A sense of it all

Where London - - Sightseeing - Big Bus Tours

Vi­brat­ing floors, blind­fold games and a sen­sory es­cape room are just some of the high­lights of OpenSenses (20-21 May; p. 30), a new fes­ti­val that chal­lenges the senses. The Na­tional Gallery, West­min­ster Univer­sity and Moor­fields Eye Hospi­tal are tak­ing part in the city-wide week­end, which is made up of work­shops, ex­hi­bi­tions, live per­for­mances, open stu­dios and sen­sory walks. Direc­tor Stephanie Singer says: ‘ The fes­ti­val is mo­ti­vated by the re­al­i­sa­tion that peo­ple touch their phones more than they touch their loved ones. It aims to get peo­ple back in touch with their bod­ies and senses.’

Ful­ham Palace

This at­trac­tive 15th-cen­tury build­ing was the sum­mer re­treat of the Bish­ops of Lon­don. Now it’s a mu­seum with gar­dens, café and art gallery (p. 36). Mu­seum, his­toric rooms and shop win­ter Mon-Thur 12.30pm-4.30pm; Sun noon-5pm. Ad­mis­sion free, charges for spe­cial events. www.ful­ham­palace.org. Bishop’s Av­enue, SW6 6EA. T: 020-7736 3233. Off map. Sta­tion: Put­ney Bridge.

Go Ape Bat­tersea Park

Make like a mon­key at this tree­top play­ground, suit­able for chil­dren aged 6+. Ne­go­ti­ate lad­ders, bridges and zip lines while at­tached to a re­as­sur­ing har­ness. En­thu­si­as­tic staff are on hand through­out the 3.5-hour-long ex­pe­ri­ence. Daily from 8.30am. Adult £35; child £27-£35. www.goape. co.uk/bat­tersea-park. Bat­tersea Park, SW11 4NJ. T: 0845- 643 9236. Off map. Sta­tion: Bat­tersea Park.

Golden Hinde II

A full-size re­con­struc­tion of Sir Fran­cis Drake’s 16th-cen­tury ves­sel, in which he cir­cum­nav­i­gated the globe. Reg­u­lar events in­clude dress­ing up in his­tor­i­cal cos­tumes, quiz nights and bat­tle work­shops. Daily 10am- 6pm. Guided tour adult £ 7; child £5. www.gold­en­hinde.com. 1 Pick­fords Wharf, Clink St, SE1 9DG. T: 020-7403 0123. E10. Sta­tion: Lon­don Bridge.

Ham House and Gar­dens

One of Europe’s great­est 17th-cen­tury houses, this at­mo­spheric Stu­art man­sion on the River Thames has a rich his­tory of pe­riod liv­ing. Dis­cover its ou­s­tand­ing fur­ni­ture and tex­tiles, with a hands-on ser­vants area in the base­ment. Its gar­dens are said to be haunted. Please check for times. Adult £10.80; child £5.40. www.na­tional trust.org.uk. Ham St, Sur­rey, TW10 7RS. T: 0208940 1950. Off map. Sta­tion: Rich­mond.

Han­del & Hen­drix in Lon­don

For­merly known as Han­del House Mu­seum, th­ese are the homes of An­glo-Ger­man com­poser Ge­orge Frid­eric Han­del and Amer­i­can gui­tarist Jimi Hen­drix. See where Han­del lived and com­posed for 36 years, plus Hen­drix’s bed­room re­stored to how it was in 1968-1969 (p. 36). MonSat 11pm- 6pm; Sun noon- 6pm. Adult £10; child £5. www.han­del­house.org. 25 Brook St, W1K 4HB. T: 020-7495 1685. D6. Sta­tion: Bond Street.

HMS Belfast

Per­ma­nently moored on the River Thames, this ship is Europe’s only sur­viv­ing World War II cruiser. In ser­vice un­til 1965, it’s now a re­minder of Britain’s naval her­itage. Ex­plore its nine decks and hear the per­sonal sto­ries of those that worked and lived on board. Daily 10am6pm. Adult £14.50; child £ 7.25. www.iwm. org.uk. The Queen’s Walk, off Too­ley St, SE1 2JH. T: 020-7940 6300. E11. Sta­tion: Lon­don Bridge.

Houses of Par­lia­ment

The site of Par­lia­ment since 1265 and still a royal palace, the cur­rent build­ing in­cludes the El­iz­a­beth Tower hous­ing the bell Big Ben, which was built in the 19th cen­tury. Watch de­bates for free when the Houses are in ses­sion (take your pass­port). Tours ev­ery Sat plus Mon-Fri 26 & 31 May. Au­dio tour adult £20.50, child £8.50 (first child free; on­line dis­counts avail­able); guided tour adult £28, child £12. www.par­lia­ment. uk/visit. Palace of West­min­ster, Par­lia­ment Square, SW1A 0AA. T: 020-7219 4114. F8. Sta­tion: West­min­ster.

The Jewel Tower

Built around 1365 to house Ed­ward III’s trea­sures, this is one of only two build­ings left from the me­dieval Palace of West­min­ster after an 1834 fire. Don’t miss the or­nate ceil­ing carv­ings. Please check for times and prices. www.english-her­itage. org.uk. Abing­don St, SW1P 3JX. T: 020-7222 2219. F8. Sta­tion: West­min­ster.

Keats House

This 19th-cen­tury home be­longed to the ro­man­tic poet John Keats. See his paint­ings, books, let­ters and house­hold items, plus the en­gage­ment ring he gave to his sweet­heart Fanny Brawne. Wed-Sun 11am-5pm. Adult £6.50; child free. www.cityof lon­don.gov.uk/keat­shouse­hamp­stead. Keats Grove, NW3 2RR. T: 020-7332 3868. Off map. Sta­tion: Hamp­stead.

Kens­ing­ton Palace

This royal res­i­dence sits in Kens­ing­ton Gar­dens and was Princess Diana’s last home. Diana: Her Fash­ion Story. A fas­ci­nat­ing long-term ex­hi­bi­tion ded­i­cated to the iconic style of the ‘peo­ple’s princess’. See the King’s Stair­case adorned with painted walls, and the Queen’s State Apart­ments. Daily, please check for times. Adult £17; child free. www.hrp.org.uk. Kens­ing­ton Gar­dens, W8 4PX. T: 0844- 482 7777. Off map. Sta­tion: High Street Kens­ing­ton/Queensway.

