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Where London - - Sightseeing -

A Chris­tian Dior skirt worn by Princess Mar­garet dur­ing post-war ra­tioning and a tar­tan vel­vet gown worn by Princess Diana to a dance at Bal­moral (above) are just some of the out­fits in Fash­ionRules Restyled at Kens­ing­ton Palace (p. 28). The dis­play in­cludes orig­i­nal sketches of the out­fits, and shows how the roy­als set trends while play­ing by the rules.

Buck­ing­ham Palace

The Lon­don res­i­dence and prin­ci­pal work­place of the monar­chy is closed to the pub­lic but it is still a mag­nif­i­cent land­mark to wit­ness. It is vast, boast­ing 775 rooms. www.roy­al­col­lec­tion.org.uk. Buck­ing­ham Palace, The Mall, SW1A 1AA. T: 0303123 7300. F6/F7. Sta­tion: Vic­to­ria/Green Park.

Chang­ing the Guard

At 11.30am ev­ery­day (not 30 May), watch the chang­ing of the Queen’s Guard on the Palace’s fore­court (p. 18). There is no cer­e­mony in very wet weather. Buck­ing­ham Palace, The Mall, SW1A 1AA. T: 030-3123 7300. www.chang­ing-the-guard.com. Vic­to­ria/Green Park. The Chang­ing the Life Guard Cer­e­mony takes place Mon-Fri 11am & Sun 10am – check the web­site in case of last-minute changes. When the sen­tries change, the trum­peters play. Horse Guards Pa­rade, Whitehall, SW1A 1DH. T: 0207801 2519. www.royal.gov.uk. chang­ing-guard.com. St James’s Park/Green Park. www.royal.gov.uk. Buck­ing­ham Palace, The Mall, SW1A 1AA. T: 0303123 7300. F6/F7. Sta­tion: Vic­to­ria/Green Park.

Chelsea Physic Gar­den

Lon­don’s old­est botanic gar­den, which was founded in 1673 as the Apothe­caries’ Gar­den. Ad­mire 5,000 species of plants, es­pe­cially medic­i­nal ones and tropical plants in glasshouses (p. 13). 31 May: Cho­co­late Tues­day. A look into the his­tory, ge­og­ra­phy and sci­ence of cho­co­late. Book in ad­vance. £15. Tue-Fri & Sun 11am- 6pm. Adult £9.50; child £6.95. www.chelsea­physic­gar­den.co.uk. 66 Royal Hospi­tal Rd, SW3 4HS. T: 020-7352 5646. Off map. Sta­tion: Sloane Square.

The Crys­tal

The world’s first cen­tre ded­i­cated to ur­ban sus­tain­abil­ity, which aims to ed­u­cate vis­i­tors about fu­ture global chal­lenges and their so­lu­tions. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. Adult £8; child free. www.the­crys­tal.org. 1 Siemens Brothers Way, Royal Vic­to­ria Docks, E16 1GB. T: 020-7055 6400. Off map. Sta­tion: Royal Vic­to­ria. This 19th-cen­tury ship is the world’s last sur­viv­ing tea clip­per. Ex­plore in­ter­ac­tive dis­plays on deck or take part in a lively pro­gramme of fam­ily-friendly events. 7-8 May: Pup­pet Pals. Kids can make pup­pet an­i­mals and watch a pup­pet show. 10 May: Au­dio Tour. Aimed at blind and par­tially-sighted vis­i­tors. 30-31 May: Danc­ing Sailors. Kids can make a sailor pup­pet. Charges for spe­cial events. Daily 10am5pm. Adult £12.15; child £6.30. Joint tick­ets with Royal Ob­ser­va­tory avail­able. www.rmg.co.uk/ cut­tysark. Cutty Sark, King Wil­liam Walk, SE10 9HT. T: 020- 8312 6608. Off map. Sta­tion: Cutty Sark/Green­wich.

