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A West End neighbourhood with a somewhat sleazy history, that now teems with a bustling mix of party-goers, foodies, tourists, theatre buffs and media types in addition to a few surviving colourful local characters. To be inspired and challenged. Tate Modern is based in what was Bankside Power Station. The Switch House extension has an incredible degree view of the London skyline. Just t ap in and out with an Oyster or contactless card as you would on the tube or bus.
An impressive light and sound installation in the huge Kew Gardens, which is triggered by the activity of bees in a nearby hive. To stand or not to stand, that is the question. In the era of Mr Shakespeare himself, many theatregoers would stay on their feet when watching a play. Pop to the pub beforehand for a pint or two — and maybe a coffee to keep you awake into the early hours. The market goes on until 3pm in all weathers, but for the best buys you need to get there for 8am.
Alternatively, hold out for the end, when traders often sell off their remaining stock cheap. The Southbank Centre is like a cultural Transformer: it can morph to fit any artsy need. The collective includes three major venues with a bunch of smaller rooms and terraces that host a wide range of events. Munch on vegan cake at the food market or pick up a rare first edition at the Southbank Centre Book Market.
A green space and open-air bar with views of the river in the summer. Last year it transformed into a Scandi sauna in the winter months. The magnificent South Kensington home of around 80 million plant, animal, fossil, rock and mineral specimens. To come face-to-face with animatronic dinosaurs, a man-sized model of a foetus, a dodo, a giant sequoia tree, an earthquake simulator, glow-in-the-dark crystals and a great big blue whale skeleton which hangs from the ceiling of the Hintze Hall.
The NHM often holds after-hours events where you can solve crimes, conduct experiments, listen to talks or watch movies. At Dino Snores you can actually have a sleepover in the museum itself. Rock up at 6. For all that bling and the ravens. Bathing ponds in the middle of the wild green space of Hampstead Heath, where you can splash about any time of year.
The mixed pond is members-only and not lifeguarded in winter. Competent swimmers aged eight-plus are allowed. Sorry, chaps. The Shard has established itself as a timeless London landmark despite being barely a handful of years old. You can peer out over the city at metres above ground level. Say cheese! The beautiful Liberty opened in and continues to be one of the most renowned department stores in the world. Peruse the silks, Liberty-print cottons, haberdashery and nifty collaborations with titans of the fashion world in this famously quirky outfitters. Brussels sprout bauble, anyone?
King James I drained it and moved more animals in including elephants, crocodiles and exotic birds. Today it remains as it was redesigned in the s, all lush landscape and winding paths. Find them at the big lake in the middle. Expect tasty patisserie, sensational just-baked scones and incredible finger sandwiches. Concealed artfully in this brutalist marvel is the second biggest conservatory in the city. A tranquil and photogenic pocket of London just north of Paddington, which is known for picturesque waterways and narrowboats.
Home to a community of boat-dwelling Londoners, Little Venice is a special spot. Open from May until late September, the summer pop-up plays host to hundreds who mob the bar for Italian cocktails and tasty small plates. They keep it simple, with big open-air spaces and festival-style facilities, as well as free art and sculpture exhibitions. Be assured that a nation obsessed with the weather plans for everything — blankets, heaters and hot cocktails will make an appearance as the temperature drops.
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The Palace of Westminster is a wonderful mish-mash of architectural styles, dominated by neo-gothic buttresses, towers and arches. It contains 1, rooms, 11 courtyards, eight bars and six restaurants, for use by staff, MPs, lords and their guests. Members of the public are welcome, too. You can even have afternoon tea at the end of your tour in a room beside the Thames. Every place on Earth is measured in terms of its angle east or west from this line, which runs across the courtyard of the Royal Observatory in Greenwich.
The Astronomy Centre on the south site contains the free-entry Weller Astronomy Galleries, where visitors can marvel at a 4. A magnificently gothic, overgrown, 53,grave cemetery housing , dead in north London. Today, you can go and witness it in all its crumbling glory. You can also visit Karl Marx. For ancient woodland, open space and enchanting rural wilds in the city. The wait is entirely worth it, though.
We promise. The longest surviving cocktail bar in London. Lots of London bars try to recreate a fantasy world of retro glamour.
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The American Bar already has one. Ever since opening in London Bridge in it has been nearly impossible to get a table without queuing first. The capital is heaving with Harry Potter hotspots. Or drink butterbeer. Or wander in the Forbidden Forest. Or pose in the Great Hall. Or window-shop on Diagon Alley.
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A whole lot of neon artwork on display at a salvage yard in Walthamstow. Its late owner, artist Chris Bracey, collected neon signs over a period of 37 years, as well as crafting and restoring them. It serves cake and hot drinks, or something a bit stronger if you so desire. Beigel Bake allegedly churns out 7, of the boiled bready beauties a day! Much like the fast-paced delis in New York, Beigel Bake offers fairly brusque service.
It lifts up in the middle when large vessels are passing underneath lift times are available on its website and it gained a daring glass floor on the high walkways in , allowing visitors to look straight down to the road and river 42 metres below. Each of the six glass panels is 11 metres long and weighs more than kg. The home of Sipsmith gin.
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Sipsmith was the first of the new wave of London gin distilleries, becoming the first copper pot still in London for nearly years. A totally beautiful, independent bookshop, founded by James Daunt in All the books are arranged by country — regardless of content — which makes for a fun and unique browsing experience. Take home your books in a branded tote bag for the true Daunt experience. Ever fancied watching every Harry Potter film in one hour sitting? A seven-film Disney pyjama party?
Or six classic horror movies back-to-back? While everyone knows about the London Underground, the Mail Rail was shrouded in secrecy until recently.
As you do. We consider a good hurtle down the slide all the way to the ground a pretty thrilling experience. The fragrance is fantastic throughout the year, but visit in early June to see the blooms at their best. Not just good — in our opinion, this atmospheric Covent Garden joint is the very best eatery in London. Its menu gallivants down the eponymous North African Barbary Coast running from Morocco to Libya, atlas fans , with all the smoky, meaty, gutsy fare that encompasses.
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Think again. A trip to the Museum of London will make you see the city in a whole new light.
Discover what was here before it was even Londinium, or reignite your understanding of the Great Fire of , before honing in on the revolutions, innovations and trends that turned us into a global metropolis. Think restaurants, bars, a bowling alley, a cinema, an Oxygen Freejumping trampoline park and new outlet shopping centre Icon. Our fave place to make our brunch bottomless is Bad Egg, an idiosyncratic spot in the brutalist shadow of the Barbican. These after-hours adventures, with tales of paranormal activity and regal apparitions, are frighteningly good. Browse the weird and wonderful products in supermarkets such as See Woo, pop into Chinatown Bakery for a cheap, delicious lunch or end your night out with a meal in Four Seasons, a Wardour Street restaurant that stays open until 4am.
A good old-fashioned caff. Traces of bygone eras, like art deco interior details and Formica tables have earned E Pellicci Grade II-listed status, but what diners love best is that the fry-ups, grills and Italian plates are still all dished up by the same family.
For a good old wander down memory lane. Favourites include coin-operated vintage automata and old-school trains chuffing around tracks, dressing-up gear, a nightclub-like baby sensory pod, plus free events and craft activities galore. It receives copies of every publication produced in the UK and Ireland. The park is also home to a remarkable hidden treasure: a traditionally designed Japanese garden.
Visit the garden in autumn to catch it at its vibrant best. The Proms are an eight-week summer season of orchestral concerts held inside iconic, circular concert venue the Royal Albert Hall.