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24 SIGHT­SEE­ING En­ter some of Lon­don’s most fa­mous sites, from 10 Down­ing Street to the BT Tower, as part of Open House Lon­don. Learn about Pop Art’s lesser­known names at Tate Mod­ern. 42 EN­TER­TAIN­MENT Ni­cole Kid­man re­turns to the West End stage af­ter 17 years. 52 SHOP­PING Lon­don’s old­est ar­cade, Burling­ton Ar­cade, gets a new look with a tiled floor and art in­stal­la­tion. Our unique com­pact for­eign-lan­guage edi­tions are pub­lished twice a year (Span­ish and Por­tuguese, tar­geted at the Latin Amer­i­can visi­tor, is an­nual). They are avail­able on the concierge desk and in-room at all of our part­ner ho­tels. Where is the largest global pub­lisher of visi­tor mag­a­zines, avail­able in the finest ho­tels and op­er­at­ing in over 80 cities world­wide.

FROM 20 SEPTEM­BER The Queen over­takes her great-great-grand­mother Queen Vic­to­ria as Bri­tain’s long­est-reign­ing monarch this month, and a new walk­ing trail is open­ing at her Wind­sor home to mark the oc­ca­sion. The of­fi­cial launch of the 6.37km-long Queen’s Walk­way, sym­bol­is­ing 63 years and 210 days on the throne, takes place on 20 Septem­ber, co­in­cid­ing with the open­ing of the an­nual Wind­sor Fes­ti­val. En­joy the walk then head to one of the fes­ti­val events. High­lights in­clude a pho­to­graphic tour of Wind­sor Castle (26-27 Sep); an or­gan recital at St Stephen’s Clewer (23 Sep); and a talk by his­to­rian Pro­fes­sor David Starkey about Magna Carta (28 Sep), which cel­e­brates its 800th an­niver­sary this year.

3Ai Wei­wei’s fa­ther was Ai Qing, one of China’s great­est mod­ern po­ets. In 1958, when Ai was one, the fam­ily was ex­iled from Bei­jing to a mil­i­tary re-ed­u­ca­tion camp on the edge of the Gobi desert in north-west China. Qing was forced to clean the vil­lage’s com­mu­nal toi­lets through his fifties and six­ties. Ai com­mem­o­rates his fa­ther and oth­ers who suf­fered un­der Mao’s Cul­tural Revo­lu­tion in Re­mains, a new work on dis­play at the Royal Academy; it repli­cates the bones of an un­known in­tel­lec­tual who died in a labour camp un­cov­ered in a se­cret ar­chae­o­log­i­cal dig. Only when leader Mao Ze­dong died in 1976 did the fam­ily re­turn to Bei­jing, where Ai went to film school in 1978. He then trav­elled to New York as an art stu­dent in 1981, earn­ing money play­ing black­jack and re­turn­ing when his fa­ther be­came ill in 1993.

Banksy’s works can usu­ally be found on the streets of Lon­don, but now they have moved into gal­leries and auc­tion houses. You can look back over the ca­reer of the cel­e­brated street artist in Ret­ro­spec­tive, an ex­hi­bi­tion that fea­tures his most iconic, in­fa­mous and rare works. Known for their anti-war, anti-cap­i­tal­ist or anti-es­tab­lish­ment mes­sages, the works are spread over two storeys. High­lights in­clude The BanksyCus­tardizedOilNo.3, a por­trait of a man with a cus­tard pie on his face, and Laugh­Now, an im­age of a mon­key. 10Sep-17Oct.Andi­paGallery, 162Wal­tonSt,SW32JL ’You call that art?’ is a ques­tion of­ten asked about Damien Hirst’s work, from a bi­sected cow and calf to a di­a­mon­den­crusted skull. Hirst has gone from be­ing part of the 1990s Young Bri­tish Artists move­ment to one of the na­tion’s wealth­i­est artists. Next month sees the open­ing of the New­port Street Gallery, show­cas­ing his per­sonal art col­lec­tion. On dis­play will be rarely seen and pop­u­lar works by fel­low rebels such as Gary Hume, Tracey Emin and Jeff Koons, plus an open­ing ex­hi­bi­tion by John Hoy­land. Opening­inOct.New­port­Street­Gallery, New­portSt,SE116AJ Best known for Self – a cast of a head filled with his own frozen blood – con­tro­ver­sial artist Marc Quinn is be­hind TheTox­i­cSublime, a solo ex­hi­bi­tion ex­plor­ing our com­plex re­la­tion­ship with the en­vi­ron­ment. Quinn ap­plies sunrise pho­to­graphs to can­vas and trans­forms them into seascapes on alu­minium sheets, which he pum­mels un­til they’re dis­torted into paint­ing and sculp­ture hy­brids. You can also see FrozenWaves, one of which is seven me­tres long, an el­e­gant col­lec­tion evok­ing the power of na­ture. To13Sep.WhiteCubeGallery, 144-152Ber­mond­seySt,SE13TO

