The EDF Energy London Eye offers breathtaking views of London from high above the River Thames. See Big Ben towering above the Houses of Parliament, follow St. James Park as it sweeps down to Buckingham Palace. A Standard Ticket Experience on the London Eye lasts for approximately 30 minutes, the time it takes for the London Eye to revolve completely. Relax in one of the 32 high-tech glass capsules and enjoy the London skyline at your leisure.
EDF Energy London Eye 4D
The London Eye 4D is a groundbreaking 3D film with in theatre effects, such as wind, bubbles and mist, to make the 4D. The film itself is a touching story of a little girl in London with her father. Her view of famous London landmarks is obscured by people and traffic, but a seagull draws her attention to the London Eye and her visit finally gives her an amazing view of the city. Colourful parties inside the capsule, time lapse of the London Eye day and night and a spectacular firework display all add up to an emotional and entertaining experience; the perfect prelude to the London Eye itself.
Technological Innovation for an Enhanced Experience
Touch screen guides have been designed to enhance your flight as you take in spectacular views from the London Eye. These guides offer a more interactive flight experience as you marvel at the capital’s very finest sights. They are available as part of the standard ticket price. Features include key information on 55 eminent landmarks that can be viewed from the London Eye as well as a 3D view of each attraction, making it come alive before your eyes.
Please note: all standard ticket guests wishing to see the 4D Experience would need to join the 4D entrance queue with their tickets 45 minutes prior to their booked time.
EDF Energy London Eye
Westminster Bridge Road
London, SE1 7PB
1st January – 28th March: 10am – 8.30pm
29th March – 14th April: 10am – 9.30pm
15th April – 27th June: 10am – 9pm
28th June – 31st August: 10am – 9.30pm
1st September – 30th December: 10am – 8.30pm
24th December: 10 am – 5.30pm
31st December: 10am – 3pm
25th December: (Christmas Day): Closed
Waterloo Station (Bakerloo Line, Northern Line, Jubilee Line)
Westminster Station (District and Circle Line)
The London Dungeon Attraction has London’s most horrible history, brought to life with 11 shows, live actors, special effects and 2 scary rides! Our London Attractions are:
1. The Crypt
The Crypt is the start of your dark trip into the horrible depths of the London Dungeon. Be sure to heed the keeper’s advice…
2. Labyrinth of Lost Souls
Those who dare enter the Labyrinth may wander this way and that, but there is no escape! And worse, among the evil spirits still haunting this maze of tunnels is the ‘Lady in Black’.
3. The Great Plague
Bring out your dead! It is 1665, and London is in turmoil as the dreaded Black Death lays waste to the population. Walk through the corpse-filled streets as the panic and horror infect all around you!
4. The Great Fire of London
Enter the Great Fire of London rampaging through the city of London, turning everything in its wake to cinders. Travel back to 2nd September, 1666 and experience the burning reality of the day that left 200,000 people destitute!
5. Surgery: Blood & Guts
Hold on to your stomach as you enter the filthy makeshift operating room of Tooley Street’s blundering butcher surgeon, where history’s most horrific blood soaked surgery is performed in graphic, gangrenous detail… on even the most unwilling of patients!
6. The Torture Chamber
London’s torturer always finds a way to get you talking, whether with the hook, the castrator, the jaw breaker, or the creeping agony of the rack. Maybe he’ll loosen your tongue the hard way, with the tongue-tearer!
7. The Courtroom
It is the middle of the 18th Century and England’s justice system is harsh, unpredictable and frequently lethal. Some 220 offences are punishable by death. Pray the judge has pity on your soul. Your sentencing and fate await you!
Face the inmates of one of London’s first asylums: infamous for driving the slightly eccentric to the depths of insanity! Quick, they’re waking up. Move along before you cause bedlam!
9. Traitor: Boat Ride to Hell
In the deepest, darkest depths of London a deadly nightmare awaits, as you travel through the underground tunnels on this ricky boat ride.
