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FINAL LONDON TRIP

Destination(s): Athens

London Information Centre

London Information Centre

  • Leicester Square
  • tel:+44 20 7292 2333
  • Visit website
  • London, WC2H 7BP
Little Ben

Little Ben

St. Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul's Cathedral

  • St. Paul's Churchyard
  • St. Paul's Churchyard, EC4
  • tel:020/7246-8350
  • Visit website
  • London, EC4M 8AD
Warwick Castle, Stratford, Oxford and the Cotswolds

Warwick Castle, Stratford, Oxford and the Cotswolds

Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath Day Trip from London

Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath Day Trip from London

London Eye

London Eye

  • Westminster Bridge Road
  • (Riverside Building County Hall)
  • tel:+44 870 500 0600
  • Visit website
  • London, SE1 9TA

Many Londoners were none too happy when in this Millennium Wheel as was first known was erected to commemorate the "turning of the century". Now known simply as the London Eye, locals have softened and have even taken a ride or two in one of the 32 capsules which hold up to 25 people each. Views up to 25 miles can be observed on a clear day and evening rides are available to see an illuminated London. Weddings, private events and children's birthday parties are held within the London Eye's pods. Even with pre-booked capsules expect lines; however, entertainment in the area is abundant with street performers, a playground and a carousel. Grab the camera because the best part of the London Eye is the most breath-taking view of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament across the Thames at ground level. read more about London Eye

Acropolis

Acropolis

  • Theorias
  • Dionissiou Areopagitou. Ticket booth, small post office, and snack bar are located slightly below the Acropolis entrance
  • tel:+30 210 321 0219
  • Visit website
  • Athens, 105 58

Quite possibly the most famous symbol of Athens, if not all of Greece, the Acropolis crowns the city and provides a romantic focal point amidst the modern-day noise and mess. The word "Acropolis" comes from "Acro" meaning "High" and "polis" meaning city.

History

The Acropolis
as we know it was masterminded by Pericles in the fifth century BC after the original Acropolis was burned to the ground by the Persian army. The sacred rock was dedicated to the goddess Athena since Neolithic times, but was also used as a gathering place during times of danger due to its strategic positioning. The rebuilt grouping of temples, framed by the Propylaea, or gateway, was intended to be a testament to human achievement and unique in the world in their beauty. They include the demure Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheum or Erechtheion, hallmarked by the Porch of Caryatids (maidens) and the queen of them all, the Parthenon. The Parthenon and the Propylaea were completed first, in under ten years. The temple of Athena Nike and the Erechtheum were built after the death of Pericles.

In the centuries that followed, the sacred rock was used as a church, a fortress, a mosque, an arsenal, and pillaged frequently by invaders and travelers taking advantage of the instability of the Ottoman-occupied city throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. The most famous of these looters was the English Lord Elgin whose grand booty is the source of a modern day controversy between the British Museum and the Greek State, who have been asking for their treasures back for the last thirty years. The New Acropolis Museum, located across from the entrance to the Dionysos Theatre, was partly created to provide a home for the artifacts. There is still no official word of their being returned to Greece.

Visiting the Sacred Rock of the Acropolis

It is one of the most memorable things you can do while in Athens, and you're sure to note the absence of ropes or glass, bringing you up close and personal with one of the greatest works of art in the Western hemisphere. Get inspired by the great humans that walked there before, the history that happened after, the mystical rumors of being aligned with the stars, or simply the breathtaking view of the city. It's a place that touches the heart of Athens and the Athenians. All of the site is encircled by a cobblestone pedestrian path, the streets of Dionysou Areopagitou and Apostolou Pavlou. Areopagitou street runs along the South slope and is where both entrances to the sites are located, the first just on the Theatre of Dionysos, the site of the festival dedicated to the god of wine, ecstasy and theater. The second is further up past the Roman-era Odeon of Herod Atticus, where the Athens Festival takes place every summer. Go up the steps or the ramp (a bit further) and you'll find the main gates.

