If you are searching for the top seven outstanding places to visit in London, you can choose from a vast assortment of famous and historical selections. In addition, there are many theatre offerings that can be enjoyed and reservations made through a central London box office or the Box Office of many outstanding theatres.
1. Windsor Castle remains the world’s oldest occupied castle at the age of 900 years and is the residence of Her Majesty The Queen. “The Queen: 60 Photographs for 60 Years” is a current special exhibition that celebrates the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. You can view the lavishly furnished state apartments which contain art masterpieces and stroll through the magnificent gardens.
2. The Tower of London was also built over 900 years ago as a fortress and is still used in fortified vaults as the home for the Crown Jewels, which are guarded by the famous Beefeaters.
3. St. Paul’s Cathedral has gone through an extensive repair and cleaning of its exterior and interior in honour of its 300th anniversary. The Whispering Gallery has famous acoustics, and the Golden Gallery offers spectacular views of London if you are able to climb the 530 steps.
4. Kensington Palace has become the Enchanted Palace with fashions inspired by royal princesses and created by leading fashion designers placed throughout the State Apartments.
5. The Benjamin Franklin’s residence can be viewed for free and is only a brief walk from Trafalgar Square. Built in 1730, it was lived in by Franklin from 1757 to 1775 as he was involved in mediation between Britain and America. The “Historical Experience” covers three floors. As the site of a student science centre, it is the leading location for studies on Franklin’s innovative inventions.
6. The Pollock’s Toy Museum has been open since 1956 in dedication to the English toy (or paper) theatres that were popular in the 1800s. Detailed paper or wooden theatres allow children to stage productions using cut-outs of characters, props and scenery. There are also displays of puppets, trains, and toys from throughout the world.
7. The Victoria and Albert Museum is the world’s largest applied art museum and features such diverse subjects as a fashion exhibit, an awesome collection of jewellery, art, Venetian glass, tapestries, and much more. Outstanding are the hundreds of hands-on exhibits including being able to try on Victorian costumes, putting your hand into an armour gauntlet, building a Crystal Palace replica and dressing up in theatre and clown costumes.
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