DETAILS: London's Anniversaries

Sunday, April 5, 2009

-- The city and environs will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin throughout the year. (For an updated list of events, visit "Darwin's Big Idea," the The Museum of Natural History's exhibition devoted to the naturalist, continues through April 19 (011-44-20-7942-5000,; the nearest Underground station is South Kensington. Museum entry is free, but exhibition tickets (buying online in advance is strongly recommended) are about $13; open daily 10 a.m.-5:50 p.m. To get to Down House, Darwin's home in Kent (011-44-16-8985-9119, do a search at, take a suburban train to Orpington station and then transfer to bus R8. The entire trip takes about an hour; train fare, which includes a free bus transfer, starts at about $9.25 round trip (011-44-20-7278-5240, Down House admission about $12.75; the house is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m., the grounds until 6 p.m., through Aug. 31. Open daily in July and August; otherwise, closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

-- Kew Gardens' 250th anniversary also will be celebrated throughout the year (011-44-20-8332-5655, The gardens are accessible via the London Underground's District line (a 30-minute trip from the central city; round-trip fares start at about $5.80 when traveling off-peak, Admission about $18.75; open Mondays-Fridays 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays until 7:30 p.m.

-- April marks the 500th anniversary of the coronation of Henry VIII, and celebrations are country-wide (for a list of events, visit The palace at Hampton Court, Henry's residence on the Thames River (011-44-20-3166-6000,, is about an hour from London and best accessed via suburban trains to Hampton Court station (011-44-20-7278-5240, Round-trip fares start at about $7. Hampton Court Palace, maze and gardens admission about $20; open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. through October; November-March until 4:30 p.m.

-- S.V.

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