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Places to visit in London

Visit London for royal hunting grounds, elegant Arts and Crafts-era suburbs and greenbelts of common land. There are endless places to visit in London. Get your bearings of Greater London on Westminster's huge Ferris wheel. There's more to this metropolis than meets the London Eye. Greater London's patchwork of boroughs sprawls out as far as its busy motorway ring road, the M25. Hit northern districts famed for their gritty music scene, dog-walking heaths and celebrity-run restaurants. Head south for suburbia scattered with galleries, golf courses and shopping centres. The River Thames winds west for Richmond's deer parks and east for Olympic stadiums and royal forests that once hid highwaymen.

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Float along London's Regent's Canal

Take a boat from Little Venice to Camden Town along the Regent's Canal

Location: London, Greater London

Take a moment to relax in St Dunstan in the East

Relax in the grounds of this historic church, and enjoy the gardens growing through the ruins.

Location: London, Greater London

Go horse riding in Hyde Park

Saddle up and enjoy a horseback ride in Hyde Park, once Henry VII's favourite hunting spot (when he wasn't ordering "Off with her head!").

Location: Hyde Park, Greater London

Get lost in the picturesque Royal Botanic Gardens

Explore 300 acres of plants in one of the world's leading botanic gardens.

Location: Richmond, London

Celebrate 200 years of John Keats's poetry at Keats House

Enjoy a varied programme of events from guided walks, tours and poetry readings to family days and music recitals in the peaceful setting of Keats House.

Location: Hampstead, London

Party hard at Wireless Festival

Enjoy three days of dancing to world class hip-hop and R&B acts at Wireless Festival in London’s Finsbury Park.

Location: Finsbury Park, London

‘Fly’ over the River Thames on the Emirates Air Line

Enjoy a flight across the Thames on the Emirates Air Line, the UK’s first urban cable car.

Location: Greenwich, London

December events: Visit Hyde Park at Christmas and witness a Winter Wonderland

Gather the family and get your skates on for the UK’s biggest outdoor ice rink at London’s Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park.

Location: London

See treasures from the Royal Collection at Buckingham Palace

Every August and September, Buckingham Palace opens its doors, giving you a chance to explore the amazing art, décor and history within.

Location: Victoria, Greater London

Dance the weekend away at East London's Lovebox

See dance-music greats strut their stuff on stage at this hip East London festival.

Location: London

Rainy Day Activities: Step into history in the Churchill War Rooms

Delve underground into Churchill’s War Cabinet Rooms and uncover the secret location which housed the Prime Minister during WWII.

Location: Westminster, London

Explore the Houses of Parliament's medieval Westminster Hall

Explore 1,000 years of British history on a tour of the Houses of Parliament, from the Westminster Palace to the Commons Chamber.

Location: Westminster, Greater London

Browsing cars at the London Classic Car Show

Discover all-time greats at the London Classic Car Show

Get up close and personal with hundreds of classic cars at the London Classic Car Show between 14-17 February.

Location: Docklands, London

The historic bascule lifting bridge over the River Thames, Tower Bridge built in the late 19th century. Dusk, sunset. Flat calm water, and the cityscape of the city of London financial and business district in the background.

9 ways to escape the everyday in London

Make the most of the quieter streets by reconnecting with one of the most famous cities in the world.

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See a play under the stars

Experience theatre performed in the open air, amid the beautiful, green surroundings of Regent's Park.

Location: Regent's Park, Greater London

October events: Watch a world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival

Book tickets to a wide variety of new and award-winning films at London’s most accessible and exciting film festival.

Location: London, Greater London

Enjoy stunning public art at Sculpture in the City

Visit the eastern part of the City of London where exciting sculptures from some of the world’s leading artists can be found.

Location: London, Greater London

Climb the 311 steps of the Monument for views over the City

The Monument, built to commemorate the Great Fire of 1666, is the tallest isolated stone column in the world and offers panoramic views of London.

Location: London, Greater London

Explore Alexander Fleming's Laboratory

Discover the story of the father of penicillin in his lab in Paddington.

Location: Paddington, London

Become a zookeeper for a day

Meet the animals at London Zoo and learn how to take care of penguins, meerkats and more.

Location: London

Discover the mystery of the Rosetta Stone

Visit the British Museum for free and see the famous Rosetta Stone. Dating back to ancient Egypt, the stone was key in the deciphering of hieroglyphs.

Location: London, Greater London

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