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London is a city with much history from Roman times onwards situated beside the River Thames. A great deal of the early city was destroyed by the Great Fire of 1666 but not buildings in the west which were then some distance from the 17th century  city.

Since then starting with magnificent legacy of architect Sir Christopher Wren, London has become a city full of imposing often magnificent, buildings with much associated history particularly during the British imperial age.

In the modern era there numerous new buildings of note as well and a great many areas redesigned for recreational ambience whether strolling, lunching or spectating such as Covent Garden,Trafalgar Square and the South Bank..

There are many iconic images of London of interest and amusement to visitors such as-Red Post Boxes, Red Double Decker Buses, Red Telephone Boxes(steadily disappearing), Beefeaters, Royal Guards, London Underground Signs, Metropolitan Policemen (London’s Bobbies), London’s Taxicabs (usually black), Horseguards, Piccadilly’s Eros etc.

London has a superb range of major museums such as the British Museum in Bloomsbury and the cluster of great museums in south Kensington-Science Museum,Natural History Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum. However spread all over inner and outer London are further museums large and small such as the Imperial War Museum in Southwark and the RAF Museum in Hendon.

London is a city with an equalled number of Theatres in its West End as well numerous ‘Fringe’Theatres elsewhere in the inner and outer suburbs at much cheaper prices.

London is now a major centre for classical music with its three major venues  – Royal Albert Hall,  Festival Hall and Barbican Centre, numerous smaller venues like the Kings Place, Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall and many churches where lunchtime and evening concerts are given.  

London is an important centre for sport staging as well as the 2012 Olympic Games many events like the London Marathon through its streets as well major stadiums like Lord’s Cricket Ground, Oval Cricket Ground, Twickenham Rugby Ground, Wembley Stadium, Emirates Arsenal Stadium, Chelsea and Tottenham. Many of these major sports venues have guided tours and their own museums.

London has an unravelled list of Art Galleries large and small such as the National Gallery, Tate, Tate Modern, Coutaulds Institute, Whitechapel Gallery, National Portrait Gallery and so many more.

The O2 (Millenium) Centre is a huge venue for Sporting and Musical events.

In summer there are many open air musical and theatrical events in Trafalgar Square, Holland Park, Regents Park, Hyde Park and Kenwood House to list but a few. Some Operas and Ballets are shown on a big screen in Trafalgar Square and Covent Gardens. You can even enjoy mini golf across 5 different locations in London.

Flowing through London is the River Thames. There are many excursions to be made up and down the River Thames from Greenwich to Hampton Court as well as many riverside walks.

For bespoke guided tours of London contact Collins Chauffeurs