Visit the home of the Duke of Wellington to see its grand interiors and fine art. Please check for times. www.english-heritage.org.uk/apsleyhouse. 149 Piccadilly, Hyde Park Corner, W1J 7NT. T: 020-7499 5676. F6. Station: Hyde Park Corner.
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. www.hrp.org.uk. 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.batterseaparkzoo.co.uk. Battersea Park, Chelsea Bridge Gate, SW11 4NJ. T: 020-7924 5826. Off map. Station: Battersea Park.
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.royalcollection.org.uk. 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.changing-the-guard.com. Changing the Life Guard Ceremony takes place Mon-Fri 11am; Sun 10am – check for last-minute changes. www.royal.gov.uk. 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.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk. 66 Royal Hospital Rd, SW3 4HS. T: 020-7352 5646. Off map. Station: Sloane Square.
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. www.rmg.co.uk/cuttysark. 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.drjohnsonshouse.org. 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.englishheritage.org.uk/eltham. Court Yard, SE9 5QE. T: 020- 8294 2548. Off map. Station: Eltham.
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.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 adventure playground. Negotiate ladders, bridges and zip lines while attached to a harness. Daily from 9.30am. Adult £33; child £18-£25. www.goape.co.uk/ 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. 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. Please check for times. Adult £10.40; child £5.20. www.nationaltrust.org.uk. 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.handelhouse.org. 25 Brook St, W1K 4HB. T: 020-7495 1685. D6. Station: Bond Street.
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. 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, 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.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. Daily 10am-5pm. Adult £4.70; child £2.80. www.english-heritage.org.uk. Abingdon St, SW1P 3JX. T: 020-7222 2219. F8. Station: Westminster.
This royal residence sits in Kensington Gardens and was Princess Diana’s last home. 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.
On the edge of Hampstead Heath, Kenwood house and its landscaped gardens is a hidden gem. Free admission. Please check for times. www.englishheritage.org.uk/kenwood. 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. www.hrp.org.uk. Kew Gardens, Richmond, TW9 3AB. T: 0844-482 7777. Off map. Station: Kew Gardens.
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.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. 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 londonbridgeexperience.com. 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.thedungeons.com. 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.londoneye.com. 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. www.zsl.org. 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.madametussauds.com/london. Marylebone Rd, NW1 5LR. T: 0871- 894 3000. C6. Station: Baker Street.
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.themonument.info. 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. www.ornc.org. 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.queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk. 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. www.ripleyslondon.com. 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. www.kew.org. 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.royalcollection.org.uk. 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. co.uk. 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.sealife.co.uk/london. 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.shreksadventure.com. Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, SE1 7PB. T: 0871-221 2837. F8. Station: Waterloo.
The former home of Punch illustrator Edward Linley Sambourne is now a museum. Check for times and prices. www.rbkc.gov.uk. 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. www.sk docks.co.uk. 50 St Katharine’s Way, E1W 1LA. T: 020-7264 5287. Off map. Station: Tower Hill.
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-thefields.org. 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. www.stpauls.co.uk. 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.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 Crown Jewels (p. 22). Tue-Sat 9am-5.30pm; Sun-Mon 10am-5pm. Adult £22.50; child £10.50. www.hrp.org.uk/tower-oflondon. Tower Hill, EC3N 4AB. T: 0844- 482 7799. E11. Station: Tower Hill.
Home to rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia. 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
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 fromtheshard.com. 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.wbstudiotour.co.uk. Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden, Hertfordshire, WD25 7LS. T: 0845- 084 0900. Off map. Station: Euston to Watford Junction, then shuttle bus.
This abbey is the burial site of English monarchs. Mon-Sat; check for times. Adult £20; child £9. www.westminster-abbey.org. 20 Dean’s Yard, SW1P 3PA. T: 020-7222 5152. F7. Station: Westminster.