What’s On In London

Top attraction - Main attractions such as Big Ben & Buckingham Palace.
General Attractions - Smaller attractions such as museums.
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The Best Of London On Your Doorstep

London offers so many attractions and our central London apartments are perfectly positioned for transport links to get to most of them. It would take months to visit them all, but here is just a small selection of some of the incredible places to visit and things to do when you visit the capital.

For a longer list, please visit www.visitlondon.com

London Attractions

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St Paul’s Cathedral

Like many other iconic attractions in London, St Paul’s Cathedral is an English Baroque style and Church of England cathedral built in the 16th century by Sir Christopher Wren. The St Paul’s Cathedral is a religious, historic and architectural site. It is the second largest cathedral in England. This church is built on the peak of Ludgate Hill which is the highest point in London and at 365 feet the dome dominates London’s skylines for over three hundred years.

For over a century and half the St Paul’s Cathedral was the tallest building in London until 1962 and the dome is yet the highest in the world. Some of the important services at the St Paul’s Cathedral are funeral of Lord Nelson, the Duke of Wellington, Sir Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher; Jubilee celebrations for Queen Victoria; peace services for the First and Second World Wars; the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer, the launch of the Festivals for Britain and the thanksgiving services for Golden Jubilee, the 80th Birthday and the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II. The church still conducts hourly services and prayers.

There is a fee to visit the church and the length of visit would be about two to three hours in total. Visitors recommend climbing to the top and visiting galleries such as Gallery of Whispers and the Golden Gallery, which has spectacular views of London even though your legs would protest.

As there is a direct tube to the St Paul’s Cathedral, Holiday Lets London can recommend you other London landmarks or point of interest that are similar to the St Paul’s Cathedral that can provide you rich history and extravagant architecture. Our well trained staff can help you book a self catering accommodation if you are looking to rent a flat in London as Holiday Lets London has five complexes of serviced apartments. Holiday Lets London, provides you reasonable London holiday studios that are self catering accommodation. If St Paul’s Cathedral happens to be your main point of interest in London we at Holiday Lets London recommend you get an audio book and make use of the free headsets to have a complete tour.

Also we at Holiday Lets London recommend to be well rested to enjoy this magnificent and enormous landmark as it includes climbing 500 odd stairs and as higher you go the better the experience.

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Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Five floors of rich embellished history is the Buckingham Palace, work place of the British Monarch and the official London residence. A home name globally, sung in songs, used as metaphors, looked at as an icon is the strong reign of the British Monarch, the Buckingham Palace is a global sensation.  A palace of national rejoice. Located in the city of Westminster originally built in 1705 by the Duke of Buckingham it transcended to its royal nature when the town house was accessioned as the Royal Palace by Queen Victoria in 1837.  The palace has the famous balcony where for years the royal family congregates to greet the public. Intact as much as its iron fist of reign of class and stature are the palace’s 19th century interior.

Architecturally designed by John Nash and after followed expansions and modifications over the years as ownership changed hands during the middle ages by resale; the palace housed many a design faults making the royal house a tedious act of maintenance as ventilation and design defects did not allow proper upkeep. On the onset of Prince Albert’s marriage to Queen Victoria, Prince Albert stepped in to change the lax nature of the palace. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert made a home of the Buckingham Palace raising 14- 15 of their children and expanding when required. Unfortunately years later the palace endured neglect and isolation after the Queen was widowed, as the grief stricken Queen mostly clad in mourning black moved out onto other homes as to vent her anguish. The couple shares a history of tender royal love and had one of the jewel studded historic royal relationship. As one of Queen Victoria’s letters to her uncle goes on to say, ‘He is so sensible, so kind, and so good, and so amiable too,’ she writes, adding: ’He has besides, the most pleasing and delightful exterior and appearance, you can possibly see.’

We at Holiday Lets London recommend you to visit the Buckingham Palace that is modernly stated as the ‘the ideal palace’. Our self catering accommodation are ideal London holiday studios if you are looking to rent a flat in London to visit this colorful palace that is deeply entwined in the British history.  Visit other attractions mentioned in out Holiday Lets London website that could give you a fuller plate as much as the rich influence of the Buckingham palace.  Holiday Lets London has five complexes that are located close to many of London’s attractions where location has played an advantageous leverage to Holiday Lets London.  Our self catering accommodation at Holiday Lets London are ideal as they are tastefully designed and upholstered with the perfect vacation feel.

 

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The Gherkin

Built by the famous architect Lord Foster. This skyscraper is officially known as the 30 St Mary Axe and unofficially as The Gherkin. This 591 ft. tower that resembles a variety of cucumber found in your food platter opened in 2004 and is one of the most modern and tallest iconic buildings that embellish the London skyline. The unofficial name was coined naturally giving attribute to the tower’s obvious design and shape. The Gherkin is a replacement for the Millennium Tower that didn’t take way in London’s most influential financial district. If it ever occurs to you that The Gherkin has to be one of the iconic buildings you would like to visit in London, Holiday Lets London can book you a London holiday studio at any given time.

