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Our guide to London: Attractions

Arsenal Football Club

Arsenal Football Club is a professional football club based in Highbury, London, England, that plays in the Premier League, the top flight of English football.

Capacity: 60,432

Serpentine Gallery

Located in Kensington Gardens, this gallery shows dynamic work by new and established modern artists as well as hosting interesting Sunday afternoon lectures and a performance-art festival in the summer.

Hayward Gallery

The Hayward Gallery was opened by the Queen in 1968 and is an outstanding example of sixties brutalist architecture and…

Harrords

Put an afternoon aside to visit this landmark most notable for its Art Nouveau tiled food hall.  It also has a huge toy department.  Don’t forget they operate a dress code so no tatty jeans or backpacks.

Hyde Park

Central London’s largest green area features cafes, fountains, flower gardens and Speakers’ Corner.

Chelsea Football Club

Chelsea Football Club is a professional football club based in Fulham, London, UK that competes in the English Premier League, of which they are reigning champions. Founded in 1905, the club’s home ground since then has been Stamford Bridge.

Capacity: 41,663

Portobello Road

West London’s liveliest street starts off selling quality antiques, and continues through to bric-a-brac indoor galleries, plus food stalls, crafts, clothes and music.

Hackney Empire 

This hundred year old theatre has a strong presence on the London circuit and is Britain’s leading black theatre. It presents a diverse mixture of comedy, drama, dance and opera throughout the year.

Gielgud Theatre

Theatre in London, England The Gielgud Theatre is a West End theatre, located on Shaftesbury Avenue in the City of Westminster, London, at the corner of Rupert Street. The house currently has 986 seats on three levels. The theatre was designed by W. G. R.

Capacity: 986

Lords Cricket Ground

Lord’s, also known as Lord’s Cricket Ground, is a cricket venue in St John’s Wood, London. Named after its founder, Thomas Lord, it is owned by Marylebone Cricket Club and is the home of Middlesex County.

Capacity: 30,000

Liberty

Most famous for its fabrics and accessories but also building a reputation for both mainstream and new fashion.  Liberty has good perfume, cosmetics and household departments making it a favourite since 1875.

Prince Edward Theatre

The Prince Edward Theatre is a West End theatre situated on Old Compton Street, just north of Leicester Square, in the City of Westminster, London.

Capacity: 1,716

Royal Opera House

Opera house in London, England The Royal Opera House is an opera house and major performing arts venue in Covent Garden, central London.

Capacity: 2,256

Dolce & Gabbana

Boutique in London, England Retailer of designer apparel from the Italian fashion label. Some sell watches, jewellery & cosmetics.

Madame Tussauds

Started by Madame Tussauds in 1802 with the sculpted heads of guillotined aristocrats this attraction has been pulling in the crowds ever since.  To avoid London’s biggest queues, book online: www.madame-tussauds.com

Houses of Parliament

Clearly visible at the south end of Whitehall, the Palace of Westminster (better known as the Houses of Parliament) is one of London’s best-known monuments.  A fine example of Victorian Gothic Revival it is distinguished by the gilded clock tower – popularly known as Big Ben, after the 13 ton main bell that strikes the hour.

St. Paul’s Cathedral

Sir Christopher Wren’s Baroque masterpiece, St. Paul’s is topped by an enormous lead-covered dome that is second in size only to St. Peter’s in Rome.  It is most impressive at night when bathed in sea-green lights.

Westminster Abbey

Since 1066 this royal abbey has been the place where all Britain’s monarchs have been crowned and the interior is cluttered with hundreds of monuments, reliefs and statues.

London Dungeon

The life-sized waxworks inside include a man been hung, drawn and quartered and one being boiled alive – not for the faint-hearted!

Kensington Palace

A Jacobean brick mansion bought by William and Mary in 1689 and the chief royal residence for the next 50 years.  Best known today as the home to Princess Diana until her death in 1997.  Although Diana’s apartments are not open to the public, there is an opportunity to see the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection and the state apartments.