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British Museum

Bloomsbury 97 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

Checking out the famously preserved mummies at the world’s oldest public museum is on many London wish lists, but there’s much more to the British Museum than ancient Egypt — Afar Magazine

One of the single greatest museums in the world, the British Museum houses collections that date from the prehistoric to the modern—in sum, the works of mankind. — Concierge

The British Museum is one of the most remarkable institutions of its kind and its collections encompass a vast span of historical civilisation. — Michelin Guide

The country's largest museum and one of the oldest and finest in the world, this famous museum boasts vast Egyptian, Etruscan, Greek, Roman, European and Middle Eastern galleries. — Lonely Planet

Tate Modern

Southwark 97 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Thanks to its industrial architecture, this powerhouse of modern art is awe-inspiring even before you enter. — Time Out

This spectacular renovation of a mid-20th-century power station is one of the most-visited museums of modern art in the world. — Fodor's

Welcoming more than four million visitors a year, Tate Modern is the world's most popular modern art gallery (the free admission helps), and one of the capital's very best attractions. — Frommer's

Herzog and de Meuron dazzler. — Not For Tourists

200m of rectilinear façade bordering the River Thames, 4.2 million brown bricks, a chimney resembling a church tower and a former turbine hall evoking a cathedral nave. — Michelin Guide

National Gallery

Trafalgar Square / Embankment 95 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The focal point of Trafalgar Square, the perennially popular National Gallery is one of the capital's main attractions. — Michelin Guide

For the sheer skill of its display and arrangement, the National surpasses its counterparts. — Frommer's

Up there with your Louvres and Uffizis, this huge gallery takes you through the history of Western European painting from 1250 to 1900. — Concierge

Founded in 1824 to display a collection of just 36 paintings, today the National Gallery is home to more than 2,000 works. — Time Out

When they say “National Gallery,” it’s not just code for “country’s coolest collection.” — Let's Go

Natural History Museum

South Kensington 94 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

One of three frontages in the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Natural History Museum is one mile in depth and has two façades 1,000 feet long. — Travel + Leisure

Both a research institution and a fabulous museum, the NHM opened in Alfred Waterhouse’s purpose-built Romanesque palazzo on the Cromwell Road in 1881. — Time Out

On its own, the architecture of the Natural History Museum is enough of a reason to walk through its doors one afternoon. The stunning archways and staircases create a grand backdrop to... — Afar Magazine

The ornate terracotta facade of this enormous Victorian museum is strewn with relief panels depicting living creatures to the left of the entrance and extinct ones to the right. — Fodor's

Built in 1881, the Natural History Museum is also a world-renowned research center and boasts as much historical significance as scientific. — goop

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Southwark 94 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

Shakespeare’s Globe has been an unbridled success, underpinned in part by its educational programme. — Time Out

Shakespeare’s plays were first performed at London’s Globe theater several centuries ago. — Travel + Leisure

The centre's brief is to encourage the study and dramatic interpretation of Shakespeare's work. — Michelin Guide

The Bard's famous playhouse reconstructed. — Not For Tourists

Geffrye Museum

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If you find yourself in Shoreditch, consider taking a quick trip to the Geffrye Museum. The focus here is on homes and home décor, specifically how both have changed over the span of 40 years. — goop

In the Geffrye Museum, you can see how domestic style evolved from 1630 to the present through a series of mock-up rooms. — Let's Go

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

Explore nearly 400 years of English middle-class home life.  — Atlas Obscura

A row of 18th-century almshouses in Shoreditch contain this excellent (free) museum of everyday life. — Concierge

Buckingham Palace

Westminster 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Built in 1703 for the Duke of Buckingham, Buckingham Palace replaced St James's Palace as the monarch's official London residence in 1837. — Lonely Planet

Unofficial HQ for Fathers For Justice. — Not For Tourists

Buckingham Palace is a focal point for Londoners and visitors alike; the city's uplifting royal ceremonial events, uniting monarch and people, primarily take place here and in its vicinity. — Michelin Guide

It's rare to get a chance to see how the other half—well, other minute fraction—lives and works. — Fodor's

The queen's London pied-à-terre is not the most beautiful of palaces, but it's big. — Concierge

Science Museum

South Kensington 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The country's pre-eminent museum of science, this is one of the capital's great interactive experiences, filled with buttons to press, levers to pull, and experiments to absorb you. — Frommer's

