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Hyde Park

Covering 350 acres, Hyde Park is one of London's most popular green spaces. Indeed, it offers a little something for everyone - whether you wish to go paddle boating in the Serpentine, ride a horse around the grounds or enjoy a quiet stroll in picturesque surroundings.

The park is home to a number of monuments, including the Princess Diana Fountain and the 7 July Memorial. In addition, various statues and works of art are scattered around the landscape.

The Marble Arch

Situated at the north-east corner of Hyde Park near Speaker's Corner, the Marble Arch was originally built as an entrance gate to Buckingham Palace. It was dismantled and relocated to its current location in 1850 when construction on the palace meant that the arch needed to be moved.

Paddington Bear Statue

For anyone who has read the children's stories about Paddington, the little bear from Darkest, Peru, a quick stop to see the statue in Paddington Station is a must.

This bronze figure was created by artist Marcus Cornish. It depicts the furry fan of marmalade sitting on his suitcase and wearing his famous floppy hat and a tag that asks, "Please look after this bear."


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Piccadilly Circus

One of London's best-known public spaces, Piccadilly Circus is famous for its neon signs and excellent shopping.

It's also home to the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain, which is topped with a winged figure often referred to as The Angel of Christian Charity. Located on the south-western side of the circus, it was built in honour of Lord Shaftesbury, a 19th-century philanthropist.

St James's Park

The oldest of London's Royal Parks, St James's offers some truly lovely scenery for those wishing to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

As you walk through the park, you can enjoy gorgeous views of Buckingham Palace and other sites including Horse Guard's Parade, the Mall and the Admiralty Arch.

Westminster Abbey

A gothic Cathedral situated across the street from the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey has been an important site for coronations and royal weddings since the 11th century.

The stunning exterior, with its flying buttresses and soaring towers are just the beginning, as the interior is truly spectacular. Indeed, just some of the things to see include the Coronation Chair, the grave of the Unknown Warrior and Poet's Corner, as well as the tombs of various monarchs.


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Kensington Palace

Located in Kensington Gardens, this palace has served as a royal residence for over 300 years. Today, it is the official London home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Visitors can take a tour of the interior, giving them the chance to see many of the rooms and to learn about the historic figures who lived in the palace. Meanwhile, the lovely grounds and orangery are ripe for exploration.

Albert Memorial

A breathtaking monument on the southern side of Kensington Gardens, the Albert Memorial is an ornate structure that Queen Victoria commissioned after the death of her husband, Prince Albert, in 1861.

The centrepiece of the monument is a statue of Prince Albert. He is in a seated position and the entire figure is covered in gold leaf. Other features include the elaborate mosaics and the statues of the Virtues.

The museums

The Natural History Museum, Science Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum are located together on Cromwell Road in South Kensington.

All three offer free entry for both children and adults, so there's sure to be something for everyone, whether you are interested in innovation, engineering, biology, art, architecture or design.

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