Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG

Tube: Blackfriars Station

 
 

Tate Modern is London's most visited and innovative gallery - housed in a former power station, the space itself is as much as an attraction as its collections and exhibitions. The journey there can be an adventure in itself: take the tube to Blackfriars, cross the river on the 'Blade of Light' Millennium Bridge and admire the startling contrast between historic St Paul's Cathedral and this uber modern art gallery. The interior is a glorious, unpretentious playground of modern art, as appealing to children and amateurs as it is to adults and art experts. Permanent collections includes works by Bacon, Matisse, Rothko and Andy Warhol as well as the best of contemporary British art.  

 
 

Events at Tate Modern

Bilder Der Welt Und Inschrift Des Krieges
Now On

Friday 30th January 2015 - 7pm

 
Liminal
Ends TodayFree Event

29th, 30th and 31st January 2015 - 11am-4pm | Free

 

A participatory sculpture experimenting with shape, form and composition.

Sonic Weave: Exploring Silk And Viscose Through Sound
Ends Today

29th, 30th and 31st January 2015 - 11am-4pm | phone for prices

 

A sonic trail around the gallery.

Open Studio: Sculptural Weave
OngoingFree Event

17th January to 29th March 2015 - 11am-4pm | Free

 
Conflict, Time, Photography Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

26th November 2014 to 15th March 2015 | Adult £14.50, concession £12.50

 
Sigmar Polke: Alibis Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

9th October 2014 to 8th February 2015 | £14.50 (Adults), £13.10 (Adults without donation), £12.50 (Concessions), £11.30 (Concessions without donation)

 
Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963-2010
OngoingFree Event

9th October 2014 to 8th February 2015 - Various Times | £13.10, concs £11.30, under 12s Free

 
Richard Tuttle: Commission OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

14th October 2014 to 6th April 2015 | Free

 
Louise Bourgeois: Works On Paper
OngoingFree Event

20th August 2014 to 12th April 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Lawrence Weiner
Ends TodayFree Event

29th January 2015 at 10am-6pm & 30th and 31st January 2015 at 10am-10pm | Free

 
Nam June Paik
OngoingFree Event

3rd November 2014 to 31st December 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Vanessa Bell And Saluoa Raouda Choucair
OngoingFree Event

24th May 2014 to 23rd August 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Sonia Delaunay Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

12th April 2014 to 9th August 2015

 
Abstraction And The Sublime
OngoingFree Event

28th May 2014 to 31st December 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Alexander Brodsky And Ilya Utkin
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Joseph Beuys: Artist Rooms
OngoingFree Event

24th May 2014 to 31st December 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Elegies
OngoingFree Event

28th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Niki De Saint Phalle And Richard Serra
OngoingFree Event

28th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Surrealism And Beyond
OngoingFree Event

28th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Around Abstract Art 1920-1935
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Arte Povera And Anti-Form
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Beyond Painting
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Beyond Surrealism
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Bill Viola
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Charlotte Posenenske
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Chen Zhen And Leonilson: Objects For Mending
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Constructionism
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Cubism
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Cy Twombly
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Elements Of Chance
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Ellsworth Kelly
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Everyday Alchemy: Contemporary Sculpture
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Giorgio De Chirico And Jannis Kounellis
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Henry Wessel
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Homeworkers
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Leon Golub & Hrair Sarkissian: Facing History
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Minimalism
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
New Images Of Man
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Nicholas Hlobo
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Pino Pascali
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Realisms
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Russian Revolutionary Posters
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
The Reclining Nude
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Thomas Hirschhorn And Germaine Richier
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Heather & Ivan Morison: Skirt Of The Black Mouth
OngoingFree Event

19th October 2012 to 30th September 2015 | Free

 
Artur Zmijewski
OngoingFree Event

17th January to 11th October 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Vapor Trail (Clark)
On Soon

Sunday 1st February 2015 - 2pm

 
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The Shard

See London from above in Western Europe's tallest building.

The Shard The Shard Where:
, 96 Tooley Street, London London, SE1 9SG
Category: Sights

96 Tooley Street, Bankside, London, SE1 9SG

Tube: London Bridge Station

 
 

When it officially opened on Thursday 5th July 2012, The Shard became the tallest building iThe Shardn the European Union and the 45th tallest building in the world. Designed in 2000 by Renzo Piano, an Italian architect best known for creating Paris's Pompidou Centre in collaboration with Britain's Richard Rogers, the mixed use Shard building, visible from wherever you are in London, combines offices, three floors of restaurants and the 5-star Shangri-La Hotel with residential apartments - Europe's highest homes; yours for 30 to 50 million pounds - and London's highest viewing gallery. Covered in 11,000 panes of glass, the 'vertical city' in the newly created London Bridge Quarter is well connected with London Bridge Tube and train stations ferrying people to and from the hard-to-miss London landmark. The public viewing galleries, way up on floors 68 to 72, open early February 2013 but you can pre-register now to be the first to get tickets when they go on sale at 9am on Friday 6th July 2012. In the meantime you can enjoy the virtual views 40 miles across the city online. Vertigo sufferers need not apply. See our full feature on The Shard.

 
 

Events at The Shard

Valentine's Day at The View From The Shard On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

10th to 14th Feb 2015 | £24.95 (Adults), £32.95 (Adult and Champagne) | Film night: £40

 

Opening hours are extended until midnight on Valentine's Day at The View From The Shard giving lovers the most romantic views of the city from 800 feet up. On Saturday 14th February you can ...more

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