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Buckingham Palace (London)
Open daily August to September, 9.30am - 4.15pm, tickets cost £9.50 for entrance to the home of the Royals since the reign of Victoria. The history of the palace dates back to 1702, but with just eighteen of the 600 rooms open to the public it's only a small taste of what life is like behind the great palace walls. The highlight is probably the Picture Gallery, stretching right through the palace and containing the Queens art collection, which is larger than that of the National Gallery. Don't expect to see the Queen as she usually heads off to Scotland for the summer months.
Madam Tussauds: (London)
Open daily 10.00am - 5.30pm Monday to Friday and 9.30am - 5.30pm on Saturday and Sunday, Madam Tussaud's is one of London's top attractions. Opened in 1802, the lady Tussaud used to sculpture heads of the guillotined aristocracy. During the summertime it can get exceptionally busy, with large queues of tourists all wanting to see their favourite stars immortalised in wax. Sections includes '200 years', which contains heads and limbs of outdated personalities, 'The Grand Hall' with royals and statesmen, the 'Chamber of Horrors' with its gruesome look at East End street life, and finally the 'Spirit of London'. Tickets cost £9.25 or you can buy a combined ticket at £11.50, which includes entrance to the London Planetarium.
Oxford Street (London)
Right in the heart of London, this street is over a mile long and jam-packed from beginning to end with shops, snack bars, cafes, traffic and tourists. It throngs all day long, but this is no surprise given the shopping opportunities on offer. Big department stores such as Selfridges, and every major retailer you would expect to find anywhere in England, catering right down the line from clothes and music to specialist tobaccos. At night, the street breathes a sigh of relief as it gives way to a few night clubs, and many drunken revellers wending their way home.
The British Museum (London)
Heralding back to the days of the Great British Empire, which once extended to around three quarters of the globe, The British Museum yields some of the most wonderful artefacts the world has ever known. Egyptian mummies, North American totem poles, the Elgin Marbles, treasures from the Roman Empire and exquisite pieces from every time and place imaginable. Despite much controversy over the rightful ethical ownership of some of these artefacts, there is no denying that this museum is profoundly exhilarating in every way. It is can take days to explore and is free of charge.
The South Bank Arts Centre (London)
For the more cultured traveller, the South Bank offers one of the most famous and accessible attractions south of the river. There you can find; The Royal National Theatre with its three stages, The Royal Festival Hall, The National Film Theatre and the Museum of the Moving Image (MOMI). This museum traces the rise of television and film from the past to the modern day. With all this on hand, there are also shops, cafes, a book-market and one of the most beautiful river views of London.
The Tower of London (London)
One of London's most popular tourist attractions, The Tower sits at the eastern boundary of the old city walls. Its building was begun by William the Conqueror in the 1070s, and since then it has been a fortress as well as a characteristic reminder of gory English history. It is mostly associated with imprisonment and death as it was the execution place of many a historical figure, royals included. It is still used as home to the Crown Jewels and the traditional Yeoman warders or 'Beefeaters' act as very efficient tour guides.
Westminster (London)
Located in the very heart of London, and home to Big Ben it is probably the most recognised sight in all of England. Big Ben is actually the name of the bell inside St Steven's clock tower, not the clock itself. The former Palace of Westminster now houses the English Parliament and nearby is the enchanting Westminster Abbey. The Houses of Parliament and the Abbey are open to the public daily.

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