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Name Category Location
 
Cutty Sark
This sleek, romantic clipper was built in 1869, one among a vast...
Nautical Sites Greenwich
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
The Clink Prison Museum
This medieval prison, the reason why the term clink became slang...
Local Interest–Sight The South Bank
 
Design Museum
This was the first museum in the U.K. to place everyday contemporary...
Museums / Galleries The South Bank
 
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
 
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
 
Gray's Inn
Although the least architecturally interesting of the four Inns...
Architectural Sites Bloomsbury and Holborn
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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 Truman Brewery
The last East End brewery still standing—a handsome example of...
Pedestrian Malls East End
 
Ranger's House and the Wernher Collection
This handsome, early-18th-century villa, which was the Greenwich...
Houses / Mansions Greenwich
 
Regent's Park Open-Air Theatre
There have been works by Shakespeare performed here every summer...
Arts / Performance Venues Regent's Park and Hampstead
 
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
 
Sea Life London Aquarium
The curved, colonnaded, neoclassic former County Hall that once...
Zoos / Aquariums The South Bank
 
Sherlock Holmes Museum
Outside Baker Street station, by the Marylebone Road exit, is...
Museums / Galleries Regent's Park and Hampstead
 
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 Palace
Commissioned by Henry VIII, this Tudor brick palace was the residence...
Castles / Palaces 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 Church
If you want to commune with the spirits of Vivien Leigh, Noël...
Religious Sites Soho and Covent Garden
 
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
 
University College London
Founded in 1826 the college is set in a classical edifice designed...
Educational Institutions Bloomsbury and Holborn
 
Vinopolis
Spread over 2.5 acres next to Borough Market, Vinopolis allows...
Wineries / Breweries The South Bank
 
Wellington Barracks
These are the headquarters of the Guards Division, the Queen's...
Military Sites, Government Buildings Westminster and Royal London
 
Westminster Cathedral
Tucked away on traffic-clogged Victoria Street lies this remarkable...
Religious Sites Westminster and Royal London
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