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Must see locations, events and places to travel and enjoy in the United Kingdom.
Must see locations, events and places to travel and enjoy in the United Kingdom.
Carnaby Street in the 1960s was more like a catwalk than a shopping area. Loud music played from brightly coloured shops and people would wear the latest trends from mod gear to mini skirts. The street attracted a new demographic – teenagers – who wanted to imitate the famous faces that shopped there, such as model Twiggy, Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones. The Kinks have namechecked the street in Dedicated Follower of Fashion, it had its own stage show Carnaby Street: The Musical and featured in the hit ﬁ lm Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.
Carnaby Street – and its 13 surrounding streets – will be swinging once more with the Carnaby Style Night (4 May; 5pm-9pm; p. 79). Join the party as shops have DJs playing in store and plenty of exclusive off ers: get a haircut for free at Johnny’s Chop Shop; enjoy live music at Moscot; Illamasqua has a drag queen-inspired ‘Men in Make-up’ event; there are free yoga classes at triyoga; free food and drink at Fred Perry and you can customise your trainers at Superga. The best-dressed fashionistas will be rewarded with a goodie bag worth £200. If all that shopping makes you hungry, head to one of the many nearby restaurants and bars, which are off ering discounts as part of the event. Long may Carnaby Street swing!
Once the domain of 1960s mods and rockers, these days the area appeals to the fashionable set, with sports-inspired stores and independent boutiques. Station: Oxford Circus. B5.
This former vegetable market is now a popular centre for arts, crafts stalls, plus restaurants, cafés and pubs. Station: Covent Garden. B/C6.
High-street names and boutiques, plus adjacent Duke of York’s Square is great for fashion and antiques. Station: Sloane Square. Off map. KNIGHTSBRIDGE A designer shopping area including iconic department stores Harrods and Harvey Nichols. Station: Knightsbridge. Off map.
Europe’s busiest shopping street has major department stores and popular high-street chains. Station: Oxford Circus/Bond Street/ Marble Arch. B4/5/6.
A serious shopping spot ﬁlled with excellent boutiques ranging from fashion and antiques through to jewellery, and the famous Portobello Market. Station: Notting Hill Gate/ Westbourne Grove. Off map.
Prestigious retail area with stores including Apple, Liberty, Swarovski, Burberry and the ﬁrst British Ferrari shop. Station: Oxford Circus/ Piccadilly Circus. B/C5.
One of London’s most famous and exclusive streets, great for gentlemen and full of bespoke tailors. Station: Piccadilly Circus. C5.
A popular destination for foodies. Food stalls Mon- Tue 10am-5pm; full market Wed-Thur 10am-5pm; Fri 10am-6pm; Sat 8am-5pm. 8 Southwark St, SE1 1TL. T: 020-7407 1002. www.boroughmarket. org.uk. Station: London Bridge. C8.
Vintage shops and weekend stalls selling everything from antique furniture to books. Some shops open daily; market Sun 10am-5pm. Brick Lane, E1 6PU. T: 020-7364 1717. www.visit bricklane.org. Station: Aldgate East. Off map.
Find retro clothes, jewellery and antiques and a range of street food. Open daily 10am-6pm. Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8AF. T: 020-3763 9999. www.camdenlockmarket.com. Station: Camden Town. Off map.
Charming covered market and courtyard. Daily 10am-5.30pm. Church St, SE10 9HZ. T: 020-8269 5096. www.greenwich marketlondon.com. Station: Cutty Sark. Off map.
The world’s largest retailer of ﬁne antique silver. Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm; Sat 9am-1pm. Chancery Lane, WC2A 1QS. T: 020-7242 3844. www.the silvervaults.com. Station: Chancery Lane. B7.
Indoor market with a mix of stalls, including fashion on Sat 11am-5pm. Mon-Fri 10am-5pm; Sun 10am-5pm. Brushﬁeld St, E1 6AA. T: 0207247 8556. www.oldspitalﬁeldsmarket.com. Station: Liverpool Street. B9.
Stalls in the church courtyard sell food (Mon), antiques (Tue) and arts and crafts (Wed-Sat). Mon 11am-5pm; Tue-Sat 10am-6pm. St James’s Church, 197 Piccadilly, W1J 9LL. T: 020-7734 4511. www.piccadilly-market.co.uk. Station: Piccadilly Circus. C5.
Browse stalls specialising in antiques, curiosities and art. Busiest on Sat. Fri-Sat 9am-5pm. Portobello Rd, W10 5TA. www.portobelloroad. co.uk. Station: Notting Hill Gate. Off map.
The game of rugby can be confusing. In England, as well as in many other countries, we’ve got Rugby Union with 15 players, Rugby League with 13 players playing with different rules, and Rugby Sevens, which made its Olympic debut in Rio last year. It’s this version that presents an exciting weekend at the prestigious Twickenham Stadium. HSBC London Sevens ‘Feast of Rugby’ (20-21 May; p. 77) is the ﬁnal event of 10 in the World Rugby Sevens Series, which has been played in venues as far aﬁeld as Sydney, Dubai and Las Vegas. Seventeen nations take part in the competition, which boasts a fast and furious pace that marks out Rugby Sevens as an exciting spectator sport.
As well as the on-ﬁeld events, Twickenham puts on a festival experience complete with international gourmet street food and live entertainment. There’s also another event at Twickenham: the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final (27 May). For the 15th year, England’s top two teams face off in a mighty battle to be crowned premiership champions – and what an epic occasion it promises to be. To further celebrate the 15-year milestone of the ﬁnal, a list of the Greatest Final XV has been compiled. It has been selected from England’s all-time top club players and includes du Plessis, Corry, Dallaglio and Tuilagi. Heavyweight stars indeed!
The Dutch darts wizard Michael van Gerwen aims to retain his title at this year’s Betway Premier League at The O2 (18 May). See the world’s top 10 players compete for the trophy, including Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor, who is aiming to win his seventh title since 2005. Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX.
Top men’s and women’s teams compete to be top dog in the BBL Basketball Play-off Finals (14 May). In an exciting end to the league season, The O2 showcases the two ﬁnals in one afternoon, together with music, cheerleaders and courtside fun. Can our London Lions do the city proud? Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX.
Whether it features last year’s winners Manchester United or a dark horse, the Emirates FA Cup Final (27 May) is bound to be an electrifying event. In addition to the 90,000 watching at Wembley Stadium, it’s also beamed live to TVs across the globe – after all, this is famous for being the world’s longest-running football competition.
7 May: England vs Ireland. 17 May: Middlesex vs Somerset. 19-22 May: Middlesex vs Surrey. 29 May: England vs South Africa. Lord’s Cricket Ground, St John’s Wood Rd, NW8 8QN. T: 020-7616 8500. www.lords.org. Station: St John’s Wood. A2.
13 May: SSE Women’s FA Cup Final. 20 May: League One Play-off Final. 27 May: Emirates FA Cup Final. 28 May: League Two Play-off Final. 29 May: Championship Play-off Final. Wembley Stadium, HA9 0WS. T: 0800169 2007. www.wembleystadium.com. Station: Wembley Stadium/Wembley Park. Off map. • Premier League ﬁxtures (subject to change). For cup matches, please check website for listings. 7 May: Arsenal vs Manchester United. 21 May: Arsenal vs Everton. Emirates Stadium, 75 Drayton Park, N5 1BU. T: 020-7619 5000. www.arsenal.com. Station: Holloway Road/ Arsenal/Finsbury Park. Off map.
8 May: Chelsea vs Middlesborough. 21 May: Chelsea vs Sunderland. Stamford Bridge, Fulham Rd, SW6 1HS. T: 0871-9841 955. www.chelsea fc.com. Station: Fulham Broadway. Off map.
20-21 May: HSBC London Sevens. 27 May: Aviva Premiership Rugby Final. Twickenham Stadium, Whitton Rd, TW2 7BA. T: 08440-847 2492. www.englandrugby.com. Station: Twickenham. Off map.