10. Sweeney Todd’s Barber
Visit Mrs Lovett’s 1785 pie shop before receiving a short back and sides at the infamous Fleet Street barber shop owned by the demon barber Sweeney Todd.
11. Jack the Ripper
1888. It is a dark time in London. A prolific killer stalks the black alleys and quiet streets at night, preying on London’s prostitutes.
12. Bloody Mary Killer Queen
Bloody Mary, the deadliest daughter of Henry VIII is ruthlessly ridding the country of heretics. Will you escape her blazing anger!
13. Extremis: Drop Ride to Doom
Wait as your sentence is read and your fate decided in the hanging gallows of London Dungeon! Hear the screams of those around you, criminals condemned together, and draw your breath as you are lifted to face your doom!
Westminster Bridge Road
London SE1 7PB
1st Feb to 28th Feb – Closed
25th December (Christmas Day) – Closed
Westminster Station (District and Circle Line)
Waterloo Station (Northen, Bakerloo, and Jubilee Lines)
With 14 zones and the new Marvel Super Heroes 4D movie experience, Madame Tussauds London combines glitz and glamour with incredible history and over 400 top celebrities.
You’re invited to our A-list party. Just strike a pose for the paparazzi and join the world’s most famous stars – meet Will Smith, J-Lo and the Beckhams, squeeze Brad’s bum and attend a photo shoot with Kate Moss. Keira’s there and so is Orlando.
James Bond at Madame Tussauds
Guests to Madame Tussauds London can get up close and personal with the world’s most famous secret agent as Daniel Craig as James Bond, and Judi Dench as M take centre stage in an espionage themed experience. Madame Tussauds has partnered with QUANTUM OF SOLACE, a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures release of EON Productions’ 22nd James Bond adventure releasing in theatres worldwide November 2008 to create an atmospheric brush with 007 certain to delight fans.
New wax figures of Daniel Craig as James Bond and Judi Dench as M featured in an interactive espionage themed experience.
Madame Tussauds spy-trained agents, hidden camera and interactive “smart table”
Deep within the Chamber of Horrors, things take an even scarier turn. Here you will find a maximum security prison has been taken over by its unhinged inmates. Live and on the loose, they want nothing less than to give you nightmares. But be warned should you decide to enter SCREAM, you’ll need to warm up your vocal chords to ensure you can scream loud enough to be rescued. But then again, who is going to come to your aid…..?
Marvel Super Heroes unique 4D experience
Experience Marvel Super Heroes 4D where you can get up close to some of Marvel’s best loved super heroes in three floors of multisensory fun. You’ll find a mix of interactive themed areas, startlingly realistic wax figures and an amazing Marvel Super Heroes 4D film adventure.
You can get up close to six Super Hero wax figures and try out a range of Super Hero interactives from turning invisible with The Invisible Woman (as portrayed Jessica Alba), going green with our biggest figure ever, the gargantuan 4.5m Hulk and trying out Wolverine’s deadly adamantium claws alongside the mutant hero (as portrayed by Hugh Jackman).
The other wax figures featured are Spider Man, featured in a cleverly inverted office where guests can literally “hang out” on the ceiling, Head of S.H.I.E.L.D (Supreme Headquarters International Espionage Law-enforcement Division), Nick Fury (as portrayed by Samuel L Jackson), and Ironman*.
Daily: 9.30am to 5:30pm
Weekends and School Holidays: 9am to 6:00pm
Summer (16 Jul – 2 Sep): 9.00am – 7.00pm
24th December: 9am to 2pm
25th December: closed
26th December: 10am to 6pm
Baker Street Station
Situated in the heart of the West End at 1 Piccadilly Circus, prepare to be astonished, astounded and amazed by over 800 authentic, original and unbelievable exhibits spread over 5 floors! Touring the globe, Robert Ripley collected many astounding artifacts and recorded some of the most unusual sights; proving that the world’s greatest oddities could be joined and celebrated together all under one roof, for everyone to see.
The attraction is very interactive and appeals to people of all ages, both young and old. All children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult.
