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London Highlights for September, 2010
Highlights from London's ticketed events; Heritage & Pageantry, Performing Arts, Fairs and Fine Art Exhibitions.

Royal Heritage & Pageantry
Tower of London
Venue: London, EC3N 4AB. Tel: 0870 756 6060.
Date: Daily, 9am-5.30pm, summer; 9am-4.30pm, winter
Tickets: £17 at portcullis. (concessions) Book online for 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. See Fit for a King,, a superb new exhibition of spectacular royal armour spanning five centuries, in the White Tower, (free with entrance ticket). Royal enactments are regular featured events where the Axeman cometh for he or she who doth incur His Majesty's displeasure!

Hampton Court Palace
Venue: Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, KT8, 9AU. Tel: + 44 (0)844 482 7799.
Date: Daily, 10am-6pm, summer, 10am-4.30pm, winter.
Tickets: £14, (concessions and online discount £13). Prices subject change.
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: Public opening 27 July-1 October, 2010.
Tickets: £17.
London Transport: Nearest Tube: Victoria Rail Terminal; Hyde Park Corner; Green Park.
Description: The State Rooms form the heart of The Queen's working palace and have been lavishly decorated by succeeding monarchs since George IV and furnished with some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection - paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Poussin and Canaletto; sculpture by Canova; exquisite examples of Sèvres porcelain; and some of the finest English and French furniture; a feast of Fine Art, artifacts and historical royal heritage that should not be missed.
The Queen's Year, this year's special exhibition in the State Ballroom, will provide a lively insight into the principal national and ceremonial events in the royal year. See displays of ceremonial robes, gifts, uniforms, dresses and jewellery, as well as archive photography and film that evoke the many and varied aspects of the sovereign's work. The exhibition will illustrate the pageantry, tradition and ceremony of the State Opening of Parliament, the historic Garter Day ceremony at Windsor Castle and Trooping the Colour, as well as investitures, garden parties and State Visits.
Garden lovers should give themselves time to enjoy the Palace Gardens and famous lake; home to thirty different species of bird and more than 350 different wild flowers, some extremely rare. Visitors end their tour with a walk along the south side of the garden, with splendid views of Nash's west front of the Palace.
The special exclusive Royal Collection souvenir shop in the garden is well worth a visit on your way out. Give yourself up to four hours to do full justice to the Palace, gardens and souvenir shop.

Kensington Palace
Venue: Kensington Gardens, W8 4PX. Tel: 0870 751 5170.
Date: Daily, 10am-6pm, summer; 10am-5pm, winter.
Tickets: £12.50, (concessions and online discount).
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 only. 10am-3pm, 31 July-1 September 2010
Tickets: Book online. £8.50, (concessions), Take advantage of special online discounts and advance booking.
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.


Royal Mews, © Royal Collection.
The Royal Mews
Venue: Buckingham Palace, Westminster, SW1A 1AA, London. Entrance in Buckingham Palace Road.
Access: Summer opening. 11am-4pm, 20 March - 31 October.
Tickets: £7.50, (concessions), Take advantage of special online discounts and advance booking.
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

Banqueting House: Whitehall Palace
Venue: Banqueting House, Whitehall, SW1A 2ER, Tel: 0870 751 5187
Date: Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm, 2010.
Tickets: £4.80 (Concessions) Buy Online or at the door. A multi lingual audioguide comes with the ticket. Take advantage of the £41, (£63 for two adults) annual membership giving unlimited entry to the Tower of London; Kensington, Hampton Court and Kew Palaces; and Banqueting House.
London Transport: Nearest Tube: Westminster, Embankment.
Description: Admire the Rubens ceiling, a pictorial paean to the Stuart belief in the 'Divine right of Kings', a concept that cost Charles I his head. Lunchtime concert season begins September. See website for details. See also Offtolondon's Banqueting House for descriptive details of this exquisite relic of the once vast Stuart Palace of Whitehall.
Venue Hire You can hire the historic and impressive Banqueting House for entertaining, conferences, wedding and civil partnership receptions, functions or film location. Check Venue Hire for details and bookings.
Wheelchair Accessibility: Yes for portable/standard size wheelchairs.