ARSENAL STADIUM TOURS & MUSEUM
Self-guided audio tours and Legends Tour. Audio tour and museum adult £20; child £10. Legends Tour adult from £40; child £20. Museum only adult £8; child £5. See Football for address.
Check for times. Tour and museum adult £22 (£19 online); child £13. Museum only adult £11; child £9. See Football for address.
The home of cricket houses the world’s oldest sporting museum. Tour £20; child £12. Museum only adult £8; child £5. See Cricket for address.
Tours Tue-Sun; check for times and prices. See Rugby Union for address.
Go behind the scenes of the UK’s largest sports and music venue. Have your photo taken with a replica of the FA Cup and see the dressing rooms. Check for availability. Pre-booked adult £18; child £11. Wembley Stadium, HA9 0WS. T: 0800169 9933. www.wembleystadium.com/ tours. Station: Wembley Park. Off map.
WIMBLEDON TENNIS MUSEUM & TOUR
See the 1887 men’s singles trophy. Daily 10am5pm. Check for prices. Child free with adult. All England Lawn Tennis Club, Church Rd, SW19 5AE. T: 020-8946 6131. www.wimbledon.com/ museum. Station: Southﬁelds. Off map.
The crème de la crème of track and ﬁeld compete at the World ParaAthletics Championships (14-23 Jul) and the IAAF World Championships (4-13 Aug; www.london2017athletics.com), both of which are taking place at London’s Olympic Stadium. These will be the venue’s largest events since it hosted the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, and just as prestigious. See if GB’s gold medal-winning para-athletes Jonnie Peacock and Hannah Cockroft can retain their top spot, plus enjoy what might be the last time we’ll ever see the legends Mo Farah and Usain Bolt compete on the international stage before they retire.
The best two teams in Europe face each other in the UEFA Champions League Final in Cardiff (3 Jun) – making this the ﬁrst time the contest’s decider has been held in the Welsh capital. The 75,000-capacity Principality Stadium (formerly the Millennium Stadium) is more accustomed to Wales’ rugby or football international matches, so winning the bid for this European ﬁxture was a huge coup. It’s one of the world’s most widely viewed sporting events of the year, with TV ﬁgures of 180 million viewers in 200 countries.
The proudest man on the night will probably be Wales’ very own Ian Rush, who won trophies for Liverpool FC and is the ambassador for the ﬁnal. It’s not yet conﬁrmed if any English club will make it to the Champions League Final – but there will be, for sure, at the Emirates FA Cup Final held at Wembley Stadium (27 May; www.wembleystadium.com). It’s been played here almost every year since 1923. As May is also the ﬁnal month of the football league, it also means tense promotion play-off ﬁnals for the lower three leagues, where jubilation meets heartbreak for players and fans alike. The play-off ﬁnal for promotion from the Championship to the Premier League (29 May) is billed as the richest match in football, and is worth an estimated £200m to the winners.
The unmistakable sound of leather on willow is a quintessential soundtrack of an English summer’s day, with Lord’s Cricket Ground (www.lords.org), the granddaddy of them all, located here in London. The season kicks off in May with two One-Day Internationals, with England vs Ireland (7 May) and then against the highly regarded South Africa (29 May). Later, the Test Match season sees another intriguing encounter against South Africa (6-10 Jul). Cricket fans will be eager to see if England’s new captain, the Yorkshireman Joe Root, can show leadership skills as great as his batting prowess. This summer also sees the top women’s cricket teams compete for the ICC Women’s World Cup (24 Jun-25 Jul; https://womensworldcup.tickets.icc-cricket.com) at venues including Bristol, Derby and Leicester; then it’s all eyes on the ﬁnal at Lord’s (23 Jul). This competition sees the world’s top eight teams in women’s cricket, including England, India, Australia, New Zealand and the West Indies, compete for glory. Will anyone wrestle the trophy from the current holders, India?
Women’s sport has made huge strides in this country over the past few years; it’s not just about the standards on the ﬁeld of play, but also new levels of respect and media coverage. It’s good news for Ireland, which plays host to the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup (9-26 Aug; www.rwcwomens.com). After the group matches in Dublin and Belfast, the ﬁnal rounds will be played at Belfast’s Kingspan Stadium (22 & 26 Aug) – one of the country’s most atmospheric rugby venues. England won the last trophy in 2013, thereby ending New Zealand’s run of four straight victories. The Black Ferns will surely be looking for revenge. Murrayﬁeld, in the beautiful Scottish capital of Edinburgh, is the superb venue for European Rugby’s Challenge Cup (12 May) and the Champions Cup Finals (13 May). It’s the third time since 2005 that this magniﬁcent stadium has hosted these prestigious matches, between the northern hemisphere’s ﬁ nest teams.
There are four Grand Slams every year, but all tennis players say that Wimbledon at the All England Club (3-16 Jul; www.wimbledon.com), which is the world’s oldest tennis tournament, is their favourite tournament. And who can blame them? The players’ sparkling white dress code, the immaculate grass court and huge crowds are spine-tingling stuff. GB’s very own Sir Andy Murray is the current champion and world number 1, but Novak Djokovic and the evergreen Roger Federer won’t lie down easily. And could it be time for our Johanna Konta to win her ﬁrst Grand Slam? If you don’t have tickets, queue up on the day or watch the action on a big screen on Murray Mound. Konta will probably warm up for Wimbledon at AEGON International Eastbourne (www.lta.org.uk), a tournament for the world’s top women players held at leafy Devonshire Park (23 Jun-1 Jul). The men have their own warm-up at the AEGON Championships at London’s Queen’s Club (19-25 Jun).
Hit musical starring Jade Ewen and Dean-John Wilson. Expect tunes such as A Whole New World and Friend Like Me. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £49.75-£141.75. Prince Edward Theatre, Old Compton St, W1D 4HS. T: 0844-482 5151. www.aladdinthemusical.co.uk. Station: Tottenham Court Road. D7.
This wonderful immersive take on Lewis Carroll’s children’s classic was nominated for an Olivier Award. Please check for times and prices. The Vaults, Leake St, SE1 7NN. www.aliceunderground.com. Station: Waterloo. F8.
An American World War II veteran falls for a woman in a bar in 1940s Paris. Will she marry him, or his friend? Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2pm. Tickets £19.50-£125. Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Court Rd, W1T 7AQ. T: 0845- 200 7982. www.anamericaninparisthemusical. co.uk. Station: Tottenham Court Road. D7.
From 23 May: Miranda Hart stars as the mean manager of an orphanage in this popular story. 7.30pm (not 30 May). Tickets £43.80-£137.50. Piccadilly Theatre, 16 Denman St, W1D 7DY. T: 0844-871 7630. www.piccadilly theatre.org. Station: Piccadilly Circus. E7.
Musical about the award-winning songwriter. Mon & Wed-Sat 7.30pm; Tue, Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £15-£72.50. Aldwych Theatre, 49 Aldwych, WC2B 4DF. T: 0845-200 7981. www.beautiful musical.co.uk. Station: Holborn. E8.
This controversial satire follows the exploits of two hapless missionaries. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £34.75-£202.25. Prince of Wales Theatre, Coventry St, W1D 6AS. T: 0844- 482 5110. www.bookofmormon london.com. Station: Piccadilly Circus. E7.
Glee TV star Amber Riley stars in this musical about a singing group. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £20-£145. Savoy Theatre, Strand, WC2R 0ET. T: 0844-871 7687. www.savoy theatre.org. Station: Covent Garden. E8.
10-13 May: What happens when you disturb a pharaoh’s tomb? This interactive show takes you to 1920s Egypt. Check for times and prices. Colab Factory, 74 Long Lane, SE1 4AU. www.colab factory.co.uk. Station: Borough/London Bridge. F10.
15-20 May: Based on the ﬁlm, this musical follows a boy who moves to a town where dancing is banned. 7.30pm. Tickets £18.75-£48.15. Richmond Theatre, The Green, TW9 1QJ. T: 0844-871 7651. www.atgtickets.com. Station: Richmond. Off map.
