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London is truly a cosmopolitan city, and one of the greatest in the world. So it would be impossible to list everything you can do there, London is also a stone's throw from other beautiful locations like Cambridge and Oxford - or Stonehenge a little further away, given the size of England and the fact that it can be traversed from bottom to top in around 6 hours, nothing is truly that far out of reach. Instead of trying to exhaustively list all the comings and goings available in London we'll try to focus on some of the top attractions and tours instead.
The first thing you should know about London is that all museums and public galleries a free. Yes - totally free. They ask you if you want to make a donation when you enter most of them, but it is perfectly fine to say no. Paying isn't mandatory and if you're on a budget museums are a fantastic way to get a lot of value out of your visit - without spending a penny. Britain through the British Empire and exploration has acquired a vast wealth of historical treasures and artefacts now available to view. You should consider the British museum for many amazing artefacts such as the Parthenon sculptures taken from Greece (to some controversy), the Rosetta stone and Egyptian mummies taken from Egypt (to some controversy). The museum itself was founded in 1753 - and sees up to 6 million people per year.
Not bad for a price tag of free, right? Keep in mind occasionally there are special exhibits on and you may have to buy a ticket to get into those exhibits but the rest won't cost you a thing. You should also consider the National Gallery for their famous works by Van Gogh, da Vinci, Botticelli, Constable, Renoir, Titian and Stubbs - if you're into art appreciation of course. If not - there's a very beautiful picture of a big horse which is quite fetching. Speaking of museums don't miss the Natural History Museum - which is rather near London Zoo as well, they have a life-sized blue whale, a 40 million year old spider and there are lots and lots of dinosaur exhibits too! Other museums include the Science Museum (it's about science - obviously) and the Victoria and Albert Museum (art and design, spans 3,000 years of artefacts from sculpture to furniture to paintings to metalwork though so worth a visit).
London also has the Tate Modern. It's a Modern art museum. As we all know Modern Art isn't really Art, in fact it's as ugly as the Tate Modern building itself - which used to be a power station. So if you'd like to get infuriated by half opened cans of beans, unmade beds and white canvases with single lines of red dabbed across them - only to find out they're somehow worth millions, then perhaps consider wasting a day at the Tate Modern. Or don't. It actually has quite a handy location so if you stay in a hotel in London nearby even if you ignore the Tate itself the location is great for tube connections.
The London eye is another popular attraction, you'll recognise it from just about every photo of London and the famous fireworks from New Year's Eve. It's actually known as the Coa-Cola London Eye officially because they sponsor it, but don't let that get in the way of the beautiful sights. Ticket costs start from £21 to go on it, and there's usually a queue. However there's also a McDonald's round the corner so you can grab some fast food in advance and eat it whilst you wait.
The Tower of London is a must see, it started off life as a showcase item. William the Conqueror went smashing his way around South East England and he fought all the way up the coast to Canterbury. It was there that he decided to move across to London. He got as far the bridge into London on the Southwark side (plenty of nice hotels there these days, but it is one of the oldest parts of London), and seeing Saxon troops had well-fortified the bridge he decided to destroy and ravage poor Southwark instead. He then went stomping off around the rest of Southern England to cut the supply lines to the city.
Eventually London surrendered and he sent his men in to London in preparation. It is recorded that he felt he needed to impress and 'overawe' the Londoners because there were so many of them and they were 'brutal'. So the Tower of London was founded amongst a bunch of other castles (including around the same time, Baynard's Castle and Montfichet's Castle). He would have built this original castle largely of wood - and eventually stone replaced the wood. When you go to the Tower of London you'll see the White Tower which is in the centre of the Tower of London, is flanked by a bunch of other buildings including a visitor's centre, guard's quarters and so on - and eventually a big outer wall (with some buildings built into the inner wall) which then form the overall Tower of London complex itself.
The White Tower - essentially the Tower of London itself sitting on the inside flanked by the inner and outer walls. The place is steeped in history and there is a lot to take in, too much to possibly write about here. Just that the Tower is as old as 1078 - so worth a visit. You can also get some great accommodation nearby the Tower of London, so if you are looking for hotels in London this might be a nice spot.
Other quick mentions - for you to go away and google are the Royal Museums of Greenwich, the Warner Bros Studio Tour (if you're a big fan of Harry Potter this is a must), then there is the Shard with the view across all of London. The changing of the guard at Buckingham palace - the London Aquarium, Big Ben (the bell itself, the tower is actually called The Elizabeth Tower) and all the regular spots like cruises on the River Thames, Madame Tussauds and the London Dungeon. Or, you can hop on and off bus tours to check out more of the city with some tour guides too.