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Things to do in Greater London

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Greater London is defined as a County.

It includes the City of Westminster - the Nation's centre of government, and the City of London, often referred to as "the City" or "the Square Mile" - which is one of the world's main financial centres.

Greater London encompasses many areas, towns, villages and open countryside.

It has a history stretching back over 2,000 years, making it the most fascinating and most visited area in Britain.

The region is often thought of as inner and outer London, but generally the entire conurbation is known as London.

London is divided north and south by the River Thames.

Houses of Parliament. Picture courtesy of www.britainonview.co.uk.

You can find tourist information centres at Heathrow Airport, 1 Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus, Victoria Station and Waterloo Visitor Centre.

Piccadilly Circus. Picture courtesy of www.britainonview.co.uk.

World Heritage Sites

The conurbation of Greater London includes four World Heritage sites, The Houses of Parliament or as it is otherwise known, The Palace of Westminster; The Tower of London; Maritime Greenwich and Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.

The Tower of London. Picture courtesy of www.britainonview.co.uk.

There are over 200 Museums and Galleries to explore, 17 of which are National Museums.

London Parks

First time visitors to this huge metropolis might expect to find few parks and green spaces, but the reverse is true, over 30% of London is made up of parks and gardens, including the eight Royal Parks.

Boating in Hyde Park. Picture courtesy of www.britainonview.co.uk. The Regent's Park has parkland, formal gardens and a large boating lake. It's also home to the London Zoo.

The Royal Albert Hall from Kensington Gardens. Picture courtesy of www.britainonview.co.uk.

Kensington Gardens has beautiful tree lined avenues and is home to Kensington Palace, the Peter Pan statue and the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain.

St James's Park in the heart of London is often used for ceremonial and state occasions.

The Green Park has magnificent mature trees and open grassland, an oasis amid the busy city.

Bush Park is lesser known. It contains the imposing Diana fountain, tree lined avenues, woodland gardens and glades, a haven for wildlife.

Richmond Park is the largest Royal Park in London, with expanses of rolling grassland, a lake and the national collections of azaleas and rhododendrons. Red and fallow deer can often be seen here, creating a unique countryside atmosphere.

Greenwich Park contains large, formal parklands and a 'wilderness' area enclosed for deer. Within the park are historic buildings including the Old Royal Observatory, the National Maritime Museum and the Queen's House.

Rollerblading in Hyde Park. Picture courtesy of www.britainonview.co.uk. Hyde Park is host to many outdoor events; it is famous for being home to 'Speakers Corner' a popular platform for free speech, where on Sundays speakers expound enthusiastically on their particular subject.

Greater London Tourist Information centres can offer many guides and maps to help you plan your visit. A map of the London underground (tube) is essential. They also have information on trails to follow, cruises along the River Thames, open top bus tours and walking tours.


Many of the main attractions, restaurants and theatres are situated in central London, within walking distance of each other. Walking is a great way to see the city - walk the streets of London and you walk through history.

Tower Bridge. Picture courtesy of www.britainonview.co.uk. Everyone has their favourites, but some of the most popular attractions for first time visitors to central London are Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Buckingham Palace, the Queen's Gallery and the Royal Mews.

The British Museum, the National Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum. The Tower of London, Tower Bridge Exhibition, St Paul's Cathedral and the Museum of London.

For those with a head for heights, the London Eye and The Shard, one of the tallest buildings in Europe, offer amazing views of the capital. The list of attractions is endless, encouraging visitors to return many times to see more and more of fascinating London.

Shopping and Leisure

Shopping at Cartier. Picture courtesy of www.britainonview.co.uk. Greater London is not only famous for its history and culture; it is also reknowned for its shops, restaurants, entertainments and fun. It is estimated there are over 40,000 shops, 80 markets, 10 farmer's markets, countless restaurants offering every type of cuisine, pubs and nightclubs and a great variety of theatres, cinemas, sport and leisure facilities and even city farms. In short whatever you are looking for you will be sure to find it in London.

London Boroughs of Special Interest

RAF Museum, Hendon. Picture courtesy of www.britainonview.co.uk. Barnet - is home to the Royal Air Force Museum London, Church Farmhouse Museum and in Finchley is a branch of the Jewish Museum.

Brent - is home to the world famous Wembley Stadium, home of English football and Wembley Arena, one of Britain's largest music venues.

Bromley - Host to the annual Biggin Hill Air Fair, held in June. Crystal Palace Park boasts London's largest Maze. Chislehurst Caves, offer tours of this underground labyrinth. In Orpington is Bromley Museum and Crofton Roman Villa.

