English Towns and Villages
English Attractions and Landmarks (Attractions and Tours in the UK)
British Library - Home to 12 million books, maps and manuscripts, including the Magna Carta and the Gutenburg Bible.
Bond Street - Fashionable covered shopping street in the Mayfair district of London.
British Museum - A large museum housing one the world's largest collections of art and antiquities from cultures and continents all over the globe for the past two million years.
Potter Black Taxi Tour of London
From Diagon Alley to the Leaky Cauldron take a private black taxi tour of Harry Potter sites by black taxi. Nobody knows the streets of London like a cab driver, and each taxi can hold up to five wizards and/or Muggles. This is your chance to put yourself in the shoes of Harry Potter and friends as you tour the sights of London.
Hop aboard and your expert taxi driver/guide will take you to the sites made famous by the Harry Potter series. First stop is Diagon Alley, where Harry and his friends visit at the start of every school year to pick up their supplies of spell books, robes, wands and other items in preparation for their return to Hogwarts.
Walk through the wall to get to platform 9 and 3/4 at King's Cross Station where
the Hogwarts Express departs. Then see the place where Harry and Ron stole Ron's
father's flying car. Stand on the bridge where the Knight bus crossed from the
third book, Prisoner of Azkaban, and visit the all-new Leaky Cauldron.
Follow Harry's flight to London with Dumbledore's Army and see the bridges, buildings and ships they pass along the way. Enter the telephone box that descends into the Ministry of Magic below. Stand right where Harry and Voldemort come face to face for the first time since the Triwizard tournament in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Last stop is the Headquarters of the Order of the Phoenix, which is also home to Harry's beloved Godfather Sirius Black.
This tour offers fantastic value for money, comfortably seating up to 5 passengers for one fixed price.
Houses of Parliament - Home to the House of Commons and House of Lords, the operating center for the representative government of the U.K.
Hyde Park - A 142 hectare (350 acre) park in the middle of London. At the northeast end is Speakers Corner where all are welcome to speak their mind - soap boxes optional. The park is joined with Kensington Gardens across the famous Serpentine Lake.
Hyde Park Corner - A large intersection in London where many neighborhoods in London converge. In the center of the roundabout is the Wellington Arch, a memorial to the Duke of Wellington and once a prominent entry to London.
the Ripper Tour and London Ghost Walk
This London walking tour will show you the sinister and ghostly side of London, follow the blood-soaked footsteps of murderer Jack the Ripper down narrow, gas-lit alleyways on a walking tour of London that will have you trembling with fear! You'll visit all four murder sites in Whitechapel, accompanied by an expert "Ripperologist" who will provide all the clues to this real-life Victorian Whodunit.
The year is 1888. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has just published his first Sherlock Holmes story...and in Whitechapel, in London's East End, five women are brutally murdered by the world's first recognized serial killer, Jack the Ripper.
Led by a renowned London Blue Badge guides, you will visit four murder sights, while your Ripperologist runs through some of the suspects in this unsolved case that led Scotland Yard to Queen Victoria herself.
See the house in Berkeley Square that was so terrifying that for most of the 19th century it was known as the most haunted house in London.
Hear about the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane where a distressed man in 18th century attire is regularly seen striding backstage. Shudder at the tale of the demon barber of Fleet Street, Sweeney Todd, and had an accomplice Mrs Lovatt who was said to have baked pies from the flesh of his victims, selling them to unsuspecting customers.
Kew Gardens - Royal Botanic Gardens in a suburb of London containing the largest collection of living plants in the world and the famous Palm House, a marvelous greenhouse of iron and glass erected in 1848.
Leicester Square - Originally built as a private garden for the 2nd Earl of Leicester in 1630, it is now a pedestrian mall in the center of London's cinema district. The Half-Price Theatre Ticket booth is here, for tickets to theatres in the area, primarily the West End.
London Eye: Romantic Private Capsule for Two with Champagne
- largest observation wheel (commonly known as the
Ferris wheel) in the world.
Are you planning a special occasion and considering hiring your very own private London Eye capsule? This is a private London Eye flight offering you the chance to soar above London, taste champagne and admire spectacular views stretching 25 miles (40 kilometers) in every direction.
Experience the stunning skyline and spoil your loved one with a romantic private London Eye flight for two. Inside your private capsule, enjoy the company of a dedicated champagne host who will pop a bottle of Laurent-Perrier champagne.
Let the bubbles flow as you admire the most famous monuments in London
including Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul's Cathedral, Buckingham
Palace and Westminster Abbey.
Madame Tussaud's Museum - A wax museum in London containing wax sculptures of famous people.
Marble Arch - A large white marble arch near Speaker's Corner in Hyde Park, originally built as an entrance to the new Buckingham Palace, but when found to be too narrow for the carriages, was moved to its present site at the head of Oxford Street.
Mayfair - Named for a two week festival in May every year previously held in the area, a fashionable neighborhood in London bounded by Piccadilly, Regents Street and Park Lane.
