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London Highlights for January, 2010
compiled by Burlington Bertie

London's ticketed highlights for January 2010; Theatre, Ballet, seasonal Pantomimes and entertainment, fairs, fine art exhibitions and London walks

Winter in London
Ice Skating at the Palace
Venues: Hampton Court Palace, Somerset House, Tower of London, Natural History Museum, Canary Wharf, Hyde Park Winter Wonderland.
Date: Until Mid or late January, 2010.
Tickets: From £8.50 online, (Concessions),or at venue.
Description: The Tudor west front of Henry VIII's magnificent palace and the vast courtyard of Somerset House are transformed into spectacular floodlit open-air festive skating rinks until late January, (or in the case of Canary Wharf late February). Skate at the Tower of London, Natural History Museum, Canary Wharf or Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland. Check online for closing dates.

Winter Wonderland
Venue: Hyde Park, near Hyde Park Corner and Serpentine, SW1.
Date: 10 am -10 pm, Until 3 January, 2010.
London Transport: Nearest Tube: Marble Arch, Hyde Park Corner.
Description: Entry is FREE but attractions, including the 50m giant observation wheel offering magnificent views of Hyde Park, the popular outdoor ice rink, toboggan slide, etc., are ticketed. Enjoy the traditional German 'Weinachstmarkt' and refreshment booths, (open daily 11am-8pm). Book online for London's largest Ice Rink, (recommended).

Winter Ballet
London's Theatreland offers a sparkling programme of music and drama for the winter season at West End and outer London theatres. As well as big production hit musicals there are some very special seasonal Ballet productions to tempt you to spend that extra day or two in Europe's most thrilling city. Burlington Bertie recommends the following:-

Sadlers Wells: Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake
Venue: Sadlers Wells, Rosebury Avenue, EC1R Tel: 0844 412 4300.
Date: 7.30 pm, Tues-Sat; Sun 4pm. Mats Sat 2.30pm; 10 December, 2009 - 24 January, 2010.
Tickets: £10 - £36.Book online (Concessions).
London Transport: Nearest Tube. Angel.
Description: When it premiered at Sadler's Wells in 1995, Matthew Bourne's triumphant modern re-interpretation of Swan Lake turned tradition upside down, taking the dance world by storm. This Christmas the multi award-winning hit returns to the theatre where it all began for a strictly limited run. Early booking essential.
Wheelchair Accessibility: Yes. Check website for special seating arrangements and any discounts. Make your requirements known when booking. Adapted Toilets: Yes.
See clip.

Sadlers Wells: The Snowman
Venue: Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, WC2.
Date: 7pm. Mats Sats 2.30pm, Suns 11am. 2 December 2008 - 10 January, 2009.
Tickets: £12-£30. (Concessions & Discounts). Online booking, in person at Box Office, or telephone; 0844 412 4322.
London Transport: Nearest Tube: Angel.
Description:The much loved stage version of Raymond Briggs' enchanting Christmas story returns to the Peacock Theatre for its 12th Christmas season. This is a captivating mix of dance, stagecraft and music suitable for all children from 5 to 85; the perfect introduction to dance for the very young. Watch this video clip.
Wheelchair Accessibility: Yes. Check website for special seating arrangements and any discounts. Make your requirements known when booking. Adapted Toilets: Yes.

It's Panto time!
Despite annual rumours to the contrary, London Panto remains alive and kicking! This year's production of Aladdin at the Hackney Empire is noteworthy.

Aladdin
Venue: Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, E8 1EJ.
Date: Closes 10 January, 2009.
Tickets: £9.50 - £19.50. Online booking, or Theatre Box Office, Tel: 020 8985 2424.
London Transport: Nearest Tube: Bethnall Green, then D6, 106 or 253 bus.
Description: Receiving rave notices from the hard-to-please London theatre critics, this year's production at the Hackney Empire should not be missed. Enjoy the flying genies, a singing camel, tap dancing pandas and all the usual comic mayhem and music. Wheelchair Accessibility: Yes. Check website for special seating arrangements and any discounts. Make your requirements known when booking. Adapted Toilets: Yes.