All of these sites can be accessed with the €12 admission of the Acropolis, as well as the Temple of Zeus, Keramikos Cemetery, Roman Agora and Ancient Agora.

What's Around the Acropolis

Facing the Acropolis are Pnyx, Areopagos and Philopappou hills which offer commanding views over the city. Areopagos Hill is the site of a famous sermon from St. Paul to the Athenians. Opposite the Acropolis is the unique Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry museum. Plaka, the oldest neighborhood of Athens, sprawls out at the base of the Acropolis rock. Delve in to explore its quaint streets and shops or spend an hour walking through the Ancient Agora.

Necessary Information for Visiting the Acropolis:

Admission

€12 except for minors. Teenagers under 19 should carry an ID to prove their age.
Seniors are not offered a discounted rate unless members of the EU.
Journalists and Government officials are granted free admission.

Days the site is free of admission

All Sundays between November 1st and March 31st. After that, the first Sunday of every month except July, August and September (peak season.)
All Greek national holidays ~ all religious holidays of the Greek Orthodox Church including Easter Monday and Tuesday as well as the Monday after Pentecost.
March 6 ~ Melina Mercouri Day
April 18 ~ International Monuments Day
May 18 ~ International Monuments Day
June 5 ~ International Environment Day
September 27 ~ International Tourism Day
The last weekend of September ~ European Heritage Days

And most spectacular is the annual late-night opening for the full moon of August, an event that is usually accompanied with live music and theatrical events.

Hours
Winter (November 1 - March 31) 8:30am - 3:30 pm
Summer (April 1- October 31) 8am - 7:30pm except Mondays 11am - 7:30pm

Amenities

Both upper and lower entrances offer water fountains and toilets before entering the site. There are no opportunities once on the site. A small snack bar is just outside the upper entrance, though the prices are high and the quality poor. If you can, wait to refresh yourself with things found in the adjacent neighborhood of Thission or along Makriyannis, the road connected to Areopagitou.

A lift entrance is offered to those in a wheelchair. Ask the official at the upper entrance for assistance.

Words of Caution and Greek Reality

Please use caution while on the site, which is entirely out of marble that can be incredibly slippery! Those with limited mobility might have trouble, though it's certainly possible to see everything if you take your time and move carefully.

Be on guard for pickpockets. Keep phones, wallets, and money in places that are difficult for the nimblest of hands if not completely under your clothes.

There might be a number of vendors of cheap novelty gifts and/or umbrellas, fans, bottles of water. These are mostly illegal immigrants who are routinely chased off by the police. As of now there is no law penalizing those who patronize them but it has been discussed.

The Scaffolding

Try not to be too disappointed when you get to the Acropolis and find most of the temples surrounded by scaffolding. They are part of a restoration and conservation effort that will keep the site strong for generations to come. The Parthenon was temporarily scaffold-free in the summer of 2010, but since November is being worked on again for an indefinite period of time.

The Strikes

Greece is a country known for expressing itself and being politically active. Should you arrive and there is a strike that has closed the entrance of the Acropolis, there is little that can be done. Go to  nearby Areopagos Hill and the area of Philapappou Hill for outstanding views of the Rock and history that's equal in importance. Neither are manned by ministry officials and therefore always open, and always free.

The Dogs

Those sun-loving mongrels you'll see lounging around the entrance, while stray, are typically friendly and laid back. Still, use caution when approaching one and don't reach toward it unless it's approached you first with a wagging tail. Under no circumstances should you inspect one that's sleeping. It isn't dead no matter how much it looks the contrary. We promise.

