"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination."
Jimmy Ray Dean (August 10, 1928 – June 13, 2010) was an American country music singer, television host, actor and businessman. Although he may be best known today as the creator of the Jimmy Dean sausage brand, he became a national television personality starting in 1957, rising to fame for his 1961 country crossover hit “Big Bad John” and his television series, The Jimmy Dean Show.
Trafalgar Square, at the heart of London, is one of the city’s most vibrant open spaces.
Managed by the Greater London Authority, Trafalgar Square is a landmark in central London enjoyed by Londoners and all visitors alike. It is a lively place often used for a wide range of activities including: special events and celebrations.
From the 14th to the late 17th century, much of the area occupied by Trafalgar Square was the courtyard of the Great Mews stabling, which served Whitehall Palace.
In the early 18th century, the mews area was cleared. In 1812 the architect John Nash set about developing‘a new street from Charing Cross to Portland Place … forming an open square in the Kings Mews opposite Charing Cross’. He wanted the space to be a cultural space, open to the public. In 1830, it was officially named Trafalgar Square.
In 1843 Nelson’s Column, designed by William Railton, was erected, and in 1845, the fountains were built based on designs thought to be by Sir Charles Barry. In 1867 Sir Edwin Landseer designed the bronze lions placed on guard at the base of Nelson’s Column. In 1876, the Imperial Measures - detailing inches, feet, yards, links, chains, perches and poles - were set into the north terrace wall. When the central staircase was added, the measures were relocated tooutside the café on the square.
Trafalgar Square is a site of significant historic value and its monuments and statues also have individual heritage classifications.
Night or day the EDF London Eye offers spectacular views across London and its famous landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul's Cathedral and Westminster Abbey. Take a approximately 30 minute gradual flight in one of the 32 high-tech glass capsules and enjoy the skyline at your leisure.
Since opening in March 2000, The London Eye has become an iconic landmark and a symbol of modern Britain. The London Eye is the UK's most popular paid for visitor attraction, visited by over 3.5 million people a year. A breathtaking feat of design and engineering, passengers in the London Eye's capsules can see up to 40 kilometres in all directions
Open daily from: 10am to 8pm (9pm July and August) Closures/Exclusions: 25 & 31 December, 14 February.
Adults From £18.80
Children From £11.30
The View from The Shard
The Shard, also referred to as the Shard of Glass, Shard London Bridge and formerly London Bridge Tower, is an 87-storey skyscraper in London that forms part of the London Bridge Quarter development. The View is situated at the top of The Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe on floors 68, 69 and 72.
London looks like a city in miniature from The View From The Shard which at 244 metres tall is the highest public viewing platform in Western Europe. Lifts transport members of the public from the ground to levels 68 to 72 where visitors are greeted at the entrance by pictures of over 140 famous Londoners - including The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as Pearly King and Queen, Kate Moss marrying King Henry VIII and Boris Johnson shining Ken Livingstone's shoes. Around the gallery there are animated maps, interactive displays, video screens and short films giving visitors an insight into London and the surrounding London Bridge area which houses the oldest crossing point over the Thames. But nothing can distract from the stunning views over the city and 40 miles beyond. That means - on a really good day - you can see the sea at Southend in Essex to the east and as far as Reading in Berkshire to the west.
When it officially opened on Thursday 5th July 2012, The Shard became the tallest building in the European Union and the 45th tallest building in the world. Designed in 2000 by Renzo Piano, an Italian architect best known for creating Paris's Pompidou Centre in collaboration with Britain's Richard Rogers, the mixed use Shard building, visible from wherever you are in London, combines offices, three floors of restaurants and the 5-star Shangri-La Hotel with residential apartments - Europe's highest homes; yours for 30 to 50 million pounds - and London's highest viewing gallery.
Daily 9am-10pm (last ticket slot 8.30pm, last entry 9pm) | Closed 25 Dec
Online in adv: £24.95 (Adults), £18.95 (Children 4-15), FREE (Children 0-3) + £1.75 per ticket for phone bookings| On the day (limited availability): £29.95 (Adults), £23.95 (Children 4-15)
Up at the O2
Up at The O2 will combine an exhilarating outdoor challenge with a completely unique perspective on the Capital. Designed by the original architects of the iconic venue, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, the unforgettable 90 minute experience will take visitors on an uplifting guided expedition across the roof of The O2 via a tensile fabric walkway suspended 53m above ground level. An observation platform at the summit will enable climbers to take in spectacular 360 degree views of the Capital and its many landmarks, including the Olympic Park, Thames Barrier, The Shard, Historic Royal Greenwich and Canary Wharf, before descending back to base.
