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London: PMs as Tourists

In addition to the popular and well-known places, projects and events mentioned elsewhere in dash round London there are many other places to visit.

The list below is a very long list. Over 120!

Sorry about that!

The intention was to provide a one line explanation of each which might encourage or justify a visit by project managers.

So, contributions to this list are welcome, because for example there are over 250 registered art institutions in Greater London.

And there are over 300 museums as explained in the "Blue Guide to Museums and Galleries in London".

Some of these places have free entry. Sometimes charges will apply for their special exhibitions. Paid entry can be in the region of 5.00 to 30.00 or much more per person per visit. Discounts may be available.

Package trips to multiple destinations may be aggregated - and then discounted. Travel costs may be extra. It is advisable to check likely costs in advance. Many establishments have merchandising, shops and catering of various styles and standards.

All have websites with information on their purposes, activities, contents, access facilities, opening times, charges, locations, travel arrangements and the like.

Some are owned and operated by English Heritage (EH), or National Trust (NT), or local authorities, or charitable trusts, or commercial enterprises. Many have restricted opening days and hours.

For stimulating lists of things to do in London there are many books and websites such as 'Tired of London, Tired of Life' by Tom Jones - one thing a day to do in London - Virgin Books - 12.99

We are searching for recommended venues for nightlife and entertainment or recommended sources of this kind of material as links - for project managers as tourists.