Peggy is a chorus girl with big dreams. When the leading lady (Sheena Easton) gets injured, she has a shot at stardom. With dazzling dancing. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £25-£125. Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine St, WC2B 5JF. T: 0844-858 8877. www.42ndstreetmusical. co.uk. Station: Covent Garden. D8.
Gary Barlow’s musical tells the true story of Yorkshire women who posed nude for a Women’s Institute charity calendar. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £29.50-£69.50. Phoenix Theatre, 110 Charing Cross Rd, WC2H 0JP. T: 0843-316 1082. www.phoenixtheatrelondon. co.uk. Station: Tottenham Court Road. E7.
This musical follows Arthur Kipps, an orphan who inherits a fortune that propels him into high society. Mon-Tue & Thur-Sat 7.30pm; Wed, Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £49.75-£127.25. Noël Coward Theatre, St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4AU. T: 0844-482 5140. www.halfasixpence. co.uk. Station: Leicester Square. E8.
A northern factory reinvigorates its business by making boots for drag queens. With music by Cyndi Lauper. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £39.50-£125. Adelphi Theatre, 409-412 Strand, WC2R 0NS. T: 0844-579 0094. www.kinkybootsthemusical.co.uk. Station: Charing Cross. E8.
From 30 May: Based on Federico Fellini’s 1954 Italian ﬁlm. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £20-£39.50. The Other Palace, 12 Palace St, SW1E 5JA. T: 0844-264 2140. www.theotherpalace.co.uk. Station: Victoria. E7.
The world’s longest-running musical is an epic set in post-revolutionary France. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £28.75-£143.75. Queen’s Theatre, 51 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 6BA. T: 0844-482 5160. www.lesmis.com. Station: Leicester Square. D8.
Wonderful adaptation of the popular Disney ﬁlm with ingenious costumes and inventive puppetry. Tue-Sat 7.30pm; Wed, Sat & Sun 2.30pm. Tickets £71.50-£179.50. Lyceum Theatre, 21 Wellington St, WC2E 7RQ. T: 0844-871 3000. www.thelionking.co.uk. Station: Covent Garden. E8.
A tribute to the music of ABBA, with a feel-good story on a Greek island. Mon-Sat 7.45pm; Thur & Sat 3pm. Tickets £15-£72.50. Novello, Aldwych, WC2B 4LD. T: 0844-482 5115. www.mammamia.com. Station: Covent Garden/Temple. E8.
Based on Roald Dahl’s children’s book about a girl with magic powers. Tue 7pm; Wed-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm; Sun 3pm. Tickets £20-£122.50. Cambridge Theatre, 32-34 Earlham St, WC2 9HU. T: 0844-412 4652. www.matilda themusical.com. Station: Covent Garden. D8.
Feel-good musical based on the story of Motown Records, which launched the careers of Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and The Temptations. By the end of the night you’ll be Dancing in the Street. Check for times and prices. Shaftesbury Theatre, 210 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H 8DP. T: 020-7379 5399. www.shaftesburytheatre.com. Station: Tottenham Court Road/Holborn. D8.
Long-running Gothic drama in which a mysterious masked man haunts the Paris Opera House. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £24.80-£128.50. Her Majesty’s Theatre, 57 Haymarket, SW1Y 4QL. T: 0844-412 2707. www.thephantomoftheopera.com. Station: Piccadilly Circus. E7.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical. Mon, Wed-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm; Sun 3pm. Tickets £15-£95. New London Theatre, 166 Drury Lane, WC2B 5PF. T: 020-7452 3000. www.schoolofrock themusical.com. Station: Covent Garden. D8.
Follows beginner dancers entering a charity gala. Tue-Sat 7.30pm; Wed, Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £24-£102. Vaudeville Theatre, 404 Strand, WC2R 0NH. T: 0330-333 4814. www.vaudevilletheatre.co.uk. Station: Covent Garden. E8.
An award-winning fusion of theatre, dance, comedy and percussion. Mon & Thur-Sat 8pm; Thur & Sat-Sun 3pm; Sun 6pm; occasional Weds. Tickets £26-£57.50. Ambassadors Theatre, West St, WC2H 9ND. T: 020-7395 5405. www.stomp london.co.uk. Station: Leicester Square. D7.
Songs and dance celebrate the music of Michael Jackson. Tue-Fri 7.30pm; Sat 4pm & 8pm; Sun 3.30pm & 7.30pm. Tickets £42-£88. Lyric, 29 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 7ES. T: 0844-482 9674. www.thrillerlive.com. Station: Piccadilly Circus. E7.
The story of the Witches of Oz. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £21.75-£125. Apollo Victoria Theatre, 17 Wilton Rd, SW1V 1LG. T: 0844-871 3001. www.wickedthemusical.co.uk. Station: Victoria. F7.
See some of London’s best-loved heritage sites in a new light this month as Museums at Night (17-20 May) returns to the capital. This popular, biannual four-day festival sees several museums, galleries and cultural landmarks stay open late to enable visitors to delve deeper into fascinating subjects.
Highlights include workshop Neuroscience – Why People Buy at the Museum of Brands, Packaging & Advertising (17 May); Vices and Virtues: Life Drawing in the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College, in which you can sketch ‘gods and goddesses’ to the sounds of atmospheric music (18 May); Victorian Variety, live folk music at Fulham Palace (18 May); music and dance in Rituals to Mould Her With at Handel & Hendrix in London (19 May); a celebration of all things gin at The Geffrye Museum (19 May); and a course on Michelangelo at The National Gallery (19 May). Also at The National Gallery, you can immerse yourself in interactive workshops, live music and a ‘secret bar’ as part of the Renaissance Late event (19 May). Alternatively, let the Horniman Museum and Gardens entertain you with music, performances, ﬁlm, dance and tours inspired by the south London building’s collections (18 May).
For something different, the London Canal Museum will be lit with candles and fairy lights (20 May). If the idea of seeing a museum lit by candlelight appeals, tour Benjamin Franklin House, the American founding father’s last remaining residence, with a ﬂame guiding you (18-19 May).
Explore the story of the Bank of England. From 2 May: 20th Anniversary of the Bank’s Independence. Display from the bank’s archives. Mon-Fri 10am-5pm; closed bank hol. Admission free. Threadneedle St, EC2R 8AH. T: 020-7601 5545. www.bankof england.co.uk/museum. Station: Bank. D10.
This charming 18th-century townhouse is the last remaining home of American hero Franklin. 18-19 May: Museums at Night Candlelit Architectural Tours. See the building in evening light. Historical shows Wed-Sun noon; 1pm; 2pm; 3.15pm and 4.15pm. Tue advance booking required. Shows adult £8; under 16s free. Mon guided tours adult £6; under 16s free. 36 Craven St, WC2N 5NF. T: 020-7925 1405. www.benjaminfranklinhouse.org. Station: Charing Cross. E8.
Unrivalled collection of antiquities, plus the Queen Elizabeth II Great Court. Huge number of permanent displays and treasures from the Roman Empire, Ancient Egypt and India. From 25 May: Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave. Works from the ﬁnal 30 years of his career.To 18 Jun: The American Dream: Pop to the Present. Timely major art exhibition tracing 60 years of a superpower. Sat-Thur 10am-5.30pm; Fri 10am-8.30pm. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. Great Russell St, WC1B 3DG. T: 020-7323 8299. www.britishmuseum.org. Station: Tottenham Court Road/Russell Square. D7/8.
Dedicated to British cartoons, caricature and comic art from the 18th century to today. To 24 Jul: The Inking Woman. Focus on female cartoon and comic artists. Mon-Sat 10.30am5.30pm; Sun noon-5.30pm. Adult £7; child free. 35 Little Russell St, WC1A 2HH. T: 020-7580 8155. www.cartoonmuseum.org. Station: Holborn. D8.
Former home of Victorian novelist Dickens. From 11 May: A Dickens Whodunnit: Solving the Mystery of Edwin Drood. Exhibition on the legacy of Dickens’ ﬁnal, unﬁnished novel. Tue- Sun 10am-5pm. Adult £9; child £4. 48 Doughty St, WC1N 2LX. T: 020-7405 2127. www.dickens museum.com. Station: Russell Square. C8.