Ken­wood

On the edge of Hamp­stead Heath, Ken­wood house and its land­scaped gar­dens is a hid­den gem. Ad­mire Robert Adams’ in­te­ri­ors and an art col­lec­tion in­clud­ing Rem­brandts, Ver­meers and Gains­bor­oughs. Free ad­mis­sion. Please check for times. www.english-her­itage.org.uk/ken­wood. Hamp­stead Lane, NW3 7JR. T: 020-8348 1286. Off map. Sta­tion: Hamp­stead.

Kew Palace

This royal re­treat, in the grounds of Royal Botanic Gar­dens, Kew (p. 28) open dur­ing the sum­mer months, was home to King Ge­orge III. Don’t miss the Royal Kitchens – un­touched since 1818 – and the tiny Queen Char­lotte’s Cot­tage, built around 1771. Ad­mis­sion free with Kew Gar­dens tick­ets. www.hrp.org.uk. Kew Gar­dens, Rich­mond, TW9 3AB. T: 0844- 482 7777. Off map. Sta­tion:

Kew Gar­dens.

KidZa­nia Lon­don

Par­ents take a back seat here as chil­dren take charge at this cen­tre for ed­u­ca­tional en­ter­tain­ment – a good space for in­spi­ra­tion for their fu­ture ca­reer. Three times the size of Trafal­gar Square, cov­er­ing a mam­moth 75,000 sq ft, this child-size city has two storeys of ev­ery­thing a kid could want in­clud­ing TV and an­i­ma­tion stu­dios, a choco­late fac­tory, ra­dio pre­sent­ing classes, disco danc­ing, food fac­tory, pit lane and avi­a­tion academy – there’s even a tat­too par­lour. Look out also for oc­ca­sional evenings, which are for adults. Daily from 10am, check for clos­ing times. Adult from £9.50; child from £11.50. www. lon­don.kidza­nia.com. West­field Lon­don Shop­ping Cen­tre, Ariel Way, W12 7GA. T: 0330-131 3333. Off map. Sta­tion: Shep­herd’s Bush.

The Lon­don Bridge Ex­pe­ri­ence & Tombs

An ex­cit­ing his­tory les­son on the past of the 1,700-year-old Lon­don Bridge site. Spe­cial ef­fects and ac­tors bring this the­atri­cal, spinet­in­gling scary at­trac­tion to life, where you’ll meet his­toric fig­ures such as Jack the Rip­per. Tick­ets also in­clude the Lon­don Tombs, un­der the bridge, which are in a for­mer plague pit. Please check for times and prices. www.th­elon­don­bridge­ex­pe­ri­ence.com. 2- 4 Too­ley St, SE1 2SY. T: 020-7403 6333. E10. Sta­tion: Lon­don Bridge.

The Lon­don Dun­geon

This uniquely thrilling at­trac­tion will whisk you back to the cap­i­tal’s most per­ilous past. See, hear, feel and (ahem) smell the chill­ing lya­mus­ing char­ac­ters of the ‘bad old days’ as they come to life be­fore you. Not for small chil­dren or the faint-hearted! Joint tick­ets with Sea Life Lon­don Aquar­ium, Coca-Cola Lon­don Aquar­ium, Lon­don Eye, Madame Tus­sauds and Shrek’s Ad­ven­ture! avail­able. Please check for times and prices. www.the­dun­geons.com. County Hall, West­min­ster Bridge Rd, SE1 7PB T: 0871- 423 2240. F8. Sta­tion: Water­loo/Em­bank­ment.

Coca-Cola Lon­don Eye

This Lon­don icon is one of the world’s largest ob­ser­va­tion wheels. In­ter­ac­tive screens in each pod give an in­sight into land­marks on view. Joint tick­ets with the Lon­don Aquar­ium, Lon­don Dun­geon, Madame Tus­sauds and Shrek’s Ad­ven­ture! avail­able. Daily from 10am, check for clos­ing times. Adult £24.95; child £19.95. www.lon­don­eye.com. County Hall, West­min­ster Bridge Rd, SE1 7PB. T: 0871-781 3000. F8. Sta­tion: Water­loo.

ZSL Lon­don Zoo

Im­merse your­self in the an­i­mal king­dom at the world’s old­est sci­en­tific zoo, which has more than 750 species. As well as an aquar­ium with trop­i­cal fish, pen­guin beach and en­dan­gered Su­ma­tran tigers, you can see the Land of the Lions ex­hi­bi­tion – which fea­tures Asi­atic lions in sur­round­ings de­signed to re­sem­ble an In­dian na­tional park. 17 May: Sa­fari in the City. An after-hours event which in­cludes a twi­light tour, talks from con­ser­va­tion ex­perts, an African­themed din­ner and prizes. Daily 10am- 6pm. Adult £29.75; child £22. www.zsl.org. Re­gent’s Park, NW1 4RY. T: 020-7722 3333. C6. Sta­tion: Cam­den Town.

Madame Tus­sauds

Cel­e­brated home of life-sized wax fig­ures de­pict­ing fa­mous peo­ple from the worlds of en­ter­tain­ment, pol­i­tics, sport and his­tory, from the Queen to Adele. Pose with your favourite leg­end and visit the ter­ri­fy­ing Cham­ber of Hor­rors and Scream ex­pe­ri­ences. Don’t miss the per­ma­nent Star Wars ex­hi­bi­tion, fea­tur­ing 11 sets from the film. The Game’s Afoot, an im­mer­sive at­trac­tion with ac­tors, il­lu­sion and sound ef­fects, is a high­light. Joint tick­ets with the Lon­don Aquar­ium, Lon­don Dun­geon, Lon­don Eye and Shrek’s Ad­ven­ture! avail­able. Please check for times. Adult £35; child £30. www.madame­tus­sauds.com/lon­don. Maryle­bone Rd, NW1 5LR. T: 0871- 894 3000. Sta­tion: Baker Street.

The Mon­u­ment

This beau­ti­ful stone col­umn stand­ing in the heart of the City was built in 1677 to com­mem­o­rate the 1666 Great Fire of Lon­don. Climb the 311 steps to its ob­ser­va­tion gallery. Daily 9.30am- 6pm. Adult £4.50; child £2.30. Joint tick­ets with the Tower Bridge Ex­hi­bi­tion avail­able. www.the­mon­u­ment.org.uk. Mon­u­ment St, EC3R 6BD. T: 020-7626 2717. E10. Sta­tion: Mon­u­ment.