Camden. Picture courtesy of www.britainonview.co.uk. Camden - The Locks of Regent's Canal offer a wide selection of shops and boutiques. You'll also find Regent's Park and London Zoo here, as well as the Jewish Museum.

Croydon - has one of the best shopping centres outside the west end of London and is home to the oldest market in Britain - Surrey Street market. This ancient market has traded since the late 13th century.

Enfield - is home of Greater London's only specialist College of Horticulture, Capel Manor Gardens, with over 30 acres to explore.

National Maritime Museum. Picture courtesy of www.britainonview.co.uk. Greenwich - situated on the south bank of the Thames is a maritime borough home to the National Maritime Museum and to the Old Royal Observatory, where a brass strip on the path marks the zero meridian of longitude. Stand with one foot either side and you are in both the Western and Eastern hemisphere. Thames Flood Barrier. Picture courtesy of www.britainonview.co.uk.Located at Woolwich is the impressive Thames Barrier, built to stop the River Thames flooding.

Hackney - is where you can visit Sutton House, the oldest house in the east end. Hackney City Farm and Geffrye Museum, the only museum in Britain specialising in domestic interiors and furniture from 1600 to the present day. Hackney is also home of the famous Petticoat Lane and Brick Lane markets.

Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race. Picture courtesy of www.britainonview.co.uk. Hammersmith and Fulham - where crowds gather each spring to watch the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race. It's also home of the Museum of Fulham Palace.

Harrow - Well known as the home of one of Britain's finest public schools, where tours are available during term time. Also worth a visit is Harrow Heritage Museum, a medieval estate with a moated manor house.

Hillingdon - Here you will find Colne Valley Regional Park, with opportunities for walking, Cycling, Horse Riding, Angling, Water Sports and Golf.

In the V&A courtyard. Picture courtesy of www.britainonview.co.uk. Hounslow - has fine historic houses including Osterley Park and Boston Manor House. In the High Street, Brentford, is the Musical Museum and in Chiswick Hogarth's House.

Kensington and Chelsea - Encompass the famous shopping centres of central London as well as many famous museums such as Apsley House, Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms, the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and The Victoria and Albert Museum. Lesser known, but well worth visiting are Linley Sambourne House and Leighton House Art Gallery. The borough also encompasses Notting Hill, Notting Hill Carnival. Picture courtesy of www.britainonview.co.uk.site of Portobello Market and the famous annual Notting Hill Carnival, held in August.

Kingston upon Thames - The heritage of this historic borough is displayed at Kingston Museum.

Lambeth - is home to Lambeth Palace, home of the Archbishop of Canterbury and Lambeth Palace Library. The Imperial War Museum, the Museum of Garden History. In Kennington is the Oval Cricket Ground.

Lewisham - In Forest Hill, the Horniman Museum, is well worth a visit for all ages.

Merton - encompasses Wimbledon, home of the Lawn Tennis Championships held here annually.

Tate Modern. Picture courtesy of www.britainonview.co.uk. Newham - is situated within London's historic docklands, the Thames Barrier Park adjacent to the Thames Flood Prevention Barrier, is London's first post-war public park. Newham is home to the Museum of London and Newham City Farm and Visitor Centre, a great place for a day out with children.

Richmond-Upon-Thames - encompasses Richmond Park, Kew Gardens, Hampton Court Palace and Ham House. Within the borough is Twickenham Stadium the home of English Rugby.

Southwark - is home to Tate Modern and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. Borough Market is a popular venue for good food shopping.

Check out our other articles about London:

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Romantic Things to do in London