Oliver
Venue: Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, Catherine Street, WC2B 5JF.
Date: Bookings accepted until 11 February, 2011.
Tickets: From £32.50.
London Transport: Nearest Tube. Leicester Square. Car Park St. Martin's Lane NCP.
Description: The sensational score is full of Lionel Bart's irresistible songs including Food Glorious Food, Consider Yourself, You've Got to Pick-a-Pocket or Two, I'd Do Anything, Oom Pah Pah, As Long As He Needs Me and many more.
Rupert Goold (Best Director, 2008 Olivier Awards), has restaged Sam Mendes acclaimed production, and along with Tony award winning director and choreographer Matthew Bourne has used every inch of London's greatest musical stage with even more sensational sets by Anthony Ward.
Wheelchair Accessibility: Check website for special seating arrangements and any discounts. Make your requirements known when booking. Adapted Toilets: Yes.

Offtolondon Theatre Breaks and Offers
Venue: West End and City theatres
Date: Ongoing.
Tickets: Online booking for all seats, accommodation, etc.
Description: Your guide to London's theatre programs, concerts and events with online booking facility. Top musicals Billy Elliot, Chicago, Lion King, Mama Mia, Mary Poppins, Spamalot, Sound of Music, Stomp, We Will Rock You, West Side Story, Wicked and more continue to draw capacity audiences nightly. Book your tickets online now.
Wheelchair Accessibility: Most London theatres, some hotels, (such as the newly refurbished Russell Hotel near the British Museum), and many restaurants are now wheelchair accessible with Accessible Toilets in their public areas, and have special accommodation facilities for wheelchair users. It is however essential that you make your requirements known when booking.

Fine Art: Hot Picks
Vincent Van Gogh
Venue: Royal Academy, Burlington House, Piccadilly, W.1.
Date: 23 January-18 April,2010. 10am-6pm.
Tickets: £12, (Concessions). Book Online or pay on the door.
London transport: Nearest Tube: Piccadilly, Green Park.
Description: A landmark exhibition of the work of Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890), focusing on the artist's remarkable correspondence. Over 35 original letters, rarely exhibited to the public due to their fragility, will be on display, together with around 65 paintings and 30 drawings that express the principal themes to be found within the correspondence. This is the first major Van Gogh exhibition in London for over 40 years, and offers a unique opportunity to gain an insight into the artist's complex mind.
Wheelchair accessibility: Yes. Adapted Toilets: Yes.

National Gallery: The Sacred Made Real
Venue: Sainsbury Wing, National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN
Date: Ends 24 January, 2010.
Tickets: £8. Book Online Concessions.
London Transport: Nearest Tube. Charing Cross; Leicester Square. Car Park: St. Martin's Lane NCP.
Description: Spanish Painting and Sculpture 1600 - 1700. This exhibition will bring together paintings and painted wooden sculptures by the great Spanish realists of the 17th century. 'The Sacred Made Real' will provide a reappraisal of the crucial role of these hyper-realist sculptures in the development of Spanish art. In addition to important canvases by Velázquez, Cano and Zurbarán, 'The Sacred Made Real' will feature sculptures carved by Gregorio Fernández, Juan Martínez Montañés and Pedro de Mena, and polychromed by Francisco Pacheco and Alonso Cano.
Wheelchair Accessibility: Yes. Adapted Toilets: Yes.

Queen's Gallery: Conversation Piece
Venue: Buckingham Palace, Westminster, SW1A 1AA, London. Entrance in Buckingham Palace Road.
Access: 10am-5.30pm daily, Until 14 February, 2010.
Tickets: £8.50, (concessions). Book Online, (timed and dated ticket entry), or at door. Take advantage of special online discounts.
London Transport: Nearest Tubes. Green Park, Hyde Park Corner (Piccadilly Line), Victoria Rail Terminal, (Victoria, Circle and District Lines).
Description This exhibition explores the tradition of the 'Conversation Piece'; group portraits of high-society sitters in strikingly informal situations. With its roots in 17th-century Dutch painting, the genre is best known through the work of the English artists, William Hogarth and George Stubbs in the 18th century and Sir Edwin Landseer in the 19th century. The greatest exponent of the Conversation Piece was Johan Zoffany; the exhibition will include a remarkable series of works produced by the artist for his royal patron George III. The Conversation Piece depicts sitters going about their daily lives and thus provides a fascinating insight into the fashions, interiors and manners of the age.
Wheelchair accessibility: Yes. Adapted Toilets: Yes.

