Where London - - Sightseeing -

Ap­s­ley House

Visit the home of the Duke of Welling­ton to see its grand in­te­ri­ors and fine art. Please check for times. www.english-her­­s­ley­house. 149 Pic­cadilly, Hyde Park Cor­ner, W1J 7NT. T: 020-7499 5676. F6. Sta­tion: Hyde Park Cor­ner.

Ban­quet­ing House

This 17th-cen­tury build­ing was de­signed by Inigo Jones for James I, with an ex­quis­ite painted ceil­ing. Mon-Sun 10am-1pm, but call be­fore vis­it­ing. Adult £6; child free. White­hall, SW1A 2ER. T: 020-3166 6000. E8. Sta­tion: West­min­ster.

Bat­tersea Park Chil­dren’s Zoo

Zoo with a pet­ting farm and keeper ex­pe­ri­ences. Daily 10am-5.30pm. Adult £8.95; child £6.95. www.bat­tersea­park­ Bat­tersea Park, Chelsea Bridge Gate, SW11 4NJ. T: 020-7924 5826. Off map. Sta­tion: Bat­tersea Park.

Buck­ing­ham Palace

To 2 Oct: Open­ing of the State Rooms. Visit the Lon­don res­i­dence and work­place of the monar­chy. Fash­ion­ing a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen’s Wardrobe cel­e­brates the Queen’s 90th birth­day through fash­ion. Daily 9.15am- 6.45pm. Adult £21.50; child £12.30. www.roy­al­col­lec­ Buck­ing­ham Palace, The Mall, SW1A 1AA. T: 0303-123 7300. F6/F7. Sta­tion: Vic­to­ria/Green Park.

Chang­ing the Guard

At 11.30am ev­ery other day, watch the chang­ing of the Queen’s Guard on Buck­ing­ham Palace’s fore­court. There is no cer­e­mony in very wet weather. Buck­ing­ham Palace, The Mall, SW1A 1AA. T: 030-3123 7300. www.chang­ Chang­ing the Life Guard Cer­e­mony takes place Mon-Fri 11am; Sun 10am – check for last-minute changes. Buck­ing­ham Palace, The Mall, SW1A 1AA. T: 0303123 7300. F6/F7. Sta­tion: Vic­to­ria/Green Park.

Chelsea Physic Gar­den

In Lon­don’s oldest botanic gar­den you can ad­mire 5,000 species of plants. Tue-Fri & Sun 11am- 6pm. Adult £9.50; child £6.95. 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 in­ter­ac­tive dis­plays or fam­ily events. Please check for times. Adult £12.15; child £6.30. Joint tick­ets with Royal Ob­ser­va­tory avail­able.­tysark. Cutty Sark, King Wil­liam Walk, SE10 9HT. T: 0208312 6608. Off map. Sta­tion: Cutty Sark/Green­wich.

Dr John­son’s House

The home where Dr Sa­muel John­son com­piled his English dic­tio­nary, which was first pub­lished in 1755. Mon-Sat 11am-5pm. Adult £6; child £2.50. www.dr­john­son­ 17 Gough Square, EC4A 3DE. T: 020-7353 3745. D9. Sta­tion: Tem­ple/ Chancery Lane.

Eltham Palace and Gar­dens

Ex­pe­ri­ence the decade of deca­dence as you are trans­ported back to the 1930s. 24-28 Oct: Half Term Hor­rors. Crafts, cos­tumes and pump­kin carv­ing. Please check for prices and times. www.en­glish­her­ Court Yard, SE9 5QE. T: 020- 8294 2548. Off map. Sta­tion: Eltham.