This year marks the 200th an­niver­sary of the Bat­tle of Waterloo – visit the home of the Duke of Welling­ton with its glit­ter­ing col­lec­tions and grand in­te­ri­ors. Wed-Sun 11am-5pm. Adult £8.30; child £5. Joint tick­ets avail­able for Welling­ton Arch. www.english-her­­s­ley­house. 149 Pic­cadilly, Hyde Park Cnr, W1J 7NT. T: 020-7499 5676. F6. Sta­tion: Hyde Park Cor­ner.

ArcelorMit­tal Or­bit

This 114.5-me­tre-tall ob­ser­va­tion tower, de­signed by Turner Prize-win­ning artist Sir Anish Kapoor, gives un­ri­valled views over the Queen El­iz­a­beth Olympic Park and down into the Olympic Sta­dium. It was first opened dur­ing the Lon­don 2012 Olympic Games, and has now re­opened to the public. Daily 11am5pm. Adult £15; child £7. www.arcelor­mit­talor­bit. com. Queen El­iz­a­beth Olympic Park, E20 2SS. T: 0333-800 8099. Off map. Sta­tion: Stratford.

Ban­quet­ing House

This 17th-cen­tury build­ing was for King James I, with an ex­quis­ite painted ceil­ing by baroque artist Peter Paul Rubens. It is the only re­main­ing part of the Palace of Westminster, which was de­stroyed by fire. Daily 10am-5pm. Adult £6.60; child free. White­hall, SW1A 2ER. T: 020-3166 6000. D9. Sta­tion: Westminster.

Battersea Park Chil­dren’s Zoo

Charm­ing chil­dren’s zoo fea­tur­ing small an­i­mals in­clud­ing mon­keys and meerkats, plus a pet­ting farm. Daily 10am-5.30pm. Adult £8.95; child £6.95. www.bat­tersea­park­ Chelsea Gate, Battersea Park, SW11 4NJ. T: 020-7924 5826. Off map. Sta­tion: Battersea Park.

Adult £20.50; child £11.80; plus gar­den high­lights tour £29.50; child £17.70. www.roy­al­col­lec­tion. Buck­ing­ham Palace, SW1A 1AA. T: 0207766 7300. F6. Sta­tion: Green Park.

Chang­ing the Guard

The Mounted Guard Chang­ing Cer­e­mony takes place Mon-Sat 11am; Sun 10am. The mounted sen­tries change ev­ery hour. At 11.30am on al­ter­nate days, watch the chang­ing of the Queen’s Guard on the Palace’s fore­court. There is no cer­e­mony in very wet weather. The Mounted Guard Chang­ing Cer­e­mony takes place Mon-Sat 11am; Sun 10am. Buck­ing­ham Palace, SW1A 1AA. T: 020-7766 7300. E8. Sta­tion: Green Park/Hyde Park Cor­ner.

Chelsea Physic Gar­den

Lon­don’s old­est botanic gar­den, founded in 1673 as the Apothe­caries’ Gar­den. Ad­mire 5,000 species of plants, es­pe­cially medic­i­nal plants, in­clud­ing trop­i­cal plants in the glasshouses. Tue-Wed 11am10pm; Fri, Sun & Bank Hols 11am- 6pm. Adult £9; child £6. www.chelsea­physic­gar­ 66 Royal Hos­pi­tal Rd, SW3 4HS. T: 020-7352 5646. Off map. Sta­tion: Sloane Square.

Cutty Sark

This 19th-cen­tury ship is the world’s last sur­viv­ing tea clip­per. Ex­plore above and be­low decks, with in­ter­ac­tive dis­plays. 5-6 Sep: Fam­ily Fun Week­end: Sailor Games. Play out a sailor’s life in your very own board game. Daily 10am-5pm. Adult £12.15; child £6.30. Joint tick­ets with Royal Ob­ser­va­tory avail­able.­tysark. Cutty Sark, King Wil­liam Walk, SE10 9HT. T: 020-8312 6608. Off map. Sta­tion: Cutty Sark.

