What’s going down

in London Town

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Abbey Road

Only four stops from Willesden Green tube station St Johns Wood tube station which is where the Beatles lived in London for much of the 1960’s and the prime landmark ‘Abbey Road zebra crossing’ featured on there album cover located near EMI studios. To get there from the station walk up Groove End Road, which runs along the west side of Lord’s cricket ground, until you come to the junction where it turns in Abbey Road. Don’t forget your camera and a pen to write in the famous wall outside the studio!

Borough Market

It is located beneath the railway arches between High Street and the cathedral. The display of goods on sale will start your stomach rumble in anticipation of the next mouthful of fresh food.

British Museum

The imposing British Museum exhibits the works of man from prehistoric to modern times with collections drawn from all around the world. Famous objects include the Rosetta Stone, sculptures from the Parthenon and the Portland Vase.

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace has served as the Monarch`s permanent London residence since the accession of Queen Victoria. It began its days in 1702 as the Duke of Buckingham`s city residence, built on the site of a notorious brothel, and was sold by the Duke`s son to George III in 1762.

Camden Markets

Camden Town is a sea of entertainment. It overflows with a variety of colourful markets, shops, restaurants, bars, pubs, clubs, theatres and cinemas. The town attracts enormous crowds of Londoners and tourists alike. Camden Lock Market, by the canal, was the original craft market, established in 1974, but now has a much wider spectrum of goods on sale. Both this and the ever popular Camden Stables Market – centre of the alternative fashion scene, Camden (Buck Street) Market, the recently improved Camden Lock Villageand Inverness Street Market – which thrived on local trade long before tourists discovered Camden, are all open every day, making the area well worth a mid-week visit. But it is at the weekend that the market scene jumps fully into life with all stalls and shops at the markets fully trading.

Madame Tussauds

At Madame Tussauds, you’ll come face-to-face with some of the world’s most famous faces. From Shakespeare to Britney you’ll meet influential figures from showbiz, sport, politics and even Royalty. Sing along with Kylie; strike a penalty with Rooney or receive a once-in-a-lifetime audience with Her Majesty the Queen.

National Gallery

The National Gallery houses one of the greatest collections of European painting in the world. With paintings ranging from 1250 to 1900, the collection includes work by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Turner, Cezanne and Van Gogh.

Natural History Museum

As well as the permanent dinosaur exhibition, the Natural History Museum boasts a collection of the biggest, tallest and rarest animals in the world. Don’t miss the life-sized Blue Whale model, the 40-million-year-old spider, the earthquake simulator and an elephant bird egg.

National Maritime Museum

One of the greatest maritime museums of the world containing models, displays, paintings and trophies from every continent of the world. Children find plenty to engage them in the All Hands gallery and have a go on the professional ship simulator.

Portobello Market

To reach this market you will need to take a tube to weither Ladbroke grove or Notting Hill Station and follow the herds of people towards the market. Saturday is the main day for the market with all the sellers. There is everything as this market – amazing food, antiques, second hand market and up & coming designers.

Science Museum

See, touch and experience the major scientific advances of the last 300 years at the largest museum of its kind in the world. The Science Museum has over 40 galleries and 2000 hands-on exhibits, step into the future in the Wellcome Wing, visit the IMAX cinema and virtual reality simulator.

Tate Modern

The impressive Tate Modern is Britain’s national museum of modern art. Housed in the former Bankside Power Station on the banks of the River Thames, the gallery displays major works by Matisse and Picasso as well as contemporary work, exhibitions and installations.

Big Ben

This is the place where laws governing British life are debated and enacted. The building orgiginates from 1840 after a fire destroyed the previous building. Big Ben` – the ornate, gilded clock tower, strictly speaking refers only to the thirteen-ton main bell. Big Ben bell strikes every quarter hour.

London Eye

The London Eye is a major feature of London’s skyline. It is the world’s highest observation wheel and offers passengers spectacular views of over 55 of London’s most famous landmarks – all in just 30 minutes.

Tower of London

Take a guided tour with one of the Yeoman Warders around one of the most famous fortified buildings in the world. Discover its 900 year history as a royal palace and fortress, prison and place of execution, mint, arsenal, menagerie and jewel house.

V & A

The V&A celebrates all things art and design, and is home to 3,000 years worth of amazing artefacts from many of the world’s richest cultures. See their amazing collection of ceramics, furniture, fashion, glass, jewellery, photographs, sculpture, textiles and paintings.

Trafalgar Square

Here the statue of Admiral Lord Nelson dominates the square from 167 feet above it. Built to commemorate his naval victory in 1805 it is the focal point of this magnificent area. Trafalgar Square was laid out in 1830 and is a popular venue for political rallies and used to be home to thousands of pigeons. The Mayor of London’s recent ruling banning pigeon food sellers is designed to purge this patch of London of a health hazard.

Tower Bridge

One of the most famous London attractions and just over a hundred years old, the Tower Bridge with its twin drawbridges, or bascules, each weighing about 1,000 tons have been raised more then half a million times since it was built. It takes only 90 seconds for the bascules to be raised with electric motors which replaced the old steam engines