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  • 1. Benjamin Franklin House

    Covent Garden | House/Mansion/Villa

    This architecturally significant 1730 house is the only surviving residence of American statesman, scientist, writer, and inventor Benjamin...Read More

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    2. British Museum

    Bloomsbury | Museum/Gallery

    The sheer scale and importance of the British Museum's many treasures is impossible to overstate or exaggerate; it truly is one of the world...Read More

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  • 3. Churchill War Rooms

    Westminster | Museum/Gallery

    It was from this small warren of underground rooms—beneath the vast government buildings of the Treasury—that Winston Churchill and his team...Read More

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  • 4. Covent Garden Piazza

    Covent Garden | Historic District/Site

    Once home to London's main flower market, where My Fair Lady's Eliza Doolittle peddled her blooms, the square around which Covent Garden pivots...Read More

  • Cutty Sark

    5. Cutty Sark

    Greenwich | Historic District/Site

    This sleek, romantic clipper was built in 1869, one among a vast fleet of tall-masted wooden ships that plied the oceanic highways of the 19th...Read More

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  • Hampstead Heath

    6. Hampstead Heath

    Hampstead | Park/Playground

    For generations, Londoners have headed to Hampstead Heath to escape the dirt and noise of the city, and this unique 791-acre expanse of rus...Read More

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  • 7. Hampton Court Palace


    The beloved seat of Henry VIII's court, sprawled elegantly beside the languid waters of the Thames, Hampton Court is steeped in more history...Read More

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  • Hyde Park

    8. Hyde Park

    Hyde Park | Park/Playground

    Along with the smaller St. James's and Green parks to the east, the 350-acre Hyde Park grew out of Henry VIII's hunting grounds. Along its south...Read More

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  • 9. IWM London

    South Bank | Museum/Gallery

    Despite its name, the cultural venue formerly known as the Imperial War Museum (one of five IWM branches around the country) does not glorify...Read More

  • Kensington Gardens

    10. Kensington Gardens

    Kensington | Garden/Arboretum

    Laid out in 1689 by William III, who commissioned Sir Christopher Wren to build Kensington Palace, the gardens are a formal counterpart to...Read More

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  • 11. Kensington Palace

    Kensington | Castle/Palace/Chateau

    This is a rare chance to get a glimpse into the more domestic and personal side of royal life. Neither as imposing as Buckingham Palace nor...Read More

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  • 12. Kew Gardens

    Kew | Garden/Arboretum

    Enter the Royal Botanic Gardens, as Kew Gardens are officially known, and you are enveloped by blazes of color, extraordinary blooms, hidden...Read More

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  • 13. London Eye

    South Bank | Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    To mark the start of the new millennium, architects David Marks and Julia Barfield devised this instant icon that allows Londoners and visitors...Read More

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  • 14. Lord's

    St. John's Wood | Sports Venue

    Lord's Cricket Ground, home of the venerable 1787 Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), has been hallowed cricketing turf since 1814, and MCC rules...Read More

  • 15. Museum of London

    City of London | Museum/Gallery

    This fascinating museum reveals London in its many incarnations, from its first days as a Roman settlement around AD 50 (and even before, with...Read More

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  • National Gallery

    16. National Gallery

    Westminster | Museum/Gallery

    Anyone with even a passing interest in art will want to put this near the top of their to-do lists while visiting London, for it is truly one...Read More

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  • National Maritime Museum

    17. National Maritime Museum

    Greenwich | Museum/Gallery

    From the time of Henry VIII until the 1940s, Britain was the world's preeminent naval power, and the collections here trace half a millennia...Read More

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  • National Portrait Gallery

    18. National Portrait Gallery

    Westminster | Museum/Gallery

    The National Portrait Gallery was founded in 1856 with a single aim: to gather together portraits of famous (and infamous) Britons throughout...Read More

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  • Natural History Museum

    19. Natural History Museum

    South Kensington | Museum/Gallery

    Originally built to house the British Museum’s natural history collection and bolstered by samples provided by Britain’s great 19th-century...Read More

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  • 20. Primrose Hill

    Regent's Park | Park/Playground

    More conventionally parklike than Hampstead Heath, the rolling lawns of Primrose Hill, the northerly extension of Regent's Park, rises to 213...Read More

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