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Free day (Thursday 7 July) - Things to do in London

For more information on any of these attractions and activities, visit www.visitlondon.com

Travel via the Thames from central London to the conference banquet venue (National Maritime Museum)

If you want to arrive at the conference banquet venue (National Maritime Museum) via the Thames River, you can buy a River Roamer ticket and visit many London attractions along the river route from central London to Greenwich Pier.

Purchase a Hop-On Hop-Off Pass to use on the London River Thames Boat Services. Hop on and off all day with a flexible 24-hour ticket. For more information visit www.viator.com/tours/London/Thames-Clippers-River-Roamer-Hop-On-Hop-Off-Pass/d737-5021CLIPPER


 
Please have a look at the tourist sites listed below at each pier. Ticket prices may apply for some attractions. Download a Thames River route map here.

  • Westminster Pier – The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben
  • London Eye Pier – The London Eye, the London Aquarium and Southbank
  • Bankside PierTate Modern and the Shakespeare Globe
  • London Bridge City PierLondon Dungeon and Borough Market
  • Tower PierTower of London and St Pauls Cathedral
  • Canary Wharf – Shops, bars and restaurants
  • Greenwich PierNational Maritime Museum (banquet venue), the Royal Observatory and Planetarium. If you arrive in Greenwich before the dinner event starts, you could visit the Royal Observatory in Greenwich Park, for more information please visit www.visitgreenwich.org.uk

South Kensington

For details of events and attractions in the South Kensington area please visit www.discoversouthken.com

A day out itinerary in South Kensington can be found at www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/sightseeing/one-day-itineraries/family-day-out-in-south-kensington

Free entry museums in South Kensington area

  • Science Museum - From the future of space travel to asking that difficult question: "who am I?", the Science Museum makes your brain perform Olympic-standard mental gymnastics. See, touch and experience the major scientific advances of the last 300 years; and don't forget the awesome IMAX cinema. Some exhibitions require tickets. For more information visit www.sciencemuseum.org.uk
  • Victoria and Albert Museum - The V&A celebrates art and design with 3,000 years' worth of amazing artefacts from around the world. A real treasure trove of goodies, you never know what you'll discover next: furniture, paintings, sculpture, metalwork and textiles; the list goes on and on… Some exhibitions require tickets. For more information visit www.vam.ac.uk
  • National History Museum - Hundreds of exciting, interactive exhibits in one of London’s most beautiful landmark buildings. Highlights include the popular Dinosaurs gallery, Mammals display with the unforgettable model blue whale and the spectacular Central Hall, home to the Museum’s iconic Diplodocus skeleton. The Museum offers a wide-ranging programme of temporary exhibitions and events, including chances to join experts in the Darwin Centre’s high-tech Attenborough Studio in topical discussions about science and nature. For more information visit www.nhm.ac.uk


Nature parks and gardens in South Kensington area

  • Hyde Park – Hyde Park is one of the greatest city parks in the world. Covering 142 hectares (350 acres) with over 4,000 trees, a large lake, a meadow and ornamental flower gardens. For more information visit www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/hyde-park
  • Holland Park Kyoto Garden – Nestled within Holland Park, a beautiful traditional garden featuring stone lanterns, tiered waterfalls, fish and peacocks. This Japanese garden was donated by the Chamber of Commerce of Kyoto in 1991 to commemorate the long friendship between Japan and Great Britain. For more information visit www.rbkc.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/parks/holland-park


Other attractions in South Kensington area

  • Kensington Palace – A palace of secret stories and public lives has been influenced by generations of royal woman. For more information visit www.hrp.org.uk
  • Royal Albert Hall - The Royal Albert Hall is one of the world’s most famous stages. Opened by Queen Victoria in 1871, the Hall hosts over 360 events which include classical music, jazz, world music, circus, rock, pop, opera, dance, comedy and tennis. For more information visit www.royalalberthall.com

London bus tours

For Open Top Bus Tours visit www.theoriginaltour.com. Get free hop on, hop off 1 day bus tours with the London Tour Pass.

Free entry attractions in London

  • British Museum - The world-famous British Museum exhibits the works of man from prehistoric to modern times, from around the world. Highlights include the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures and the mummies in the Ancient Egypt collection. Some exhibitions require tickets. For more information visit www.britishmuseum.org
  • National Gallery - The crowning glory of Trafalgar Square, London's National Gallery is a vast space filled with Western European paintings from the 13th to the 19th centuries. Find works by masters such as Van Gogh, da Vinci, Botticelli, Constable, Renoir, Titian and Stubbs. Some exhibitions require tickets. For more information visit www.nationalgallery.org.ukMuseum of
  • London Docklands – This 200 year-old warehouse reveals the fascinating history of the capital as a port through stories of trade, migration and commerce through world-class galleries and amazing and unusual objects. For more information visit www.museumoflondon.org.uk/docklands
  • Sky Garden  - The Sky Garden is a unique public space that spans three storeys and offers 360 degree uninterrupted views across the City of London. Visitors can wander around the exquisitely landscaped gardens, observation decks and an open air terrace of what is London’s highest public garden. Entry to the Sky Garden is free, but please note space is strictly limited and visits must be booked online in advance. For more information visit http://skygarden.london
  • Free walking tours A variety of different tours operate around London. These tours are free and operate on a tips basis. For more information please visit the website www.freetoursoflondon.com

London's top attractions

Iconic landmarks

  • Houses of Parliament (Westminster)
  • Somerset House (Temple)
  • Westminster Abbey (Westminster)
  • Buckingham Palace / Changing of the Guard (St James' Park)
  • St Paul's Cathedral (St Pauls)
  • Tower Bridge (Bermondsey)
  • Royal Museums Greenwich (Greenwich) - Conference banquet venue
  • Big Ben (Trafalgar Square)

Arts and culture

  • Tate Modern (South Bank)
  • Royal Opera House (Covent Garden)
  • British Museum (Bloomsbury)
  • National Theatre (South Bank)
  • Shakespeare's Globe (South Bank)
  • National Portrait Gallery (Leicester Square)

 

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