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Madame Tussauds London

1. Madame Tussauds London

Millions of people have flocked through the doors of London’s Madame Tussauds since it first opened more than 200 years ago. Add your name to the list and make your way up the red carpet to see all your favorite stars. The museum-style ropes and poles have gone, so you can truly get up close and personal with A-list celebrities, sporting legends, political heavyweights, and historical icons. Relive the moments and events that made the world take notice. Join your favorite celebrities at the ultimate party including Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy. Strut your stuff on the catwalk with Cara, join the Royal Family on the iconic balcony, and take a selfie with royal couple Harry and Meghan. Explore the jungles of Kong: Skull Island with Tom Hiddleston as Captain James Conrad or hail a London cab for a journey through 400 years of the capital’s history. Then use the force to be transported to a galaxy far, far away and star in the action with the greats of the Star Wars universe.

London: The London Pass with access to 80+ Attractions

2. London: The London Pass with access to 80+ Attractions

See all that London has to offer with the London Pass. With its wealth of history and culture, London always has plenty to offer visitors. The London Pass is a complete sightseer credits package allowing you access to more than 80 top attractions, tours, and museums.  Access a huge range of the top landmarks and attractions including the Tower of London, London Zoo, Windsor Castle, and many more.  Enjoy a 1-Day Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus tour with over 60 stops across London including Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square, and Piccadilly Circus. The pass is valid for a full working day across 3 routes. You'll also get access to special London Pass holder perks including discounts at gift shops at select attractions.  The London Pass allows access to over 80 attractions including: POPULAR ATTRACTIONS • The View from the Shard • Tower of London • 1-Day Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour • Thames River Boat (Uber Boat by Thames Clippers - 1-day Hop-on Hop-off) • Windsor Castle • Westminster Abbey • London Bridge Experience • Tower Bridge Exhibition • ZSL London Zoo • Kensington Palace PLACES OF INTEREST • Shakespeare's Globe Theatre • Royal Albert Hall • Royal Observatory Greenwich • Old Royal Naval College • The Painted Hall • Cutty Sark • Kew Gardens • Hampton Court Palace • Apsley House • Benjamin Franklin House • The Royal Mews • Eltham Palace • Jewel Tower • The Monument to The Great Fire of London • Golden Hinde • Wellington Arch • Chelsea Physic Garden MUSEUMS & GALLERIES • London Transport Museum • Foundling Museum • Household Cavalry Museum • Charles Dickens Museum • Guards Museum • Cartoon Museum • Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art • Wernher Collection at Ranger's House • Fan Museum • London Canal Museum • London Museum of Water and Steam • Garden Museum • Museum of Brands, Packaging, and Advertising • Queen's Gallery • Pollocks Toy Museum • The Postal Museum TOURS & EXPERIENCES • ArcelorMittal Orbit • Arsenal FC Stadium (Emirates Stadium) • Chelsea FC Stadium Tour • Tottenham Hotspur FC Stadium Tour • Curzon Bloomsbury • Curzon Mayfair Cinema • Curzon Soho Cinema • Swingers Crazy Golf (City and West End venues) • Sherlock: The Official Live Game • Fuller's Brewery Tour • 20+ London Sights and enoy Fish & Chips - Top Sights Tours • 30+ London Sights Tour - Top Sights Tours • Palaces and Parliament Tour - Top Sights Tours • Jason's Original Canal Boat Trip • Kia Oval Ground Tour • London Bicycle Tour • London Bicycle Hire • Brit Movie Tours • QUEENS Skate, Dine & Bowl • Twickenham Stadium Tour & Rugby Museum • Wembley Stadium Tours & more! Please note attractions and tours are subject to change. Please check the digital guide included on your confirmation voucher for the full list of inclusions, opening times, and reservations instructions, when applicable, before you go.

Afternoon Tea at the British Museum

3. Afternoon Tea at the British Museum

Take part in a quintessentially English traditional and enjoy afternoon tea at the Great Court Restaurant under the breathtaking glass roof of the British Museum. Choose from a selection of organic loose leaf teas and delicate flowering teas, such as Rising Flower or Jasmine Fairies. Feast from a selection of traditional delicacies, starting with finger sandwiches before tucking into handmade pastries, cakes and scones with clotted cream and jam.  Make your afternoon tea experience extra special and add a glass of sparkling Prosecco. Relax in an oasis of calm in the center of Bloomsbury and become part of a great tradition.

