Sights & Attractions in London

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Name Category Location
 
Cutty Sark
This sleek, romantic clipper was built in 1869, one among a vast...
Nautical Sites Greenwich
 
Apsley House (Wellington Museum)
Reopened in Spring 2014 after a major refurbishment, the mansion...
Museums / Galleries St. James's and Mayfair
 
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
 
Chiswick House
Completed in 1729 by the 3rd earl of Burlington (also known for...
Houses / Mansions The Thames Upstream
 
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
 
Dennis Severs' House
The remarkable interiors of this extraordinary time machine of...
Houses / Mansions East End
 
Dulwich Picture Gallery
Famed for its regal Old Master painting collection, the Dulwich...
Museums / Galleries The South Bank
 
Eltham Palace
Once a favorite getaway for Henry VIII (who liked to spend Christmas...
Castles / Palaces Greenwich
 
Geffrye Museum of the Home
In contrast to the West End's grand aristocratic town houses...
Museums / Galleries East End
 
Hampton Court Palace
The beloved seat of Henry VIII's court, sprawled elegantly beside...
Castles / Palaces The Thames Upstream
 
Houses of Parliament
If you want to understand some of the centuries-old traditions...
Government Buildings Westminster and Royal London
 
Hyde Park
Along with the smaller St. James's and Green parks to the east...
Parks Notting Hill and Bayswater
 
IWM London
Despite its name, the cultural venue formerly known as the Imperial...
Museums / Galleries The South Bank
 
Kensington Gardens
Laid out in 1689 by William III, who commissioned Christopher...
Parks, Gardens / Arboretums Notting Hill and Bayswater
 
Kenwood House
This largely Palladian villa was first built in 1616 and later...
Houses / Mansions Regent's Park and Hampstead
 
Kew Gardens
Enter the Royal Botanic Gardens, as Kew Gardens are officially...
Gardens / Arboretums The Thames Upstream
 
Kew Palace and Queen Charlotte's Cottage
The elegant redbrick exterior of the smallest of Britain's royal...
Castles / Palaces The Thames Upstream
 
Leighton House Museum
Leading Victorian artist Frederic (Lord) Leighton lived and worked...
Museums / Galleries Kensington, Chelsea, and Knightsbridge
 
London Eye
To mark the start of the new millennium, architects David Marks...
Local Interest–Sight, Viewpoints The South Bank
 
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
 
Natural History Museum
The ornate terracotta facade of this enormous Victorian museum...
Museums / Galleries Kensington, Chelsea, and Knightsbridge
 
Newburgh Quarter
Want to see the hip style of today's London? Find it just one...
Neighborhoods / Streets Soho and Covent Garden
 
Old Royal Naval College
Begun by Christopher Wren in 1694 as a rest home for ancient...
Educational Institutions Greenwich
 
Portobello Road Market
Tempted by tassels, looking for a 19th-century snuff spoon, on...
Stores / Malls Kensington, Chelsea, and Knightsbridge
 
Regent's Park
The formal, cultivated Regent's Park, more country house grounds...
Parks Regent's Park and Hampstead
 
Royal Academy of Arts
Burlington House was built in 1664, with later Palladian additions...
Museums / Galleries St. James's and Mayfair
 
Science Museum
This, one of the three great South Kensington museums, stands...
Museums / Galleries Kensington, Chelsea, and Knightsbridge
 
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
 
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
 
Strawberry Hill
From the outside, this Rococo mish-mash of towers, crenellations...
Houses / Mansions The Thames Upstream
 
Syon House and Park
The residence of the duke and duchess of Northumberland, this...
Houses / Mansions, Parks The Thames Upstream
 
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
 
Victoria & Albert Museum
Known to all as the V&A, this huge museum is devoted to the...
Museums / Galleries Kensington, Chelsea, and Knightsbridge
 
Wallace Collection
Undergoing refurbishment of its Great Gallery in 2014, this exquisite...
Museums / Galleries Regent's Park and Hampstead
 
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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