  • Admirals House, Hampstead - with Admiral Mathew Barton.
  • Aga Khan Centre, Kings Cross - study of Muslim civilisations.
  • Albert Memorial, South Kensington.
  • Aspley House (EH), W1J 7NT - London townhouse of Dukes of Wellington.
  • Bank of England Museum.
  • Barbican Centre for Arts, EC2.
  • Barnet Museum.
  • Battersea Dogs Home.
  • Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood, E2 -off-shoot of V&A (Defunct).
  • Blackheath Concert halls, SE3.
  • British Library, NW1 - the world's largest library.
  • British Museum, WC1B - "the ideas that made our world". Free entry.
  • British Postal Museum and Archive - with 1km of "Mail Rail", Clerkenwell.
  • Brunel Engine House, SE16.
  • Building Centre, W1CE - for all aspects of construction plus a large model of London.
  • Business Design Centre, N1 - for exhibitions, fairs and conferences.
  • Cabinet War Rooms, SW1A.
  • Carlton House Terrace, SW1Y.
  • Cartoon Museum, WC1.
  • Carlyle's House (NT), SW3.
  • Caxton Hall, SW1H.
  • Cenotaph, SW1A - war memorial.
  • Central Hall, SW1H.
  • Charles Dickens Museum, WC1N.
  • Chelsea Physic Garden - established 1673.
  • Chiswick House (EH), W4 2RP - Palladian villa and park.
  • Churchill War Rooms, Whitehall, SW1.
  • Cinema Museum, Elephant and Castle.
  • City of London Police Museum.
  • Clerkenwell Heritage Centre, EC1M.
  • Clink Prison Museum and Exhibition, SE1.
  • Cleopatra's Needle, WC2N - monument.
  • Clockmakers Museum - in Science Museum.
  • Clore Gallery at Tate Britain, SW1P 4RG.
  • Conway Hall, WC1X - venue.
  • County Hall - now hotel and aquarium.
  • Courtauld Institute, WC2B.
  • Crafts Council, N1.
  • Crystal Palace, SE19 - park (and football team).
  • Cumming Museum, SE17.
  • Cutty Sark, SE10 - ship.
  • Custom House, EC3R.
  • Down House (EH) Orpington, BR6 7JT - former house of Charles Darwin.
  • Dulwich Picture Gallery, SE21 - first public picture gallery (1814) with small but very distinguished art collection.
  • Earl's Court Exhibition Hall.
  • Eltham Palace (EH), Greenwich, SE9 5QE - a medieval palace, then Tudor royal residence with 1930 Art Deco makeover. Interesting.
  • Fairfield Halls, Croydon, CR1.
  • Fan Museum, SE10.
  • Faraday Building, EC4V.
  • Fashion and Textile Museum, Bermondsey Street, SE1 - founded by Zandra Rhodes.
  • Fenton House (NT), Hampstead, NW3 6SP - 17th century merchant's house.
  • Fishmongers' Hall - livery hall.
  • Florence Nightingale Museum, St Thomas's Hospital, Waterloo, SE1 7EW
  • Freemason's Hall, Covent garden WC2B 5AZ - headquarters of British Freemasonry.
  • Fulham Palace, SW6 6EA - historic, medieval, Tudor country house of Bishops of London and botanical garden.
  • Golden Hinde Educational Museum, SE1 - ship.
  • Gough Square (No. 17) - Dr Johnson.
  • The Grange Museum, NW2.
  • Greater London Authority HQ (City Hall), SE1.
  • Guards Chapel and Museum, SW1E 6HQ.
  • Gunnersbury Park Museum.
  • Hackney Museum, E9.
  • Hampton Court Palace, KT8 - previous royal palace and grounds.
  • Handel's House, W1K.
  • Harrow Heritage Museum, HA2.
  • Haywood Gallery, SE1.
  • HMS Belfast, SE1 - warship from Second World War.
  • HMS President, EC4Y.
  • Hogarth House, W4.
  • Honourable Artillery HQ, EC1Y.
  • Hoover Factory, of 1932, in art deco, on Weston Avenue, Perivale. Now a Tesco store.
  • Horniman Museum and Gardens, SE2 3PQ.
  • Horse Guards Parade, SW1A.
  • Household Cavalry Museum, Whitehall, SW1E 2AX.
  • House of Detention, EC1R.
  • Houses of Parliament, SW1P.
  • HQS Wellington (Master Mariner livery company), WC2R - ship.
  • Hurlingham House, Ranelagh Gardens SW6 - with sport and polo associations.
  • Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, SE1 6HZ.
  • Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) - and Mall Galleries, SW1.
  • The Jewish Museum NW1.
  • John Smith House, SE17.
  • Keats House Museum, NW3 2RR - writer's house for John Keats, museum and literary centre.
  • Kensington Palace, W8 - royal palace.
  • Kenwood House (EH), Highgate, NW3 7JR - former stately home, with art, park and views of London.
  • Kew Bridge Steam Museum, TW8.
  • Kew Gardens, TW9 - extensive historical and modern botanical gardens and grounds, with Palm House and Temperate House - recovered from extensive damage from the great storm of 16 October 1987.
  • Kew Palace, TW9.
  • Lambeth Palace - London home of Archbishop of Canterbury.
  • Leighton House Museum and Art Gallery, Holland Park Road, W14 8LZ.
  • Little Venice, Paddington - canal basin.
  • Livery Company Halls - in the City - usually only by appointment.
  • Livesey Museum for Children, SE15.
  • London Arena.
  • London Canal Museum and Ice House, N1.
  • The London Institute, SW1P.
  • London Motor Museum - CLOSED.
  • London Toy and Model Museum, W2.
  • London Weather Centre, EC1R.
  • London Zoo, NW1
  • Lords Cricket Ground and MCC Museum (Cricket), NW8.
  • National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, SE10.
  • Mansion House, EC4N.
  • Maritime Trust Collection of Historic Ships - at St Katherine's Dock.
  • Marble Hill House (EH), Richmond, TW1 2NL - Palladian villa and park, also near Richmond Park.
  • Marlborough House, SW1Y.
  • Mithraeum, Queen Victoria Street, EC4 - Roman temple to Mithran.
  • The Monument, EC3R 6DB - 202 ft high - only ten years after Great Fire of London.
  • Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising, Lancaster Road, Notting Hill.
  • Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture, EN4.
  • Museum of Garden History, SE1.
  • Museum of London.
  • Museum of London Docklands.
  • Museum of Richmond, TW9.
  • Museum of Rugby and Twickenham Stadium Tour, TW2.
  • Museum of the Order of St John, EC1M.
  • The Musical Museum, TW8.
  • National Film Theatre (BFI) and Festival.
  • National Gallery, WC2H. Free entry.
  • Natural History Museum, South Kensington, SW7 5BD. Free entry.
  • National Maritime Museum, SE10.
  • National Portrait gallery, St Martin's Place.
  • Nelson Dock Museum, SE16.
  • O2 Arena - previously the Millennium Dome.
  • Old Operating Theatre and Herb Garret - near London Bridge - with talks, SE1 9RY.
  • Osterley House by Robert Adam of 1760-70s.
  • OXO Tower, Barge House Street, SE1 9GY - art deco, 1928.
  • Palace of Westminster - especially Westminster Hall by William Rufus saved from the great fire of 1834; the remainder rebuilt 1837 to 57; on the same location. (While other locations were considered the Duke of Wellington recommended a boundary against the river in case of being surrounded by the mob.)
  • Petrie Museum, WC1E 6BT - at UCL - leading collection of Egyptian and Sudanese Archaeology in 80,000 objects.
  • Photography Gallery, Whitechapel.
  • Queen's Gallery SW1.
  • RAF Museum, Hendon, NW9 5LL - with over 100 types of aircraft.
  • Ragged School Museum, Tower Hamlets.
  • Ranger's House (EH), Blackheath, SE10 8QX - Georgian villa with 700 pieces of art in Wernher Collection. " Redbridge Museum, Ilford, IG1.
  • River and Rowing Museum, Henley-on-Thames.
  • Round House - Camden - former engine shed, now entertainment venue.
  • Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1 - with "Summer Exhibition".
  • Royal Albert Hall, SW7.
  • Royal Geographical Society, SW7.
  • Royal Hospital Museum, SW3.
  • Royal Institution - Faraday Museum, W1J.
  • Royal Museums, Greenwich. Free entry.
  • (Royal) National Theatre - South Bank.
  • Royal Observatory, Greenwich, SE10.
  • Royal Opera House, WC2E - for opera and ballet.
  • Runnymede - where the Magna Carta was signed.
  • St John's, Smith Square, SW1.
  • Salvation Army Heritage Centre, EC4V.
  • Shakespeare's South Bank Globe Theatre.
  • Roman Wall (EH) start at EC3N 4DJ - includes London Wall which is a street.
  • Royal Albert Hall, South Kensington - entertainment venue.
  • Royal Festival Hall, South Bank.
  • Royal Botanic Gardens.
  • Science Museum, SW7 2DD. Free entry.
  • Sherlock Holmes Museum, Baker Street, NW1.
  • Sir John Soane's Museum, WC2A.
  • Somerset House, The Strand, WC2R 1LA. Artworks and Courtauld Gallery. Free entry.
  • Southbank Centre, including Hayward Gallery, Waterloo. Free entry.
  • Speakers' Corner, Hyde Park Corner
  • Spencer House, SW1A.
  • Strawberry Hill - house associated with Horace Walpole.
  • Strand-on-the-Green - a riverside village with pubs in Chiswick.
  • Syon House and Park, TW8.
  • Tate Britain, Westminster, SW1P 4RG - Free entry - (1897) including JM Turner Bequest in Clore Gallery.
  • Tate Modern, South Bank. Free entry.
  • Trade Union Congress (TUC), WC1A.
  • Tradescant Museum - St Mary-at-Lambeth.
  • Trinity House, EC3N.
  • Twining's Museum, WC2R 1AP.
  • Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), South Kensington, SW7 2RL - European Museum of the Year 2003. Free entry.
  • Wallace Collection, Manchester Square, W1U.
  • Watford Museum, WD17.
  • Welcome Collection, Euston Road, NW1 2BE.
  • Wellington Arch, W1J 7JZ - triumphal arch at Hyde Park Corner.
  • Wembley Arena.
  • Westminster RC Cathedral, Victoria Street, SW19 1QW - free entry.
  • Wigmore Hall, W1.
  • Willow Way, NW3 - three houses of 1939 by Erno Goldfinger.
  • Winchester Palace (EH), Southwark, SE1 9DN - 12th century palace of Bishops of Winchester, Grade II listed, on Clink Street.
  • World Trade Centre at St Katherine's Dock.