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Ancient Agora

Ancient Agora

  • Adrianou Street
  • Thissio
  • tel:+30 210 321 0185
  • Visit website
  • Athens, 105 55

Step in to what was once the 'agora" or marketplace of ancient Athens. This wasn't only a commercial center, but also where important political, religious and administrative transactions took place side by side. The Stoa of Attalos, an impressive two-story building built from Pentelic marble and limestone was donated by Attalos II, King of Pergamon in the 2nd century BC. Of note are the Doric and Ionic colonnades. The building was reconstructed in the mid 1950s and now displays objects unearthed during excavations. The archeological finds are housed within the Museum of the Ancient Agora. Just south of the Stoa of Attalos is the 11th century church of Agii Apostoli or the Holy Apostles, a beautiful example of Byzantine architecture. The exquisitely preserved 5th century BC Temple of Hephaistos, also know as Thission will definitely catch you eye. Continue to the Roman Agora and Tower of the Winds. The Keramikos Cemetery is a 7 minute walk south of the Ancient Agora along pedestrianized Ermou street in the direction of Gazi. Either the Monastiraki or Thissio metro stops bring you closest to the Ancient Agora's entrance. read more about Ancient Agora

Schinias Beach at Marathon

Schinias Beach at Marathon

Schinias is the longest beach on the Eastern coast of Attica. It's loved by locals for the calm waters and shallow waters, friendly to children and cautious bathers. It's surrounded by pines that thrive in the sandy soil, making it a green, shady beach. The sheer length of the beach lends a variety of experiences. Karavi Beach is a traditional, organized beach with umbrellas, lounge chairs and loud, dicoteque music - good if you're wanting to people watch or catch some eyes yourself. If not, continue to the piney region of the beach where you can hunt for a private place to swim.

Karavi beach is not open on Mondays, but the best time to go is definitely during the week. On weekends the beach is flooded with Athenians getting their nature fix. There are reports that the beach has a littering issue- our suggestion is to keep walking until you find a spot that seems desirable. It's 300 meters, after all.

This was the area used for the Olympic Rowing event in 2004 and is still used by rowers, windsurfers. and kite surfers. The beach is 3 km away from the tomb of the Battle of Marathon. Also close by is the beautiful, little-known, ancient site of Ramnous.
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Odeon of Herod Atticus

Odeon of Herod Atticus

  • Dionysiou Areopagitou Street
  • Acropolis
  • tel:+30 210 323 2771 / +30 210 322 1459
  • Visit website
  • Athens, 105 58
Acropolis Museum

Acropolis Museum

  • On the Acropolis site
  • Acropolis
  • tel:+30 210 321 4172
  • Visit website
  • Athens, 105 58
Museum of Cycladic Art

Museum of Cycladic Art

  • 4 Neophytou Douka
  • (off Vassilissis Sophias Avenue)
  • tel:+30 210 722 8321
  • Visit website
  • Athens, 106 74

The Nicholas P. Goulandris Foundation private museum houses a remarkable collection of objects dating back to the 3rd millennium. Among this collection which features art from ancient Greece, the Cycladic culture and Cyprus, what will imprint in the visitor's mind are the white marble Cycladic figurines and vessels. Of interest is also a permanent exhibition "Scenes from daily life in antiquity". An additional highlight are the temporary exhibitions in the Stathatos Mansion (Vasilissis Sophias Ave and 1 Irodotou St.), accessible via an internal passage way between the buildings. Don't miss touring this beautiful building, an outstanding example of 19th century Neoclassical architecture. In addition there are activities for children and museum reproductions at the museum shop. Exit the museum and head up into Kolonaki for a coffee or lunch. The closets metro stop is Evangelismos. Other museums in the vicinity are the Benaki Museum, National Gallery-Alexandros Soutzos Museum, War Museum and Byzantine Museum. If you want to escape the concrete and asphalt spent some time in the National Gardens. read more about Museum of Cycladic Art

National Library of Greece (The)

National Library of Greece (The)

  • 32 Panepistimiou Street
  • tel:+30 210 338 2541
  • Visit website
  • Athens, 106 79

Called the "three temples of learning", the National Library, the University of Athens and the Academy of Athens are outstanding examples of 19th century architecture - all in a row. All three buildings were constructed by Danish architects Theophil Freiherr von Hansen and Christian Hansen and each is set out on a city block. Unfortunately no one but officials and researchers are granted admission.

