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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

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

Experience The Joy Of Christmas On London's South Bank
On Soon

Sunday 18th and Saturday 24th December 2016 | child £16.95, £21.20

 
Experience The Joy Of Christmas On London's South Bank London Eye 2016-12-012016-12-24 Where:
London Eye , Jubilee Gardens, South Bank London, SE1 7PB
Category: Sights

Community & Lifestyle, Christmas/Xmas Lights.

London New Year's Eve Fireworks 2016 On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Saturday 31st December 2016 | £10

 
London New Year's Eve Fireworks 2016 London Eye 2016-12-312016-12-31 Where:
London Eye , Jubilee Gardens, South Bank London, SE1 7PB
Category: Sights

The annual New Year's Eve Fireworks display is an impressive sight. They cram enough firepower for an hour-long display into 12 explosive minutes, lighting up the sky for miles around. Watched by 100,000 people, the ...more

London's New Year's Eve Fireworks
On Soon

Saturday 31st December 2016 - 7.30pm-0.15am | £10

 
London's New Year's Eve Fireworks London Eye 2016-12-312016-12-31 Where:
London Eye , Jubilee Gardens, South Bank London, SE1 7PB
Category: Sights

New Year's Eve extravaganza.

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St Paul's Cathedral

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

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

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

St Paul's Christmas Carols & Services Now OnFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

26th November to 25th December 2016 | Various, many Free

 
St Paul's Christmas Carols & Services St Paul's Cathedral 2016-11-262016-12-25 Where:
St Paul's Cathedral, St Paul's Churchyard London, EC4M 8AD
Category: Historic Buildings

Few places are better for traditional Christmas services and carols than St Paul's , the spiritual home of Great Britain. To meet the increasing demand, this year St Paul's hosts a series ...more

Bill Viola
Ongoing

8th September 2016 to 11th August 2018 - 8.30am-4.30pm | £18

 
Bill Viola St Paul's Cathedral 2016-09-082018-08-11 Where:
St Paul's Cathedral, St Paul's Churchyard London, EC4M 8AD
Category: Historic Buildings
Bill Viola: Mary OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

8th September 2016 to 31st December 2018 | Free

 
Bill Viola: Mary St Paul's Cathedral 2016-09-082018-12-31 Where:
St Paul's Cathedral, St Paul's Churchyard London, EC4M 8AD
Category: Historic Buildings
MS Society Christmas Concert
On Soon

Thursday 8th December 2016 - 7pm-8.15pm | £35-£150

 
MS Society Christmas Concert St Paul's Cathedral 2016-12-082016-12-08 Where:
St Paul's Cathedral, St Paul's Churchyard London, EC4M 8AD
Category: Historic Buildings

With classical solo performers Sir John Tomlinson, Catherine Wyn Rogers, Gerald Finley and John Mark Ainsley, plus The Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir and St Paul's Cathedral Consort and readings from celebrities.

Childline's Merry Little Christmas
On Soon

Tuesday 13th December 2016 - 7pm | £22-£99

 
Childline's Merry Little Christmas St Paul's Cathedral 2016-12-132016-12-13 Where:
St Paul's Cathedral, St Paul's Churchyard London, EC4M 8AD
Category: Historic Buildings

Celebrating Childline's 30th anniversary with choir performances, including special guest Russell Watson.

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British Museum

World-renowned museum of human history and culture

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

South Africa: The Art Of A Nation Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

27th October 2016 to 26th February 2017 | £12 (Adults), Free (Children under 16)

 
South Africa: The Art Of A Nation British Museum 2016-10-272017-02-26 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums
Maggi Hambling: Touch - Works On Paper
OngoingFree Event

8th September 2016 to 29th January 2017 - 10am-5.30pm | Free

 
Maggi Hambling: Touch - Works On Paper British Museum 2016-09-082017-01-29 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums
The Waddesdon Bequest: A Rothschild Renaissance
OngoingFree Event

1st October 2015 to 31st December 2016 - 10am-5.30pm | Free

 
The Waddesdon Bequest: A Rothschild Renaissance British Museum 2015-10-012016-12-31 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums
Epic Sundays: The Kalevala (Where The Bear Sleeps)
On Soon

Sunday 11th December 2016 - 3pm-5pm | £8

 
Epic Sundays: The Kalevala (Where The Bear Sleeps) British Museum 2016-12-112016-12-11 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums

Storyteller Nick Hennessey performs the famous Finnish epic.