The mirror maze challenge provides family friendly entertainment that will appeal to children, teens and adults alike. The maze consists of a series of columns and arches surrounded by hundreds of mirrored reflections in every direction. The floor lighting enhances the “infinity effect” by giving the illusion of continuing hallways, when in fact you may be at a dead end! The more participants in the maze, the more confusing it is. See hundreds of reflections of yourself in every direction. The mirror maze challenge is to “get lost” and find your way out again. Backwards or forwards, it’s never the same experience twice!
The London Pavilion 1 Piccadilly Circus
London W1J 0DA
Daily: 10:00am – midnight (Last entry at 10:30pm)
25th, 26th & 31st December: 10:00am – 10:00pm
1st January: 10:00am – 10:00pm
Piccadilly Circus (Piccadilly Line)
With over 500 species, 14 themed zones and more than 2 million litres of water, SEA LIFE London Aquarium is home to one of Europe’s largest collections of global marine life. Situated in the heart of London, the experience takes visitors on an immersive and interactive journey along the Great Oceanic Conveyor.
The mysterious experience starts by taking a submarine style lift to the depths of the Atlantic Ocean . Along the journey, a stunning glass tunnel walkway offers guests an unforgettable experience by strolling underneath a tropical ocean. There is plenty of interaction along the way, from feeding the stingrays and watching diving displays to touch pools and discovery zones. Other stars of the show include green turtles, seahorses, octopus, zebra sharks and the ever popular clown fish. The true highlight however, commences as guests complete their journey in the deeper darker zone of the Pacific Ocean – take a walk on the wild side and watch 10 species of shark swim beneath your feet from a suspended glass platform.
The tour ends at The SEA LIFE London Aquarium leaving you ample time to enjoy the attraction and surrounding area. Why not grab some fish and chips or take a flight on the London Eye?
SES LIFE London Aquarium
Westminster Bridge Road
London, SE1 7PB
Daily: Mon-Thu 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Last admission 5:00 pm
Fri – Sun 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. Last admission 6:00 pm
25 December – Closed
Waterloo Station (Bakerloo Line, Northern Line, Jubilee Line)
Westminster Station (District and Circle Line)
Get closer to some of the hairiest, scariest, tallest and smallest animals at ZSL London Zoo. ZSL London Zoo has almost 750 species of animal, from the smallest monkey to the tall giraffe.
Voted London’s Best Tourism Experience 2010 in the Visit London Awards.
ZSL London Zoo’s most exciting new attraction this year has to be Rainforest Life. You’ll enter the lush vegetation and warm tropical mists of London’s only living rainforest and go on a journey high into the treetops to meet a variety of amazing rainforest species including marmosets and tamarins, sloths, and tamandua.
For an amazing animal experience for all the family come along to Animal Adventure, ZSL London Zoo’s brand-new exhibit. Animal Adventure allows children the chance to immerse themselves in the sights, sounds, smells and experiences of life in the animal kingdom.
Close Rainforest Lookout
New at ZSL London Zoo. Feel the heat of South America within our tropical biome filled with tropical trees and alive with South American monkeys, birds and invertebrates. With nothing separating you from this amazing habitat.
Meet the Monkeys
The enclosure was built to house a breeding group of black-capped squirrel monkeys in a habitat designed to recreate the Bolivian rainforests as closely as possible in the centre of London.
The exhibit features a host of tropical birds flying freely inside our restored Victorian bird house. Walk amongst tropical plants, pools and even an indoor waterfall surrounded by the sounds of bird song in the air.
As well as these there are many more exhibits for you to see. With over 650 species of animals set in 36 acres of landscaped gardens in Regent’s Park, ZSL London Zoo is a fantastic day out.
New for 2013 – The Tiger Territory
This year, ZSL London Zoo is turning London into Tiger Territory. For the first time ever, visitors will be able to explore the verdant world of the Sumatran Tiger.
Opening in March 2013, Tiger Territory is a landmark new exhibit at ZSL London Zoo. Through immersive and interactive experiences it takes visitors closer than ever to the natural environment of one of nature’s most awesome predators and brings to light the conservation issues these creatures face in the wild.
