London: Best of Sightseeing

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London Eye

Since its opening in 2000, the Ferris wheel “London Eye” has become a main attraction of the city. From the highest point (135 m), you can nearly get a 40 km view – stunning!
The half-hour experience isn’t exactly cheap (from £ 17 for adults over 16 years, from £ 11 for children, free under 4 years), but the visit is definitely worth it! Super centrally located on the South Bank of the Thames, opposite the Houses of Parliament, it is only 4 tube stops from Meininger Hotel Hyde Park (8 minutes by the District Line to Westminster).

http://www.londoneye.com/

Opening hours:
October to March
Daily 10.00 a.m. – 8.30 p.m.
April and May
Daily 10.00 a.m. – 9.00 p.m.
June
Daily 10.00 a.m. – 9.00 p.m.
July and August
Daily 10.00 a.m. – 9.30 p.m.
September
Daily 10.00 a.m. – 9.00 p.m.

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Tate Modern

The former power station, monumental and a little sombre, lies on the banks of the Thames. In 2000, it was rebuilt to become the world’s largest museum for modern art. Once you walk in (this being completely without risk because admission to the collection is free), you will find the possibly most compelling exhibition of art starting from the 19th century! Organized after ideas rather than artists and providing interesting background information, the visit to this museum is an exhilarating experience in a relaxed atmosphere.
Additional exhibitions (currently “Paul Klee” until March 9, 2014, £ 15; from mid-February “Richard Hamilton”, £ 14.50) offer even more world class art.
Metro station “Southwark”, 6 stops from MEININGER Hotel London Hyde Park (in Westminster change to the Jubilee line), or to “Blackfriars” take the District Line and then cross the Thames.

http://www.tate.org.uk/

Opening hours:
Sunday to Thursday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

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Kensington Gardens

Only a short walk from MEININGER Hotel London Hyde Park (700 meters), you go down the street Queen’s Gate and arrive exactly at Queen’s Gate, a major gate of Kensington Gardens. The royal Kensington Gardens covers an area of 1 km2, adjoining to Hyde Park in the West. Old avenues, some manicured gardens and especially the large lawns present a great alternative to the bustle of the capital’s streets. At a pond, countless swans, geese and ducks enjoy being fed by walkers.
Prince William and Kate reside in the adjacent “Kensington Palace”, but part of it is open to visitors (10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., adults from 16 years £ 16.50, children free). Among other things, you can learn a lot about Lady Diana, who lived here for many years until her death.

http://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/kensington-gardens

Opening hours:
Between 6:00 a.m. to sunset (exact times here )

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