10 Things to Do in London!
Kensington Palace is an historic residence of the British Royal Family. Built in 1605, its most famous recent resident was Diana, Princess of Wales. It is suggested that some the top things to see and do while at the palace include the Queen’s State Apartments, the Palace Gardens, and the King’s Gallery.
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Kensington Gardens is one of London’s eight Royal Parks, and home to Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground near Black Lion Gate. It is approximately 265 acres and includes the Italian Gardens, Albert Memorial, Peter Pan Statue, and Serpentine Galleries.
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There are many great places to shop while in London! Some of the most recommended areas include Oxford Street, located in the heart of London which includes designer outlets and hundreds of shops. Covent Garden has an array of fashion. Arts and crafts can be viewed and purchased at the Covent Garden Market. The iconic 160-year-old Harrods is located on Brompton Road and is a must-see while in London!
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Victoria and Albert Museum
The Victoria and Albert Museum was founded in 1852 and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The museum contains over 4.5 million objects that focus on art and design. Current exhibitions include Display-Curtain Up: Celebrating 40 Years of Theatre in London, Exhibition-Bejeweled Treasures: The Al Thani Collection, and Exhibition-Botticelli Reimagined.
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Science Museum, London
The Science Museum was founded in 1857 and is one of London’s major tourist attractions with 3.3 million visitors annually. It is located in the South Kensington area on Exhibition Road. It includes award-winning exhibitions, stories of scientific achievements, and an IMAX Theatre. Entry is free, but it does not include admission to the IMAX Theatre and special exhibitions.
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National History Museum
The Natural History Museum in London is not only a visitor attraction, but also a science research center that welcomes more than five million people annually. It exhibits from over 80 million specimens over billions of years. Current exhibits include Sensational Butterflies, Bauer Brothers Art Exhibition, and more coming soon!
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Chelsea Physic Garden
The Chelsea Physic Garden is known as London’s oldest outdoor classroom. Adults and children are able to experience inspiration and creativity when visiting the garden. It was founded in 1673 as the Apothecaries’ Garden. It is the second oldest botanical garden in Britain. Their exhibit, Dangers and Delight, will take place July 15-18 from 6:00pm-8:00pm if you wish to attend.
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A London must is the legendary West End, famous for its theatres, shopping and attractions. We recommend catching a play on one of your free nights! Other great London attractions include Piccadilly Circus, Shaftesbury Avenue, Leicester Square, and the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.
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Pubs in Kensington
The following pubs have come highly recommended by the locals The Queens Arms, Stanhope, Gloucester Arms, and The Anglesea Arms. Fun fact: The Anglesea Arms is found on Selwood Terrace in South Kensington, where Charles Dickens once resided at no. 11!
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The Roof Gardens
The Roof Gardens were established in 1938 and include over 500 species of plants and shrubs. The gardens are acknowledged as a place of “Specific Historical Interest,” and are known for their great event space, restaurant, and private members club. One can wine and dine at their Babylon Restaurant!
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