Tate Britain: Turner and the Masters
Venue:Tate Britain, Millbank, SW1P 4RG
Dates: Daily 10am-6pm; 10am-10pm, Fridays/Saturdays. Until 31 January, 2010.
Tickets: £12.50, (Concessions). £15, combined with Turner Prize exhibition, (Concessions). Book Online Tickets are date/timed.
London Transport: Nearest Tube: Pimlico.
Description: Featuring world-class masters such as Canaletto, Claude, Poussin, Rembrandt, Rubens and Titian, this magnificent show explores how Turner hoped to imitate, rival and outshine many of the greatest painters in history. In the first exhibition of its kind, this show pairs some of Turners' greatest paintings with outstanding works by old masters, as well as contemporaries such as Constable and Bonington, to reveal his debts and rivalries in exciting, even unpredictable, ways. This is a truly unique opportunity to understand how Turner established and maintained his reputation as one of the greatest painters of landscape in the European tradition.
Wheelchair accessibility: Yes. Adapted Toilets: Yes.

Tate Modern: Pop Life, Art in a Material World
Venue: Bankside, SE1 9TG.
Date: Daily 10am-6pm; 10am-10pm, Fridays/Saturdays. Until 17 January, 2010.
Tickets: £12.50, (Concessions). Book Online. Tickets are date/timed
London Transport: Riverboat to Bankside Pier. Nearest Tube Blackfriars; Cannon Street.
Description: A examination of how artists since the 1980s have cultivated their public persona as a product, and conjured a dazzling mix of media, commerce and glamour to build their own 'brands'. Beginning with the grandfather of Pop, Andy Warhol, the show includes Jeff Koons' infamous Made in Heaven series and his stainless steel Rabbit. sculpture, an iconic array of golden spot and butterfly paintings from Damien Hirst's record breaking 2008 auction, and a reconstruction of Keith Haring's in New York. Also included will be works by Richard Prince, Martin Kippenberger, and the notorious YBAs, and a special new commission by Takashi Murakami.
Wheelchair accessibility: Yes. Adapted Toilets: Yes.

London Walks and London Eye
Jack the Ripper Walk
Venue: Aldgate, Whitechapel, Spitalfields. EC. Tel: 020 8530 8443
Date: Daily. 7pm-9pm. Check website for 2010 date confirmation.
Tickets: £6.50. Online Booking
London Transport: Aldgate East, (District, Hammersmith and City Lines).
Description: Guided Exploration of the Whitechapel and Spitalfields alleys and pubs where serial killer Jack the Ripper murdered at least five and possibly many more prostitutes in a reign of terror during 1888. Richard Jones, author of the much acclaimed DVD Jack the Ripper will lead you on the bloody trail of London's most infamous murderer.

London Ghost Walks
Venue: Departs from Bank or Blackfriars Underground station.. EC. Tel: 020 8530 8443
Date: Tues/Fri/Sats. 7pm-9pm. Check website for 2010 date confirmation.
Tickets: £7. Online Booking
London Transport: Aldgate East, (District, Hammersmith and City Lines).
Description: Alleyways and Shadows; Ghosts, Ghouls and Graveyards; the titles of these walks, painstakingly researched by author and historian Richard Jones, perfectly conjure the haunting atmosphere of these deliciously spooky tours that venture beyond the busy main roads and twist their eerie way through forgotten medieval and Victorian London. Let Richard Jones lead you to places where the disembodied voices from London's eerie past may just whisper in your ear, as their icy fingers lightly stroke the back of your neck.

The Shakespeare City Walk
Venue: Starts from Blackfriars Tube Station, Exit 8. (Circle and District Line).
Date: Mondays and Fridays, 11am.
Tickets: £6.(Concessions). Tel: 020 7625 5155 before date for confirmation.Book online or pay guide at start.
London Transport: Nearest Tube. Blackfriars.
Description: Thespian Declan McHugh leads you on a 90 minute walk through the City of London, uncovering often little-known monuments and locations with connections to Shakespeare's life, his friends, his loves and his work, while declaiming the Bard's poetry and prose in true Woolfitt style.

