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  • Hampstead Heath

    1. 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

    Hampstead Heath
  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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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  • National Portrait Gallery

    4. 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

    National Portrait Gallery
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  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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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  • 7. 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

  • Somerset House

    8. 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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  • St. James's Park

    9. 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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  • St. Paul's Cathedral

    10. St. Paul's Cathedral

    City of London | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    For centuries, this iconic building has represented London's spirit of survival and renewal, and it remains a breathtaking structure, inside...Read More

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  • Tate Modern

    11. Tate Modern

    Bankside | Museum/Gallery

    This spectacular renovation of a mid-20th-century power station is one of the most-visited museums of modern art in the world. Its great permanent...Read More

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  • 12. Leicester Square

    Covent Garden | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    Looking at the neon of the major movie houses, the fast-food outlets, and the casino and disco entrances, you'd never guess that this square...Read More

  • 13. The Monument

    City of London | Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    Designed by Sir Christopher Wren and Dr. Robert Hooke to commemorate 1666's "dreadful visitation" of the Great Fire of London (note the gilded...Read More

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  • 14. The View from the Shard

    Borough | Building/Architectural Site

    At 800 feet, this addition to the London skyline currently offers the highest vantage point in Western Europe. Designed by the noted architect...Read More

  • Tower Bridge

    15. Tower Bridge

    City of London | Bridge/Tunnel

    Despite its medieval appearance, London's most iconic bridge was actually built at the tail end of the Victorian era in the then-popular neo...Read More

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  • 16. Up at The O2

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    Certainly one of the most original ways to see London, this thrilling urban expedition takes you on a 90-minute journey across the giant dome...Read More

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  • 17. Wellington Arch

    Mayfair | Building/Architectural Site

    Opposite the Duke of Wellington's mansion, Apsley House, this majestic stone arch surveys the traffic rushing around Hyde Park Corner. Designed...Read More

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