Closest metro is the Panepistimio station. Other points of interest nearby are the Numismatic museum, the museum of the City of Athens (Vouros-Eftaxias) and the National History Museum (Old Parliament). read more about National Library of Greece (The)

Lysikrates Monument

Lysikrates Monument

  • Tripodon Street
  • tel:+30 210 331 0392 (Tourist Information)
  • Visit website
  • Athens, 105 58
Lykavittos Hill

Lykavittos Hill

  • Corner of Aristippou & Ploutarchou Streets
  • tel:+30 210 722 7065 (Cafe) / +30 210 331 0392 (Tourist Information)
  • Visit website
  • Athens, 106 76

From first glance, the little white 19th century church of St. George looks like a castle from a fairytale  perched atop Lykavittos, the highest point of the city. Lykavittos one of the most treasured green spaces of Athens, woven with paths used by the residents of underlying Kolonaki for jogging and dog-walking. A modern funicular provides access for those who prefer to climb up to the top without huffing and puffing, but all appreciate the dazzling cityscape of Athens spread out below and one of the best views of the Acropolis. Just before the large parking lot of the Lykavittus Theater (still used for rock concerts and a festival) near the cave and shrine of Agii Isidori, there are a couple of benches along the ledge for contemplating. More often they're used by amorous couples on a clear night.

The church is very popular for weddings, so road access could be tough on Saturdays. The funicular operates 365 days a year, 19 hours a day and costs 6 Euros round trip. It goes through the hill and lets out just under restaurant Orizantes, frequented by many tourists who have read of the extraordinary view of the dining room. There is an adjacent cafe with lighter fare as well as a cantina on the theatre parking lot with sandwiches and soft drinks.

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Dionysos Theatre

Dionysos Theatre

Keramikos Cemetery

Keramikos Cemetery

  • 148 Ermou Street
  • Athens
  • tel:+30 210 346 3552
  • Visit website
  • Athens, 11854

Along the lower end of Ermou (heading towards Gazi) is Keramikos, the main cemetery of ancient Athens. There are two gates at the cemetery walls, the Dipylon Gate through which travellers used to enter the ancient city and the Sacred Gate used during the Panathenaic and Eleusinian processions. There are tombs here dating back to the 12th century BC, and also a small museum on the site. Closest metro station is Thissio and a little further is Keramikos. Tour around Monastiraki and the Ancient Agora. read more about Keramikos Cemetery

National Archaeological Museum

National Archaeological Museum

  • 44 Patission
  • The museum is 1/3 mile (10 min. on foot) north of Omonia Sq. on the road named Leoforos 28 Octobriou, but usually called Patission
  • tel:+30 210 821 7717
  • Visit website
  • Athens, 106 82

The National Archeological Museum is a must. If you only have time to visit one museum, this one should be it. There is a lot to see so plan at least two to three hours here. It isn't a bad idea to become acquainted with the museum's collections prior to visiting. This is the best way to explore Greece's history. After your visit to the museum, stop for lunch at Athinaikon or Ideal. Then walk up Panepistimiou street to see the National Library, the Academy of Athens, and the University of Athens. These three buildings are located right at the Panepistimio metro stop. read more about National Archaeological Museum

Byzantine Museum

Byzantine Museum

  • 22 Vasilissis Sofias Ave
  • From Syntagma Sq., walk along Queen Sophias Ave. for about 15 min. The museum is on your right. If you come to the Hilton Hotel, you have gone too far
  • tel:+30 210 721 1027 / +30 210 723 2178
  • Visit website
  • Athens, 106 75

A former ducal mansion is home to the Byzantine and Christian museum which contains one of the most important collections of Byzantine icons in the world. On display are objects representing 1500 years of Byzantine architecture and art including sculptures, icons, textiles, mosaics, wood carvings and wall paintings. Recent renovations and a new museum extension have brought to light more than 1,200 objects that had been kept in storage. Visitors pass through "The Byzantine Empire", "From the ancient world to Byzantium" and "The Byzantine World". The museum is part of the "museum mile" which includes the Museum of Cycladic Art, the Benaki museum and right next door, the War museum exhibiting as one might expect weapons from the antiquity to the Second World War in addition to aircraft, uniforms and model warships. Closest metro stop is Evangelismos. read more about Byzantine Museum

