The following tourist attractons are in or around Central London
Kensington Gardens, London SW7
Tel: 020 7495 0916
This elaborated memorial to the Prince Consort was completed in 1876, 15 years after Albert's death.
Alexandra Palace Way, Wood Green, London N22 7AY
Tel: 020 8365 2121
Alexandra Palace is situated in North London between Muswell Hill and Wood Green. It is well served by all forms of public transport and is easy to reach by underground, road, rail and air. A free shuttle bus service is available on most show days connecting you to the Palace grounds.
Barbican Arts Centre
Silk Street, London EC2
Tel: 020 7638 4141
The arts centre includes two theatres, a concert hall, two cinemas, one of London's largest art galleries for touring exhibitions, a convention and exhibition hall, a library and is home to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
British Airways London Eye
South Bank, London SE1
Tel: 020 7654 0800
Standing 135 metres high on the south bank of the River Thames, opposite Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. This amazing structure offers stunning views across the whole of London and beyond.
Open: Monday to Thursday - 9:30 am to 9:00 pm
Friday to Sunday - 9:30 am to 10:00 pm
Rides every 30 minutes
Great Russell Street, London WC1
Tel: 020 7636 1555
Founded in 1753, the six and a half million objects include collections from all over the world dating from pre-historic times. World-famous collections of prints, drawings, coins, medals and vast statues are among the exhibits.
Buckingham Palace and Queen's Gallery
Buckingham Palace, London SW1
Tel: 020 8334 9944
The Queen's official London residence. The State Rooms are only open to visitors during the annual summer opening in August and September and contain important works of art, Sevres porcelain and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world. Visits to Buckingham Palace can be combined with visits to the Queen's Gallery, which is open throughout the year and houses the magnificent Royal Collection, and the nearby Royal Mews.
Open: Queen's Gallery - 10:00 am to 5:30 pm
Royal Mews - March to October
Chelsea Flower Show
Tel: 0871 560 9693
During May the grounds of the Royal Hospital in Chelsea come alive with the sights and smells of the finest collections of flowers in the world. Nothing compares to the show gardens, each one created with attention to detail by some of the world's leading garden designers.
Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms
Clive Steps, King Charles Street, London SW1A 2AQ
Tel: 020 7930 6961
The Cabinet War Rooms have created the first ever museum dedicated to the complete life and times of Winston Churchill, the greatest Briton ever, according to a BBC poll.
Open daily except 24, 25 and 26 December
9:30am - 6.00pm (last admission 5.00 pm)
This obelisk is known as Cleopatra's Needle though it has very little to do with Cleopatra at all.
Courtauld Institute of Art
Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 0RN
Tel: 020 7848 2777
The Courtauld Institute of Art is one of the world's leading institutes for teaching and research in the history of art and conservation and was awarded a 5* grade in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise. Uniquely it houses world famous collections of paintings, prints and drawings in its Gallery, and also manages the Hermitage Rooms.
2 Greenwich Church St., Greenwich, London, SE10 9BG
Tel: 020 8858 3445
The Cutty Sark was, in 1869, one of the last sailing clippers to be built, and she is the only classic clipper still surviving. She is now preserved in dry dock at Greenwich in England.
County Hall, London SE1
Tel: 020 7620 2720
Permanent exhibition of many extraordinary works by the Spanish surrealist, Dali. Open: Daily - 10:00 am to 5:30 pm
Tooley Street, London, SE1
Tel: 020 7404 1584
The Design Museum is a museum in Shad Thames, near Tower Bridge in central London. It covers product, graphic, fashion and architectural design. It was founded in 1989 and claims to have been the first museum of modern design.
Dulwich Picture Gallery
Gallery Road, Dulwich Village, London, SE21 7AD
Tel: 020 8693 5254
Dulwich Picture Gallery is an art gallery in Dulwich, London. It was the world's first purpose-built art gallery (the Foundling Hospital, which contained a permanent art exhibition, being primarily for another purpose) and opened in 1817. Its basic architecture of a series of interlinked rooms lit by overhead skylights has been the primary influence on art gallery design ever since.
