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Places to Go in Greater London History and modern entertainment collide in spectacular fashion in London so make the most of it with our guide to the top attractions to visit.

Two of London’s most famous landmarks are just stone's throw from each other and are must-sees during your visit to London.

A delightful walk down the tree lined Mall in SW1 brings you to the doorstep of the magnificent Buckingham Palace [map]. Since 1837 Buckingham Palace has served as the official residency of the Monarchy and has only in the last few decades been open to the public. Tours around Buckingham Palace prove to be in the top 10 of peoples’ must itinerary and crowds flock to the Palace during the annual summer opening in August and September. Take a guided tour and see the splendour of this wonderful building. For more information visit Buckingham Palace’s official website.

The Palace of Westminster [map] is home to the Houses of Parliament and located at SW1. This includes the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Visitors are welcomed to explore the House of Commons and House of Lords by taking part in one of the conducted tours. Here you’ll get the opportunity to sit in on debate from the designated area called The Strangers’ Gallery. Find out more at The Houses of Parliament official site.

Take a sombre journey into war and conflict at The Imperial War Museum [map], Lambeth Road, SE1. Here you’ll find a history of the triumphs and tragedies of 20th century warfare as well as exhibitions recounting battles from hundreds and sometimes thousands of years ago. Everybody’s story is told here from the child fighters of Cambodia to the nurses and land girls of the World War II. This is a good place to take time out and reflect.

After your visit to the war museum, you’ll be in need of some light relief and what better way to have a giggle than with a visit to Madame Tussauds [map]. The famous waxwork museum is located on Marylebone Road, and is lots of fun for all ages. Stand next to some of your favourite celebrities from contemporary culture right back to Viking warriors. There are even interactive shows now, so if you think you can put up with jibes from Simon Cowell have a go at singing to him. Alternatively, why not try your hand as a weather presenter? It's bags of fun and is guaranteed to raise a smile on a rainy London afternoon.

Why not try visiting the road crossing made famous by The Beatles which can be found outside the Abbey Road [map] studios in North West London. Although it is unlikely you’ll be able to get into this legendary recording studio where the ‘Fab Four’ recorded “She Loves You”, “Help!” and others, you can soak up the ambience and dice with London motorists to try and recreate the iconic album cover.

The other place to try is Elvisly Yours [map] on Baker Street. With over 400 items of Elvis memorabilia you can once again discover ‘the King” and his former glory. And although he still manages to get into the charts despite no longer being alive (controversial!) if you ever feel the urge to hear his music amongst like minded people then the museum plays it all day everyday.

At Lauderdale House [map] in North London you can take part in some artistic adventures or simply take a stroll and take in the history of this 16th century manor house. The house itself has had a chequered past, falling into the hands of several different owners and even surviving a fire in the 1960’s which could make for an interesting way to spend a couple of hours. Today the building is used an arts and education centre running classes for adults and children in drama, drawing and creative writing.

Flora and fauna galore awaits you in the 30-acre Capel Manor Gardens. And with several themed area to inspire you, including Historical Gardens, Italianate Maze and a Japanese Garden, you may find yourself becoming somewhat green fingered after your visit.

If you’re looking for a scenic and tranquil place to enjoy a leisurely bike-ride, the South Norwood Country Park [map], Albert Road, South Norwood, really does tick all the boxes. Enjoy wildflower meadows, a large lake, a pitch and putt course, a children’s playground and viewing mound, as well as an informative visitor information centre that will tell you everything you need to know about the surrounding wildlife.

Enjoy some excellent views across the River Thames at this relaxing green space close to the tea clipper: The Cutty Sark [map], King William Walk, Greenwich, SE10. Take advantage of some of the boat trips that are available from the banks of the river.

Otherwise known as Kew Gardens, The Royal Botanic Gardens [map], Richmond, TW9, is a fantastic place to visit, whatever the season. In the heart of Richmond these gardens prove the perfect place to spend a day. Marvel at some truly unusual plants and shrubs or visit the garden shop where you can pick up seeds and bulbs to get your own flowerbed looking pretty. Sit back and watch the world go by from this floral paradise in one of the Garden’s delightful tearooms.

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