Parliament Building

Parliament Building

  • 2 Vasilissis Sophias (opposite Syntagma Square)
  • tel:+30 210 331 0392 (Tourist information) or 171 (Tourist Police)
  • Visit website
  • Athens, 10671
War Museum

War Museum

  • Vassilissis Sophias Avenue and 2 Rizari Street
  • tel:+30 210 725 2974-5
  • Visit website
  • Athens, 10675
Wellington Arch

Wellington Arch

  • Wellington Arch
  • South of Hyde Park
  • tel:+ 44 020 7930 2726
  • Visit website
  • London, W1J 7JZ
Westminster Cathedral

Westminster Cathedral

  • 42 Francis Street
  • Ashley Place, SW1
  • tel:020/7798-9055
  • Visit website
  • London, SW1P 1QW
Tower of London

Tower of London

  • 202-203 Grange Road
  • Tower Hill, EC3
  • tel:0870/756-7070
  • Visit website
  • London, EC3N4AB
Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum

  • 1 Piccadilly Circus
  • The London Pavilion
  • tel:+44 20 3238 0022
  • Visit website
  • London, W1J 0DA
Harrods Afternoon Tea and St Paul's Cathedral London Tour

Harrods Afternoon Tea and St Paul's Cathedral London Tour

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

  • 20 Dean's Yard
  • Broad Sanctuary, SW1
  • tel:020/7222-5152
  • Visit website
  • London, SW1P 3PA
Brompton Oratory

Brompton Oratory

  • Brompton Road
  • tel:+44 20 7808 0900
  • Visit website
  • London, SW7 1EX
Houses of Parliament

Houses of Parliament

  • Parliament Street
  • tel:+44 20 7219 4272
  • Visit website
  • London, SW1A 2AN
The London Bridge Experience

The London Bridge Experience

Victoria and Albert Museum

Victoria and Albert Museum

  • Cromwell Road
  • Cromwell Rd., SW7
  • tel:020/7942-2000
  • Visit website
  • London, SW7 2RL
Westminster Bridge

Westminster Bridge

  • Westminster Bridge
  • London, SE1 7XB
Royal Observatory Greenwich

Royal Observatory Greenwich

  • Blackheath Avenue
  • tel:+44 (0)20 8312 6565
  • Visit website
  • London, SE10 9NF
Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

  • Cromwell Road
  • Cromwell Rd., SW7
  • tel:020/7942-5000
  • Visit website
  • London, SW7 5BD
Big Ben

Big Ben

  • Parliament Square
  • House Of Commons
  • Visit website
  • London, SW1A 0AA

Think of London and  probably the very first image that comes to mind will be that of the clock tower holding the bell known as Big Ben. Unfortunately, as much as it beckons, only UK residents are allowed to tour Bog Ben and even this has to be arranged well  in advance by their MP. The good news however is that next to the famous clock tower, the Houses of Parliament - which are made up of the House of Lords and the House of Commons - can be toured by overseas visitors. The building which is home to both "houses" is the (former royal) Palace of Westminster, once home to the British monarchs. Every year in England, November 5th is commemorated with fireworks and bonfires which celebrate the foiled gunpowder plot of Guy Fawkes in 1605. read more about Big Ben

The London Dungeon

The London Dungeon

  • 28-34 Tooley St., SE1
  • tel:020/7403-7221
  • Visit website
  • London, SE1 2SZ
Science Museum

Science Museum

  • Exhibition Road
  • Exhibition Rd., SW7
  • tel:0870/870-4868
  • Visit website
  • London, SW72DD
Cabinet War Rooms

Cabinet War Rooms

  • King Charles Street
  • Clive Steps, at end of King Charles St. (off Whitehall near Big Ben), SW1
  • tel:020/7930-6961
  • Visit website
  • London, SW1A 2AQ
HMS Belfast

