Sights and attractions
There are a lot of things to see and dothings to do when you visit london. We've made a selection of top attractions, buildings and musea's you just can't afford to miss.
Ceremony of the Keys -The main gate of the Tower of London is locked every evening at 9:50 pm by the Chief Yeoman Warder of the Tower of London accompanied by an escort of Guards. Passes are necessary to attend the ceremony and can be obtained free of charge by writing at least 6 weeks in advance of travel to:
The Yeoman Clerk
HM The Tower of London
London EC3N 4AB
Information required is: name, contact address and telephone number in London, choice of date, and any alternative dates, together with number of tickets required (no more than seven passes per applicant). Please note an International Reply Coupon (obtainable from any post office - used to redeem for stamps - plus a self-addressed envelope) must be enclosed.
Guard Changing Ceremony - Buckingham Palace - From mid April to early August, the Queen's Guard is changed daily at 11:30 am. In winter months the ceremony only takes place every alternate day. There is no ceremony in very wet weather and times may alter on days when State events take place.
Gun Salutes - Gun Salutes take place annually to commemorate the following dates:
- February 6 Accession Day
- April 21 Queen’s Birthday
- June 2 Coronation Day
- June 10 Prince Phillip’s Birthday
- June 17 Queen’s Official Birthday
- August 4 Queen’s Mother’s Birthday
On each date, there is a 41-gun salute at 12 noon in Hyde Park (except for June 17 when it takes place in Green Park at 11 am) and a 62-gun salute at the Tower of London, held at 1 pm. Please note that Gun Salutes are not fired on Sundays and if the event should occur on Sunday, the Gun Salute will take place the next day
Tower of London - The Tower of London spans over 900 years of British history. Fortress, palace, prison, arsenal and garrison, it is one of the best-preserved and most famous fortified buildings in the world, and houses the priceless crown jewels, royal armories, yeoman warders and ravens.
London SE1 6HZ
Tel: 011 44 171 416 5000 Fax: 011 44 171 416 5374
Open: Daily 10:00-18:00
Entry: Adult £4.70 Child £2.35
Museum tells the story of 20th-century war from Flanders to Bosnia. Special features include the Blitz Experience - the dramatic recreation of an air raid, and the Trench Experience.
Museum of London
150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN
Tel: 011 44 171 600 3699 Fax: 011 44 171 600 1058
Open: Tue-Sat 10:00 -17:50, Sun 12:00 -17:50.
Closed Mondays (except Bank Holidays).
Entry: Adult £4.00 Child £2.00
The Museum of London shows the story of London and Londoners from prehistoric times to the 20th century. Popular exhibits include the Lord Mayor's Coach, the Great Fire Experience, reconstructed Victorian shops, and the Cheapside hoard of late Elizabethan jewelry.
Regent's Park, London NW1 4RY
Tel: 011 44 171 722 3333 Fax: 011 44 171 586 6177
Open: Dally from 10:00.
Entry: Adult £8.00 Child £6.00
One of the world's most famous zoos. Over 8,000 animals. 'Meet the Animals' shows and animal encounters are held daily and create opportunities for visitors to learn more about the animals from their keepers. Also Moonlight World and new Bear Mountain
Madame Tussaud's & the London Planetarium
Marylebone Road, London NW1R 5LR
Tel: 011 44 171 935 6861(MT) Fax: 011 44 171 465 0862
Open: Madame Tussaud's - Mon-Fri 10:00-17:30, Sat & Sun 09:30 –17:30
Hours of opening extended in summer months. Shows last 30 minutes and take place every 40 minutes.
Entry: Adult £8.95 Child £5.90 (MT),
A £5.65 C £3.70 (LP),
A £11.20 C £7.10 (combined)
Where else can you rub shoulders with Kings and Queens, sporting heroes and celebrities like Brad Pitt and Naomi Campbell? Discover the gruesome secrets which lurk in the new Chamber of Horrors. Next door is the London Planetarium, where a new spectacular show guides you through our solar system.
St Martin's Place,
London WC2H OHE
Tel: 011 44 171 306 0055
Open: Mon-Sat 10:00-18:00,
Entry: Admission free but charges for special exhibitions.
Portraits of the famous in British history and culture; poets and princesses, statesmen and sportsmen, artists and actresses, explorers and astronomers
On display: Paintings, sculpture, drawings, miniatures and photographs.
Tube: Leicester Square/tube
Natural History Museum
London SW7 5BD
Tel: 011 44 171 9389123 Fax: 011 44 171 938 9267
Open: Mon-Sat & Bank Holidays 10:00-17:50, Sun 11:00-17:50.
Closed 23-26 Dec.
Entry: Adult £6.00 Child £3.00
The world's leading museum of natural history inspires all ages to see the world in a different way. Hundreds of exciting, interactive exhibits ranging from the dramatic new volcano experience to the spectacular dinosaur’s exhibition.
The Tower Bridge Experience
London SE1 2UP
Tel: 011 44 171 403 3761 Fax: 011 44 171 357 7935
Open: Daily Apr-Oct 10:00-18:30, Nov-Mar 09:30-18:00
Entry: Adult £5.70 Child £3.90
Deep inside Tower Bridge lies a fascinating journey of discovery. Exciting anamatronics and interactive displays bring to life more than 100 years of the bridge's amazing history.
The Royal Tournament
Earls Court Exhibition Centre,
London SW5 9TA
Tel: 011 44 171 370 8399 Fax: 011 44 171 370 8039
A spectacular shows with a cast of over 2,000.
Acts include the thrilling Royal Navy Field Gun competition, the glorious display of the King's Troop and their gallant Musical Drive, massed bands, color and pageantry. Discounts available for coach/tour operators.
London White Card
Goulston Lincoln Marketing, 110 Southgate Road,
London N1 3HY
Tel: 011 44 171 923 0807 Fax: 011 44 171 249 0396
The London White Card - three and seven-day saver passes for individuals or families, offering unlimited access to 15 leading London museums and galleries. The Card covers all temporary exhibitions and permanent collections.