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  1. timbolton

    timbolton Jedi Master star 5

    Mar 14, 2003
    The British Museum
    [blockquote]"Free to the world since 1753, the British Museum houses one of the greatest collections of human cultural history.

    Whether you?re coming to see real-life legends like the Rosetta Stone and Easter Island statue, or iconic objects such as the earliest known image of Christ, the following pages will help you make the most of your visit."

    The British Museum
    Great Russell Street
    WC1B 3DG

    Location - [link=]here[/link]

    Nearest tube stations: Holborn, Tottenham Court Road, Russell Square.

    Opening times
    [li]Great Court[/li]
    Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 09.00?18.00
    Thursday, Friday, Saturday 09.00?23.00

    Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 10.00?17.30
    Thursday and Friday 10.00?20.30
    including special exhibitions

    The British Museum is free to all visitors.
    A charge may be made for special exhibitions.

    I went in there whilst at London Film and Comic Con, it's a great place to wander around, has art/archaeology from most ancient world cultures (and later), some quite stunning stuff :D
    It's also near Forbidden Planet, so you could do a trip to both and get culture and Star Wars shopping in one trip.
  2. Obi Anne

    Obi Anne FF manager Celebrations star 8 Manager

    Nov 4, 1998
    There is just one danger with the BM, it's impossible to see everything. The classical mistake is to get stuck in the Egyptian part, so if you want to see something else during your visit you have to force yourself out of it.

  3. timbolton

    timbolton Jedi Master star 5

    Mar 14, 2003
    Yeah lol! I actually wandered quickly through each one, Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Greek/Roman, not sure if I found Aztec. I was carrying the SW poster book with me I had got from Forbidden Planet, weighed a ton, so I had to break off my speed tour lol. But there is a lot to see there :D
  4. SithLordDarthRichie

    SithLordDarthRichie CR Emeritus: London star 8

    Oct 3, 2003
    Natural History Museum
    Cromwell Road
    SW7 5BD

    Great place to go if you like Natural History. It has Dinosaur stuff, mammals & reptiles and birds etc....and also an Earthquake simulator & Darwin Galleries. Look out for the life-size Blue Whale model and the robotic T-Rex

    Science Museum
    Cromwell Road

    Good place to go if you like Science & technology. They have a space explorartion area with genuine rockets and an Apollo capsule. They have Cars and V2 rockets, and aeroplanes.
    Also has a Rollercoaster simulator and a mini IMAX theatre

    Victoria & Albert Museum
    Cromwell Road
    SW7 2RL

    Place of fashion and world culture. If you like clothes this is a place to go, also has scultures and armour from various continents.

    All are on the same road, all can be accessed from South Kensington Tube Station
  5. Enji

    Enji Jedi Master star 6

    May 14, 2002
    Hey, there's nothing wrong with getting stuck in the Egyptian part of the BM! :p

    (And I'm not pointing this out because I'm a sucker for Old Egypt, oh noooo.... ;))
  6. veritasuk

    veritasuk Jedi Padawan star 4

    Sep 8, 2004
    National Portrait Gallery
    St Martin's Place
    London WC2H 0HE
    Recorded Information
    020 7312 2463
    BT Type Talk 18001
    Fax 020 7306 0056

    The nearest underground stations to the Gallery are: Charing Cross 230 metres, Leicester Square 195 metres, and Embankment 490 metres.

    Open daily 10am - 6pm
    Late night opening Thursday and Friday until 9pm

    Last admission to paying exhibitions is 45 minutes before the Gallery closes.

    Closing commences 10 minutes prior to the stated time.

    The Gallery is closed 24-26 December.


    Entry to the building is free.

    I love to see the faces of the people you read about, as well as looking at the stunning fashions and art work
  7. AmberStarbright

    AmberStarbright Jedi Knight star 7

    Dec 20, 2002
    The museum of London

    Museum of London
    London Wall
    London EC2Y 5HN
    Nearest tube Barbican, St Paul's, Mooregate (furthest)

    Admission is free

    Mon to Sat: 10am-5.50pm
    Sun: 12pm-5.50pm
    Last admission: 5.30pm


    The imperial war museum
    Lambeth Road
    London SE1 6HZ

    Opening times:
    Open daily (except 24, 25 and 26 December) 10.00am - 6.00pm

    Free entry except for special exhibitions.


