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  • British Museum

    1. 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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  • Hampstead Heath

    2. 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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  • 3. Houses of Parliament

    Westminster | Government Building

    The Palace of Westminster, as the complex is called, was first established on this site by Edward the Confessor in the 11th century. William...Read More

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  • Hyde Park

    4. 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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  • 5. 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

    6. 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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  • 7. Kenwood House

    Highgate | House/Mansion/Villa

    This largely Palladian villa offers an escape to a gracious country house with a magnificent collection of Old Masters and beautiful grounds...Read More

  • 8. 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

    9. 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

    10. 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

    11. 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

    12. 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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  • 13. 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

  • 14. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

    East End | Park/Playground

    Built for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games, this 560-acre parkland still boasts some of the city's best sporting arenas. The Stadium...Read More

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  • 15. Regent's Canal

    East End | Body Of Water/Waterfall

    The 19th-century waterway known as Regent's Canal officially starts in Little Venice in West London, but you'll find this quirky section east...Read More

  • 16. Regent's Park

    Regent's Park | Park/Playground

    One of London’s principal charms is to find the formal cultivated serenity of Regent's Park—more country-house grounds than municipal amenity...Read More

  • 17. Richmond Park

    Richmond | Park/Playground

    This enormous park was enclosed in 1637 for use as a royal hunting ground—like practically all other London parks. Unlike the others, however...Read More

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  • 18. Science Museum

    South Kensington | Museum/Gallery

    With attractions ranging from entertaining yet educational exhibits—like the Wonderlab interactive gallery, where kids can perform their own...Read More

  • Sir John Soane's Museum

    19. Sir John Soane's Museum

    Bloomsbury | House/Mansion/Villa

    Sir John (1753–1837), architect of the Bank of England, bequeathed his eccentric house to the nation on one condition: that nothing be changed...Read More

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  • St. James's Park

    20. St. James's Park

    St. James's | Park/Playground

    There is a story that, many years ago, a royal once inquired of a courtier how much it would cost to close St. James's Park to the public. ...Read More

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