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London is a world epicentre for leisure and culture. The capital offers an infinite amount of options for its citizens that are constantly seeking interesting and diverse ways to pass their time.

Museums and palaces in London

London, is the city that has the most museums in the United Kingdom and is home to some of the best museums in the world. There are many types of Museums to choose from, the most famous include: the British Museum, the Tate Modern, London National Gallery, London Museum, the Natural History Museum, The Science Museum, the Queens House and the Tower of London; to name but a few.

There are also lesser known and quirkier museums which are well worth a visit if you are staying in London for a while or living there for the foreseeable future.

London is also home to ten royal palaces, the most famous being Buckingham Palace.

The arts in London

London is an urban hub for the arts, with a vast amount of galleries, theatres, comedy shows and cultural events.

London has so many theatres, and such a rapidly changing and fragmented theatre scene that Londoners and UK citizen alike did not know the exact amount of theatres in London until recently. The Society of London Theatre and the National Theatre conducted a report and found 230 professional theatre locations throughout the capital.

London’s most famous theatre area is the West End and has some of the most famous London theatres. The city is home to the Globe, Apollo theatre, the Theatre Royal and the Old Vic.

Parks in London

Nature lovers enjoy the numerous parks which are found all over the city, including: Hyde Park, the Regent's Park, the Victoria Park and Greenwich Park.

Londoners often go to parks to picnic on week-ends, or use the green spaces to play sport or do exercise. Many of the parks also have wildlife. Richmond Park is home to over 600 wild deer and St James Park has hundreds of pelicans.

 Good to know: If you enjoy jogging, Battersea Park is the perfect place. The park also includes a playground and a petting zoo for children.

Other attractions in London

To get a spectacular view of the city, visit the London Eye, the world's tallest observation wheel. The Shard is also a great place for panoramic views of the city.

The London Tower is an essential historical attraction to visit in London. This tower is over 900 years old, and has a colourful past. It has served as a palace, an arsenal, and most famously as a prison, executing some of the most famous people in UK history.

Madame Tussaud’s is also a world-famous attraction which hosts life-size wax statues of international celebrities, such as Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William, film and music stars, as well as politicians.

Other famous attractions are: Big Ben, St Paul's Cathedral, London Dungeon, and the Tower Bridge.

Good to know: Many tourists and new arrivals to the city confuse the Tower Bridge with London Bridge. Tower Bridge is the iconic Bridge of London.

London has several amusement parks, such as Clue Quest, the London Cable Car, the Hippodrome Casino, and Winter Wonderland, which has roller coasters, rides and other games.

Gastronomy and nightlife in London

London is a world centre of gastronomy. The capital currently has 53 Michelin restaurants with one star, nine restaurants that hold two stars and two restaurants that hold three Michelin stars! London is not just home to fine cuisine it is also a city of varied tastes and budgets. London is very multi-cultural and offers high quality food from almost every country and cuisine in the world.

The Capital is also world famous for its nightlife, including bars, pubs and clubs. The London night scene is one of the best in the world and often pushes the boundaries of traditional venues offering quirkier locations such as converted factories, old warehouses, speakeasies, theatres, banks, and even old prisons.

Shopping in London

The most famous shopping street in London is Oxford Road, with many shops and large department stores littered along this long road. Other locations include: Kings Road, Redchurch street, Regent street and New Bond street. There are also many large shopping centres in London.

If you are looking for a place to buy fresh and affordable food in London, the capital has a vast amount of regular markets at your disposal. The London street food culture is also something not to miss out on.

 Useful links:             

Time Out London – A local guide to London Life http://www.timeout.com
Visit London – Tourist Attractions in London http://www.visitlondon.com
London Museums and Galleries - A-Z List  http://www.london-galleries.co.uk

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