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If you are looking for something to do in West London, you have plenty of choices. This is an area that has no shortage of tourist attractions. Let's look at a few of the most interesting places to visit in West London.

Things to do in West London

Natural History Museum

This is one of the world's most interesting and comprehensive museums, with plenty to fascinate both children and adults. Everyone loves dinosaurs, and this museum will not disappoint you or your children in this area. There's an impressive Tyrannosaurus, as well as the always popular Triceratops.

All in all, the Natural History Museum has more than 70 million specimens from a wide variety of creatures, rocks and fossils. There are interactive exhibits for kids, and innovative features such as The Power Within, which gives visitors the sensation of being in an earthquake. There are also special events and exhibits. The Natural History Museum is at Cromwell Road in South Kensington. It's open all year, with the exception of December 24-26.

Chelsea Football Club Stadium Tours

Sports fans will enjoy tours through the home of the Chelsea FC. If you aren't fortunate enough to acquire tickets to a match, you can still get an insider's look at the stadium. This includes walking through the player's tunnel and visiting the museum of memorabilia. The Chelsea FC Stadium is located at Fulham Road. Tours are available daily from 11:00-15:00 on the hour. Tours are not given December 24-26, January 1, match days or the day before Champion League games.

Portobello Road, London

Portobello Road Market

This is the famous Notting Hill antique and flea market that draws visitors from all over the world. Although stalls are open Monday to Friday, the main event takes place every Saturday, when there are more than 2,000 stalls. This is a fun and exciting event that shoppers of every description will enjoy. You can find everything from ethnic foods to fashion to fresh fruit. It is most famous, of course, for antiques and it bills itself as the world's largest antique market. People searching for trendy secondhand clothing will find lots to browse through. You can spend hours here, shopping, eating and browsing.

Apart from the market, the Notting Hill area is very popular neighbourhood for walking and sightseeing. There are lots of distinctive shops, restaurants and buildings to see here. The Portobello Road Market is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8:00-18:30, Thursday until 13:00 and closed Sundays.

Fulham Palace

This is a building that was constructed in 1495, though the site's history goes all the way back to 704. It has beautiful grounds and gardens that are very pleasant to stroll through. Until 1973 it was reserved as a retreat for bishops. Now, however, it is open to the public. There's a walled garden that was built in the 18th century with an impressive botanical collection. Tours of the palace and grounds are given frequently, and there are also lectures and other events. The gardens are open daily from dawn till dusk. The museum and gallery are open Saturday 11 am-2 pm, Sunday 11:30am-3:30 pm, Monday and Tuesday 12:00pm to 4pm.

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