About London

The 25th European Drosophila Research Conference will be held in central London, at the South Kensington Campus of the prestigious Imperial College London. During your free time at the conference, you may wish to explore London and make the most of visiting this historic and culturally vibrant city.

Things to do in London

There is so much to do in London the challenge is deciding what to do first. This cosmopolitan city is great to explore, with an unbelievable mix of great attractions including the British MuseumLondon Eye, and The Tower of London, spectacular landmarks including Buckingham PalaceSt Paul's Cathedral and Westminster Abbey.

Buckingham Palace is the Queen's official London residence and is used to receive and entertain guests on state, ceremonial and official occasions for the Royal Family. The Changing of the Guard ceremony takes place in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace at 11.30am every day in summer, every other day in winter. The New Guard marches to the Palace from Wellington Barracks with a Guards band, the Old Guard hands over in a ceremony during which the sentries are changed and then return to barracks.

Or if you fancy some retail therapy, Oxford Street & Regents Street, the wide range of markets and the Westfield Shopping Centre deliver a fantastic shopping experience and there are plenty of great restaurants, bars and theatres so you can enjoy a fantastic night out too.

The South Kensington campus of Imperial College is surrounded by London's famous museums and landmarks such as the Natural History Museum, Science Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Royal Albert Hall and Kensington Palace. The conference venue and accommodation are all within walking distance of these attractions, and neighbour the royal parks, Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park.

For more information on tourist attractions in the area, please click here: www.visitlondon.com

Visitor Information

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