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Weekend Breaks to London

Planning a short break to London? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in London. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to London. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Tower of London

Take the tube to Tower Hill and follow the throng.To do this justice you will require at least half a day. The distinctively dressed Beefeaters will take you on a tour of over 900 years of English history.

The Tower has been a palace and prison to English monarchs from the days of William the Conqueror and today it stands proudly on the Thames and houses the spectacular Crown Jewels amongst the many attractions.

For more information visit - www.toweroflondontour.com

Madame Tussaud's and the Planetarium

This world famous attraction is located by Baker Street tube station. One of London's top attractions for years and always crowded. Pre book to avoid the long queues.

Madame Tussaud started here in 1835 to recreate famous figures in wax. The lifelike celebrities range from historical, political, royalty, pop stars, sportsmen and women. A who's who from the distant past to present day.

The Planetarium is just next door and gives one a spectacular view of the night sky on it's domed ceiling.

Visit www.madame-tussauds.com

Covent Garden

The former Victorian Fruit and Vegetable market can be found a stroll from Covent Garden tube station. The renewed area has retained it's charm and is now home to a variety of attractions including, an open cobbled area where fun miming and juggling performers ply their trade, a craft market, classical concerts in a sunken courtyard, mainstream market and shops, cafes, restaurants.The entertainment is free and a pint in the Punch and Judy can be enjoyed on the balcony with a free variety show thrown in.

Website : www.coventgardenmarket.co.uk

Buckingham Palace

The nearest tube is either Victoria, St James's Park or Green Park. The home of the reigning British monarch since 1837 is arguably the number one attraction in London, even if you just come to see the Changing of the Guard it's a must. The state rooms are open for a couple of months at the end of the summer and are impressive.

VIsit: www.royal.gov.uk

Westminster Abbey

Alight at Westminster tube for another London must-see. Since the coronation of William the Conqueror in the 11th century, the abbey has seen many important royal occasions from coronations, weddings to the sadder state funerals.Literary, Royal and political figures from British history are buried here. Allow at least 3 hours.

For more info go to: www.westminster-abbey.org

The Science Museum

Take the tube to South Kensington station and walk through the long tunnel.

The museums 7 floors are jam packed with interactive exhibits, highlighting technology through the ages. Ever changing special exhibits, an IMAX theatre and plenty more. Kids love it!

The V and A and History museums are in the same street and it would take a day to skirt them all so choose from any of these excellent museums.

For info go to: www.sciencemuseum.org.uk

Harrods

Take the tube to Knightsbridge station and this London icon can't be missed on Brompton Road. Harrods is a London institution presently owned by Mohammed Al Fayed(Though you never catch him at the tills) A monument to class and sheer luxury in shopping. The five food halls are a feast for the eyes and nose. There are 19 places to eat and a department for nearly everything you could possibly want to buy. Its massive, its expensive and its stunning.

Please go to www.harrods.com for more information

South Bank

Get off the tube at Waterloo to stroll the South bank of the Thames and take in the many attractions on the way, the first of which the London Eye, a huge big wheel that revolves slowly to reveal amazing city views. The South Bank Centre (London's famed cultural centre), Tate Modern, art gallery housed in a massive old power station. The Globe Theatre, a recreation of Shakespeare's original London theatre and much, much more.

For details go to www.touruk.co.uk/london/southbank

The Ritz Hotel

Green Park is the nearest tube to this London institution standing in Piccadilly. The ultimate in opulence and sheer luxury, is worth investigating even if you might not afford to stay. Tea at the Ritz is as much London as Trafalgar Square or Big Ben. The shops are exclusive, restaurants and river views are exquisite.

View extra detail at www.theritzlondon.com

Houses of Parliament

Take the tube to Westminster and be swept along by 20,000 Japanese cameras. One of the world's most recognised buildings and the home of British politics for a thousand years.

You can almost feel the history as you walk the hallowed halls. Take a guided tour or you can attend a sitting all by prior arrangement, Otherwise its easy to marvel at the architecture

Find details on www.parliament.uk

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Dover St Bar & Resturante - Bar or Club

It is a perfect begining to a weekend. With the choice to fine dine or simply taste the fine wines they have to offer you can't go wrong. They have a live jazz and blues band which get the atmosphere rock 'N' and the dancing shoes on. A romantic night out or an unforgetable evening with friends. A Must if your in the london area. I would strongly recomend!!! :)

Hilton, Tower Bridge - Hotel

New hotel, just near Tower Bridge, in Tooley Street. Amazing rooms, very stylish and contemporary. Excellent buffet breakfast, evening dinner not bad. Wonderful staff, extremely helpful. Beware of the mini bar though! Don't touch anything in it unless you want a drink or something to eat, because as soon as you move ANYTHING at all, it immediately shows on the computer and is added to your bill. We didn't read this on the mini fridge door, until we had had a good old poke around to be curious!! As soon as I informed the receptionist she just laughed at the amount of items added, but immediately removed them. I would stay in this hotel again as the service was excellent.

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