London has something for every visitor. Here are our lists
the best places to visit
Best Curiosities/Famous Places,
Best Pageantry and
If you prefer a more comprehensive approach, start
London Travel Guide.
Click the links below for more
thorough description of the attractions listed (including map,
addresses, website links or other pertinent information).
The Tower of London
- The Tower is a historic fortress that was once a royal
prison, but now is known for its displays of pageantry,
arms, armor and the Crown Jewels
- The home of the British Monarch and the glories of "royal"
England is famous for its looks, opulence and the pageantry
of the Changing of the Guard.
- Westminster Abbey
- Kings and queens of England traditionally are crowned at
this architectural and historical delight. Most
recently it was the scene of the wedding of Prince William
and Kate Middleton.
- The world's largest observation wheel provides panoramic
views of London and its skyline from the south bank of the
- Dating from the 19th century, Trafalgar Square has
impressive monuments celebrating the defeat of the fleets of
Spain and France by the
Royal Navy and Admiral Nelson. It is one of London's prime
- This famous museum displays the Rosetta Stone, a noted
collection of artifacts from Egypt (including mummies), as
well as noted treasures from around the world, as well
as from the United Kingdom.
St. Paul's Cathedral
- Christopher Wren's architectural masterpiece is
both beautiful and awe inspiring inside and out. The
tombs of many of England's historical figures can be
found in its crypt.
- Big Ben
- No more than a walk-by is required, but this famous clock
tower and its bell (Big Ben) at
Parliament are among the most enduring icons of London.
- An authentic recreation of Shakespeare's theatre in
London which was constructed nearby. Take the tour or
attend a performance to experience Shakespeare as it was
meant to be seen and heard.
- London's quintessential department store is known around the
world for its luxury goods and services, Visit
the food courts for an experience quite unlike those at your
- One of the world's finest museums, the British Museum is
known for its impressive collections focused on Egypt, the
Roman Empire, Greek Civilization and more.
- Known for its collection by the British Masters, the
Tate Britain is a very popular venue.
Churchill Museum - Cabinet War Rooms
- Visit this duo for an overview of Churchill and the
events leading to and involved in World War II. The
Cabinet War Rooms are a stark reminder of the fragility of
National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery
- Visit these side-by-side museums to see one of the best
collections of European art available anywhere, as well as
the portraits of a large number of famous Britons.
- A rehabilitated power station now houses an amazing
collection of modern art, including Dali, Picasso, Warhol
Natural History Museum
- One of the finest natural history museums in Europe.
Victoria and Albert Museum
- One of the world's largest and most distinguished
museums for the decorative arts.
- Science is on display through numerous interactive
exhibits that will be a hit with the entire family
Imperial War Museum
- An impressive collection helps provide a balanced view
of war and warfare. Collections include vehicles,
weapons and other instruments of war.
British Library - Ritblatt Gallery
- The Ritblatt Gallery presents the treasures of the
British Library in an informative and interesting manner.
See the Magna Carta, a Gutenberg Bible, Mercator's Atlas and
- (In Knightsbridge you will find Harrods, Harvey Nichols
London (eight stories of fashion) and Beauchamp
Place, a street lined with trendy boutiques and restaurants.
- Here you will find the mainstays of shopping for
Londoners including Oxford Street (name brands), Regent Street
(name brands some high end shops), The Dover Street
Market (fashion), The Burlington Arcade (high-end) and Jermyn Street
(specialty shops). Also, be on the lookout for
Shepherd Market, a delightful "neighborhoods with older buildings, unique shops
and several good quality restaurants.
London Street Markets
- Portobello Road (great variety), Camden Markets
(antiques, clothes, furniture), Spitalfields (flea market),
Petticoat Lane (clothing), Borough Market (primarily food
and related), Brick Lane (flea market), Columbia Road Flower
Market (cut flowers, plants, bulbs), Bermondsey Market
(antiques and silver).
- Covent Garden
- Located in a former flower market, Covent Garden is a
celebration with numerous street performers, interesting arts
and crafts and some good restaurants.
- Located in a historic market, Leadenhall has an interesting
array of shops and it was the scene of the Diagon Market in the
movie "Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone."
- Windsor Castle
- Perhaps the most opulent and symbolic residences of the
Hampton Court Palace
- Henry VIII's favorite palace filled with impressive
decorations and historic artifacts.
- The home of the Royal Botanic Gardens is a delightful visit
if you have even the smallest interest in gardening or
Greenwich and the Royal Observatory
- The home of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and the Royal
Observatory with its fascinating museum focused on time.
Making of Harry Potter Tour
- The Warner Brothers Leavsden Studio started offering tours
at the studio where the Harry Potter movies were created in
March, 2012. Seeing the actual sets used in the movies,
animatronics and more make this a required tour for the Harry
- 10 Downing Street
- Office and home of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
- One of the most fanciful and attractive bridges spanning the
The Temple Church
- Built by the Knights Templar, this round church has great
- The newest bridge over the River Thames is pedestrian only
and a good thing, since it still seems to sway to the delight of
those crossing it.
- London City Hall
- One of the unique architectural sights along the River Thames.
- 221 Baker Street-Sherlock Holmes Pub
- Two different attractions, one a
museum, the other a
both celebrating the famed detective.
- Madame Tassaud's
- You may have visited other Madame Tassaud's, but this is the original
and one with a slightly English flare.
Abbey Road Studios
- You know what age you are if you want to walk the zebra
stripe intersection featured on the the cover of the
Beatles "Abbey Road" album.
Carnaby Street Soho
- Perhaps it is the Austin Powers thing, but Carnaby Street
marches to a different drummer and touring can be quite
- Buckingham Palace
- The Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace is
a favorite of visitors to London
- Tower of London
- Held nightly, the Ceremony of the Keys is the
locking of the Tower of London at the end of the day, a
ceremony that has taken place every night for over 700
- Horse Guards
- The "Trooping of the Color" and "Beating Retreat" are held each
June, and practices take place year round in the Horseguards
Parade area. (Click this
link to see the
location of Horseguards Parade Ground on our map of London.)
- Hyde Park
- Famous for its lake, the Serpentine, as well as its
"Speaker's Corner", this park is a popular place for picnic
lunches and relaxing outdoors on warm, sunny days.
for the Park's official website.
- Regent's Park
- Home of the London Zoo, Regent Park is a popular place
with families. Click
here for the Park's official website.
- Green Park
- Known for its stately trees and grasslands, Green Park
offers inviting views of Buckingham Palace. Click
the Park's official website.
- St. James's Park
- Located between Buckingham Palace, the Mall and the Horseguards
Parade area, the park provides a good respite from touring.
here for the Park's official website.
- Kensington Gardens
- See its formal gardens, beautiful flower beds and
stately avenues. Look for the Albert Memorial, as well
as the Peter Pan statue located in the Park's northeast near
The Long Water. Click
here for the Park's official website.
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London Travel Guide
to sightseeing in London explores by
revealing the city's 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 are covered in
our London Travel Guide.
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" in the United
Our map showing the locations of
London's Train Stations, may be of interest
if you are considering a daytrip outside of London.
for the ThereArePlaces page describing the London Underground (the Tube) that includes a map of the
London Underground 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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