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Royal Pharmaceutical Society Museum

The museum collection covers all aspects of British pharmacy history.
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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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National Gallery

The Gallery contains the national collection of Western European paintings dating from 1200 to 1800.
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Queens House

This 17th century house that was originally home to Henrietta Maria, the queen of Charles I. It is now home to the fine art collection of the Royal Naval Museum.
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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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Royal Courts of Justice

A gothic building containing the Court of Appeal and the High Court.
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Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is the official residence of the monarch and has been since 1837.
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Foxburrows Farm

A rare breeds farm and zoo with a range of animals including geese, pigs, lambs and meerkats.
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Upminster Park

A green flag park in central Upminster.
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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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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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Pole Hill Skatepark

Local skatepark opened in 2007 with metal ramps on a concrete floor.
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Myatts Fields Park

A fourteen acre Victorian park with wildlife garden, sports facilities and childrens playground.
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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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Southwark Park Tennis Courts

Free tennis courts in this green flag award winning park.
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Tower Bridge

One of the most famous sites in London, this twin bascule bridge was built in 1892.
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Bridge House Gardens

Part of a series of gardens along the River Thames in Richmond. All gardens are accessed from the Thames Path, the other gardens are Mears Walk, Midhurst Site and Riverdale Gardens.
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Holland Park

This is the largest park in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
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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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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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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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Coppetts Wood

Declared a local nature reserve in 1997 containing several types of habitat.
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Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is the official residence of the monarch and has been since 1837.
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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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Kennington Park

A Victorian Grade II listed park that celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2004.
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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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Finsbury Park

Finsbury is a large park with planted gardens, a childrens playground and a free outdoor gym.
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Russia Dock Woodland

The old dock has been transformed into a wildlife haven with grassland, woodlands and ponds.
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Wandle Park Colliers Wood

Believed to have been visited by Admiral Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton, this was once the gardens of Wandlebank House.
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Westminster Bridge

Dating from 1862, Westminster Bridge is the oldest bridge across the River Thames in central London.
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Ripple Nature Reserve

A 25 acre site on reclaimed industrial land managed by the London Wildlife Trust.
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Southbank Centre

The Southbank Centre is an arts centre including the Royal Festival Hall, it is located on the South bank of the River Thames beside Waterloo Bridge.
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Oxleas Wood

Ancient oak woodland in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.
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London Stone

The London Stone is a fragment of a much larger structure from the Medieval period, having been a tourist attraction during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.
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Beddington Park

Formerly part of a deer park owned by Carew Manor, this is a large park with diverse areas for wildlife and play.
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Tate Modern

National Museum of modern and contemporary art.
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London Eye

Huge ferris wheel standing 135 meters tall on the South Bank of the Thames.
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Myddelton House Gardens

Eight acres of gardens, with a lake, conservatory, meadow and arboretum.
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Museum of London

The Museum Of London tells the story of the capital and its people.
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Pondfield Park

Reede Road divides the park into 2 halves. The Southern part used to be known as Pondfield Recreation Ground.
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Ridgeway Park

Green Flag status park housing a large model railway run by the Chingford and District Model Engineering Club.
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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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Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf is one of Londons most dominant landmarks located in docklands on the Isle Of Dogs
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Arrandene Open Space

Open grassland with trees and woods purchased by the council in the 1920s to provide recreational space for the housing being developed in the area.
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Postmans Park

Pretty park with an interesting Victorian memorial to commemorate those who died saving others.
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Brunswick Park

This park is on a site formerly used as a sewage works.
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Hayes Old Rectory Gardens

A formal garden dating from 1906 that was the garden of the rectory.
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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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Ben Uri Gallery

This is a museum of primarily Jewish Art that has resided in this temporary location since 2002.
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Leicester Square

This is where the majority of London film premieres are held. There are 4 major cinemas in the square.
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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