See the fortiﬁed basement where Sir Winston Churchill worked with his ministers during World War II. Daily 9.30am-6pm. Adult £17.25; child £8.60; under ﬁves free. Clive Steps, King Charles St, SW1A 2AQ. T: 020-7930 6961. www.iwm.org.uk. Station: Westminster. F7.
This former prison dating back to 1144 houses an exhibition about London’s penal past. Mon-Fri 10am-6pm; Sat-Sun 10am-7.30pm. Adult £7.50; child £5.50. 1 Clink St, SE1 9DG. T: 020-7403 0900. www.clink.co.uk. Station: London Bridge. E10.
One of the world’s leading museums of design. From 24 May: California. A look at counterculture from the 1960s up to Silicon Valley’s tech.. Daily 10am-6pm (last entry 5pm). Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. 224-238 Kensington High St, W8 6AG. T: 020-3862 5900. www.designmuseum.org. Station: High Street Kensington. Off map.
Unusual museum dedicated to the art of the fan. To 21 May: Biblical Fans. More than 80 fans which touch upon signiﬁcant Bible stories. Tue-Sat 11am-5pm; Sun noon-5pm. Adult £4; child £3; under 7s free. 12 Crooms Hill, SE10 8ER. T: 020-8305 1441. www.thefan museum.org.uk. Station: Cutty Sark. Off map.
Contemporary fashion, textiles and jewellery. From 26 May: The World of Anna Sui. A look at the American designer and her quirky style. Tue-Sat 11am-6pm; Thur until 8pm; Sun 11am-5pm. Adult £9.90; child free. 83 Bermondsey St, SE1 3XF. T: 020-7407 8664. www.ftmlondon.org. Station: London Bridge. F11.
Museum about the work of this pioneering 19th-century British nurse and health reformer, known as ‘The Lady with the Lamp’. Daily 10am- 5pm. Adult £7.50; child £3.80. 2 Lambeth Palace Rd, SE1 7EW. T: 020-7620 0374. www.ﬂorencenightingale.co.uk. Station: Waterloo. F8.
Find modern art and photography in this church. Mon, Tue & Fri 8.30am-6pm; Wed 8.30am-5pm; Thur 8.30am-6pm; Sat 9.30am-6pm & Sun 3.30pm-5pm. Admission free. Euston Rd, NW1 2BA. T: 020-7766 1100. www.cryptgallery.org. Station: Charing Cross. C6.
Recreating English interiors from 1600 onwards. To 4 Jun: Teenage Bedrooms: ‘Like a House Inside of a House’. See inside the rooms of 26 teenagers. Tue-Sun & bank hol 10am-5pm. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. 136 Kingsland Rd, E2 8EA. T: 020-7739 9893. www.geffryemuseum.org.uk. Station: Hoxton. Off map.
History of the ﬁve regiments of the Foot Guards. Daily 10am-4pm. Adult £6; child free. Wellington Barracks, Birdcage Walk, SW1E 6HQ. T: 020-7414 3271. www.theguardsmuseum.com. Station: St James’s Park/Westminster. D5.
Collection of the adventurer Frederick John Horniman. Daily 10.30am-5.30pm. Admission free; charges for aquarium and special exhibitions. 100 London Rd, SE23 3PQ. T: 020-8699 1872. www.horniman.ac.uk. Station: Forest Hill. Off map.
A gallery dedicated solely to illustration, founded by Sir Quentin Blake. Adult £7.50; child £4. Tue-Sun 10am-6pm. 2 Granary Square, N1C 4BH. T: 020-3696 2020. www.houseoﬁllustration.org.uk. Station: King’s Cross St Pancras. Off map.
See behind the scenes of ceremonial duties and roles of the Household Cavalry Regiments. Changing the Queen’s Life Guard daily on Horse Guards Parade at 11am; Sun 10am; plus inspection at 4pm. Daily 10am-6pm. Adult £7; child £5. Horse Guards, Whitehall, SW1A 2AX. T: 020- 7930 3070. www.householdcavalrymuseum.co.uk. Station: Westminster. E7.
Huge displays of conﬂicts, particularly those that involve Britain. To 28 Aug: People Power: Fighting for Peace. Explore how peace movements inﬂuenced war. Daily 10am-6pm. Admission free; charges for some special exhibitions. Lambeth Rd, SE1 6HZ. T: 020-7416 5000. www.iwm.org.uk. Station: Lambeth North/Waterloo. E5.
Jewish history and culture from 1066 onwards. To 24 Sep: Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait. Discover the women behind the music. Daily 10am-5pm; Fri 10am-2pm. Adult £7.50; child £3.50. Raymond Burton House, 129-131 Albert St, NW1 7NB. T: 020-7284 7384. www.jewish museum.org.uk. Station: Camden Town. Off map.
Restored former home of Frederic, Lord Leighton is a museum of his life and work. Permanent collections include ﬁne paintings, drawings and sculptures. Wed-Mon 10am5.30pm. Adult £12; child free. 12 Holland Park, W14 8LZ. T: 020-7602 3316. www.rbkc.gov.uk/ subsites/museums/leightonhousemuseum1.aspx. Station: Kensington Olympia. Off map.
Bond in Motion is the official exhibition of James Bond vehicles that feature in the ﬁlm series. Mon-Fri & Sun 10am-6pm; Sat 10am- 7pm (closed 4 May). Adult £14.50; child £9.50. 45 Wellington St, WC2E 7BN. T: 020-7202 7042. Station: Covent Garden. E8.
Explore the history of London’s transport system. From 19 May: Sounds of the City. The best 100 entries from the Prize for Illustration 2017, looking at the sounds in otherwise quiet spaces in the UK’s cities. Sat-Thur 10am-6pm; Fri 11am-6pm. Adult £17.50; child free. Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E 7BB. T: 020-7379 6344. www.lt museum.co.uk. Station: Covent Garden. E8.
An insight into advertising over the past 200 years. To 25 Jun: Celebrating Women in Advertising. Talks and events about gender roles. Tue-Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 11am-5pm. Adult £9; child £5. 111-117 Lancaster Rd, W11 1QT. T: 020-7243 9611. www.museumofbrands.com. Station: Ladbroke Grove. Off map.
The world’s largest urban history museum. To 8 May: Perspectives of Destruction: Images of London, 1940-1944. Paintings and photographs of the city during the Blitz. Daily 10am-6pm. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. 150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN. T: 020-7001 9844. www.museum oﬂondon.org.uk. Station: Barbican. D10.
The intriguing history of the meandering River Thames, from its time as a Roman thoroughfare to the regeneration of the Docklands. To 3 Sep: Tunnel: The Archaeology of Crossrail. The range of archaeological objects unearthed by Crossrail, Europe’s largest infrastructure project. Daily 10am-6pm. Admission free, charges for special exhibitions. No 1 Warehouse, West India Quay, E14 4AL. T: 020-7001 9844. www.museumof london.org.uk/docklands. Station: Canary Wharf/ West India Quay. Map inset.
The world’s largest maritime museum, which is spread over several sites, originally part of a 19th-century school for seafarers’ children. Includes a vast collection of maps, artwork and memorabilia including the Maritime Galleries, plus The Great Map, a huge interactive world map revealing stories from maritime history. Daily 10am-5pm. Admission free; charges for events and exhibitions. Romney Rd, SE10 9NF. T: 020-8858 4422. www.rmg.co.uk. Station: Greenwich/Cutty Sark. Map inset.
Astounding family-friendly collections, with exhibits including dinosaur skeletons. To 10 Sep: Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Illustrating the vulnerability of life on our planet. To 17 Sep: Sensational Butterﬂies. Escape into the butterﬂy house. Daily 10am-5.50pm. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. Cromwell Rd, SW7 5BD. T: 020-7942 5000. www.nhm.ac.uk. Station: South Kensington. F4.
