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BBC Television Centre
Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the world famous BBC Television Centre. Experience the excitement and thrill of a working TV centre where you could see the News Centre, production galleries, studios or even the odd star! Every tour is different, depending on filming that day, so you never know where it could take you! Visitors must be 14 years or over.

Address: Wood Lane, W12 7RJ
Information: 0870 603 0304 
Entrance: Adults £7.95, Snr Citizens: £6.95, Students: £5.95, Children £5.95
Tube/Rail: White City Tube


BFI London Imax Cinema
At the new BFI London IMAX Cinema you can be transported from the depths of the ocean to the far reaches of outer space, via 3D and 2D films.

Address: 1 Charlie Chaplin Walk, SE1 8XR
Information: 020 7902 1234
Admission: £7.50, £4.95
Nearest Station: Waterloo Tube/Rail


British Airways London Eye
The London Eye is the world's highest observation wheel and its 30-minute slow-moving flight gives unrivalled views over London. From its steel and glass capsules, you can peek into the back garden of Buckingham Palace and, on a clear day, see across seven counties.

Booking/information line: 0870 5000 600
Admission: £13 (adults), £6.50 (children), Free(under 5s)
Nearest Station: Waterloo / Westminster Tube


Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace is open to the public from 30 July until 27 September 2005. This is the official London residence of the Queen and you can visit the magnificent State Rooms, where over the centuries, the wealthy and the powerful have walked. Open daily in summer.

Address: Buckingham Palace, SW1A 1AA
Information: 020 7321 2233
Entrance: £13.50 adults, £7.50 children
Tube: Victoria or Green Park Tube


Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Palace is the oldest Tudor palace in England and was where King Henry VIII courted his queens. Visitors can see the State Apartments, Tudor kitchens and the famous maze. The sumptuous interiors are brought alive by costumed guides. Outside there's over 60 acres of riverside gardens and surrounding parkland.

Address: East Molesey, KT8 9AU
Telephone: 0870 752 7777
Entrance: Adult: £11.50, Child: £7.50
Nearest Station: Hampton Court Rail (30 minutes from Waterloo).


London Aquarium
The London Aquarium features hundreds of varieties of fish and sea life from all over the world, displayed around two huge tanks representing the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Come face-to-face with sharks, and watch divers feeding gigantic conger eels. Seahorses, rays, starfish and piranhas are on show, too.

Address: County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7PB
Telephone: 020 7967 8000
Admission: £8.75 adult, £5.25 children
Nearest Station: Waterloo / Westminster Tube


London Dungeon
The London Dungeon is setting the streets on fire with a brand new 'hot' attraction - The Great Fire of London. You can also take a barge trip down the River Thames on the Judgement Day ride to face a firing squad, after being sentenced to death by a sombre 18th century judge! There's also a torture chamber and the chance to unmask Jack the Ripper - the infamous serial killer. It's not suitable for very young children or those of a nervous disposition!

Address: 28/34 Tooley Street, SE1 2SZ
Telephone: 020 7403 7221
Admission: £14.50 adults, £10.45 children
Nearest Station: London Bridge Tube


London Zoo
London Zoo is one of the world's most famous zoos and is home to over 12,000 animals. Meet the Animals shows are held daily, giving visitors the opportunity to learn more about the animals from their keepers. Rare and beautiful animals can be seen in the Aquarium, Elephant House, Penguin Pool, Snowdon Aviary and the new Web of Life exhibition. Highlights include glimpses of the Gaint Anteater, Sloth Bears and cub on Bear Mountain.

Address: Regent's Park, NW1 4RY
Telephone: 020 7722 3333
Opening Times: 10:00-16.00 (Nov-Feb) and 10:00-17:30 (Mar-Oct).
Entrance: Adult £12.00, Students £10.20, Child £9.00
Nearest Station: Baker Street / Camden Town.


The Lord's Tour
This is the home of cricket and on the Lord's Tour visitors can see behind-the-scenes at Lord's Cricket Ground. Highlights include the Long Room, The Ashes fought over by England and Australia and the MCC museum.

Address: St John's Wood,  NW8 8QN
Telephone: 020 7616 8500
Nearest Station: St. John's Wood Tube


Madame Tussaud's
Madame Tussaud's Waxwork Museum is the world famous collection of wax figures of the notable and notorious, everyone from Sigmund Freud to Madonna. Recent additions include their new interactive experiences section where you can try out as a Pop Idol, be snapped by the paparazzi, get up close and personal to serial killers and explore the galaxy. Relive David Beckham's moment of glory as he scores against Greece to qualify in dramatic fashion for the World Cup and squeeze Brad Pitt's beguiling biceps.

Address: Marylebone Road, NW1 5LR
Telephone: 0870 400 3000
Opening Times: Weekdays 09:00-17:30; Weekends 09:00-18:00
Admission: £19.99 adults, £15.99 children
Nearest Station: Baker Street tube


Photographer's Gallery
This is the UK's primary venue for contemporary photography. There's a year-round programme of exhibitions and educational events and a broad range of photographic work is on show, with the emphasis on developments in the art. There is also a bookshop and print sales area.

