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Imperial War Museum

Museum with exhibits about conflict, particularly those involving Britain and the Commonwealth from World War 1 to the present.
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Grangewood Park

Extensive woodland containing a municipal park with playground and sports facilities.
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The Stephens Collection

A small museum about Stephens Ink and writing materials located within Avenue House.
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Hoxton Street Market

The oldest street market in Hackney has been trading since 1687.
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Clockmakers Museum

The oldest collection specifically of clocks and watches in the world.
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Hamleys

The biggest toy shop in the world, Hamleys has seven floors of toys and games to browse through.
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Guildhall Art Gallery

The art collection of the City of London Corporation, set in the historic Guildhall Square.
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Tate Modern

National Museum of modern and contemporary art.
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Coronation Stone

The Kings Stone or Coronation Stone is an ancient stone block used in ancient times as the site of coronation for Anglo-Saxon kings. Kings said to be coronated here are Aethelstan in 925, Eadred in 946, Aethelred the Unready in 979.
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William Morris Gallery

The William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow was opened by then Prime Minister Clement Atlee in 1950. The building itself was once known as Water House. Morris and his family lived there from 1848 to 1856.
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Brockwell Park

Listed as Grade II on the National Heritage list, this 120 acre park is also a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation.
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Hampstead Heath

One of Londons largest parks with excellent views of the London skyline.
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Cafe Gallery

Small contemporary arts gallery in Southwark Park.
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Sky Garden/Walkie Talkie Building

Three storeys of landscaped public gardens at the top of 20 Fenchurch Street - generally known as the Walkie Talkie building. Fantastic views across the capital from the floors 35-37.
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Norwood Park

One of the highest points in South London with views over the City, originally part of the Great North Wood hence the name Norwood.
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Well Hall Pleasaunce

Historic gardens surrounding a 16th century barn. Pleasaunce is an obsolete form of the word pleasance.
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Beckenham Place Mansion

The 18th century mansion is home to artists studios and has a visitor centre run by the friends of the park which displays information on the history and natural history of the park.
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Oxleas Wood

Ancient oak woodland in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.
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Subway Gallery

The Subway Gallery in the West End is a collection of contemporary art, with permanent and temporary exhibitions, having included the graffiti artist 'Stik' and a photography exhibition by Bob Gruen.
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Northala Fields

Developed in 2008 from wasteland used for the rubble from the original Wembley Stadium.
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Sir John Soanes Museum

The museum was the house of the 19th century architect, Sir John Soanes who was responsible for the design of the building.
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Hackney Downs

One of Londons oldest public parks which was opened to the public in 1884 and currently holds green flag status.
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Regents Park

Regents Park covers 395 acres and includes Queen Marys Gardens where you can see more than 30,000 roses.
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King Georges Fields

A 28 hectare open space that is listed as a site of importance for nature conservation.
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St. James Park

St James Park is the oldest of the royal parks. It contains both The Mall and Horse Guards Parade.
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Brompton Cemetery

Beautiful cemetery opened in 1840 regarded as one of the finest Victorian cemetries in the country.
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Old Blackfriars Railway Bridge Pillars

The old Blackfriars railway bridge was largely demolished in 1985.
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Barking Abbey Ruins

Barking Abbey was founded in 666AD and was closed by Henry VII in 1539 as part of the dissolution of the monasteries.
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Getty Images Gallery

One of the largest photographic galleries in London holding images dating from the 1850s to the present day.
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Cenotaph

The original Cenotaph was a temporary structure erected after the conclusion of the first world war but such was the public feeling for the monument it was replaced by a permenant memorial.
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London Wall

A section of the Roman London Wall built around AD200 adjoining the Tower of London.
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Longplayer

Longplayer is a piece of music that is 1,000 years long, and has been playing since January 1st 2000, and will restart on 31 December 2999. It is based on a computer algorithm which allows the music to be played without repetition for such a long time.
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Carnaby Street

World famous for boutique fashion shops and the centre of the swinging London of the 1960s.
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Addington Park

Twenty five acres of parkland laid out by Capability Brown in the 18th century.
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Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is the official residence of the monarch and has been since 1837.
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Thames Barrier

Opened in 1982, the Thames Barrier provides flood defences for the city of London. Costing £16,000 to close the flood barrier each time, it has been closed 175 times up to April 2015.
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Cuming Museum