Houses of Parliament
Parliament Square, London SW1
Tel: 020 7219 4272
Officially the Palace of Westminster, the splendid riverside building, with its clock tower housing the bell, Big Ben, was built from 1837 to 1860 by Sir Charles Barry after the original palace was almost totally destroyed by fire. Not open to the public but spectacular scenery.
Imperial War Museum
Lambeth Road, London SE1
Tel: 020 7416 5439
The Imperial War Museum is not just a display of modern warfare, some its best displays show the social effects of 20th century wars on the people at home.
Kensington Palace and Gardens
Kensington Gardens, London W8
Tel: 020 7937 7079
Birthplace of Queen Victoria, now housing the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection. Open: Dress exhibition and State Apartments open daily - 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
County Hall, Riverside Building, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1
Tel: 020 7967 8000
The London Aquarium is housed in County Hall, the former headquarters of the Greater London Council (GLC) on the south bank of the Thames.
London Transport Museum
Covent Garden Piazza, London WC2
Tel: 020 7565 7299
The award-winning London Transport Museum has been housed in Covent Garden's old Victorian Flower Market since 1980.
Regent's Park, London NW1
Tel: 020 7722 3333
Over 699 species of amazing animals in this delightful zoo, with a good children's section and 'Web of Life' biodiversity and conservation exhibition.
Open: Daily - 10:00 am to 5:30 pm
Marylebone Road, London NW1
Tel: 0871 560 9503
Madame Tussaud's Waxworks Museum houses human effigies from the Queen to Kylie Minogue; Chamber of Horrors, and a ride through 400 years of history.
Open: Daily - 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
Trafalgar Square, London WC2
Tel: 020 7747 2885
One of the world's finest galleries.
Open: Daily - 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
National Portrait Gallery
St Martin's Place, London WC2H OHE
Tel: 020 7306 0055
The National Portrait Gallery was established with the criteria that the Gallery was to be about history
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road, London SW7
Tel: 020 7942 5000
A vast collection of plants and animal exhibits with state-of-the-art IT and touchable specimens.
Open: Monday to Saturday - 10:00 am to 5:50 pm
Sunday - 11:00 am to 5:50 pm
Royal Albert Hall
Kensington Gore, London SW7
BOX OFFICE: 020 7589 8212
St Paul's Cathedral
St Paul's Churchyard, London EC4
Tel: 020 7236 4128
Designed by Sir Christopher Wren after the 1666 Great Fire of London. You can climb up into the Whispering Gallery in the dome, where a whisper at one side carries right round the dome. Then up to the Stone Gallery, giving a view over London, and up to the Golden Gallery at the top of the dome. The crypt is equally impressive, with the tombs of both Nelson and Wellington.
Open: Monday to Saturday - 8:30 am to 2:30 pm
Tate Modern Art Gallery
Bankside, London SE1
Tel: 020 7887 8000
International modern art in the transformed Bankside Power Station. New installations of modern and contemporary art in four separate suites of galleries.
Open: Sunday to Thursday - 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Friday and Saturday - 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Last admission into exhibitions - 5:15 pm (Friday and Saturday - 9:15 pm)
Closed: 24th, 25th and 26th December
Tower of London
Tower Hill, London SE1
Tel: 020 7709 0765
Impressive, historic former fortress, royal palace and prison, including the Crown Jewels, Yeoman warders and the Bloody Tower.
Open: Tuesday to Saturday - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday to Monday - 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Tower Hill, London SE1
Tel: 020 7940 3985
Built between 1886 and 1894, you see its story inside the North Tower. Great views from the lofty walkway.
Open: Daily - 9:30 am to 6:00 pm
Victoria & Albert Museum
Cromwell Road, London SW7
Tel: 020 7942 2000
Fine and applied arts of Britain and the world. Highlights in this vast museum include the Silver and British Galleries, 1500 to 1900.
Open: Daily - 10:00 am to 5:45 pm
Broad Sanctuary, London SW1
Tel: 020 7222 5152
Steeped in history, the abbey was the coronation and burial place of British monarchs. Special tour and museum display of Coronation treasures.
Open: Monday to Friday - 9:30 am to 3:45 pm
Saturday - 9:30 am to 1:45 pm
42 Francis Street, London SW1P 1QW
Tel: 020 7798 9055
Westminster Cathedral is the mother-church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Westminster.