Must-see attractions in London

  • Looking up at Monument, a column marking the spot where the Great Fire of London started

    Monument to the Great Fire of London

    London

    Designed by Christopher Wren, this immense Doric column of Portland stone is a reminder of the Great Fire of London in 1666, which destroyed 80% of the…

  • Inside Leadenhall Market in the heart of the City of London

    Leadenhall Market

    London

    The ancient Romans had their forum on this site, but this covered shopping arcade harks back to the Victorian era, with cobblestones underfoot and 19th…

  • The exterior of St Olave's Church, an old church in the City of London

    St Olave's

    London

    St Olave’s was built in the mid-15th century and is one of the few churches to have survived the Great Fire. However, it was badly damaged by a bomb in…

  • Gasholder Park

    Gasholder Park

    North London

    Part of the impressive redevelopment of the King's Cross area, this urban green space on Regent's Canal is a masterpiece of regeneration. The cast iron…

  • Syon House

    Richmond, Kew & Hampton Court

    Once a medieval abbey named after Mt Zion and today owned by the Duke of Northumberland, Syon House was dissolved on the orders of Henry VIII and rebuilt…

  • Serpentine Sackler Gallery

    Kensington & Hyde Park

    This exhibition space is part of the Serpentine Galleries, located within the Magazine, a former Palladian villa–style gunpowder depot dating to 1805,…

  • Cutty Sark

    Cutty Sark

    Greenwich

    The last of the great clipper ships to sail between China and England in the 19th century, the Cutty Sark was launched in 1869 and carried almost 4.5…

  • All Saints church

    All Saints Margaret Street

    The West End

    In 1859, architect William Butterfield completed one of the country's most supreme examples of High Victorian Gothic architecture, with extraordinary…

  • Geffrye Museum.

    Museum of the Home

    Clerkenwell, Shoreditch & Spitalfields

    These beautiful ivy-clad brick almshouses, which are closed until summer 2020 for renovations, were built in 1714 as a home for poor pensioners. Two rooms…

  • Two Temple Place exterior

    Two Temple Place

    The West End

    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…

  • Kensal Green Cemetery

    Notting Hill & West London

    For many years the most fashionable necropolis in England (you wouldn’t be seen dead anywhere else), Kensal Green Cemetery accepted its first occupants in…

  • The entrance to the Bank of England Museum

    Bank of England Museum

    London

    This surprisingly interesting museum explores the evolution of money and the history of the venerable Bank of England, founded in 1694 by a Scotsman. Its…

  • St John’s Gate

    Clerkenwell, Shoreditch & Spitalfields

    This remarkable Tudor gate dates from 1504. During the 12th century, the Knights Hospitaller (a Christian and military order with a focus on providing…

  • The main entrance to Stamford Bridge, Chelsea Football Club's home ground

    Stamford Bridge

    Notting Hill & West London

    Chelsea (aka the Blues) is one of London's wealthiest football clubs, and Stamford Bridge is hallowed turf for fans after a souvenir kit or a tour of the…

  • The entrance to Camley Street Natural Park

    Camley Street Natural Park

    North London

    A tiny nature reserve sounds like an unlikely find in such an urban part of London, and yet Camley Street truly is wild, cramming three different habitats…

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    Wembley Stadium

    London

    The city’s landmark national stadium, where England traditionally plays its international matches and where the FA Cup Final is contested. Full tours…

  • A walking trail in Sydenham Hill Wood

    Sydenham Hill Wood

    Brixton, Peckham & South London

    Sydenham Hill Wood is an intriguingly incongruous patch of wilderness that has an air of secrecy about it, despite being surrounded on all sides by the…

  • Handel & Hendrix in London

    The West End

    George Frederick Handel lived in this 18th-century Mayfair building for 36 years until his death in 1759. This is where he composed some of his finest…

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    Graffik Gallery

    Notting Hill & West London

    One of the first galleries in London to take graffiti seriously as an art form, Graffik Gallery features work from street-art legends, including Banksy,…