HMS Belfast

  • Morgan's Lane
  • Morgan's Lane
  • tel:+44 20 7940 6300
  • Visit website
  • London, SE1 2JH
Royal Albert Hall

Royal Albert Hall

  • Kensington Gore
  • tel:+44 (0)20 7589 8212 (Box Office)
  • Visit website
  • London, SW7 2AP
Changing of the Guard

Changing of the Guard

  • Wellington Barracks
  • (Buckingham Palace)
  • tel:+44 20 783 9137
  • Visit website
  • London, SW1A 1AA
London Bridge

London Bridge

  • King William Street
  • London, EC4R
Albert Memorial

Albert Memorial

  • Kensington Gardens
  • tel:+44 1392 66 5858
  • Visit website
  • London, SW7

This astonishing 175ft (53m) high memorial was built by Queen Victoria in memory of her beloved Consort in 1872. Albert sits on his throne holding the catalogue of the Great Exhibition of 1851. The memorial has been called "one of the grandest high-Victorian Gothic extravaganzas anywhere" and the frieze around its base is the greatest stone pantheon in London. In keeping with Albert's philosophy of promoting understanding and appreciation of the Arts and Science, it features 169 life-sized heroes of the Victorian Age, including Shakespeare, Beethoven, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Wren, Turner, Rembrandt, Mozart, Homer, Pythagoras, and 159 other greats. Allegorical figures of Agriculture, Commerce, Manufacture and Engineering also adorn the memorial. read more about Albert Memorial

Whitehall

Whitehall

  • Whitehall
  • Westminster
  • London, SW1A
City Hall

City Hall

  • The Queen's Walk
  • The Queen's Walk, SE1
  • tel:020/7983-4000
  • Visit website
  • London, SE1 2AA

It's not a conventional visitor attraction but only the terminally uninquisitive would pass up an invitation to look inside this extraordinary helical steel-and-glass building, designed by Foster & Partners, on the South Bank of the Thames, adjacent to Tower Bridge. From one angle it looks like Darth Vader's helmet and has also (jokily) been nicknamed "The Glass Testicle". It has been the home of London's governing body, the Greater London Authority (GLA), since 2002. There's a café inside, great river views, and the intriguing London Photomat – the biggest aerial photograph ever taken of Greater London, at a detail precise enough to pinpoint individual houses and buildings. And it's all free of charge.


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Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

  • Kensington Gardens
  • The Broad Walk, Kensington Gardens, W8
  • tel:0870/7515-170
  • Visit website
  • London, W8 4PX
Number 10 Downing Street

Number 10 Downing Street

  • 10 Downing Street
  • Whitehall
  • tel:+44 20 7983 4100 (Tourist Information)
  • Visit website
  • London, SW1A 2AA
London Stock Exchange

London Stock Exchange

  • 10 Paternoster Square
  • tel:+44 20 7797 1000
  • Visit website
  • London, EC4M 7LS
Peter Pan Statue

Peter Pan Statue

  • Kensington Gardens
  • Hyde Park
  • tel:+44 20 7298 2000
  • Visit website
  • London, W2
Banqueting House

Banqueting House

  • Whitehall
  • Whitehall Palace, Horse Guards Ave., SW1
  • tel:0844/482-7777
  • Visit website
  • London, SW1A 2ER

The very first Classical building in England (1622), designed by Inigo Jones and decorated by Rubens, the Banqueting House is all that survives above ground of the 2000-room Whitehall Palace which stood here for 170 years until destroyed by fire in 1698. The spectacular ceiling painting is the largest Rubens in the world. The bust of Charles I, above the entrance, marks the position of an old window through which, on 30 January 1649, the king, defeated in the English Civil War, exited onto the execution scaffold that had been specially built outside for the enormous crowd of spectators. The room is still used for banquets but unless you're a visiting head of state you'll have to dine elsewhere! read more about Banqueting House

