For decades, London has been a launch pad for new ideas and trends. England’s capital boasts a vibrant cultural scene, historic attractions, art
exhibitions and restaurants. Here are some ideas to help you make the most of your time.
On our doorstep
Royal Courts of Justice
The Royal Courts of Justice is an imposing building on London’s Fleet Street. Reminiscent of a cathedral in both style and scale, the building houses both the High Court and Court of Appeal of England and Wales. A must-see for anyone interested in learning more about the judicial system in England and if you’re lucky, you may even get to sit in on a trial.
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A five minute walk from Bush House, Somerset House – home to King’s College London’s Dickson Poon School of Law – is a beautiful neo-classical
space hosting a diverse and dynamic public programme all year round from contemporary art and design exhibitions to open-air concerts and film
Click here to see what’s on.
Houses of Parliament
The Palace of Westminster is the home of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the two houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. This iconic Gothic building is open to visitors year-round and offers a diverse range of tours including opportunities to attend debates and committee hearings.
Why not experience a play in a stunning open-air playhouse where many of Shakespeare’s plays were performed. Founded by the pioneering American actor and director Sam Wanamaker, Shakespeare's Globe hosts productions ranging from original practices to world premieres of new writing.
A fruit and vegetable market in its former life, Covent Garden is now home to fashion stores, crafts at the Apple Market and the Royal Opera House. Street entertainers perform by 17th century St Paul’s Church, and the London Transport Museum houses vintage vehicles. Treat yourself to afternoon tea at the quirky B Bakery or enjoy a West End pre-show deal at The Ivy.
Enjoy London's highest viewing platform and take in over 1,000 years of the capital's history at once. Standing 309.7 metres (1,016 ft) high, the Shard is the tallest building in the United Kingdom and the fourth-tallest building in Europe.