Den­nis Sev­ers’ House

Ex­plore the home of artist Den­nis Sev­ers in this liv­ing time cap­sule. Ten rooms, from the cel­lar to the at­tic, il­lus­trate the life of a fam­ily of Huguenot silk weavers from the 17th to 19th cen­tury. 12 May: Late Night Open­ing. Ex­plore the house af­ter hours. Charges for spe­cial events. Mon-Sat 11am-5.30pm. Adult £4.50; child £1.50. www.den­nis­sev­er­shouse. co.uk. 18 Fol­gate St, E1 6BX. T: 020-7247 4013. D11. Sta­tion: Liver­pool Street.

Dr John­son’s House

Writer Dr Sa­muel John­son com­piled his first English dic­tionary, first pub­lished in 1755, in this pe­riod home. 12 May: Late Night Open­ing. Ex­plore the house af­ter hours. Mon-Sat 11am-5.30pm. Adult £4.50; child £1.50. www.dr­john­son­shouse.org. 17 Gough Square, EC4A 3DE. T: 020-7353 3745. D9. Sta­tion: Tem­ple/Chancery Lane.

Eltham Palace & Gar­dens

Part show­piece of Art Deco de­sign and part me­dieval royal palace. Mon-Thur 10am- 6pm; Sun 10am- 6pm. Adult £13.60; child £8.10. www.en­glish­her­itage.org.uk. Court Yard, SE9 5QE. T: 0208294 2548. Off map. Sta­tion: Eltham.

Ful­ham Palace

This 15th-cen­tury build­ing, which was the sum­mer re­treat of the Bish­ops of Lon­don, has a mu­seum, his­toric rooms and shop. Mon-Thur 12.30pm-4.30pm; Sun noon-5pm. Ad­mis­sion free. www.ful­ham palace.org. Bishop’s Av­enue, SW6 6EA. T: 0207736 3233. Off map. Sta­tion: Put­ney Bridge.

Go Ape Bat­tersea Park

Make like a mon­key at this tree­top ad­ven­ture play­ground, which is suit­able for chil­dren over six and adults. Daily from 9.30am. Adult £33; child £18-£25. 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 take place. Charges for spe­cial events. Daily 10am-5.30pm. 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 with gar­dens that are said to be haunted. House noon-4pm; café, gar­den and shop 10am-5pm. Adult £10.40; child £5.20. www.na­tion­al­trust.org.uk. Ham St, Sur­rey, TW10 7RS. T: 020- 8940 1950. Off map. Sta­tion: Richmond.

Han­del & Hen­drix in Lon­don

The for­mer homes of An­glo-Ger­man com­poser Ge­orge Frid­eric Han­del and Amer­i­can gui­tarist Jimi Hen­drix (p. 22). Mon-Sat 11pm-6pm; Sun noon-6pm. Both houses adult £10; child £5. One house adult £7.50; child £3. 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. Daily 10am-5pm. 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 Bri­tish Par­lia­ment since 1265. Hear Big Ben chime in its clock tower and watch de­bates for free from the Pub­lic Gal­leries. Guided and au­dio tours 7, 21, 27 & 28 May 9am- 4.30pm. Guided tour adult £25.50; child £11. Au­dio tour adult £18.50; child £ 7.50 (first child free). www.par­lia­ment.uk/vis­it­ing. 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. Mon-Sat 10am- 6pm. Adult £4.70; child £2.80. 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. Check the web­site for de­tails of po­etry read­ings and talks. Wed-Sun 11am-5pm. Adult £6.50; child free. www.city­oflon­don.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 (p. 11 & p. 26). Daily 10am- 6pm. Adult £16.30; child free. www.hrp.org.uk. Kens­ing­ton Gar­dens, W8 4PX. T: 0844-482 7777. Off map. Sta­tion: High Street Kens­ing­ton/Queensway.

Ken­wood House

On the edge of Hamp­stead Heath, Ken­wood House with its land­scaped gar­dens is a hid­den gem. Ad­mire Robert Adam’s in­te­ri­ors and an art col­lec­tion made up of works by Rem­brandt, Ver­meer and Gains­bor­ough. 29 May: Ken­wood Sto­ries. Art comes alive through sto­ries told by guides. 31 May: Spring Quest & Craft. Cre­ative work­shop for fam­i­lies. Charges for some spe­cial events. Daily 10am-5pm. Ad­mis­sion free. www.english-her­itage. org.uk/ken­wood. Hamp­stead Lane, NW3 7JR. T: 020- 8348 1286. Off map. Sta­tion: Hamp­stead.

