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  • 1 Museum of London Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    150 London Wall GB - London EC2Y 5HN

    The extraordinary Museum of London has objects, reconstructions, films, models aand instructional resources allowing visitors of all ages to learn about London's history from the prehistoric period to today. In particular, don't miss its Roman wall p..

  • 2 St Mary-le-Bow Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Cheapside GB - London EC2V 6AU

    The tower rising over Cheapside houses the famous Bow Bells and supports a majestic belfry (1671-1680). A 3m-long copper dragon ridden by a tightrope walker serves as a weathervane 72 m above the ground. The Norman crypt has its original columns with..

  • 3 Lloyd's of London Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    One Lime GB - London EC3M 7HA

    The business activities of Lloyd's have been carried out in this concrete tower dressed in glass designed by Richard Rogers one of the two architects of the George Pompidou Centre in Paris since 1986. The building is erected around an immense open sp..

  • 4 St Mary-at-Hill Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    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 four Corinthian columns. It was restored in 1843 but then damaged by fire in 1988. The church is well known for its wood pa..

  • 5 St Bartholomew-the-Great Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Church House GB - London EC1A 7JQ

    Founded in 1123, at the time of the Plantagenets, it was originally part of an Augustine Priory that served the neighbouring hospital. A 13C arcade inserted under a half-timbered house of the Elizabethan era provides access to the Church where Hogart..

  • 6 Middle Temple Hall Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Middle Temple Lane GB - London EC4Y 9BT

    Opened in the 1575 by Queen Elizabeth I, this huge brick Tudor building has a splendidly ornate oak beamed ceiling (1574) and stained glass windows decorated with heraldic motifs. The wood panelling bears the coats of arms of masters who were teachin..

  • 7 Royal National Theatre Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    South Bank GB - London SE1 9PX

    Part of the third phase of the South Bank's development downstream from Waterloo Bridge, Denys Lasdun's design houses three theatres, bars and foyers and is a meeting place for theatre lovers, poets, musicians and all manner of artists. In front of t..

  • 8 Southwark Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    London Brigde GB - London SE1 9DA

    The Church of St Saviour and St Mary-from-over-the-water reached the rank of Cathedral in 1905 when the diocese of Southwark was founded. Beforehand it was dependent upon the diocese of Winchester. It has been renovated several times. The Gothic arca..

  • 9 Kensington Gardens Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    West Carriage Drive GB - London W8

    These gardens (the Western part of Hyde Park) were originally laid out over 8 ha but today cover more than 110 ha. Here you can see the nannies and also the statue of Peter Pan (1912). In the west is the Arch sculpted by Henry Moore in 1979 alongside..

  • 10 Kensington Palace Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Kensington Gardens GB - London W8 4PX

    A place of pilgrimage for fans of Diana Princess of Wales, Kensington Palace was her residence from 1984 until her death in 1997, although this has been a royal residence since the 17C. Of relatively modest proportions and possessed of a rural charm,..

  • 11 Royal Mews Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Buckingham Palace GB - London SW1

    Until the reign of George IV the Royal stables were found at Charing Cross on the site now occupied by the National Gallery. It was John Nash who laid out the current buildings where the carriages of the Queen are stored. A Grand Equerry looks after ..

  • 12 The Mall Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The Mall GB - London SW1

    Dating back to the Stuart period and transformed in 1910, this wide promenade flanked by plane trees forms a processional avenue in front of Buckingham Palace. It was used at the time of Charles II to play "Pall Mall". Today the Mall is the..

  • 13 Courtauld Gallery Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Sommerset House Strand GB - London WC2R 0RN

    The Courtauld Institute of Arts came into being thanks to Samuel Courtauld, an industialist with a particular interest in 19C art. Its fabulous collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist pictures has been augmented by other bequests and long-..

  • 14 Covent Garden Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Long Acre GB - London WC2

    Originally a convent garden and subsequently a residential district conceived by Inigo Jones in the 17C, this is now an area of continuous hustle and bustle. It was already renowned for pleasurable pursuits by the 18C, which saw the opening of the Ro..

  • 15 Hyde Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    North Carriage Drive GB - London W2

    Everyday Londoners flock here to walk their dogs, to run, to ride, to row, to swim (even if they have to break the ice on Christmas morning!). In the centre of Hyde Park is the Hudson Bird Sanctuary memorial erected in honour of the naturalist Hudson..

  • 16 Belgrave Square Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    sq. Belgrave GB - London SW1

    The square has preserved its original appearance with its central garden, its lines of houses, built following the plans of Basevi and in the corners, the individual houses. On the East side is Seaford House where Lord John Russell lived. The Queen's..

  • 17 Regent Street Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    st. Regent GB - London SW1

    This elegant street running into Piccadilly Circus and the heart of the West End to the south is famous for its businesses and shops; department stores Dickins and Jones and Liberty, fashion shops like Jaeger, toys at Hamley's, British design icons A..

  • 18 National Portrait Gallery Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    St Martin's Place GB - London WC2H 0HE

    Founded in 1856, the National Portrait Gallery has since 1896 occupied a late-19C Italian Renaissance-style building neighbouring the National Gallery. Its extraordinary collection of over 5 000 portraits of famous Britons provides a unique perspecti..

  • 19 Natural History Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Cromwell Road GB - London SW7 5BD

    Built by Alfred Waterhouse between 1873 and 1880 to a symmetrical plan, the building is 205m long with two 58m-high central towers above an entrance embellished by arches and decorated pillars. Inside, the permanent exhibits cover all things animal, ..

  • 20 Spencer House Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    27 St James's Pl GB - London SW1A 1NR

    Dominating Green Park, this house (one of the first examples of the neo-classical style) was built in 1766 for Earl Spencer. Today one part contains offices and its eight State Rooms provide a historic setting for various shows. On the ground floor y..

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