Festive And Seasonal Music
On SoonFree Event

Friday 16th December 2016 - 6.30pm-8pm | Free drop in

 
Festive And Seasonal Music British Museum 2016-12-162016-12-16 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums

The British Museum and British Library singers perform festive and seasonal music from many cultures to celebrate this special time of year.

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HMS Belfast

World War II cruiser moored on the River Thames

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.

 
 
 

Tower of London

Historic castle in existence since 1078

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 Of London Ice Rink Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

16th November 2016 to 3rd January 2017 | £13.50 (Adults), £9.50 (Children under 12), £38 (Family of 4)

 
Tower Of London Ice Rink Tower Of London 2016-11-162017-01-03 Where:
Tower Of London, Tower Hill London, EC3N 4AB
Category: Historic Buildings

Nestled in the rounded hollow of the dry moat, the Tower of London's ice rink area forms a wonderfully festive scene. An ideal winter activity for children, couples and friends alike, visitors can carve their ...more

Drawn At The Tower With Art Macabre: Echoes And Shadows
On Soon

Monday 12th December 2016 - 6.30pm-9pm | £24, adv £20

 
Drawn At The Tower With Art Macabre: Echoes And Shadows Tower Of London 2016-12-122016-12-12 Where:
Tower Of London, Tower Hill London, EC3N 4AB
Category: Historic Buildings

Explore chiaroscuro techniques with guest artist Frank Gambino.

Drawn At The Tower With Art Macabre
On Soon

Monday 12th December 2016 - 6.30pm-9pm | £24, concs £20

 
Drawn At The Tower With Art Macabre Tower Of London 2016-09-122016-12-13 Where:
Tower Of London, Tower Hill London, EC3N 4AB
Category: Historic Buildings
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Westminster Abbey

Large Gothic church and coronation and burial site for the monarchy

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

Westminster Abbey Midnight Mass, Christmas Carols & Services Now OnFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

27th November to 25th December 2016 | Free, some tickets required

 
Westminster Abbey Midnight Mass, Christmas Carols & Services Westminster Abbey 2016-11-272016-12-25 Where:
Westminster Abbey, Dean's Yard London, SW1P 3PA
Category: Historic Buildings

Pack inside one of London's most famous landmarks for an old-fashioned service to take you right through to Christmas Day. Westminster Abbey has been at the centre of royal and religious life in Britain since ...more

Christmas For Families
On SoonFree Event

Saturday 10th December 2016 - 10am-3pm | Free

 
Christmas For Families Westminster Abbey 2016-12-102016-12-10 Where:
Westminster Abbey, Dean's Yard London, SW1P 3PA
Category: Historic Buildings

Join the choristers for carols in the medieval chapter house and make your own festive cards in a Christmas craft workshop.

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Buckingham Palace

Official residence of Queen Elizabeth II

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

Portrait of the Artist Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

4th November 2016 to 23rd April 2017 | £10.30 (Adults), £9.40 (Concessions), £5.30 (Under 17/Disabled), Free (Under 5)

 
Portrait of the Artist Buckingham Palace 2016-11-042017-04-23 Where:
Buckingham Palace , Buckingham Palace Road London, SW1A 1AA
Category: Historic Buildings
Christmas Concert
On Soon

Thursday 8th December 2016 - 7pm-9pm | £20, concs £18

 
Christmas Concert Buckingham Palace 2016-12-082016-12-08 Where:
Buckingham Palace , Buckingham Palace Road London, SW1A 1AA
Category: Historic Buildings

The recorder group Block4 performs a programme of seasonal pieces from fifteenth to twenty-first century composers.

