London’s rich history is displayed throughout the city. The moment you land, you’ll soon realize the city boasts of Old World charm in each of its institutions. Whether you’re there on business or on vacation, make some time to visit some of the best cultural spots.
Great Russell Street
Whether you’re looking for a free museum in downtown London or casting your net to the countryside and nearby townships, be sure to check ahead: many museums still charge for special exhibitions.
Visitors to this turreted riverside castle enter a thousand years of history filled with cultural significance (but go early to avoid lines to see the crown jewels).
Royal Albert Hall
One stunner of a music hall, inside and out.
2 St. Martin's Place
What makes the National Portrait Gallery, the only such museum in Europe, so compelling is its familiarity; in many cases you’ll have heard of the subject... or the artist.
Tower Bridge 91
Tower Bridge Road
Opened in 1894, this is the 'London Bridge' that wasn't sold to America.
136 Kingsland Road
This series of beautiful 18th-century ivy-clad almshouses, with an extensive and well-presented herb garden, was first opened as a museum in 1914.
21 New Globe Walk
Watch plays like they used to—standing up—in this modern reconstruction of William Shakespeare's The Globe.
Buckingham Palace Road
Unofficial HQ for Fathers For Justice.
Victorian-era greenhouses and the sprawling grounds overflow with 33,000 species of flowers, plants, and trees (the world’s largest living collection).
With some 2300 European paintings on display, this is one of the richest art galleries in the world.
Tate Modern 97
Within the gallery rooms are Rothko and Picasso, Mondrian and Delvaux in glorious relief to... stark surroundings.
Kenwood House Hampstead Lane
Visitors to Kenwood House can now admire his fabulous art collection and see how the 18th-century elite lived.