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Westminster Abbey

The 700 year old Abbey with its impressive gothic architecture has played an important part in British history. It has been the coronation church since 1066. Over 3000 people are buried here and there are many monuments and memorials. Museum. Gardens. Tel. 020 7222 5152.
Open M-S 1000-1600, Sun for worship only. Closed for national events and royal occasions, please check the website.

Churchill War Rooms

The original Cabinet War Rooms, the wartime bunker that sheltered Churchill and his government during the Blitz. The historic rooms reveal their once secret history and the stories of those who worked here. The Churchill Museum covers his life and legacy. Café. Tel. 020 7930 6961.
Open Daily 0930-1800.

Banqueting House

Created in 1622 by Inigo Jones, the Banqueting Hall is the only surviving part of the great palace of Whitehall. It was created for court entertainments and has a magnificent Rubens ceiling. Tel. 020 3166 6154.
Open Daily 1000-1700 but often closed for functions and events, please check website.

Jewel Tower EH

Built to house Edward III's personal treasury, the tower is the sole survivor of the private royal quarters within the medieval Palace of Westminster. It has housed the House of Lords records and the national Weights and Measures Office. Tel. 020 7222 2219.
Open Apr-Oct, Daily 1000-1800 (1700 Oct). Nov-Mar, SSu 1000-1600.

Household Cavalry Museum

A behind-the-scenes view of the working stables through a glazed partition. Treasures from ceremonial uniforms, royal standards and gallantry awards, musical instruments, horse furniture and Fabergé silverware. Tel. 020 7930 3070.
Open Daily 1000-1800 (1700 Oct-Feb).
Changing the Guard for dates and times see

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London Eye

One of the world's tallest observation wheels, offering breathtaking views of London. Tel. 0871 781 3000.
Open Daily 1000-2030. Closed for maintenance in January, please see website.

London Aquarium

One of Europe's largest collections of global marine life with more than 2 million litres of water and themed zones housing over 500 species. Tel. 0871 663 1678.
Open Daily 1000-1900.

London Dungeon

Experience a 90 minute journey through 1000 years of London's murky past. Tel. 0871 423 2240.
Open MTWF 1000-1700, Th 1100-1700, SSu 1000-1800. Closes later during school holidays.

Florence Nightingale Museum

The story of Florence Nightingale who became famous for leading the nurses caring for thousands of soldiers during the Crimean War. She was also a health reformer and campaigner who made nursing a respectable profession for women. Tel. 020 7620 0374.
Open Daily 1000-1700.

Garden Museum ¾ mile

Housed in an old church, the displays and exhibits celebrate the art, design and history of gardens. The garden contains the tomb of John Tradescant, the first great gardener and plant-hunter in British history. Events and exhibitions programme. Café. Tel. 020 7401 8865.
Open TWThFSu 1030-1700. Sat 1030-1600.

These attractions are also within walking distance of Waterloo and Waterloo East stations, plus Charing Cross station.