    National Maritime Museum
    National Maritime Museum,

    Admission is free
    Queen's House and Royal Observatory are open from 10.00 to 17.00, seven days a week. Last admission is 30 minutes before closing.

    During the summer months, the Museum and the Observatory remain open until 18.00.

    The Caird Library is open Monday?Friday, between 10.00?16.45. Visiting on Saturday is by appointment only and the Library is closed for an additional hour between 13.00?14.00.


    The Charles Dickens Museum
    48 Doughty Street
    London WC1N 2LX

    Opening times:
    Mondays - Saturdays
    Last admission is 30 minutes before closing time.

    Admission Charges:
    Adults: £5.00
    Students: £4.00
    Seniors: £4.00
    Children: £3.00
    Families: £14.00 (2 adults & up to five children)



    Hampton Court Palace
    Hampton Court Palace
    East Molesey
    KT8 9AU

    Times and prices vary so would be easier to just look -


    Tower of London
    HM Tower of London
    EC3N 4AB

    Times: roughly 9-5
    Adult = £15
    Child (under 16) = £9.50
    Concessions for students and seniors over 60 = £12
    Family (2 adults and up to 3 kids) £43

  8. Enji

    Enji Jedi Master star 6

    May 14, 2002
    Is the Imperial War Museum the place where they have airplanes hanging from the ceiling? I remember being to such a museum when I was 11, and I thought it was great.
  9. AmberStarbright

    AmberStarbright Jedi Knight star 7

    Dec 20, 2002
    I haven't been there in years but that does sound familiar so it probably is that one as I can't really think of any other museums that it would be in.
  10. Lord-Tice

    Lord-Tice Jedi Knight star 5

    Aug 20, 2001
    Yep, the Imperial War Museum has lots of planes and a great art section on the top floor :D

    London Eye



    [link=]Londonnet-London eye[/link]

    Get a great view of London on one of the hottest tourist attractions in town!
    Tickets will be about £13 per adult in 2007 and best to book online to avoid the hefty queues. It's open for large parts of the day, including night time.
    Nearest tube/train stations are Westminster and Waterloo, about 5 mins walking distance and easy to spot.

    I hope to go onit in a few weeks and will report back!! :D
  11. AmberStarbright

    AmberStarbright Jedi Knight star 7

    Dec 20, 2002

    I hate that thing, I refuse to go on it because it has ruined the London skyline :p

  12. Lord-Tice

    Lord-Tice Jedi Knight star 5

    Aug 20, 2001
    I think it looks great (especially at night) and very iconic. I wont post the massive list of design and architectual awards it's won :p
  13. AmberStarbright

    AmberStarbright Jedi Knight star 7

    Dec 20, 2002
    I know what it looks like at night, it was about 30 mins walk from my house. I still think it looks hidious :p
  14. AmberStarbright

    AmberStarbright Jedi Knight star 7

    Dec 20, 2002
    Canada House Gallery

    The Canada House Gallery stages temporary exhibitions of historical and contemporary art and artefacts. There is also an information centre, where visitors can sample Canada and Canadians via computer terminals, a reference library and reading room, and music-listening posts featuring the works of Canadian singers, songwriters and musicians.

    Located in Trafalgar Square
    London, SW1Y 5BJ


    Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms

    Clive Steps
    King Charles Street
    London SW1A 2AQ
    United Kingdom

    Opening: 9:30am - 6.00pm (last admission 5.00 pm)
    Adult: £11.00
    Children (under 16): FREE
    Senior citizens: £8.50
    Students: £8.50



    Buckingham Palace
    The Official Residences of The Queen
    London SW1A 1AA

    Open daily, 09:45 - 18:00 (last admission 15:45)

    Buckingham Palace operates a timed-ticket system, with admission every 15 minutes throughout the day.