Exhibition Talk For Groups - Portrait Of The Artist
On Soon

15th November 2016 to 23rd April 2017 - 11am | £18.80, OAP/NUS £16.90, disabled/under 17s £9.30, under 5s Free

 
Exhibition Talk For Groups - Portrait Of The Artist Buckingham Palace 2016-11-152017-04-23 Where:
Buckingham Palace , Buckingham Palace Road London, SW1A 1AA
Category: Historic Buildings
Charles II: Art & Power
On Soon

8th December 2016 to 13th May 2018 - 10am-5.30pm | £9.50, under 17s £4.80, under 5s Free, OAP/NUS £8.75, family £24

 
Charles II: Art & Power Buckingham Palace 2016-12-082018-05-13 Where:
Buckingham Palace , Buckingham Palace Road London, SW1A 1AA
Category: Historic Buildings
Ipad Portrait Workshop

Saturday 25th February 2017 - 9am-4pm | £55, concs £49.50

 
Ipad Portrait Workshop Buckingham Palace 2017-02-252017-02-25 Where:
Buckingham Palace , Buckingham Palace Road London, SW1A 1AA
Category: Historic Buildings

Literary & Education, Art Workshop.

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Houses of Parliament

The centre of political life in the UK

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.

 
 
 

National Gallery

Huge range of European art, ranging from 1260 to 1900

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

Beyond Caravaggio Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

12th October 2016 to 15th January 2017 | Adult £14-£16, Senior £12-£14, Student £7-£8

 
Beyond Caravaggio National Gallery 2016-10-122017-01-15 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries
Australia's Impressionists
Ongoing

7th December 2016 to 26th March 2017 - Various Times | £6.50, OAP £5.50, National Art Pass mems/NUS/unwaged/ages 12-18 £3.50, mems Free

 
Australia's Impressionists National Gallery 2016-12-072017-03-26 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries
Maino's Adorations: Heaven On Earth
OngoingFree Event

28th September 2016 to 29th January 2017 - Various Times | Free

 
Maino's Adorations: Heaven On Earth National Gallery 2016-09-282017-01-29 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries
Big Fish Little Fish Family Rave
On Soon

Saturday 10th December 2016 - 2pm-4pm | £13, child £10

 
Big Fish Little Fish Family Rave National Gallery 2016-12-102016-12-10 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries

Classic and current dance for parents and children.

Fourth Plinth Shortlist Exhibition
Free Event

19th January to 26th March 2017 - Various Times | Free

 
Fourth Plinth Shortlist Exhibition National Gallery 2017-01-192017-03-26 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries
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Tate Modern

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

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

Tube: Blackfriars Underground 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

Christmas Market at Tate Modern Now OnFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

19th November to 23rd December 2016 | Free

 
Christmas Market at Tate Modern Tate Modern 2016-11-192016-12-23 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries

After six years on the South Bank, the German Christmas Market moved to Bankside, just outside Tate Modern, in 2014 and it will be returning there once again this year. With around 70 wooden chalet-style ...more

The EY Exhibition: Wifredo Lam
Ongoing

14th September 2016 to 8th January 2017 - Various Times | £14.50, concs £12.70, mems Free

 
The EY Exhibition: Wifredo Lam Tate Modern 2016-09-142017-01-08 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Robert Rauschenberg Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

1st December 2016 to 2nd April 2017 | Adult £18, concession £16.50, under 12s Free

 
Robert Rauschenberg Tate Modern 2016-12-012017-04-02 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

10th November 2016 to 7th May 2017 | £16.50, concs £14.50, under 12s/mems Free

 
The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection Tate Modern 2016-11-102017-05-07 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Hyundai Commission: Philippe Parreno OngoingFree Event

4th October 2016 to 2nd April 2017 | Free

 
Hyundai Commission: Philippe Parreno Tate Modern 2016-10-042017-04-02 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Artist Room: Louise Bourgeois
OngoingFree Event

1st July to 31st December 2016 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
Artist Room: Louise Bourgeois Tate Modern 2016-07-012016-12-31 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Artist Rooms: Phyllida Barlow OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

11th January to 31st December 2016 | Free

 
Artist Rooms: Phyllida Barlow Tate Modern 2016-01-112016-12-31 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
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The Shard

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

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.

 
 
 
 
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