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Nonsuch Palace Museum and Gallery

The service wing of the mansion house is kept in original condition and features the kitchen, sculleries, dairy and laundries.
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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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Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is the official residence of the monarch and has been since 1837.
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Palace Of Westminster (Houses of Parliament)

Visitors can watch debates taking place in the House of Commons and the House of Lords from the public galleries.
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Dilston Grove Gallery

Arts project space within Southwark Park.
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Scratchwood

A country park covering 140 acres of ancient woodland
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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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Horsenden Hill

The largest open space in Ealing covering 250 acres of woodland, wetland, ponds and meadows.
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Kings Wood

A large expanse of fairly flat ancient woodland crossed by well marked paths.
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Queen Elizabeths Hunting Lodge

This hunting lodge was built in 1543 for King Henry VIII and was intended as a grandstand for guests viewing the royal hunt.
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Old Royal Naval College

The buildings date from the 17th century and were designed by Sir Christopher Wren who also designed St Pauls Cathedral.
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South Norwood Lake

The lake was created as a supply reservoir for the Croydon Canal which ran from West Croydon to New Cross. It operated between 1809 and 1836.
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Enfield Town Park

Formed of 23 acres bisected by the New River.
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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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Boston Manor Park

A large historic park surrounding the Jacobean Boston Manor House that dates from 1623.
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Harrow School Old Speech Room Gallery

The Old Speech Room is located in the old school building and was built in 1819-21.
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Blackfriars Railway Bridge

Originally called St Pauls Railway Bridge, it changed its name in 1937 when St Pauls railway station was renamed Blackfriars.
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Totteridge Fields Nature Reserve

Dollis Brook runs through this site of over 30 hedgerowed fields.
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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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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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City of London Police Museum

Museum charting the development of the police service in the United Kingdom. Guided tours provided.
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Vestry House Museum

Local history museum containing its own police cell.
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Allies

Statue of Winston Churchill and Franklin D Roosevelt in conversation on a bench outside Bonhams.
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High Elms Country Park

250 acres of woodland and meadow located on the North Downs at Farnborough near Orpington.
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Tower of London

The Bloody Tower is a World Heritage Site which was originally created by William the Conqueror in the early 1080s and was subsequently developed by successive monarchs over the centuries.
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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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Valentines Mansion

Recently resored grade II listed mansion.
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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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Cantelowes Gardens

Park with 2 childrens play areas, a multi-use sports pitch, a skatepark and a free outdoor gym.
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Nonsuch Park

A historic park on the English Heritage register, originally part of a much larger hunting park created by Henry VIII.
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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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Londons First Drinking Fountain

No longer a working water fountain this dates from 1859.
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Norwood Grove

On a clear day there are great views over Croydon to the North Downs and West to Windsor Castle.
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Crystal Palace Childrens Farm

A childrens farm in Crystal Palace Park with shetland ponies, alpacas, goats, guinea pigs, rabbits, snakes and lizards.
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Newlands Park

A small park created in the 1950s but reworked in 2001.
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Primrose Hill

Primrose Hill rises to 78 metres on the Northern end of Regents Park.
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Littleheath Wood

Ponds, meadows and mature woodlands crossed by a network of paths.
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Watling Park

Taking its name from the nearby A5 which started life as an ancient trackway named Watling Street, this park was opened in 1931.
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Tate Modern

National Museum of modern and contemporary art.
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Bursted Woods

A site of interest for nature conservation.
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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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Grant Museum of Zoology

The museum, founded in 1828 houses around 67000 specimens from the Animal Kingdom.
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Mayesbrook Park

This 100 acre park was opened in 1934 to provide open space for the newly built local housing estate.
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Sunny Hill Park

Opened in 1929, the park was a popular viewing spot for the large air displays held at the nearby airfield at Hendon, now home to the RAF museum.
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Hampton Court Palace Gardens

Although the Palace itself is not free to enter, the gardens can be freely entered at certain times of day.
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Spitalfields City Farm

A city Farm with range of animals and vegetable growing to be seen as well as plenty of green space dedicated to wild flowers and herbs.
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Little Britain Lake

Named due to its shape being vaguely similar to the British Isles, formed by extraction of gravel in the 1930s.
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Hard Rock Cafe Vaults

Collection of music memorabilia in the vault beneath the Hard Rock Cafe in Old Park Lane.
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Bentley Priory Nature Reserve

Sixty six hectares of meadows, woodlands and ponds adjoining the site of the former RAF Bentley Priory, the operations centre during the Battle Of Britain.
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Castelnau Recreation Ground

A small park with paddling pool in the summer months.
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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