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  • 1 Greenwich Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    GB - London SE10

    It is not only the Meridian, which passes through Greenwich. This was a royal residence as well. TheOld Royal Observatory stands on a hill overlooking the Thames. Greenwich is, in addition, closely linked with the Royal Navy and with British naval hi..

  • 2 Kew Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Kew Road GB - London TW9

    In Tudor and Stuart times, the hamlet of Kew had a chapel, built in 1522, to which the courtiers came. Saint Anne's Church replaced it. In the 17C, a rich London merchant, Samuel Fortrey, son of a Dutch refugee, had a beautiful house built, Dutch Hou..

  • 3 Hampton Court Gardens Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    rd. Court GB - London KT8 9AU

    The gardens as seen today are the result of various schemes: Charles II had the mile-long canal dug and William III created the Great Fountain Gardens. The famous triangular maze to the north of the palace was planted in 1690. Further north, outside ..

  • 4 National Gallery Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    sq. Trafalgar GB - London WC2N 5DN

    Originally in the museum there were just 38 pictures brought together by the courtier John Julius Angerstein (1735 to 1823) and bought by Parliament in 1824. To house them they entrusted William Wilkins with the construction of a gallery that was soo..

  • 5 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..

  • 6 Westminster Hall Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Palace of Westminster GB - London SW1H 9NH

    Of imposing dimensions, Westminser Hall was the largest of its kind (unsupported by columns) in the world. Its magnificent oak-beamed ceiling was constructed between 1394 and 1402 at Richard II's behest. It was initially used for gatherings of parlia..

  • 7 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..

  • 8 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..

  • 9 London Eye Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rd. Westminster Bridge GB - London SE1 7PB

    135m high and weighing 2 100t, this big wheel has since 2000 offered a new and spectacular perspective from the banks of the River Thames. The exceptional view extends 20km in all directions. Its glass pods move smoothly round, unveiling the scenery ..

  • 10 Harrods Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    87-135 rd. Brompton 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..

  • 11 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..

  • 12 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..

  • 13 The Royal Hospital Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rd. Royal Hospital GB - London SW3 4SR

    Charles II created an establishment based on the model of the Royal Hotel at Les Invalides in Paris the plans for which were lent by Louvois. It houses and looks after around 400 soldiers aged over 65. The fields descend gently towards the Thames. Th..

  • 14 Bedford Square Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    sq. Bedford GB - London WC1

    The architect Thomas Leverton laid out this square from 1775 on land owned by the Duke of Bedford. Around the garden planted with majestic plane trees, there is a homogeneous setting of 18C Houses that have vermiculated bossage doorframes and keyston..

  • 15 Lincoln's Inn Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Chancery Lane GB - London WC2A 3TL

    This school carries the name of the owner of the land who, in the 14C, had built there a large house that he then bequeathed to be a residence for law students. Among the members have been Thomas More, Richard Cromwell, Horace Walpole, William Pitt, ..

  • 16 Sir John Soane's Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

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

    Fragments, moulds and models are exhibited throughout the galleries while in the basement is the crypt, the monks parlour and the burial chamber containing the enormous sarcophagus of Seti I (1300 years BC). On the first floor there are models, engra..

  • 17 Museum of London Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    150 London Wall GB - London EC2Y 5HN

    As a result of the actions of the museum's archaeologists on building sites, objects and revealing evidence of London's history have been safeguarded. The exhibition as set out in the glass galleries, gives a chronological or thematic overview from p..

  • 18 St Mary-le-Bow Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Cheapside GB - London EC2V 6AU

    The tower projecting over Cheapside contains the famous Bow Bells and supports a majestic belfry (1671-1680). A copper dragon ridden by a tightrope walker serves as a weathervane 72 m up from the ground. The Romanesque crypt has the original columns ..

  • 19 Lloyd's of London Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    st. One Lime GB - London EC3M 7HA

    It was a cafe owner, Edward Lloyd, who in the 17C changed his tavern into an important meeting place for sailors, shipowners, bankers, insurers and traders involved in sea trade. For these people he started a type of club where he would post all sort..

  • 20 St Mary-at-Hill Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    St Mary Chez Hill, City GB - London EC3R

    Designed by Wren, the layout is in the form of a Greek Cross divided by nine transverses and topped by a low central Dome with by four Corinthian columns. It was restored in 1843 but then damaged by fire in 1988. The Church is well known for its wood..

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