Jack The Ripper's Sinister London
Venue: Selected departure points by coach.
Date: Fridays, Sundays. from 6.40pm
Tickets: From $50.13 per person. Pay online.
Description:Tread in the footsteps of the infamous Jack The Ripper down the dark, narrow, gas-lit alleyways immortalized in such films as "From Hell". Led by one of the renowned London Blue Badge Guides, you will visit four murder sights. Your "Ripperologist" will run through some of the suspects who sparked a Victorian Whodunit that will leave you as gripped as its victims. Approx. 4 hours.

London Eye. Millenium Wheel
Venue: Westminster Bridge Road, (Riverside Building County Hall), SE1 7PB. Tel: 0870 990 8883.
Date: Daily.
Tickets: £15. (Concessions). Book online.
London Transport: Nearest Tube: Westminster.
Description: Opened at the beginning of 2000 to celebrate the Millennium, this huge 450-foot British Airways Ferris wheel on the South Bank of the Thames overlooking Westminster gives a fabulous bird's eye view of Royal and Civic London, with spectacular views stretching for 25 miles on a clear day to include views of Windsor Castle. Up to 25 people can fit in each of the wheel's "capsules." The wheel turns surprisingly slowly, taking 30 minutes to go round, so you will have plenty of time to spot landmarks, take photos, propose to your beloved, get married and celebrate the occasion with champagne! Combine your London Eye experience with a Thames River cruise. Online booking discount, (champagne supplied)!

Special Museum Exhibitions
Maharaja: TheSplendour of India's Royal Courts
Venue Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL. Tel: 020 7942 2000
Date: Until 17 January, 2010.
Tickets £11 online, (Concessions).
London Transport Nearest Tube. South Kensington.
DescriptionThe exhibition spans the period from the beginning of the 18th century to the mid-20th century, bringing together over 250 magnificent objects, many being lent from India's royal collections for the first time. It examines the changing role of the maharajas within a social and historical context and reveals how their patronage of the arts, both in India and Europe, resulted in splendid and beautiful objects symbolic of royal status, power and identity.
Wheelchair Accessibility: Yes. Adapted Toilets: Yes.

Imperial War Museum: Terrible Trenches
Venue: Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, SE1 6HZ. Tel: 0207 416 5320.
Date: Until 31 October, 2010.
London Transport: Nearest Tube: Lambeth North; Elephant and Castle; Waterloo, (wheelchair accessible); Southwark, (wheelchair accessible). Carparks: Union Carparks/53 Southwark Street.
Tickets: £8.(Concessions). Book online. The rest of the museum is FREE.
Description: A not to be missed family exhibition based on the Trenches Handbook, one of the books by Terry Deary in the bestselling Horrible Histories™ series. Find out how soldiers coped with foul food, legions of lice, gruesome gas, sickness and sores. Try on the curious clothing of the British and German soldiers, see real items used by soldiers in the trenches, climb through a mining tunnel and explore an officers' dugout. Peer into no man's land with a periscope, experience the terrible toilets, smell the stenches and splat the rats!.
Wheelchair Accessibility: Yes. Adapted Toilets: Yes, on all floors bar the 3rd and 4th. Accessible cafe on ground floor. The Museum has a number of manual, folding frame wheelchairs that can be borrowed for the duration of your visit.

19th Century London; Sherlock Holmes, Jack the Ripper and more
Sherlock Holmes Museum
Venue 221b Baker Street, NW1 6XE. Tel: 020 7935 8866.
Tickets Adult £6, Child £4. Daily 9:30a.m. - 6:00p.m. Discount Group admissions for 10 + persons. Advance booking telephone: 020 7738 1269, Online or email: info@sherlock-holmes.co.uk
London Transport Nearest Tube. Baker Street. Nos 13 and 139 buses run between Baker Street and Trafalgar Square. The trams and Hansom Cabs of Sherlock holmes's day are however a thing of the past.
Description Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson lived at 221b Baker Street, (built 1815), between 1881-1904, according to Holmes's biographer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The famous 1st floor study, where the world's most illustrious detective played the violin while pondering and solving those mystifying cases before the use of fingerprints or DNA made detection so much easier, is still faithfully maintained as it was kept in the foggy London of late Victorian and Edwardian days of coal fires, gaslight and horse drawn Hansom cabs. Nothing has changed. The rooms are exactly as described by Conan Doyle. Sherlock Holmes's possessions are in their usual places: his deerstalker, magnifying glass, calabash pipe, violin, chemistry equipment, notebook, Persian slippers and disguises, soda water gazogene on the sideboard. Dr Watson's hand-written notes made at the time of the famous case of the Hounds of the Baskervilles may be perused and visitors will be interested to see a waxwork in the likeness of the infamous Moriarty. Recommended, though the house is not designed for wheelchair access.

