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Best things to do in London

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Park
“Covering 350 acres, Hyde Park is London's largest open space and has been a destination for sightseers since 1635. One of the park's highlights is the Serpentine, an 18th-century man-made lake popular for boating and swimming. Hyde Park is also where you'll find Speakers' Corner, a traditional forum for free speech (and heckling). Another Hyde Park landmark is Apsley House, former home of the first Duke of Wellington and purchased after his famous victory at Waterloo. Now a museum, it houses Wellington's magnificent collections of paintings, including Velázquez's The Waterseller of Seville, along with gifts presented by grateful European kings and emperors. England's greatest hero is also commemorated at the Wellington Arch.”
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Science Museum
“Science, dinosaurs... in the winter there is a skating rink... once a month there is Night at the Museum.”
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Palace
“Changing of the Guards happens at 11AM, must arrive before then to see the procession. Not done everyday (except summer), check the website.”
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Art Museum
“South Ken is bursting with amazing museums. The V&A is hard to beat (for grown ups). It's free to get in and on a sunny day there are few nicer places to eat than in its central courtyard. It's a 40 minute walk over Albert Bridge and through South Ken (or a 15 minute bus ride - 49 or 345). ”
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History Museum
“Perfect trip for the family on a sunny day, opens until late and only ten minute walk from the Airbnb . Lots of history to learn and engaging for children with activities always running . ”
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Point of Interest
“Built to mark London's millennium celebrations in 2000, the London Eye is Europe's largest observation wheel. Its individual glass capsules offer the most spectacular views of the city as you embark on a circular tour rising 443 feet above the Thames. The journey lasts 30 minutes, often quicker than the time spent lining up for your turn. If you can, reserve your time in advance. The best option is to skip the line completely with a London Eye: Skip-the-Line Ticket. This advance ticket allows you to take a flight at any time on the day you plan to visit. Address: Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, London”
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Department Store
“Harrods is a department store located on Brompton Road in Knightsbridge, London. It is owned by the state of Qatar via its sovereign wealth fund, the Qatar Investment Authority. The Harrods brand also applies to other enterprises undertaken by the Harrods group of companies including Harrods Estates, Harrods Aviation and Air Harrods, and to Harrods Buenos Aires, sold by Harrods in 1922 and closed as of 2011. The store occupies a 5-acre (20,000 m2) site and has 330 departments covering 1.1 million square feet (102,193.344 m2) of retail space. It is the largest department store in Europe and lays claim to having its own unique postcode, SW1X 7XL. The Harrods motto is Omnia Omnibus Ubique, which is Latin for "all things for all people, everywhere".[ Several of its departments, including the seasonal Christmas department and the food halls, are well known.”
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Park
“Less popular but much more beautiful than Hyde Park, this park is a must do. Go walk, run, cycle or just lie there. Within the park, Vvisit Queen Mary’s gardens where you’ll find all kind of flowers, foutains and trees.”
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Castle
“Crown Jewels kept here, nearby the Tower Bridge (great view), historic tour, museum of armour”
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Market
“Cute Sunday flower market, perfect for exploring and photos. Gets a bit crowded. ”
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Monument / Landmark
“Westminster is a 16 minute tube ride away Here you will find: Westminster Abby Big Ben Houses of Parliament ”
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Market
“Market on Saturdays, lovely to visit the market and go for a nice stroll in the park afterwards.”
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Shopping Mall
“If you want to visit the best shopping Mall in the UK then just hop on the number 49 bus from Gloucester road which will take you straight there.”
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Park
“Nice big park. Good to jog in. The bit to the west of the dividing road, a bit further away from the flat is nicer.”
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Science Museum
“DISCOVER AWARD-WINNING EXHIBITIONS, ICONIC OBJECTS AND STORIES OF INCREDIBLE SCIENTIFIC ACHIEVEMENT!”
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Shopping Mall
“Massive mall with every shop you can imagine and plenty of places to eat, cinemas, bowling, casino and more. ”
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