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  • 1 Westminster Abbey: Henry VII Chapel Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Westminster Abbey GB - London SW1P 3PA

    Built at Henry VII's behest in the early 16C, this magnificent chapel is a fine example of the Perpendicular style. The pillars support magnificent fan vaulting on projecting keystones separated by a network of slender ribs. The entrance has bronze g..

  • 2 White Tower Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Tower Hill GB - London EC3N 4AB

    The Tower of London owes its name to its oldest building, the White Tower, which stands in the centre. This keep has been much modified since it was first built in the 11C. It acquired its name during the reign of Henry III when its walls were whitew..

  • 3 The Crown Jewels Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Tower Hill GB - London EC3N 4AB

    Kept at the Tower of London since the 17C, the Crown Jewels have since 1971 been displayed in the imposing 19C Waterloo Barracks. Most of the pieces are used in the coronation ceremony. The earliest date from Charles II's coronation at the time of th..

  • 4 British Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    st. Great Russell GB - London WC1B 3DG

    The British Museum is one of the most remarkable institutions of its kind and its collections encompass a vast span of historical civilisation. At its heart lies Lord Foster's architectural wonder, the Great Court. Visitors will be uplifted by the ra..

  • 5 St Paul's Cathedral Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    St Paul's Churchyard GB - London EC4M 8AD

    The dome of St Paul's is one of London's most iconic sights. The building's harmonious proportions, huge dimensions and majestic demeanour are breathtaking. Climb up to the Whispering Gallery to admire the dome's painted decorative scheme and get a v..

  • 6 Science Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    rd. Exhibition GB - London SW7 2DD

    This temple to the sciences - 5 floors covering 5ha in all - is remarkable for the richness of its collections, and for the methods it employs to engage visitors, through its exhibits, interactive displays and experiments. If pushed for time - and re..

  • 7 Imperial War Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    rd. Lambeth GB - London SE1 6HZ

    A visit to this museum is a must; it tells the story of Britain and the Commonwealth's conflicts since 1914. The collection of weaponry, military vehicles, objects and uniforms is remarkable. On the second floor, there are around 10 000 pictures from..

  • 8 Regent's Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rd. Marylebone GB - London NW1

    Bordered to the north by Regent's Canal, fine terraces and splendid villas, this is a delighful landscape feature where natural beauty blends with refined artistic tastes. The attractions of its zoo will appeal to young and old alike. The rose garden..

  • 9 Tate Britain Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Millbank GB - London SW1P 4RG

    Tate Britain's imposing building is exclusively dedicated to British art from 1500 to the present day. Starting with 16C court artists, it culminates with David Hockney's Pop Art and conceptual art, taking in among others Turner, to whom the Clore Ga..

  • 10 Tower of London Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    33-34 Soho Square GB - London EC3N 4AB

    The Tower of London's romantic silhouette, so emblematic of British history, has been the backdrop for some horrific episodes as well as moments of royal splendour. A visit is a must in order to see the Crown Jewels, and to admire the Yeomen of the G..

  • 11 Victoria and Albert Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    rd. Cromwell GB - London SW7 2RL

    Dedicated to decorative arts, this museum has some world-class treasures - drawn from all epochs, all corners of the world and all stylistic movements - making it a joy to wander around its labyrinthine corridors and galleries. Connoisseurs will have..

  • 12 Wallace Collection Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    sq. Manchester GB - London W1U 3BN

    The largest private art collection, bequeathed to the nation in 1900, can be found in Hertford House, a beautiful private mansion in Marylebone. Brought together by the Seymour family, Marquesses of Hertford, from the beginning of the 18C onwards, th..

  • 13 Palace of Westminster Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    st. Abingdon GB - London SW1

    With Big Ben soaring above it, the Palace of Westminster bewitched Monet, who was inspired to paint one of his most famous series of paintings by the combination of monumental stonework, river and sky. Cradle of British democracy, it is composed of t..

  • 14 Westminster Abbey Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    20 Dean's Yard GB - London SW1P 3PA

    Necropolis of sovereigns, pantheon of national glories, masterpiece of Gothic art, Westminster Abbey's twin towers push up into the London sky and have looked down for centuries on the setting of great royal ceremonies. Its dimensions are impressive ..

  • 15 National Maritime Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Greenwich GB - London SE10 9NF

    The wonderful collections (precious objects, rare instruments, treasure and relics) of the National Maritime Museum illustrate Great Britain's naval history. The development of British maritime power is traced here, from the time of the fleet of Henr..

  • 16 Hampton Court Palace Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    East Molesey GB - London KT8 9AU

    On the left bank of the River Thames upstream from London, this royal palace was one of the favourite palaces of British monarchs from the 16C to the 18C. Some of the country's finest Tudor architecture blends here with Classical features; note espec..

  • 17 Palace Gardens Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    rd. Court GB - London SW13

    Hampton Court's 20 ha of gardens bear the mark of their designers, the Tudor, Stuart and Orange monarchs and their landscape gardeners. Over the course of the years several parts have been created and then suppressed. The 17 and 18C parterres bordere..

  • 18 Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Kew Richmond GB - London TW9 3AB

    The finest botanical gardens in the country were begun by Sir William Chambers in 1756 at the request of Augusta, Princess of Wales. On 120ha bordering the Thames, they make up a wonderful tableau of woodland and green lawns with colourful parterres ..

  • 19 Maids of Honour Row Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The Green GB - London SW6

    South of the Green is a famous row of houses set behind railings and embellished with pilasters and friezes, built in 1724 to "house the maids of honour of the Princess of Wales". Their brickwork has acquired a fine patina with time and the..

  • 20 City of London Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Fleet Street GB - London EC4

    The City of London is situated on the north side of the River Thames, and lies within the old London Wall (vestiges remain) which delineated the Roman and medieval settlement. Its old streets, hidden garden spaces and churches retain a tranquil ambie..

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