The O2

Star Wars Iden­ti­ties. Browse 200 orig­i­nal sketches, mod­els and props from the film fran­chise, and an­swer ques­tions about your per­son­al­ity to re­veal which Star Wars char­ac­ter you most iden­tify with. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm. Tick­ets £10-£20. www.theo2. co.uk. Penin­sula Square, SE10 0DX. T: 020-8463 2000. Off map. Sta­tion: North Green­wich.

Old Royal Naval Col­lege

This Baroque mas­ter­piece, part of the Mar­itime Green­wich World Her­itage Site, has cos­tumed char­ac­ters and tours. Don’t miss the mag­nif­i­cent ceil­ing in the Painted Hall (p.36). Dur­ing tem­po­rary con­ser­va­tion work, you can see the ceil­ing on an hour-long tour from an ob­ser­va­tion deck (adult £10; child £5). Check for guided tours. Daily, check for open­ing times. Ad­mis­sion free. www.ornc.org. King Wil­liam Walk, SE10 9NN. T: 020-8269 4799. Off map. Sta­tion: Cutty Sark/Green­wich.

Queen El­iz­a­beth Olympic Park

For­merly the site of the Lon­don 2012 Olympic and Par­a­lympic Games, this park in­cludes an aquat­ics cen­tre and the ArcelorMit­tal Or­bit ob­ser­va­tion tower (p. 24). Please check web­site for sport­ing events. Park open 24 hours daily. Ad­mis­sion free. www.queenel­iz­a­betholympic­park.co.uk. Queen El­iz­a­beth Olympic Park, E20 2ST. T: 0800- 072 2110. Off map. Sta­tion: Strat­ford.

Ripley’s Be­lieve It or Not!

This cu­rios­ity-filled mu­seum with over 700 arte­facts is a hit across the globe. Ex­plore a range of odd­i­ties over six floors, from a shrunken head to an al­bino al­li­ga­tor and the world’s tallest man, plus the eye-pop­ping Mag­nif­i­cent Mir­ror Maze where it looks like you’re ‘get­ting lost’. Daily all year round 10am-mid­night. Adult £27.99; child £20.99. www.rip­leyslon­don.com. 1 Pic­cadilly Cir­cus, W1J 0DA. T: 020-3238 0022. E7. Sta­tion: Pic­cadilly Cir­cus.

Royal Botanic Gar­dens, Kew

Bet­ter known as Kew Gar­dens, this botan­i­cal re­search cen­tre and World Her­itage Site con­tains plants from across the globe, with Vic­to­rian trop­i­cal green­houses and a Chi­nese pagoda. The Tree­top Walk­way of­fers great views. Through­out 2017 you can also ex­pe­ri­ence The Hive, an enor­mous alu­minium struc­ture mod­elled on a bee­hive sur­rounded by wild­flow­ers. Buzzing and lights play in­side it in re­sponse to a real bee­hive. Daily from 10am, please check for clos­ing times. Adult £15; child £3.50; charges for spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tions. www.kew.org. Royal Botanic Gar­dens, Kew, Rich­mond, Sur­rey, TW9 3AB. T: 020- 8332 5655. Off map. Sta­tion: Kew Gar­dens.

The Royal In­sti­tu­tion of Great Britain

Grade I-listed Ge­or­gian build­ing hous­ing a mu­seum about the in­sti­tu­tion’s 15 No­bel Prize-win­ning sci­en­tists. Visit its free Fara­day Mu­seum and you can see sci­en­tists at work, too. Check the web­site for its pro­gramme of fas­ci­nat­ing talks. Mon-Fri 9am- 6pm. Ad­mis­sion free; charges for talks. www.rigb.org. 21 Albe­marle St, W1S 4BS. T: 020-7409 2992. E6. Sta­tion: Green Park.

The Royal Mews

Built by John Nash in 1825, this beau­ti­ful part of Buck­ing­ham Palace houses the Queen’s ve­hi­cles and horses, in­clud­ing the Di­a­mond Ju­bilee State Coach. Wit­ness daily life and learn about the mews’ his­tory. Mon-Sat 10am-5pm. Adult £10; child £5.80. www.roy­al­col­lec­tion.org.uk. Buck­ing­ham Palace Rd, SW1W 1QH. T: 0303-123 7302. F6. Sta­tion: Vic­to­ria.

The Royal Ob­ser­va­tory

The home of Green­wich Mean Time and Lon­don’s only plan­e­tar­ium. Learn about the con­cept of time in the Peter Har­ri­son Gal­leries and watch plan­e­tar­ium shows through­out the day. The Sky Tonight. Daily plan­e­tar­ium show that ex­plores the Moon, con­stel­la­tions, plan­ets and deep space ob­jects. In­sight As­tron­omy Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year. Stun­ning ex­hi­bi­tion. Merid­ian Line and ob­ser­va­tory daily 10am- 4.30pm. Adult £9.50; child £5. www.rmg.co.uk. Black­heath Av­enue, SE10 8XJ. T: 020- 8858 4422. Off map. Sta­tion: Green­wich/ Maze Hill/Cutty Sark.

Sea Life Lon­don Aquar­ium

One of Europe’s largest aquar­i­ums with 500 species of global ma­rine life and walk-through tank tun­nels, in­clud­ing a scary glass walk­way above 16 sharks. Ocean In­vaders: En­ter the World of the Jel­ly­fish. Get up close to a swarm of jel­ly­fish at this new per­ma­nent ex­hi­bi­tion. You can also snorkel with sharks (from £80 in­clud­ing ad­mis­sion). Please check for times and prices. Joint tick­ets with Lon­don Eye, Lon­don Dun­geon, Madame Tus­sauds and Shrek’s Ad­ven­ture! avail­able. www.seal­ife.co.uk/lon­don. County Hall, West­min­ster Bridge Rd, SE1 7PB. T: 0333-321 2001.

Sta­tion: West­min­ster/ Water­loo.

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. Joint tick­ets with Lon­don Eye, Lon­don Dun­geon, Madame Tus­sauds and Sea Life Lon­don Aquar­ium avail­able. Please check for times. Adult £27.50; child £22. www.shreks ad­ven­ture.com. River­side Build­ing, County Hall, West­min­ster Bridge Rd, SE1 7PB. T: 0871-221 2837. F8. Sta­tion: Water­loo.