ZSL London Zoo Regent’s Park
London, NW1 4RY
Daily: 1st April – 22nd Oct: 10:00am- 5:30am
23rd Oct – 31st Oct: 10:00am- 4:00pm
(Last admission is one hour before closing time)
25th December – Closed
Regent’s Park (Bakerloo Line)
Camden Town (Northern Line)
St Paul’s with its world-famous dome is an iconic feature of the London skyline, but there is so much more to Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece than its impressive façade. The interior of the soaring dome, the glittering mosaics, the intricate stone carving and the breathtaking view down the nave towards the quire are just a few of the reasons why a visit to St Paul’s is a must.
The formidable funerals of Lord Nelson, the Duke of Wellington and Sir Winston Churchill were conducted inside these fortress-like walls, as was the elaborate fairy-tale wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. Sombre services marking the end of the First and Second World Wars, and joyous celebrations marking Queen Victoria and King George V’s Jubilees, have also filled its echoing galleries.
St Paul’s Churchyard
London, EC4M 8AD
Monday to Saturday: The Cathedral is open to sightseers between 8:30am – 4:00pm (last admission)
The galleries are open to sightseers from 9:30am – 4:15pm (last admission)
Special services or events may close all or part of the Cathedral at short notice.
Sunday open for worship only and there is no sightseeing.
St Paul’s Station (Central Line)
Theatre Tour & Exhibition. Shakespeare’s Globe Exhibition is the world’s largest exhibition devoted to Shakespeare and the London in which he lived and worked.
Shakespeare’s Globe Exhibition is the world’s largest exhibition devoted to Shakespeare and the London in which he lived and worked.
Housed beneath the reconstructed Globe Theatre on Bankside, the exhibition explores the remarkable story of the struggle to rebuild the Globe, and brings Shakespeare’s world to life using a range of interactive displays and live demonstrations.
Visit the world of Elizabethan Bankside. Discover how shows were produced in the theatres of Shakespeare’s time. Find out how special effects were produced. Join the cast and add your voice to a scene recorded by Globe actors. Create your own Shakespearean phrases in the word jungle. Watch a sword-fighting display. Browse the costume collection and find out how period clothing is recreated.
Throughout the year, a fascinating guided tour of the Globe Theatre is included in your visit to Shakespeare’s Globe Exhibition – Let one of our guides bring this extraordinary space to life.
Tours begin every 15-30 minutes during opening hours. During matinee performances in the theatre, when guided tours of the Globe are not possible, visitors will be taken to the nearby site of Bankside’s first theatre: the Rose.
21 New Globe Walk
London SE1 9DT
Monday – Saturday
Exhibition and Globe Theatre Tour 9am – 12.30pm
Exhibition and Rose Theatre Tour 1pm to 5pm
Exhibition and Globe Theatre Tour 9am – 11.30am
Exhibition and Rose Theatre Tour 12 noon to 5pm
Opening Hours (Winter)
Monday – Sunday
Exhibition and Globe Theatre Tour 10am – 5.30pm
Closed 24th and 25th December
London Bridge Station
Explore glasshouses, landscapes and 250 years of history at the world’s most famous garden. Climb to the treetops, delve into rainforest or discover more on a guided tour.
The most compelling tree-top experience in the UK – Kew’s Rhizotron and Xstrata Treetop Walkway takes you under the ground and then 18 metres (59ft) up in the air, bringing you close to trees in a way that will take your breath away.
The 17th-century gardens behind Kew Palace are guaranteed to restore flagging spirits, as the plants you’ll find here were mainly cultivated for their medicinal properties. Take a stroll around and discover many herbal varieties that we still use to this day. This summer you’ll find a host of aromatic plants from the Mediterranean region, including lavender, sage, oregano, thyme and rosemary.
The Palm House
This well-loved display, one of the most iconic images of Kew, will look quite different this year. The border will hold an array of Mediterranean fruits and vegetables, ranging from nine varieties of aubergine, growing in the urns by the pond, to olive trees and even watermelons.
