One of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, London is a traveller’s delight. Catering to a wide range of tastes, there’s something for everyone in the English capital. London boasts myriad historical sites, art galleries, sporting attractions, world-class restaurants and eateries, high fashion outlets, and cultural events. Take a cruise down the iconic River Thames, visit iconic Big Ben and the Tower of London, say hi to the Queen at Buckingham Palace, catch a show at a famous West End theatre or be one with nature in much-loved Hyde Park or Kensington Gardens.
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Hampton Court Palace is a royal palace in the borough of Richmond upon Thames, London, England, 11.7 mi south west and upstream of central London on the River Thames. Building of the palace began in 1515 for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, a favourite of King Henry VIII. In 1529, as Wolsey fell from favour, the King seized the palace for himself and later enlarged it. Along with St James's Palace, it is one of only two surviving palaces out of the many owned by King Henry VIII.
Richmond Park, in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, was created by Charles I in the 17th century as a deer park. The largest of London's Royal Parks, it is of national and international importance for wildlife conservation. The park is a national nature reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation and is included, at Grade I, on Historic England's Register of Historic Parks and Gardens of special historic interest in England. Its landscapes have inspired many famous artists and it has been a location for several films and TV series.
Kew Gardens is a botanical garden in southwest London that houses the "largest and most diverse botanical and mycological collections in the world". Founded in 1840, from the exotic garden at Kew Park in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, UK, its living collections include more than 30,000 different kinds of plants, while the herbarium, which is one of the largest in the world, has over preserved plant specimens. The library contains more than 750,000 volumes, and the illustrations collection contains more than 175,000 prints and drawings of plants. It is one of London's top tourist attractions and is a World Heritage Site.
Bushy Park in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames is the second largest of London's Royal Parks, at 445 ha in area, after Richmond Park. The park, most of which is open to the public, is immediately north of Hampton Court Palace and Hampton Court Park and is a few minutes' walk from the north side of Kingston Bridge. It is surrounded by Teddington, Hampton, Hampton Hill and Hampton Wick, and lies within the post towns of East Molesey, Hampton, Kingston upon Thames and Teddington.
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