St James’s Palace

One of Lon­don’s old­est palaces, con­structed in the 14th cen­tury and home to roy­alty for three cen­turies. Palace and house closed to the pub­lic. www.royal.gov.uk. Marl­bor­ough Rd, SW1A 1BS. E7. Sta­tion: St James’s Park.

St Katharine Docks

This cen­tral Lon­don ma­rina dates back to the 11th cen­tury and is tucked away by the Tower of Lon­don. The vi­brant wa­ter­side des­ti­na­tion is lined with reg­u­lar mar­kets, shops, gal­leries such as Ar­topia and The Alexan­der Miles Gallery, and restau­rants in­clud­ing CAU, Tom’s Kitchen, Bravas Tapas and White Mul­ber­ries. www.skdocks.co.uk. 50 St Katharine’s Way, E1W 1LA. T: 020-7264 5287. Off map. Sta­tion: Tower Hill.

St Martin-in-the-Fields

Land­mark Pal­la­dian church with tours, a brass-rub­bing cen­tre and live clas­si­cal mu­sic (some free). Holy Com­mu­nion given daily and clas­si­cal mu­sic per­formed weekly by can­dle­light. Please check for open­ing times. Ad­mis­sion free; brass rub­bing from £4.50. www.stmartin-in-the­fields.org. Trafal­gar Square, WC2N 4JJ. T: 020-7766 1100. E8. Sta­tion: Char­ing Cross.

St Paul’s Cathe­dral

Sir Christopher Wren’s 300-year-old cathe­dral has stun­ning mo­saics. Climb up the dome to the Whis­per­ing Gallery and a fur­ther 271 steps to the Golden Gallery for a clas­sic Lon­don panorama. Then head down to the crypt, with its mon­u­ments to Wren and Lord Nel­son. Don’t miss Ocu­lus: an Eye into St Paul’s, a 270-de­gree film ex­pe­ri­ence, for an ex­cel­lent over­view. Free tours. Mon-Sat 8.30am- 4.30pm. Adult £18; child £8. www.stpauls. co.uk. St Paul’s Church­yard, EC4M 8AD. T: 020-7246 8350. D9/10. Sta­tion: St Paul’s.

18 Stafford Ter­race

This house gives an in­sight into the per­sonal lives of Punch car­toon­ist Ed­ward Lin­ley Sam­bourne, his wife Mar­ion, their two chil­dren and their live-in ser­vants, who lived here from 1875. A high­light is a cos­tumed ac­tor-led tour, on which you’ll meet Mrs Sam­bourne or her par­lour maid Mrs Ref­fell for a dra­matic ac­count based on old diaries. Wed, Sat-Sun 11am-12.15pm & 2pm-5.30pm. Adult from £ 7; child from £5. www.rbkc.gov.uk. 18 Stafford Ter­race, W8 7BH. T: 020-7602 3316. Off map. Sta­tion: High Street Kens­ing­ton.

Tower Bridge Ex­hi­bi­tion

This breath­tak­ing bridge, de­signed in 1884, is one of Lon­don’s most fa­mous land­marks (not to be con­fused with its less grand, but much older neigh­bour, Lon­don Bridge). It has won­der­ful views; check out the glass floor on the high walk­ways. You can also tour the en­gine rooms with a knowl­edge­able guide. Joint tick­ets with The Mon­u­ment avail­able. Daily 10am-5.30pm. Please check for prices. www.tower­bridge.org.uk. Tower Bridge Rd, SE1 2UP. T: 020-7403 3761. E11. Sta­tion: Tower Hill.

Tower of Lon­don

See cen­turies of his­tory at this his­toric land­mark, which has been a prison, an ar­mory and a fortress. In­side is the Bloody Tower, Traitors’ Gate and the Jewel House, home of the daz­zling Crown Jew­els which you glide past on a mov­ing walk­way. En­joy free guided tours by ‘Beefeaters’ ( Yeo­man Warders) where you can learn about leg­ends of the tower, in­clud­ing the ravens and wild an­i­mals that once in­hab­ited. Book ahead on­line to at­tend the nightly Cer­e­mony of the Keys, which dates back to 1340 (tick­ets are free). 26-27 May: Pride, Power and Pol­i­tics. This tour ex­plores the chang­ing at­ti­tudes to gen­der and sex­u­al­ity from the 12th cen­tury to the present day (p. 22). Tue-Sat 9am-5.30pm; Sun-Mon 10am-5.30pm. Please check for prices. www.hrp.org.uk/tower-of-lon­don. Tower Hill, EC3N 4AB T: 0844- 482 7799. E11. Sta­tion: Tower Hill.

The Vault

This venue used to pro­tect the Queen’s trea­sures un­der the old Coutts Bank. It’s now a trea­sure trove and home to the Gaultier bustier from Madonna’s Blonde Am­bi­tion tour, plus other iconic rock ‘n’ roll mem­o­ra­bilia at Hard Rock Cafe’s re­vamped lit­tle mu­seum. Daily 11.30am-10.30pm. Ad­mis­sion free. www.hardrock.com. Hard Rock Cafe Lon­don, 150 Old Park Lane, W1K 1QZ. T: 020-7514 1700. E6. Sta­tion: Hyde Park Cor­ner.

The View from The Shard

As­cend the tallest build­ing in Western Europe in a high-speed ‘kalei­do­scopic’ lift, for views over the city and be­yond. At 1,017ft, on a clear day you can see as far as Wind­sor – and if you can’t see four ma­jor land­marks you can visit again for free. If you pre-book you can do yoga on Satur­days at 8.30am (£45). It also hosts silent dis­cos ev­ery Satur­day at 10pm. Don’t miss the mu­rals on the ground floor of Lon­don’s fa­mous char­ac­ters (p. 26). Daily 10am-10pm. Ad­vance adult £25.95, child £19.95; on the day adult £30.95, child £24.95. www.the­viewfromthe­shard.com. 32 Lon­don Bridge St, SE1 9SG. T: 0844- 499 7111. 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. After a short film about the site, vis­i­tors can get up close to the iconic sets, in­clud­ing the Great Hall, Ha­grid’s Hut, Di­agon Al­ley and a re­cre­ation of Plat­form 9¾, among oth­ers. You can even taste the fa­mous but­ter beer! It gives a fas­ci­nat­ing in­sight into film­mak­ing. Please check for times. Adult £39; child £31. On­line book­ing es­sen­tial. www.wb­stu­dio­tour.co.uk. Studio Tour Drive, Leaves­den, Hert­ford­shire, WD25 7LS. T: 0845- 084 0900. Off map. Sta­tion: Eus­ton to Wat­ford Junc­tion, then shut­tle bus.

