To really experience 'The Grand, The Quirky and the Hidden' of London, have a look at the list of must-see sights and plan your ultimate London experience.
Ascend to the high level walk ways of Tower Bridge for panoramic views of the London skyline and take photos of your feet as you look down on London life through the glass floor.
St Paul’s Cathedral
Visit St Paul’s Cathedral and explore the crypt and the famous Whispering Gallery in the dome. Multimedia guides and free guided tours will bring the history to life. Pause on the steps outside to admire the setting – and remember ‘Feed the Birds’ from Mary Poppins.
One New Change Shopping Centre
Pop into One New Change Shopping Centre and take the lift to the top floor where you can enjoy the view over St Paul’s roof top and perhaps treat yourself to a fortifying cocktail in one of the roof top bars.
Visit eight attractions in one place at Guildhall Galleries. See a stunning collection of pre-Raphaelite paintings at Guildhall Art Gallery. Imagine what life was like for gladiators in London’s Roman Amphitheatre. Find the City of London’s giants, Gog and Magog in the medieval Great Hall. Discover 175 years of policing the Square mile at the City of London Police Museum. Guildhall Galleries is also home to Guildhall Library, City of London Heritage Gallery, The City Centre and St Lawrence Jewry.
The place for royal weddings and coronations, Westminster Abbey is the treasure house of Britain. See the new David Hockney window, specially designed for the Queen; find Britain’s oldest door; climb the turret to the new Queen’s Jubilee Galleries 50 feet above the nave; go on a tour and pay your respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior. Definitely worth the visit!
The Palace of Westminster
The home of Parliament, The Palace of Westminster, tells the story of kings, queens and democracy over the centuries. See where watershed events, such as Guy Fawkes’ trial and execution in 1603, took place. Discover Spencer Percival, Prime Minister, who was assassinated in the palace in 1812. Find out why you are not allowed to die on the premises. Go on a tour!
Händel & Hendrix in London
Händel & Hendrix in London – Georg Friedrich Handel, composer, impresario and confirmed bachelor, lived at 25 Brook Street from 1723 until his death in 1759. Off fashionable New Bond Street, it’s a fine celebration of Handel’s music, life and times. And did you know that Jimi Hendrix lived there too?
National Portrait Gallery
Almost hidden behind the National Gallery, at the National Portrait Gallery you can meet Bloody Mary; Elizabeth, the Virgin Queen; and Henry VIII, whose last wife, Katherine Parr, was the first woman in England to publish in English. It almost got her arrested for treason and executed! … Then relax in the bar with breathtaking views over Trafalgar Square.
The Supreme Court
A hidden gem in plain sight on Parliament Square, the new Supreme Court of the United Kingdom opened in 2009. Find King John, reluctantly receiving Magna Carta and the doomed Lady Jane Grey being offered the crown in the parade of sculptures on the façade. Go on a free tour of the Court and delight in its stained glass and art collection. Relax in the café after discovering more about the Brexit Referendum.
London Zoo, Little Venice and the Puppet Barge
Take the canal boat from a morning at London Zoo to Little Venice and the Puppet Barge. See the unknown Westminster from the water - away from palaces and politics - as you float under bridges along gardens and through the Maida Vale tunnel before disembarking for the puppet show. Or go the other way round. It’s magical.