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Whitechapel Gallery

Whitechapel Art Gallery hosts a range of permanent and temporary exhibitions, meaning there's always something new to see. The gallery features work of artists from all over the world, as well as from London. The gallery is free to enter!
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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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Barra Hall Park

The park was formerly the grounds of the Jacobean style mansion Barra Hall which is now grade II listed.
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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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Newham City Farm

Cows, sheep, alpacas, rabbits, guinea pigs and horses among others.
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West Ham Park

In 1871 Upton Park F.C. played football here. They conceded the first ever goal in the F.A.Cup, scored by Jarvis Kenrick in a 3-0 win for Clapham Rovers.
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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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Tate Modern

National Museum of modern and contemporary art.
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Kenton Grange

The Northern part of Woodcock Park, split by Wealdstone Brook which runs through the centre of the park.
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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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The View

Information centre telling the history of Epping Forest.
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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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Lake Farm Country Park

Used as a testing ground for military radar equipment until the 1990s, it was developed as a country park and opened to the public in 2002.
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Shrewsbury Park

A quiet mixture of open grassland, wild meadows and forest.
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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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London Silver Vaults

Subterranean Chancery Lane is home to the London Silver Vaults. Opened in 1876, the Vaults were originally provided as a place to story household silver and jewellery. It now houses more than 30 shops displaying fabulously crafted antique and modern silver.
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Charterhouse

Historic buildings that were previously used as a priory and school dating from the 14th, 16th and 17th centuries.
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Big Wood

A local nature reserve with paths and benches for public use.
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London Eye

Huge ferris wheel standing 135 meters tall on the South Bank of the Thames.
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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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Stepney City Farm and Rural Arts Centre

A working city farm with a farmers market every Saturday.
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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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Morden Park

A leafy park that is part of the Capital Woodlands Project. The Roman road Stane Street runs through the park but is totally covered, however there is a mound that is thought to be a pagan burial site.
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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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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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Somerset House

An Arts and Crafts cultural centre with programmes of contemporary art and design exhibitions.
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Riverside Gallery

An art gallery situated in the old town hall with a full programme of exhibitions of paintings, prints and photographs.
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Glebelands Wood Nature Reserve

Local nature reserve with a variety of habitats.
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Burgh House and Hampstead Museum

This is a Grade I listed 18th century house, open to the public as a museum and gallery.
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The Royal Society

The Royal Society is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence.
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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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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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Tate Britain

Major art gallery housing the largest collection of British art in the world in a grade II listed building.
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Cafe Gallery

Small contemporary arts gallery in Southwark Park.
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Childs Hill Park

Childs Hill is named after a 14th century landowner. The park land was donated to the council in 1891.
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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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Barking Park

A 75 acre park opened in 1898 and featuring a large boating pond.
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Allies

Statue of Winston Churchill and Franklin D Roosevelt in conversation on a bench outside Bonhams.
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South Park Ilford

Opened in 1902, South Park retains many features from that date and is home to a number of water fowl species and three species of bat.
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Grove Park

Carshalton Ponds border the park and the River Wandle flows from them through the park via a picturesque waterfall.
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Charles Dickens Dog and Pot

A statue of a golden dog licking a pot erected in honour of Charles Dickens.
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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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Woolwich Ferry

A free ferry service for cars and pedestrians.
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Golden Hind

Full size replica of Sir Francis Drakes ship which circumnavigated the earth in the 16th century..
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Wellington Arch

In 1885 the arch was moved from its original location a short distance away to make way for a new road.
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Brixton Windmill and Gardens

A fascinating mill that was built as a traditional windmill in 1816 but converted to run on steam in 1902. It has recently been restored.
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Three Mills Green

Part of the Lee Valley Regional Park, Three Mills is a conservation area with historic mills and a playground on the Green. There is an information centre in Millar House.
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Hall Place Gardens

Gardens of the historic Hall Place which frequently holds free events.
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Leadenhall Market

Extensively refurbished in the 1990's to restore its Victorian architecture and cobbled streets.
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Buckingham Palace

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