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  • Apsley House

    1. Apsley House

    Mayfair | House/Mansion/Villa

    Apsley House was built by Robert Adam in the 1770s and was bought by the Duke of Wellington two years after his famous victory over Napoléon...Read More

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  • 2. 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

  • Buckingham Palace

    3. Buckingham Palace

    St. James's | Castle/Palace/Chateau

    If Buckingham Palace were open year-round, it would be by far the most visited tourist attraction in Britain; as it is, the Queen’s main residence...Read More

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  • 4. 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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  • 5. 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

    6. 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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  • 7. Hampton Court Palace

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    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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  • 8. 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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  • 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

  • 10. 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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  • 11. 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

  • Kew Palace and Queen Charlotte's Cottage

    12. Kew Palace and Queen Charlotte's Cottage

    Kew | Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The elegant redbrick exterior of the smallest of Britain's royal palaces seems almost humble when compared with the grandeur of, say, Buckingham...Read More

    Kew Palace and Queen Charlotte's Cottage
  • 13. 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

  • National Maritime Museum

    14. 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

    15. 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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  • Newburgh Quarter

    16. Newburgh Quarter

    Soho | Pedestrian Mall

    Want to see the hip style of today's London? Find it one block east of Carnaby Street—where the look of the '60s "Swinging London" was born...Read More

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  • 17. Old Royal Naval College

    Greenwich | Historic District/Site

    Built by Sir Christopher Wren between 1696 and 1751 as a rest home for ancient mariners, the college became a naval school in 1873. A small...Read More

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  • 18. Royal Observatory

    Greenwich | Museum/Gallery

    Greenwich is on the prime meridian at 0° longitude, and the ultimate standard for time around the world has been set here at the Royal Observatory...Read More

  • Somerset House

    19. Somerset House

    Covent Garden | Museum/Gallery

    This huge complex—the work of Sir William Chambers (1723–96), and built during the reign of George III to house offices of the Navy Board—has...Read More

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  • 20. St. Bartholomew the Great

    City of London | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Originally founded in 1123 as part of an Augustinian monastery, this is one of the oldest churches in London and one of the city's few surviving...Read More

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