Our very well trained staff at Holiday Lets London are capable of providing you information around the clock on any of London’s attraction. You need not calculate timing as to when to ring us to book a London holiday studio or obtain information as we have a twenty four hotline. Our staff will definitely assure you Holiday Lets London is an ideal flat for rent in London as there are five complexes located in five areas where you can sum up five agenda of attractions to visit. Along with Gherkin the Holiday Lets London staff can recommend you other iconic buildings that would awe your visit.
The Gherkin is built around the architectural salvage after a bomb in 1992 destroyed old English architecture. The forty one floors represent Britain’s modern architecture. If you find the tower being referred to as the ‘Swiss Re Tower’ it is because the primary occupant of the tower is the global reinsurance company called Swiss Re. The design and energy saving mechanism of 30 St Mary Axe has won many awards such as the Sterling Prize, London Region Award and the Emporis Skyscraper Award. The top most part of building can excite you with panoramic views and due to its height the Gherkin can be seen almost 32 kilometers away. The 40th floor has a bar with a 360 degree view of London for its guests, 39th floor has a restaurant and the 38thfloor has private dining rooms.

The Gherkin can be your ideal destination if you are travelling with a date, the romantic London views can woo you both into the night. The glass dome at the top of the tower is known for hosting prestigious events and sometimes happy occasions such as weddings. So plan your romantic get away with Holiday Lets London for a flat for rent in London with self catering accommodation.

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British Museum

Celebrate mankind’s greatest achievements from the dawn of time to the present day. The world-famous British Museum boasts an amazing number of exhibits from around the world. The highlights include the fabled Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures and the mysterious mummies in the Ancient Egypt collection. Entry is free but special exhibitions may require tickets.

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Buckingham Palace

Undoubtedly the most famous working palace in the world, and Her Majesty The Queen’s London home, where you can view the ‘Changing of the Guard’ almost every day. During the summer months, you can tour the magnificent State Rooms, featuring the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection, including paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens and Canaletto.

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London Eye

As the world’s highest observation wheel, the EDF Energy London Eye has become on of the great features of London’s historic skyline. Its 32 capsules hold up to 25 people. This breathtaking experience offers you unique, bird’s eye views of over 55 of London’s most famous landmarks – all in half an hour!

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National Gallery

Dominating the North side of Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery is a vast museum, featuring hundreds of Europe’s most iconic paintings from the 13th to 19th centuries. Behind its magnificent doors you will discover incredible works by masters such as Van Gogh, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Constable, Renoir, Titian and Stubbs. Free entry.

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Madame Tussauds

Come face-to-face with every celebrity you can think of … and then hundreds more! Rub shoulders with show business stars, politicians, sporting heroes and Royalty. With 14 exciting, interactive zones and a stunning Marvel Super Heroes 4D movie experience, Madame Tussauds London offers glitz and glamour galore. You’re sure to meet all your heroes.

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The Shard

Officially open in February 2013, the Shard is already one of the most famous buildings in London. The ‘View’ is spread over floors 68, 69 and 72 at a height of 244 metres – twice as high as any other platform! It is the only site to offer 360º views of London, and up to 40 miles away in any direction. Advance booking recommended. http://www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/place/23886030-view-from-the-shard

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Tower Bridge Exhibition

Over 100 years ago, the Victorians had a problem. How could they let tall ships sail down the Thames and still allow people to cross this mighty river? Their ingenious solution – a bridge that opened up with high level walkways soaring above – was hailed as a marvel of the age, and has since become one of London’s most famous landmarks. A must see!

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Shakespeare’s Globe

What made Shakespeare the greatest playwright of all time? This enthralling exhibition explores the great man’s later life in London, and takes you inside the Globe – the theatre that staged his plays. And then why not experience a production of one of his plays just as they did nearly 500 years ago?

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St Paul’s Cathedral

Since 604AD this Cathedral, dedicated to St Paul, has been one of the most important and inspiring landmarks in the City of London. Its tranquil beauty offers a haven of peace and a stunning reminder of the importance of the spiritual side of life to this bustling commercial centre.

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Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Take an exciting visit to London’s very latest attraction. During 2013 the Olympic Park will become Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Here you can see the UK’s tallest sculpture, the ArcelorMittal Orbit, with its amazing views of the London skyline. The North Park opens from July 2013.