Days out in Greater London

  • 10 Downing Street
    No. 10 Downing Street, with its famous black front door - the backdrop to many historical announcements, has been the official residence of Britain's Prime Minister since 1732.
    10 Downing Street
  • 2 Willow Road
    This house is one of Britain's most important examples of Modernist architecture; the former home of Erno Goldfinger and designed and built by him in 1939.
    2 Willow Road
  • 7 Hammersmith Terrace
    7 Hammersmith Terrace is an internationally important Arts and Crafts "time warp" full of William Morris treasures. It's one of a terrace of Georgian houses overlooking the Thames.
    7 Hammersmith Terrace
  • Alexandra Palace Ice Rink
    The Alexandra Palace Ice Rink offers a wide range of activities suitable for all ages including public skating sessions, figure skating classes and ice hockey training.
    Alexandra Palace Ice Rink
  • Apsley House
    Apsley House, home of the first Duke of Wellington, is one of the capital's finest residences. Also known as 'Number One London', because it was the first house encountered past the toll-gate into London from the countryside.
    Apsley House
  • Bank of England Museum
    Housed within one of the most iconic buildings in the City of London, the Bank of England Museum offers a unique experience which brings to life the 315-year history of the Bank of England
    Bank of England Museum
  • Big Ben
    Most people are surprised to learn that Big Ben is not the landmark clock which adjoins London's Houses of Parliament. It is the name of the largest of the five bells which hang in the Clock Tower.
    Big Ben
  • Boston Manor House
    Boston Manor House is a fine Jacobean manor house built in 1623 and situated in parkland containing a lake and ancient cedar trees.
    Boston Manor House
  • British Library
    The British Library is the National Library of the United Kingdom. Apart from the 14 million books in its care, this phenomenal building is also home to over a million items from other countries.
    British Library
  • British Museum
    The British Museum is the oldest, and one of the largest museums in the world. Where else can you see some of the greatest treasures of all time under one roof ?
    British Museum
  • British Postal Museum and Archive
    In 1635 King Charles1 made his own mail delivery service available to the public. In 1660 The General Post Office was established to run this 'royal mail ' service. The Archive charts the four centuries of development into Royal Mail Group plc.
    British Postal Museum and Archive
  • Buckingham Palace
    Buckingham Palace is the official London residence of the sovereign, and was first opened to the public in 1993. The History of Buckingham Palace begins in 1702 when the Duke of Buckingham had it built as his London home.
    Buckingham Palace
  • Burgh House & Hampstead Local History Museum
    Burgh House is a handsome Queen Anne house in the heart of Old Hampstead, with original panelled rooms and staircase, and wrought-iron gates.
    Burgh House & Hampstead Local History Museum
  • Capel Manor Gardens
    Capel Manor Gardens and estate provide a colourful and scented oasis surrounding a Georgian Manor House and Victorian Stables.
    Capel Manor Gardens
  • Carlyles House
    This Queen Anne house was the home of Thomas Carlyle, the "Sage of Chelsea" for 47 years until his death in 1881.
    Carlyles House
  • Charles Dickens Museum
    Charles Dickens (1812-70) lived at number 48 Doughty Street from April 1837 to December 1839, not a long period but an important one, because it was here that he really secured his reputation.
    Charles Dickens Museum
  • Churchill War Rooms
    Visit the Churchill War Rooms, part of Imperial War Museums, to discover the original Cabinet War Rooms, the wartime bunker which sheltered Churchill and his staff during the Blitz.
    Churchill War Rooms
  • City of London Billingsgate Market
    Billingsgate is the United Kingdom's largest inland fish market. An average of 25,000 tonnes of fish and fish products are sold through its merchants each year
    City of London Billingsgate Market
  • Coca-Cola London Eye
    Coca-Cola London Eye is the world's tallest cantilevered observation wheel. Situated on the South Bank of the Rivee Thames, the London Eye is a focal point of the Nations celebration of the New Century.
    Coca-Cola London Eye
  • Colne Valley Regional Park
    The Colne Valley Regional Park provides a fantastic area for people to explore. Covering 40 square miles of countryside to the west of London, the Park is a mosaic of woodland, farmland, and waterways with many hidden treasures.
    Colne Valley Regional Park
  • Cutty Sark Clipper Ship
    Cutty Sark has relaunched, opening a new chapter in the extraordinary life of one of the world's most famous ships.
    Cutty Sark Clipper Ship
  • Design Museum
    The Design Museum is one of the world's leading museums devoted to contemporary design in every form from furniture to graphics, and architecture to industrial design.
    Design Museum
  • Dr Johnson's House
    This House can be described as a shrine to the English language, for it was here that Dr Samuel Johnson worked for many years to compile the first comprehensive English Dictionary which was published in 1755.
    Dr Johnson's House
  • Eltham Palace
