By Paul V. Murphy

Notice the essence of 1 of the world's actually nice towns with AAA crucial London. get pleasure from a guided travel of the Tower of London or Wesminster Abbey - the coronation web site of British Royalty and the resting position of many mythical figures. if you are prepared for a holiday, cease in at a neighborhood pub or try out Harrod's meals corridor, the last word shrine for the foodstuff fanatic.

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The House of Lords is a body of unelected peers who examine proposed legislation from the Commons and also act as the highest Appeal Court in the land. uk Home to one of the finest and most extensive collections of Western European paintings in the world, the National Gallery houses over 2,300 paintings. The collection progresses chronologically, with the oldest paintings in the Sainsbury Wing. Among the 13th- to 15th-century masterpieces is Venus and Mars by Botticelli. The Doge by Giovanni Bellini is widely considered the greatest Venetian portrait.

Try to see the beautiful abbey precinct that includes the cloisters, the Westminster Abbey Museum (with contemporary royal wax effigies), the Chapter House and the Pyx (‘money chest’) Chamber with its medieval tiled floor. Map Reference 11D Dean’s Yard, Broad Sanctuary Abbey 020 7654 4900 Cloisters daily 8–6; abbey Mon–Fri 9:30–1:30, Sat 9:30–1:30. Last admission 1 hour before closing time. No sightseeing on Sun. Pyx Chamber, Chapter House and museum daily 10:30–3:30 Cloisters free; abbey expensive, includes Chapter House, museum, Pyx Chamber Coffee stands outside abbey and in cloister Westminster, St James’s Park 3, 11, 24, 53, 77a, 159, 211 Guided tours: Apr–Sep Mon–Fri 10, 10:30, 11, 2, 2:30; Sat 10, 10:30, 11; Oct–Mar Mon–Fri 10:30, 11, 2, 2:30; Sat 10:30, 11 Reserve tours in advance 020 7654 4832 Moderate; audio tour available Mon–Fri 9:30–3:30, Sat 9:30–1:30 Inexpensive–moderate Best things to do Good places to have lunch Top activities A walk around the Docklands Stunning views Great traditional pubs Places to take the children Best shopping areas Good places to have lunch Ba Shan (£–££) Order authentic Sichuan street snacks in this modern version of a traditional Chinese café in Soho.

Scientists seem to love insects and fossils. In fact, the fossil insect collection includes Rhyniognatha hirsti, the world’s oldest fossil insect, dating back 400 million years. The Human Biology section fascinates, with its explanations of how the body works. And all this is set in the 1880 neo-Gothic cathedral-like building, with its extraordinary brickwork, sculptures and carvings. There are regular tours, and for children, self-guided trails using backpacks and booklets. Map Reference 3C Cromwell Road (Life Galleries), Exhibition Road (Earth Galleries) 020 7942 5000 Daily 10–5:50.

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