This royal re­treat in the grounds of Kew Gar­dens was home to King Ge­orge III. Daily 10am-5.30pm. Ad­mis­sion free with Kew Gar­dens tick­ets. www.hrp. org.uk. Kew Gar­dens, Richmond, TW9 3AB. T: 0844482 7777. Off map. Sta­tion: Kew Gar­dens.

KidZa­nia Lon­don

Chil­dren can test out dif­fer­ent ca­reers, in­clud­ing work­ing in TV and an­i­ma­tion stu­dios, a cho­co­late fac­tory and an avi­a­tion academy. Check web­site for open­ing times and prices. www.lon­don.kidza­nia.com. West­field Lon­don Shop­ping Cen­tre, Ariel Way, W12 7GA. T: 0330131 3333. Off map. Sta­tion: Shep­herd’s Bush.

The Lon­don Bridge Ex­pe­ri­ence & Tombs

Scary at­trac­tion about the 1,700-year-old Lon­don Bridge site. Tick­ets also in­clude the Lon­don Tombs, un­der the bridge, which are lo­cated in a for­mer plague pit. Mon-Fri 10am-5pm; Sat-Sun 9.30am6pm. Adult £26.95; child £21.45. www.th­elon­don bridge­ex­pe­ri­ence.com. 2- 4 Too­ley St, SE1 2SY. T: 020-7403 6333. E10. Sta­tion: Lon­don Bridge. Spec­tac­u­lar sets, ac­tors and spe­cial ef­fects evoke ghoul­ish en­coun­ters from 1,000 years of Bri­tain’s past in a grimly comedic style. Not for small chil­dren or the faint-hearted. Joint tick­ets with Lon­don Aquar­ium, Lon­don Eye, Madame Tus­sauds and Shrek’s Ad­ven­ture! avail­able. Mon-Wed & Fri 10am5pm; Thur 11am-5pm; Sat-Sun 10am- 6pm. Adult £28.95; child £24.45. www.the­dun­geons.com. County Hall, West­min­ster Bridge Rd, SE1 7PB. T: 0871- 423 2240. F8. Sta­tion: Water­loo/Em­bank­ment. This Lon­don icon is one of the world’s largest ob­ser­va­tion wheels. Joint tick­ets with the Lon­don Aquar­ium, Lon­don Dun­geon, Madame Tus­sauds and Shrek’s Ad­ven­ture! avail­able. 1-26 May Sun-Thur 10am-9pm; Fri-Sat 10am-9.30pm. 27-31 May daily 10am-9.30pm. 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, pen­guin beach and en­dan­gered Su­ma­tran tigers, you can visit the new Land of the Lions en­clo­sure – which houses Asi­atic lions in sur­round­ings de­signed to re­sem­ble an In­dian na­tional park (p. 24). 18 May: Sa­fari in the City. Af­ter-hours tour, talk, cock­tails and an African-themed din­ner. Charges for spe­cial events. Daily 10am-6pm. Adult £25.50; child £18.50. www.zsl.org. Lon­don Zoo, Re­gent’s Park, NW1 4RY. T: 020-7722 3333. C6. Sta­tion: Cam­den Town. 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 scary Cham­ber of Hor­rors and Scream ex­pe­ri­ences. Don’t miss the per­ma­nent Star Wars ex­hi­bi­tion. Joint tick­ets with the Lon­don Aquar­ium, Lon­don Dun­geon, Lon­don Eye and Shrek’s Ad­ven­ture! avail­able. Check the web­site for times. Adult £34; child £29.50. www.madame­tus­sauds.com/lon­don. Maryle­bone Rd, NW1 5LR. T: 0871- 894 3000. C6. 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. You can climb to the top. Daily 9.30am- 6pm. Adult £4; child £2. Joint tick­ets with the Tower Bridge Ex­hi­bi­tion avail­able. www.the mon­u­ment.info. The Mon­u­ment, Mon­u­ment St, EC3R 6BD. T: 020-7626 2717. E10. Sta­tion: Mon­u­ment.

