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  • 1. British Museum

    Bloomsbury

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

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  • 2. Covent Garden Piazza

    Covent Garden

    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 is known...Read More

  • 3. Hampstead Heath

    Hampstead

    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 in...Read More

  • 4. Houses of Parliament

    Westminster

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

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  • 5. Hyde Park

    Hyde Park

    Along with the smaller St. James's and Green Parks to the east, the 350-acre Hyde Park once formed part of Henry VIII's hunting grounds. Along...Read More

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  • 6. IWM London

    South Bank

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

  • 7. Kensington Gardens

    Kensington

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

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  • 8. Kenwood House

    Highgate

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

  • 9. Museum of London

    City of London

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

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  • 10. Museum of the Home

    Hoxton

    In contrast to the West End's grand aristocratic town houses, this charming museum is devoted to the life of the city's middle class over the...Read More

  • 11. National Gallery

    Westminster

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

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  • 12. National Maritime Museum

    Greenwich

    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 of...Read More

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  • 13. National Portrait Gallery

    Westminster

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

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  • 14. Natural History Museum

    South Kensington

    Originally built to house the British Museum’s natural history collection and bolstered by samples provided by Britain’s great 19th-century explorers and scientists—notably Charles Darwin—this enormous...Read More

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  • 15. Primrose Hill

    Regent's Park

    More conventionally parklike than Hampstead Heath, the rolling lawns of Primrose Hill, the northerly extension of Regent's Park, rise to 213 feet and provide outstanding...Read More

  • 16. Regent's Canal

    East End

    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 of City Road...Read More

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  • 17. Regent's Park

    Regent's Park

    The formal cultivated Regent's Park, more country-house grounds than municipal amenity, began life in 1812, when John Nash was commissioned by the Prince Regent (later...Read More

  • 18. Richmond Park

    Richmond

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

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  • 19. Science Museum

    South Kensington

    With attractions ranging from entertaining to educational exhibits—like the Wonderlab interactive gallery, where kids can perform their own scientific experiments, and an exhibition on the...Read More

  • 20. Sir John Soane's Museum

    Bloomsbury

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

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