If you only have one day in London...
With so many attractions, both historical and contemporary, London is one of the world’s most exciting cities to explore. These are the top 10 attractions (according to visitor numbers in 2010), that you won’t want to miss.
If You Only Have One Day
1 BRITISH MUSEUM
This world-famous museum, founded in 1753, houses some of history’s greatest treasures, including Egyptian mummies, the Rosetta Stone and the Elgin Marbles.
2 TATE MODERN
The former power station sits on the South Bank and hosts a globally recognised modern art collection, plus great temporary exhibitions.
3 NATIONAL GALLERY
A wonderful gallery which is filled with priceless art belonging to the nation, including works by Botticelli, da Vinci and Monet.
4 NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
Explore the natural world. See dinosaurs galore, including a full-size Diplodocus skeleton, child-friendly exhibitions and much more.
5 LONDON EYE
Experience the full glory of London by taking a ride in one of the pods. On a clear day views can extend as far as Windsor Castle.
6 SCIENCE MUSEUM
Interactive scientific fun for children, which is just as fascinating for bigger kids who want to learn how the world works.
7 VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM
More than 3,000 years of art, design, jewellery, photos, sculpture, textiles and fashion. Excellent exhibitions show off the famous permanent collection.
8 MADAME TUSSAUDS
A 126-year-old museum loved by visitors for its lifelike waxworks of famous people. Expect interactive exhibits, plus lookalike models of presidents, pop icons, Bollywood stars and more.
9 NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM/ ROYAL OBSERVATORY
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10 TOWER OF LONDON
The 1,000-year-old fortress of England has been home to kings, prisoners and ghosts, and now displays the Crown Jewels (p. 36).The impressive Tate Modern is Britain's national museum of modern art. Housed in the former Bankside Power Station on the banks of the River Thames, the gallery displays major works by Matisse and Picasso as well as contemporary work, exhibitions and installations.