London for the curious

Read some Virginia Woolf to prepare.

by Rashmi Chugani

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.

British Museum 94

Great Russell Street

This celebrated treasure house, filled with plunder of incalculable value and beauty from around the globe, occupies an immense, imposing neoclassical building in the heart of Bloomsbury.

- Fodor's

The unmissable Tower of London (actually a castle of 20-odd towers) offers a window on to a gruesome and quite compelling history.

- Lonely Planet

Royal Albert Hall 89

Royal Albert Hall

One stunner of a music hall, inside and out.

- Not For Tourists

National Portrait Gallery 89

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.

- Lonely Planet

Tower Bridge 90

Tower Bridge Road

Opened in 1894, this is the 'London Bridge' that wasn't sold to America.

- Time Out

Geffrye Museum 92

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.

- Lonely Planet

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 92

21 New Globe Walk

Watch plays like they used to—standing up—in this modern reconstruction of William Shakespeare's The Globe.

- Condé Nast Traveler

Buckingham Palace 92

Buckingham Palace Road

Unofficial HQ for Fathers For Justice.

- Not For Tourists

Victorian-era greenhouses and the sprawling grounds overflow with 33,000 species of flowers, plants, and trees (the world’s largest living collection).

- Travel + Leisure

National Gallery 93

Trafalgar Square

With some 2300 European paintings on display, this is one of the richest art galleries in the world.

- Lonely Planet

Tate Modern 96

53 Bankside

Within the gallery rooms are Rothko and Picasso, Mondrian and Delvaux in glorious relief to... stark surroundings.

- Let's Go

Kenwood House 89

Kenwood House Hampstead Lane

This magnificent neoclassical mansion stands at the northern end of the heath in a glorious sweep of landscaped gardens leading down to a picturesque lake.

- Lonely Planet

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