Kew Palace
Venue: Kew Gardens.
Access: Summer only. Daily until 25 September, 2010; 10am-5pm.
Tickets: £5, (concessions). Children free.
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.
Special Sunday evening tours: 20, 27June; 18,25 July; 15,22 August; 12,19 September. Included are wine and nibbles, an expert to guide you around the Palace and into areas not normally open to the public. Finish your evening in the Tudor undercroft. Tour tickets £22 per person. Booking essential. Call 0844 482 7777.

Palace of Westminster
Access: Open to overseas visitors during the Parliamentary summer recess in August and September. 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: An unrivalled opportunity to see the Victorian Gothic magnificence of the Palace of Westminster and its Chambers of the House of Commons and House of Lords together with the magnificent mediaeval Westminster Hall with its remarkable hammer beam roof, used for centuries first as the royal banqueting hall, later as a Court of Justice, (King Charles I was 'tried' here), and more recently for the lying in state of sovereign or eminent persons.
The guided tour is made under strict security and lasts one hour only, which gives little time to admire the architecture of Sir Charles Barry, the ornamentation of Augustus Pugin or the statuary in the detail they deserve. Despite this proviso, the visit is still worthwhile.
Take the opportunity to make a separate visit to the nearby mediaeval Jewel Tower; Westminster Abbey, (tickets at the door); and London Eye; (or pop up to the top of Big Ben if you are a UK voter and fit for the climb). Note the many statues and monuments in the environs of Parliament. Check website for terms and conditions.
Wheelchair Accessibility: Yes. Adapted Toilets: Yes.

The Golden Hinde
Venue:Pickfords Wharf/Clink St., London SE1 9DG. Tel: 020 7407 7056.
Date:Daily 10am - 5.30pm, 2010.
Tickets: £6. (Concessions).
London Transport: Nearest Tube: London Bridge.
Description: This is an exact working replica of Sir Francis Drake's Naval Flagship, the Tudor warship Golden Hinde, in which Sir Francis Drake circumnavigated the world 1577-1580. This exact reconstruction, a fully working ship, was launched in Devon in 1973. Since then she has circumnavigated the globe and sailed over 140,000 miles - many more than the original. Her present berth is the St Mary Overie Dock on Thames South Bank, just a short walk from the Clink Prison Museum, Shakespeare's Globe and Tate Modern. This is a living history experience of particular interest to maritime history buffs. Explore the 5 decks and the 22 canons.
Venue Hire You can hire the Golden Hinde for entertaining, conferences, wedding and civil partnership receptions, functions or film location. Check website for details and bookings.
Wheelchair Accessibility: No.
Walk the Gangplank No!

Theatre, Dance and Music

Royal Opera House
Date: September 2010
Venue: Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, WC2. Tel: 020 7304 4000
Tickets:. Prices vary.Book online.
London Transport: Nearest Tube: Covent Garden.
What's On:Cose van tutte; Don Pasquale, (alternately until 22 September 2010). From 23 September: Niobe Regina di Tebe
Description: Niobe Regina di Tebe. This is a rare and exciting chance to experience a work by a forgotten master. Italian composer Steffani (1654-1728) was widely acclaimed in his own day and admired by such composers as Handel for his musicality and originality. First performed in Munich in 1688, Niobe remained neglected until 2008, when it was staged at the Schwetzingen Festival. Conductor Thomas Hengelbrock and director Lukas Hemleb bring that atmospheric production to The Royal Opera House with a great specialist cast of musicians, The Balthasar Neumann Ensemble, for an unmissable event.
Wheelchair accessibility: Yes. Adapted Toilets: Yes.