    In 1933 Stephen Courtauld - millionaire, war veteran and patron of the arts - looked to the suburb of Eltham as the setting for a breathtaking new home. His vision was to link a modern, fashionable residence to the Great Hall of a medieval royal palace.
    Eltham Palace
  • Emirates Air Line Cable Cars
    Bridges, ferry boats, railways, the Tube and even a pedestrian tunnel have been used to get across the River Thames in London, but the latest public transport link is the Emirates Air Line Cable Car.
    Emirates Air Line Cable Cars
  • Fenton House
    Fenton House is a late 17th-century construction with an outstanding collection of porcelain, 17th-century needlework pictures, Georgian furniture and early keyboard instruments, most of which are in working order.
    Fenton House
  • Firepower! Royal Artillery Museum
    Firepower! The Royal Artillery Museum, is located in the Royal Arsenal, Woolwich in South East London.
    Firepower! Royal Artillery Museum
  • Forty Hall & Estate
    Forty Hall & Estate is a magnificent Jacobean mansion with formal gardens, parkland and ornamental lakes.
    Forty Hall & Estate
  • Freud Museum
    The Freud Museum was the home of Sigmund Freud and his family when they escaped Nazi annexation of Austria in 1938. It remained the family home until Anna Freud, the youngest daughter, died in 1982.
    Freud Museum
  • Garden Museum
    The Garden Museum (formerly the Museum of Garden History) aims to become the leading national venue for exhibitions and debate on gardens and garden design.
    Garden Museum
  • Geffrye Museum
    The Geffrye is one of London's most friendly and enjoyable museums. Its setting is in the former almshouses of the Ironmongers' Company, delightful 18th-century buildings with attractive gardens and mature trees.
    Geffrye Museum
  • Hackney City Farm
    City Farms exist to bring the countryside and its activities to urban people. They generally use otherwise derelict land and involve local people in their establishment and maintenance.
    Hackney City Farm
  • Harrow Museum & Heritage Centre
    Discover Harrow's historic past at Harrow Museum! Entry is free, and with a number of temporary exhibitions and special events throughout the year, there is always something new to see or do.
    Harrow Museum & Heritage Centre
  • Heaton Hall
    A magnificent neo-classical country house with beautifully restored 18th century interiors, set in 650 acres of rolling parkland.
    Heaton Hall
  • HMS Belfast
    A visit to HMS Belfast is a fantastic way to learn about life on board ship in Britain's Navy from 1930s to the 1970s.
    HMS Belfast
  • Hogarths House
    Hogarth's House in Chiswick was built around 1700 and was the country home of the great painter, engraver and satirist William Hogarth from 1749 until his death in 1764.
    Hogarths House
  • Horniman Museum & Gardens
    Welcome to the award-winning Horniman Museum and Gardens - where you can discover more about the World, its people, their cultures, and its environment.
    Horniman Museum & Gardens
  • Houses of Parliament
    The Houses of Parliament, otherwise known as The Palace of Westminster, stands on the site where Edward the Confessor had the original palace built in the first half of the eleventh century.
    Houses of Parliament
  • Imperial War Museum London
    Imperial War Museum London is not a Museum of the distant past, but about people still alive today, their parents and grandparents. It tells the stories of those who have lived, fought and died in conflict from the First World War to the present day.
    Imperial War Museum London
  • Jewish Museum
    The Jewish Museum London reopened on 17 March 2010 after a £10 million transformation creating a landmark museum that celebrates Jewish life and cultural diversity.
    Jewish Museum
  • Keats House
    This is the house where John Keats lived from 1818 to 1820 with his friend Charles Brown. It is where he wrote some of his most intensely moving poems including 'Ode to a Nightingale'.
    Keats House
  • Kempton Park Racecourse
    Kempton Park Racecourse, in Sunbury-on-Thames, offers racegoers a fantastic experience of racing and entertainment only 30 minutes from Central London.
    Kempton Park Racecourse
  • Kensington Palace
    Behind the ornate gold and black wrought iron gates on Kensington High Street stands the popular attraction of Kensington Palace.
    Kensington Palace
  • Kenwood House
    Kenwood House presides over the extensive Hampstead Heath with superb views of the city of London from its hilltop position.
    Kenwood House
  • Kew Bridge Steam Museum
    Steam power comes alive at London's Kew Bridge Steam Museum. Built in the 19th century to supply London with water, the museum is recognised as the most important historic site of the water supply industry in Britain.
    Kew Bridge Steam Museum
  • L. Ron Hubbard's Fitzroy House
    Set in the heart of Fitzrovia, famed for its writers and artists, Fitzroy House was built in 1791 shortly after development was undertaken of this area.
    L. Ron Hubbard's Fitzroy House
  • Leighton House Art Gallery Museum
    Leighton House was the home of Frederic, Lord Leighton, (1830-1896), the great classical painter and President of the Royal Academy.
    Leighton House Art Gallery Museum
  • Linley Sambourne House
    Linley Sambourne House was the home of Edward Linley Sambourne a leading Punch cartoonist of the late Victorian and Edwardian period.
    Linley Sambourne House
  • London Canal Museum
    Discover Londons colourful canal story at London Canal Museum, the capital's only waterways museum. We tell the story of how and why london's canals were built.