Royal Palaces

The official royal palaces in London consist of: Buckingham Palace, Hampton Court, Kew Palace, Kensington Palace, Palace of Westminster, Windsor Castle.

Statues, Monuments and Memorials

London has a very great number of statues, monuments and memorials, many with project connections and project management interest.

Here are some of the most popular:

Albert Memorial, South Kensington near Albert Hall; Eros at Piccadilly Circus; Cleopatra's Needle and Boudicca, Embankment, WC2N; Nelson's Column, statues and fourth plinth and Trafalgar Square; Albert Memorial at South Kensington; Cenotaph War Memorial with other statues, Whitehall; Marble Arch; Horse to Water, Hyde Park Corner; Parliament Square; Peter Pan statue in Kensington Gardens; South Bank Lion on south end of Westminster Bridge; Poets Corner in Westminster Abbey with many statues and tombs including Everyman, secular as well as religious. "Tourist Targets" in London. It is possible that project managers visiting London may also wish to visit the popular mainstream tourist attractions - or with their partners, families or colleagues - or arrange such partner agendas while themselves separately being involved in more project related activity. Such attractions might include: London Dungeon, SE1; Madame Tussaud's, NW1; The London Planetarium; Trocadero at Piccadilly Circus; London Coca- Cola Wheel (formerly London Eye); London Aquarium, SE1; Tate Britain, SW1P; Tate Modern, SE1; Tower of London, EC3N; Chessington World of Adventures; Thorpe Park, near Staines; Legoland, near Windsor; afternoon theatre matinees; and many more.