Mon to Fri time slots before 5pm. Slots available at 10.15am and 2pm.
Tickets From £25.00
London Zoo is the world's oldest scientific zoo. It was opened in London on 27 April 1828, and was originally intended to be used as a collection for scientific study. It was eventually opened to the public in 1847.
Open daily from: 10.30am to 5.30pm. Last admission: 3pm. Closures: 25th December
Adults From £23.00
Children From £17.00
Buckingham Palace serves as both the office and London residence of Her Majesty The Queen, as well as the administrative headquarters of the Royal Household. It is one of the few working royal palaces remaining in the world today.
Open daily at 13.45 hrs Monday to Sunday from 03 August to 29 September.
Tickets From £10.85
Sealife London Aquarium
The Sea Life London Aquarium is located on the ground floor of County Hall on the South Bank of the River Thames in central London, near the London Eye. It opened in March 1997 as the London Aquarium and hosts about one million visitors each year. The London Aquarium is the first attraction of its kind in the capital, and is one of Europe's largest exhibitions of global aquatic life, displayed in over 2 million litres of water.
Open daily from: 10am to 6pm. Last admission: 5pm. Closures: 25th December
Adults From £18.50
Children From £13.50
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, usually referred to as Kew Gardens, comprises 121 hectares of gardens and botanical glasshouses between Richmond and Kew in Richmond upon Thames in southwest London, England. "The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew" and the brand name "Kew" are also used as umbrella terms for the institution that runs both the gardens at Kew and Wakehurst Place gardens in Sussex. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Depratment for Environmoned, Fodd and Rural Affairs, is an internationally important botanical research and education institution with 700 staff and an income of £56 million for the year ended 31 March 2008, as well as a visitor attraction receiving almost two million visits in that year. Created in 1759, the gardens celebrated their 250th anniversary in 2009.
The director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, is responsible for the world's largest collection of living plants. The organization employs more than 650 scientists and other staff. The living collections include more than 30,000 different kinds of plants, while the herbarium, which is one of the largest in the world, has over seven million preserved plant specimens. The library contains more than 750,000 volumes, and the illustrations collection contains more than 175,000 prints and drawings of plants. The Kew site includes four Grade I listed buildings and 36 Grade II listed structures in an internationally significant landscape.
The gardens are renowned worldwide for botanical research and are home to the word’s largest collection of lignin plants, with more than 30,000 types and seven million preserved specimens.
Part of the garden were designed by English landscape architect Decimus Burton.
Adults - £16.00
The Tower of London
Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress, more commonly known as the Tower of London, is a historic castle on the north bank of the River Thames in central London, England. Through the centuries that followed successive monarchs added to this London landmark which has acted as fortress, palace and prison.Opening Hours:
Open daily from: 10am to 5.30pm. Last admission: 4.30pm. Closures: 24 to 26 December, 1 January
Adults From £19.50
Children From £9.75
Madame Tussauds is a wax museum in London with branches in a number of major cities. It was founded by wax sculptor Marie Tussaud and was formerly known as "Madame Tussaud's"; the apostrophe is no longer used. Millions and millions of people have flocked through the doors of Madame Tussauds since they first opened over 200 years ago and it remains just as popular as it ever was.
Open Daily 9.30am to 5.30pm Closures:25th December Modified Opening hours: 24th December 9am to last admission 2.30pm, 26th December 10.30am to last admission at 6pm
Adults From £30.00
Children From £26.00
The London Dungeon is a London tourist attraction, which recreates various gory and macabre historical events in a gallows humour style aimed at younger audiences. It uses a mixture of live actors, special effects and rides.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10am 5:00pm Thursday 11am 5:00pm Saturday & Sunday 10am 6:00pm
Adult (16 yrs +) £24.60
15 yrs and younger £19.20