Dennis Sev­ers’ House

Opened by artist Dennis Sev­ers in 1979 as a kind of liv­ing paint­ing. Ten rooms, from the cel­lar to the at­tic, il­lus­trate the lives of the peo­ple liv­ing here be­tween the 17th and 19th cen­turies. Silent Night tours ev­ery Mon and Wed 5pm-9pm; tick­ets £15. Day­time vis­its Mon, noon-2pm; adult £10, child £5; Sun noon-4pm, adult £10, child £5. www.dennis sev­er­ 18 Fol­gate St, E1 6BX. T: 0207247 4013. D11. Sta­tion: Liver­pool Street.

Eltham Palace & Gar­dens

Ex­pe­ri­ence the decade of deca­dence at Eltham Palace as you are trans­ported back to the 1930s. Make your­self at home as a guest of the Cour­taulds at this part show­piece of Art Deco de­sign and part me­dieval royal palace. 6 Sep: Cour­taulds at Home: Prepa­ra­tion for a Party. Pe­riod mu­sic, dance and cos­tumed char­ac­ters. 19-20 Sep: Art Deco Fair. Vintage stalls with goods for sale. Palace Sun-Thur 10am- 6pm. Adult £13; child £7.80. www.en­glish­her­ Court Yard, Eltham, SE9 5QE. T: 020-8294 2548. Off map. Sta­tion: Char­ing Cross to Eltham.

Elvis at The O2

To 10 Jan 2016: Ex­hi­bi­tion ex­plor­ing the rise of the King of rock ‘n’ roll and his im­pact on mu­sic to­day. The items on dis­play from Grace­lands in­clude iconic cos­tumes and cars, some of which were fa­mous from his films. Daily 10am-7pm. Tick­ets £10-£20. www.elvis Build­ing Five, The O2, Penin­sula Sq, SE10 0DX. Off map. Sta­tion: North Green­wich.

Emi­rates Air Line

Take to the air on Lon­don’s only ca­ble car and en­joy a unique ex­pe­ri­ence in east Lon­don. Emi­rates Air Line crosses up to 90 me­tres above the River Thames be­tween Green­wich Penin­sula and the Royal Docks giv­ing spec­tac­u­lar views of the city. Mon-Fri 7am-9pm; Sat 8am-9pm; Sun 9am-9pm. Adult from £3.40; child £1.70 one way. www.emi­rate­sair­ Emi­rates Green­wich Penin­sula, Unit 1, Emi­rates Ca­ble Car Ter­mi­nal, Ed­mund Hal­ley Way, SE10 0FR. T: 0343-222 1234. Off map. Sta­tion: North Green­wich. Emi­rates Royal Docks, Emi­rates Air Line, 27 Western Gate­way, E16 4FA. T: 0343- 222 1234. Off map. Sta­tion: Royal Vic­to­ria.

Ful­ham Palace

This at­trac­tive 15th-cen­tury build­ing was the sum­mer re­treat of the Bish­ops of Lon­don. Now a mu­seum with gar­dens, a café and an art gallery. 10, 11, 18 Sep: Out­door Cin­ema. Show­ing pop­u­lar movies on the lawn, in­clud­ing The Grad­u­ate. 7.45pm. Adult from £13.50; child £8.90. Palace Mon-Thur 12.30pm-4.30pm. Sun & Bank Hols 12pm-5pm. Ad­mis­sion free. www.ful­ham­ Bishop’s Ave, SW6 6EA. T: 020-7736 3233. Off map. Sta­tion: Put­ney Bridge.

Golden Hinde II

A full-size, sea­wor­thy re­con­struc­tion of the 16th-cen­tury ves­sel, in which Sir Fran­cis Drake cir­cum­nav­i­gated the globe. Daily 10am-5.30pm, check for oc­ca­sional clo­sures. Adult £6; child £4.50 (check prices for spe­cial tours).­en­hinde. com. Pick­fords Wharf, Clink St, SE1 9DG. T: 0207403 0123. C8. Sta­tion: Lon­don Bridge.

at­mo­spheric plan­e­tar­ium, be­gins 7pm. Adult £8.

From 18 Sep: As­tron­omy Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year. Ex­hi­bi­tion of ex­tra­or­di­nary im­ages of the plan­ets. Daily 10am-5pm; plan­e­tar­ium shows through­out the day. Adult £9.50; child £5. As­tron­omy Cen­tre is free; plan­e­tar­ium shows £ 7.50, child £5.50. Black­heath Ave, SE10 8XJ. T: 020- 8858 4422. Off map. Sta­tion: Green­wich/Maze Hill. DLR: Cutty Sark.

