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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

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

If the museum has one central, unifying theme, it's to provide an overview of the development of human culture, illustrated with items from all of the world's major civilizations. — Frommer's

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

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

Tate Modern

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There is something very glamorous about the vast space, let alone the amazing holdings, which range from Matisse to Matthew Barney. — Concierge

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

Housed in a hulking converted power station, this vast modern art showplace opened in 2000 but still breaks new ground with installations. — Travel + Leisure

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. — Departures

Housed within a former power station on the south bank of the Thames, the gallery houses Tate Britain's existing collection of 20th-century modern art. — Condé Nast Traveler

National Gallery

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

Following your tour, take afternoon tea in the restaurant afterwards: warm scones and finger sandwiches with exotic, infused brews. — Travel + Leisure

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

Standing proudly on the north side of Trafalgar Square, this is truly one of the world's supreme art collections, with more than 2,300 masterpieces on show. — Fodor's

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

Natural History Museum

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

On its own, the architecture of the Natural History Museum is enough of a reason to walk through its doors one afternoon — Afar Magazine

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

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 by Alfred Waterhouse between 1873 and 1880 to a symmetrical plan, the building is 205m long with two 58m-high central towers above an entrance embellished by arches. — Michelin Guide

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

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From April to October, open-air productions are staged in this authentic oak-and-thatch replica of an Elizabethan theater. — Departures

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

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

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

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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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

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

If you'd like an overview of British interiors and lifestyles of the past 4 centuries, head to this museum, housed in a series of restored 18th-century almshouses. — Frommer's

Housed in a set of 18th-century almshouses, the Geffrye Museum offers a vivid physical history of the English interior. — Time Out

Located in an almshouse (1712-1719) built by the Ironmongers' Company, the museum seeks to illustrate the daily life of the British middle classes from 16C to 20C by reconstructing interiors. — Michelin Guide

Buckingham Palace

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

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

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

The residence and office of Her Majesty The Queen, Buckingham Palace is one of the few working palaces of the world. — Afar Magazine

The setting is glorious, sat between two great sweeping parks (Green and St. James's) at the end of an elegant tree-lined boulevard (The Mall). — Frommer's

Science Museum

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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

Covering all aspects of science, technology, and medicine, the Science Museum is the star of the trio of museums on Exhibition Road (the others are the V&A and the Natural History Museum). — Concierge

Tower of London

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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

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

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

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

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

National Portrait Gallery

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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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

Built in 1871, this huge, domed, red-brick amphitheatre, adorned with a frieze of Minton tiles, is Britain’s most famous concert venue and home to the BBC’s Promenade Concerts. — Lonely Planet

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

The London Eye

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This giant Ferris wheel is the largest cantilevered observation wheel ever built and among the city's tallest structures. — Fodor's

Not for the faint of heart... stunning views of the entire city of London. — Condé Nast Traveler

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

The 443-foot-high London Eye, designed by husband-and-wife architects David Marks and Julia Barfield, is the largest observation wheel in the world. — Concierge

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

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

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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

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

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

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

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

Tower Bridge

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Messing about on the water. — Not For Tourists

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

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

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

Wallace Collection

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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

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

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

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

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

Regent's Park

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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

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

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

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

Dennis Severs' House

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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

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

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

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

A historic house left in "dramatic still life."  — Atlas Obscura

ZSL London Zoo

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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

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

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

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

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Sir John Soane's Museum

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This little museum is one of the most atmospheric and fascinating in London. — Lonely Planet

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

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

A wonderful fun house designed and inhabited by Sir John Soane (1753–1837), Royal Academy professor and architect of the Bank of England, among other buildings. — Concierge

A cluttered and astounding collection of ethnographic items.  — Atlas Obscura

Museum of London

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The Museum of London is an incredibly thorough archeological and sociological survey of the city from its Celtic pre-history to its melting pot present. — Let's Go

Although the location is rather grim, in the center of a particularly unappealing roundabout in London's Barbican district, this museum is a joy. — Frommer's

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

While there’s a fee for this special, visitors can still peek inside the Gilded Lord Mayor’s coach and tour the old-fashioned Great Fire of London exhibit for no added charge. — Travel + Leisure

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

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