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Tourist Offices

London Travel Information Centre

Address: Picadilly, Piccadilly Circus Underground Station, London, W1J 9HS
Telephone: +44 343 222 1234 

Opening times:

Daily 0930-1600.

Website: http://www.visitlondon.com

There are tourist information centres scattered across London, although the Piccadilly Circus Travel Information Centre is the most central office.

City of London Information Centre

Address: , St Paul's Churchyard, City of London, EC4M 8BX
Telephone: +44 20 7332 1456
Opening times:

Mon-Sat 0930-1730. Sun 1000-1600

Website: http://www.visitlondon.com

The information centre has a team of multilingual helpers eager to assist, plus furnish you with all the flyers, guides, tickets, travel cards and foreign exchange options you need to kick your holiday into gear.You'll find smaller information centres at Holborn and Greenwich stations.

Tourist passes

The London Pass (www.londonpass.com) allows free access to over 60 attractions (including the London Aquarium, Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace and Shakespeare's Globe). The 'London Pass +' option also includes an Oystercard to cover all London buses, tubes and trains. The card is available for one, two, three, six or ten days ranging in price from £62 to £169 for adults, and you can buy one at the airport and tourist information offices around London. While the card does get you into most of the big ticket attractions in town, you'll want to have your sightseeing boots on to get your money's worth.

Attractions

Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament

The gongs of Big Ben are arguably London’s most recognisable sounds, and adjoined to it is the Palace of Westminster where the House of Commons and the House of Lords convene. The most ancient part of the place is over 900 years old and tours - including afternoon tea, should you so wish - are bookable throughout the year.

Address: , Elizabeth Tower - Houses of Parliament , London, SW1A 0AA
Telephone: +44 20 7219 3000
Opening times:

Mon-Sat 0900-1700 (days subject to change throughout the year)

Website: http://www.parliament.uk
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: Yes

Buckingham Palace

The Queen’s London home is an icon and it's worth timing your visit to catch the Changing of the Guard ceremony, which takes place daily at 1130 from April to July and on alternate days the rest of the year. From late July to September you can also tour the interior State Rooms while the Queen goes to Scotland for her summer holiday.

Address: , Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1A 1AA
Telephone: +44 303 123 7300.
Opening times:

State Rooms: Daily 0930-1930 (22 Jul-31 Aug). 0930 - 1830 (01 Sep - 01 Oct)

Website: https://www.royalcollection.org.uk/
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Tower of London

This infamous royal fortress on Tower Hill was begun by William the Conqueror in 1078 and remained a royal residence until the mid-16th century. Today it houses the priceless Crown Jewels, the Royal Armouries collection and its famous ravens who - should they ever leave the tower - legend says would instigate the falling of the British Crown.

Address: Tower Hill, St Katharine's & Wapping, London, EC3N 4AB
Telephone: +44 20 3166 6000.
Opening times:

Tues-Sat 0900-1730 and Sun-Mon 1000-1730 (Mar-Oct); Tues-Sat 0900-1630, Sun-Mon 1000-1630 (Nov-Feb).

Website: http://www.hrp.org.uk
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: Yes

St Paul's Cathedral

The dome of St Paul's Cathedral is one of the most distinctive features of the London skyline. The present building, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, was completed in 1710 on the site of the original cathedral that was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666. The inside of the dome, named the Whispering Gallery due to its incredible acoustics, offers a close-up of the frescoes of the life of St Paul.

Address: , St Paul's Churchyard, London, EC4M 8AD
Telephone: +44 207 246 8348.
Opening times:

Mon-Sat 0830-1630. Sun open for worship only,

Website: http://www.stpauls.co.uk
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

British Museum

Millons of visitors pass through the doors of British Museum each year to admire its vast collection of antiquities, art and sculpture. It has the world's most comprehensive collection of Egyptian antiquities outside of Cairo. Priceless collections include the famous Rosetta Stone and a 5,000 year-old sand-dried mummy. Admission is free.

Address: , Great Russell Street, London,
Telephone:
Opening times:

Daily 1000-1730 (Fridays until 2030)

Website: http://britishmuseum.org
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

The Shard

London's highest skyscraper is a vertigo-inducing 72 stories and 310m (1,016ft) high. The striking, tapered, glass-panelled edifice houses restaurants, apartments, and a luxury hotel. Close to the summit, it boasts a viewing area where visitors are treated to spectacular 360 degree views that extend for 64km (40 miles) across the city.

Address: , 32 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9SG
Telephone: +44 84 4499 7111.
Opening times:

Daily 1000-2000 (winter); 1000-2100 (summer)

Website: http://www.the-shard.com
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

Tate Modern

Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall is arguably the most impressive gallery room in London, with its changing pieces of artwork created bespoke to fill the 3,300m2 space. As well as unique temporary exhibitions, its impressive permanent collection features the likes of Salvador Dali, Damien Hurst, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso.

Address: , 53 Bankside, London, SE1 9TG
Telephone: +44 20 7887 8888.
Opening times:

Sun-Thu 1000-1800, Fri and Sat 1000-2200.

Website: http://www.tate.org.uk/modern
Admission Fees:

No.

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A)

This stunning museum of art and design is a must visit for all lovers of pretty things. Founded in the 19th century as a museum of the decorative arts, the V&A's 11km (7 miles) of corridors trace a path through paintings, jewellery, furniture and textiles dating from 3000BC to the present day.

Address: Knightsbridge, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL
Telephone: +44 20 7942 2000.
Opening times:

Sat-Thurs 1000-1745, Fri 1000-2200.

Website: http://www.vam.ac.uk
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Natural History Museum

The vast Victorian building that is the Natural History Museum is divided into different zones exploring all our planet’s natural beauties. Highlights include a full-size, 4.5 tonne skeleton of a blue whale, an earthquake simulator and the state-of-the-art, £78 million Darwin Centre that - among 22 million-odd specimens - houses an 8.62 metre (28.28 ft) long squid called Archie.

Address: Kensington, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD
Telephone: + 44 20 7942 5000.
Opening times:

Daily 1000-1750. Closed December 24-26.

Website: http://www.nhm.ac.uk
Admission Fees:

No (except for major exhibitions)

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

The Fan Museum

This unusual but elegant museum houses the world's finest collection of handheld fans. On the first Saturday afternoon of each month, visitors can also join a fan making workshop (advance booking is required). Alternatively, enjoy a delicious Afternoon Tea in its beautiful muraled orangery overlooking a secret Japanese garden.

Address: Greenwich, 12 Crooms Hill, London,
Telephone:
Opening times:

Tue-Sat 1100-1700, Sat 1200-1700

Website: https://www.thefanmuseum.org.uk/
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Tate Britain

The Gallery of Modern British Art opened in 1897, around the collection of sugar merchant Henry Tate. It now holds an unrivalled collection of British paintings from 1500 to the present day. Much 20th-century art has moved to the Tate Modern, however, some remains on rotation here, from Paul Nash to David Hockney.

Address: Westminster, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG
Telephone: +44 20 7887 8888.
Opening times:

Daily 1000-1800.

Website: http://www.tate.org.uk/britain
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

London Dungeon

This interactive horror theme park gives visitors the opportunity to explore the darker side of British and European history. Visitors can go on various themed rides based around historical murders and executions, and escape the whims of the Dungeon’s actors, who dressed in gruesome costumes, lurk in dark corners and pounce at at unsuspecting tourists.

Address: Lambeth, Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7PB
Telephone: +44 20 7654 0809
Opening times:

Sat-Wed, Thurs 1100-1700, Fri 1000-1600

Website: http://www.thedungeons.com
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No