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  • 1 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..

  • 2 South Bank Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Queen's Walk GB - London SE1

    With excellent access provided by the River Thames and the railways, this area saw the construction of factories and workshops from the 19C. Bombing during the Second World War destroyed large parts of it, and new developments sprang up. Riverside Wa..

  • 3 Westminster Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Whitehall Parliament GB - London SW1

    An essential part of any first visit to London, Westminster lies at the heart of the nation's history and political life. It is the site of two principal state institutions: Westminster Abbey, where coronations and royal marriages take place; and the..

  • 4 Greenwich Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    GB - London SE10

    Greenwich's name is synonymous with the Meridian, and its famously iconic observatoryb. The area is also very appealing on account of its huge park and museums, most notably the National Maritime Museum. A pleasant walk past historic pubs along the R..

  • 5 Kew Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Kew Road GB - London TW9

    The residential district of Kew retains a village atmosphere; in 2003 it acquired global recognition when its Royal Botanical Gardens were granted Unesco World Heritage Site status, on account of their historical significance and the richness of thei..

  • 6 Hampton Court Gardens Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    rd. Court GB - London KT8 9AU

    The 20ha of gardens at Hampton Court bear witness to various royal patrons from the houses of Tudor, Stuart and Orange, and their landscape architects and gardeners. Over the centuries, they have seen various schemes implemented, making today's garde..

  • 7 Palace of Westminster: House of Lords Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Palace of Westminster GB - London SE1 7UT

    Undoubtedly the most richly decorated chamber of the Palace of Westminster, the House of Lords bears witness to the exuberant neo-Gothic imagination of Pugin. It has red leather benches to accommodate 1 200 lords (or peers), constituting the upper ch..

  • 8 Westminster Abbey: Chapel of Edward the Confessor Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Westminster Abbey GB - London SW1P 3PA

    Beyond the walkway, head through the oratory, resting place of Henry V, hero of Agincourt. At the centre, the tomb of St Edward who died in 1066, is surrounded by those of five kings and three queens. The gilded reliquary rests on a magnificent marbl..

  • 9 The Strand-Temple Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Le Strand GB - London WC2

    Between Covent Garden and the City, this area has many attractions despite its heavy traffic. Lined by genteel residences, it has elegant hotels, lively theatres, and fine art collections at Somerset House. Fleet Street and Temple are renowned for jo..

  • 10 The Queen's Walk Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    6 Queens Walk GB - London W5 1TP

    On the south of the Thames, the Queen's Walk runs from Westminster Bridge to Southwark, Tower Bridge and on towards Bermondsey. The South Bank has attractions opened to commemorate the Millennium. By Bankside, the Globe and Tate Modern are two iconic..

  • 11 Harrods Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    87-135 rd. 87 Brompton Rd. GB - London SW1X 7XL

    Situated in the smart Knightsbridge district, London's most elegant department store (Oscar Wilde was a customer) opened in 1849, although the current building is mid-20C. Inside, its food halls have splendid mosaics and colourful stained-glass; a ra..

  • 12 Terraces West of the Outer Circle Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Regent’s Park GB - London E1

    On Outer Circle, the ring road running around the edge of Regent's Park, are a series of splendid terraces named after George III's children. Most striking are York Terrace (1821), nearly 300m long, Sussex Place (1822) housing the London Graduate Sch..

  • 13 Terraces East of the Outer Circle Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Regent’s Park GB - London E1

    On the eastern side of the Outer Circle are fine terraces. Chester Terrace (1825) has the longest uninterrupted frontage (286m), graced by imposing Corinthian columns. Only marginally shorter (242m) is Cumberland Terrace (1826) with its Ionic columns..

  • 14 Royal Botanic Gardens: Palm House Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    37 Kew Green GB - London TW9 3AB

    At the heart of the Royal Botanic Gardens, the glass and iron Palm House was designed by Decimus Burton and Richard Turner along purely functional lines (110m in length, 3m high in the wings and 6m in the centre). Built between 1844 and 1848, it hous..

  • 15 Kensington and Chelsea Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    King's Road GB - London SW3

    To the west of London you'll find many districts with a mix of large houses, fashion boutiques, antique shops, art galleries and bookshops. The pavements of Earls Court are full of the clients of the Chinese restaurants, the all-night cafes, the pubs..

  • 16 Shakespeare's Globe Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    21 New Globe Walk GB - London SE1 9DT

    The centre's brief is to encourage the study and dramatic interpretation of Shakespeare's work. The Globe Theatre or Wooden O has been rebuilt on the model of the original theatre founded by Cuthbert Burbage and demolished in 1644. Shows are put on i..

  • 17 The Royal Hospital Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rd. Royal Hospital GB - London SW3 4SR

    Founded by Charles II in 1670 it serves as a home for army veterans. Christopher Wren controlled its construction, which was finished in 1692, and the Royal Hospital has hardly changed since. Based on the model of the Royal Hotel at Les Invalides in ..

  • 18 Bedford Square Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    sq. Bedford GB - London WC1

    This best conserved and most attractive of Bloomsbury's squares was laid out by architect Thomas Leverton in 1775. The three-storey brick houses have arched doorways, elegant demi-lune windows and first-floor balconies, and are embellished with white..

  • 19 Lincoln's Inn Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Chancery Lane GB - London WC2A 3TL

    The buildings were constructed in brick and decorated with stone motifs at the end of the 15C. The oldest building, Old Hall, dates from 1490. The main door opens on to a tangle of courtyards and buildings shown off to advantage by the surrounding ga..

  • 20 Sir John Soane's Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    13 Lincoln's Inn Fields GB - London WC2A 3BP

    On entering, visitors are immersed in the world of the museum's creator, Sir John Soane (1753-1837), the great architect of the Regency period. He lived at n°12 on this square; in 1805 he bought n°13 to house his collection and then had n°14 built. T..

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