Things to do in London

London is a diverse and exciting city with some of the world’s best sights, attractions, shopping, theatres and activities for all the family, and the Mercure, Bloomsbury makes the perfect base to explore this great city.

 

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of the UK’s sovereigns since 1837 and today is the administrative headquarters of the Monarch. Although in use for the many official events and receptions held by The Queen, the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace are open to visitors every summer. Buckingham Palace has 775 rooms. These include 19 State rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms.

Buckingham Palace, London, SW1A 1AA

St Paul’s Cathedral

St Paul’s with its world-famous dome, is an iconic feature of the London skyline. Step inside and you can enjoy the Cathedral’s awe-inspiring interior and uncover fascinating stories about its history. The present Cathedral, the masterpiece of Britain’s most famous architect Sir Christopher Wren, is at least the fourth to have stood on the site. It was built between 1675 and 1710 and after its predecessor was destroyed in the Great Fire of London, and services began in 1697.

St Paul’s Cathedral, St Paul’s Churchyard, London, EC4M 8AD

 

London Eye

The Coca-Cola London Eye offers breath-taking 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. Is the Queen at home? You’ll spot the flag flying if she is. Relax in one of the 32 high-tech glass capsules and enjoy the London skyline at your leisure.

The Coca Cola London Eye, Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge, London SE1 7PB. 

Tel: 0871 781 3000

Tower of London

Take a tour with one of the Yeoman Warders around the Tower of London, one of the world’s most famous buildings. Discover its 900-year history as a royal palace, prison and place of execution, arsenal, jewel house and zoo! Gaze up at the White Tower, tiptoe through a medieval king’s bedchamber and marvel at the Crown Jewels.

 Tower of London, Tower Hill, London, EC3N 4AB

Tel: 0844 482 7777

Science Museum

Founded in 1857, this major tourist attraction attracts 3.3 million visitors annually. The Science Museum holds a collection of over 300,000 items, including such famous items as Stephenson’s Rocket, Puffing Billy (the oldest surviving steam locomotive), the first jet engine, a reconstruction of Francis Crick and James Watson’s model of DNA, some of the earliest remaining steam engines.

Science Museum, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD

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