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    Our guide to London: Attractions

    John Lewis

    Famous for being “never knowingly undersold” this reliable institution can’t be beaten for basics from buttons in their haberdashery department to well-made clothes, furniture and household goods.  The staff are knowledgeable and friendly too.

    The Comedy Store

    Widely seen as the birth place of alternative comedy, the Comedy Store has catapulted many stand-ups onto TV.  Improvisation on Wednesdays and Sundays.  Thursday nights offer try-out spots for those brave enough to handle the hecklers while Friday and Saturday provide two shows  at 8.00 pm and midnight.

    Tottenham Hotspur Football Club

    White Hart Lane is the home of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club from 1899 to 2017. Its capacity varied over the years; when changed to all-seater it had a capacity of 36,284 before demolition. They currently play at Wembley Stadium for the 2017/18 season.

    Selfridges London

    Selfridges department store is the biggest draw on Oxford Street, with a superb food hall, excellent clothes and first class restaurants.

    Address: Selfridges & Co, 400 Oxford St, Marylebone, London W1A 1AB

    Buckingham Palace

    If you want to make the most of your trip to London, you’ll want to visit Buckingham Palace.

    Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of the UK’s sovereigns since 1837 and today is the administrative headquarters of the Monarch.

    Fortnum & Mason

    Established in 1710 by William Fortnum, a footman to Queen Anne, today they have the reputation for selling the finest luxury goods and sparing no expense to provide quality items to those who can afford it.

    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

    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

    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

    Royal National Theatre

    The National Theatre in London is one of the United Kingdom’s three most prominent publicly funded performing arts venues, alongside the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal Opera House.

    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.