The O2

I Am the Great­est: Muham­mad Ali ex­plores the boxer Muham­mad Ali’s life. Mon-Fri 10am- 4pm; Sat-Sun 10am-5.30pm. Adult £18; child £9. www.theo2. co.uk. Penin­sula Square, SE10 0DX. T: 020- 8463 2000. Off map. Sta­tion: North Green­wich.

Old Royal Naval Col­lege

This beau­ti­ful Baroque mas­ter­piece, part of the Mar­itime Green­wich World Her­itage Site, is the home of Bri­tish naval train­ing, with cos­tumed char­ac­ters and tours. Don’t miss the mag­nif­i­cent ceil­ing in the Painted Hall. Check for guided tours. 14 May: Ar­chi­tec­ture for All. Green­wich walk­ing tour. Charges for spe­cial events. 27 May: Hid­den Lon­don. Pho­to­graphs by stu­dents fo­cus­ing on Lon­don’s hid­den spa­ces. To 22 May daily 10am-5pm. From 23 May please check the web­site for 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 tower. Park open 24 hours daily. Ad­mis­sion free. www.queenel­iz­a­beth olympic­park.co.uk. Queen El­iz­a­beth Olympic Park, E20 2ST. T: 0800-072 2110. Off map. Sta­tion: Strat­ford. Cu­rios­ity-filled mu­seum with nu­mer­ous odd­i­ties and arte­facts. Daily 10am-mid­night. Adult £26.95; child £19.95. www.rip­leyslon­don.com. 1 Pic­cadilly Cir­cus, W1J 0DA. T: 020-3238 0022. E7. Sta­tion: Pic­cadilly Cir­cus. Bet­ter known as Kew Gar­dens, this botan­i­cal re­search cen­tre con­tains nu­mer­ous plants (p. 11). Gar­dens Mon-Fri 10am- 6.30pm; Sat-Sun 10am7.30pm. Adult £15; child £3.50. 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 build­ing hous­ing a mu­seum about the in­sti­tu­tion’s 15 No­bel Prize-win­ning sci­en­tists. 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

This beau­ti­ful part of Buck­ing­ham Palace houses the Queen’s ve­hi­cles and horses, in­clud­ing the Di­a­mond Ju­bilee State Coach. Daily 10am-5pm; closed 28 May. Adult £9.30; child £5.50. www.royal col­lec­tion.org.uk. Buck­ing­ham Palace Rd, SW1W 1QH. T: 020-7766 7302. F6. Sta­tion: Vic­to­ria. The home of Green­wich Mean Time and Lon­don’s only plan­e­tar­ium. Ob­ser­va­tory, Flam­steed House and Merid­ian Line daily 10am-5pm. 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. One of Europe’s largest aquar­i­ums with 500 species of global ma­rine life and walk-through tank tun­nels, in­clud­ing a glass walk­way above 16 sharks. You can also snorkel with sharks (from £130 in­clud­ing ad­mis­sion). Mon-Fri 10am-7pm; Sat-Sun 9am-7pm. Last en­try 13 & 17 May 5pm. Adult £24.50; child £18.10. 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: 0871-663 1678. F8. Sta­tion: West­min­ster/Water­loo. Ride the 4D ‘DreamWorks Tours’ bus to step into live ac­tor fairy­tale-themed shows where you can meet the char­ac­ters from the films. Joint tick­ets with Lon­don Eye, Lon­don Dun­geon, Madame Tus­sauds and Sea Life Lon­don Aquar­ium avail­able. Sun-Wed 10am-5pm; Thur 11am-5pm; Sat 10am- 6pm. Adult £27; child £21.85. www.shrek­sad­ven­ture.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. Vis­i­tors can watch part of the Queen’s Guard mount daily at 11am in Fri­ary Court. Palace and house shut to the pub­lic. www.royal.gov.uk. Marl­bor­ough Rd, SW1A 1BS. T: 020-7930 4832. E7. Sta­tion: St James’s Park.

