London Capital of England
London, the capital of England and the United Kingdom, is a 21st-century city with history stretching back to Roman times. At its centre stand the imposing Houses of Parliament, the iconic ‘Big Ben’ clock tower and Westminster Abbey, site of British monarch coronations. Across the Thames River, the London Eye observation wheel provides panoramic views of the South Bank cultural complex, and the entire city.Sir Christopher Wren’s 17th-century St. Paul’s Cathedral towers above ‘The City’, where London’s global Stock Exchange conducts its business. Royal sites include Buckingham Palace, housing the monarch’s main residence and offices, and the Tower of London, a former prison that’s home to the Crown Jewels. The British Museum, National Gallery, Tate Britain and Tate Modern explore local and international history and art. West End theatres present classic and cutting-edge drama. Covent Garden, Soho and Spitalfields Market are popular dining and shopping areas. Major public spaces include Trafalgar Square, Hyde Park and Hampstead Heath.
London’s iconic national timepiece
16-storey Gothic clocktower and national symbol at the Eastern end of the Houses of Parliament.
Home of the British Queen & State Rooms
Visitors can tour the palace’s opulent private and state rooms or watch the changing of the guard.
Coca-Cola London Eye
Iconic riverside observation wheel
Huge observation wheel giving passengers a privileged bird’s-eye view of the city’s landmarks.
Tower of London
Medieval castle housing the Crown Jewels
Centuries of bloody history around a medieval castle, home to Crown Jewels and iconic Beefeaters.
Iconic Victorian turreted bridge
Panoramic views from high level walkways and behind-the-scenes access to original lifting machinery.
The British Museum
A historian’s treasure trove
Huge showcase for global antiquities, including Egyptian mummies and ancient Greek sculptures.
Acres of greenery in Central London
Huge green space, home to Diana Memorial Fountain, with boating and swimming in the Serpentine lake.
Gothic church & site for coronations
Protestant abbey hosting daily services and every English and British coronation since 1066.
St. Paul’s Cathedral
Iconic cathedral’s churchyard & garden
Churchyard and gardens outside Saint Paul’s cathedral, with a floor-plan of the original building.
Palace of Westminster
Iconic home of UK parliament
Neo-Gothic masterpiece and seat of the UK government. Guided tours on Saturdays and in summer.
Nelson’s Column, fountains & lions
Nelson’s Column rises above this iconic square’s LED-lit fountains, artworks and lion statues.
Rivers, estuaries, clock towers, and canals
The River Thames, known alternatively in parts as the Isis, is a river that flows through southern England including London. At 215 miles, it is the longest river entirely in England and the
Shopping hub & Royal Opera House
Covent Garden is in the West End, London’s main theatre and entertainment area. Tourists fill its elegant, car-free Piazza, home to fashion stores, crafts at the Apple Market and the Royal Opera
Natural History Museum
Natural phenomena & hands-on activities
Landmark museum of animals and natural phenomena, with hands-on exhibits and animatronic dinosaurs.
The National Gallery
Major art from 13th to 19th centuries
Trafalgar Square art museum whose masterworks trace the development of Western European painting.
306m-high glass & steel tower with views
87-floor glass skyscraper with a jagged peak, with restaurants, offices, hotel and viewing platform.
Bustling Theatreland traffic junction
Buzzing Theatre-district square with giant neon signs & the 19th-c. Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain.
Contemporary art & cafe with river views
Modern-art gallery with international works on display, plus a cafe with panoramic river views.
Madame Tussauds London
Wax museum featuring notable celebrities
Museum chain for life-size wax replicas of famous celebrities & historic icons in themed galleries.
Shopping and fashion
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1970s bridge spanning the River Thames
Concrete pedestrian and traffic bridge that gave a major railway station its name.
Royal museum in state residence
Royal palace and gardens, with exhibits on former residents like Queen Victoria and Princess Diana.
Victoria and Albert Museum
World-class decorative art & design
Blockbuster exhibitions and permanent decorative arts collection, with design shop and ornate cafe.
The Regent’s Park
Cafe & sport centre with changing rooms
Modern, glass-clad cafe and sports administrative centre, with pitches and changing rooms.
Fresh produce & groceries
Huge market under the railway lines, for British-reared meat and artisanal baked and dairy goods.
Camden Market shops & live music
Camden Town is famed for its market, a warren of fashion and curiosities by the Regent’s Canal. A haven of counter culture, the area is popular with tourists, teenagers and punks. The thriving
Southbank arts complex & London Eye
Right beside the River Thames, the South Bank is a dynamic area at the heart of London’s cultural scene. The Southbank Centre, National Theatre and BFI film theatre are all world-class arts venues
Portobello Road market & annual Carnival
Notting Hill is a vibrant, trendy area. Casual cafes line bohemian Portobello Road, famed for its busy market selling antiques and vintage fashion. Filmgoers relax in posh armchairs at the Electric
St James’s Park
Royal park hosting Trooping the Colour
Green space with a lake with daily pelican feeding, a grass-roofed cafe and ceremonial displays.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Plants from the Arctic to the Tropics
Trees and flowers from around the globe in vast gardens with huge greenhouses and Treetop Walkway.
Hampton Court Palace
Henry VIII’s royal palace & grounds
Famous seat of Henry VIII and his many wives, this palace received elegant Stuart-era modernisation.
Buzzy area for West End theatre & dining
The energetic streets of Soho, in the West End, feature an eclectic mix of dining, nightlife and shopping options. Dean, Frith, Beak and Old Compton streets are the epicentre of activity day
Royal Observatory Greenwich
Astronomy centre on the Prime Meridian
Wren’s 18th-century astronomical observatory on the Prime Meridian, now a museum with a planetarium.
ZSL London Zoo
Gorillas, giraffes, penguins & tigers
Major city zoo and research centre helping to conserve numerous species in naturalistic habitats.
Stalls & shops with an alternative bias
Eclectic market with youthful vibe and stalls/shops selling fashion and accessories, music and more.
Steel suspension bridge for pedestrians
Elegant steel suspension footbridge crossing the Thames from the Tate Modern to St Paul’s Cathedral.
Green expanse west of Hyde Park
Expansive park containing Kensington Palace and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground.
The London Dungeon
Hi-tech haunted house attraction
Costumed actors and themed fairground rides depicting macabre stories from London’s past.
William Shakespeare and theatre
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Replica of circular Elizabethan theatre
Oak-and-thatch replica of original Elizabethan theatre, showing Shakespeare plays in the open air.
SEA LIFE London Aquarium
Aquarium, jellyfish, penguin, and seahorse
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Churchill War Rooms
Churchill’s WWII underground offices
Secret underground headquarters where Prime Minister Winston Churchill lived and worked during WWII.
Monument to the Great Fire of London
311-step, Great Fire of London memorial
Sir Christopher Wren-designed column commemorating London’s Great Fire, with a viewing platform.
Market and shopping
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Museum of London
London stories from prehistory to today
Artifacts and interactives chronicle London’s turbulent history from pre-Roman to modern times.
Hands-on exhibits in dozens of galleries
A vast treasury of science and invention, famous for its state-of-the-art interactive exhibits.
Huge royal park & nature reserve
Expansive walled park, originally a 17th-century hunting ground and still home to hundreds of deer.
Hilltop park with woodland & city views
Green oasis for recreation, with swimming ponds, woodland and city views from Parliament Hill.
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National Maritime Museum
The history of Britain at sea
Exploring British naval history, with a ship simulator, nautical oddities and interactive games.