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Name Category Location
 
Cutty Sark
This sleek, romantic clipper was built in 1869, one among a vast...
Nautical Sites Greenwich
 
Golden Hinde
Famed Elizabethan explorer Sir Francis Drake circumnavigated...
Nautical Sites The South Bank
 
The Adam Houses
Only a few structures remain of what was once a regal riverfront...
Neighborhoods / Streets, Historic Districts / Sites Soho and Covent Garden
 
Admiralty Arch
This stately gateway is an impressive counterpoint to Buckingham...
Architectural Sites Westminster and Royal London
 
Apsley House (Wellington Museum)
Reopened in Spring 2014 after a major refurbishment, the mansion...
Museums / Galleries St. James's and Mayfair
 
Bank of England
The U.K.'s main bank has been central to the British economy...
Financial Institutions The City
 
Bankside Gallery
Two artistic societies—the Royal Society of Painter–Printmakers...
Museums / Galleries The South Bank
 
Banqueting House
James I commissioned Inigo Jones, one of England's great architects...
Castles / Palaces Westminster and Royal London
 
Barbican Centre
The Barbican is an enormous 1980s concrete maze that Londoners...
Arts / Performance Venues The City
 
Benjamin Franklin House
This architecturally significant 1730 house is the only surviving...
Museums / Galleries, Historic Districts / Sites Soho and Covent Garden
 
Berkeley Square
As anyone who's heard the old song knows, the name rhymes with...
Squares St. James's and Mayfair
 
Bevis Marks Synagogue
This is Britain's oldest synagogue still in use and certainly...
Religious Sites East End
 
Bond Street
This world-class shopping haunt is divided into northern "New"...
Neighborhoods / Streets St. James's and Mayfair
 
British Library
Once a part of the British Museum, the 18 million–volume collection...
Libraries Bloomsbury and Holborn
 
British Museum
With a facade like a great temple, this celebrated treasure house...
Museums / Galleries Bloomsbury and Holborn
 
Buckingham Palace
It's rare to get a chance to see how the other half—well, other...
Castles / Palaces Westminster and Royal London
 
Burlington Arcade
With ceilings and lights now restored to how they would have...
Neighborhoods / Streets St. James's and Mayfair
 
Camden Market
What started as a small group of clothing stalls in the 1970s...
Markets / Bazaars Regent's Park and Hampstead
 
Carlton House Terrace
Architect John Nash designed Carlton House, a glorious example...
Architectural Sites Westminster and Royal London
 
Charles Dickens Museum
This is one of the few London houses Charles Dickens (1812–70)...
Museums / Galleries Bloomsbury and Holborn
 
Christ Church, Spitalfields
This is the 1729 masterpiece of Sir Christopher Wren's associate...
Religious Sites East End
 
Churchill War Rooms
It was from this small warren of underground rooms—beneath the...
Museums / Galleries Westminster and Royal London
 
Clarence House
The London home of the Queen Mother for nearly 50 years until...
Houses / Mansions Westminster and Royal London
 
The Clink Prison Museum
This medieval prison, the reason why the term clink became slang...
Local Interest–Sight The South Bank
 
Clock Tower Antiques Market
The weekend Clock Tower Antiques Market on Greenwich High Road...
Markets / Bazaars Greenwich
 
The Courtauld Gallery
One of London's most beloved art collections, the Courtauld is...
Museums / Galleries Soho and Covent Garden
 
Covent Garden Piazza
Once home to London's main flower market, where My Fair Lady's...
Squares Soho and Covent Garden
 
Dennis Severs' House
The remarkable interiors of this extraordinary time machine of...
Houses / Mansions East End
 
Design Museum
This was the first museum in the U.K. to place everyday contemporary...
Museums / Galleries The South Bank
 
Discover Greenwich
Intended as a kind of anchor point for Greenwich's big three...
Museums / Galleries Greenwich
 
Downing Street
Looking like an unassuming alley but for the iron gates (and...
Government Buildings Westminster and Royal London
 
Dr. Johnson's House
Built in 1700, this elegant Georgian residence, with its paneled...
Museums / Galleries, Houses / Mansions The City
 