This is home to the UK’s largest collection of bamboos, which range from the well-known lofty pole varieties to wispy, variegated species. Dominating the garden is the Minka House, an authentic Japanese farm dwelling dating from the early 1900s and reconstructed at Kew Gardens.
Royal Botanic Gardens
Surrey, TW9 3AB
Gardens open at 9.30am all year round.
Closing times – Mon to Fri 6:30pm; Sat and Sun 7:30pm
Closed – 24 and 25 Dec
Kew Gardens (Distrcit Line)
Kensington Palace has been a royal residence for over 300 years, and it was here that Queen Victoria was born and spent her childhood. Set within the tranquillity of Kensington Gardens, this is the most intimate of royal palaces, not simply an impressive stage for the ceremonies of court life but a charming and much-loved home. The magnificent State Apartments give a glimpse of court life, with an impressive display of paintings from the Royal Collection.
Kensingtion Palace unveils a palace of secret stories and public lives following a £12m major project to create a palace for everyone. Visitors to Kensington Palace arrive through newly landscaped gardens and entrance hall to journey through the magnificent Kings and Queen’s State Apartments as a courtier. Filled with stories of two royal courts; the House of Stuart and the House of Hanover 1698 -1714, your success will depend on who you know, how you behave and how you dress. The rewards are great, but there are pitfalls along the way!
Victoria revealed an exciting new permanent exhibition set within the rooms Victoria grew up in as a child, explores her life and reign through her own words. Imagine how she felt at just 17 years old on her first day as Queen at Kensington Palace, discover her romantic side through letters and gifts exchanged with Prince Albert and take a peep at moments of family life with her children.
Fashion rules: Elizabeth, Margaret, Diana
A new glossy and glamorous exhibition, Fashion rules: Elizabeth, Margaret, Diana – opening 04 July 2013 represents the story of the monarchy in the 20th century featuring rare and exquisite dresses from HM Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret and Diana Princess of Wales, discover how the royal figures and fashions were representative of the spirit of each decade. Surrounded by contemporary photography, film and music the visitor will get a real sense of the 1950’s through to the 1990s, decades in which the clothes were worn and how they reflected and inspired everyday fashions.
Kensington Palace State Apartments
London, W8 4PX
26th Mar to 31st Oct: 10:00am to 6:00pm (Last admission 5pm)
1st Nov to 28 Feb: 10:00am to 5:00pm (Last admission 4pm)
24th to 26th December – Closed
Queensway (Central Line)
High Street Kensington (District and Circle Line)
The flamboyant Tudor monarch, Henry VIII is most associated with this majestic Palace. He lavished money on fabulous tapestries and paintings, housed and fed a huge court and pursued a succession of wives, political power and domination over Rome. However, the elegance and romance of the palace owes much to the Baroque buildings created by Sir Christopher Wren for the joint monarchs William and Mary at the end of the 17th century.
Must see attractions:
Henry VIII’s State Apartments with their exquisite tapestries and paintings The magnificent Chapel Royal with its carved and gilded ceiling King William III’s State Apartments, superbly restored after the 1986 fire The Queen’s Apartments and the Georgian Rooms that encapsulate the 18th-century ‘age of elegance’ The Tudor Kitchens where you can find roaring fires and Tudor delicacies The Triumphs of Caesar painted by Andrea Mantegna, one of the great artistic creations of the Italian Renaissance 60 acres of landscaped grounds, including the world-famous Maze, the Great Vine and the recently restored Privy Garden
Audio guides are included in the palace ticket and are available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Japanese.
Florimania – Jewels from the King’s Crown (Friday 8 March to Sunday 10 March 2013)
Treat a loved one this Mothering Sunday Weekend at Florimania – an extravaganza of flower displays along the Tudor route at Hampton Court Palace, inspired by Henry VIII’s crown.
Hampton Court Palace
Surrey, KT8 9AU
Mon -Sun: 10:00am – 6.00pm (last admission 5:00pm)
24th – 26th December – Closed