Monument

Monument

  • Monument Street
  • (at Botolph Lane)
  • Visit website
  • London, EC3R 8AH
Madame Tussaud's

Madame Tussaud's

  • Marylebone Road
  • Marylebone Rd., NW1
  • tel:0870/999-0293
  • Visit website
  • London, NW1 5LR
Admiralty Arch

Admiralty Arch

Lloyd's Building

Lloyd's Building

  • One Lime Street
  • tel:+44 20 7327 5448
  • Visit website
  • London, EC3M 7HA
Sherlock Holmes Museum

Sherlock Holmes Museum

  • 221B Baker St., NW1
  • tel:020/7935-1127
  • Visit website
  • London, NW1 6XE
Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square

  • Trafalgar Square
  • tel:+44 20 7983 4750
  • Visit website
  • London, WC2N 5DX
St. Mary-le-Bow

St. Mary-le-Bow

  • Cheapside
  • Cheapside, EC2
  • tel:020/7248-5139
  • Visit website
  • London, EC2V 6AU
Little Venice

Little Venice

  • Off Blomfield Road Pool
  • tel:+44 (0)20 7512 1111 (Tourist Information)
  • Visit website
  • London, W2
St. Martin-in-the-Fields

St. Martin-in-the-Fields

  • Trafalgar Square 5
  • Trafalgar Sq., WC2
  • tel:020/7766-1100
  • Visit website
  • London, WC2N 4JJ
Speakers' Corner

Speakers' Corner

  • North East corner of Hyde Park
  • near Marble Arch
  • tel:+44 20 8365 3200
  • Visit website
  • London, W2 2UH
National Gallery

National Gallery

  • Trafalgar Square
  • N. side of Trafalgar Sq., WC2
  • tel:020/7747-2885
  • Visit website
  • London, WC2N 5DN
Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens

Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens

  • West Carriage Drive
  • tel:+44 (0)20 7298 2100
  • Visit website
  • London, W2 2UH
National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery

  • Saint Martin's Place
  • (Trafalgar Square)
  • tel:+44 20 7306 0055
  • Visit website
  • London, WC2H 0HE
Leicester Square

Leicester Square

British Museum

British Museum

  • Great Russell Street
  • Great Russell St., WC1
  • tel:020/7323-8299
  • Visit website
  • London, WC1B 3DG
Museum of London

Museum of London

  • 150 London Wall, EC2
  • tel:087/0444-3851
  • Visit website
  • London, EC2Y 5HN
British Library

British Library

  • 96 Euston Rd., NW1
  • St Pancras
  • tel:020/7412-7332
  • Visit website
  • London, NW1 2DB
Bank of England Museum

Bank of England Museum

  • Threadneedle Street
  • tel:+44 20 7601 5545
  • Visit website
  • London, EC2R 8AH
Fleet Street

Fleet Street

  • Fleet Street
  • London, EC4A 2BU
Barbican Centre

Barbican Centre

  • Silk Street
  • tel:+44 (0)20 7638 4141 / +44 (0)20 7638 8891 (Box Office)
  • Visit website
  • London, EC2Y 8DS

Loved by a few, loathed by many – often because of its confusing layout/entrances – the Brutalist-style Barbican is the City's cultural and residential heart. Despite its off-West End location, it is Europe's largest multi-arts and conference venue, presenting a wide and often challenging range of art, music, theatre, dance and film, plus restaurants and bars. The main attractions are: the arthouse Barbican Cinema; the acclaimed Barbican Theatre; among others; the Barbican Hall, home of the London Symphony Orchestra; and the Barbican Gallery, which showcases contemporary art exhibitions. Surrounding the core, ugly 42-storey towers provide accommodation to over 4,000 City of London dwellers. read more about Barbican Centre

Prince Henry's Room

Prince Henry's Room

  • 17 Fleet Street
  • tel:+44 20 7936 4004
  • Visit website
  • London, EC4Y 1AA
Old Bailey

Old Bailey

  • Old Bailey
  • Newgate St., EC4
  • tel:020/7248-3277
  • Visit website
  • London, EC4M 7EH
Royal Courts of Justice