Ful­ham Palace

This at­trac­tive 15th-cen­tury build­ing was the sum­mer re­treat of the Bish­ops of Lon­don and now has a mu­seum, his­toric rooms and shop. 9 Oct: Ap­ple Day Cel­e­bra­tion. Tast­ings, sto­ry­telling, live mu­sic, food and drink stalls. 30-31 Oct: Ghost Tour (p. 22). Please check for times. Ad­mis­sion free, charges for spe­cial events. www.ful­ham­ 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 ad­ven­ture play­ground. Ne­go­ti­ate lad­ders, bridges and zip lines while at­tached to a har­ness. Daily from 9.30am. Adult £33; child £18-£25. bat­tersea-park. Bat­tersea Park, SW11 4NJ. T: 0845643 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 quiz nights and bat­tle work­shops. Daily 10am-5.30pm. Guided tour adult £7; child £5.­en­ 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. Please check for times. Adult £10.40; child £5.20.­tion­al­ Ham St, Sur­rey, TW10 7RS. T: 0208940 1950. Off map. Sta­tion: Rich­mond.

Han­del & Hen­drix in Lon­don

The former homes of An­glo-Ger­man com­poser Ge­orge Frid­eric Han­del and Amer­i­can gui­tarist Jimi Hen­drix. Mon-Sat 11pm-6pm; Sun noon-6pm. Adult £10; child £5. www.han­del­ 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-6pm. Adult £14.50; child £7.25. www.iwm. 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, the build­ing was con­structed in the 19th cen­tury. Guided and au­dio tours 4-7 Oct & ev­ery Sat. Guided tour adult £25.50; child £11. Au­dio tour adult £18.50; child £7.50 (first child free). www.par­lia­­it­ing. 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. Daily 10am-5pm. Adult £4.70; child £2.80. www.english-her­ Abing­don St, SW1P 3JX. T: 020-7222 2219. F8. Sta­tion: West­min­ster.

Kens­ing­ton Palace

This royal res­i­dence sits in Kens­ing­ton Gar­dens and was Princess Diana’s last home. Daily 10am-6pm. Adult £16.30; child free. Kens­ing­ton Gar­dens, W8 4PX. T: 0844-482 7777. Off map. Sta­tion: High Street Kens­ing­ton/Queensway.


On the edge of Hamp­stead Heath, Ken­wood house and its land­scaped gar­dens is a hid­den gem. Free ad­mis­sion. Please check for times. www.en­glish­her­­wood. Hamp­stead Lane, NW3 7JR. T: 020-8348 1286. Off map. Sta­tion: Hamp­stead. Kew Palace PASS PART­NER

To 2 Oct: This royal re­treat in the grounds of Kew Gar­dens was home to King Ge­orge III. Don’t miss the Royal Kitchens and its gar­den. 10.30am-5.30pm. Ad­mis­sion free with Kew Gar­dens tick­ets. 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, try­ing out ca­reers from TV pre­sent­ing to cho­co­late-mak­ing. Daily from 10am; call for clos­ing times. Adult £18; child £31-£33.50. www.lon­don.kidza­ 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. Ac­tors bring this at­trac­tion to life (p. 22). Tick­ets also in­clude the Lon­don Tombs, un­der the bridge, which are in a former plague pit. Mon-Fri 10am-5pm; Sat-Sun 9.30am- 6pm. Adult £26.95; child £21.45. www.the lon­don­bridge­ex­pe­ri­ 2- 4 Too­ley St, SE1 2SY. T: 020-7403 6333. E10. Sta­tion: Lon­don Bridge. The Lon­don Dungeon PASS PART­NER Spec­tac­u­lar sets, ac­tors and spe­cial ef­fects evoke ghoul­ish en­coun­ters from 1,000 years of Bri­tain’s murky past in a grimly comedic style. Not for small chil­dren or the faint-hearted (p. 22). Joint tick­ets with Lon­don Aquar­ium, Lon­don Eye, Madame Tus­sauds and Shrek’s Ad­ven­ture! avail­able. Please check for open­ing times and prices. www.the­dun­ County Hall, West­min­ster Bridge Rd, SE1 7PB. T: 0871-423 2240. F8. Sta­tion: Water­loo/Em­bank­ment. Coca-Cola Lon­don Eye PASS PART­NER 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. Daily 10am-8.30pm. Adult £24.95; child £18.95. www.lon­don­ County Hall, West­min­ster Bridge Rd, SE1 7PB. T: 0871-781 3000. F8. Sta­tion: Water­loo.

