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Britain London Guide 2020

Packed with 196-pages of the best attractions, days out, places to stay and food and drink destinations, the 2015 BRITAIN Guide is your definitive companion to getting the best out of your holiday. From forgotten medieval villages, to country houses within easy access of London and shopping areas for picking up quintessential gifts, you won’t want to leave home without it.

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1 min
welcome to london!

Visitors flock to London in their millions every year, and no wonder: the city boasts an unparalleled array of attractions, from landmarks such as Big Ben and Buckingham Palace to the world-class art collections of the National Gallery and the Tate – not to mention numerous hidden gems awaiting discovery. Then there are the shows, the shops, the restaurants: enough choice to dazzle even a lifelong Londoner. The London 2020 Guide, brought to you by London experts, is the perfect travelling companion with which to navigate the city. Start with our hotlist of 2020 happenings (p7), then visit London’s best museums – without the crowds (p39), tuck into a themed afternoon tea (p52) or catch one of this year’s new West End shows (p110). However you choose to spend your time,…

30 min
99 things to do in 2020

Cultural highlights Discover new artists The Royal Academy of Arts is one of the oldest permanent collections of art in the UK and is a must-visit for art-lovers. Its Summer Exhibition (9 June to 16 August) has run since 1769 and displays works across all mediums from emerging and established talent. Other big exhibitions in 2020 include Picasso on Paper (until 13 April) and Tracey Emin/ Edvard Munch (from 15 November). www.royalacademy.org.uk Night at the museum The London Transport Museum is launching a series of themed Museum Lates in conjunction with its new exhibition, Hidden London (until January 2021), which delves into the history of London’s Underground. On selected dates you can party like it's 1999 in a disused station or experience the Tube as an air-raid shelter. www.ltmuseum.co.uk Scores of your favourite films As well…

7 min
where east meets west

All Londoners have their favourite haunts – and for the most part, they’re well away from the tourist honey pots. There’s an alluring corner of southeast London, however – genteel yet with a dash of urban grit – that holds timeless appeal for locals and tourists alike. Leafy Greenwich hugs a crook of the Thames, just seven miles from the centre of town, and its story has always been tied to the river – London’s historic arterial link to the world. While a train will whisk you here from London Bridge in minutes, begin the perfect day by jumping on a Thames Clipper ferry. Leaving the City’s skyscrapers behind as the boat gathers pace beyond Tower Bridge, the centuries peel back as you speed past Victorian wharves (now trendy apartments) and the…

6 min
big sights, small crowds

With over 20 million visitors to London every year, the city’s most popular sights can get packed. If you don’t fancy jostling with crowds or squeezing through school groups, there are a few golden rules to follow. Firstly, avoid school holidays and weekends if you can, as this is when the biggest sights see the densest traffic. Visit museums on a weekday just after opening for an uninterrupted view of the exhibits. Book ahead. Most sights now offer advance tickets, often at reduced cost, that allow you to skip the queue: well worth the forward-planning involved. Museum membership is another way of avoiding the dreaded queues, and can offer excellent perks such as behind -the-scenes access and special talks and events, as well as unlimited free entry to exhibitions. Finally, consider the weather.…

1 min
sightseeing passes

Art buffs might find the National Art Pass a worthwhile investment. Costing £70 per year, it offers free entry to over 240 museums and galleries, plus half-price entry to major exhibitions, including those at the Tate and the V&A. www.artfund.org The London Pass promises access to more than 80 of the capital’s sights, including the Tower of London, St Paul’s and Westminster Abbey. It’s pricey – from £75 for a one-day pass, with two-, three- and six-day passes also available – but worth it if you plan to visit a lot of paid sights. www.londonpass.com The London Explorer Pass covers the London Eye, Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s, among other attractions, and costs £64 for three sights, or £79 for four sights, which you can visit over 30 days: ideal if you want to…

8 min
house rules

If the walls of Westminster Hall, the oldest part of the predominantly Victorian Houses of Parliament, could talk, their 1,000-year tale would be epic in scope and unparalleled in incident. For, more than any other single building, its stone walls, dating from 1097, have borne witness to a millennium’s worth of nation-shaping events and played host to everyone who has ever been anyone in British politics. It is here that the fates of Guy Fawkes, William Wallace, Thomas More and Charles I were sealed, each tried and sentenced to death in this room. It is where Richard II was deposed; where King Henry VIII and later Elizabeth I’s coronation banquets were held; where George V, George VI, Winston Churchill and, most recently, the Queen Mother lay in state; and where the…