Sights & Attractions in London

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Fodor's Choice Sights in London

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Name Category Location
 
Cutty Sark
This sleek, romantic clipper was built in 1869,...
Nautical Sites Greenwich
 
Apsley House (Wellington Museum)
Reopened in Spring 2014 after a major...
Museums / Galleries Mayfair and Marylebone
 
British Museum
With a facade like a great temple, this...
Museums / Galleries Bloomsbury and Holborn
 
Buckingham Palace
It's rare to get a chance to see how the other...
Castles / Palaces Westminster, St. James, and Royal London
 
Burlington Arcade
With ceilings and lights now restored to how they...
Neighborhoods / Streets Mayfair and Marylebone
 
Chiswick House
Completed in 1729 by the 3rd earl of Burlington...
Houses / Mansions The Thames Upstream
 
Christ Church, Spitalfields
This is the 1729 masterpiece of Sir Christopher...
Religious Sites East London
 
Churchill War Rooms
It was from this small warren of underground...
Museums / Galleries Westminster, St. James, and Royal London
 
Columbia Road Flower Market
On Sunday mornings this largely built-up area is...
Markets / Bazaars East London
 
Dulwich Picture Gallery
Famed for its regal Old Master painting...
Museums / Galleries South of the Thames
 
Eltham Palace
Once a favorite getaway for Henry VIII (who...
Castles / Palaces Greenwich
 
Geffrye Museum of the Home
In contrast to the West End's grand aristocratic...
Museums / Galleries East London
 
Hampstead Heath
For generations, Londoners have headed to...
Nature Preserves, Parks Regent's Park and Hampstead
 
Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Palace. The beloved seat of Henry...
Castles / Palaces The Thames Upstream
 
Houses of Parliament
If you want to understand some of the...
Government Buildings Westminster, St. James, and Royal London
 
Hyde Park
Along with the smaller St. James's and Green...
Parks Notting Hill and Bayswater
 
IWM London
Despite its name, the cultural venue formerly...
Museums / Galleries South of the Thames
 
Kensington Gardens
Laid out in 1689 by William III, who commissioned...
Parks, Gardens / Arboretums Notting Hill and Bayswater
 
Kenwood House
This largely Palladian villa was first built in...
Houses / Mansions Regent's Park and Hampstead
 
Kew Gardens
Kew Gardens. Enter the Royal Botanic Gardens, as...
Gardens / Arboretums The Thames Upstream
 
Kew Palace and Queen Charlotte's Cottage
The elegant redbrick exterior of the smallest of...
Castles / Palaces The Thames Upstream
 
Leighton House Museum
Leading Victorian artist Frederic (Lord) Leighton...
Museums / Galleries Kensington, Chelsea, and Knightsbridge
 
London Eye
To mark the start of the new millennium,...
Local Interest–Sight, Viewpoints South of the Thames
 
Museum of London
If there's one place to absorb the history of...
Museums / Galleries The City
 
National Gallery
Standing proudly on the north side of Trafalgar...
Museums / Galleries Westminster, St. James, and Royal London
 
National Maritime Museum
From the time of Henry VIII until the 1940s...
Museums / Galleries Greenwich
 
National Portrait Gallery
Tucked around the corner from the National...
Museums / Galleries Westminster, St. James, and Royal London
 
Natural History Museum
Natural History Museum. The ornate terracotta...
Museums / Galleries Kensington, Chelsea, and Knightsbridge
 
Newburgh Quarter
Want to see the hip style of today's London?...
Neighborhoods / Streets Soho and Covent Garden
 
Old Royal Naval College
Begun by Christopher Wren in 1694 as a rest home...
Educational Institutions Greenwich
 
Regent's Park
Regent's Park. The formal, cultivated Regent's...
Parks Regent's Park and Hampstead
 
Royal Academy of Arts
Burlington House was built in 1664, with later...
Museums / Galleries Mayfair and Marylebone
 
Science Museum
This, one of the three great South Kensington...
Museums / Galleries Kensington, Chelsea, and Knightsbridge
 
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
This spectacular theater is a replica of...
Arts / Performance Venues, Architectural Sites South of the Thames
 
Sir John Soane's Museum
Sir John (1753–1837), architect of the Bank of...
Museums / Galleries Bloomsbury and Holborn
 
Somerset House
In recent years this huge complex—the work of...
Museums / Galleries, Houses / Mansions Soho and Covent Garden
 
Southbank Centre
The public has never really warmed to the...
Arts / Performance Venues South of the Thames
 
St. James's Park
In a city of royal parks, this one—bordered by...
Parks Westminster, St. James, and Royal London
 
St. Paul's Cathedral
St. Paul's is simply breathtaking, especially...
Museums / Galleries The City
 
Strawberry Hill
From the outside, this Rococo mish-mash of...
Houses / Mansions The Thames Upstream
 
Syon House and Park
The residence of the duke and duchess of...
Houses / Mansions, Parks The Thames Upstream
 
Tate Britain
The stately neoclassical institution may not...
Museums / Galleries Westminster, St. James, and Royal London
 
Tate Modern
Tate Modern. This spectacular renovation of a...
Museums / Galleries South of the Thames
 
Tower Bridge
Despite its medieval, fairy-tale appearance,...
Museums / Galleries, Bridges / Tunnels The City
 
Tower of London
Nowhere else does London's history come to...
Museums / Galleries, Castles / Palaces The City
 
Trafalgar Square
This is literally the center of London: a...
Squares Westminster, St. James, and Royal London
 
V&A Museum of Childhood
A treat for children of all ages, this East...
Museums / Galleries East London
 
Victoria & Albert Museum
Victoria & Albert Museum. Known to all as the V&A,...
Museums / Galleries Kensington, Chelsea, and Knightsbridge
 
Wallace Collection
Undergoing refurbishment of its Great Gallery in...
Museums / Galleries Mayfair and Marylebone
 
Westminster Abbey
Steeped in millennia of rich and often bloody...
Religious Sites Westminster, St. James, and Royal London
 
Whitechapel Art Gallery
Founded in 1901, this internationally renowned...
Museums / Galleries East London
 
ZSL London Zoo
Operated by the nonprofit Zoological Society of...
Zoos / Aquariums Regent's Park and Hampstead

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