Must-see attractions in London

  • One of London's best small galleries, the Wallace collection is a fascinating window into the life of 18th century aristocracy

    Wallace Collection

    The West End

    Arguably London’s finest smaller gallery, the Wallace Collection is an enthralling glimpse into 18th-century aristocratic life. The sumptuously restored…

  • People having picnics at Kenwood House, Hampstead Heath.

    Kenwood House

    North London

    This magnificent neoclassical mansion stands at the northern end of Hampstead Heath in a glorious sweep of landscaped gardens that lead down to a…

  • National Maritime Museum exterior

    National Maritime Museum


    Narrating the long, briny and eventful history of seafaring Britain, this excellent museum has three floors of engrossing exhibits. Highlights include JMW…

  • Albert Memorial

    Kensington & Hyde Park

    This splendid Victorian confection on the southern edge of Kensington Gardens is as ostentatious as its subject wasn't. Queen Victoria’s humble German…

  • The National Army Museum in Chelsea, the British Army's central museum.

    National Army Museum

    Kensington & Hyde Park

    This inventively redesigned museum vibrantly relates the history of the British Army, from the perspective of its servicemen and servicewomen. Reopening a…

  • The Great Pagoda at Kew Gardens.

    Great Pagoda

    Richmond, Kew & Hampton Court

    This 49.5m-tall eight-sided pagoda (1762), designed by William Chambers (who designed Somerset House), is one of Kew Gardens' architectural icons. During…

  • Churchill War Rooms

    Churchill War Rooms

    The West End

    Former Prime Minister Winston Churchill helped coordinate the Allied resistance against Nazi Germany on a Bakelite telephone from this underground complex…

  • Old Royal Naval College exterior

    Old Royal Naval College


    Home to the University of Greenwich and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, the Christopher Wren–designed Old Royal Naval College is a…

  • Brixton Market in London

    Brixton Village & Market Row

    Brixton, Peckham & South London

    This revitalised covered market, once the dilapidated 1930s Granville Arcade, has enjoyed an eye-catching renaissance. More than 130 traders have set up…

  • ZSL London Zoo entrance

    ZSL London Zoo

    North London

    Opened in 1828, London Zoo is the oldest in the world. The emphasis nowadays is firmly on conservation, breeding and education, with fewer animals and…

  • Michelin House exterior

    Michelin House

    Kensington & Hyde Park

    Built for Michelin between 1905 and 1911 by François Espinasse, and completely restored in 1985, the building blurs the stylish line between art nouveau…

  • Sunday flower market, Columbia Road, London, England, United Kingdom, Europe

    Columbia Road Flower Market

    East London

    A wonderful explosion of colour and life, this weekly market sells a beautiful array of flowers, pot plants, bulbs, seeds and everything you might need…

  • Design Museum

    Notting Hill & West London

    Relocated from its former Thames location to a stunning new £83-million home by Holland Park, this slick museum is dedicated to design's role in everyday…

  • Sky Garden


    The ferns, fig trees and purple African lilies that clamber up the final three storeys of the 'Walkie Talkie' skyscraper are mere wallflowers at this 155m…

  • Hampton Court Palace Maze

    Richmond, Kew & Hampton Court

    No one should leave Hampton Court Palace without losing themselves in the 800m-long yew maze, included in entry; those not visiting the palace can enter…

  • Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum.

    Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum

    Richmond, Kew & Hampton Court

    This ace museum details the history of tennis – from its French precursor jeu de paume (which employed the open hand) to the supersonic serves of today's…

  • The outside of Apsley House

    Apsley House

    Kensington & Hyde Park

    This stunning house, containing exhibits about the Duke of Wellington, who defeated Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo, was once the first building to appear…

  • [UNVERIFIED CONTENT] Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 2012 with Aquatics Centre, the Orbit and the River Lea, Stratford, London, UK

    Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

    East London

    The glittering centrepiece of London's 2012 Olympic Games, this vast 227-hectare expanse includes the main Olympic venues as well as playgrounds, walking…

  • Museum of London Docklands exterior

    Museum of London Docklands

    East London

    Housed in an 1802 warehouse, this educational museum combines artefacts and multimedia displays to chart the history of the city through its river and…

  • Somerset House

    The West End

    Designed in 1775 for government departments and royal societies – perhaps the world's first office block – Somerset House now contains galleries,…

  • WELLCOME TRUST GIBBS BUILDING   Tight view of people looking at 2008 Wellcome Trust window installation

    Wellcome Collection

    North London

    Focusing on the interface of art, science and medicine, this clever and resourceful museum is fascinating. The museum's heart is Sir Henry Wellcome's…

  • The exterior of the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising.