This temple to the sciences - 5 floors covering 5ha in all - is remarkable for the richness of its collections, and for the methods it employs to engage visitors. — Michelin Guide

With seven floors of interactive and educational exhibits, this scientifically spellbinding museum will mesmerise adults and children alike, covering everything from early technology to space travel. — Lonely Planet

This, one of the three great South Kensington museums, stands next to the Natural History Museum in a far plainer building. — Fodor's

Families flock to this museum, as do school kids taking part in field trips (380,000 visit as part of a school group each year) — Travel + Leisure

Tower of London

City of London 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

The scene for many dramatic events during this country's history. — Condé Nast Traveler

Founded by William the Conqueror in 1066, this huge fortified palace-jail-treasury-arsenal is the source of some of the most-famous tourist photo ops in all of England. — Concierge

The Tower of London's romantic silhouette, so emblematic of British history, has been the backdrop for some horrific episodes as well as moments of royal splendour. — Michelin Guide

On a sunny summer afternoon, the Tower, one of the best-preserved medieval castles in the world, can be a cheerful buzzing place. — Frommer's

National Portrait Gallery

Trafalgar Square / Embankment 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Explore portraits of famous citizens from Tudor Kings and Queens like King Henry VII in 1505 to the Bronte Sisters in 1834. — Travel + Leisure

Portraits don't have to be stuffy. The National Portrait Gallery has everything from oil paintings of stiff-backed royals to photos of soccer stars and gloriously unflattering political caricatures. — Time Out

Founded in 1856, the National Portrait Gallery has since 1896 occupied a late-19C Italian Renaissance-style building neighbouring the National Gallery. — Michelin Guide

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

Pictures have been chosen on the basis of who the subject is, not how well they've been captured by the artist. — Frommer's

Royal Albert Hall

South Kensington 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A Victorian creation but in the Italian Renaissance style, the Albert Hall (1867 to 1871) is brick built with a terracotta frieze bringing to mind the triumph of Art and Literature and a metal Dome. — Michelin Guide

Best-known as the venue for the annual July–September BBC Promenade Concerts—the "Proms"—with bargain-price standing... tickets sold on the night of the concert. — Fodor's

In addition to being a great concert venue, the Royal Albert is also one of London’s great landmarks, and you don’t need a seat to enjoy it. — Frommer's

Established in 1871, the Royal Albert Hall fulfilled Prince Albert’s vision for a central hall to promote the arts and sciences. — Travel + Leisure

Built as a memorial to Queen Victoria's husband in 1871, the Royal Albert Hall's vast rotunda was once described by the monarch as looking like 'the British constitution'. — Time Out

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

London 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

These botanical gardens host the largest collection of plants in the world, and visitors can eat up gorgeous assemblages of roses, orchids, and cacti (or be eaten up by the carnivorous plants). — Let's Go

It's essentially a vast scientific research center that also happens to be extraordinarily beautiful. — Frommer's

Built between 1844 and 1848, it houses practical tropical species (coffee, cocoa) and more ornamental varieties. — Michelin Guide

Kew Gardens is a magnificent World Heritage Site covering 300 acres with over 30,000 species of plants. — Time Out

Tower Bridge

London 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Built from 1886-1894 by Barrie and Jones, its total length reaches 805 m. — Michelin Guide

It's a low bridge equipped with two mighty 1,000-tonne (1,100 U.S.-ton) decks, technically known as bascules, which raise to let ships pass below. This happens around 900 times year. — Frommer's

London was a thriving port in 1894 when elegant Tower Bridge was built. Designed to be raised to allow ships to pass, electricity has now taken over from the original steam and hydaulic engines. — Lonely Planet

Messing about on the water. — Not For Tourists

Compared to London Bridge, Tower Bridge definitely wins on the aesthetic front (unless we’re counting children’s nursery rhymes). — Let's Go

Wallace Collection

Marylebone 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The largest private art collection, bequeathed to the nation in 1900, can be found in Hertford House, a beautiful private mansion in Marylebone. — Michelin Guide

This exquisite labyrinth of an art gallery is housed in Hertford House, an 18th-century mansion that was bequeathed to the nation, along with its contents, by the widow of Sir Richard Wallace. — Fodor's

Tucked inside a townhouse in Marylebone, this small but impressive collection boasts French and Dutch paintings, furniture, and decorative objects from the 15th-18th centuries. — Condé Nast Traveler

