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Your free time in London - Scott Dunn suggests

London, United Kingdom

London is a sprawling metropolis, and one of the world's busiest and most vibrant cities, but after spending a few days exploring, you can really get under its skin. With a new adventure around every corner, a stay in London will be truly action-packed.

For culture vultures, London is the place to be. With historical landmarks dating back hundreds of years, museums and galleries covering every subject you can think of and a thriving theater scene, there is always a fascinating day out to be had.

You'll discover the history of London just by wandering its streets and admiring the varied architecture - from the ancient Tower of London to the contemporary Shard. Explore the British Museum, V&A or National Gallery to learn about the world of British arts and culture, or why not pop into one of our many palaces to discover the intriguing history of the British monarchy.

If you're looking for entertainment, London's theater scene is second-to-none. The theaters of the West End have a huge variety of shows on offer, from musicals to comedies and dramas. For a real British experience, catch one of Shakespeare's classics at the Globe, an authentic reconstruction of his original theater, complete with thatched roof and open-air pit for standing audience members.

For foodies, Borough Market is an absolute must. Home to delicious British produce, as well as a strong international offering, Borough Market is the perfect place to stop for lunch. Explore the streets of Mayfair and Soho for the best restaurants, or if you'd like something a little more traditional, try a British classic - fish and chips. Of course you'll need a drink to wash this all down with, and there's no better way to spend an evening than in one of London's historic pubs, some of which have been around for hundreds of years!

And if you'd like to see this magical, mesmerising city from above, hop on the London Eye or head up to the Sky Gardens for some of the best views in town.

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