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British Museum Six million visitors a year can't be wrong. People flock to this museum in their droves and have been doing so for just about ever. It is the oldest most respected museum in the world, and justly so, with a 2000 year old corpse from the Cheshire bogs, Egyptian mummies, and treasures from around the globe.

Buckingham Palace This opulent palace was built in 1705 for the Duke of Buckingham, and is the London residence of royal family today. The Changing of the Guard, one of England's most impressive displays of pomp and grandeur is practised at Buckingham Palace.

Houses of Parliament This magnificent neo-Gothic building has recently been prettied up with a bath and scrub, and its beauty has come shining through. So, even if you don't get to listen in on the debates in the House of Commons, or the House of Lords, there are plenty of photo opportunities outside.

Hyde Park There is much history to Hyde Park with it parading in different guises over the centuries, from royal hunting ground and the perfect spot for romantic duels in the early morning mist, to horse racing, and executions at midnight. Today it is purely recreational and a place for picnics and boating.

London eye It is a very big ferris wheel and you can see over the whole city when you are up in the top and it is laying very good, near the Big Ben.
submitted by Mattias, 15/02/07

Hornimans adventure playground Hornimans Adventure Playground is an open access play facility for children aged between 5-16 year olds.
We are open Monday - Friday 3.30—6.45 pm, Saturdays 11-4.45pm and on Sundays - Kids Active group.
School holidays Monday - Friday 11am - 5.45pm Summer holidays we have two late nights until 9pm each week for children over 8 years old.
All children who live or attend school in the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea must be registered (please ask staff for form) they can come and go when ever we are open. Children who do not live in K&C or attend school here are still welcome to use the playground as long as they have an adult over 18 yrs to supervise them.
Parents and carers are welcome to stay with their children or leave them at the playground to enjoy some of the many activities we provide term time and on school holidays.
Tel 020 8969 5740 or visit our website
submitted by Lorna Stucki Senior Worker, 17/06/05

London Activities

Alexandra Palace Ice Rink - Alexandra Palace Way, bring your family to this ice rink in Alexandra Park, known as the 'Ally Pally' with a capacity of 1,250 people, instruction is available for those who don't know how to skate, Ally Pally and its international-sized venue is also home to the Haringey Greyhounds Ice Hockey Club.

Art 4 Fun at the Creative Cafe - 444 Chiswick High Road, this brilliant workshop welcomes both children and adults, artistic or otherwise, for hours of amusement and creative fun with pottery, wood, glass, and fabric items to be decorated to your design.

Bramley's Big Adventure - 136 Bramley Road, renowned for soggy, unpleasant weather, London's parks are not an option when it is raining, Fortunately Bramley's Big Adventure has come to the rescue of parents and provides an indoor playground with bars and swings, and areas for under fives, and their nannies or grannies.

Cats Kids Club - New London Theatre, Drury Lane, take your kids behind the scenes of Andrew Lloyd Webbers theatrical extravaganza, Cats. Children between the ages of eight and fifteen who have joined the Cats Kids Club can enjoy having their faces painted, playing drama games, and meeting the cast of the longest running musical in British theatrical history.

London Restaurants and Bars

London Restaurants

The Albert 52 Victoria St., this is an exceptional pub and restaurant, with a quaintly Victorian decor of cut-glass windows and the original gas lighting. The first floor restaurant puts on a greatly recommended pub lunch that is comfortingly well priced.

Fortnum & Mason 181 Piccadilly, Scones, cakes, and sandwiches, served with pomp and ceremony in one of Britain's oldest and most respected traditions.

Bah Humbug The Crypt, St Matthews Church, if you pluck up the nerve to enter this Gothic crypt in an old disused church, you will find it is the very essence of lush decadence with velvet cushions and old world decor. If you expect blood-sucking vampires to emerge from the gloom, you will be surprised to find it has an excellent vegetarian menu.

Botticelli Restaurant - 175 Northcote Road, this is a child-friendly restaurant that provides child-sized helpings, and highchairs for tiny tots. Sunday brunch offers children a half price meal. It is altogether a very pleasant establishment and well worth visiting.

London Bars & Clubs

The Argyll 18 Argyll Street, pop in for a pint at this good old English pub, where quality of service is top priority and the grub is as good as its ales.

Admiral Duncan - 54 Old Compton Street, this is a great place for a fun evening with a cheerful ambience that welcomes both gay and straight clientele.

The Australian 29 Milner Street, if your passion is cricket, then check out this pub that is located in one of the wealthier parts of London. Decorated with cricketing memorabilia it has been around since one of the earliest Australia and England internationals, when the boys took to wetting their whistles at its premises.

DogStar Located at 389 Coldharbour Lane, SW9, one of the most happening places in London, this pub has brilliant DJ's, great prices, and stays open long after lesser places have closed their doors.

London children's activities

Alexandra Palace Ice Rink - Alexandra Palace Way, bring your family to this ice rink in Alexandra Park, known as the 'Ally Pally' with a capacity of 1,250 people, instruction is available for those who don't know how to skate, Ally Pally and its international-sized venue is also home to the Haringey Greyhounds Ice Hockey Club.

Art 4 Fun at the Creative Cafe - 444 Chiswick High Road, this brilliant workshop welcomes both children and adults, artistic or otherwise, for hours of amusement and creative fun with pottery, wood, glass, and fabric items to be decorated to your design.

Bramley's Big Adventure - 136 Bramley Road, renowned for soggy, unpleasant weather, London's parks are not an option when it is raining, Fortunately Bramley's Big Adventure has come to the rescue of parents and provides an indoor playground with bars and swings, and areas for under fives, and their nannies or grannies.

Cats Kids Club - New London Theatre, Drury Lane, take your kids behind the scenes of Andrew Lloyd Webbers theatrical extravaganza, Cats. Children between the ages of eight and fifteen who have joined the Cats Kids Club can enjoy having their faces painted, playing drama games, and meeting the cast of the longest running musical in British theatrical history.

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