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Name Category Location
 
Golden Hinde
Famed Elizabethan explorer Sir Francis Drake circumnavigated the...
Nautical Sites The South Bank
 
Apsley House (Wellington Museum)
Reopened in Spring 2014 after a major refurbishment, the mansion...
Museums / Galleries St. James's and Mayfair
 
Banqueting House
James I commissioned Inigo Jones, one of England's great architects...
Castles / Palaces Westminster and Royal London
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
Discover Greenwich
Intended as a kind of anchor point for Greenwich's big three...
Museums / Galleries Greenwich
 
Fashion and Textile Museum
The bright yellow and pink museum (it's hard to miss) designed...
Museums / Galleries The South Bank
 
Geffrye Museum of the Home
In contrast to the West End's grand aristocratic town houses...
Museums / Galleries East End
 
Greenwich Market
Established as a fruit-and-vegetable market in 1700, the covered...
Markets / Bazaars Greenwich
 
Highgate Cemetery
Highgate is not the oldest cemetery in London, but it is probably...
Cemeteries Regent's Park and Hampstead
 
Houses of Parliament
If you want to understand some of the centuries-old traditions...
Government Buildings Westminster and Royal London
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
Regent's Park
The formal, cultivated Regent's Park, more country house grounds...
Parks 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 Observatory
Greenwich is on the prime meridian at 0° longitude, and the ultimate...
Observatories / Planetariums Greenwich
 
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
This spectacular theater is a replica of Shakespeare's open-roof...
Arts / Performance Venues, Architectural Sites The South Bank
 
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
 
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 Park
In a city of royal parks, this one—bordered by three palaces...
Parks Westminster and Royal London
 
St. Paul's Cathedral
St. Paul's is simply breathtaking, especially since the scaffolding...
Museums / Galleries The City
 
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
 
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
 
V&A Museum of Childhood
A treat for children of all ages, this East London outpost of...
Museums / Galleries East End
 
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
 
Westminster Abbey
Steeped in millennia of rich and often bloody history, Westminster...
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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