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Kensington Palace

Once the home of Diana, Princess of Wales, Kensington Palace has been home to generations of royal woman – and their secrets! See what life was like as a 17th and 18th century courtier as you stroll through the magnificent State Apartments adorned with paintings from the Royal Collection. The Victoria Revealed exhibition retells her life as a wife, mother, Queen and Empress. New for 2013, the Modern Royals exhibition, shows the story of today’s younger royals who now use the palace.

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Cutty Sark

Come aboard the only surviving tea clipper. During your visit you will tread the same decks as the hardy seamen who sailed her over 100 years ago. Discover the secrets of the cargoes she transported across the world. Stand below her and you’ll be astonished at the surprisingly modern streamlined hull that made Cutty Sark the fastest ship of her age. Special family weekends, events and activities are available throughout the year.

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Tower of London

Join the legendary Yeoman Warders and discover the many wonders of the “Bloody Tower”. Over nearly 1,000 years the Tower has been a royal palace, a notorious prison, a place of execution, arsenal, jewel house and even a zoo! No visit could ever be complete without seeing the priceless Crown Jewels.

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Victoria and Albert Museum

Explore 3,000 years of astonishing art and design through extraordinary artefacts from around the world. The V&A is a uniquely fascinating treasure trove of paintings, sculpture, furniture, metalwork, clothing and much, much more. Free entry but special exhibitions may require tickets.

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Science Museum

Your chance to get up close and personal with every major scientific advance over the last 300 years. Discover if the Star Trek vision of space travel will ever become reality. Ponder the great questions, such as “Who am I?” The Science Museum will change the way you think forever. And don’t forget to check out the awesome Imax cinema. Entry is free but some exhibitions may require tickets.

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Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

Where else can you see a full-sized Blue Whale without getting wet? Or a 40 million year-old spider without resorting to time travel? The Natural History Museum will open your eyes to the world’s rarest, biggest, smallest, tallest and weirdest animals. And don’t miss the world famous dinosaur exhibition. Entry is free but special exhibitions may require tickets.

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Tate Modern

Once just a power station on the banks of the Thames, the Tate Modern is Britain’s national museum of modern and contemporary art, with a unique shape that complements the avant-garde treasures inside. For lovers of the unusual and challenging this is a ‘must-see’, with exhibits by leading modern artists from Damien Hirst to Gauguin. The gallery’s restaurants also offer breathtaking views across the city. Free entry.

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London Bus Tours

One of the best and easiest ways to learn how to get around London is to take in all the sights from a London double-decker bus tour. There are many tours to choose from, include top London landmarks, night-time tours, movie tours and even Duck Tours! Many bus tours let you jump on and off so you can explore your way – visit attractions, have lunch and go shopping http://www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/sightseeing/sightseeing-tours/bus-tour

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Tubes & Stations

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Shepherd’s Bush Tube Station

Shepherd’s Bush is a London Underground station in the district of Shepherd’s Bush, which is located in west London, England, United Kingdom. The station is on the Central Line, between White City and Holland Park stations, and it lies in Travelcard Zone 2.

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Barons Court Tube Station

Barons Court is a London Underground station in West Kensington, Greater London. This station services the District Line and the Piccadilly Line. The station is located on Gliddon Road, a short distance from Talgarth Road (A4) in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. Barons Court is between West Kensington and Hammersmith on the District Line, and between Earl’s Court and Hammersmith on the Piccadilly Line. It is in Travelcard Zone 2.

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West Kensington Tube Station

West Kensington is a London Underground District Line station in West Kensington. It is located in North End Road (B317) close to the junction of that road and West Cromwell Road/Talgarth Road (A4).The station is between Earl’s Court and Barons Court and is in Travelcard Zone 2.

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Ravenscourt Park Tube Station

Ravenscourt Park is a London Underground station located in west Hammersmith, west London. The station is served by the District Line and is between Hammersmith and Stamford Brook stations.The station is located between Dalling Road (B408) and Ravenscourt Road and is about 100 m north of King Street (A315). The station takes its name from the nearby Ravenscourt Park and is in Travelcard Zone 2.The station also maintains platforms for the Piccadilly Line but these are only put to use occasionally. This is usually on the occasion of engineering works taking place on other sections of the District Line, and during all-night services on New Year’s Eve.

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Goldhawk Tube Station

Goldhawk Road station is a London Underground station located in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, on the south side ofGoldhawk Road, about 250 metres (820 ft) west of Shepherd’s Bush Green. It is served by the Circle and Hammersmith & City lines in Travelcard Zone 2.

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Hammersmith Tube Station

Hammersmith is a London Underground station in Hammersmith. It is the western terminus of the Circle and Hammersmith & City lines. The station is in Travelcard Zone 2 and is a short walk from the station of the same name on the Piccadillyand District lines. The two stations are separated by Hammersmith Broadway. They are about 60 m (200 ft) apart door to door, although the positions of the pedestrian crossings on the Broadway makes it seem much longer on foot.

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