    The State Rooms, Buckingham Palace*
    (includes an audio tour)

    Adult £14.00
    Over 60/Student (with valid ID) £12.50
    Under 17 £8.00
    Under 5 Free
    Family £36.00
    (2 adults, 3 under 17s)

    A Royal Day Out *
    Combined ticket for the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace, The Queen's Gallery and the Royal Mews
    (available 26 July - 24 September only)

    Adult £25.00
    Over 60/Student (with valid ID) £22.00
    Under 17 £14.00
    Under 5 Free
    Family £64.00
    (2 adults, 3 under 17s)

    *The purchase of these tickets allows you to register on your first visit for a year's unlimited admission.


    Clarence House

    Clarence House, which stands beside St James's Palace, was built between 1825 and 1827 to the designs of John Nash for Prince William Henry, Duke of Clarence. He lived there as King William IV from 1830 until 1837. During its history, the house has been altered, reflecting the changes in occupancy over nearly two centuries.

    It was the London home of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother from 1953 until 2002 and was also the home of The Queen, then Princess Elizabeth, and The Duke of Edinburgh following their marriage in 1947.

    Today Clarence House is the official London residence of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. It is open to the public during the summer months each year.

    Opening hours
    1 August - 8 October
    Open daily 10:00-17:30 (last admission 16:30)
    Closed 10-17 September

    Clarence House

    Adults £7.00
    Under 17s £4.00
    Under 5 free

    Watercolours and Drawings from the Collection of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother
    The Queen's Gallery

    Adults £7.50
    Over 60/Student £6.50
    Under 17 £4.00
    Under 5 free
    Family Ticket £19.00
    (2 adults, 3 under 17s)

    HMS Belfast
    HMS Belfast is a 6-inch gunned, 32-knot Edinburgh-class light cruiser of the Royal Navy. The Navy's heaviest ever cruiser, she served in World War II and is now berthed on the River Thames near Tower Bridge in London serving as a museum ship. The ship is administered by the Imperial War Museum as the last of the nation's big-gun warships.

    Morgan's Lane
    Tooley Street
    London SE1 2JH

    Opening times:
    1 March - 31 October:
    10.00 am - 6.00 pm (last admission 5.15 pm)

    Adult: £8.50
    Children (under 16): FREE
    Senior citizens: £5.25
    Students: £5.25
    Concessions: £1.00

    Group rates (10 or more)
    Adult - £ 6.50
    Children (under 16): FREE
    Senior citizens: £4.50
    Students: £4.50


    London Dungeon
    It recreates various gory historical events in a style which attempts to make them appealing to the younger generation. Some of the more than 40 exhibits include 'The Great Fire of London
  15. timbolton

    timbolton Jedi Master star 5

    Mar 14, 2003
    Meh Kids! [face_shame_on_you]

  16. AmberStarbright

    AmberStarbright Jedi Knight star 7

    Dec 20, 2002
  17. Cobranaconda

    Cobranaconda Jedi Grand Master star 7

    Mar 3, 2004
    The Globe Theatre

    The Globe Theatre is the Shakespeare place. You know the one :p

    Open all year round, Shakespeare?s Globe Exhibition is the world?s largest exhibition devoted to Shakespeare and the London in which he lived and worked. Housed in the vast UnderGlobe beneath the theatre, the exhibition explores the remarkable story of Sam Wanamaker?s struggle to rebuild the Globe and brings Shakespeare?s world to life using a range of interactive displays and live demonstrations.
    Find out how special effects were produced in Shakespeare?s time; join the cast and add your voice to a scene played by Globe actors; watch a sword-fighting display; see a working printing press in action or discover how actors are dressed in Elizabethan clothing.

    There are tours, or you can watch a play :p

    Shakespeare's Globe
    21 New Globe Walk
    SE1 9DT

    Opening Hours:
    Monday to Saturday
    10am-6pm (8pm on performance days)

    Sundays from May 5 onwards
    10am-5pm (7pm on performance days) for prices and stuff.

    I can't remember the prices for the tours though :(
  18. Nwalme Jade

    Nwalme Jade Ex(patriated) RSA star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Apr 13, 2000
    I really recommend the Korean Gallery at the BM - not only it looks good but if the weather this year is anything to go by, you'll be thankful for the air conditioning they have :p On the oher side Medieval rooms feel like a microwave oven.

