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    Our guide to London: Attractions

    London Palladium

    The London Palladium is an iconic theatre and is known around the world. It has hosted performances stars all over the globe, includeing musicals and pantomimes, it is also host to Royal Variety performances.

    Park Chinois

    Live music venue Opulent, high-end Chinese restaurant, with elegant live music, an extravagant menu and posh decor. Address: 17 Berkeley St, Mayfair, London W1J 8EA Hours: Open today · 12–5pm, 6pm–2am Reservations: opentable.co.uk Phone: 020 3327 8888

    parkchinois.com

    Queen’s Theatre

    Theatre in London, England The Queen’s Theatre is a West End theatre located in Shaftesbury Avenue on the corner of Wardour Street in the City of Westminster, London. It opened on 8 October 1907 as a twin to the neighbouring Hicks Theatre which had opened ten months earlier.

    Capacity: 1,074

    Big Ben

    Of all the attractions in London, Big Ben epitomizes the culture of the capital.

    You’ll find Big Ben in Westminster, right in the heart London. The attraction is amongst countless other sightseeing attractions, including Buckingham Palace, 10 Downing Street, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye, all located within walking distance of one another.

    British Museum

    Britain’s largest and oldest museum, it is the most visited tourist attraction in London, with over 6 million annual visitors.  The British Museum owns a vast collection of drawings and prints, a small sample of which is always on show in Room 90; it also stages one-off exhibitions – sometimes with free entry.

    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.

    Christies

    Saleroom specialising in fine and decorative art, antiques, jewellery and more, founded in 1766.

    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

    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.