    London Canal Museum
  • London Dungeon
    The London Dungeon invites you to delve into the capital's most blood-curdling history. Live actors, two hair-raising rides, shows and special effects transport you back to those black, bleak times - are you brave enough?
    London Dungeon
  • London Zoo
    London Zoo, the most famous Zoo in the world, is situated on the north side of Regent's Park. London Zoo first became established in 1828, housing animals for scientific study.
  • Lord's
    You don't have to be a cricket lover to be thrilled by Lord's. When you tour this world-famous arena you tread in the footsteps of the giants of the game.
  • Madame Tussauds
    Filled with 14 exciting, interactive zones and the new Marvel Super Heroes 4D movie experience, Madame Tussauds London combines glitz and glamour with incredible history.
    Madame Tussauds
  • Marble Arch
    If you walk under the arches of  Marble Arch you are following in the footsteps of many Royals - it used to be the entrance to Buckingham Palace!
    Marble Arch
  • Morden Hall Park
    This oasis in the heart of suburbia covers over 50 hectares (125 acres) of parkland with the River Wandle meandering through.
    Morden Hall Park
  • Museum and Library of The Order of St. John
    Take a tour around the ancient Priory of the Knights Hospitallers with its Tudor Gate House, 16th century Church and 12th century Crypt.
    Museum and Library of The Order of St. John
  • Museum of Fulham Palace
    The Museum of Fulham Palace tells the story of Fulham Palace, which is a Grade 1 listed historic building. The estate was owned by the Bishops of London for over 1200 years
    Museum of Fulham Palace
  • Museum of London
    Step inside Museum of London for an unforgettable journey through the capital's turbulent past.
    Museum of London
  • Musical Museum
    During your visit to the Musical museum you will experience the fascinating world of automatic musical instruments through a continuous demonstration in which the instruments are explained and played.
    Musical Museum
  • National Army Museum
    The National Army Museum has something for everyone. There's so much to see - famous paintings, lifelike models, glittering swords, colourful uniforms.
    National Army Museum
  • National Gallery
    Established in 1824, the National Gallery houses one of the finest collections of European paintings in the world, as well as presenting numerous one-off exhibitions throughout the year.
    National Gallery
  • National Maritime Museum
    Dive into the largest maritime museum in the world and you'll discover more than you could ever imagine. For the greatest day out in the whole galaxy, transport yourself to the Royal Observatory, Greenwich
    National Maritime Museum
  • National Portrait Gallery
    The National Portrait Gallery in London contains over 175,000 portraits of British men and women, of historic importance from 16th century to the present day.
    National Portrait Gallery
  • Natural History Museum
    Ever stared into the gaping jaws of a Tyrannosaurus rex, felt the devastating power of an earthquake or come face to face with a giant, moving scorpion ? You will when you enter the amazing world of The Natural History Museum.
    Natural History Museum
  • Nelson's Column
    Nelson's Column is the focal point of Trafalgar Square. Admiral Nelson was one of Britain's best-loved heroes, who fought valiantly for his country.
    Nelson's Column
  • Newham City Farm & Visitor Centre
    Newham City Farm was established in 1977 offering educational and leisure activities for the community. A wide collection of farm animals has been built up over the years including a number of rare breeds.
    Newham City Farm & Visitor Centre
  • Old Royal Naval College
    The Old Royal Naval College occupies part of the historic group of buildings on the south bank of the River Thames in London, known as Wren's twin-domed riverside masterpiece.
    Old Royal Naval College
  • Osterley Park
    The spectacular 18th-century interiors of the Osterley Park house comprise one of Britain's most complete examples of Robert Adam's work.
    Osterley Park
  • Princess Diana Memorial Fountain
    A ground-breaking project in many regards, The Princess Diana Memorial Fountain was opened in 2004 as a permanent, public tribute to the memory of Princess Diana.
    Princess Diana Memorial Fountain
  • Pumphouse Educational Museum
    Heritage Museum and the Lavender Pond & Nature Park, is a unique resource in the Surrey Commercial Docks area of Rotherhithe.
    Pumphouse Educational Museum
  • Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge
    Built in 1543 for Henry VIII, Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge is probably the last remaining royal hunting grandstand in the world.
    Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge
  • Red House
    Those struggling to define the style of the Arts and Crafts Movement of the 1870s should pay a visit to Red House in Bexleyheath.
    Red House
  • Royal Air Force Museum London
    The Royal Air Force Museum London, North West London is one of the best flight exhibitions in the world.
    Royal Air Force Museum London
  • Royal Mews
    The Royal Mews was built by Nash in the 1820's as the Mews for Buckingham Palace. The entrance off Buckingham Palace Road is through a Doric archway surmounted by a clock tower.