    Some classics:

    The National Gallery (free)
    Trafalgar Square
    London WC2N 5DN
    Tube stations: Charing Cross, Leicester Square
    Opening hours
    Daily 10am-6pm
    Wednesday 10am-9pm
    What's there
    Paintings from the late Gothic/early Renaissance era to the beginning of the 20th century. House of some of the most famous paintings in art history, including a cartoon by Leonardo that by itself is worth the visit. Also keep an eye on their temporary exhibitions (rather small in scale but featuring the greatest names) - although it's best to either book online or arrive very early to see those.

    Tate Britain (free)
    London SW1P 4RG
    Opening hours
    Daily 10am-5.50pm
    What's there
    As it says on the tin - British art, old and new. Great collection of works by Turner, if you're a fan.

    Tate Modern (free)
    London SE1 9TG
    Opening hours
    Sunday to Thursday, 10am-6pm
    Friday and Saturday, 10am-10pm
    What's there
    Modern art, from 20th century onwards. And a fantastic setting - a factory converted into a museum, with a huge hall that sometimes features a monumental art installation.

    Royal Academy
    Burlington House
    London W1J 0BD
    Tube: Piccadilly Circus, Green Park
    Opening hours
    Daily (except Fridays) 10am-6pm
    Friday 10am-10pm
    What's there
    Prestigious, high profile exhibitions; check the website to see what's on. Best to book online; admission is £11 (£7 for students, £3.80 for 12-18y.o)
  19. JediNemesis

    JediNemesis Jedi Padawan star 4

    Mar 27, 2003
    Seconding the Globe. It's a stupendous theatre and it's only about five minutes' walk from Tate Modern, so you can go to the gallery and then a play in the evening :cool:

    Also recommending The National Theatre

    Where: On the South Bank, 15 mins or so from the Globe and Tate Modern
    Nearest tube: Waterloo (same side of the river), or Embankment (other side of the river but actually closer).
    Nearest mainline rail: Waterloo (same side), Charing Cross (other side)

    Prices: it's free just to go in and wander about. Obviously if you want to see a play you have to buy a ticket :p Prices vary, but they do a damn good £10 (=$20) deal for students with ID.

    Other stuff: there's almost always an exhibition of some sort outside (free), a really nice café, free music in the foyer, and the best theatre bookshop anywhere. They have copies of every play you can think of, theatre books, drama textbooks, DVDs, videos, posters, programmes, T-shirts, mugs, magnets and Rubik cubes :D

    Also about 30 seconds away from the National Film Theatre, which has a superb café if nothing else.

    [link=]NT Website[/link]
  20. Urkanoid

    Urkanoid Jedi Knight star 4

    May 6, 2005
    Dude, these are a lot of suggestions!:eek: You guys are doing a great job, I'm already thinking of skiping the Berlin FF meeting and coming straight to London like, a year earlier... :p
  21. DarthBreezy

    DarthBreezy Force Ghost star 6

    Jun 4, 2002

    The IMW ROCKS![/link] (Elephant and castle)

    So does [link=]RAF Hendon[/link] With S for Sugar who is a century Lancaster. (Collindale N. London)

    (and for ghost hunters - beware - Sugar is a battery eater! I've had a grand total of 12 cameras die trying to get photos, It never fails.)

    PS - Both are FREE

  22. Happy Ninja

    Happy Ninja Jedi Knight star 6

    Mar 20, 2000
    London had a skyline? o_O
  23. AmberStarbright

    AmberStarbright Jedi Knight star 7

    Dec 20, 2002
    yes, called nice old buildings. It now has an oversized big wheel now plonked in the middle of London :p
  24. MacCaffrey

    MacCaffrey VIP star 9 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Oct 25, 2000
    Wow... Lots of possibilites... :D
  25. Skiara

    Skiara ~• Manager WNU •~ ~• RSA FFC •~ star 10 Staff Member Manager

    Nov 5, 2002
    Wow. [face_hypnotized] When should we visit all these places? :eek: :p

    Great long list! :D
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