is full of interesting places to go and see. To help you plan your
visit we've compiled a list of useful links.
To make your stay as enjoyable and memorable as possible, the
London Apartments team have collated some of our favourite London
links to give you the full flavour of our great city.
Bring the children
There's so much for children to do in London. For an interactive
idea try the BBC
Tours where you can learn all about how television and radio
works. Of course, if you're children are misbehaving you can always
threaten them with a trip to
Here's some more of our favourite places to go with children of all
Museum - roar your way around the
London Zoo -
go see the bears, lions and tigers
When your feet get tired of walking jump on a bus -
Open Top Red Bus
Tower of London and
There's lots to do at
ten pin bowling to arcade games. It's also free to enter and indoors
if it's raining
Wonder at the history of the stars and planets at the
Madame Tussauds - the world famous wax works
If your into ships don't miss
historic WWII Battleship
Hamleys Toy Store
There's more Lego than you've ever seen before at
Lego Land Windsor
London Eye -
See the whole of London in one go!
Sherlock Holmes Museum - It's elementary my dear Watson!
There are also lots of
all over London to have a good run around. For a fun eating
Hollywood (Britney Spears's is a fan) or
The Hard Rock Cafe.
sports fan's dream
Goal!! London has some huge football clubs. For starters try
Wimbledon's Crazy Gang. For
MCC members and cricket fans alike there's all the history of a
Lords or the
Oval, even if there's isn't a game on.
Tennis at Wimbledon - also see their
If rugby's your game
then don't miss a visit to Twickenham
Crystal Palace - for both clubs and international meetings
American Style Ten
The very English game of
Peddle this way to
hire a Bicycle
For the budding Michael Schumacher's amongst you, get into gear at
informational on a wider variety of sports visit the
website. For tickets and corporate hospitality at most of London's
sporting events go to
Just about on every corner of central London youll find a piece of
history. From Big Ben to the
Parliament, there's so much to
10 Downing Street - Britain's
Prime Minister's Official Residence. You can't go in so have a
Sir Christopher Wren's magnificent master piece
Cabinet War Office -
Churchill's War Time Head Quarters
The tallest building London is
Canary Wharf - Take the
Docklands for a vision of the past and the future
Don't miss out on
London's Historic Markets, but brush up on your
Cockney Rhyming Slang before you go!
Looking down over
Trafalgar Square Nelson's Coulmn stands testatment to one of our
great naval heroes
Wander along the Thames and around
South Bank Centre
and enjoy the restaurants, arts and 1950s architecture
Built by Queen Victoria in memory of her late husband Albert
Albert Hall is one of London's most impressive concert halls and
the setting for the yearly London Proms
Enjoy the daily craft markets and buskers at
Soho - famous for its pavement cafes, restaurants, coffee bars,
gay bars, late bars, the buzz, the theatres, strip joints,
leatherwear... no trip to London is complete without a wander through
Royalty and Pageantry
The informative official website of the
British Monarchy and
The Royal Site are really worth a visit.
Buckingham Palace - open to the public during the summer months.
Don't miss the
dramatic Trooping of the Guard - it takes place at 11.30am every
Kensington Palace - the former residence of
Princess of Wales
Hampton Court and Maze
Kew Palace - and the
The Banqueting House
The Tower of London is steeped in London's bloody history
English Heritage for a wealth of useful London and UK information.
For a wealth of information on London's many museums try the
Museum. However, if you're in a hurry just click on our favourites
below. Nearly all of London's museums now have FREE entry.
Victoria and Albert
Imperial War Museum
Mad about boats? Don't miss a visit to the
and the Cutty
The British Library
Greenwich Maritime Museum and the
Some of greatest artworks in the world are on display in London's
Free Art Galleries. If we haven't list what your looking for below try
National Portrait Gallery
The Institute of
The Serpentine Gallery
National Art Fund
Shopping, shopping, shopping!
You can never go too far wrong with shopping - even if its only
window shopping. For posh togs try
Alternatively, lose yourself amongst the beautiful boutiques that
Kings Road. (Blending in with the locals is easy - just look
stylish and immaculate!) For designer labels head straight for
Bond Street. And for a truly Great British shopping experience
(and a spot of celebrity spotting) lose yourself in
but certainly not least, no London shopping trip is complete without
some bargain hunting in the city's celebrated markets such as
Islington markets. Most famous of all, of course, is
Road market in Notting Hill on Sunday mornings for some uniquely
beautiful clothes, antiques and more.
out the UK Government page on
VAT Refunds for travellers and
Duty Free shopping in the UK. Know your rights with regard to
Consumer Protection in the UK.
To impress a loved one or to treat yourself to something really
special, experiment with exotic lingerie at specialists
Provocateur, for both him and her. Alternatively, go to
Peller, the Queens Corsetieres -
to Her Majesty.
shopping's been just all too much! then have a day of undisturbed
The Sanctuary. (Sorry gentlemen, it's ladies only).
your legs, do the quintissentially English thing by having
Tea at the Ritz. (Gentleman are advised to wear a tie). Not quite
as refined, but equally unmissable is some light refreshment at the
Museum restaurant which is enclosed under the
most magnificent glass panelled ceiling you'll ever see.
Shows, theatre and cinema
Once you arrive in London you'll find a mind-blowing variety of
entertainment on offer. Here is a selection of starting points to find
your way to some of the best cultural experiences in the world:
The National Theatre
Shakespeare Globe Theatre
The Prince Charles cinema just of Leicester Square great if you're on
a tight budget. Not so much more expensive but oh-so-much more opulent
is the Electric cinema in Notting Hill. For details of these and all
other cinemas, go to
A to Z of London cinemas.
Stringfellows - the infamous nightclub
BMW Park Lane
- big boys toys
Hawkes - Savile Row's premier address has the largest choice for
Alfred Dunhill -
famous for lighters, leather goods and now, beautiful suits
The Party Bus-
for when you really shouldn't drive!
Stretched Limo Hire - be a VIP for a night
Lane Curryhouses - a man's got to do what a man's got to do when
London pubs and bars
You can legally buy alcohol in a British pub when you are 18 or
older. However, you may be asked for ID if you look a little young.
Our pubs and bars generally close at 11pm, except on Sundays when they
cloe at 10.30pm. Britons rarely tip in pubs, but may do so in bars if
the drinks have been brought to their table.
are a few London watering holes we've frequnted for you! For
inespensive, popular and lively bars, take a look around
Hakkasan - astunning subterreanean cocktail bar best kept for
The Dove - areal quaint Olí English pub nestled on the bank of the
Thames at Hammersmith
Blues Bar - live music in an intimate setting every night of the
of Cambridge - an organic gastropub
115 at Hodgsons - retro style of faux-Seventies bar
Long Bar - Clean and serene bar off the lobby of the hip 'n'
trendy Sanderson hotel
Also, check out the
London Bars Guide for reviews and more.
As you'd expect London has vast range of excellent restaraunts and
fast food outlets. Take your pick from the
London Eats Guide
or poach yourself a discount dining experience from
Here's all you need to know to get around London on public
transport. If you take a taxi try to use the
Black Cabs which are cleaner and safer than unlicensed minicabs,
which tend to overcharge and not know the way!
London Buses Routes and
Dockland Light Railway
River Services on the Thames
Get London transport information direct on your
Interactive Journey Planner
need further help finding your way around London then telephone the
London Transport Information Line on: +44 (0) 207 7222 1234. If you're
driving in London, be careful and patient
there's a lot of traffic.
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