Below are the excursions organised by ICAP for the free afternoon on Wednesday 17th July. Each of these requires pre-booking, available at registration. If you have questions regarding the accessibility of the activities, please contact us directly – we will make every reasonable effort to make each activity available to anyone who would like to attend.

London Eye at sunset

Boat tour & London Eye

Sightseeing boat tour along the River Thames and a trip around the London Eye with panoramic views over central London.


Entrance hall of British Museum

British Museum tour

Guided tour of exhibits at the British Museum. The museum is focused on history, art and culture. It houses the largest collection of artefacts in the world.


Telescope at the Royal Greenwich Observatory

Royal Greenwich Observatory Tour

Boat tour to Greenwich followed by a guided tour of the Royal Greenwich Observatory. Built in 1675, the observatory is Britain’s first state-funded scientific institution.


Houses of Parliament

Walking tour

Guided walking tour of Westminster, home to the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey.


The table below lists ideas of other things you might like to do in London. See also our tours for accompanying persons, and see here for travel tips. Museums can get quite busy in July. To avoid disappointment please book a free ticket in advance.

VenueCostTravel from South
Kensington tube
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Victoria & Albert MuseumFreeWalk (5 mins)
Science MuseumFreeWalk (5 mins)
The Natural History MuseumFreeWalk (5 mins)
Serpentine Galleries and Hyde Park1FreeWalk (10 mins)
Buckingham Palace / Queen’s Gallery £30 /£20District Line to St James Park (5 mins)
Tate BritainFreeDistrict Line to Victoria, then Victoria Line to Pimlico (7 mins)
The National Gallery FreePiccadilly Line to Piccadilly Circus (8 mins)
Soane’s MuseumCourtauld Gallery2 Free /£10District Line to Temple (10 mins)
The Shard £28Piccadilly to Green Park, then Jubilee Line to London Bridge (11 mins)310m
Tate Modern
Private tours can be booked
FreeDistrict Line to Blackfriars (12 mins), then walk (15 mins)
Roman Amphitheatre at Guildhall & St Pauls CathedralFree & £22.50 self-guided tourDistrict Line to Mansion House (14 mins)
Sky Garden.
Book online in advance.
FreeDistrict Line to Monument (17 mins)160m
  1. There are several eateries in the park, but if you would like to take a picnic, we recommend Jakobs. Speak to Tania on 07798 770901 or email ↩︎
  2. Lunch is possible at the Courtauld Gallery or in a cafe in neighbouring Somerset House ↩︎

London has a vast range of shopping opportunities.  Some of the more unique ones are:
Liberty – historic department store intended as “a London emporium laden with luxuries and fabrics from distant lands” and still fits this description today.
Carnaby Street District – a minute from Liberty and packed with diverse shops, cafes and restaurants.
Hamleys of Regent Street is the oldest toy shop in the world, laid over seven floors, only a 3 min walk from Liberty.
King’s Road – famous shopping street, one tube stop or a short work from South Kensington, with restaurants and bars.
Fortnum and Masons – 300 year old store dedicated to food. 

Wimbledon Finals are on the Saturday and Sunday before the conference.  You can try to purchase tickets in advance, buy ground passes by queueing on the day, or watch live on some of the big screens that will be set up around London.