Welling­ton Arch

Climb to the view­ing gal­leries of this mag­nif­i­cent arch for panoramic views over the Royal Parks and the Houses of Par­lia­ment, plus ex­hi­bi­tions. Joint tick­ets avail­able with Ap­s­ley House. Daily 10am-5pm. Adult £4.70; child £2.80. www.english-her­itage.org.uk. Ap­s­ley Way, Hyde Park Cor­ner, W1J 7JZ. T: 020-7930 2726. F6. Sta­tion: Hyde Park Cor­ner.

West­min­ster Abbey

Con­se­crated in 1065, this abbey is the crown­ing and burial site of most English mon­archs. It also houses Po­ets’ Cor­ner, the burial place of Charles Dick­ens and other fa­mous writ­ers. Mon-Sat, please check for times. Adult £20; child £9. www.west­min­ster­abbey.org. 20 Dean’s Yard, SW1P 3PA. T: 020-7222 5152. F7. Sta­tion: West­min­ster/St James’s Park.

WWT Lon­don Wet­land Cen­tre

This 104-acre wildlife re­serve has the Wa­ter’s Edge Café over­look­ing lakes, ponds and gar­dens which are home to more than 100 species of rare and wild birds. Ot­ters are fed at 11am and 2pm. To 21 May: Celebrity Dusty Duck Dis­play. Six foot-tall sculp­tures in­clud­ing Steve Back­shall’s Ex­plorer Dusty, Joanna Lum­ley’s Ab­so­lutely Fab­u­lous Patsy Dusty and Justin Fletcher’s Pi­rate Justy Dusty take you around the grounds. Open all year round. Daily 9.30am- 4.30pm. Adult £12.26; child £6.75. www.wwt.org.uk. Queen El­iz­a­beth’s Walk, SW13 9WT. T: 020- 8409 4400. Off map. Sta­tion: Barnes.

FES­TI­VALS & EVENTS Canal­way Cav­al­cade

To 1 May: This wa­ter­way fes­ti­val has been tak­ing place in Lit­tle Venice since 1983. Boats are dec­o­rated with bunting and there are fam­ily-friendly ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing boat­ing and wa­ter games, Mor­ris danc­ing and com­pe­ti­tions. There will be food stalls and a real ale bar. Free. www.wa­ter­ways.org.uk. Lit­tle Venice, W2. T: 07979676461. Off map. Sta­tion: War­wick Av­enue.

Chelsea Flower Show

23-27 May: Stroll past stun­ning flo­ral sculp­tures and through nine beau­ti­ful show gar­dens at this an­nual event (p. 16). Tick­ets £35-£63. Tue-Fri 8am- 8pm; Sat 8am-5.30pm. www.rhs.org.uk. South Grounds, Royal Hospi­tal Rd, Royal Hospi­tal Chelsea, SW3 4SR. T: 020-7881 5200. Off map. Sta­tion: Sloane Square.

Open Senses

20-21 May: Vi­brat­ing floors, blind­fold games and a sen­sory es­cape room are high­lights of this new fes­ti­val, which chal­lenges the senses (p. 24). Ex­pect work­shops, ex­hi­bi­tions, live per­for­mances, open stu­dios and sen­sory walks. Please check for times and prices. www.opensenses.squares­pace.com. Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions.

RIVER TRIPS Cir­cu­lar Cruise West­min­ster

Cir­cu­lar Cruise West­min­ster op­er­ates a hop-on hop-off sight­see­ing ser­vice from West­min­ster Pier. Boats de­part ev­ery 40 min­utes for Em­bank­ment, Fes­ti­val, Bank­side and St Katharine’s Piers (for Tower of Lon­don), re­turn­ing non stop to West­min­ster. 11am-5pm. Adult sin­gle £10, re­turn £14; child sin­gle £5, re­turn £ 7. www.cir­cu­lar­cruise.lon­don. West­min­ster Pier, Vic­to­ria Em­bank­ment, SW1A 2JH. T: 020-7936 2033. F8. Sta­tion: West­min­ster.

City Cruises

Daily guided sight­see­ing tours on the River Thames be­tween West­min­ster, Water­loo, Tower and Green­wich piers. River Red Rover is an all-day hop-on, hop-off sight­see­ing ser­vice. Thames Cir­cu­lar Cruise is a 50-minute sight­see­ing ser­vice from Tower Pier or Bank­side Pier to West­min­ster and back. Lon­don Show­boat cabaret cruise de­parts from West­min­ster Pier and in­cludes a four-course meal with live mu­sic Fri-Sat. Please check for times and prices. www.city­cruises.com. West­min­ster Pier, SW1A 2JH. T: 020-7740 0400. De­par­ture points vary.

Lon­don Duck Tours

Ideal if you’re keen for an am­phibi­ous ad­ven­ture. See some of Lon­don’s best-loved sights on land be­fore a thrilling splash­down on the River Thames. Adults £26; child £18. www.lon­don­duck­tours.co.uk. 55 York Rd, SE1 7NJ. T: 020-7928 3132. F8. Sta­tion: Water­loo.

Lon­don Eye River Cruise

Live com­men­tary on a 40-minute sight­see­ing river cruise. Daily 10.45am-7.45pm. Adult £13.15; child £6.58. Dis­counted joint tick­ets with the Lon­don Eye avail­able. www.lon­don­eye.com. Lon­don Eye Pier, South Bank, SE1 7PB. T: 0871-781 3000. E8. Sta­tion: Water­loo.

MBNA Thames Clip­pers

The fastest and most fre­quent fleet on the river, with de­par­tures from ma­jor Lon­don piers ev­ery 20 min­utes. The boats set off from 20 piers across the cap­i­tal. Oys­ter cards are valid. Down­load the free in: flow app, which can pro­vide a real-time au­dio ex­pla­na­tion of the sights you see as you pass them. River Roamer hop on and off adult £16.30; child £8.15. www.thamesclip­pers.com. De­par­ture points vary. T: 020-7001 2200.