St Katharine Docks

This cen­tral Lon­don ma­rina dates back to the 11th cen­tury and is close to the Tower of Lon­don. The wa­ter­side is lined with mar­kets, shops and gal­leries. 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

Pal­la­dian church with tours, a brass-rub­bing cen­tre and live clas­si­cal mu­sic (some free). Holy Com­mu­nion daily and clas­si­cal mu­sic per­formed weekly by can­dle­light. Check for open­ing times. Ad­mis­sion free; brass rub­bing from £4.50. www.st martin-in-the-fields.org. Trafal­gar Square, WC2N 4JJ. T: 020-7766 1100. E8. Sta­tion: Char­ing Cross. 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. Free tours. Mon-Sat 8.30am- 4.30pm. Adult £18; child £8. www.stpauls. co.uk. St Paul’s Church­yard, EC4M 8AD. T: 0207246 8350. D9/10. Sta­tion: St Paul’s.

Tower Bridge Ex­hi­bi­tion

This breath­tak­ing bridge, de­signed in 1884, is one of Lon­don’s most fa­mous land­marks. It has great views; walk on the glass floor on the high walk­ways. Joint tick­ets with The Mon­u­ment avail­able. 18 May: Yoga. Sun­rise yoga on the glass walk­way (7.15am; £25). Daily 10am-5.30pm. Adult £9; child £3.90. www.tower­bridge.org.uk. Tower Bridge Rd, SE1 2UP. T: 020-7403 3761. E11. Sta­tion: Tower Hill.

Tower of Lon­don

This his­toric land­mark in­cludes the Bloody Tower, Traitors’ Gate and the Jewel House, home of the Crown Jew­els. En­joy free guided tours by ‘Beefeaters’ ( Yeo­man Warders). Book ahead on­line to at­tend the nightly Cer­e­mony of the Keys, which dates back to 1340 (tick­ets are free; p. 18). Tue-Sat 9am-5.30pm; Sun-Mon 10am-5.30pm. Adult £22.50; child £10.50. www.hrp.org.uk. 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 – and now it’s home to the Jean Paul Gaultier bustier de­signed for Madonna. See that and other iconic rock ‘n’ roll mem­o­ra­bilia at the Hard Rock Cafe’s re­vamped 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. As­cend the tallest build­ing in Western Europe in a high-speed ‘kalei­do­scopic’ lift. 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 also at­tend a yoga class (£40). Yoga Sat 8.30am9.30am; Mon 7.30pm-8.30pm. Daily 10am-10pm – please check the web­site be­fore vis­it­ing. Ad­vance book­ing is rec­om­mended. Adult £30.95; child £24.95. www.the­viewfromthe­shard.com. 32 Lon­don Bridge St, SE1 9SG. T: 0844- 499 7111. E10. Sta­tion: Lon­don Bridge. Ex­plore be­hind the scenes of the Harry Potter films in The Mak­ing of Harry Potter tour. Vis­i­tors can see iconic sets in­clud­ing the Great Hall, Ha­grid’s Hut, Di­agon Al­ley and a re­cre­ation of Plat­form 9¾. Please check web­site for times. Adult £35; child £27. You must pre-book ion ad­vance. 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 Houses of Par­lia­ment, plus ex­hi­bi­tions. Joint tick­ets avail­able with Ap­s­ley House. Daily 10am- 6pm. 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. Please check web­site for open­ing times. Adult £20; child £9. www.west­min­ster-abbey.org. 20 Dean’s Yard, SW1P 3PA. T: 020-7222 5152. F7. Sta­tion: West­min­ster/St James’s Park.

Lon­don Duck Tours

Ex­plore the cap­i­tal by road in a bright yel­low am­phibi­ous ve­hi­cle be­fore tak­ing to the Thames with a ‘splash-down’. Check for times. Adult £24; child £16. www.lon­don­duck­tours.co.uk. 55 York Rd, SE1 7NJ. T: 020-7928 3132. F8. Sta­tion: Water­loo. Live commentary on a 40-minute sight­see­ing 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

Fast and fre­quent, with de­par­tures from ma­jor Lon­don piers ev­ery 20 min­utes. River Roamer tick­ets al­low you to hop on and off. Oys­ter cards are valid. Adult £17.35; child £8.65. Down­load its free in:flow app for a real-time au­dio ex­pla­na­tion of the land­marks on view. www.thamesclip­pers.com. Var­i­ous points along the Thames. T: 020-7001 2200.

