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The south bank of London boasts some of the UK capital’s most impressive attractions. Whether it’s the historical significance of HMS Belfast or the Royal Observatory, natural spectacles at the London Aquarium or the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, or the brilliant and eclectic art collections at Tate Modern, south London has something to offer every family. Here’s our roundup.
Marvel at the wonders of aquatic life at the London Aquarium on the south side of the river, just by Westminster Bridge, across from the Houses of Parliament and next to the London Eye. Catch an animal at feeding time, take a walk over a tank full of sharks and learn about all things subaquatic. Fun for all the family.
Jump aboard the HMS Belfast, the buoyant branch of the Imperial War Museums that has been anchored in the River Thames since 1971. This maritime museum is itself an exhibit, having fired some of the first shots during the Allied invasion of Normandy in June 1944, before seeing further action in the Korean War.
Make some furry friends at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, which has been responsible for helping over 3m cats and dogs find new homes since it was established in 1860. Originally founded in Holloway, north London, the animal rescue centre moved to its current location next to Battersea power station in 1871.