London Travel Guide Overview
For the foreseeable future, visitors to London should expect to encounter
a high level of security and various security-related precautions deemed
necessary to counter the current terror threat posed by ISIL and other
Our London Guide
explores this amazing city by revealing its best places to visit. Palaces,
monuments, cathedrals, museums, galleries, fortresses,
shopping, entertainment, street markets, day trips - there is so
much to choose from and the best places to visit are covered in our London
We have arranged London's attractions in order of popularity with visitors.
We focus on city's major attractions, but always describe the minor ones that surround them,
allowing you to decide what to see in each area of London.
Please note that the page you are now reading is an index to our London Travel Guide. Click any of the
links below to see our detailed
descriptions of London's leading attractions and other important
attractions in the same area.
- The Tower of London, a historic fortress and once a prison, is the city's most
spectacular and popular attraction, due in no small part to the
Yeoman Warders. Click here
for a detailed description of the Tower and tips for visiting.
While in the neighborhood, you might want to snap a few photos of
the nearby Tower Bridge, a photogenic attractions that provides some
of the best views of London.
- If you
are interested in the British monarchy and the center of political power
in the UK,
Westminster is the place for you. In our
Guide to the Westminster area of London we provide details about:
Buckingham Palace, St. James's Palace, the Cabinet War Rooms,
Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, and the Tate Britain Art
Museum. Click to read our Guide to the
Best Places to Visit in Westminster for details on the
attractions in this center of pomp and circumstance in London.
- If you are interested in World War II, a visit to the Cabinet War
Rooms is an excellent way to spend an hour.
Along the north bank of the Thames you will find the Strand
and the City
of London, which includes the ancient heart of the city and its
financial and legal centers. In terms of architecture St Paul's Cathedral is one of
London's must-see attractions, as is the Temple Church, a central
location in Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code. Covent Garden,
another of the area's leading tourist destinations, is known for touristy shopping in
a frenetic, but fun outdoor market. Leadenhall Market is another fun
shopping area located in a building with an old and interesting heritage. Click
our guide to The Strand,
for details and pictures of the attractions mentioned
- You will find a number of popular tourist attractions located to
the south of the Thames River. We recommend visiting: the
London Eye (an enormous Ferris Wheel that is London's most popular
"new" destination), the Tate Modern
Art Museum, the Imperial War Museum, Shakespeare's Globe Theater,
and a quick walk-by of the new, energy efficient London City Hall.
If you do visit these attractions, you will have experienced: the
best view of London, an internationally renowned art gallery,
a provocative museum on war and warfare, and one the of the most
famous theaters in the world. Click our Guide to
London's South Bank for
descriptions and photographs of the attractions on the South Bank of the Thames.
- These attractions are found in a compact area of London known
as Mayfair and the West End. Our guide to sightseeing
in Mayfair describes the
attractions listed above, as well as shopping at: Regent Street, the Dover Street Market
and Shepherd Market. Mayfair is regarded as one of the most exciting areas
in London and we expect you will spend quite a bit of time exploring
its attractions. While touring Trafalgar Square be sure
to visit the National Gallery and London's famous National Portrait Gallery
both of which are right next
door to the Square. Click
Mayfair and the West End for pictures and details
on the best places to visit in this fantastic section of London.
- The sightseeing attractions listed above are located in the areas of London
known as Kensington and Knightsbridge. These areas
of London are fashionable, glorious, glamorous and educational. In addition to
the attractions mentioned above, we cover the Victoria and Albert
Museum and shopping in Beauchamp Place. Click
Kensington/Knightsbridge for our
concise descriptions of
the best places to visit in the trendy areas of Kensington and Knightsbridge.
- The Bloomsbury section of London is the home to two incredible
treasures: the British Museum and the
British Library. The British Museum is one of the world's great
museums and a trip to the British Library is a treat for anyone
interested in the printed word. Click on our guide to
the best places to visit in Bloomsbury
for detailed information on these attractions.
- Our Guide to the Marylebone area covers : Madame Tassaud's,
Regent's Park, 221 B Baker Street (the supposed residence of
Sherlock Holmes) and the Abbey Road Studios (famous as a recording
studio for the Beatles). While these attractions
are not for everyone, they have a devoted clientele. Click our
Guide to the Marylebone area for
descriptions of these attractions.
- If you like wandering and bargain hunting, London's street markets may
be just the place for you. If
shopping is not on your agenda, tag along anyway, as these
interesting areas are great for people watching, offer yet
another view of London's complex culture, and usually offer a wide
variety of ethnic cuisine. Click the link below
to read about eight of the most popular
- During your trip to London, you may want to see what's outside
the city and, if you do, your interests will be rewarded. Click
the link above for detailed information on all these easy daytrips from
London or click the links below for information on the location of
Read our section on
London Tourism for practical
information on visiting a country where money is called the Pound, the
subway is called the Tube and walking is dangerous for those of us used to
driving on the right side of the road (it's "keep left" when
driving in the United
Kingdom and "look right" when walking).
If you are in a hurry, head for our
lists of London's best shopping, best
museums, best daytrips, etc.
The page you are reading now offers a quick introduction to London's best
places to visit and links to our detailed travel guide where more
information is presented.
detailed London map
shows you the locations of the attractions we describe, which can
be viewed overlain on a satellite image, street map or terrain map.
Zoom the map for street level detail on the satellite images or switch to
map view if that is more convenient.
In addition, our maps showing the locations of
London's Train Stations
and the location of our recommended Day Trips may be of interest
if you are considering visiting an attraction located outside of London.
for the ThereArePlaces page on the London Underground (the Tube) that includes a map
showing the location of Tube stations, Tube line service availability updated by the
minute and a Journey Planner for getting between where you are and where you
want to go using the Tube.
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