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Tate Modern

Southwark 96 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

It’s impossible to ignore the hulking 1950s architecture of the Tate Modern, slap-bang in the middle of the most-walked part of the South Bank. A visionary refurb of this former power... — Afar Magazine

One of London's most popular attractions, this outstanding modern and contemporary art gallery is housed in the creatively revamped Bankside Power Station south of the Millennium Bridge. — Lonely Planet

The huge Turbine Hall entrance, which once housed Ai Weiwei’s porcelain sunflower seeds and Carsten Hèller’s helter-skelter slide, never ceases to inspire—and that’s before you’ve even... — Departures

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

Herzog and de Meuron dazzler. — Not For Tourists

British Museum

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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

Housed in one of Britain's architectural landmarks, the museum holds a collection of art and antiquities... spanning two million years of human history. — Condé Nast Traveler

Newly covered Great Court is architectural manna. — Not For Tourists

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

One of the world's oldest museums, the British Museum is vast and its collections, only a fraction of which can be on public display at any one time, comprise millions of objects. — Time Out

National Gallery

Trafalgar Square / Embankment 93 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

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

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

The National Gallery in London holds art works of the masters such as Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh, and Rembrandt. Most importantly, entry is free! — Afar Magazine

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

Buckingham Palace

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

From late July to early October, though, the royals head to Balmoral, and the State Rooms are opened to the public. — Let's Go

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

As the home of the Queen, the palace is usually closed to visitors, but you may view the interior for a brief period each summer while the Windsors are away on their holidays. — Time Out

The residence and office of Her Majesty The Queen, Buckingham Palace is one of the few working palaces of the world. It is used by the Queen to entertain guests of State. However, a... — Afar Magazine

Unofficial HQ for Fathers For Justice. — Not For Tourists

Natural History Museum

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

Built in 1881, the Natural History Museum is also a world-renowned research center and boasts as much historical significance as scientific: Specimens collected by Darwin can be still be... — goop

Beeline for the back of the museum to see the unrepeatable Cadogan Gallery: a collection of British treasures — Let's Go

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

A soaring Romanesque structure that provides a suitably reverent setting for what is often described as a "cathedral of nature." — Frommer's

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

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

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

Admission includes the exhibition hall and guided tour of the theatre (departing every 15 to 30 minutes), faithfully reconstructed from oak beams, handmade bricks, lime plaster and thatch. — Lonely Planet

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

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

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

This is a recent re-creation of one of the most important public theatres ever built, Shakespeare's Globe, where the Bard premiered many of his most famous plays. — Frommer's

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... — goop

English interior design from 1600 to today. — Not For Tourists

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

In contrast to the West End's grand aristocratic town houses, this charming museum is devoted to the life of the city's middle class over the years. — Fodor's

Pemberley, Satis House, Brideshead, Downton Abbey—all accounts of these fictional houses are accompanied with obsessively lavish descriptions of their furnishings (re: indicators of... — Let's Go

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

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

In 1759 botanists began rummaging around the world for specimens they could plant in the 3-hectare plot known as the Royal Botanic Gardens. — Lonely Planet

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

Combine a cultural legacy of landscaping and royal extravagance, and you get Kew Gardens—a sprawling Shangri-la only visited by the most thorough of tourists (even London locals don’t get... — Let's Go

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

Enter the Royal Botanic Gardens, as Kew Gardens are officially known, and you are enveloped by blazes of color, extraordinary blooms, hidden trails, and lovely old follies. — Fodor's

Tower of London

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

Kings and Queens. Surprisingly insightful, annoyingly expensive. — Not For Tourists

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

Nowhere else does London's history come to life so vividly as it does in this minicity of 20 towers filled with heraldry and treasure. — Fodor's

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.com

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

Tower Bridge

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

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

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

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

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

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

Science Museum

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

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 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

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

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

The Science Museum features seven floors of educational and entertaining exhibits, including the Apollo 10 command module and a flight simulator. — Time Out

Wallace Collection

Marylebone 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This collection, built up over 2 centuries by one of London's leading aristocratic families, is a contrasting array of art and armaments. — Frommer's

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

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.com

Arguably London’s finest smaller gallery, the Wallace Collection is an enthralling glimpse into 18th-century aristocratic life. — Lonely Planet

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

Regent's Park

Regent's Park / Kings Cross 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

Regent's Park in London lives up to its name and is quite royal, boasting rows of manicured flowers and plants. — Afar Magazine

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

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

The most elaborate and ordered of London’s many parks, this one was created around 1820 by John Nash, who planned to use it as an estate to build palaces for the aristocracy. — Lonely Planet

National Portrait Gallery

Trafalgar Square / Embankment 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

The National Portrait Gallery was founded in 1856 with a single aim: to gather together portraits of famous (and infamous) British men and women. — Fodor's

The National Portrait Gallery is the Platonic ideal of Facebook. — Let's Go

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

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

Westminster Abbey

Westminster 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Steeped in millennia of rich and often bloody history, Westminster Abbey is one of England's most iconic buildings. — Fodor's

Built at Henry VII's behest in the early 16C, this magnificent chapel is a fine example of the Perpendicular style. The pillars support magnificent fan vaulting on projecting keystones... — Michelin Guide

Westminster Abbey, the huge Gothic church beside the Houses of Parliament, has been the setting for every coronation since 1066. — concierge.com

Westminster Abbey is a mixture of architectural styles, but considered the finest example of Early English Gothic (1190–1300). It's not merely a beautiful place of worship, though. — Lonely Planet

William and Kate’s wedding brought a 21st-century focus to this 700-year-old abbey, which is built on the same spot as a Benedictine monastery enlarged by Edward the Confessor in the... — Afar Magazine

Royal Albert Hall

South Kensington 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

One stunner of a music hall, inside and out. — Not For Tourists

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

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

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

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

Kenwood House

London 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Extended by Robert Adam in 1769, Kenwood House presents an all-white frontage against a harmonious backdrop of lawns, woods and ponds. — Michelin Guide

Situated atop Hampstead Heath, this lakefront estate features a Neoclassical villa housing a collection of world-renowned paintings. — Travel + Leisure

Lord Iveagh, a barrister and Lord Chief Justice, lived here in the 18th century. Visitors to Kenwood House can now admire his fabulous art collection and see how the 18th-century elite... — Let's Go

A superb collection of 63 Old Master paintings, acquired during a remarkably astute four-year spending spree between 1897 and 1891. — Time Out

Grand open house with picture gallery. Beautiful gardens. — Not For Tourists

Dennis Severs' House

Spitalfields 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This is more of an experience than a visit; home to American artist Dennis Severs who died in 2000, every room in this Georgian house represents a step back into history. — Michelin Guide

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

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

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

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

The London Eye

Southbank 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Two words: Tourist. Trap. Nice view though. — Not For Tourists

135m high and weighing 2 100t, this big wheel has since 2000 offered a new and spectacular perspective from the banks of the River Thames. — Michelin Guide

A ride – or 'flight', as it is called here – in one of the wheel's 32 glass-enclosed eye pods holding up to 28 people draws 3.5 million visitors annually. — Lonely Planet

Originally built for the new millennium, this mammoth Ferris wheel has 32 dangling pods (each holds 25 people sitting or standing) that gracefully take flight 443 feet above the city. — Travel + Leisure

You're free to move around inside the pod during its voyage, although everyone tends to congregate in the northern half to look out over the river and the heart of sightseeing London. — Frommer's

ZSL London Zoo

London 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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

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

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

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