ZSL Lon­don Zoo

PASS PART­NER Im­merse your­self in the an­i­mal kingdom at the world’s oldest sci­en­tific zoo, which has more than 750 species. 22-30 Oct: Boo and the Zoo. An­i­mal demon­stra­tions and Hal­loween-themed ac­tiv­i­ties such as a pump­kin trail and creepy crafts. Charges for spe­cial events. To 21 Oct 10am-5.30pm; from 22 Oct 10am-5pm. Adult £25.50; child £18.50. Lon­don Zoo, Re­gent’s Park, NW1 4RY. T: 020-7722 3333. C6. Sta­tion: Cam­den Town. Madame Tus­sauds PASS PART­NER The cel­e­brated home of life-sized wax fig­ures de­pict­ing fa­mous peo­ple from the worlds of pol­i­tics, film, mu­sic and more. Joint tick­ets with the Lon­don Aquar­ium, Lon­don Dungeon, Lon­don Eye and Shrek’s Ad­ven­ture! avail­able. Check for times. Adult £35; child £29.50. www.madame­tus­­don. Maryle­bone Rd, NW1 5LR. T: 0871- 894 3000. C6. Sta­tion: Baker Street.

The Mon­u­ment

A stone col­umn com­mem­o­rat­ing the dev­as­tat­ing 1666 Great Fire of Lon­don. You can climb the 311 steps to its ob­ser­va­tion gallery. Daily 9.30am- 6pm. Adult £4; child £2. Joint tick­ets with the Tower Bridge Ex­hi­bi­tion avail­able. www.the­mon­u­ The Mon­u­ment, Mon­u­ment St, EC3R 6BD. T: 020-7626 2717. E10. Sta­tion: Mon­u­ment.

Old Royal Naval Col­lege

This Baroque mas­ter­piece, which is 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. Daily, please check for open­ing times. Ad­mis­sion free. King Wil­liam Walk, SE10 9NN. T: 020- 8269 4799. Off map. Sta­tion: Cutty Sark/Green­wich.

Queen El­iz­a­beth Olympic Park

Formerly the Lon­don 2012 Olympic Games site. Please check for reg­u­lar events. Open 24 hours. Ad­mis­sion free. www.queenel­iz­a­betholympic­ Queen El­iz­a­beth Olympic Park, E20 2ST. T: 0800- 072 2110. Off map. Sta­tion: Strat­ford.

Ripley’s Be­lieve It or Not! PASS PART­NER

This curiosity-filled mu­seum has more than 700 arte­facts, from a shrunken head to an al­bino al­li­ga­tor and the world’s tallest man. Daily 10am­mid­night. Adult £27.95; child £20.95.­leyslon­ 1 Pic­cadilly Cir­cus, W1J 0DA. T: 0203238 0022. E7. Sta­tion: Pic­cadilly Cir­cus.

Royal Botanic Gar­dens, Kew PASS PART­NER

Bet­ter known as Kew Gar­dens, this botan­i­cal re­search cen­tre and World Her­itage Site con­tains plants from across the globe. To 29 Oct 10am-6pm; 30-31 Oct 10am- 4.15pm. Adult £15; child £3.50. Royal Botanic Gar­dens, Kew, Rich­mond, Sur­rey, TW9 3AB. T: 020- 8332 5655. Off map. Sta­tion: Kew Gar­dens.

The Royal Mews

Built by John Nash, this houses the Queen’s ve­hi­cles. Daily 10am-5pm. Adult £9.30; child £5.50. www.roy­al­col­lec­ Buck­ing­ham Palace Rd, SW1W 1QH. T: 020-7766 7302. F6. Sta­tion: Vic­to­ria.

The Royal Ob­ser­va­tory

PASS PART­NER The home of Green­wich Mean Time and Lon­don’s only plan­e­tar­ium. Ob­ser­va­tory and Merid­ian Line daily 10am-5pm. Adult £9.50; child £5. www.rmg. Black­heath Av­enue, SE10 8XJ. T: 020- 8858 4422. Off map. Sta­tion: Green­wich.