Linley Sambourne House
Venue: 18 Stafford Terrace, W8.
Date: Guided tours: Weds, 11.15am, 2pm; Sat/Suns, 11.15am. Costumed tours: Sat/Suns, 1p,, 2.20pm, 3.30pm. 2009/2010.
Tickets: £6, (Concessions). Booking recommended. Call 020 7602 3316 (9am to 5pm) or email museums@rbkc.gov.uk
London Transport: Nearest Tube: Kensington; High Street, Kensington. Carparking: Olympia Hilton NCP.
Description: The former terrace house of Edward Linley Sambourne, noted Victorian artist, nude photographer and Punch illustrator, who lived here from 1874 - 1914 with his wife Marion. They decorated and filled it with art, artefacts and furniture in the then popular 'aesthetic' style. Victorian domestic life and culture of the 1880s and 1890s is preserved here as if in aspic at this fascinating museum run by the Victorian Society.
Wheelchair accessibility: No.

Blood & Tears Walk
Venue: Start from outside Barbican Tube Station. Ends Holborn
Date: Weds, 7pm & 945pm; Thurs/Fri, 2pm & 7pm. See website for details.
Tickets: £7, (Concessions). Online discount or pay your Guide at start.
London Transport: Nearest Tube: Barbican, (Circle line, Metropolitan line and the Hammersmith & City line).
Description: This two hour long award-winning Horror London walk by qualified researcher and former professional actor Declan McHugh is now in its tenth year. The walk took years of research and covers sites connected with London's darkest past, including places associated with grave robbers, serial killers (including Jack the Ripper), secret tunnels, witchcraft and conspiracy. Learn about London's PHD - Prisons, Prostitutes and Punishment; Highwaymen, Hangings and Hauntings; Disease, Disaster and Death.

Jack the Ripper Walk
Venue: Aldgate, Whitechapel, Spitalfields. EC. Tel: 020 8530 8443
Date: Daily. 7pm-9pm.
Tickets: £6.50. Online Booking
London Transport: Aldgate East, (District, Hammersmith and City Lines).
Description: Guided Exploration of the Whitechapel and Spitalfields alleys and pubs where serial killer Jack the Ripper murdered at least five and possibly many more prostitutes in a reign of terror during 1888.

Jack the Ripper Tour and London Ghost Walk
Date: Daily
Departure Times: The Original Tour Visitors Centre at 7:00pm. Royal National Hotel at 7:15pm. Tour concludes at the Grenadier Pub, near Hyde Park Corner at approximately 10:00pm.
Tickets: $40. Buy online.
This London walking tour (3-3½ hours) will show you the sinister and ghostly side of London, follow the blood-soaked footsteps of murderer Jack the Ripper down narrow, gas-lit alleyways on a walking tour of London that will have you trembling with fear! You'll visit all four murder sites in Whitechapel, accompanied by an expert "Ripperologist" who will provide all the clues to this real-life Victorian Whodunit. Click for more details and reviews.

Fairs and Expos

The London Boat Show
Venue: ExCel, London. E16 1XL.
Date: 8 - 17 January, 2010.
London Transport: Check Online for road, rail and river access details. ExCel is outside the London congestion charge area.
Tickets: In advance £13. (Concessions). At the gate £18, (Concessions). Buy online in advance, (recommended),
Description: Britain's annual international boat show brings together the world's leading yacht designers and customers looking for anything from a reservoir dinghy to an ocean-going floating gin palace costing £millions. The Show's sales marina takes up a quarter mile of London's dockside. The Princess Royal normally visits the show as President of the Royal Yachting Association. Britain's leading international yachting crews and sailors also tend to make an appearance under the wing of their commercial sponsors, without whose financial backing few could afford to ocean race. As always 2009 sees a number of exciting show features and special exhibits to make this an entertaining day out. Check website for contact information, programme, events, local accommodation availability, directions.
Wheelchair accessibility: Yes. Adapted toilets, Yes.
Burlington Bertie's Accommodation Choice: Custom House Hotel, 283 Victoria Dock Road, Custom House, E16 3BY, offers nearby 3-Star comfort right opposite ExCel and the DLR station. London city Airport is just 2 km away. Park your car at the hotel for a small fee. Hotel facilities include three restaurants. Excellent convenience accommodation for ExCel fairs and exhibitions. Early booking essential.