Natural History & Science Museums - A large museum in London devoted to earth and life science collections, including many dinosaur skeletons and the famous Diplodocus.
Olympia Exhibition Centre - Large exhibition centre in London for major public exhibitions near Kensington.
Oxford Street - World's largest shopping and high street with over 300 shops including flagship stores for Virgin Megastore, Selfridges and Marks and Spencer.
Piccadilly Circus - Named for a 17th century frilly collar called a piccadil made in the neighborhood, a colorful junction of 5 large streets in London.
Portobello Road Market - A large antiques market stretching along the Portabello Road in the Notting Hill area of London. Saturday is the main market day.
From famous Salisbury and Stonehenge to the beautiful Georgian city of Bath, you'll see it all on a cultural day trip from London.
The tour includes travel by luxury coach and guided tours of Salisbury Cathedral, Stonehenge and the Roman Baths. There is also free time to explore Bath at your own pace.
The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre - Large conference centre in London across the from the Houses of Parliament.
Royal Academy of Arts - Founded by a group of artists in 1768 as a place to train artists and hold public art exhibitions, it still hosts temporary art exhibitions of spectacular quality. Located in Burlington House, in Piccadilly Square.
Royal Albert Hall - Beautiful, round concert venue directly north of Kensington Gardens built in 1871 and dedicated to Queen Victoria's Prince and consort, Prince Albert. Home of the largest pipe organ in the U.K. and the site of many famous concerts, including Jimi Hendrix, The Who and Eric Clapton.
Royal Festival Hall - A large modern arts and concert venue in the South Bank area of London.
Royal National Theatre - Theatre complex made of up three separate theatres, the Olivier Theatre, the Lyttelton Theatre and the Cottesloe Theatre, where Shakespeare and other classics play continuously.
Royal Opera House - Performing arts venue in Covent Garden, home of the Royal Opera and Royal Ballet.
Russell Square - Large garden square in London near the British Museum.
St. Paul's Cathedral - Site of a place of worship since AD 604, the Anglican Cathedral designed by Sir Christopher Wren is one of the most visited sites in all of London.
Shakespeare's Globe Theater - A reconstruction of the original open-air playhouse designed by the bard in 1599 in the center of London.
Called the most "thrilling" theater in London, every season you can see at least three of Shakespeare's plays in a setting identical to how it was first produced over 400 years ago.
SOHO - Originally grazing land farmland until 1536 when it was annexed by Henry VIII for a royal park for Whitehall, SOHO is now known as one-mile square area of central London famous for its bohemian culture, nightlife, theaters, off-beat stores and late hour cafes.
South Kensington - A fashionable neighborhood in London near Harrod's, the Natural History Museum and Royal Albert Hall with lovely gardens, parks, and trendy shops and restaurants frequented by Princess Diana during her life.
Trafalgar Square - A grand square in central London with a memorial of Lord Admiral Nelson in the center commemorating the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The large square at the merger of three major roadways is the site of political demonstrations and other public events. On the square are the National Gallery, St. Martin's-in-the-Field and four large bronze lions famous in pictures of the city. Big Ben and Whitehall are to the south.
Tate Britain - Renamed the Tate Britain when the Tate Modern opened in 2000, this graceful museum in the Millbank area of London houses historical and contemporary British Art including works by J. M. W. Turner, Thomas Gainsborough and Sir Joshua Reynolds.
Tate Modern - Britain's national museum of modern art located on the Thames in a former power station.
Tower of London - Founded in 1078, an area within the White Tower on the banks of the River Thames in London which functioned as a royal palace, prison, execution and torture site and also houses the Crown Jewels.
Victoria and Albert Museum - The world's greatest museum of applied art and design in South Kensington, London. The building itself is massive, covering 11 acres and contains 145 separate galleries. Collections include costumes, musical instruments, armor, furniture and textiles from all over the world.
Wembley Stadium/Arena - The Stadium is home of the English national football team. It re-opened in 2007 after a major re-design. The Arena is a large live entertainment music venue and has hosted many large concerts, including the Beatles, Fleetwood Mac and Meat Loaf.
West End - The West End of London is an area of central London where most of the commercial theaters are located. Also known for other entertainment, including shopping at Covent Garden and cinema in Leicester Square.
Westminster Abbey - Called the "House of God and House of Kings," Westminster Abbey is a large Gothic church near the Palace of Westminster in London where coronations of English monarchs have taken place since 1066.
It is also a burial site for many famous people in English history and literature, including some in the "Poet's Corner" area of the church, such as Geoffrey Chaucer, Rudyard Kipling, Thomas Hardy, and Charles Dickens.
Wimbledon - Site of the Lawn Tennis Championships near London since 1877. Strawberries and cream are the traditional snack. The games begin six weeks before the first Monday in August. Wimbledon is the oldest and by some accounts most prestigious event in tennis.
Tours of the grounds are available through the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum throughout the year.
Attractions in English Towns
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