Thames River Ser­vices

Sight­see­ing trips from West­min­ster Pier and St Katharine’s Pier to Green­wich and the Thames Flood Bar­rier, with live au­dio commentary. Cir­cu­lar Cruise West­min­ster op­er­ates a hop-on, hop-off sight­see­ing ser­vice from West­min­ster Pier call­ing at Em­bank­ment Pier, Fes­ti­val Pier, Bank­side Pier and St Katharine’s Pier, re­turn­ing non-stop to West­min­ster. Check web­site for times and prices. www.thames­ri­verser­vices.co.uk, T: 0207930 4097; www.cir­cu­lar­cruise.co.uk, T: 020-7936 2033. Var­i­ous points along the River Thames.

Au­then­tic Lon­don Walks

Two-hour walks run by an in­for­ma­tive, hu­mor­ous guide. There are seven to choose from, in­clud­ing High­gate and Hamp­stead in north Lon­don. You can also book a pri­vate tour. Wed-Sun 11am & Sat-Sun 2pm. Adult £10; child free. De­par­ture points vary. www.au­then­ti­clon­don­tours.com. Lon­don, N6 5BT. T: 07771- 610737.

Big Bus Tours

Daily sight­see­ing trips aboard a fleet of open-top double-decker buses. Take in the city’s best sights guided by a mul­ti­lin­gual commentary (Blue Tour) or live guide (Red Tour). A hop-on, hop-off ticket for 24 hours in­cludes a river cruise and three guided walk­ing tours. Adult £26; child £12.50. www.big­bus­tours.com. Var­i­ous de­par­ture points. T: 020-7808 6753. F6. Sta­tion: Vic­to­ria.

Big Bus Walk­ing Tours

Choose from three guided tours: Royal Lon­don at 10.20am; Scene in Lon­don, which re­veals the lo­ca­tions of pop­u­lar TV shows and films such as 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.big­bus tours.com. De­part from Big Bus stop 10, Trafal­gar Square, WC2N 5DN. T: 020-7808 6753. E7. Sta­tion: Char­ing Cross.

City of Lon­don Guides Walks

A va­ri­ety of themed walks not of­fered by other com­pa­nies, fo­cus­ing on ev­ery­thing from Fleet Street – the home of Bri­tish jour­nal­ism – to Smith­field Mar­ket and City gar­dens. Adult free-£12.50; child £4-£8. www.city­oflon­don guides.com. Var­i­ous de­par­ture points.

Golden Tours

A range of tours of Lon­don and the UK in­clud­ing a Jack the Rip­per Walk­ing Tour. £10. www.golden tours.com. De­par­ture points vary. T: 020-7630 2028.

GoToMid­town Tours

More than 100 themed 45-minute free tours around Blooms­bury and Hol­born. There’s no need to book. The 10am & 1pm walks start at the kiosk out­side Hol­born Tube sta­tion (88-94 Kingsway, WC2B 6AA). The 11am, 2pm & 5.30pm walks start at the red sculp­ture in the court­yard of Cen­tral Saint Giles (Giles High St, WC2H 8AG). GoToMid­town shop, 56 New Ox­ford St, WC1A 1ES. www.gotomid­town.co.uk. Hol­born Tube sta­tion, 88-94 Kingsway, WC2B 6AA or Cen­tral Saint Giles court­yard, Giles High St, WC2H 8AG. 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 se­rial killer Jack the Rip­per. Num­bers are limited in or­der to give par­tic­i­pants a bet­ter ex­pe­ri­ence. Book­ing is es­sen­tial. Daily 7pm from out­side Exit 4 of Aldgate East. £10. www.jack-the-rip­per-tour.com. Aldgate East Un­der­ground sta­tion. T: 020- 8530 8443. Off map. Sta­tion: Aldgate East.

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