This 17th-century house, once home to Charles I’s queen Henrietta Maria, was designed by Inigo Jones. Daily 10am-5pm; closed bank holidays. Admission free. Queen’s House, Romney Rd, SE10 9NF. T: 020-8858 4422. www.rmg.co.uk/ queens-house. Station: Cutty Sark. Map inset.
National aviation museum focusing on the Royal Air Force, with more than 100 historic aircraft on show. Daily 10am-6pm. Admission free. Grahame Park Way, NW9 5LL. T: 020-8205 2266. www.raf museum.org.uk. Station: Colindale. Off map.
A museum dedicated to science, great for kids. To 3 Sep: Robots. Explore the 500-year story of humanoid robots. Daily 10am-6pm. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. Exhibition Rd, SW7 2DD. T: 0870-870 4868. www.science museum.org.uk. Station: South Kensington. F4.
The architect Sir John Soane’s former home. To 23 Sep: Marc Quinn: Drawn from Life. New ethereal sculptures. Museum tours daily; times vary. Tue-Sat 10am- 5pm. Closed bank holidays. Candlelight opening ﬁrst Tue every month, 6pm-9pm. Admission free. 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2A 3BP. T: 020-7405 2107. www.soane.org. Station: Holborn. D8.
This neo-classical 18th-century building houses the Courtauld Gallery and Embankment Galleries. 18-21 May: Photo London. Showcases more than 80 exhibitors. Galleries daily 10am-6pm. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. Strand, WC2R 1LA. T: 020-7845 4600. www.somersethouse.org.uk. Temple. E8.
Get a taste of the tea maker’s 300-year history at the in-store museum. Mon-Fri 9.30am-7.30pm; Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 10.30am-4.30pm. Admission free. 216 Strand, WC2R 1AP. T: 020-7353 3511. www.twinings.co.uk. Station: Temple. D9.
The V&A’s collection of ﬁne and applied arts spans 3,000 years and includes ceramics and fashion. From 13 May: Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains. Audio-visual journey through the music of the rock band. Daily 10am-5.45pm. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL. T: 020-7942 2000. www.vam.ac.uk. Station: South Kensington. F4/5.
Former family home, with a collection of Rococo art, including Frank Hals’ Laughing Cavalier. Daily 10am-5pm. Admission free. Hertford House, Manchester Square, W1U 3BN. T: 020-7563 9500. www.wallacecollection.org. Station: Bond Street. D6.
Wellcome Trust’s public venue houses more than 1,500 fascinating artefacts of medical interest. Tue-Wed & Fri-Sat 10am-6pm; Thur 10am-10pm; Sun 11am-6pm. Admission free. 183 Euston Rd, NW1 2BE. T: 020-7611 2222. www.wellcome collection.org. Station: Euston. C7.
Visit the Georgian home of the Duke of Wellington to see its grand interiors and ﬁne art. Please check for times and prices. 149 Piccadilly, Hyde Park Corner, W1J 7NT. T: 020-7499 5676. www.english-heritage.org.uk/apsleyhouse. Station: Hyde Park Corner. F6.
This 17th-century building was designed for James I, with an exquisite painted ceiling. It is the only remaining part of the Palace of Westminster, which was destroyed by ﬁre. Daily 10am-1pm but call before visiting. Adult £6.50; child free. Whitehall, SW1A 2ER. T: 020-3166 6000. www.hrp.org.uk. Station: Westminster. E8.
Zoo with lively keeper experiences. Daily 10am-5.30pm. Adult £8.95; child £6.95. Battersea Park, Chelsea Bridge Gate, SW11 4NJ. T: 020-7924 5826. www.batterseaparkzoo.co.uk. Station: Battersea Park. Off map.
The world’s largest public library. To 29 Aug: Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths. This major exhibition has rare documents and other treasures to mark a century since the revolution. Open daily, please check for times. Admission free; charges for tours, some exhibitions and events. 96 Euston Rd, NW1 2DB. T: 0330-333 1144. www.bl.uk. Station: King’s Cross. C7.
The London residence and principal workplace of the monarchy has 775 rooms. Closed to the public (except in summer). Buckingham Palace, The Mall, SW1A 1AA. T: 0303-123 7300. www.royalcollection. org.uk. Station: Victoria/Green Park. F6/F7.
At 11am every Mon, Wed, Fri and Sun, watch the changing of the Queen’s Guard on the Palace’s forecourt (except in heavy rain). Free. Buckingham Palace, The Mall, SW1A 1AA. T: 0303-123 7300. Victoria/Green Park. D5. The Changing the Life Guard Ceremony takes place Mon-Fri 11am; Sun 10am – check for last-minute changes. When the sentries change, trumpeters play. Buckingham Palace, The Mall, SW1A 1AA. T: 0303-123 7300. www.royal.gov.uk. Station: Victoria/Green Park. F6/F7.
Founded in 1673 as the Apothecaries’ Garden. Adult £10.50; child £6.95. Mon 11am-5pm garden only; Tue-Fri 11am-6pm garden and shop; Sun 11am- 6pm garden, shop and café. 66 Royal Hospital Rd, SW3 4HS. T: 020-7352 5646. www.chelseaphysic garden.co.uk. Station: Sloane Square. Off map.
See Old Masters in this manor, which features neo-Palladian interiors inspired by 16th-century Italy. Gardens daily 7am-dusk; house Sun-Wed 10am-4pm; conservatory Tue-Sun 10am-4pm. House adult £6.70; child £4. Gardens free. Chiswick House and Gardens, W4 2RP. T: 020-8995 0508. www.chgt.org.uk. Station: Chiswick Park. Off map.
This 19th-century ship is the world’s last surviving tea clipper. 3, 10, 17 & 24 May: Toddler Time. Songs, stories and playtime. Daily 10am-5pm. Adult £12.15; child £6.30. Cutty Sark, King William Walk, SE10 9HT. T: 020-8312 6608. www.rmg.co.uk/cuttysark. Station: Cutty Sark/Greenwich. Map inset.
Since 1979, visitors have been able to explore the home of artist Dennis Severs. Ten rooms, from the cellar to the attic, illustrate the life of a family of Huguenot silk weavers from the 17th to 19th centuries. Silent night tour Mon, Wed & Fri 5pm-9pm. Daytime tour Mon noon-2pm & Sun noon-4pm. Tickets £5-£17.50. 18 Folgate St, E1 6BX. T: 020-7247 4013. www.dennissevershouse. co.uk. Station: Liverpool Street. D11.
Dr Samuel Johnson compiled his ﬁrst English dictionary here in the 1700s. Mon-Sat 11am5.30pm. Adult £6; child £2.50. 17 Gough Square, EC4A 3DE. T: 020-7353 3745. www.drjohnsons house.org. Station: Temple/Chancery Lane. D9.
Part showpiece of Art Deco design and part medieval royal palace, make yourself at home as a guest of the Courtaulds and be transported back to the 1930s. Please check for prices and times. Court Yard, SE9 5QE. T: 020-8294 2548. www.english-heritage.org.uk/eltham. Station: Eltham. Off map.
This attractive 15th-century building was the summer retreat of the Bishops of London. Now it’s a museum with gardens, a café and art gallery. 8 May: The Ruisi Quartet Plus One. Travel through 125 years of musical history with the Friends of Fulham Palace during this special recital by the award-winning Ruisi Quartet, who will be joined on the night by violist Jenny Lewisohn. Museum, historic rooms and shop Mon-Thur 12.30pm-4.30pm; Sun and bank holidays noon-5pm. Admission free, charges for special events. Bishop’s Avenue, SW6 6EA. T: 020-7736 3233. www.fulhampalace.org. Station: Putney Bridge. Off map.
Make like a monkey at this treetop adventure playground, which is suitable for children over six and adults. Negotiate ladders, bridges and zip lines while attached to a reassuring harness. Enthusiastic staff are on hand throughout the three-and-a-half-hour experience. Daily from 8.30am. Adult £35; child £27-£35. Battersea Park, SW11 4NJ. T: 0845-643 9236. www.goape.co.uk/ battersea-park. Station: Battersea Park. Off map.
