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National Army Museum

Museum containing exhibits and displays about the British Army from its inception as Cromwells New Model Army to the present day.
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Mertyl Avenue

For any planespotter, the park at the end of Mertyl Avenue is the place to go. Directly under the landing flightpath at Heathrow Airport, spotters can find themselves up close with giant airliners coming into London.
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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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Sutcliffe Park

Opened as a park in 1937 the area was susceptible to flooding until re-landscaping and flood protection helped out in 2004.
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Abney Park

Abney Park is a beautiful garden cemetry, woodland memorial park and nature reserve.
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Central Park Havering

A large park with woodland and open grasslands.
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Wimbledon Museum

Local history of the Wimbledon area presented as a series of permenant exhibits with special exhibits drawn from the archives on an annual basis.
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Trent Country Park

A large country park with marked walking routes around the 400 acre site.
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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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Carnaby Street

World famous for boutique fashion shops and the centre of the swinging London of the 1960s.
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Dulwich Upper Wood

A local nature reserve in Crystal Palace managed by the trust for Urban Ecology.
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Markfield Park

Eighteen acres of grassland, formal gardens, playground and skatepark.
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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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Postmans Park

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

Grade II listed due to the landscape being laid out in the 18th century.
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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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Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is the official residence of the monarch and has been since 1837.
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Garricks Lawn and Temple

Adjacent to the River Thames, the park holds playwright David Garricks Temple to Shakespeare and is overlooked by his former house.
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Hanworth Park

The park was an active airfield between 1917 and 1946 when it was closed due to the increasing size of nearby Heathrow.
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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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Brunswick Park

This park is on a site formerly used as a sewage works.
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Hall Place Gardens

Gardens of the historic Hall Place which frequently holds free events.
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Saison Poetry Library

The Saison Poetry Library in the Southbank Centre houses the Arts Council poetry collection which is the largest collection of poetry in the United Kingdom.
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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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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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Jeremy Bentham, UCL

Jeremy Bentham is one of England's best known philosophers, living between 1748 and 1832. Prior to his death, Bentham had wanted his auto-icon to use his real head, however complications with the mummification of his body did not allow this.
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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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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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Hamleys

The biggest toy shop in the world, Hamleys has seven floors of toys and games to browse through.
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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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Brunels Great Eastern Launch Ramp

The remains of the SS Great Eastern launch ramp dating from 1858. This was the worlds largest ship when it was launched.
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Clattern Bridge

One of the oldest bridges in Surrey with parts dating from the 12th century.
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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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Clarefield Park

A nature conservation site developed from wasteland.
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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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Ruislip Lido

The Lido is a 60 acre lake with a sandy beach and a narrow gauge railway.
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Thornton Heath Recreation Ground

One of Croydons oldest parks opened in 1884.
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Kensington Gardens

One of the Royal Parks, planted with avenues of trees and ornamental flower beds.
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Sydenham Wells Park

Ornamental trees and shrubs in a park built on the site of 17th century medicinal springs.
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Clissold Park

Clissold Park was formerly a country estate opened to the public in 1889.
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Horse Guards Parade

The Changing of the Guard happens here everyday in the summer at 11am (10am on Sundays) - on alternate days in the winter.
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Tate Modern

National Museum of modern and contemporary art.
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Cleopatras Needle

An obelisk and sphinx statues brought from Egypt in 1878 to commemorate the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte.
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Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree

Trafalgar Square hosts annual Christmas carol evenings under a massive Christmas Tree in the center of the square. Thousands of people head there to get involved in the Christmas spirit, in one of London's biggest festive get togethers.
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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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Woolwich Foot Tunnel

Longer and deeper than the more well known foot tunnel at Grenwich.
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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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Whitewebbs Park

This public park was purchased from the Whitewebbs estate by the local council in 1931.
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Pump House Gallery

Housed in a Grade II listed old pump house within Battersea Park.
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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