Collection of artefacts from around the world collected by the Cuming family as well as being the museum of Southwarks history.
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Royal College Of Music Museum

This is the Royal College of Musics collection of over 800 instruments and accessories from the 15th century to the present day.
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Newham City Farm

Cows, sheep, alpacas, rabbits, guinea pigs and horses among others.
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Streatham Common

A large open space overlooking the Wandle Valley and bordering the formal gardens of The Rookery.
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Greatfields Park

A 15 acre public space opened in 1926 when it was known as Movers Lane.
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Cannon Hill Common

A 50 acre site opened as a public park in 1927. Despite its name, it is not designated as common land.
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The Fourth Plinth at Trafalgar Square

Constructed in 1841, the plinth was empty for 150 years having originally been intended for an equestrian statue.
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Smallest Police Station

Originally installed to allow police to keep an eye on protests, the southeast corner of Trafalgar Square houses what many call the worlds smallest police station.
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City of London Police Museum

Museum charting the development of the police service in the United Kingdom. Guided tours provided.
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Royal Institute of Philosophy

The Royal Institute of Philosophy hold free talks and lectures throughout the year that are open to the public.
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Goodmayes Park

Twenty five acres of open space and recreational facilities.
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Limehouse Seagull

Commissioned in 1994 by the London Docklands Development Corporation.
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Library and Museum of Freemasonry

Museum and Library displaying and documenting an extensive range of items relating to Freemasonry.
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Big Ben

Big Ben is the popular name of the Elizabeth Tower that houses the Great Bell which has the nickname of Big Ben.
We have over 1000 ideas for FREE things to do and places to go for anyone visiting, or living in London.

If you are looking for ideas about having a day out then browse through our lists of sightseeing ideas for inspiration - whatever the weather London has in store there are plenty of indoor and outdoor activities listed.

The majority of London attractions listed are free to visit and include museums, art galleries, childrens farms, childrens playgrounds, gardens, historic sites, markets, nature, parks, skateparks, sports, leisure, landmarks and London events.

Many of the most famous art galleries the city has to offer are featured on the site including Tate Modern, The National Gallery and the Saatchi Gallery. Details can also be found of much smaller and less well known sites including the Serpentine Galleries in Hyde Park and the Pump House Gallery in Battersea Park.

Children are well catered for in the city with many parks having playgrounds ranging from swings and slides to the pirate ship in the Diana Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens.

There are several childrens farms spread across London - one of our favourite ones is in Crystal Palace Park where you can also take the children to check out the Victorian dinosaur statues that reside in and around the lake.

For a slightly older age group are many skateparks and you can also find free to use tennis courts and outdoor gym equipment in some of the parks.

We will soon have an events page that lists out the well known annual events including Notting Hill Carnival, The Lord Mayors Show, Trooping The Colour and The Boat Race. Several institutions such as the LSE and The Royal Society offer free lectures and you can also be entertained at places like The Scoop next to City Hall or watch the street performers at Covent Garden.

London is a surprisingly green city with the large Royal Parks in the centre of town and Battersea Park just a short distance away on the South side of the River Thames. Greenwich Park is partly a deer park and also houses historical sites such as the Royal Observatory and the National Maritime Museum which are both free to visit.

Further out there are many woodlands, the largest being Epping Forest which covers 6000 acres of North London stretching from Chingford to Epping. Large areas of the forest are designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest and Special Areas of Conversation and there are 4 visitor centres.

Historic sites and London landmarks frequently go hand in hand, for example both Tower Bridge and The Tower Of London are known around the world but with interesting historical backgrounds - and don't forget The Monument to the Great Fire of London, located in Pudding Lane just a short walk across the river from London Bridge Station.

Then of course there are more modern landmarks such as the Gherkin and the Shard which are both spectacular buildings, but the areas around can also reveal other places of interest like the public artworks in the streets surrounding the Gherkin (including rusty metal dinosaurs and a large globe made from stainless steel nuts and bolts).

Marble Arch hosts two large public artworks in the form of a giant horses head and Ghengis Khan mounted on his horse. Henry Moore sculptures can be found by the Thames at Millbank and at College Gardens near the Houses of Parliament. Please note that not all of the landmarks and historic sites are free to enter but we have included them if good views can be had of them from the surrounding streets.

So there is plenty to see and do for a daytrip, an extended visit or a full holiday in London and it need not be expensive.

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