Attractions

Top Choice Notable Building in Richmond, Kew & Hampton Court

Chinese Pagoda

This 49.5m-tall eight-sided pagoda (1762), designed by William Chambers (who designed Somerset House), is one of the Kew Gardens' architectural icons. During WWII, the pagoda withstood the blast from a stick of Luft…
Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Richmond, Kew & Hampton Court

London Wetland Centre

One of Europe’s largest inland wetland projects, this 43-hectare centre run by the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust was transformed from four Victorian reservoirs in 2000 and attracts some 140 species of bird, as well …
Top Choice Gallery in The West End

Two Temple Place

This neo-Gothic house built in the late 1890s for William Waldorf Astor, of hotel fame and once the richest man in America, showcases art from UK museum collections outside the capital. Visit as much to see the opu…
Top Choice Street in East London

Whitechapel Road

The East End’s main thoroughfare hums with a constant cacophony of Asian, African, European and Middle Eastern languages, its busy shops and market stalls selling everything from Indian snacks to Nigerian fabrics an…
Top Choice Cathedral in The City

St Paul's Cathedral

Towering over Ludgate Hill, in a superb position that's been a place of Christian worship for over 1400 years, St Paul’s Cathedral is one of London’s most majestic and iconic buildings. For Londoners, the vast dome,…
Top Choice Historic Building in The South Bank

Shakespeare's Globe

Unlike other venues for Shakespearean plays, the new Globe was designed to resemble the original as closely as possible, which means having the arena open to the fickle London skies, leaving the 700 ‘groundlings’ to…
Top Choice Landmark in The West End

Big Ben

The most famous feature of the Houses of Parliament is Elizabeth Tower, commonly known as Big Ben. Ben is the bell hanging inside and is named after Benjamin Hall, the commissioner of works when the tower was comple…
Top Choice Gallery in The West End

National Gallery

With some 2300 European paintings on display, this is one of the world's great art collections, with seminal works from every important epoch in the history of art – from the mid-13th to the early 20th century, incl…
Top Choice Gallery in The West End

National Portrait Gallery

What makes the National Portrait Gallery so compelling is its familiarity; in many cases you’ll have heard of the subject (royals, scientists, politicians, celebrities) or the artist (Andy Warhol, Annie Leibovitz, L…
Top Choice Park in Kensington & Hyde Park

Hyde Park

At 145 hectares, Hyde Park is central London's largest open space, expropriated from the Church in 1536 by Henry VIII and turned into a hunting ground and later a venue for duels, executions and horse racing. The 18…