Dulwich Picture Gallery
Famed for its regal Old Master painting collection, the Dulwich...
Museums / Galleries The South Bank
 
Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art
West of Hoxton, toward the eastern end of Islington, is this...
Museums / Galleries East End
 
Fan Museum
This quirky little museum is as fascinating and varied as the...
Museums / Galleries Greenwich
 
Fashion and Textile Museum
The bright yellow and pink museum (it's hard to miss) designed...
Museums / Galleries The South Bank
 
Fenton House
This handsome 16th-century merchant's home, Hampstead's oldest...
Houses / Mansions Regent's Park and Hampstead
 
Florence Nightingale Museum
Compact, highly visual, and engaging, this museum on the grounds...
Museums / Galleries The South Bank
 
Freud Museum London
The father of psychoanalysis lived here with his family for a...
Museums / Galleries Regent's Park and Hampstead
 
The Garden Museum
This rather unassuming museum was created in the mid-1970s after...
Museums / Galleries, Gardens / Arboretums The South Bank
 
Geffrye Museum of the Home
In contrast to the West End's grand aristocratic town houses...
Museums / Galleries East End
 
Gray's Inn
Although the least architecturally interesting of the four Inns...
Architectural Sites Bloomsbury and Holborn
 
Greenwich Market
Established as a fruit-and-vegetable market in 1700, the covered...
Markets / Bazaars Greenwich
 
Grosvenor Square
Pronounced Grove-na, this leafy square was laid out in 1725–31...
Squares St. James's and Mayfair
 
Guildhall
The Corporation of London, which oversees The City, has ceremonially...
Architectural Sites, Government Buildings The City
 
Handel House Museum
The former home of the composer, where he lived for more than...
Museums / Galleries St. James's and Mayfair
 
Highgate Cemetery
Highgate is not the oldest cemetery in London, but it is probably...
Cemeteries Regent's Park and Hampstead
 
HMS Belfast
At 613.5 feet, this is one of the last remaining big-gun armored...
Nautical Sites The South Bank
 
Horse Guards Parade
Once the tiltyard for jousting tournaments, Horse Guards Parade...
Squares Westminster and Royal London
 
Household Cavalry Museum
Hang around Horse Guards for even a short time and you'll see...
Museums / Galleries Westminster and Royal London
 
Houses of Parliament
If you want to understand some of the centuries-old traditions...
Government Buildings Westminster and Royal London
 
Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)
You would never suspect that behind the stately white-stucco...
Arts / Performance Venues Westminster and Royal London
 
Jewish Museum
This fascinating museum tells the story of the Jewish people...
Museums / Galleries Regent's Park and Hampstead
 
Keats House
It was while living in this house between 1818 and 1820 that...
Museums / Galleries, Houses / Mansions Regent's Park and Hampstead
 
Kenwood House
This largely Palladian villa was first built in 1616 and later...
Houses / Mansions Regent's Park and Hampstead
 
Leicester Square
Looking at the neon of the major movie houses, the fast-food...
Squares Soho and Covent Garden
 
Lincoln's Inn
There's plenty to see at one of the oldest, best preserved, and...
Architectural Sites Bloomsbury and Holborn
 
London Canal Museum
This quirky little museum, dedicated to the rise and fall of...
Museums / Galleries Regent's Park and Hampstead
 
London Dungeon
Saved by a keen sense of its own borderline ridiculousness, this...
Museums / Galleries, Amusement Parks The South Bank
 
London Eye
To mark the start of the new millennium, architects David Marks...
Local Interest–Sight, Viewpoints The South Bank
 
London Transport Museum
Housed in the old flower market at the southeast corner of Covent...
Museums / Galleries Soho and Covent Garden
 
Lord's Cricket Ground & Museum
The spiritual home of this most English of games and the headquarters...
Museums / Galleries, Sports Regent's Park and Hampstead
 
Madame Tussauds
One of London's busiest tourist attractions, this is nothing...
Museums / Galleries Regent's Park and Hampstead
 