Royal Albert Hall
Venue: Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7 2A
Date: 16 July-11 September, 2010. Check Website for details.
Tickets: Varied ticket prices for performances: Check website for details and online booking. Limited parking offered. See venue website for details.
London Transport: Nearest Tube: Knightsbridge, Kensington High Street.
Description: The annual BBC Promenade Concert season.. For nine weeks every summer, the Royal Albert Hall, London's historic and majestic musical venue, resounds to the sound of more than 70 great concerts. The season, which began in 1895, covers choral, operatic and symphonic works of music from the 15th century to today's living composers. A widely ranging program of music ancient and modern, features performances by orchestras, soloists and choirs from all over the world. In addition to the nightly Royal Albert Hall concerts, weekly Monday lunchtime performances of chamber and solo music are performed in nearby Cadogan Hall, (in Pont Street, off Sloane Street). In addition, there are musical and literary introductions, interviews, workshops and other Proms-related events, (either free to all or free to Prom ticket holders). Times and venues vary.
Open air Prom concerts are televised live from London's Hyde Park, Belfast, Glasgow, Swansea and Manchester during the Prom season's final week, and of course 'The Last Night of the Proms' has achieved worldwide popularity through the medium of radio and television. BBC Radio 3 broadcasts every nightly promenade concert live both on air and online, and over half are shown live on TV.
Dress: No dress code but Arena Prommers dress in party gear for the famous Last Night of the Proms.
Wheelchair accessibility: Yes. Adapted Toilets: Yes.

Sadlers Wells: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Date: 14-25 September, 2010.
Venue: Rosebury Avenue, EC1R.
Tickets: £10-£48. Online booking, in person at Box Office, or Tel: +44 (0)844 412 4300.
London Transport: Nearest Tubes: Holborn; Temple.
Description: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to Sadler's Wells with two programs that showcase the extraordinary artistry of a company that has changed the face of American dance over the course of more than half a century.
Both programs feature the classic Revelations, the most seen modern dance work in the world, choreographed by Ailey and first performed in 1960. A piece that celebrates and pays tribute to American dance music and history.
Wheelchair accessibility : Yes. Adapted Toilets: Yes.

Shakespeare's Globe: 2010 Summer Season
Date: September, 2010.
Venue: 21 New Globe Walk, SE1 9ED. Tel: 020 7401 9199.
Tickets: £5 - £33. Book online
London Transport: Nearest Tube. Southwark.
Description: The programme features new productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream; Henry IV Pt 1; Henry IV Pt 2; The Comedy of Errors. See also dramatisation of the lives of Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn.. Step back in time at the Globe to Tudor London and join in the hearty audience participation!
Dine before or after the performance, at the nearby Oxo Tower Restaurant or the Yakitori. Venue Hire You can hire the Swan at the Globe with its view overlooking the Thames for entertaining, conferences, wedding and civil partnership receptions and functions or film location. Check website for details and bookings.
Wheelchair Accessibility: Check website for special arrangements.

Regents Park Open Air Theatre
Date: June-11 September, 2010.
Venue:Regents Park.
Tickets: £12-£52. Online booking.
London Transport: Nearest Tube: Baker Street.
Description: A full summer season of theatre, music, comedy, and film in the Park. Productions include Miller's The Crucible, Shakespeare's MacBeth, The Comedy of Errors, Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland.

Great Exhibitions

Victoria and Albert: Art of Love
Venue: Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, Westminster, SW1A 1AA, London. Entrance in Buckingham Palace Road.
Date: Ends 31 October. 10am-5.30pm daily.
Tickets: £5 and concessions. Book Online, or at door..
London Transport: Nearest Tubes. Green Park, Hyde Park Corner (Piccadilly Line), Victoria Rail Terminal, (Victoria, Circle and District Lines).
Description This major exhibition is the first ever to focus on Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's shared enthusiasm for art. Bringing together over 400 items from the Royal Collection, it celebrates the royal couple's mutual delight in collecting and displaying works of art, from the time of their engagement in 1839 to the Prince's untimely death in 1861. The exhibition also challenges the popular image of Victoria - the melancholy widow of 40 years - and reveals her as a passionate and open-minded young woman.
Wheelchair accessibility: Yes. Adapted Toilets: Yes.

Royal Academy: Treasures from Budapest
Venue: Royal Academy, Burlington House, Piccadilly, W.1.
Date: 25 September-12 December, 2010.
Tickets: £8 at door (Concessions). Book Online £9.50, (Concessions).
London transport: Nearest Tube: Piccadilly, Green Park.
Description: European Masters from da Vinci to Egon Schiele. The Exhibition showcases the breadth and wealth of one of the finest collections in Central Europe, with works from the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, and the Hungarian National Gallery. Artists include Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, El Greco, Rubens, Goya, Manet, Monet, Schiele, Gauguin and Picasso.
Wheelchair accessibility: Yes. Adapted Toilets: Yes.

