London Travel Links

Here are some places that you might choose to visit on your free days

LONDON

Hampton Court: This is one of the most famous castles in the London area and was the palace of two famous monarchs from the period we are studying: Charles II (1660-1685)  and Queen Anne (1702-1707). It was also the principle residence of the famous Henry the 8th. The Palace is located about 45 minutes outside of London and is accessible by train from Victoria Station.

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Stonehenge: One of the most famous architectural sites, and mysteries, in England and located in the beautiful English countryside. Let us know if you encounter the aliens who built it.

Victoria and Albert Museum: Originally, this was a museum devoted to educating the artisan class during the Victorian period. Now, it is arguably the coolest museum in London, with lots of hands-on activities (you can try on an 18th century hoop-skirt, for example) and recreations of whole rooms from different periods of time. Probably the best museum for the history of fashion in London. The architecture of the museum itself is worth seeing, and there is a beautiful cafeteria-style restaurant on the lower level. It is also across from the Museum of Natural History, so if you are into science, you can take that in as well.

Buckingham Palace: See the famous changing of the guard, for which this link will give you a schedule.

Kensington Palace and Orangery: Visit the home of Princess Diana, stroll around Kensington Gardens, and have afternoon tea in Queen Anne’s Orangery, where she kept her exotic plants during her reign from 1702-1707.

The interior of the Orangery

Tower of London: View the Crown Jewels, see where kings and princes were imprisoned and executed, and tour a medieval palace.

Art Museums: London is the home of some of the most important art museums in the world. My personal favorites are the two Tates: the Tate Britain and the Tate Modern.

Shakespeare’s Globe: See a Shakespeare play at the Globe Theatre, which was recently rebuilt to be exactly like the one that people attended in the 16th century. For only 6 pounds, you can be a “groundling,” milling about in front of the stage like the poor did back in the day.  In the more expensive seating above, you might spot some celebrities in the audience, as students did last year when they saw Jude Law.

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