A full-size reconstruction of Sir Francis Drake’s 16th-century ship, in which he circumnavigated the globe. Regular events include dressing up in historical costumes, quiz nights and battle workshops. Daily 10am-6pm. Guided tour adult £7; child £5. 1 Pickfords Wharf, Clink St, SE1 9DG. T: 020-7403 0123. www.goldenhinde.com. Station: London Bridge. E10.
One of Europe’s greatest 17th-century houses. Its gardens are said to be haunted. Check for times. Adult £10.80; child £5.40. Ham St, Surrey, TW10 7RS. T: 020-8940 1950. www.national trust.org.uk. Station: Richmond. Off map.
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The former homes of Anglo-German composer George Frideric Handel and American guitarist Jimi Hendrix. See where Handel lived and composed for 36 years, plus Hendrix’s bedroom restored to how it was in 1968 and 1969. Mon-Sat 11pm-6pm; Sun noon-6pm. Adult £10; child £5. 25 Brook St, W1K 4HB. T: 020-7495 1685. www.handelhouse.org. Station: Bond Street. D6.
Permanently moored on the River Thames, this is Europe’s only surviving World War II cruiser. Daily 10am-6pm. Adult £14.50; child £7.25. The Queen’s Walk, off Tooley St, SE1 2JH. T: 020-7940 6300. www.iwm.org.uk. Station: London Bridge. E11.
The site of Parliament since 1265 and still a royal palace, the current building with Big Ben was built in the 19th century. Watch debates for free when the Houses are in session. Bring your passport. Tours every Sat plus Mon-Fri 26 & 31 May. Advance audio tour adult £18.50, child £7.50 (ﬁ rst child free); guided tour adult £25.50, child £11. On the day audio tour adult £20.50, child £8.50 (ﬁ rst child free); guided tour adult £28, child £12. Palace of Westminster, Parliament Square, SW1A 0AA. T: 020-7219 4114. www.parliament. uk/visit. Station: Westminster. F8.
Built around 1365 to house Edward III’s treasures. Please check for prices and times. Abingdon St, SW1P 3JX. T: 020-7222 2219. www.englishheritage.org.uk. Station: Westminster. F8.
This 19th-century home belonged to the Romantic poet John Keats. See his paintings, books, letters and household items, plus the engagement ring he gave to his sweetheart Fanny Brawne. Wed-Sun 11am-5pm. Adult £6.50; child free. Keats Grove, NW3 2RR. T: 020-7332 3868. www.cityoﬂondon.gov.uk/keatshousehampstead. Station: Hampstead. Off map.
This royal residence sits in Kensington Gardens and was Princess Diana’s last home. Diana: Her Fashion Story. Trace the evolution of the Princess’s style, from the demure, romantic outﬁts of her ﬁrst public appearances, to the glamour, elegance and conﬁdence of her later life. Daily, check for times. Adult £17; child free. Kensington Gardens, W8 4PX. T: 0844-482 7777. www.hrp.org.uk. Station: High Street Kensington/ Queensway. Off map.
On the edge of Hampstead Heath, Kenwood house and its landscaped gardens is a hidden gem. Admire Robert Adams’ neoclassical interiors and a wonderful art collection including Rembrandt, Vermeer and Gainsborough. Free admission. Open daily, please check for times. Hampstead Lane, NW3 7JR. T: 020-8348 1286. www.english-heritage.org.uk/kenwood. Station: Hampstead. Off map.
This royal retreat in the grounds of Royal Botanic Gardens Kew was home to King George III. Don’t miss the Royal Kitchens and its garden. Admission free with Kew Garden tickets. Kew Gardens, Richmond, TW9 3AB. T: 0844-482 7777. www.hrp.org.uk. Station: Kew Gardens. Off map.
Parents take a back seat here as children take charge. Three times the size of Trafalgar Square, KidZania has two storeys of everything a child could want including TV and animation studios, a chocolate factory, pit lane, hospital and aviation academy – there’s even a tattoo parlour. You will leave wondering why there wasn’t a KidZania when you were growing up… which is why it hosts occasional adult nights! Daily from 10am, check for closing times. Adult from £15; child from £18. Westﬁeld London Shopping Centre, Ariel Way, W12 7GA. T: 0330-131 3333. www.london.kidzania.com. Station: Shepherd’s Bush. Map inset.
An exciting history lesson on the past of the 1,700-year-old London Bridge site. Special effects and actors bring this spine-tinglingly scary attraction to life. Tickets also include the London Tombs, under the bridge, which are in a former plague pit. Please check for times and prices. 2-4 Tooley St, SE1 2SY. T: 020-7403 6333. www.thelondonbridgeexperience.com. Station: London Bridge. E10.
This uniquely thrilling attraction will whisk you back to the capital’s most perilous past. See, hear, feel and (ahem) smell the chillingly amusing characters of the ‘bad old days’ as they come to life before you. Not for small children or the faint-hearted, but a great option for brave teenagers. Joint tickets available with Sea Life London Aquarium, Coca-Cola London Aquarium, London Eye, Madame Tussauds and Shrek’s Adventure!. Please check for times and prices. County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, SE1 7PB. T: 0871-423 2240. www.thedungeons.com. Station: Waterloo/Embankment. F8.
One of the world’s largest observation wheels. Interactive screens in each pod give an insight into landmarks. Joint tickets with the London Aquarium, London Dungeon, Madame Tussauds and Shrek’s Adventure! available. Daily from 10am, check for closing times. Adult £24.95; child £19.95. County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, SE1 7PB. T: 0871-781 3000. www.london eye.com. Station: Waterloo. F8.
Immerse yourself in the animal kingdom at the world’s oldest scientiﬁc zoo, which has more than 750 species. As well as an aquarium, penguin beach and endangered Sumatran tigers, you can see the new Land of the Lions exhibition – which features Asiatic lions in surroundings designed to resemble an Indian national park. 17 May: Safari in the City. An after-hours event which includes a twilight tour, talks from conservation experts, an African-themed dinner and prizes. Daily 10am-6pm. Adult £29.75; child £22. Regent’s Park, NW1 4RY. T: 020-7722 3333. www.zsl.org. Station: Camden Town. C6.
Celebrated home of life-sized wax ﬁgures depicting famous people from the worlds of entertainment, politics, sport and history, from the Queen to Adele. Pose with your favourite legend and visit the terrifying Chamber of Horrors and Scream experiences. Don’t miss the permanent Star Wars exhibition, featuring 11 sets from the ﬁlm. The Game’s Afoot, an immersive attraction with actors, illusion and sound effects, is a highlight. Joint tickets with the London Aquarium, London Dungeon, London Eye and Shrek’s Adventure! available. Please check for times. Adult £35; child £30. Marylebone Rd, NW1 5LR. T: 0871-894 3000. www.madametussauds.com/london. Station: Baker Street. C6.
This beautiful stone column in the heart of the City was built in 1677 to commemorate the 1666 Great Fire of London. Climb the 311 steps to its observation gallery. Daily 9.30am6pm. Adult £4.50; child £2.30. Joint tickets with the Tower Bridge Exhibition available. Monument St, EC3R 6BD. T: 020-7626 2717. www.themonument.org.uk. Station: Monument. E10.
Star Wars Identities. Browse 200 original sketches, models and props from Star Wars and ﬁnd out which character you identify with. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm. Tickets £10-£20. Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX. T: 020-8463 2000. www.theo2. co.uk. Station: North Greenwich. Map inset.
This Baroque masterpiece, part of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site, has costumed characters and tours. During its conservation project, you can see the Painted Hall ceiling from an observation deck (adult £10; child £5). Daily, please check for opening times. Admission free. King William Walk, SE10 9NN. T: 0208269 4799. www.ornc.org. Station: Cutty Sark/ Greenwich. Map inset.
Formerly the site of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, this park includes an aquatics centre and the ArcelorMittal Orbit observation tower. The park is open 24 hours daily. Admission free. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E20 2ST. T: 0800-072 2110. www.queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk. Station: Stratford. Off map.