Victoria & Albert Museum: Grace Kelly, Style Icon
Venue Room 40, Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL. Tel: 020 7942 2000
Date: Until 26 September, 2010.
Tickets: £6, (Concessions).
London Transport: Nearest Tube. South Kensington.
Description: This exhibition shows the spectacular wardrobe of Grace Kelly, one of the most popular actresses of the 1950s. Featuring dresses from many of her films as well as the gown she wore to accept her Oscar in 1955, the exhibition examines Grace Kelly's glamorous Hollywood image, the evolution of her style as Princess Grace of Monaco, and her enduring appeal as a fashion icon. As a bonus you can enter a simple competition online to win a weekend for two at the fabulous Connaught Hotel, Mayfair, once patronized by Grace and her husband Prince Rainier of Monaco.
See also the FREE exhibition 'Fashion Fantasies: fashion plates and fashion satire, 1775-1925' in the Leighton Room 112.
Wheelchair Accessibility: Yes. Adapted Toilets: Yes.

Events

19th Open House London
Date: 18/19 September, 2010.
Venue: Various in Westminster and other parts of London.
Program/Tickets: £6.50Buy the Guide online.
London transport: Nearest Tube. Westminster, Charing Cross.
Description:. See inside no less than 700 London houses, many of which are not normally open to the public. Entry is free in all cases but you will need to buy the Open City Guide, online and in many cases pre-book entry tickets. Along with a brief description and the name of the architect, each building's entry gives its address, opening days and hours, access to disabled visitors, pre-booking details where relevant, amenities and available transport. There are talks, often given by architects, architectural historians and engineers and also walks over the weekend. A rare opportunity to see some of London's hidden architectural gems.

London Fashion Weekend 2010
Date: 23 - 26 September, 2009.
Venue: Somerset House, Strand, WC2.
Tickets: TBA. Watch this space.
London Transport: Nearest Tube- Temple.
Description: London Fashion Weekend returns to the palatial grandeur of Somerset House. Shop from over 100 designers including DKNY Jeans, Twenty8Twelve, House of Harlow, Sass & Bide, Ghost, Linda Farrow, Mawi, Olivia Rubin, Ducie and Pauric Sweeney, selling their collections at discounts of up to 70% off. When it's time to take a break from shopping your way around the amazing designer discounts to check out latest Autumn/Winter trends within the official British Fashion Council catwalk venue, get beauty and hair care advice from the experts, or simply relax, peel a grape and sip a reviving champagne cocktail!

Museums

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 horse drawn hansom cabs of Holmes's day are regrettably a thing of the past.
Description Permanent Exhibition. 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 those late Victorian and Edwardian days of gaslight, horse drawn Hansom cabs and London fogs. 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 admire a waxwork in the likeness of the infamous Moriarty. Strongly recommended to all admirers of Holmes.
Wheelchair Accessibility: No.

Leighton House Museum and Art Gallery
Venue: 12 Holland Park Road, W14 8LZ.
Date: Daily 10am - 5:30pm. Closed Tuesdays, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.
Tickets: £5 (Concessions). Pay at door.
London Transport: Nearest Tube: Kensington; High Street, Kensington. Carparking: Olympia Hylton NCP.
Description: Permanent Exhibition. Victorian opulence in art and architecture shown at its best and most spectacular, (or worst and most decadent if you are a modern minimalist). The former studio-house of the great Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830-1896), who designed and decorated it between 1864 and 1879, the house is one of the most extraordinary buildings of the nineteenth century. Filled with golden mosaics, gilded walls, elaborate paintwork, domed ceilings, trickling fountains, cool marble and peacock blue tiles. Leighton House also became home to the owner's extensive collection of Victorian paintings, 81 of which are exhibited here together with a fine collection of ceramics and lustreware. Over 1000 Islamic tiles adorn the Arab Hall, reflecting the influence the East had on Lord Leighton following his travels. It forms the centrepiece and focal point of the house. The Arab Hall, Dining Hall or Studio are available to hire for receptions and functions.
The house reopens with a special exhibition of Leighton's own collection of paintings, which have been brought together for the reopening including important loans from the National Gallery and Tate. The collection included works by many of his contemporaries such as Burne-Jones, Millais, Watts and Costa. Many of the paintings will be hanging in their original positions for the first time since the collection was dispersed in 1896.
Wheelchair accessibility : No.