The Mall
This stately, 115-foot-wide processional route sweeping from...
Neighborhoods / Streets Westminster and Royal London
 
Marble Arch
John Nash's 1827 arch, moved here from Buckingham Palace in 1851...
Architectural Sites St. James's and Mayfair
 
Marylebone High Street
A favorite of newspaper style sections everywhere, this street...
Neighborhoods / Streets Regent's Park and Hampstead
 
Monument
Commemorating the "dreadful visitation" of the Great Fire of...
Memorials / Monuments The City
 
Museum of London
If there's one place to absorb the history of London, from 450,000...
Museums / Galleries The City
 
National Gallery
Standing proudly on the north side of Trafalgar Square, this...
Museums / Galleries Westminster and Royal London
 
National Maritime Museum
From the time of Henry VIII until the 1940s Britain was the world's...
Museums / Galleries Greenwich
 
National Portrait Gallery
Tucked around the corner from the National Gallery, the National...
Museums / Galleries Westminster and Royal London
 
The Old Bailey
England and Wales don't allow cameras in courtrooms, so the only...
Government Buildings The City
 
Old Operating Theatre Museum
This rare example of a 19th-century operating theater, the oldest...
Museums / Galleries, Hospitals The South Bank
 
Old Royal Naval College
Begun by Christopher Wren in 1694 as a rest home for ancient...
Educational Institutions Greenwich
 
Old Spitalfields Market
An impressive piece of architecture in itself, this large restored...
Markets / Bazaars East End
 
Old Truman Brewery
The last East End brewery still standing—a handsome example of...
Pedestrian Malls East End
 
Piccadilly Circus
The origins of the name "Piccadilly" relate to a humble 17th-century...
Neighborhoods / Streets St. James's and Mayfair
 
The Queen's Gallery
Technically speaking, the sovereign doesn't "own" the rare and...
Museums / Galleries Westminster and Royal London
 
Ranger's House and the Wernher Collection
This handsome, early-18th-century villa, which was the Greenwich...
Houses / Mansions Greenwich
 
Regent's Park
The formal, cultivated Regent's Park, more country house grounds...
Parks Regent's Park and Hampstead
 
Regent's Park Open-Air Theatre
There have been works by Shakespeare performed here every summer...
Arts / Performance Venues Regent's Park and Hampstead
 
Ripley's Believe It Or Not!
Six floors of the weird, the wacky and the downright bizarre...
Museums / Galleries St. James's and Mayfair
 
Royal Academy of Arts
Burlington House was built in 1664, with later Palladian additions...
Museums / Galleries St. James's and Mayfair
 
Royal Courts of Justice
Here is the vast Victorian Gothic pile of 35 million bricks containing...
Government Buildings Bloomsbury and Holborn
 
Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
Dating back to 1934, this art deco gem, the home of British architecture...
Architectural Sites Regent's Park and Hampstead
 
Royal Mews
Fairy-tale gold-and-glass coaches and sleek Rolls-Royce state...
Museums / Galleries Westminster and Royal London
 
Royal Observatory
Greenwich is on the prime meridian at 0° longitude, and the ultimate...
Observatories / Planetariums Greenwich
 
Sea Life London Aquarium
The curved, colonnaded, neoclassic former County Hall that once...
Zoos / Aquariums The South Bank
 
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
This spectacular theater is a replica of Shakespeare's open-roof...
Arts / Performance Venues, Architectural Sites The South Bank
 
Sherlock Holmes Museum
Outside Baker Street station, by the Marylebone Road exit, is...
Museums / Galleries Regent's Park and Hampstead
 
Sir John Soane's Museum
Sir John (1753–1837), architect of the Bank of England, bequeathed...
Museums / Galleries Bloomsbury and Holborn
 
Somerset House
In recent years this huge complex—the work of Sir William Chambers...
Museums / Galleries, Houses / Mansions Soho and Covent Garden
 
Southbank Centre
The public has never really warmed to the Southbank Centre's...
Arts / Performance Venues The South Bank
 
Southwark Cathedral
Pronounced "Suth-uck," this is the oldest Gothic church in London...
Religious Sites The South Bank
 
