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Places Of Interest in Central London

Places of Interest in Cental London Get out and about during your stay in Central London and see some of the tourist attractions that have got the world talking.

Check out the National Portrait Gallery [map], St Martin’s Place, for a great family day out that takes in a wealth of celebrities pictures including the likes of The Beatles, Henry VIII, Fatboy Slim and The Queen herself.

Founded in 1856, the National Portrait Gallery has a principle at its heart that whoever poses for a painting will have their personality reflected, hence this proves to be a useful history lesson for younger visitors. There are more than 10,000 portraits, and more than 250,000 archived images to view so whatever your interests you’re sure to find something fascinating here.

Visit another world-famous attraction close by at The London Transport Museum [map], Covent Garden Piazza.

Take the family on a journey of discovery covering more than 200 years of transport history. Learn about London transport from the days of horse drawn coaches, to electric trams and trolley buses, steam trains and the dawn of a London transport revolution in the form of the first tube line. There’s plenty of interactive displays to enjoy as well as a special Kidzone where youngsters can drive bus and tube simulators.

A delightful walk down the tree lined Mall brings you to the doorstep of the magnificent Buckingham Palace. 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 most peoples’ itinerary and crowds flock to the Palace during the annual summer opening in August and September. You never know who you might bump into. Take a guided tour and see the splendour of this wonderful building. For more information visit Buckingham Palace’s official website.

Somerset House is also a place where you never quite know what you’ll see around the next corner. This beautiful house was built in 1547 by Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset, and has stood magnificently and imposingly on The Strand, since then.

The exquisite grandeur of the house conceals a range of unusual exhibitions from Islamic art to Tudor and Stuart artefacts dug up from within Somerset House’s land.

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