Thames River Ser­vices

This hop on, hop off ser­vice with live au­dio com­men­tary de­parts from West­min­ster Pier and St Katharine’s ev­ery 30 min­utes, 10am- 4pm for Green­wich Piers and the Thames Bar­rier. Please check for prices (35% on­line dis­count Mon-Fri). www.thames­ri­verser­vices.lon­don. West­min­ster Pier, Vic­to­ria Em­bank­ment, SW1A 2JH. T: 020-7930 4097. F8. Sta­tion: West­min­ster.

Thames­jet

Try this 50-minute adren­a­line-fu­elled ex­pe­ri­ence and you’ll en­joy sight­see­ing, speed and awe­some aqua­bat­ics all in one. De­parts from West­min­ster Pier. From 11am. Adult from £39; child from £29. www.thames­jet.com. De­par­ture points vary. T: 020-7740 0400. F8. Sta­tion: West­min­ster.

TOURS & GUIDED WALKS

Daily sight­see­ing trips aboard a fleet of open-top dou­ble-decker buses. Tick­ets are valid for 24 hours. A one-day ori­en­ta­tion tour in­cludes three walk­ing tours. Adult £30; child £12.50. www.big­bus­tours.com. De­par­ture points vary. T: 020-7808 6753. F6. Sta­tion: Vic­to­ria.

Big Bus Walk­ing Tours

Choose from three guided tours: Royal Lon­don at 10am, Harry Pot­ter at 1.30pm and Haunt­ing Mys­ter­ies at 4.30pm. All take 90 min­utes to two hours. £5, or free with a Big Bus Tour. Daily. www.big­bus­tours.com. De­part from Big Bus stop 10, Trafal­gar Square, WC2N 5DN. T: 0207808 6753. E8. Sta­tion: Char­ing Cross.

Billings­gate Ro­man House & Baths

Be­neath the cu­ri­ous cob­bled path­ways of the Square Mile is a rich Ro­man his­tory that’s sur­vived 2,000 years of build­ing, fires and bomb­ings. Lower Thames Street is home to one of Ro­man Lon­don’s most fas­ci­nat­ing re­mains. The Billings­gate Ro­man Bath­house was dis­cov­ered in 1848, and is now open to the pub­lic. Ex­plore this fas­ci­nat­ing in­sight into an­cient life in the City on a 45-minute guided tour and dis­cover the re­mains of the Ro­man Bath­house which is hid­den be­neath of­fices. £8 adult; £6 child. Please check for times. www.mu­se­u­moflon­don.org.uk. 101 Lower Thames St, EC3R 6DL. E11. Sta­tion: Tower Hill.

Cap­i­tal Taxi Tours

A Blue Badge or City of Lon­don qual­i­fied guide drives you around in a taxi for up to five peo­ple. Choose from Lon­don tours by day or night, trips out­side the city and themed tours in­clud­ing a Doc­tor Who one – on which you’ll see a Tardis, lo­ca­tions from fa­mous films and TV se­ries – and one for TV Down­ton Abbey fans. Prices vary and are per taxi. www.cap­i­tal­tax­i­tours.co.uk. De­par­ture points vary. T: 020- 8590 3621.

City of Lon­don Guides Walks

A va­ri­ety of themed walks not of­fered by other com­pa­nies, fo­cus­ing on ev­ery­thing from Fleet Street – the home of journalism – to Smith­field

Mar­ket, ‘City in Spires’ – a tour of Wren’s churches, – and City gar­dens. No ad­vance book­ing nec­es­sary. Adult free-£12.50; child free-£8. www.city­oflon­donguides.com. De­par­ture points vary.

Evan Evans

The old­est and largest sight­see­ing com­pany in Lon­don has been ac­com­pa­ny­ing vis­i­tors on city tours and out-of-town ex­cur­sions since 1930. Visit War­wick Cas­tle, Wind­sor Cas­tle, Strat­fordupon-Avon, Stone­henge, Bath and more, as well as all the Lon­don sights such as St Paul’s Cathe­dral. Please check for times and prices. www.evanevans­tours.com. De­par­ture points vary. T: 020-7950 1777.

Golden Tours

From day ex­cur­sions to overnight city breaks, the Lon­don ex­perts of­fer qual­ity tour ex­pe­ri­ences from Lon­don to pop­u­lar lo­ca­tions such as Bath, Stone­henge, Wind­sor Cas­tle and Leeds Cas­tle. Please check for times and prices. www.gold­en­tours.com. De­par­ture points vary. T: 020-7630 2039.

Golden Tours Open-Top Bus Tours

See the sights aboard an open-top bus. Live guided (Es­sen­tial Tour) or mul­ti­lin­gual au­dio com­men­tary (all routes) tours let you hop-on and hop-off. One-day, 24-hour and 48-hour tick­ets. Please check for prices. www.gold­en­tours.com. De­par­ture points vary. T: 020-7630 2039.

GoToMid­town Tours

More than 100 themed 45-minute free tours around Blooms­bury and Hol­born. Most walks do not re­quire pre-book­ing. 10am & 1pm walks start at the or­ange in­for­ma­tion kiosk out­side Hol­born Tube sta­tion. www.beemid­town.org. 88-94 Kingsway, WC2B 6AA. T: 020-7078 7077. D7/8. Sta­tion: Hol­born.

Jack the Rip­per Tours

Blue Badge Guide Richard Jones of Lon­don Walk­ing Tours de­vised th­ese pop­u­lar two-hour walks, of­fer­ing an in­trigu­ing look at the in­fa­mous Jack the Rip­per. Num­bers are lim­ited in or­der to give par­tic­i­pants a bet­ter ex­pe­ri­ence. Book­ing es­sen­tial. Daily 7pm from out­side Exit 4 of Aldgate East Un­der­ground sta­tion. £10. www.jack-therip­per-tour.com. T: 020- 8530 8443. Off map. Sta­tion: Aldgate East.

Lon­don Choco­late Tours

Sam­ple truffles and ganaches in May­fair’s finest choco­latiers on this two-hour tour by a for­mer co­coa trader. Along the way you’ll learn how choco­late is made. Book­ing es­sen­tial. Sun 12.30pm. £15 for Where Lon­don read­ers (usu­ally £39). De­parts from The Ritz Lon­don by Green Park Tube sta­tion. www.tour­guides.org.uk. T: 0208526 7755. E6. Sta­tion: Green Park.

