Places in Central London
Two of London’s most famous landmarks are just a
stone's throw from each other and are must-sees during
your visit to London.
A delightful walk down the tree lined Mall in SW1 brings
you to the doorstep of the magnificent Buckingham Palace
Since 1837 Buckingham Palace has served as the official
residency of the Monarchy and has only in the last few
decades been open to the public. Tours around Buckingham
Palace prove to be in the top 10 of most peoples’
itinerary and crowds flock to the Palace during the annual
summer opening in August and September. Take a guided
tour and see the splendour of this wonderful building.
For more information visit Buckingham Palace’s official website.
The Palace of Westminster is home to the Houses
of Parliament [map].
This includes the House of Commons and the House
of Lords. Visitors are welcomed to explore the House
of Commons and House of Lords by taking part in one of
the conducted tours. Here you’ll get the opportunity
to sit in on a debate from the designated area called The Strangers’ Gallery. Find out more at
The Houses of Parliament official site.
If you haven’t had your fill of London buses yet,
then pop along to London’s Transport Museum [map],
Covent Garden Piazza, where you’ll find more than
37,000 transport-related artefacts in the huge museum
depot. See what life was like on the trolley buses or
even earlier in one of the bone-shaking carriages. Children
have plenty to do with a programme of activities just
for them and there’s also a writer-in-residence
who spins stories for young and old.
Take a sombre journey into war and conflict at The
Imperial War Museum [map],
Lambeth Road. Here you’ll find a history of the
triumphs and tragedies of 20th century warfare as well
as exhibitions recounting battles from hundreds and sometimes
thousands of years ago. Everybody’s story is told
here from the child fighters of Cambodia to the nurses
and land girls of the World War II. This is a good place
to take time out and reflect.
There are many museums in Central London dedicated to
its many interesting and talented citizens. One such museum
is The Sir John Soane’s Museum [map],
Lincoln’s Inn Fields. The famous architect built
this imposing and grand house and lived there until his
death in 1837. Let Mr Soane’s legacy entertain you
as you step through the grand doors of the house and into
a place full of ornate marble sculptures and dazzling
works of art. Once you’ve been here and found out
about the history of the man why not take a walk through
Soane’s London and visit the buildings he designed,
including The Bank of England [map], The Royal Hospital [map], and Pitzhanger Manor [map] in Ealing.
If you’re looking for somewhere to take the whole
family, a visit to The Impossible Microworld [map],
The Market, Covent Garden, is sure to be a winner with
the kids. Here you’ll find a vast collect of the
smallest things on earth. See the Statue of Liberty carved
into the eye of a needle, or two boxers, a referee and
a boxing ring on a nail head. It sounds impossible but
that’s what this museum is all about. Turning concepts
upside down The Microworld also hosts a range of internationally
renowned Micro-artists’ work and has a programme
of constantly changing exhibitions.
Perhaps your offspring crave something far more gruesome,
in which case a visit to the famous London Dungeon [map] should quench their thirst for gore. Step back in time
to see the horrible history of London, including murder,
treason, hanging and witch trials, as well as torture
and ghostly goings on. Definitely not for those of a nervous
disposition or young children, but if you’re feeling
brave The London Dungeon is found on Tooley Street.
After all that gore you’ll be in need of some light
relief and what better way to have a giggle than with
a visit to Madame Tussauds [map]. The famous waxwork
museum is located on Marylebone Road, and is lots of fun
for all ages. Stand next to some of your favourite celebrities
from contemporary culture right back to Viking warriors.
There are even interactive shows now, so if you think
you can put up with jibes from Simon Cowell have a go
at singing to him. Alternatively, why not try your hand
as a weather presenter? It's bags of fun and guaranteed
to raise a smile on a rainy London afternoon.
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