Sea Life Lon­don Aquar­ium PASS PART­NER

One of Europe’s largest aquar­i­ums with 500 species of global ma­rine life and walk-through tank tun­nels. Mon-Fri 10am-7pm; Sat-Sun 9am-7pm (22-31 Oct also 9am-7pm). Adult £24.50; child £18.10. Joint tick­ets with Lon­don Eye, Lon­don Dungeon, Madame Tus­sauds and Shrek’s Ad­ven­ture! avail­able. www.seal­­don. County Hall, West­min­ster Bridge Rd, SE1 7PB. T: 0871-663 1678. F8. Sta­tion: Water­loo.

Shrek’s Ad­ven­ture! PASS PART­NER

Live ac­tor shows based on the films. Joint tick­ets with Lon­don Eye, Lon­don Dungeon, Madame Tus­sauds and Sea Life Lon­don Aquar­ium avail­able. Mon-Wed & Fri-Sun 10am- 6pm; Thur 11am- 6pm. Adult £27; child £21.85. www.shrek­sad­ven­ River­side Build­ing, County Hall, West­min­ster Bridge Rd, SE1 7PB. T: 0871-221 2837. F8. Sta­tion: Water­loo.

Stafford Ter­race

The former home of Punch il­lus­tra­tor Ed­ward Lin­ley Sam­bourne is now a mu­seum. Check for times and prices. 18 Stafford Ter­race, W8 7BH. T: 020-7602 3316 (Mon-Fri) & T: 020-7938 1295 (Sat-Sun). Off map. Sta­tion: High Street Kens­ing­ton.

St Katharine Docks

The vi­brant wa­ter­side des­ti­na­tion is lined with reg­u­lar mar­kets, shops and gal­leries. 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 brass­rub­bing cen­tre and live clas­si­cal mu­sic (some free). Please check for open­ing times. Ad­mis­sion free; brass rub­bing from £4.50. www.stmartin-in-the­ Trafal­gar Square, WC2N 4JJ. T: 0207766 1100. E8. Sta­tion: Char­ing Cross.

St Paul’s Cathe­dral PASS PART­NER

Sir Christo­pher Wren’s 300-year-old cathe­dral. Climb up the dome to the Whis­per­ing Gallery and a fur­ther 271 steps for views of Lon­don. Free tours. Mon-Sat 8.30am- 4.30pm. Adult £18; child £8. St Paul’s Church­yard, EC4M 8AD. T: 020-7246 8350. D9/10. Sta­tion: St Paul’s.

Tower Bridge Ex­hi­bi­tion

This bridge, de­signed in 1884, is one of Lon­don’s iconic land­marks. Joint tick­ets with The Mon­u­ment avail­able. Daily 10am-5pm. Adult £9; child £3.90. www.tower­ 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 Crown Jew­els (p. 22). Tue-Sat 9am-5.30pm; Sun-Mon 10am-5pm. Adult £22.50; child £10.50.­don. Tower Hill, EC3N 4AB. T: 0844- 482 7799. E11. Sta­tion: Tower Hill.

The Vault

Home to rock ‘n’ roll mem­o­ra­bilia. Daily 11.30am-10.30pm. Ad­mis­sion free. Hard Rock Cafe Lon­don, 150 Old Park Lane, W1K 1QZ. T: 020-7514 1700. E6. Sta­tion: Hyde Park Cor­ner.

The View from The Shard

PASS PART­NER As­cend the tallest build­ing in Western Europe for great views of Lon­don. Daily 10am-10pm – check be­fore vis­it­ing. Ad­vance adult £25.95, child £19.95; on the day adult £30.95, child £24.95. www.the­view fromthe­ 32 Lon­don Bridge St, SE1 9SG. T: 0844- 499 7111. E10. Sta­tion: Lon­don Bridge.

Warner Bros Studio Tour Lon­don PASS PART­NER

Ex­plore be­hind the scenes of the Harry Pot­ter films.

From 15 Oct: 15th An­niver­sary Film Cel­e­bra­tions. Check for times. Adult £35; child £27. Book­ing es­sen­tial. 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

This abbey is the burial site of English mon­archs. Mon-Sat; check for times. Adult £20; child £9. www.west­min­ 20 Dean’s Yard, SW1P 3PA. T: 020-7222 5152. F7. Sta­tion: West­min­ster.

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