The Lon­don He­li­copter Tour

Dis­cover the cap­i­tal from the unique per­spec­tive of a he­li­copter, with its amaz­ing un­in­ter­rupted views. Depart­ing from Lon­don’s only he­li­port, glide above the River Thames, tak­ing in iconic land­marks in­clud­ing the Tower of Lon­don, St Paul’s Cathe­dral and The Shard. Choose from the 12-minute Buzz, 18-minute Sights or 30-minute Max tour – or be brave and opt for the 18-minute ‘open door’ ride (£300 per per­son). Prices start from £150 per seat for a shared tour. www.the lon­don­heli­copter.com. The POD Build­ing, Bridges Court, SW11 2RE. T: 020-7887 2626. Off map. Sta­tion: Clapham Junc­tion.

Lon­don Hor­ror Tours

Be spooked by ghost sto­ries and tales of the no­to­ri­ous se­rial killer Jack the Rip­per, Sweeney Todd and the Krays on tours run by Dr Jack, an ac­tor, en­ter­tainer and for­mer guide. Please visit its Face­book page for more in­for­ma­tion, and call for times and prices. De­par­ture points vary. T: 07722-24 7660.

Lon­don Lit­er­ary Pub Crawl

See where the gi­ants of the Lon­don lit­er­ary world ate, drank and worked. This unique tour is artist-led and ar­ranged by the not-for-profit char­ity The Mav­er­ick Theatre Com­pany. Start­ing in Fitzrovia and end­ing in Soho, it in­cludes pubs and bars as­so­ci­ated with the Bri­tish Film in­dus­try and writ­ers. Sat 5pm (not 13 May), please check for other times. £24. www.lon­don­lit­er­ary­pub­crawl.com. 12 Fou­berts Place, Carn­aby St, W1F 7PA. T: 020- 8090 5082. D7. Sta­tion: Ox­ford Cir­cus.

Lon­don Walks

Lon­don’s old­est walk­ing tour com­pany of­fers more than 300 walks, with a choice of morn­ing, af­ter­noon and evening. Favourites in­clude the Jack the Rip­per Walks (daily 7.30pm & Sat 3pm from Tower Hill), a Harry Pot­ter tour (se­lected Wed & ev­ery Sat-Sun 2pm; de­par­ture points vary) and a spooky West End Ghost Walk (daily 7.30pm; de­par­ture points vary). Walks take two hours and there is no need to book. Adult £10; child free when ac­com­pa­nied by an adult. www.walks.com. De­par­ture points vary. T: 020-7624 3978.

Orig­i­nal Lon­don Sight­see­ing Walk

Walks de­part daily from the Orig­i­nal Lon­don Vis­i­tor Cen­tre and in­clude Chang­ing the Guard (depart­ing 10am), Rock ‘n’ Roll (1pm) and Jack the Rip­per (3.30pm from Tower Hill Sta­tion). Walk­ing tours are free with an Orig­i­nal Lon­don Sight­see­ing Tour, or £9.50 per walk. An Ex­plore Walks Pass, which grants ac­cess to all three walks over a 48-hour pe­riod, costs £19. www.the­o­rig­inal­tour.com. 17-19 Cock­spur St, SW1Y 5BL. T: 0208877 1722. E7. Sta­tion: Char­ing Cross.

The Orig­i­nal Tour

With decades of ex­pe­ri­ence, th­ese live and mul­ti­lin­gual open-top guided bus tours take you to the city’s best at­trac­tions, al­low­ing you to hop on and off at more than 80 stops. The 24-hour tour in­cludes three free walk­ing tours and a Thames River cruise pass (p. 34). The 48-hour tour in­cludes an ex­tended River Cruise Pass with ac­cess to Green­wich. Adult £32; child £15. www.the­o­rig­inal­tour.com. 17-19 Cock­spur St, Trafal­gar Square, SW1Y 5BL. T: 020-8877 1722. E7. Sta­tion: Char­ing Cross.

Plan­etPass

Plan­etPass is an app that al­lows you to book a pri­vate guided tour for up to six peo­ple at any time or day. Choose from street art, Jack the Rip­per, a Bor­ough Mar­ket one for food­ies, and more. From £9 per per­son. www.plan­etpass.com. De­par­ture points vary. T: 01865-922 380.

Royal Al­bert Hall Tours

Take a one-hour Grand Tour of this grand Vic­to­rian con­cert hall. Most days through­out the year; call for times. Adult £13; child £6. www.roy­alal­berthall.com. Kens­ing­ton Gore, SW7 2AP. T: 0207959 0558. F4. Sta­tion: South Kens­ing­ton.

Royal Opera House

This is one of the world’s lead­ing opera venues, also home to the Royal Bal­let com­pany. Back­stage Tour. Get an in­sight into the venue’s his­tory, where you may also see a pro­duc­tion in re­hearsal. Most days 10.30am, 12.30pm & 2.30pm; please check. Adult £12; child £8.50. www.roy­al­op­er­a­house.org. Bow St, WC2E 9DD. T: 020-7304 4000. D8. Sta­tion: Covent Gar­den.

See Lon­don by Night Tour

Ride around the West End and City in the evening. Reg­u­lar de­par­tures from out­side The Ritz ho­tel. Tours last 90 min­utes. Daily 7.30pm, 8pm, 8.30pm, 9.15pm, 9.45pm & 10.15pm. Adult £18; child £10. www.seelon­don­bynight.com. 150 Pic­cadilly, W1J 9BR. T: 020-7183 4744. E6. Sta­tion: Green Park.

Shake­speare’s Globe (Tours)

This re­con­struc­tion of Shake­speare’s orig­i­nal El­iz­a­bethan Globe Theatre has tours of props and cos­tumes, while the Sam Wana­maker Play­house is a can­dlelit per­for­mance space. Tours Mon-Sat 9am-12.30pm; Sun 9am-5pm. Ex­hi­bi­tion Mon-Sun 9am-5pm. Ex­hi­bi­tion and Globe theatre tour adult £16; child £9. www.shake­spear­es­globe.com. 21 New Globe Walk, Bank­side, SE1 9DT. T: 020-7902 1400. E10. Sta­tion: Black­fri­ars.

Wem­b­ley Tours

Go be­hind the scenes at this fa­mous foot­ball sta­dium and con­cert venue. The 75-minute tour takes you in­side the dress­ing rooms and through the play­ers’ tun­nel. Have your photo taken with a replica of the FA Cup. From 10am; please check for dates. Adult £20; child £12. www.wem­b­leysta­dium.com/wem­b­ley-tours. Wem­b­ley Sta­dium, HA9 0WS. T: 0800-169 9933. Off map. Sta­tion: Wem­b­ley Park.