Spencer House
Ancestral abode of the Spencers—Princess Diana's family—this...
Houses / Mansions St. James's and Mayfair
 
Spitalfields City Farm
An oasis of rural calm in an urban landscape, this little community...
Farms East End
 
St. Bartholomew the Great
This is one of London's oldest churches. Construction on the...
Religious Sites The City
 
St. Bride's
According to legend, the distinctively tiered steeple of this...
Religious Sites The City
 
St. James's Church
Bombed by the German Luftwaffe in 1940 and not restored until...
Religious Sites St. James's and Mayfair
 
St. James's Palace
Commissioned by Henry VIII, this Tudor brick palace was the residence...
Castles / Palaces Westminster and Royal London
 
St. James's Park
In a city of royal parks, this one—bordered by three palaces...
Parks Westminster and Royal London
 
St. James's Square
One of London's oldest squares, St. James's was first laid out...
Squares St. James's and Mayfair
 
St. Margaret's Church
Dwarfed by its neighbor, Westminster Abbey, St. Margaret's was...
Religious Sites Westminster and Royal London
 
St. Martin-in-the-Fields
One of London's best-loved and most welcoming of churches is...
Religious Sites Westminster and Royal London
 
St. Mary-le-Bow
Various versions of this church have stood on the site since...
Religious Sites The City
 
St. Paul's Cathedral
St. Paul's is simply breathtaking, especially since the scaffolding...
Museums / Galleries The City
 
St. Paul's Church
If you want to commune with the spirits of Vivien Leigh, Noël...
Religious Sites Soho and Covent Garden
 
The Supreme Court
The highest court of appeal in the U.K. is housed in the carefully...
Government Buildings Westminster and Royal London
 
Tate Britain
The stately neoclassical institution may not be as ambitious...
Museums / Galleries Westminster and Royal London
 
Tate Modern
This spectacular renovation of a mid-20th-century power station...
Museums / Galleries The South Bank
 
Temple Church
As featured in The Da Vinci Code, this church was built by the...
Religious Sites Bloomsbury and Holborn
 
Thames Barrier Visitors' Centre
Built in the early 1980s, the Thames Barrier is the one of the...
Information Centers Greenwich
 
Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
This is London's best-known auditorium and almost its largest...
Arts / Performance Venues Soho and Covent Garden
 
Tower Bridge
Despite its medieval, fairy-tale appearance, Britain's most iconic...
Museums / Galleries, Bridges / Tunnels The City
 
Tower of London
Nowhere else does London's history come to life so vividly as...
Museums / Galleries, Castles / Palaces The City
 
Trafalgar Square
This is literally the center of London: a plaque on the corner...
Squares Westminster and Royal London
 
University College London
Founded in 1826 the college is set in a classical edifice designed...
Educational Institutions Bloomsbury and Holborn
 
V&A Museum of Childhood
A treat for children of all ages, this East London outpost of...
Museums / Galleries East End
 
Vinopolis
Spread over 2.5 acres next to Borough Market, Vinopolis allows...
Wineries / Breweries The South Bank
 
Wallace Collection
Undergoing refurbishment of its Great Gallery in 2014, this exquisite...
Museums / Galleries Regent's Park and Hampstead
 
Wellington Arch
Opposite the Duke of Wellington's mansion, Apsley House, this...
Memorials / Monuments St. James's and Mayfair
 
Wellington Barracks
These are the headquarters of the Guards Division, the Queen's...
Military Sites, Government Buildings Westminster and Royal London
 
Westminster Abbey
Steeped in millennia of rich and often bloody history, Westminster...
Religious Sites Westminster and Royal London
 
Westminster Cathedral
Tucked away on traffic-clogged Victoria Street lies this remarkable...
Religious Sites Westminster and Royal London
 
Whitechapel Art Gallery
Founded in 1901, this internationally renowned gallery mounts...
Museums / Galleries East End
 
ZSL London Zoo
Operated by the nonprofit Zoological Society of London, this...
Zoos / Aquariums Regent's Park and Hampstead
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