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Located in Covent Garden Market, Benjamin Pollock's Toyshop is an independent store that was set up in the 1880s, and has enjoyed immense popularity ever since. Although it stocks many things children love, the creations that have most contributed to the store's fame are the toy theaters and miniature theaters that are a hot favorite. The toy theaters at this store take inspiration from sources as varied as Dickens' Great Expectations and Cinderella. Their other wares include dolls, puppets and books.
Explore the history of London and its transport since 1800, with the history and origins of buses, trams, trains, taxis, river boats, cycles and walking. Also in the museum are films, posters and working models of modern and older transportation modes. Displays and shows include the role and varied experiences of women working for London Transport, and the history of London Transport during World War II. Utilizing actors, interactive displays, and even bus simulators, this really is a journey you wouldn't want to miss. Other highlights include Harry Beck's original 1930s artwork for the famous Underground map and interactive 'Futures' and 'Coming Soon Galleries', which showcase our impact on the environment of future London. If you thought you had seen it all, think again.
The Lyceum Theatre was built in the 1700s, so it's a golden oldie in terms of London theaters. The theater holds just over 2000 people. In the 1970s this theater provided a platform for various popular musicians like Led Zeppelin, Queen, The Police, Bob Marley, and others. In the 1990s Jesus Christ Superstar, and Oklahoma! were performed here. Since 1999, this theater has been home to the Lion King musical.
The biggest aquarium in the city, the SEA LIFE London Aquarium has a huge collection, one of the largest in Europe. Piranhas, jellyfish, sting rays, seahorses, clown fish and Gentoo penguins can be observed here. Visitors can experience the Shark Reef Encounter and come face to face with sharks separated by a glass casing or feed turtles yourself. The aquarium also organizes conservation programs in which one can participate.
This is not so much a museum as a dark (and sometimes gruesome) reproduction of all things that illustrate the darker side of European history. Located in the County Hall, with ghastly sounds seeping through the front door, this is a sort of haunted house for all. It has won the Best Unusual Venue tourism award several times in the past. Wander through rooms depicting royal executions, vicious murders, various torture and execution devices, and even the Great Fire of London in 1666. The addition of Hollywood-style sound effects and lighting is also a nice touch. Be warned, however, that it is probably not suitable for the fainthearted, and all children must be accompanied by an adult.
Despite its central location near Piccadilly Circus and Buckingham Palace, The Stafford manages to create a quiet, graceful country house feel due to its location along a small backstreet. The period furnishings and antiques serve to enhance the sophisticated elegance of the hotel. Accommodation is provided in the main building and also in the Carriage House, a row of 18th-century stables which have been converted into large guest rooms overlooking the courtyard. With views of Green Park, very good service and the option to stay in the world famous Carriage House, this is high on the list of places to stay in London. Add the world famous American Bar and an award-winning team of chefs and you have a luxurious home away from home.
Ever since the grand opening of this world-famous hotel in 1906, the Ritz has been a magnet for the rich and famous. It is strategically located in the heart of St. James's, overlooking Green Park and is very close to the West End, Piccadilly and Bond Street. The hotel is popular with wealthy tourists, businessmen, celebrities and English aristocrats. The rooms, public areas and facilities are all beautifully maintained and the service is, as one would expect in such an establishment, impeccable.
Located in the bustling heart of London, Hamleys made its name as the world's finest toyshop. Seven floors of traditional soft toys, dolls, crafts and collectibles cohabit with the latest plastic monsters, computer games, moving displays, talking books and a haunted staircase. Although some detractors think there's been a lack of innovation and creativity, Hamleys has undergone extensive refurbishment for a more up-to-date appeal in an attempt to maintain its reputation as the world's best. Their centuries of toy emporium experience haven't gone to waste, and although you might find items that are significantly dearer than in some high street chains, Hamleys is a frivolously fun place for the young and the young at heart.
The Flemings Mayfair Hotel in London offers spacious rooms to quiet the mind and calm the nerves. Each room is decorated with soft color schemes, cushy beds and duvets, and marble bathrooms, ensuring your stay will be relaxing, yet refined. The hotel also offers fully furnished apartments to accommodate business parties and families for longer stays. Connected to the Flemings Mayfair Hotel is the Bodeca Restaurant, which will serve up breakfast, lunch, and dinner to meet any of your tastes.
The British Museum is one of London's top tourist attractions, as well as a major scholarly resource. Its collection was bequeathed to the nation in 1753, and the museum's distinctive Greek Revival structure was constructed during the 19th Century. The collection expanded massively during the heyday of the British Empire, leading to the museum's reputation for acquiring from sources all over the globe, leaving it with over 8 million objects. The displays cover about 5.5 hectares (14 acres) making it impossible to see everything in one visit. The famous Rosetta Stone, Assyrian Reliefs, Parthenon Marbles and the vast Egyptian collection are a few of the British Museum's most well-known exhibits.
A traditional English club-style hotel, refurbished in 1994, the Athenaeum overlooks Green Park and is within walking distance of Buckingham Palace. As soon as you walk into the lobby, you can feel the warmth of the place. The opulent wood and marble decor promote the hotel's spacious atmosphere and you could be in the English countryside rather than central London. Rooms retain a traditional feel whilst enjoying the benefits of modern technology.
A museum dedicated to preserving and sharing information about past and present members of the animal kingdom, the Grant Museum of Zoology is home to about 68,000 specimens. The collections here have priceless preserved skeletons and bones of now extinct species like the dodo, the Tasmanian tiger and the quagga. The museum is also home to other invaluable items like the glass models of animals by Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka and the bisected animal heads of Sir Victor Negus. With a rich history dating back to 1828, the Grant Museum of Zoology is worth a visit for any inquisitive visitor.