Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury
Monday-Saturday 10am-5 pm,
Sunday 2:30 to 6 pm. Guided tours Monday-Saturday at 10:45 am,
94 galleries contain the
worldâ€™s finest collection of antiquities.Â The depth of each gallery
and the variety of attractions is almost overpowering.
Closes at midnight.
Some 360 acres of landscaped
park, tree-lined avenues and lakes in the heart of the city attract visitors
from around the world.Â Sunday mornings find street-corner orators
is fine form at Speakerâ€™s Corner near Marble Arch.
935-6861 (call for times,
which vary by season)
Travel on a journey to the
stars, guided by world-celebrated experts.Â The â€śSpirit of Londonâ€ť
ride is a fascinating attraction and is updated frequently.
CHESSINGTON WORLD OF ADVENTURE
Chessington, Surrey (one-half
hour from Londonâ€™s Waterloo Station by train)
This 65-acre theme park
offers rides and attractions galore.Â Think â€śDisneyâ€ť and think â€śall
This multi-attraction entertainment
complex is popular with everyone, especially teenagers.
Call for times and prices,
Planet Hollywood restaurant
(phone 287-1000) offers dining amidst the film worldâ€™s glamour.
Sega World (phone 734-2777)
puts video game players in the center of the action.
Rock Circus (phone 734-7203)
portrays the royalty of rock stars in wax.
Alien War (phone 437-2678)
is a multimedia monster experience.
Imaginator (phone 437-5723)
offers stomach-wrenching rides.
Virtual World (phone 494-1492)
is a virtual reality system second to none.
London dates its history
back to the Roman Empire.Â The â€śLondon Wallâ€ť of nursery rhyme survives
to this day, albeit in fragments.Â A self-guided tour along the 1.5-mile
walk is aided by explanatory plaques along the route.Â The walk stretches
from the Museum of London to the Tower of London, offering unique history
at every step.
LONDON ZOO and REGENTâ€™S
Off Marylebone Road near
Open 7 am until dusk
The London Zoo, one of the
worldâ€™s great zoos, is found in Regentâ€™s Park.Â Zoo features include
a childrenâ€™s zoo, a reptile house and more.Â Other attractions in
the Park include a rose garden, a mosque, areas for boating and tennis,
and an outdoor theatre.
Monday-Friday 10 am-6 pm,
Saturday and Sunday 9:30 am-7: 30 pm
Over two million liters
of water house an incredible number and variety of aquatic creatures.Â
Thousands of species are represented in a number of extensive marine habitats.Â
The London Aquarium has rightfully earned its reputation as a world-class
Daily 9 am-5: 30 pm
Wax statues of the worldâ€™s
most famous (and infamous) citizens throughout history line the galleries
of this famous attraction.Â Recent innovations include interactive
areas.Â Note: The popular Chamber of Horrors (murderers in history)
may be too intense for some younger children.
MUSEUM OF LONDON
London Wall, City of London
Tuesday-Saturday 10 am-6
pm, Sunday noon-6 pm
A visit to this attraction
is like reading the life story of London.Â Various stages of Londonâ€™s
extensive history are shown in the many rooms and galleries.
28-34 Tooley St.
April-September daily 10
am-6 pm, October-March closes 5:30 pm
Live actors and various
realistic tableaux recreate the hard and seamy life of the underside of
London in its past days.Â Historic representations of the tortures
in the Tower and Old Gaol join Jack the Ripper.Â Not recommended for
the faint of heart or for younger children.
ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS
Kew Road, Richmond, Surrey
(in the West of London)
Daily 9:30 am-5: 30 pm.
Glasshouse closes 4:45 pm
Many of the plants here
were first planted in the 17th and 18th centuries, including more than
a few that were sent back home to London from Englandâ€™s colonies overseas.Â
The Gardens cover more than 300 acres and the world-famous hothouses maintain
a staggering variety of warm-weather and tropical species.Â Other
attractions in the Gardens include a pagoda, an aquatic gardens and a scenic