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Buckingham Palace ½ mile

The official London residence of Her Majesty The Queen. The 19 lavishly furnished State Rooms which form the heart of the working palace are open in the summer (pre-booking is advisable). The exterior of the palace can be seen through the railings from the roads throughout the year. Tel. 020 7766 7300.
Open State Rooms open Aug-Sep, Daily 0930-1630 (subject to change).
www.royalcollection.org.uk
The entrance is off Buckingham Gate.
Changing the Guard for dates and times see www.changing-guard.com

Queen's Gallery ¼ mile

Changing exhibitions from the Royal Collection, please see the website for details. Tel. 020 7766 7300.
Open Daily 1000-1730, last admission 1630, but closed between exhibitions.
www.royalcollection.org.uk

Royal Mews ¼ mile

One of the finest working stables with horse-drawn carriages and motor cars used for coronations, State visits and other ceremonial occasions. Tel. 020 7766 7300.
Open Apr-Oct, Daily 1100-1700, but closed on some ceremonial days.
www.royalcollection.org.uk

Westminster Cathedral ¼ mile

The Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Archbishop of Westminster. This Byzantine style cathedral is famous for its mosaics, marble and music. Tel. 020 7798 9055.
Open Daily 0700-1900 (please check times at Easter and Christmas).
www.westminstercathedral.org.uk

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Apsley House EH ½ mile (or bus)

Colloquially known as 'Number 1 London' because it was the first house after the Knightsbridge tollgates, Apsley House was the home of the first Duke of Wellington who defeated Napolean at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. The magnificent Regency interiors house the Duke's art collection. Silver plate and fine porcelain room. Tel. 020 7499 5676.
Open Apr-Oct, WThFSSu 1100-1700. Nov-Mar, SSu 1000-1600.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Bus There are frequent buses on many routes from Victoria to Hyde Park Corner, including buses 38 and 390 from the Bus Station in front of Victoria station to Hyde Park Corner.
Apsley House is near Hyde Park Corner Underground station.

Wellington Arch EH ½ mile (or bus)

This striking landmark is crowned by the largest bronze sculpture in Europe. It houses the Quadriga Gallery which hosts changing displays of English Heritage's work. There are panoramic views from the balconies on both sides of the Arch. Tel. 020 7930 2726.
Open Daily 1000-1800 (1700 Oct, 1600 Nov-Mar). May be closed when exhibitions are changed, please check website.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Bus see Apsley House above.
Wellington Arch is near Hyde Park Corner Underground station.

Guards Museum ½ mile

This museum is at Wellington Barracks, the headquarters of the British Army's five Guards regiments. Displays depict battles in which the Guards have fought. Other exhibits include uniforms, medals and paintings.
Open Daily 1000-1600, but closed on some ceremonial days.
www.theguardsmuseum.com
The Guards Museum is ¼ mile from St James's Park Underground station.

Royal Hospital Chelsea by bus

Museum, Chapel, Great Hall, Courts and Grounds. Walking tours can be booked, please see the website for details.
Open Museum M-F 1000-1600, closed BH.
www.chelsea-pensioners.co.uk
Bus 170 from stop G to entrance, 6 minutes journey, Daily, about every 10 minutes. Buses also operate from Clapham Junction.
The Royal Hospital is ½ mile from Sloane Square Underground station.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May

The Royal Horticultural Society holds the famous Chelsea Flower Show in the grounds of the Royal Hospital annually in late May. The Show is very popular and as tickets are strictly non-transferable you should buy them only through the official RHS website: www.rhs.org.uk

In early July the RHS holds a major Flower Show at Hampton Court.

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National Army Museum by bus

The story of the British Army from Agincourt in the 15th century to peace-keeping today. Displays cover campaigns and battles plus the social history of the Army. Café. Tel. 020 7730 0717.
Open Daily 1000-1730.
www.nam.ac.uk
Bus 170 from stop G to entrance, 6 minutes journey, Daily, about every 10 minutes. Buses also operate from Clapham Junction.
The Museum is ½ mile from Sloane Square Underground station.

Chelsea Physic Garden by bus

The second oldest botanic garden in the UK. The 4 acre peaceful garden contains many rare and unusual plants. Medicinal plants and tender species are a speciality. Tel. 020 7352 5646.
Open Apr-Oct, WThFSu & BH 1200-1700.
www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk
Bus 170 from stop G, alight at the stop just beyond Swan Walk (see map). 7 minutes journey, Daily, about every 10 minutes. Buses also operate from Clapham Junction.
Chelsea Physic Garden is ¾ mile from Sloane Square Underground station.

Carlyle's House NT by bus

In a quiet residential area of London, this Queen Anne house was the home of the writer and historian Thomas Carlyle. The Victorian period decor, furniture, pictures and books are all still in place. Tel. 020 7352 7087.
Open Mar-Oct, WThFSSu & BH 1100-1700.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Bus 170 from stop G to Chelsea Embankment, Albert Bridge. 8 minutes journey, Daily, about every 10 minutes. Buses also operate from Clapham Junction and Sloane Square.

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The London Helicopter by bus

A helicopter flight from the London Heliport at Battersea following the River Thames to Greenwich. A map on the website highlights the many landmarks which will be pointed out by the pilot. Tel. 020 7887 2626.
Open Flights must be booked through the website or by telephone.
www.thelondonhelicopter.com
Bus 170 from stop G to Lombard Road (announced on the bus), about 17 minutes journey, Daily, about every 10 minutes. Buses also operate from Clapham Junction.

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