A treat along the lines of the Frick in New York, wherein the setting is as much of a draw as the art, the Wallace Collection is spread out over the 28 rooms of a gracious mansion in the West End. — Concierge

Housed in a former estate home, the collection of Titian, Rembrandt, and Velázquez also features a vast amount of shiny knights’ armour. — Travel + Leisure

Regent's Park

Regent's Park / Kings Cross 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Today the 395-acre park, boasting the largest outdoor sports area in central London, draws the athletically inclined from around the city. — Fodor's

Made up of 166 hectares and has a rose garden with more than 400 varieties of roses. — Condé Nast Traveler

Regent's Park is one of London's most popular open spaces, covering 410 acres in north-west London. — Time Out

Bordered to the north by Regent's Canal, fine terraces and splendid villas, this is a delighful landscape feature where natural beauty blends with refined artistic tastes. — Michelin Guide

Designed by 18th-century genius John Nash to surround a palace for the Prince Regent (the palace never materialized), this is the most classically beautiful of all London's parks. — Frommer's

Dennis Severs' House

Spitalfields 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The rooms have been arranged as if they have just been vacated by their previous occupants, with items carelessly strewn about and food left uncleared. — Frommer's

Dennis Severs’ House is a time capsule attraction in which visitors are immersed in a unique form of theatre. — Time Out

Inside this 1724 Georgian residence is a “still-life drama” created by late American artist Dennis Severs. — Travel + Leisure

The remarkable interiors of this extraordinary time machine of a house are the creation of Dennis Severs (1948–99), a performer-designer-scholar from Escondido, California. — Fodor's

This extraordinary Georgian House is set up as if its occupants had just walked out the door. — Lonely Planet

Kensington Palace

London 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Acquired by William and Mary in 1689, Kensington Palace was radically altered first by Sir Christopher Wren and again in the reign of George I. — Time Out

Neither as imposing as Buckingham Palace nor as charming as Hampton Court, Kensington Palace is something of a Royal Family commune. — Fodor's

Kensington Palace (1605) became the favourite royal residence under the joint reign of William and Mary. — Lonely Planet

This grand palace started life as a much simpler (relatively speaking) Jacobean mansion. — Frommer's

The palace itself, which predated Buck House as the royal abode, is worth a look as well—the rolling exhibitions are always imaginative. — Concierge

ZSL London Zoo

London 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Operated by the nonprofit Zoological Society of London, this was the new home of the Royal animals collection when it moved here from the Tower of London in 1828. — Fodor's

When London Zoo -- one of the finest big city zoos in the world -- was founded back in 1820, it was purely for the purposes of scientific research. — Frommer's

Founded in 1828, the zoo's mission is to successfully breed endangered species and undertake biological research on rare breeds. — Michelin Guide

The Zoo, which opened to the public in 1847, covers 36 acres. — Time Out

These famous zoological gardens have come a long way since being established in 1828, with massive investment making conservation, education and breeding the name of the game. — Lonely Planet

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Sir John Soane's Museum

Holborn 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

On entering, visitors are immersed in the world of the museum's creator, Sir John Soane (1753-1837), the great architect of the Regency period. — Michelin Guide

Spooky museum dedicated to the great 18th century architect. — Not For Tourists

Everywhere, mirrors and colors play tricks with light and space, and split-level floors worthy of a fairground funhouse disorient you. — Fodor's

Wonderfully hodgepodge collection of art and ancient sculpture in the wildly Victorian private house-museum of Sir John Soane. — Travel + Leisure

With his multiple levels, fool-the-eye mirrors, flying arches, and domes, Soane was a master of perspective and a genius of interior space. — Frommer's

Museum of London

City of London 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

If there's one place to absorb the history of London, from 450,000 BC to the present day, it's here. — Fodor's

Along with their extensive, eclectic collection, and ever-changing exhibits, the museum runs free kids activities every Sunday during term-time and every day during the school holidays. — goop

If you want to learn about the capital, the Museum of London is the place to go (it's free, too). — Concierge

The extraordinary Museum of London has objects, reconstructions, films, models and instructional resources allowing visitors of all ages to learn about London's history. — Michelin Guide

One of the capital’s best museums, this is a fascinating walk through the various incarnations of the city from Anglo-Saxon village to 21st-century metropolis. — Lonely Planet

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