Greenwich Highlights Half Day Tour

4. Greenwich Highlights Half Day Tour

Starting at the Greenwich Visitor Centre, you'll walk along the River Thames towards the nearby Old Royal Naval College, which was designed by Sir Christopher Wren. See the famous Painted Hall, with its magnificent murals and painted ceiling, and other important sites of the Old Royal Naval College. From there you will walk up to the world famous Greenwich Royal Observatory, site of the Prime Meridian. Here visitors will see the line that divides the Western and Eastern hemispheres of the globe. Another highlight here are the unique clocks that occupy the Observatory museum, designed by Harrison, which eventually solved the "longitude" problem for seafarers. Following the visit to the Observatory, walk down to the largest maritime museum in the world: the National Maritime Museum. Britain's seafaring past and history as a naval power is on showcase here. You'll have the opportunity to rest your feet and enjoy a tea or coffee here. From here, your guide will take you aboard the world-famous clipper ship Cutty Sark. In her time, at the very end of the Age of Sail, she was the fastest ship on water. Newly restored for a staggering price tag of 50 million pounds, she was reopened to the public on May 1st, 2012. The tour ends at the historic Greenwich Market, home to art galleries, antiques and amazing street food.

National Maritime Museum and Greenwich Tour

5. National Maritime Museum and Greenwich Tour

Visit the National Maritime Museum in London, the world's largest maritime museum, on a 3.5-hour tour designed for lovers of all things naval and maritime. Experience 500 years of British naval power and traditions. The Museum houses over 2 million artifacts from which exhibitions are drawn. On your tour you’ll see Turner's wonderful painting of the Battle of Trafalgar, which he completed in the 1820s. The king at the time, who had the painting commissioned, was apparently not impressed with Turner's realism depicting the horrors of war. For this reason the masterpiece is not hidden away in a royal palace, but is on display in a public museum. You’ll also be able to visit the Nelson, Navy, and Nation gallery with its paintings, weapons, and exhibitions about Horatio Nelson. See the jacket Nelson was wearing when he was shot and killed by a sniper in 1805. His body was brought back to Greenwich to lay in state, in the Painted Hall, for 3 days as thousands of British citizens came to pay their respects. Visit the poignant Atlantic Slave Trade Gallery as well. Midway through the tour, you’ll stop at the smart Museum café, where you can enjoy tea, coffee, and other refreshments.

From London: Stonehenge, Windsor & Bath Small Group Day Tour

6. From London: Stonehenge, Windsor & Bath Small Group Day Tour

Begin with a drive to the ancient kingdom of Wessex, where you’ll visit the world-famous Stonehenge monument. With a history spanning 5,000 years, this stone circle continues to be shrouded in mystery and myth. Your guide will tell you what is known and what may never be known about these giant stones located on Salisbury Plain. Absorb the powerful presence of this ancient site and admire the views before continuing on the drive through beautiful Wiltshire and Somerset, passing thatched cottages and idyllic villages en route to the city of Bath. Both Romans and Georgians have left their mark in Bath. The only hot thermal springs in Britain were a draw for those early invaders from warmer lands, and the Roman resort of Aqua Sulis can be seen in the Roman Baths Museum. The Georgian elite of London arrived here in the 18th century to take the waters and cure themselves of rheumatic disease and gout. The elegant squares, circuses, and crescents date from this time. After lunch and a guided tour of this delightful city you’ll continue on to Royal Windsor. The remainder of the tour will be spent in Windsor, home to the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world, and the Queen’s favorite home. Your guide will give you a full account of the history of this royal residence and take you on a tour of the famous town. Walk in the footsteps of royalty and statesmen and enter the castle (closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays). Inside the castle, you can admire the fine furniture and paintings owned by Her Majesty. See Queen Mary's Dolls’ House and visit St. George's Chapel, which is the final resting place of English kings and queens, including Henry VIII and Charles I. Head back to London via historic Runnymede where the Magna Carta was sealed by King John in 1215.