West­ways Car­riage Horses

Get col­lected from your ho­tel and ex­pe­ri­ence the sights from the com­fort of a horse-drawn car­riage. Tours last 2.5 hours in a four or six-seater car­riage, with an ad­justable hood. £475 per car­riage. www. west­wayscar­riage­horses.co.uk. T: 020- 8572 3155.

OUT OF TOWN Ash­molean Mu­seum of Art and Ar­chae­ol­ogy

Britain’s first pub­lic mu­seum dates back to 1683. See ar­chae­o­log­i­cal arte­facts, pre-Raphaelite paint­ings, Egyp­tian mum­mies and Oliver Cromwell’s death mask. De­gas to Pi­casso. Chart­ing the rise of Modernism in France, fea­tur­ing works by Manet, Cezanne, De­gas and Pi­casso. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm (and 1 May). Free ad­mis­sion, charges for spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tions. www.ash­molean.org. Beau­mont St, Ox­ford, OX1 2PH. T: 01865-278000. Off map. Sta­tion: Padding­ton to Ox­ford.

Blen­heim Palace

See three cen­turies of trea­sures in mag­nif­i­cent state rooms at this Baroque palace, the birth­place of Sir Win­ston Churchill. The palace is set in 2,100 acres of ‘Ca­pa­bil­ity’ Brown park­land and for­mal gar­dens. 27-29 May: Blen­heim Palace Food Fes­ti­val. Out­door food stalls and tast­ings. Palace daily 10.30am-5.30pm; park daily 9am- 6pm; for­mal gar­dens daily 10.30am- 6pm. Adult £24.90; child £13.90. www.blenheim­palace.com. Wood­stock, Ox­ford­shire, OX20 1PP. T: 01993- 810530. Off map. Padding­ton to Ox­ford, then bus S3.

Hamp­ton Court Palace

Once home to King Henry VIII, this Tu­dor palace and maze is set in 60 acres of park­land. Pride at the Palace. Evening tours for over 16s with talks on the palace’s for­mer gay in­hab­i­tants (p. 22). Palace, for­mal gar­dens and maze daily 10am-6pm. Adult £23; child £11.50. www.hrp.org.uk. Hamp­ton Court, East Mole­sey, Sur­rey, KT8 9AU. T: 0844-482 7777. Off map. Sta­tion: Water­loo to Hamp­ton Court.

Leeds Cas­tle

Fairy­tale 900-year-old cas­tle with a moat, gar­dens and park­land. Ex­plore the spi­ralling yew maze, and see 100 species of birds in the aviary. Grounds and gar­dens daily 10am- 6pm; Cas­tle daily 10.30am-5.30pm. Adult £24.90; child £16.90. www.leed­scas­tle.com. Maid­stone, Kent, ME17 1PL. T: 01622765 400. Off map. Sta­tion: Vic­to­ria to Bearsted.

Palace of Holy­rood­house

The Queen’s of­fi­cial res­i­dence in Scot­land stands at the end of Ed­in­burgh’s Royal Mile, against the spec­tac­u­lar back­drop of Arthur’s Seat. High­lights in­clude Mary, Queen of Scots’ cham­ber. Daily 9.30am- 6pm. Adult £12.50; child £ 7.50. www.roy­al­col­lec­tion.org.uk. Canon­gate, The Royal Mile, Ed­in­burgh, EH8 8DX. T: 0303-123 7306. Off map. Sta­tion: Ed­in­burgh Waver­ley, then a 15-minute walk.

Stone­henge

This 5,000-year-old World Her­itage Site is the world’s most fa­mous stone cir­cle. With ob­scure Ne­olithic ori­gins, it is per­fectly aligned with the ris­ing sun at the sol­stice. Daily 9.30am-7pm. Check for prices. www.english-her­itage.org.uk. Ames­bury, Wilt­shire SP4 7DE. T: 0870-333 1181. Off map. Sta­tion: Water­loo to Sal­is­bury, then bus or taxi.

Syon Park

This stun­ning Pal­la­dian man­sion set in park­land is home to the Duke Of Northum­ber­land. Please check for times and prices. www.syon­park.co.uk. Brent­ford, Mid­dle­sex, TW8 8JF. T: 020- 8560 0882. Off map. Sta­tion: Water­loo to Syon Lane.

Wad­des­don Manor

Re­nais­sance-style chateau built in the late 19th cen­tury. Mag­nif­i­cent house and wine cel­lars, plus gar­dens and aviary. Please check for times and prices. www.wad­des­don­manor.org. Near Ayles­bury, Buck­ing­hamshire, HP18 0JH. T: 01296- 653226. Off map. Sta­tion: Maryle­bone to Ayles­bury.

War­wick Cas­tle

Built by Wil­liam the Con­queror in 1068, this cas­tle is now a fam­ily-friendly ex­pe­ri­ence, plus land­scaped gar­dens de­signed by ‘Ca­pa­bil­ity’ Brown. Please check for times and prices. www.war­wick-cas­tle.com. War­wick, War­wick­shire, CV34 6AH. Off map. Sta­tion: War­wick.

Watts Gallery Artists’ Vil­lage

An Arts and Crafts gem in the Sur­rey Hills, with stun­ning Vic­to­rian paint­ings and sculp­tures. Tue-Sun 11am-5pm. Adult £9.50 ( Tue £4.75); child free. Down Lane, Comp­ton, Sur­rey, GU3 1DQ. T: 01483- 810235. Off map. Sta­tion: Water­loo to Guild­ford, then bus or taxi.

Wind­sor Cas­tle

The Queen’s week­end home and the world’s old­est in­hab­ited cas­tle. The State Apart­ments are fur­nished with art by Rem­brandt, Rubens and Canaletto. Chang­ing the Guard al­ter­nate days 11am ex­cept Sun. Daily 9.30am-5.30pm. Adult £20.50; child £12. www.roy­al­col­lec­tion.org.uk. Wind­sor, Berk­shire, SL4 1NJ. T: 0303-123 7304. Off map. Sta­tion: Water­loo to Wind­sor & Eton Cen­tral or Wind­sor & Eton River­side.

The Shard is the tallest build­ing in Western Europe (p. 30)

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