This curiosity-ﬁlled museum has 700 oddities over six ﬂoors, from a shrunken head to an albino alligator and the world’s tallest man. Daily 10ammidnight. Adult £27.99; child £20.99. 1 Piccadilly Circus, W1J 0DA. T: 020-3238 0022. www.ripleys london.com. Station: Piccadilly Circus. E7.
Better known as Kew Gardens, this World Heritage Site contains plants from across the globe, with Victorian tropical greenhouses, a Chinese pagoda and the Treetop Walkway. You can also experience The Hive, an aluminium structure modelled on a beehive. Buzzing and lights play inside it in response to a real beehive. Daily from 10am, please check for closing times. Adult £15; child £3.50; charges for special exhibitions. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AB. T: 020-8332 5655. www.kew.org. Station: Kew Gardens. Off map.
Grade I-listed building housing a museum about the institution’s 15 Nobel Prize-winning scientists. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm. Admission free; charges for talks. 21 Albemarle St, W1S 4BS. T: 020-7409 2992. www.rigb.org. Station: Green Park. E6.
Built by John Nash in 1825, this beautiful part of Buckingham Palace houses the Queen’s vehicles and horses, including the Diamond Jubilee State Coach. Mon-Sat 10am-5pm. Adult £10; child £5.80. Buckingham Palace Rd, SW1W 1QH. T: 0303-123 7302. www.royalcollection.org.uk. Station: Victoria. F6.
The home of Greenwich Mean Time and London’s only planetarium. The Sky Tonight. Daily planetarium show that explores the Moon, constellations, planets and deep space objects. To 25 Jun: Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year. Skyscapes. Meridian Line and Observatory daily 10am-4.30pm. Adult £9.50; child £5. Blackheath Avenue, SE10 8XJ. T: 020-8858 4422. www.rmg.co.uk. Station: Greenwich/Maze Hill/Cutty Sark. Map inset.
One of Europe’s largest aquariums, with 500 species. Ocean Invaders: Enter the World of the Jellyﬁsh. Get up close to a swarm of jellyﬁsh at this permanent exhibition. You can also snorkel with sharks (from £80 including admission). Please check for times and prices. Joint tickets with London Eye, London Dungeon, Madame Tussauds and Shrek’s Adventure! available. County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, SE1 7PB. T: 0333-321 2001. www.sealife.co.uk/london. Station: Westminster/Waterloo. F8.
Ride the magical 4D ‘DreamWorks Tours’ bus to step into live actor fairytale-themed shows where you can meet the characters from the much-loved ﬁlms. Joint tickets with London Eye, London Dungeon, Madame Tussauds and Sea Life London Aquarium are available. Please check for times. Adult £27.50; child £22. Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, SE1 7PB. T: 0871-221 2837. www.shreksadventure.com. Station: Waterloo. F8.
One of London’s oldest palaces, constructed in the 14th century and home to royalty for three centuries. Palace and house closed to the public. Marlborough Rd, SW1A 1BS. www.royal.gov.uk. Station: St James’s Park. E7.
Dating from the 11th century, this marina is near the Tower of London and is lined with markets, shops, galleries and restaurants. 50 St Katharine’s Way, E1W 1LA. T: 020-7264 5287. www.skdocks. co.uk. Station: Tower Hill. E11.
Landmark Palladian church with tours, a brass-rubbing centre and live classical music (some free). Holy Communion given daily and classical music performed weekly by candlelight. Please check for opening times. Admission free; brass rubbing from £4.50. Trafalgar Square, WC2N 4JJ. T: 020-7766 1100. www.stmartin-in-the-ﬁelds.org. Station: Charing Cross. E8.
Sir Christopher Wren’s 300-year old cathedral has stunning mosaics. Climb up the dome to the Whispering Gallery and a further 271 steps to the Golden Gallery for a classic London panorama. Don’t miss Oculus: An Eye into St Paul’s, a 270-degree ﬁlm experience. Free tours. Mon-Sat 8.30am-4.30pm. Adult £18; child £8. St Paul’s Churchyard, EC4M 8AD. T: 020-7246 8350. www.stpauls.co.uk. Station: St Paul’s. D9/10.
Punch cartoonist Edward Linley Sambourne’s former home. A highlight is a costumed actor- led tour. Wed, Sat-Sun 11am-12.15pm & 2pm- 5.30pm. Adult from £7; child from £5. 18 Stafford Terrace, W8 7BH. T: 020-7602 3316. www.rbkc. gov.uk. Station: High Street Kensington. Off map.
Designed in 1884, this landmark has wonderful views; check out the glass ﬂoor on the high walkways. You can also tour the engine rooms. Joint tickets with The Monument available. Daily 10am-5.30pm. Please check for prices. Tower Bridge Rd, SE1 2UP. T: 020-7403 3761. www.towerbridge.org.uk. Station: Tower Hill. E11.
This historic landmark includes the Bloody Tower, Traitors’ Gate and the Jewel House, home of the Crown Jewels. Enjoy free guided tours by ‘Beefeaters’ (Yeoman Warders). Book ahead online for the nightly Ceremony of the Keys, which dates back to 1340 (free). 26-27 May: Pride, Power and Politics. Tour exploring changing attitudes to gender and sexuality . Tue-Sat 9am-5.30pm; Sun-Mon 10am-5.30pm. Check for prices. Tower Hill, EC3N 4AB. T: 0844-482 7799. www.hrp.org. uk/tower-of-london. Station: Tower Hill. E11.
This venue used to protect the Queen’s treasures under the old Coutts Bank; now it’s home to rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia. Daily 11.30am-10.30pm. Admission free. Hard Rock Cafe London, 150 Old Park Lane, W1K 1QZ. T: 020-7514 1700. www.hard rock.com. Station: Hyde Park Corner. E6.
Ascend Western Europe’s tallest building in a high-speed lift. At 1,017ft, on a clear day you can see as far as Windsor – and if you can’t see four major landmarks you can visit again for free. Daily 10am-10pm. Advance adult £25.95, child £19.95; on the day adult £30.95, child £24.95. 32 London Bridge St, SE1 9SG. T: 0844499 7111. www.theviewfromtheshard.com. Station: London Bridge. E10.
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Explore behind the scenes of the legendary Harry Potter ﬁlms in The Making of Harry Potter tour. Visitors can witness iconic sets including the Great Hall, Hagrid’s Hut, Diagon Alley and the Forbidden Forest. A fascinating insight into ﬁlmmaking. Please check for times. Adult £39; child £31. Booking essential. Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden, Hertfordshire, WD25 7LS. T: 0845-084 0900. www.wbstudiotour.co.uk. Station: Euston to Watford Junction, then shuttle bus. Off map.
Climb to the viewing galleries of this magniﬁ cent arch for panoramic views over the Royal Parks and Houses of Parliament. It also hosts exhibitions. Joint tickets are available with Apsley House. Daily 10am-5pm. Adult £4.70; child £2.80. Apsley Way, Hyde Park Corner, W1J 7JZ. T: 020-7930 2726. www.english-heritage.org.uk. Station: Hyde Park Corner. F6.
Consecrated in 1065, this abbey is the crowning and burial site of most English monarchs. It also houses Poets’ Corner, the burial place of Charles Dickens and other famous writers. Mon-Sat, check for times. Adult £20; child £9. 20 Dean’s Yard, SW1P 3PA. T: 020-7222 5152. www.westminster-abbey.org. Station: Westminster/St James’s Park. F7.
From river views to quaint cobbled streets lined with independent shops, you’ll ﬁnd there is so much to see and do in leafy Richmondupon-Thames. If you’re travelling to Richmond by public transport, then the District Line Tube will take you from Earl’s Court to Richmond in about 20 minutes, while the train from Waterloo takes approximately 20 minutes. Here are the reasons why this beautiful part of southwest London deserves your attention.
