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Top places to visit in London on the Central Line

Thinking about visiting London but changing lines on the London tube is too confusing for you? Fear not! Book your flight straight away because this guide will highlight top locations on the Central Line for you to visit – so, let’s get started!

Tottenham Court Road Station – Oxford Street

Tottenham Court Road station (Zone 1) marks the start of Oxford Street, which is 1.9km long and is known as Europe’s busiest street for shopping! Starting from Tottenham Court Road station, it ends at Marble Arch station and passes along other stations which are also on the Central Line, including Oxford Circus and Bond Street station. With over 300 stores, Oxford street is the prime location for shopaholics (or anyone really) because of its variety in stores including clothing, beauty, homeware, sports, tech, food and souvenirs. From the start of December until mid/end of January the entire street is further decorated with Christmas lights, giving the festive Winter vibes – be sure to take a picture there!

Opening times for Oxford Street:

Monday to Thursday (from 9:30 AM to 9:00 PM)
Friday to Saturday (from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM)
Sunday (from 11:30 AM to 6:00 PM)
*The opening times for some stores may differ, especially on public holidays, so if you have specific stores in mind that you want to visit please check its individual store time

Holborn Station – British Museum

A short 8-minute walk from Holborn station (Zone 1) takes you to the British Museum. Established in 1753, this national public museum documents and displays its famous collections of work showing human history, art as well as culture.
Here are a few well-known artefacts that cannot be missed – The Rosetta Stone, Assyrian Lion Hunt Reliefs, Mummy of Katebet, Lewis Chessmen, The Elgin Marbles, Samurai Armour etc.

You could easily spend an entire day at this museum since there is so much to explore. More importantly, it is free to enter so why miss it?

Opening times for British Museum:
Great Court: Every day (from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM) [closes at 8:30 PM on Fridays]

Galleries: Every day (from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM) [most of them close at 8:30 PM on Fridays)

Ticket Desk: 9:00 AM to 4:45 PM [closes at 7:45 PM on Fridays]

*The opening times may differ, especially on public holidays, so please double-check before visiting

St Paul’s station – St Paul’s Cathedral, London Millennium Footbridge, Tate Modern

Only 2-minutes away from St Paul’s station (Zone 1) is St Paul’s Cathedral! Admission fees do apply but the Anglican cathedral, that was dedicated to the apostle Paul, is one of London’s iconic buildings. The dome-shaped building was designed using the Renaissance architecture style and the interior was decorated using the English Baroque style. Welcomed by the remarkably tall building on the outside, the grand design inside the cathedral itself should definitely not be missed! The admission fees include multimedia guides, guided tours as well as being able to see the Crypt, the Cathedral Floor, the Whispering Gallery, the Stone Gallery or the Golden Gallery, which are all very beautifully designed. One thing you must remember if you do go – make sure to climb the dome and get to the very top of the Golden Gallery for a breath-taking view of London!

Opening times for St Paul’s Cathedral:
Monday to Saturday
– Doors are officially open from 8:30 AM; Dome Galleries are open from 9:30 AM
– Last entry for sightseeing at 4:00 PM; last entry for Dome Galleries at 4:15 PM
– Cathedral officially closes at 4:30 PM
*The Cathedral is only open for worship on Sundays

*The opening times may differ, especially on public holidays, so please double-check before visiting

Opposite St Paul’s Cathedral is the London Millennium Footbridge – the perfect alignment of the bridge gives you the clearest view of St Paul’s south facade! The bridge itself crosses the River Thames, connecting the northern and southern ends of London; directly across the bridge, you will find Tate Modern.

Tate Modern is a very popular modern art gallery that displays collections of work in international modern and contemporary art from the 1900s until present. This industrial and urban-looking building from the outside is filled with spectacular masterpieces of art on the inside. It is highly visited and recognised for its unique temporary exhibitions, which display the work of different British and international artists. Be sure to look out for special temporary exhibitions during the period that you visit London!

Opening times for Tate Modern:

Sunday to Thursday (from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM)

Friday and Saturday (from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM)
*It is open as normal on bank holidays but closes on days during the Christmas period – please double-check before visiting

Liverpool Street Station – Old Spitalfields Market, Brick Lane

7 minutes away from Liverpool Street station (Zone 1) is Old Spitalfields Market – this market is extra busy during the weekends and is thankfully sheltered, so there’s no need to worry about the rainy UK weather. The market itself consists of shops and stalls which sell a wide variety of things, ranging from trendy fashion, arts and crafts, to food and beverages. Many people visit this market for its authentic and award-winning food stalls, vintage market stalls, sells of rare records and to search for antiques. Come explore this market yourself now and see what you discover!

Opening times for Old Spitalfields Market:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday (from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM)
Thursday (from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM)

Saturday (from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM)
Sunday (from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM)

*Opening hours may differ for individual shops and market stalls so please check individually before visiting to avoid disappointment

Meanwhile, Brick Lane is just a 12-minute walk away from Liverpool Street station! If you’re into vintage clothing, vinyl records and quirky items, this is the place for you! Brick Lane is incredibly busy and popular for its thrift stores and vintage clothing variety – shops include Rokit, Serotonin Vintage, Beyond Retro, Hunky Dory Vintage, Search & Destroy, Vintage Basement and Atika. Aside from this, the street itself is filled with other shops such as bookshops, trendy cafes and restaurants, but the market itself is only open on Sundays. The lively Sunday market sells food as well as design and other vintage items, making it a wonderful place to find exclusive items, although it can be a bit crowded. World-famous for its colourful and quirky street art, people also frequently visit Brick Lane for aesthetic photoshoots. The energetic and exciting vibe of Brick Lane as a whole is what makes this place special!

Opening times for Brick Lane:
Shops and restaurants are open every day
The Market is open Sunday only (from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM)

I’m sure you would like to spend your whole day exploring London, so just to make things a bit easier here is information regarding the first and last tube times, and specifically for the Central Line. There’s no time to waste – book your ticket to fly from Sydney to London now!

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