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Tate Modern

National Museum of modern and contemporary art.
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Colliers Wood Recreation Ground

Green Flag winning park with a variety of facilities.
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Goldsmiths Hall

The Goldsmiths Hall was opened in 1835 and is now open to the public when exhibitions are running.
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Church House Gardens

Ornamental gardens with a lake which originally were the grounds of Church House, which was destroyed in World War Two.
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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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Maryon Wilson Park

Landscaped park containing an animal park.
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Southwark Cathedral

St Saviours church became Southwark Cathedral in 1905. It holds 5 services each day and one of its bells weighing at 48cwt is in the top ten heaviest change ringing bells in existance.
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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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Old Blackfriars Railway Bridge Pillars

The old Blackfriars railway bridge was largely demolished in 1985.
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Royal Festival Hall

Opened in 1951 the Royal Festival Hall is the main performance venue in the Southbank Centre.
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Wanstead Park

Listed at grade II listed park by English Heritage with a small museum housed in the Temple (open weekends only).
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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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Guildhall Art Gallery

The art collection of the City of London Corporation, set in the historic Guildhall Square.
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Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is the official residence of the monarch and has been since 1837.
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Fishponds Wood

A nature reserve holding two ponds on the Western side of Wimbledon Common.
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Museum of Croydon

Local history museum based at the Croydon clocktower presenting the story of Croydon from 1800 onwards.
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Pages Wood

Walking and cycling routes across a large green space containing over 100,000 trees.
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Barbican Conservatory

London's second biggest conservatory, housing over 2000 specias of tropical plants and trees, as well as exotic fish.
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East Wickham Open Space

Thirty four hectares of parkland and wildlife habitats.
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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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Novelty Automation

A collection of home made automata and other amusing machines.
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Boston Manor Park

A large historic park surrounding the Jacobean Boston Manor House that dates from 1623.
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Clockmakers Museum

The oldest collection specifically of clocks and watches in the world.
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Royal Institute of British Architects

The British Architectural Library maintains one of the worlds finest collections of architectural drawings, photographs and models.
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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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Old Courthouse Rec Ground

Previously a pasture with a brewery and stables, the park was opened in 1924.
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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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Horsenden Hill

The largest open space in Ealing covering 250 acres of woodland, wetland, ponds and meadows.
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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.
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The Little Black Gallery

A boutique gallery specialising in contemporary photography from around the world.
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Museum of Enfield

Located at the Dugdale Centre, the museum contains 15000 objects illustrating the history of the area.
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Battle of Britain Monument

Unveiled on 18 September 2005 this is a memorial to British forces who took part in the Battle of Britain.
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Parkland Walk Local Nature Reserve

Two and a half miles of linear pedestrian and cycle route running from Finsbury Park to Highgate.
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Hendon Park

Opened in 1903 having previously been part of the Steps Field estate.
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Petrie Museum

This museum contains approximately 80000 objects of Egyptian and Sudanese archaeology.
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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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Clockhouse Gardens

This small park is on the site of the former gardens of New Place which dated from 1775.
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All Hallows by the Tower

All Hallows is the oldest church in the City of London. It houses a museum in the crypt and offers free guided tours.
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Leyton Jubilee Park

Thirty acres of parkland that was redeveloped in 2013. The area is divided between sports, play and natural.
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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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Richmond Museum

Local history museum of the Richmond, Ham, Petersham and Kew areas.
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Vestry House Museum

Local history museum containing its own police cell.
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Purley Way Playing Fields

A large open space used as agricultural land until after world war two.
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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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Mitcham Common

Ancient commom land crossing the boundaries of the London Boroughs of Merton, Croydon and Sutton.
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Kyoto Garden

Japanese Garden within Holland Park that was built in 1992 in remembrance of the Japanese Festival held in London that year.
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Scrattons Farm Eco-Park

The Eco Park opened in 2002 on land that was previously used as allotments.
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The Photographers Gallery

The largest public gallery in London dedicated to photography.
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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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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.
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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