  • The outside of Beaconsfield Gallery, a contemporary arts space near Vauxhall

    Beaconsfield Gallery

    Brixton, Peckham & South London

    Housed in an old Victorian school, this contemporary art gallery hosts a steady stream of exhibitions, talks and events. The on-site cafe serves ethically…

  • St John's Priory Church

    Clerkenwell, Shoreditch & Spitalfields

    The Priory Church is one of London's oldest churches. This whole area was originally part of the medieval St John's Priory and is now associated with the…

  • Arsenal Emirates Stadium

    North London

    When Arsenal FC moved to this stadium in 2006, fans claimed it would never be the same again. It's true that the 60,200-seat stadium lacks some of the…

  • Florence Nightingale Museum

    Brixton, Peckham & South London

    This small but almost perfect museum looks at the life and legacy of Florence Nightingale (1820–1910), considered the founder of modern nursing. Her story…

  • St Clement Danes

    The West End

    Christopher Wren designed the original church here in 1682, but only the walls and a steeple added by James Gibbs in 1719 survived bombing in 1941; the…

  • Regent’s Park

    North London

    The largest and most elaborate of central London’s many Royal Parks, Regent's Park is one of the capital's loveliest green spaces. Among its many…

  • St Martin-in-the-Fields

    The West End

    This parish church to the Royal Family is a delightful fusion of neoclassical and baroque styles. It was designed by architect James Gibbs, completed in…

  • Abbey Road Studios

    North London

    Beatles aficionados can't possibly visit London without making a pilgrimage to this famous recording studio in St John's Wood. The studios themselves are…

  • Granary Square

    North London

    Positioned on a sharp bend in the Regent's Canal north of King's Cross Station, Granary Sq is at the heart of a major redevelopment of a 27-hectare…

  • London Canal Museum

    North London

    This little museum on the Regent's Canal traces the history and everyday life of families living and working on London's impressively long and historic…

  • Chinatown Gate

    The West End

    Northwest of Leicester Sq but a world away in atmosphere, this grand tile-roofed and red-pillared gate marks the entrance into Chinatown. Although not as…

  • Buddhapadipa Temple

    Richmond, Kew & Hampton Court

    Surrounded by trees in over 1.5 hectares of tranquil Wimbledon land, this delightful Thai Buddhist temple actively welcomes everyone. Accompanying its…

  • Postal Museum & Mail Rail

    Clerkenwell, Shoreditch & Spitalfields

    Here's an underground experience you won't find on the tube map. Built in 1927 to beat traffic congestion, the Post Office Railway was a subterranean…

  • Charles Dickens Museum

    The West End

    The prolific writer Charles Dickens lived with his growing family in this handsome four-storey Georgian terraced house for a mere 2½ years (1837–39), but…

  • Lord’s

    North London

    The ‘home of cricket’ is a must for any devotee of this particularly English game. Book early for the Test matches here, but cricket buffs should also…

  • King’s Road

    Kensington & Hyde Park

    At the counter-cultural forefront of London fashion during the technicolour '60s and anarchic '70s (Ian Fleming's fictional spy James Bond had a flat in a…

  • William Morris Society

    Notting Hill & West London

    Tucked away in the coach house and basement of Kelmscott House (William Morris' former home), this small riverside museum stages temporary exhibitions on…

  • St Mary Abbots

    Notting Hill & West London

    Designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott and sporting the tallest church spire in London, graceful St Mary Abbots is a haven of peace and calm. St Mary Abbots…

  • Royal Courts of Justice

    The West End

    Where the Strand joins Fleet St, you’ll see the entrance to this gargantuan melange of Gothic spires, pinnacles and burnished Portland stone, built in…

  • Keats House

    North London

    This elegant Regency house, once a duplex called Wentworth Place, was home to the golden boy of the Romantic poets, John Keats, from 1818 to 1820. It was…

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