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 97

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.  

- Travel + Leisure

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).

- Afar Magazine

Royal Albert Hall 92

Royal Albert Hall

One stunner of a music hall, inside and out.

- Not For Tourists

National Portrait Gallery 92

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 91

Tower Bridge Road

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

- Time Out

Geffrye Museum 94

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 94

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 93

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 95

Trafalgar Square

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

- Lonely Planet

Tate Modern 97

53 Bankside

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

- Let's Go

Kenwood House 90

Kenwood House Hampstead Lane

Visitors to Kenwood House can now admire his fabulous art collection and see how the 18th-century elite lived.

- Let's Go

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