Address: 5 & 8 Great Newport Street, WC2H 7HY
Telephone: 020 7831 1772
Admission: free
Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday 11.00 -18.00; Sunday 12.00 - 18.00
Nearest Station: Leicester Square Tube


Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew Gardens)
At Kew Gardens, there are 300 acres containing living collections of over 40,000 varieties of plants. The Palm House is world-famous and there are other magnificent tropical, alpine and temperate houses. The Princess of Wales Conservatory recreates ten different kinds of environments, with appropriate plants in natural settings.

Address: Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AB
Information: 020 8332 5655
Opening times: Open daily 09:30-17:30, 18:30 (March-Sept)
Nearest Station: Kew Gardens tube/rail


Royal Opera House
The Royal Opera House re-opened in December 1999 as a theatre at the heart of the nation's artistic and cultural life. It is open to the public Monday to Saturday from 1000 (10am), allowing visitors to take advantage of a wide range of daily free events, while in the evenings, there is a programme of world class opera and ballet. During the day, a programme of backstage tours and open ballet classes offers visitors the opportunity to experience the behind-the-scenes life of the theatre.

Box Office: 020 7304 4000
Nearest Station: Covent Garden Tube


St Paul's Cathedral
St Paul's Cathedral is one of the world's most famous cathedrals, designed by Sir Christopher Wren. This classical cathedral represents inspiration and craftsmanship on a grand scale. The Light of the World by Holman Hunt is its most famous work of art, but it also contains fabulous carvings, statues and mosaics.

Address: Ludgate Hill, EC4
Telephone: 0 20 7236 4128
Opening Hours: Monday-Saturday 08:30-16:00
Admission: £7 adults, £6 concs, £3 kids
Nearest Station: St Paul's Tube


Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and Exhibition is the fascinating story of the re-creation of Shakespeare's beloved playhouse. Visitors can see the reconstructed Elizabethan theatre, built with materials, techniques and craftsmanship of 400 years ago. The world's largest Shakesperian exhibition explores the playwright's London, Elizabethan theatre and the Shakespeare's influence around the world. The summer season of plays sees Shakespeare performed in an authentic setting.

Address: 21 New Globe Walk, SE1 9DT
Information: 020 7902 1400
Opening Hours: Oct-April open daily 10:00-17:00
                             May-Sept open daily 09:00-12:00
Admission:  adult £8.00, students £6.50, child £5.50.
Nearest Station: London Bridge Tube/Rail


Somerset House
Within the elegant 18th century walls of this former tax office, there are three attractions, the Courtauld Gallery of Impressionist Art, the Gilbert Collection and Hermitage Rooms. There's also a the exclusive Admiralty restaurant, riverside café and the ever popular winter ice rink.

Address: The Strand, WC2
Telephone: 020 7845 4600
Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday 10:00-18:00
Admission: free
Nearest Station: Covent Garden / Temple Tube


Tate Modern
This impressive gallery shows international modern art from 1900 to present day including Dali, Picasso, Matisse and Warhol, plus contemporary works by Gilbert and George. The breathtaking Turbine Hall runs the length of building, creating a massive exhibition space, designed by Swiss architects Hertzog and de Meuron. There are special exhibitions and a cafe with outstanding views over the river.

Address: Bankside, SE1 9TG
Information: 020 7887 8000
Opening Hours: Sunday-Thursday 10.00-18.00; Friday, Saturday 10.00-22.00
Nearest Station: Southwark Tube


Tower Bridge Experience
At the Tower Bridge Experience visitors can see one of the most famous bridges in the world and spectacular views from the high level walkways 140ft above the Thames. In the two towers, there's an exhibition which explains the history of Tower Bridge.

Address: Tower Bridge, SE1 2UP
Telephone: 020 7403 3761
Opening Hours: open daily 09:30-18:00 (Last admission 5:00pm)
Admission: adult £4.50, child (5-15) £3.00
Nearest Station: Tower Hill Tube


Tower of London
At The Tower of London, guarded by the celebrated Beefeaters, visitors can see Traitors' Gate, the priceless Crown Jewels and the famous ravens. Over the centuries, this amazing building has been a fortress, prison, palace and even a zoo. The carefully restored medieval part of the Tower is brought alive by costumed guides. There is also exhibitions of armour and swords and you can see the spot where the notorious second wife of Henry VIII,Anne Boleyn, was beheaded.

Address: HM Tower of London, EC3N 4AB
Telephone: 0870 756 6060
Admission: adults £12, kids £7.80, concess £9
Nearest Station: Tower Hill Tube


Vinopolis, City of Wine
Vinopolis, City of Wine is dedicated to the entire world of wine and related pleasures - including demonstrations and tasting sessions. Lately it has been the scene for the dating sensation, Chemistry and is a popular and versatile venue.

Address: No 1 Bank End, SE1 9BU
Telephone: 0870 4444 777
Opening hours: Mon, Fri, Sat 12:00-21:00 Tues, Thurs, Sun 12:00-18:00
Admission: £12.50, snr citizens £11.50
Nearest Station: London Bridge Tube/Rail


Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey is one of Europe's finest Gothic buildings and the scene of coronations, marriages and burials of British monarchs. It dates back to the 11th century, and highlights include the Coronation Chair made in 1300, Poets' Corner and the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior.

Address: Parliament Square, SW1P 3PA
Telephone: 020 7222 5152
Opening Hours: Monday- Friday 0900 - 1645 (Last admission 1545) -- Saturdays 0900 - 1445 (Last admission 1345)
Admission: adults £7.50, under 10 free
Nearest Station: Westminster Tube

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