    Royal Mews
  • Science Museum
    Situated in Exhibition Road, South Kensington, the Science Museum contains all the wonders of our industrial and technological age.
  • Sea Life London Aquarium
    The aquarium is one of Londons more popular attractions with around a million visitors each year. You can see all manner of fish and aquatic life, including sharks, crocodiles and even penguins.
    Sea Life London Aquarium
  • Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
    Shakespeare's Globe Theatre has been recreated on the south bank of the River Thames in London. The theatre is only a short distance from the site of the original Globe Theatre built in 1599 here many of Shakespeare's plays were first produced.
    Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
  • Southside House
    Described by connoisseurs as an unforgettable experience, Southside House provides an enchantingly eccentric backdrop to the lives and loves of generations of the Pennington Mellor Munthe families.
    Southside House
  • Spitalfields City Farm
    Spitalfields City Farm began in 1978 as an allotment scheme on derelict land. It has since developed into an urban farm which aims to bring the countryside and rural activities to the East End.
    Spitalfields City Farm
  • St Bride's Church
    This site spans two thousand years' development of an island people. Little of importance that has happened in England's story has not been echoed in St. Bride's.
    St Bride's Church
  • St. Paul's Cathedral
    St Paul's Cathedral is Sir Christopher Wren's masterpiece, built in glowing Portland stone, crowned by the magnificent dome; a famous landmark on the skyline of the City of London.
    St. Paul's Cathedral
  • Stepping Stones Farm
    Stepping Stones Farm has a full range of farm livestock including a magnificent Jacobs ram, a potentially noble young Anglo-nubian billy and two endearing Kune kune pigs - Honey and Treacle, plus a small selction of 'pets'
    Stepping Stones Farm
  • Sutton House
    Sutton House, the oldest house in London's East End, is a rare example of a Tudor red-brick house.
    Sutton House
  • Tate Britain
    Tate Britain is the national gallery of British art. It is located in London and is the world centre for the understanding and enjoyment of British art and works actively to promote interest in British art internationally.
    Tate Britain
  • Tate Modern
    The Tate collection of modern and contemporary art represents all the major movements from Fauvism on. It includes important masterpieces by both Picasso and Matisse and one of the world's finest museum collections of Surrealism.
    Tate Modern
  • The Cenotaph
    The War memorial, known the world over as The Cenotaph, is situated in London's Whitehall; it was originally built of wood and plaster, for the first anniversary of the armistice in 1919.
  • The Household Cavalry Museum
    The Household Cavalry Museum is unlike any other military museum because it offers a unique behind-the-scenes look at the work of the Household Cavalry.
    The Household Cavalry Museum
  • The Monument
    The Monument is the impressive flame-topped stone obelisk built to commemorate the Great Fire of London
    The Monument
  • The O2
    Since opening in June 2007, The O2 has hosted an outstanding array of awe-inspiring performers. The O2 is officially the world's most popular music and entertainment venue.
    The O2
  • The Shard
    The Shard stands 309.6 metres (1,016 feet) high at its highest point and the exterior of this contemporary building has 11,000 glass panes.
    The Shard
  • The Tower of London
    For over 900 years, The Tower of London has dominated the capital. As a Royal Palace, fortress, prison, place of execution, arsenal, Royal Mint and jewel house, it has witnessed many great events in British history.
    The Tower of London
  • The Victoria and Albert Museum
    The V&A is the greatest museum of art and design, a world treasure house with collections of fabulous scope and diversity.
    The Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Tower Bridge Exhibition
    Explore inside one of London's best known landmarks. From the glass walkway high above the Thames you will see fantastic views up and down the river.
    Tower Bridge Exhibition
  • Trafalgar Square
    Trafalgar Square, set in central London, is one of Britain's great tourist attractions. A visit to the capital would be incomplete without going to this most famous of landmarks.
    Trafalgar Square
  • V&A Museum of Childhood London
    The V&A Museum of Childhood aims to encourage everyone to explore the themes of childhood past and present and develop an appreciation of creative design through our inspirational collections and programmes.
    V&A Museum of Childhood London
  • Wesley's Chapel The Museum of Methodism & The John Wesley House
    John Wesley (1703-1791), one of the most influential personalities of the eighteenth century, is the founder of Methodism. He built Wesley's Chapel as his London base.
    Wesley's Chapel The Museum of Methodism & The John Wesley House
  • Westminster Abbey
    Westminster Abbey is an exciting place to visit for anyone interested in British History.  Almost all Britain's kings and queens since William the Conqueror have been crowned here, and many are buried at the Abbey too.
    Westminster Abbey
  • William Morris Gallery
    The William Morris Gallery is closed for redevelopment until July 2012.
    William Morris Gallery