    Museum of Brands

    Notting Hill & West London

    This ambitious shrine to nostalgia is the brainchild of consumer historian and enthusiast Robert Opie, who has amassed advertising memorabilia and…


    Whitechapel Gallery

    East London

    A firm favourite of art students and the avant-garde cognoscenti, this ground-breaking gallery doesn't have a permanent collection but is devoted to…

  • Southwark Cathedral exterior

    Southwark Cathedral

    South Bank

    Southwark Cathedral, a mostly Victorian construction but with a history dating back many centuries earlier, was the nearest church to what was once the…

  • Trinity Buoy Wharf

    East London

    As the site of London’s only lighthouse, its smallest museum and the world’s longest-running song, Trinity Buoy Wharf is an enclave of quirky superlatives…

  • Dennis Severs' House

    Clerkenwell, Shoreditch & Spitalfields

    This extraordinary Georgian house is set up as if its occupants – a family of Huguenot silk weavers – have just walked out the door. Each of the 10 rooms…

  • Highgate Cemetery

    North London

    A Gothic wonderland of shrouded urns, obelisks, broken columns, sleeping angels and Egyptian-style tombs, Highgate is a Victorian Valhalla spread over 20…

  • Southbank Centre

    South Bank

    Southbank Centre, Europe's largest space for performing and visual arts, is made up of three brutalist buildings that stretch across seven riverside…

  • Fields of Richmond park in London, UK.

    Richmond Park

    Richmond, Kew & Hampton Court

    At almost 1000 hectares (the largest urban parkland in Europe), this park offers everything from formal gardens and ancient oaks to unsurpassed views of…

  • Interior view of the church of St. James Piccadilly.

    St James’s Piccadilly

    The West End

    The only church (1684) Christopher Wren built from scratch and one of a handful established on a new site (most of the other London churches are…

  • Marble Hill House is on northern banks of River Thames, situated halfway between Richmond and Twickenham, UK.

    Marble Hill House

    Richmond, Kew & Hampton Court

    An 18th-century Palladian peach conceived as an idyllic escape from the hurly-burly of city life, this majestic love nest was originally built for George…

  • Ham House

    Ham House

    Richmond, Kew & Hampton Court

    Known as ‘Hampton Court in miniature’, much haunted red-brick Ham House was built in 1610 and became home to the first Earl of Dysart, unluckily employed…

  • Wooden bridge at Ravine pond in spring, Wimbledon Common.

    Wimbledon Common

    Richmond, Kew & Hampton Court

    Surging on into Putney Heath, Wimbledon Common blankets a staggering 460 hectares of southwest London. An astonishing expanse of open, wild and wooded…

  • London Transport Museum

    London Transport Museum

    The West End

    Housed in Covent Garden's former flower-market building, this captivating museum looks at how London developed as a result of better transport. It's…

  • Temperate House on the grounds of Kew Gardens, Richmond, London.

    Temperate House

    Richmond, Kew & Hampton Court

    Built in 1860 and closed for vital restoration work until 2018, the beautiful Temperate House in the southeast of Kew Gardens is the world’s largest…

  • Chiswick House

    Richmond, Kew & Hampton Court

    Designed by the third Earl of Burlington (1694–1753) – fired up with passion for all things Roman after his grand tour of Italy – this stunner of a neo…

  • Queen’s House


    Designed by architect Inigo Jones, Queen's House was the UK's first classical building, and it's as enticing for its form as for its art collection. Many…

  • Royal Albert Hall

    Kensington & Hyde Park

    Built in 1871, thanks in part to the proceeds of the 1851 Great Exhibition organised by Prince Albert (Queen Victoria's husband), this huge, domed, red…

  • Hogarth’s House

    Richmond, Kew & Hampton Court

    Home between 1749 and 1764 to artist and social commentator William Hogarth, this small house displays his caricatures and engravings, with such works as…

  • Garden at 120


    London's largest roof garden, The Garden at 120 is a blossoming 15th-floor pocket park paradise. Its mid-rise vantage point gives a unique perspective on…

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