Sea Life Lon­don Aquar­ium

One of Europe’s largest aquar­i­ums, with 500 species of global marine life and walk­through tank tun­nels, plus the glass walk­way above 16 sharks. Learn about one of the world’s largest species of sea tur­tle in the VIP Tur­tle Feed­ing Ex­pe­ri­ence (tick­ets £55 in­clud­ing ad­mis­sion), or Snorkel with Sharks (£125 in­clud­ing ad­mis­sion). Daily 10am-7pm. Adult £23.50; child £16.95. Joint tick­ets with Lon­don Eye, Lon­don Dun­geon and Madame Tus­sauds avail­able. www.seal­­don. County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, SE1 7PB. T: 0871-663 1678. F8. Sta­tion: Westminster/Waterloo.

Shake­speare’s Globe (Tours)

Visit this ac­cu­rate re­con­struc­tion of Shake­speare’s orig­i­nal El­iz­a­bethan-era Globe Theatre and ex­plore its ex­hi­bi­tion to learn more about per­for­mances of the era. Check for tours of the new Sam Wana­maker Play­house, ad­ja­cent to the Globe, which stages plays by can­dle­light in an at­mo­spheric set­ting. Mul­ti­lin­gual au­dio guides avail­able. Ex­hi­bi­tion daily 9am-5.30pm. Tours daily 9.30am-5.30pm. Adult £13.50, child £8. Sam Wana­maker Play­house tours on se­lected dates. Adult £10, child £ 7. www.shake­spear­es­ 21 New Globe Walk, SE1 9DT. T: 020-7902 1400. E10. Sta­tion: Black­fri­ars.

Shrek’s Ad­ven­ture!

Ride the mag­i­cal 4D ‘DreamWorks Tours’ bus to step into live ac­tor fairy­tale-themed shows where you can meet the char­ac­ters from the much loved films. Daily 10am- 6pm. Adult £26; child £20.80. www.shrek­sad­ven­ River­side Build­ing, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, SE1 7PB. T: 0871-221 2837. F8. Sta­tion: Waterloo.

Shri Swami­narayan Mandir

Also known as Neas­den Tem­ple, this is the largest Hindu tem­ple in the north­ern hemi­sphere, with soar­ing white mar­ble pin­na­cles and in­tri­cate carv­ings in­side. Mod­est cloth­ing re­quired for en­try. Free tours of the tem­ple. Open daily 9am6pm; ex­hi­bi­tion open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat-Sun 9am- 6pm. Ad­mis­sion free. www.lon­don­mandir. 105-119 Brent­field Rd, NW10 8LD. T: 020- 8965 2651. Off map. Sta­tion: Neas­den.

Som­er­set House

This splen­did neo-clas­si­cal 18th-cen­tury build­ing be­side the Thames houses the fa­mous Cour­tauld Gallery, Em­bank­ment Gal­leries, cafés and restau­rants. Gal­leries daily 10am- 6pm; river ter­race and Sea­men’s Hall daily 8am-11pm; court­yard daily 7.30am-11pm. www.som­er­set Strand, WC2R 1LA. T: 020-7845 4600. E8. Sta­tion: Char­ing Cross.

St. Martin-in-the-Fields

Land­mark Pal­la­dian church with live clas­si­cal mu­sic and a brass-rub­bing cen­tre, plus tours. Holy Com­mu­nion given daily and clas­si­cal mu­sic per­formed weekly by can­dle­light. Check for open­ing times and list­ings; some recitals free. Ad­mis­sion free; brass rub­bing from £4.50. Trafal­gar Sq, WC2N 4JJ. T: 020-7766 1100. E8. Sta­tion: Char­ing Cross.

St. Paul’s Cathe­dral

Sir Christo­pher Wren’s 300-year-old cathe­dral is filled with stun­ning mo­saics and crafts­man­ship. Climb the dome to the Whis­per­ing Gallery, and a fur­ther 271 steps to the Golden Gallery for views. The crypt has mon­u­ments to fa­mous Bri­tons such as Lord Nel­son. Don’t miss Ocu­lus: an Eye into St. Paul’s, a 270-de­gree film ex­pe­ri­ence. Free tours. Mon-Sat 8.30am- 4.30pm. Adult £18; child £8. St. Paul’s Church­yard, EC4M 8AD. T: 020-7246 8357. D9/10. Sta­tion: St. Paul’s.

Tower Bridge Ex­hi­bi­tion

This breath­tak­ing bridge, de­signed in 1884, is one of Lon­don’s most fa­mous land­marks, with won­der­ful views of the city (not to be con­fused with its less grand neigh­bour, Lon­don Bridge). En­joy views through the new glass floor­ing on the high walk­ways, and visit the Vic­to­rian en­gine rooms. Daily 10am-5.30pm. Adult £9; child £3.90. Joint tick­ets with The Mon­u­ment avail­able. www.tower­ Tower Bridge Rd, SE1 2UP. T: 020-7403 3761. E11. Sta­tion: Tower Hill.