Trenches
Venue: Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, SE1 6HZ. Tel: 0207 416 5320.
Date: Until 31 Oct. 2010. Open daily from 10am - 6pm. Check website for more information
London Transport: Nearest Tube: Lambeth North; Elephant and Castle; Waterloo, (wheelchair accessible); Southwark, (wheelchair accessible). Carparks: Union Carparks/53 Southwark Street.
Tickets: £4.95 (Concessions). Book online. The rest of the museum is FREE.
Description: Temporary Exhibition. Find out about life in the terrible trenches during WWI in this unmissable family exhibition. Kids of all ages can test their survival skills in an interactive gallery which explores the dire details of life in the blood and mud of the Western Front. Find out how soldiers coped with foul food, legions of lice, gruesome gas, sickness and sores. Peer into no man's land with a periscope, experience the terrible toilets, smell the stenches and splat the rats. Will you survive the Terrible Trenches?
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. Check for full details.

Churchill War Rooms
Venue:
Date: Daily. 9.30am-6pm, 2010.
Tickets: £14.95, (Concessions). Online Booking or at door.
London Transport: Nearest Tubes.Westminster, St.James's Park.
Description: Life in Churchill's war bunker. Housed here also is the Churchill Museum. All visitors are provided with a free personal Audio-guide, available in English (adult, family and visually impaired versions), French, German, Italian, Spanish, Hebrew, Dutch and Mandarin.
Wheelchair accessibility : Yes from Great George Street. Adapted Toilets: No.

Summer Sporting Festival Highlights

Lords Cricket
Date: Throughout September, 2010.
Venue: Lords Cricket Ground, St. John's Wood, NW8 8QZ. Tel: 020 7432 1000.
Tickets: From £5. Book online, (essential), or at gate.
London Transport: Nearest Tube: Wembley Park.
Description: Lord's is the setting for some of the best cricket in the world. It hosts one and five day international matches, plus most of Middlesex county's home games, some historic fixtures (such as Oxford v Cambridge, Eton v Harrow) and the village and club finals. Many international Test Matches are televised live.
Wheelchair Accessibility: Yes. Accessible toilets Yes.

London Walks & 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. Ends 7 December, 2010. Tel: 020 7625 5155 before date for confirmation. Recommences 3 January, 2011.
Tickets: £6.(Concessions). 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
Date: Daily.
Venue: Westminster Bridge Road, (Riverside Building County Hall), SE1 7PB. Tel: 0870 990 8883
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)!

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 Free London Diary for details.

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Top Tips
London has never been better value for Dollar holders! Make the most of your visit with a "Weekender" trip to Paris and Rome.


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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.

A Night 'On the town'
While in Festive London, treat your partner to a great evening out 'On The Town' with OfftoLondon's superbly priced theatre and dinner packages.

Spare a day of your stay in London to take advantage of Offtolondon's discounted whole day visit by luxury coach to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Regency Bath for just $92.

Choose your Hotel
Use OfftoLondon's hassle-free and secure booking facilities to obtain the best internet prices for your overnight, 'City Break', or longer term accommodation requirements; from de-luxe 5-star hotels to comfortable hostels.

Book your tickets online
Book all your tickets and London Travel Passes with Offtolondon.com to ensure best seats and best prices at the events, exhibitions and shows of your choice without the hassle of price bargaining and queuing on the day.

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
Christmas shopping in the Big Apple is an exciting option. Soak up style on Fifth Avenue at Bergdorf Goodman or Sachs Fifth Avenue. Buy your digital cameras and gadgetry for fabulous prices at specialist Adorama on West 18th Street. Take in a Broadway Show, dine superbly and see all the landmark sites.
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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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