The Shard Get high in the Shard

The Shard at sunset

Nothing beats getting high and there isn’t any level higher than the top of a 95-story skyscraper.

There is a viewing platform where you can absorb 360-degree views of the capital, however, if you don’t want to fork out for the ticket prices (and you’re up for being a little bit sneaky) then grab a drink in the bar instead, you’ll get the stunning view for the price of a drink and an amazing cocktail to boot.

HMS Belfast Explore wartime life at sea on HMS Belfast

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HMS Belfast is the last surviving British vessel which was part of the D-Day bombardment fleet in 1944. Explore the nine decks of this important historical museum ship and get the chance to engage in immersive and interactive simulations. Listen to the poignant recorded stories of the men who served on board.

There are so many rooms and areas to visit as you learn about life at sea during wartime. Take charge when you sit in the Captain’s seat and delve the depths of the ship to the engine rooms. A trip up to the flag deck provides stunning London views.

Golden Hinde Around the World with the Golden Hinde

This lovingly reconstructed replica of the Golden Hinde will inspire your appreciation of Sir Francis Drake’s 17th-century navigation of the world. Explore every nook and cranny of the ship at your own leisure, picking the brains of the knowledgable crew as you go.

Learn about Drake’s adventure and the subsequent adventures and sailings of this beautifully reconstructed ship. This is a project dedicated to seamanship, history and conservation and makes for a fascinating visit the whole family can enjoy.

Southwark Cathedral Take it To Church and Visit Southwark Cathedral

Southwark is lucky enough to be the home of two handsome cathedrals. The Southwark Cathedral has a sweet spot on the bank of the Thames, close to London Bridge.

Erected in 1839, it’s an impressive landmark with pointy towers and grey stone.

Borough Market Fill Up on Free Samples at Borough Market

A market not to be missed is Borough Market. The vendors at this busy food market give out more free samples than Santa gives out presents on Christmas Eve.

Don’t forget to cover both sides and if you’re into seafood then grab a bite of the free paella. If you can, avoid here at lunchtime and on the weekends, it can get uncomfortably busy.

If you need some cash then some genius has popped a free one in the centre of the market – if that isn’t convenient enough for you I don’t know what is!

London’s Fashion and Textile Museum Delve into the World of Contemporary Fashion at London’s Fashion and Textile Museum

London’s Fashion and Textile Museum in Bermondsey was founded by designer Zandra Rhodes in 2003. It is the only museum in the country showcasing contemporary fashion and textile design. The building itself is also beautifully designed and the product of renowned architect Ricardo Legoretta.

Not only does the museum house a wide range of fascinating temporary exhibitions it is also a hub for learning. As well as events and talks there are a number of workshops where you can learn a new craft or hone existing skills.

Menier Chocolate Factory Taste Top Entertainment at the Menier Chocolate Factory

Although chocoholics may be a little disappointed, the Menier Chocolate Factory is a theatre and a leading arts centre. Once a chocolate factory, the theatre was opened in 2004 and stages plays, musicals, stand-up comedy and live music. The theatre is seen as one of the most dynamic fringe venues in the capital.

The building was originally built in 1870 and a visit to the theatre’s restaurant with its timber beams and exposed brickwork points to the history of the place. Look out for the popular meal deals which include tickets to a show.

Old Operating Theatre Museum Discover a Surgical Past in the Old Operating Theatre Museum

Tucked away in the attic of St Thomas’ Church, the Old Operating Theatre Museum is a hidden gem. The oldest surviving operating theatre in Europe, you will discover the techniques and practices used in days gone by, a time before anaesthetics and antiseptics.

Within the fascinating collection, the museum holds from the 18th and 19th century are surgical instruments, items of furniture and pathological specimens. This is an atmospheric museum which transports you back to another era. Why not attend one of the hugely popular weekend talks and surgical demonstrations.

Winchester Palace See a Slice of History at Winchester Palace

Winchester Palace was largely destroyed by fire, but part of the Great Hall survived. Built in the early 13th century the surviving walls with their striking rose window is one of the most important medieval structures in London. It was built as a London base for the powerful Bishops of Winchester.

Access to see this rare slice of medieval history, which now has a medieval-style garden within the grounds, is free. You could perhaps plan a visit as part of a walk, as Winchester Palace is sited on the Thames Path National Trail.

Clink Prison Experience a Notorious Medieval Prison

Completed in 1144 The Clink is one of the oldest and most notorious medieval prisons, with its name becoming a slang word for other prisons. The museum sits next to Winchester Palace and is built on the grounds of the old prison.

The Clink offers a hands-on experience as you explore this atmospheric museum. Listen to personal tales and handle torture devices used at the time in a prison which witnessed much social and political change. Take a guided tour with one of the museum’s highly trained guides to learn even more about this notorious prison.