London's best organic food market with specialist producers from around Britain and Europe in a historic market setting. Thurs. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri. noon-6 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Buckingham Palace is grand and stuffed full of priceless works or art. Wander through the gilded rooms, then out into the delightful park, where there’s a good café and shop. 2012: June 30-July 8 and July 31-October 7: 9:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (last admission 3:45 p.m.). Adult £18, 5-17 years £10.25, family (2 adults and 3 under 17) years £47.
King William Walk
Beautifully restored, the Cutty Sark is the last surviving tea clipper. Tues.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Timed tickets adult £12, child 5-15 £6.50, family (1 adult, 2 children) £20 ; (2 adults 2 children) £29.
Dennis Severs' House
18 Folgate St.
Step into the past at this perfectly reconstructed 17th century house in Spitalfields. 'Silent Night' by candlelight, Mon. & Wed. evenings 6-8 p.m. Book. £12. Normal visit Sundays noon-4 p.m., £7. No booking necessary. And Monday after the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month, noon-2 p.m. £7. No booking necessary.
Dennis Severs' House
Houses of Parliament
0844 847 1672
Be guided around the ‘Mother of all parliaments’ and see both the old historic parts and the chambers and offices.
Open Saturdays all year round, and end July to end August Mon.-Sat. 9:15 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. Adult £15, child 5-15 years £6.
Newly refurbished and opened, this beautiful red brick palace in the heart of London has state rooms and Princess Diana memories. Daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Adult £14.50, child under 16 years free (adult £13.50 if booked online).
The edf Energy London Eye
(0)871 781 3000
Great views over London from the slowly revolving London Eye. You can book a private capsule and order Champagne as well. April-June 10 a.m.-9p.m., July 1-26 10 a.m.-9.30 p.m., July 27-August 12 10 a.m.-midnight, September.-December 10 a.m.-8.30 p.m. Adult £18.90, child 4-15 years £9.90 (cheaper if booked online in advance).
Old Royal Naval College
2 Cutty Sark Gdns.
0870 608 2000
Sir Christopher Wren's baroque masterpiece now houses university buildings, but you can visit both the Painted Hall and the Chapel. Free. Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (chapel opens at 12:30 p.m. on Sundays after service, open to the public).
The Queen’s House
Fabulous, flamboyant, colorful little palace right in the middle of Greenwich Park with lots of events for families. Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free.
Still a private institution, the RA as it's known, puts on spectacular exhibitions, including the famous, selling Summer Exhibition. Open Sat. - Thurs. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. (last admission 9:30 p.m.) Adults from £3 to £10 depending on exhibition, child 8-18 years £3.
Royal Observatory & Planetarium
Plenty of interactive exhibits and plenty of history at this venerable observatory, founded in the late 17th century by the first Astronomer Royal, John Flamsteed. It’s been revamped with plenty of new exhibits to see. Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Adult £7, child 6-15 years £2, family £15. Planetarium adult £6.50, child 3-15 years £4.50, family £17.50.
Duke of York's Sq.
Exciting private gallery which puts on cutting-edge, frequently controversial exhibitions. Daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free.
21 New Globe Walk
See how Elizabethan productions were staged in this perfectly rebuilt theatre. The exhibition and Globe theatre are open in the mornings; in the afternoons during the summer season where there is a play you can visit the site of the Rose theatre nearby. Exhibition daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Globe Theatre tour Mon. 9.30 a.m.-5.30 p.m., Tues.-Sat. Globe Theatre tour 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Rose Theatre tour 1:20–5 p.m., Sun. Globe Tours 9:30-11:30 a.m. Exhibition and Globe Theatre: £13.50, child 5-15 years £8, family £36; Exhibition and Rose Theatre: £10, child 5-15 years £7, family £29.
Glorious, massive Victorian piece of engineering with a walkway offering spectacular views up and down the mighty Thames river. April 1-September 30 10 a.m.-6 p.m., October 31-March 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Adult £8, child 5-15 £3.40.
Tower of London
Churchill Museum & Cabinet War Rooms
0845-482 7777 (from the UK); 020-3166 6000 (from outside the UK).
One of the world's greatest sights, the Tower of London is inextricably linked with British history. Visit the towers, and don't miss the Crown Jewels. Tues. Sat. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sun. & Mon., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Adult £20.90, child under 16 £10.45, under 5 free, family from £43 (all cheaper if booked online).
King Charles St.
The story of how World War II was conducted, way below the government offices in Whitehall comes to life, along with a thoroughly human and interesting look at the life of the great wartime leader, Sir Winston Churchill. Daily 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Adult £16.50, under 16 free.
Dr. Johnson's House
17 Gough Sq.
This was the house where Dr. Johnson lived from 1748-1759, compiling his famous Dictionary by the light of a guttering candle up in the somber attic. Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (5 p.m. October-April). Adult £4.50, child under 16 years £1.50, family £10.
Handel House Museum
25 Brook St.
(020-7399 1953) 020-7495 1685
Small, atmospheric rooms with creaking wooden floors contain memorabilia related to this most private of composers who died here on April 14, 1759. Tues., Wed., Fri., Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Thurs. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. noon-6 p.m. Adult £6, child 5-16 years £2 (child free on Saturdays & Sundays).
Churchill Museum & Cabinet War Rooms
National Maritime Museum
Large, impressive museum in a gorgeous setting devoted to Britain as a seafaring nation with plenty of activities to keep the whole family entertained. Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free.
Natural History Museum
With new exhibits and the Darwin Centre, the Natural History Museum takes you on an adventure from the first dinosaurs, through bugs, creepy crawlies and more. Great for families. Daily 10 a.m.-5:50 p.m. Free, charge for special exhibitions.
Excellent changing exhibitions, drawn from Royal Collections around the country. Daily 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Adult £9.25, child under 17 years £4.65, under 5 free. Family (2 adults, 2 under 17) £23.
020-7942 4000 or 0870-870 4868
One of the world's greatest science museums, with many interactive exhibits taking you from early scientific discoveries to the space race and beyond. Daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (to 7 p.m. on school holidays). Free, charge for special exhibitions.
In a former power station, dominating the South Bank, Tate Modern puts on regular international exhibitions and shows works from its own collection. Sun.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Free, charge for special exhibitions.
Victoria & Albert Museum
Founded with the active support of Prince Albert, Queen Victoria's husband, this splendid, huge museum is full of the most fascinating and unusual artifacts, from priceless jewelry to the Great Bed of Ware, from Oriental antiquities to fiendish locks. 10 a.m.-5:45 p.m. (to 8 p.m. on Thursdays). Free, but charge for special exhibitions.