Royal Courts of Justice

  • Strand
  • Charing Cross
  • tel:+44 20 7947 6000
  • Visit website
  • London, WC2A 2LL
Golden Square

Golden Square

Piccadilly Circus

Piccadilly Circus

Pall Mall

Pall Mall

  • 100 Pall Mall
  • London, SW1Y 5NQ
Waterloo Place

Waterloo Place

  • Waterloo Place
  • (Westminster)
  • London, SW1Y
St. James's Palace

St. James's Palace

Clarence House

Clarence House

  • Westminster
  • Stable Yard Gate, SW1
  • tel:020/7766-7303
  • Visit website
  • London, SW1A 1AA

Adjacent to St James's Palace, Clarence House was the home of The Queen, (then Princess Elizabeth), and Duke of Edinburgh, following their marriage in 1947. Most recently it was the London home of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, from 1953 until her death in 2002. Today it is the official London residence of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, and Princes William and Harry (until William moves to his own residence after his wedding in April). In 2003 Clarence House became the latest royal house to open its doors to the general public; from early August to early September visitors are taken on a guided tour of five of the staterooms, where much of the Queen's collection of art and furniture is on display read more about Clarence House

St. James' Square

St. James' Square

  • St. James Street
  • London, W6
Apsley House

Apsley House

  • 149 Piccadilly
  • Hyde Park Corner
  • tel:+44 20 7499 5676
  • Visit website
  • London, W1J 7NT
Spencer House

Spencer House

  • 27 St. James's Place, SW1
  • Westminister
  • tel:020/7499-8620
  • Visit website
  • London, SW1A 1NR
Lincoln's Inn

Lincoln's Inn

  • Lincoln's Inn Fields
  • Lincoln's Inn Fields, WC2
  • tel:020/7405-1393
  • Visit website
  • London, WC2A 3TL
Piccadilly Market at St. James's Church

Piccadilly Market at St. James's Church

  • 197 Piccadilly
  • Westminster
  • tel:+44 20 7734 4511
  • Visit website
  • London, W1J 9LL
Covent Garden Piazza

Covent Garden Piazza

Sheltered beneath a beautiful Victorian iron-and-glass structure that once held England's largest fruit and vegetable market, (now relocated to Nine Elms, just south of the river) are the shops and restaurants that make up the heart of Covent Garden. Its famous piazza  is the only area of London licensed for street entertainment and all performers are quality-checked before they are allowed to perform. There's a nice buzz to the place (we particularly like the buskers and craft stalls) even if it is quite touristy and at peak times gets uncomfortably busy.


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Benjamin Franklin House

Benjamin Franklin House

  • 36 Craven St., WC2
  • tel:207 839 2006
  • Visit website
  • London, WC2N 5NF
Cleopatra's Needle

Cleopatra's Needle

You're looking at London's oldest outdoor monument. This 3400-year-old, 68-ft (21-m) tall pink granite obelisk was quarried from Aswan c 1475 BC and was erected in Egypt around 1500BC by Pharaoh Thotmes III. It stood outside the palace in which Cleopatra had died in 30 BC – hence its name. In 1819 it was offered to the British government as a thank you for defeating the French at the Battle of the Nile. It took 5 months to ship this 68-ton monster from Alexandria to the Embankment, London. And yes, the sphinxes that now face inwards, should of course be facing outwards, "guarding" (as opposed to staring at) the obelisk. So why did no-one say that to the cleaning contractor before he repositioned them back to front? Buried beneath are two "time capsules"; earthenware containers enclosing objects which might be dug up by future generations and regarded as "typical" of the time. They contain bibles in various languages; a box of hairpins; a box of cigars; a hydraulic jack; copies of an engineering magazine and portraits of 12 of the most beautiful Englishwomen of the day. read more about Cleopatra's Needle

Soho Square

Soho Square

Chinatown

Chinatown

Karl Marx House

Karl Marx House

Chicago Theater Show

Chicago Theater Show