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Wellcome Collection

I think this has to be one of my favourite spots on London. I've come here many many times over the years and never cease to be amazed. The quality of this place in terms of the intellectual and fascination exhibitions about the human body and experience make it one of the most unique modern museums I've ever seen. There are so many interactive things to do. There is also an entire human genome printed into books, lots and lots of books. Many people here just grab a bean bag and chill, have coffee, work, study. Outside are sculptures made entirely of science equipment like test tubes and pipets. If you have even a passing interest in science or medicine, then check this place out asap. Read more...

The Household Cavalry Museum

The courtyard itself is well worth a look in (since it's free), even if you're not a tourist. The horses and guardsmen are all really friendly. If you encounter a member of the Household Cavalry while they're not on official duty (such as if you're lucky to be there on a social/promotional event), then they are all really splendid, genuine, heartwarming, and friendly people. This is the unit that form the guards in front of Buckingham Palace, so the people that do this job are happy to talk about how it works, what they do, etc etc. There is a museum on site giving the history of the unit in general as well as outlining it's modern day duties. Well worth a visit. Read more...

The British Museum

Other museums take note. Aside from the stunning museum venue itself, even my 'I don't like museums' friends found something to love about this place. The number of objects to look at, go up close to, and learn about is staggering. There is simply so much volume. It's free to enter, but even if you just give the recommended donation of £5 it's a bargain since it'll provide many hours of enjoyment. Another tip for the locals is the spacious Benugo cafes that occupy the corners of the main concourse. It's a stunning venue, but the cream tea is just £5. Nice tea and an even nicer jam and cream fruit scone. Read more...

Somerset House

This classical courtyard is well maintained and looks stunning. There are all sorts of events that are held here such as fashion shows, parties and special events in general. Probably the most notable public event is when the courtyard is transformed into an ice rink during winter and is a must see if you are visiting London. It's only a short walk from Covent Garden. In the corner of the yard is a coffee shop that is of surprising high quality with decent food and cakes. Go through the back main building to reach the Thames, and if you get a chance, explore the building. There are lots of interesting snaps to take if you're an Instagrammer. Read more...

HMS Belfast

A really interesting experience that takes several hours to explore the entire vessel. The upper decks also offer some really unique views of the surrounding embankments including the tall skyscrapers in the City and The Shard. Once inside, if you visit the forward sleeping quarters, you can try out the bunkbeds. It's surprisingly hazardous, climbing ladders, squeezing in tight confined places (in the engine room in particular), so be prepared! Read more...

Tate Modern Restaurant

Nice pleasant views, although, as expected -it's busy! There is a long bar running along the front of the venue overlooking the river. Seats here are available without reservation but nearly always full, so you might have to wait around for a free seat. The selection of wines is surprisingly good, order at the bar. The restaurant usually needs booking. Read more...

Monument to the Great Fire of London

A bargain place to visit that offers spectacular unique views amongst the skyscrapers in the City of London. The stone spiral staircase you must climb to the top is unforgiving and never-ending. So be prepared. Once at the top, you get panoramic eye level views of all the famous landmarks in every direction. It's best to come around sunset to see all the office buildings glow with their lights. Read more...

Geffrye Museum

For free, this museum has some really nice exhibitions open. As well as some really peaceful grounds and a lovely warm reading room. The cafe here also has a petite afternoon tea menu as well as some reasonably priced lunch options. This museum has some pretty original exhibitions on spread through this historic building. The entrance is set back from the street in the far corner. Read more...

London Transport Museum

Very interesting but a bit touristy. This place is crammed in with all sorts of interesting relics from London - both very old and some in the last decade or two. The simulator for the tube train is very popular, but be prepared to wait in a crowd of children screaming to have their turn. This place has more of a creche atmosphere than museum as the children roam free running around. The highlight interactive nature of the exhibits means you can go and climb and sit inside old buses and trains. I wish this place had adult only late nights for example like other museums. There are some good London related stuff in the gift shop if you are visiting. Read more...

Science Museum

A must see, but especially for the adult only late evenings. They put on special features such as a silent disco among the space rockets and many other stuff. Free entry, donations accepted. There is alcohol served as well as food. It gets very busy, and has a great atmosphere. Read more...