Olympia Musicmania
Venue: Olympia Two, Hammersmith Road, W14 8UX.
Date: 10am-6pm, (8.30am Earlybird ticket), 23 January, 2010.
Tickets: £5, (£10 Earlybird ticket). Pay at door.
London Transport: Nearest Tube: Kensington. Car Parking: Olympia Hilton NCP.
Description: London's biggest retro bargain hunt for music memorabilia, vinyls, videos, books, posters, programmes, tour T-Shirts, etc.

Royal Heritage & Pageantry
Tower of London
Venue: London, EC3N 4AB. Tel: 0870 756 6060.
Date: Daily, 10am-4.30pm, (winter opening times).
Tickets: £17, (concessions and online discount).
London Transport: Nearest Tube: Tower Hill. DLR: Tower Gateway. Bus routes: RV1 from Covent Garden, 15, 42, 78, 100. All sightseeing buses. Riverboat: Regular service from Westminster, Charing Cross, Greenwich Piers.
Description: London's top tourist attraction, and the custodians of the Tower are as expert at putting on a family show today as they were at chopping off heads in earlier days of gore. The most famous attractions are the Crown Jewels, the 'Beefeater' yeomen in their ceremonial Tudor dress, and the celebrated ravens. Special exhibition: Dressed to Kill: Henry VIII's armour, (ends 17 January, 2010).

Hampton Court Palace
Venue: Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, KT8, 9AU. Tel: + 44 (0)844 482 7799.
Date: Daily, 10am-4.30pm until end February, (winter opening times).
Tickets: £14, (concessions and online discount) until 28 February, 2010.
London Transport: Nearest Tube: Richmond.
Description: Must see sights include Henry VIII's Great Hall and Tudor kitchens, the Maze and the celebrated Gardens. In depth description.
Wheelchair Accessibility: Yes. The ground floor of the Palace is wheelchair accessible and there are limited facilities for viewing the upper floors with the use of an elevator. Adapted Toilets: Yes. See Palace Disabled Access for full details and help.

Buckingham Palace State Rooms
Venue: Buckingham Palace, Westminster, SW1A 1AA.
Access: Special evening guided tours with champagne. 3,9,15,17,23,24, 30 January. 28 March, 3,4,5,9,11, 17,18,25 April, 2010.
Tickets: £65. Take advantage of advance online booking and special discounts available at Royal Collection.
London Transport: Nearest Tube: Victoria Rail Terminal; Hyde Park Corner; Green Park.
Description: An expert guide takes you on an Exclusive Guided Tour, while the Palace is unoccupied and The Queen is in residence at Sandringham. This gives you a very special insight into the history and use of the State Rooms, and the many works of art on display. The evening tour lasts approximately 2 hours. Each tour is limited to 30 members, so early booking is essential.
2010 General public admission dates: 1 August - 28 September; 9.45am - 6pm.£17.

Kensington Palace
Venue: Kensington Gardens, W8 4PX. Tel: 0870 751 5170.
Date: Daily, 10am-5pm, (winter opening times).
Tickets: £12.50, (concessions and online discount) until 28 February, 2010. Prices may change.
London Transport: Nearest Tube: High Street, Kensington.
Description:. As well as the fascinating exhibition of Court Ceremonial dress which gives us a good idea of the splendour of the British Court, there is a great deal worth seeing, from the Cupola Room, where Queen Victoria was baptised, to the exquisite trompe d'oeuil ceiling executed by Palladian architect William Kent for George II, (1722). While the original State Rooms have been turned into a museum, this is still a working palace and Royal Residence, housing working members of the Royal Family. Princess Diana lived here after her divorce.
Wheelchair Accessibility: Yes.

