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The Monument

Built to commemorate the Great Fire of London of 1666, the column stands 62m high, the same distance as from the starting point of the fire in Pudding Lane. The tallest free-standing stone column in the city, it offers panoramic views of London.

Details

Fish Street Hill, London EC3R 6DB

+44 (0)20 7626 2717

www.themonument.info

St Katharine Docks

Here you can see the city's heritage collide with twenty-first-century lifestyle. There's an array of restaurants and places to relax and enjoy this vibrant Marina, which sits next to Tower Bridge and The Tower of London.

Details

50 St. Katharines Way, London E1W 1LA

+44 (0)20 7264 5312

www.skdocks.co.uk

Tower of London

Despite its sinister reputation as a place of torture and death, within these walls you will also discover the history of a powerful fortress, an armoury, the Royal Palace and of course, the Crown Jewels. A must-see for any visitor to London.

Details

London EC3N 4AB

+44 (0)20 8241 9818

www.hrp.org.uk/toweroflondon

St. Paul's Cathedral

An iconic feature of London's skyline, there is an array of things to see and do inside St Paul's, such as climb the dome, discover the crypt, journey through the cathedral's history in an immersive film experience, as well as enjoy an afternoon tea. Phew!

Details

Saint Paul's Church Yard, London EC4M 8AD

+44 (0)20 7246 8357

www.stpauls.co.uk

Tate Modern

This famous London art gallery houses the UK's greatest collection of modern and contemporary art. With lots of special exhibitions including those from artists such as Damien Hirst, Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso, it's an arty must.

Details

Bankside, London SE1 9TG

+44 (0)20 7887 8752

www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern

Shakespeare's Globe

A reconstruction of the Globe Theatre dedicated to the exploration of Shakespeare's work, this riverside theatre shows open-air performances (during the summer) where you can choose to sit or stand.

Details

21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London SE1 9DT

+44 (0)20 7401 9919

www.shakespearesglobe.com

The Aubin Cinema

If chain cinemas don't appeal, make the most of East London's penchant for independents, and head to The Aubin to catch a flick. An intimate little cinema in the heart of Shoreditch, opt for the two-seater sofa for the ultimate experience.

Details

64-66 Redchurch Street, London E2 7DP

+44 (0)845 604 8486

www.aubincinema.com

The Gallery in Redchurch Street

A former hat factory, this gallery offers a contemporary exhibition space for all kinds of art, design and fashion. Fast-becoming recognised as the centre for the British Contemporary Art scene, you're sure to find something thought-provoking and fashionable here.