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Best top places to go in London -Visit London's top attractions

London is not only the gateway to Hogwarts, but it is also a good place to stay while exploring the historic sites in the area. Here are some ideal day trips to take.

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National Maritime Museum

The NMM or the National Maritime Museum is located in Greenwich in London. It is recognized as the prime museum in the UK and it could very well be the biggest museum of its genre across the globe. There are a few significant and ancient buildings that constitute certain parts of the museum and these also belong to the "Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site". The "Royal Observatory" is one such place which belongs to the heritage site as well as the "Queen's House". The NMM is considered as a public place which receives its sponsorship from the Department of Culture, Media, and Sport. The museum does not charge visitors anything to gain entry to its premises although the majority of the museum's pieces which are temporary will have charges if you wish to see them. Starting from its earlier times, the city of Greenwich has always had its links to the world of course-plotting as well as the ocean. The city also served the purpose of being a port of sorts to the Romans.

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Windsor

Located 40 minutes away from the COMO Hotels & Resorts in Mayfair, London, Windsor Castle stands out in both historical as well as contemporary value. It is a favourite place for day trips for tourists from many a Belgravia hotel in London. It is the oldest castle in the world to be inhabited to the present day and has been the home for British royalty for over 1000 years. If you wish to be in town when the Queen is in Windsor, you need to visit here during the weekends, or in March and April.

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Visit The Smallest Cathedral In London

In the hand of one of the eight beautiful bronze maidens standing over the mighty Thames River; is the Smallest Cathedral in London. This tiny cathedral is a masterfully carved replica of London's iconic St. Paul's Cathedral. The Smallest Cathedral in London is placed on the hand of one of the eight female statues placed along the side of the Vauxhall Bridge, each designed to symbolise aspects of the arts and sciences. The cathedral that represents the discipline of architecture and the bronze female statues are the creation of master sculptor, Alfred Drury.

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Buckingham Palace

The most iconic royal building in the country, the Buckingham Palace is the residence of Her Majesty the Queen. If you are visiting London during the months of August to September you have the opportunity to take a tour around the palace since it opens up to the public during this period.

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British Museum

The British Museum belongs to the 18th century. It all happened thanks to Sir Hans Sloane who lived from 1660 to 1753. He was a physician, naturalist and collector. His collection grew rapidly, and he wanted it to be preserved upon his death. The collection, which consisted of 71,000 objects, was bequeathed to King George II for an amount of £ 20,000. Along with the payment, the collection made history in Britain. An Act of parliament was tabled on June 7, 1753, to establish the British Museum.