Theatres

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Shakespeare's Globe

A reconstruction of the original Globe theatre where Shakespeare's plays were performed. Stand during the performance and pay only £5.

West End shows

About half of London's theatres are located in the West End, according to Insight Guides: England. The West End is centered around Shaftesbury Avenue and Covent Garden. If you are unable to buy a ticket at the box office, you may want to try getting a half-price ticket at Leicester Square on the day of the performance. Insight Guides recommends the Ticketmaster booth and the SWET Ticket Booth in Leicester Square.

Outdoor Theatres

Regent's Park has a beautiful outdoor theatre where you can watch Shakespeare plays during the summer, according to Insight Guides.

Museums

British Museum

Marvel at the Rosetta Stone and gaze at artifacts from Greek, Chinese, Egyptian and Indian cultures, according to Insight Guides. Admission is free, according to the museum's site, but special exhibits may have a charge.

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Victoria and Albert Museum

Offers exhibits varying from Raphael's cartoons for the Sistine Chapel tapestries to fashion and furniture exhibits, according to Insight Guides. Admission to the museum is free, although special temporary exhibits may charge a fee.

National Portrait Gallery

Gaze upon the faces of famous Brits, including royals like King Henry VIII, according to Insight Guides. Admission is free, but you must pay to see special exhibits.

Tate Modern

A collection of international and contemporary art located in a former power station on the Thames. Admission is free. Be sure to check out any interactive exhibits the museum has to offer.

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Natural History Museum

Contains full-scale dinosaurs, exhibits describing the workings of the human body and exhibits detailing the history of the universe, according to Insight Guides. Admission is free, but temporary exhibits may charge, according to the museum's site.