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London Tourist

I consider myself a resident tourist in London, meaning that I am a resident here, but also a tourist. But as we have friends and family come to visit, I find myself playing tour guide, which is a great excuse for me to get out and do things I haven’t done yet. Here is my suggested list for everyone visiting us in London, which I’m sure I will continue to update over time.

General lists of stuff

Specific activities and tours

  • London Bridge Tour: £6, ticket office is at the North West side of the bridge (also called the London Bridge Experience)
  • Tower Bridge Tour
  • New London Architecture, including green-architecture
  • Chelsea Football Stadium Tour: £10: Chelsea FC Megastore / Fulham Road, London SW6: Monday–Friday: 11.00, 13.00 and 15.00 (non match days only)/ Saturday and Sunday: 12.00 and 14.00
  • Royal Albert Hall backstage tours: Kensington Gore, SW7 / Fri-Tue £7.5 / 020 7838 3105 / 020 7589 3203 / Monday special tours: £12.5
  • Houses of Parliament: watch laws being made, attend debates and committees, tour the buildings
  • Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms: 9:30 – 5:00 every day / £11 / King Charles Street, London SW1A 2AQ
  • Westminster Abby (the big old church)
  • Flights over London
    • Air Experience: As well as helicopter flights and flying lessons, this company can take you up in a two-person vintage Tiger Moth biplane from locations around London (£169 for 25 minutes). Air Experience (08704 299 325)
    • Flying Presents: Operating from Stapleford Flight Centre in Essex, Flying Presents have a range of pleasure tours, but the more adventurous might want to try an acrobatic flight in a Firefly plane (£77 for 20 minutes) or a flying lesson in a Cessna 152 (£135 for one hour). Flying Presents (01708 688 380
    • Headcorn Aerodrome: From this base in Ashford, Kent, you can take a range of different length aeroplane flights from £62 for 20 minutes to £186 for one hour. They also offer flight lessons, aerobatic flights and balloon trips. Headcorn Aerodrome (01622 891 158).
    • Red Letter Days: This gifts company offers a range of airborne options. A 30-minute helicopter tour of London costs £149, a biplane tour for one and a quarter hours costs £225, and a deluxe champagne flight for two will set you back £299. Red Letter Days (0845 640 8000).

Miscellaneous places and events in London:


Pubs, Bars & Restaurants


Outside of London

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