You might not expect 2,500 acres of land devoted to a city park, but this is London after all. Richmond Park is the largest of London’s Royal Parks, and is three times the size of New York’s Central Park. There are lots of walking and cycling paths to explore. Make sure you admire the beautiful and exotic plants and ﬂowers in Isabella Plantation, and grab a drink and a bite to eat at pretty Pembroke Lodge. Kids can run around in the playgrounds and play hide and seek among the trees. More than 600 red and fallow deer roam freely – just remember not to chase or touch them. Look out, too, for stag beetles, foxes and bats.
Nothing beats a river view, especially on a sunny day. If you don’t have sea legs, walk up Richmond Hill for a beautiful view of the surrounding area. This renowned hill offers the only vista in England that is protected by an Act of Parliament, which was passed in 1902. The view has been immortalised in paintings by JMW Turner, and was described by novelist Sir Walter Scott as an ‘unrivalled landscape’.
Richmond has many independent boutiques as well as high-street names. Some of the well-known shops along and near George Street include House of Fraser, COS, H&M, Jack Wills, Jo Malone, Waterstones and Smiggle, as well as a string of independent stores – you won’t ﬁnd any American-style malls here. Stroll from shop to shop and take in the beautiful architecture around you.
Located on leafy Richmond Green, the Richmond Theatre has a wide programme of performances, from plays and musicals to ballets and comedy shows – as well as a much-loved pantomime every winter. This month you can watch the musical Footloose (15-20 May), as well as comedian Russell Brand (30 May).
Richmond has some great restaurants. Stein’s is an outdoor Bavarian restaurant by the river – on a balmy day, there is nothing better than beer and sausages in the sun. Other good riverside restaurants include The Bingham inside the boutique hotel of the same name, and a branch of American diner Jackson + Rye.
If you prefer something lighter, there are lots of cafés, too. For great ice cream, head to Gelateria Danieli for gelato, frozen yoghurt and shakes.
Taking everything from the Bermuda Triangle to a ruined abbey as inspiration, the Chelsea Flower Show (23-27 May) at the Royal Hospital Chelsea is set to wow once more. Since 1862, the Royal Horticultural Society’s annual garden design show has celebrated spring with gardens bursting with beautiful blooms, and every year tops the last.
This season sees nine show gardens, including veteran Ishihara Kazuyuki’s oasis. Inspired by the Kyoto Imperial Palace, it features a Japanese pond surrounded by pines and maples. Another highlight is a Yorkshire garden, complete with cliff s, a beach and ‘sea’ lapping against abbey ruins. Look out for ﬁve fresh gardens, one of which is Mexican-themed with drought-tolerant plants set against orange and hot-pink walls. The Bermuda Triangle, meanwhile, features a palm tree, tropical plants and volcanic landscapes in a pyramid designed by one of the show’s youngest exhibitors, 23-year-old Jack Dunckley.
As well as the gardens themselves, the show features a packed programme of talks, botanical-themed crafts, restaurants serving edible blooms, and experts who will be on hand to provide advice for your own garden. With celebrities and royals ﬂocking to the show, tickets to this prestigious event sell out fast. If you are not successful, London has plenty of green spaces to explore – in fact, almost 40 per cent of the city is made up of parks and open spaces, making it the greenest city in the world. And we are only getting greener – a garden bridge opening up across the river is in the pipeline. Until then, it’s time to see the city in full bloom.
The famous museum houses treasures including the Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies.
Priceless European art belonging to the nation. See works by Botticelli, da Vinci, van Gogh and more.
Explore the natural world, including prehistoric fossils and taxidermy.
Opened in 1951, this world-famous arts centre hosts music, dance, art and spoken-word events.
This former power station in Bankside, which has recently expanded, houses a modern art collection.
Has there ever been a man with a more apt surname than William Wordsworth? The Cumbria-born Romantic poet understood the value of language, investing his lyrical ballads with economy and rare beauty.
Yet while his literary gifts were undoubted, it was a lifetime spent in Cumbria that inspired him to reach such heights. His 1815 masterpiece, ‘I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud’, recently voted one of the nation’s favourite poems, was inspired by a trail of daffodils near Gowbarrow Park in Ullswater, for example. Other literary talents to have drawn on the local landscape and left their mark for years to come include Peter Rabbit creator Beatrix Potter and Arthur Ransome, the children’s author famed for his adventurous Swallows and Amazons series. Despite the area’s rich literary history, Cumbria is a modern county, formed in 1974 from Cumberland, Westmorland and parts of neighbouring Yorkshire and Lancashire. Enclosed within its vast borders are England’s largest lakes, highest peak and second lowest population per square mile, ensuring an unrivalled sense of space and drama. In fact, even a short visit to Cumbria is sure to have you penning paeans to this glorious corner of the country.
Cumbria’s largest city dates back to the 1st century AD and the Roman settlement of Luguvalium. Emperor Hadrian later visited in 122 and ordered the construction of Petriana, the largest fort along his 73-mile long wall that marked the northern limit of Britannia. The city makes a perfect base for exploring Hadrian’s Wall Country, while the Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery has a section devoted to The Roman Frontier. Look out for the cathedral – founded in 1122, it is one of the smallest in England yet worth seeing for the East Window’s stained glass.
At 10.5 miles long, England’s largest lake has been attracting visitors for centuries. Wealthy Victorian businessmen built huge villas on the shores that have since been converted into hotels, while steamer ships offer sedate perspectives on the surrounding fells.
Families make a beeline for Bowness-on-Windermere and The World of Beatrix Potter, an interactive recreation of the author’s best-loved characters and scenes. Other points of interest include Rydal Mount, poet William Wordsworth’s home from 1813 to his death in 1850, and the National Trust-owned Wray Castle.
Renowned as the home of Kendal Mint Cake, there is far more to this south Cumbrian market town than just sugary confectionery. Abbot Hall Art Gallery is a stately Georgian villa packed with great paintings (including SJ Peploe’s 1925 Still Life with Tulips and Oranges). Elsewhere, the Strickland family home of Sizergh is a National Trust gem and the Kendal Museum boasts local archaeology and rare flora and fauna.
The great swathe of forest nestled between Coniston Water and Lake Windermere is an area of natural beauty, full of walking trails and cycle paths, and home to England’s only surviving indigenous woodland herd of red deer.
The area’s real calling card, however, is Grizedale Sculpture, an ever-changing collection of around 40 public artworks dotted throughout more than 4,000 hectares of woodland.
Since 1977, site-specific works have been commissioned from leading international artists, including British favourites David Nash and Andy Goldsworthy.
CASTLERIGG STONE CIRCLE
It may lack the fame and UNESCO recognition of Wiltshire’s Stonehenge, but when it comes to pure aesthetic appeal, Castlerigg is undoubtedly Britain’s most impressive stone circle. One of the oldest examples of British circles, Castlerigg dates back to the Neolithic era – it is thought to have been raised around 3000BC – while the rolling hills of Skiddaw, Blencathra and Lonscale Fell provide a gorgeous backdrop.
And with little archaeological activity having taken place on the site to date, its original purpose remains a beguiling, unsolved mystery.
Author Beatrix Potter’s former home – a 17th-century farmhouse at Near Sawrey in Ambleside – was purchased with the proceeds from her first book in 1905. The National Trust preserves the house as if Potter has just popped out, with the fire roaring in winter and crockery laid out on the table. Tickets are timed to avoid overcrowding in the cosy interior, while the cottage garden is lovingly maintained in true Victorian style.
Lord Inglewood’s family home since 1605 is one of Britain’s most fascinating country houses, a patchwork of many architectural styles. The original, moated Pele Tower was built around 1350, while subsequent additions include the crenelated 17th-century Gallery (now home to the Cloisters Tearoom) and the early Victorian southeast tower.
The extensive gardens, meanwhile, are spectacular, containing more than 50,000 trees planted by Lord Inglewood’s ancestor Henry Vane Fletcher in the mid-18th century. Lounge among the impressive topiary on the terrace, admire the fruit trees of the Walled Garden, or follow the Woodland Walk for a chance to spy rare red squirrel.