Hendon Royal Air Force Museum Guided Tour

7. Hendon Royal Air Force Museum Guided Tour

This is a great day out for anyone with an appreciation for military history and airplanes. Your guide will pick you up at your hotel or at a train/tube station in the morning. Enjoy complimentary drinks and entrance fees on this full-day tour of the Royal Air Force Museum at Hendon. RAF Hendon houses planes from around the world, dating from over 100 years ago right up to the present day Eurofighter, with special emphasis on the RAF. Learn all about the Battle of Britain and experience an air raid over London. See the heroics of the early aviation pioneers and learn from your guide’s personal experience, as the workshop of one of his relatives is part of the tour. Your visit to Hendon can be as long or short as you'd like it to be. There’s certainly more to see than is possible to cover in a single day. See Spitfires, Hurricanes, Lancasters, Vulcans, Typhoons, Meschersmitts, Stukas, Mustangs, F35s, and over 100 other types of aircraft.

London: Sherlock Holmes 3-Hour Private Guided Tour

8. London: Sherlock Holmes 3-Hour Private Guided Tour

Immerse yourself in the world of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson on a half-day tour that is perfect for fans of the hit BBC TV series “Sherlock” as well as the original books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Your guide will pick you up from your hotel and walk you to 221B Baker Street, the famous fictional address of Holmes, and now home to the Sherlock Holmes Museum. Now protected as a place of "special architectural and historical interest,” the handsome house includes a 1st floor study that has been faithfully maintained to depict the Victorian era. Pop into the next door Sherlock Holmes Store to purchase Sherlock memorabilia, and continue to locations in Central London used to recreate the Victorian atmosphere in the hit BBC series. Your guide can take you to Russell Square to show you where John Watson met the old friend that would change his life forever, or go to New Scotland Yard, headquarters of the Metropolitan Police on historic Whitehall. You will also see the spot where Sherlock jumps (or falls) to his "death" in the “Sherlock” cliffhanger episode “The Reichenbach Fall.”

The British Museum in London Guided Tour

9. The British Museum in London Guided Tour

The British Museum's extensive collection spans 6,000 years of human history, featuring items from every corner of the world. The guides take a serious but enjoyable approach towards the museum’s galleries, discussing primitive tribes and forgotten empires through a carefully curated selection of exhibits. Discover Samurai armor and centuries-old Assyrian lion hunt reliefs. Learn about the Mummy of Katebet, the Lewis Chessmen, and the Rosetta Stone – the actual rock, not the language learning software. Leave the tour with an understanding of what humans have achieved throughout history and be proud to call yourself a part of this incredible species. Highlights generally include: (if artwork is not on loan or being restored etc) The Rosetta Stone, Assyrian Lion Hunt reliefs, Parthenon Sculpture, Lewis Chessmen, Oxus Treasure, Royal Game of Ur, Mummy of Katebet, Samurai Armour.

Full-Day Tour of York by Rail From London

10. Full-Day Tour of York by Rail From London

Take a day trip to York from London to learn more about this historic city's past and present. Arrive at King’s Cross station at 7:30 AM for your 8:00 AM departure, and meet a tour representative by the ticket office. They will check you in, give you a welcome pack, and escort you to your reserved seats for your arrival into York at 9:51 AM. Once you've arrived, embark on a hop-on hop-off bus tour through the city. Marvel at York Minster's stained-glass windows, stroll along the cobbled Shambles, and learn about the city's rich heritage on this picturesque open-top tour of York. Then, discover York. Take your time to explore this picturesque city, then prepare for your return trip to London. A representative will meet you by the ticket office and escort you to your reserved seats. The train departs at 7:31 PM and arrives back in London at 9:39 PM.

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What people are saying about Museum of London

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4.4 / 5

based on 3,690 reviews

Great tour! The guide was knowledgeable, humorous and kept me interested with great facts! Well done! The self guided tour of the War Rooms was also excellent!

Superb experience. Characters do look real and ambience is super nice. Great atmosphere and with a little patience able to do take pictures with all of them.

Good ambience not too crowded all charactor displayed well apart from who they were taxi ride excellent & promoting London GB. Will recomend to friends

It is the most advantageous pass, and valid for a long time, unlike the London pass. We took 6 attractions, doable in 3 days.

Such a brilliant experience, fantastic place, such life like models, very well organised, a must do visit for all ages.