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Explore 68 top London attractions, listed A to Z below,  to help you plan your day out in London.

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Abbey Road, possibly the most famous Zebra Crossing in the World. Check-out the webcam.

Abbey Road
Abbey Road Crossing on the Beatles album cover, Abbey Road Studios. