Guided tours in London July 2012

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 at Buckingham Palace, London
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Buckingham Palace Summer Opening

to Buckingham Palace The Buckingham Palace Summer Opening will grant visitors access to the lavishly decorated State Rooms, furnished with treasures from the Royal Collection. This year, the Summer Opening will also include a special exhibition called "Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration". There will also be an opportunity to take refreshments in the cafe overlooking the landscaped gardens.
 at Houses of Parliament, London
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Houses of Parliament — Summer Opening

to Houses of Parliament During the summer months Parliament is thrown open to the public. The tour follows the processional route taken by Her Majesty the Queen when she performs the State Opening of Parliament, taking you through the House of Lords, the Central Lobby and into the House of Commons.
 
 at Kensington Palace, London
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Walk around the “Albertopolis” (and into Kensington Palace)

Kensington Palace The "Albertopolis" is the name given to the historic South Kensington area which was funded by proceeds from the Great Exhibition. In this walk you will discover Prince Albert's role in its formation, and the stories behind the buildings within, including the Royal Albert Hall, Natural History Museum, Imperial College and V&A.
 at Piccadilly, London
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Walking the Piccadilly Line

Piccadilly This walk, laid on by the London Transport Museum, will explore the Piccadilly Line from above ground. Have you ever wondered why there are no official flowerbeds in Green Park? Or why Paul McCartney is the only person allowed to whistle in Burlington Arcade? Find out with Mark Mason - the author of "Walk the Lines".
 
 at Somerset House, London
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Guided tour of Somerset House

to Somerset House This 45-minute tour of Somerset House will take in Tudor intrigues and the "King's Shilling", and the extravagant entertainments of the Georgian Enlightenment. As you explore the graceful staircases and atmospheric Deadhouse, you will get to see some scientific curiosities and learn more about British naval power.
 at Dr. Johnson’s House, London
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Walk in the footsteps of Samuel Johnson

Dr. Johnson’s House Follow in the footsteps of the legendary London wit Samuel Johnson, and explore the area that he called home. The walk will take in the Fleet Valley, Ludgate Hill and St Paul's Churchyard.
 
 at Charles Dickens Museum, London
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Walk around Charles Dickens’ London

to Charles Dickens Museum Walk the streets of London through the eyes of Charles Dickens and his characters. See the places where the Victorian novelist lived and worked, and where he conjured up scenes for his books. Listen to readings and his unfolding biography, as you take in some of the most evocative parts of the city, parts of which are largely unchanged from Dickens' time.
 at Mansion House, London
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Guided tour of Mansion House

to Mansion House Learn about the history of Mansion House, and how it has been used by previous Lord Mayors. The tour includes many of the public rooms, as well as the Harold Samuel Collection -- a collection of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish paintings by masters like Frans Hals, Nicoleas Maes, and Jacob Ruisdael.
 
 at Albert Memorial, London
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Guided tour of the Albert Memorial

Albert Memorial This fascinating tour gives you exclusive access inside the Albert Memorial railings to take a closer look at the Frieze of Parnassus and the other fine details on one of the greatest monuments of the Victorian era.
Shakespeare at The City, London
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The Shakespeare Trail

to The City The Shakespeare Trail is an exciting two hour romp around the City of London during which you will explore the lives of Shakespeare and Elizabethan Londoners. The registered City of London Guide will introduce you to his local friendships and give you a feel for the layout of Elizabethan London.
 
 at Buckingham Palace, London
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Buckingham Palace Summer Opening

to Buckingham Palace The Buckingham Palace Summer Opening will grant visitors access to the lavishly decorated State Rooms, furnished with treasures from the Royal Collection. This year, the Summer Opening will also include a special exhibition called "Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration". There will also be an opportunity to take refreshments in the cafe overlooking the landscaped gardens.
 
 

We don’t have any more guided tours, but how about these other events in July in London?

Shakespeare’s Theatre of the WorldJuly 2012The exhibition will explore London’s emergence as a world city in 1612, through the lens of Shakespeare’s plays. It will use objects, quotes and performance to show how the playhouse gave everyday people a glimpse of the world beyond our shores, and how Shakespeare contributed to our national identity.

Independence Day Party — Benjamin Franklin HouseJuly 2012Forget that Britain lost the war for a second, and help America celebrate Independence Day at the Benjamin Franklin House. You will be able to enjoy some cake and bubbly in the world’s only remaining Franklin home.

Captain Scott’s Antartic ExpeditionJuly 2012Captain Robert Scott’s expedition to Antarctica in 1910-1913 was one of the most famous expedition’s of all-time. This extraordinary exhibition commemorates the centenary by collecting together artefacts used by his team, alongside a life-size representation of Scott’s base-camp, which still survives in Antarctica.

“The Sunshine Boys” — with Danny DeVitoJuly 2012Danny DeVito and Richard Griffiths are The Sunshine Boys… but the legendary comedy kings haven’t spoken to each other for years. When CBS enquire whether they will be re-united for a ‘History of Comedy’ show, their families struggle to even get them in the same room. Can this cantankerous old double-act overcome their differences for one last show?

Hard Rock Calling — Paul Simon playing “Graceland”July 2012Hard Rock Calling returns to Hyde Park with Paul Simon performing the legendary album “Graceland” in its entirety, alongside a selection of his greatest hits. He will be joined on stage by Jimmy Cliff and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Proms Chamber Music #1: French ChansonsJuly 2012Cadogan Hall will be hosting a series of Chamber Music Proms as part of the world famous BBC Proms. Today’s programme features mezzo soprano Alice Coote singing a selection of French chansons.

Live at the Chapel – Mark Watson and Arthur SmithJuly 2012Live at the Chapel returns with a fantastic line-up, headed by the great Bill Bailey. This is your chance to see the musical comedian in the Union Chapel’s intimate surroundings, supported by Rufus Hound, Pat Cahill, Bridget Christie and Charlie Baker.

Derren Brown: SvengaliJuly 2012The master of psychological illusion is returning to the West End with “Svengali”. Be prepared for a roller-coaster ride of psychological illusion as Derren Brown promises an evening of mind-melting tricks and plenty of audience participation.

 
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