Places to Visit in Greater London

  • Biggin Hill
    Biggin Hill became famous during the Battle of Britain in the summer of 1940, when Spitfire squadrons were stationed there. It was regarded as Britain's principal fighter station, and its ace pilots became national figures.
    Biggin Hill
  • Bloomsbury
    Bloomsbury in London is the southern area of the Borough of Camden right next to Soho, yet it is quite the opposite when it comes to character! While Soho is the prodigal son, Bloomsbury is the classy daughter of London.
  • Chessington
    Chessington is a town of just under 20,000 residents, set in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.
  • City of London
    The square mile which is known as "The City" in London is situated on the north bank of the River Thames.
    City of London
  • Croydon
    Croydon at first glace may appear as a soulless concrete jungle, But under this visage is a hidden gem in south London. Visitors will find Croydon a great place to visit day or night.
  • Cudham
    Cudham is a small village on the North Downs, now part of Bromley on its boundary with Surrey. It has an old church of St. Peter and St. Paul with original parish registers going back to 1653.
  • Dollis Hill
    Dollis Hill is an area of North-West London in the Borough of Brent. The Dollis Hill area was originally an estate built up by the Finch family in the 19th Century. They built Dollis Hill House in the 1820s
  • Downe
    Downe is an old village on the North Downs, traditionally in Kent but now part of the London borough of Bromley. Its main attraction is Down House, the home of Charles Darwin when he wrote his famous book on the Origin of Species.
  • Edgware
    Known to most Londoners simply as the name of a road and one of three final destinations for north-bound Northern Line trains, Edgware marks the northern edge of the suburban sprawl of Greater London.
  • Elm Park
    Elm Park is an idyllic town located in Hornchurch, in the London Borough of Havering. It stands at the cross road of ancient and modern Britain featuring old style buildings as well as newer town houses.
  • Hampton Hill
    Hampton Hill is a lively bustling 19th Century village situated right next to Her Majesty's beautiful Bushy Park and alongside the serene Longford River. It is particularly steeped in the history of England's Royal Heritage.
    Hampton Hill
  • Havering atte Bower
    Havering atte Bower is a small, quiet village outside busy Romford. The views are breathtaking and on a clear day you can see into London and the Queen Elizabeth bridge with the Kent countryside behind it.
  • Isleworth
    Isleworth is an historic part of London, the boarders lead down to some of the finest stretches of the Thames. Isleworth borders Twickenham, Brentford, Hounslow and is 10 minutes from Richmond.
  • London
    With hundreds of years of history, yet a vibrant modern feel - there's nowhere in the world like London. No wonder it's one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
  • London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
    The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham is situated to the east of Greater London, on the north bank of the River Thames.
    London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
  • London Borough of Barnet
    The London Borough of Barnet is on the northernmost edge of Greater London between Harrow and Enfield. It was created in 1965 by combining several areas from Middlesex and Hertfordshire.
    London Borough of Barnet
  • London Borough of Bexley
    The London Borough of Bexley lies on the south bank of the River Thames on the southeastern side of Greater London, alongside the historic Borough of Greenwich.
  • London Borough of Brent
    The London Borough of Brent is in the northwest of Greater London, and gets its name from the River Brent which runs through it. It borders the central London boroughs of Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea among others.
  • London Borough of Bromley
    The London Borough of Bromley is in the extreme southeast corner of Greater London and forms part of Outer London.
  • London Borough of Camden
    The London Borough of Camden is centrally located in Inner London lying just to the north of Westminster and the sights of Central London.
    London Borough of Camden
  • London Borough of City of Westminster
    The London Borough of Westminster is actually allowed by royal charter to use the title
  • London Borough of Croydon
    The London Borough of Croydon is the southernmost borough of London, lying to the south of Lambeth and west of Bromley.
  • London Borough of Ealing
    The London Borough of Ealing is situated to the west of London, adjoining the Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham to the east.
    London Borough of Ealing
  • London Borough of Enfield
    The London Borough of Enfield is the northernmost borough in Greater London. It is situated to the north of Haringey and to the east of Barnet.
  • London Borough of Greenwich
    The London Borough of Greenwich is situated on the south bank of the River Thames, on the east side of London.
    London Borough of Greenwich
  • London Borough of Hackney