Tower of Lon­don

En­joy a tour with a cos­tumed Yeo­man guard (‘Beefeater’) around this world-fa­mous his­toric land­mark, in­clud­ing the Bloody Tower, Traitors’

Gate and the Jewel House, home of the stun­ning Crown Jewels (ex­pect to queue). Ad­mis­sion in­cludes the ex­hi­bi­tion Coins and Kings: The Royal Mint at the Tower, re­veal­ing the story of the Mint and its 500-year history at the Tower. Visi­tors can also at­tend the nightly tra­di­tion of The Cer­e­mony of the Keys for free – ad­vance book­ing es­sen­tial. Check web­site for de­tails. Open Tue-Sat 9am5.30pm; Sun-Mon 10am-5.30pm. Adult £22; child £10. Tower Hill, EC3N 4AB. T: 0844- 482 7777. E11. Sta­tion: Tower Hill.

Up at The O2

This ex­cit­ing at­trac­tion at The O2 gives visi­tors with a head for heights the op­por­tu­nity to walk right over the top of the iconic arena. Fan­tas­tic views of the sur­round­ing area, in­clud­ing Ca­nary Wharf, Green­wich and across Lon­don. Wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble on re­quest. Daily from 10am, clos­ing times vary; please check web­site. Tick­ets £28-£35. www.up­ The O2, Penin­sula Sq, SE10 0DX. T: 020- 8463 2680. Off map. Sta­tion: North Green­wich. Boat: The O2.

View from The Shard, The

As­cend the tallest build­ing in Western Europe, at 310m high, in a high-speed ‘kalei­do­scopic’ lift to en­joy panoramic views of Lon­don. Be­fore you as­cend, check out the orig­i­nal car­i­ca­tures of fa­mous Brits on the ground floor. Use the tele­scopes to give you info on the land­marks you see be­low. On a clear day you may be able to see as far as Wind­sor. Daily 10am-10pm. Ad­vance book­ing rec­om­mended. Adult £29.95; child £23.95. www.the­viewfromthe­ Joiner St, SE1 9SP. T: 0844- 499 7111. E10. Sta­tion: Lon­don Bridge.


Ex­plore and sam­ple wines from around the world with self-guided tours and tast­ings, or en­joy a guided tour with an ex­pert. New fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing a Win­ery and Ge­og­ra­phy Zone stocked with wines from across the globe. Open Wed 6pm-9.30pm; Thur-Fri 2pm-10pm; Sat noon9.30pm; Sun noon- 6pm. Tours and tast­ing from £27.­nop­o­ 1 Bank End, SE1 9BU. T: 020-7940 8300. E10. Sta­tion: Lon­don Bridge.

Warner Bros. Stu­dio Tour Lon­don

Ex­plore be­hind the scenes of the leg­endary Harry Pot­ter films in The Mak­ing of Harry Pot­ter tour. Visi­tors can wit­ness some of the se­ries’ most iconic sets, in­clud­ing the Great Hall, Ha­grid’s Hut, Di­agon Al­ley and a new recre­ation of Plat­form 9¾. A fas­ci­nat­ing in­sight into film­mak­ing. Open daily, times vary, please check web­site for de­tails. Ad­vance book­ing es­sen­tial. Adult £33; child £25.50. www.wb­stu­dio­ Stu­dio Tour Drive, Leaves­den, Hert­ford­shire, WD25 7LS. T: 0845- 084 0900. Off map. Sta­tion: Eus­ton to Wat­ford Junction, then shut­tle bus.

Westminster Abbey

Con­se­crated in 1065, this mag­nif­i­cent abbey is the crown­ing and burial site of most English monar­chs. Take the walk­ing tour of the in­te­rior and see the Coro­na­tion Chair, which was made for King Ed­ward I to en­close the fa­mous Stone of Scone, which he brought from Scot­land to the Abbey in 1296. It also houses Po­ets’ Cor­ner, the burial place of Charles Dick­ens and other fa­mous writ­ers. There’s a free 30-minute or­gan recital most Suns at 5.45pm. Mon, Tue & Thur-Sat 9.30am-3.30pm; Wed 9.30am-6pm. Adult £20; child £9, un­der 11s free; tour £5. www.west min­ Broad Sanc­tu­ary, SW1P 3PA. T: 020-7222 5152. F7/8. Sta­tion: Westminster.

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