Clarence House
Venue: St. James's Palace, SW1A 1BS, (entry from the Mall). Tel: 020 7766 7303.
Access: Summer opening. 10am-3pm, 31 July-1 September 2010.
Tickets: £8.50, (concessions), Take advantage of advance online booking and special discounts available at Royal Collection.
London Transport: Nearest Tube: Green Park.
Description: Built by John Nash for the Duke of Clarence who became King William IV from 1830 until 1837 and used it as his palace, it was later the home of The Queen, then Princess Elizabeth and The Duke of Edinburgh following their marriage in 1947, and thereafter the London home of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother from 1953 until 2002. It is now the official London residence of Charles Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.

The Royal Mews
Venue: Buckingham Palace, Westminster, SW1A 1AA, London. Entrance in Buckingham Palace Road.
Access: Winter Closure. 11am-4pm, 28 March - 31 October, 2010.
Tickets: £7.50, (concessions), Take advantage of advance online booking and special discounts available at Royal Collection.
London Transport: Nearest Tube: Victoria Station.
Description: The Mews houses the Queen's horses in what are undoubtedly one of the finest working stables in existence. Also on view are the Monarch's State Coach and other official vehicles

Kew Palace
Venue: Kew Gardens. Access: Winter closure. Reopens April, 2010.
Tickets: £5, (concessions). London Transport: Nearest Tube: Kew Gardens.
Description: The country palace of George III, (d.1820) and his Queen Charlotte, Kew Palace has recently been meticulously refurbished under Royal patronage and is a masterpiece of Georgian taste, decor and furnishings.

Palace of Westminster
Access: Open to overseas visitors during the Parliamentary summer recess in August and September, 2010. Exact dates to be announced. Guided tours daily, Monday to Saturday inclusive.
Venue: Westminster, London SW1A 1AA.
Tickets: Online only.
London Transport: Nearest Tube: Westminster.
Description: This is an unrivalled opportunity to see the Victorian Neo-Gothic magnificence of the Palace of Westminster with its debating Chambers of the 'House of Commons' and 'House of Lords'. Fascinating guided tour.

Free London
Permanent collections in many galleries and museums are entry free. Some individually mounted temporary exhibitions within specified rooms may carry a ticket charge however, (bookable online or at the door). Check Shophound Alexia's comprehensive January Free London Diary for details of these..

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With the US $ strong against the £ and Euro, this is a perfect time for dollar holders to make the most of Europe. Add spice to your London visit with a "Weekender" trip to Paris and Rome. Day rail trips via Eurostar from London St. Pancras to Paris for a morning's shopping, afternoon visit to the Louvre and evening meal on the Seine are now a popular excursion option. Offtolondon's associated companies, travel specialists OfftoParis and OfftoRome will take care of all your travel and accommodation requirements and show you the sites.

London Dinner Theatre
While in Festive London, treat your partner to a great evening out 'On The Town' with OfftoLondon's superbly priced dinner theatre packages.

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London Transport Oyster Card
The Central London congestion charge zone for visitors driving in London now covers all main areas of attraction. It makes sense to travel by the safe London Transport bus or Tube. Buy a multi-journey Oyster Card before you arrive, (you can top this up at will), and you will save money, time and hassle.


New York City Breaks
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London in One Day Sightseeing Tour
8.5 - 9 hours - Drive to Westminster, past Downing Street, home of the Prime Minister, and on to the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. Stop for a visit inside Westminster Abbey, site of many royal coronations. Visit Poets' Corner and the tombs of many well-known scientists and monarchs. Also see the Chapel of Henry VII.
Stop near Buckingham Palace to see the colourful ceremony of the Changing of the Guard before driving through busy streets and past peaceful parks to Piccadilly, home of London's Theatreland. Pass Trafalgar Square with its impressive Nelson's Column and fountains, before reaching a traditional London pub for lunch.
The afternoon starts with a cruise on the River Thames, during which a Thames Waterman will point out the places of interest along the way. Disembark to visit the Tower of London where you will meet the Beefeaters clad in Tudor uniforms, hear the legend of the ravens and some spine chilling tales from the Tower's 900 year history. You will also see the Crown Jewels, magnificently displayed in the new Jewel House.
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