    The London Borough of Hackney is one of the central boroughs of London, located to the east of The london Borough of Islington on the northeast side of the city.
  • London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham
    The London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham is one of London's seven central boroughs. It is on the north bank of the River Thames.
  • London Borough of Haringey
    The London Borough of Haringey is in North London, beyond the central boroughs of The London Borough of Islington and The London Borough of Hackney
    London Borough of Haringey
  • London Borough of Harrow
    The London Borough of Harrow can be found on the outskirts of northwest London. It is in Outer London, situated between The London Borough of Hillingdon and The London Borough of Barnet
  • London Borough of Havering
    The London Borough of Havering is in the extreme north east of Greater London and is part of Outer London. It is next to the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
  • London Borough of Hillingdon
    The London Borough of Hillingdon is on the extreme west of Greater London, adjoining The London Borough of Hounslow
  • London Borough of Hounslow
    The London Borough of Hounslow lies on the outer edge of west London, to the north of the River Thames.
  • London Borough of Islington
    The London Borough of Islington is one of London's central boroughs, situated between The London Borough of Camden and The London Borough of Hackney
    London Borough of Islington
  • London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
    The Royal London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is an exclusive central borough on the west side of London. It is situated on the banks of the River Thames
    London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
  • London Borough of Kingston upon Thames
    The London Borough of Kingston upon Thames is in the extreme southwest of Greater London, to the south of Richmond upon Thames.
  • London Borough of Lambeth
    The London Borough of Lambeth is on the south bank of the River Thames, between The London Borough of Southwark and The London Borough of Wandsworth
    London Borough of Lambeth
  • London Borough of Lewisham
    The London Borough of Lewisham is on the south bank of the River Thames, between The London Borough of Southwark and The London Borough of Greenwich
  • London Borough of Merton
    The London Borough of Merton is in south London, between The london Borough of Wandsworth and The London Borough of Sutton.
  • London Borough of Newham
    The London Borough of Newham is on the north bank of the River Thames, to the east of The London Borough of Tower Hamlets. It is the heart of London's East End.
  • London Borough of Redbridge
    The London Borough of Redbridge is on the northeast side of London, It is seven miles from the City
  • London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
    The London Borough of Richmond upon Thames is in southwest London and forms part of Outer London. It lies to the southeast of Richmond upon Thames.
  • London Borough of Southwark
    The London Borough of Southwark is situated directly opposite the City of London on the south bank of the River Thames. It is one of the boroughs which form Inner London.
    London Borough of Southwark
  • London Borough of Sutton
    The London Borough of Sutton is on the southern edge of Greater London, between Merton and The London Borough of Bromley
  • London Borough of Tower Hamlets
    The London Borough of Tower Hamlets lies on the north bank of the River Thames, to the east of the City and the London Borough of Hackney.
  • London Borough of Waltham Forest
    The London Borough of Waltham Forest is on the outer edge of northeast London, between The London Borough of Enfield and The London Borough of Redbridge.
  • London Borough of Wandsworth
    The London Borough of Wandsworth lies along the south bank of the River Thames. It is directly across the water from The London Borough-of-Hammersmith-and-Fulham.
  • Notting Hill
    Notting Hill, famous for its August Bank Holiday Carnival, and the Film of the same name, is a desirable area of West London.
    Notting Hill
  • Palmers Green
    Palmers Green, while one of North London's lesser known suburbs, has a number of attractions to distract even the most jaded visitor. At Palmers Green's heart stands the beautiful Broomfield Park, spanning 500 acres.
  • Richmond-upon-Thames
    Richmond is a handsome town on the river Thames and is a most attractive place either to live in or to visit.
  • Romford
    Romford is a historic town in Essex, about 15 miles northeast of London, with a market dating back to 1247.
  • Wandsworth
    Wandsworth is a quiet retreat away from the bustling nearby areas of Clapham, Wimbledon and Putney. As a resident it has everything one needs, including a cinema complex, large open park area, many gyms and sporting facilities.
  • Whitechapel
    Whitechapel is situated in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, and has a chequered past, being known as the hunting ground of Jack the Ripper.

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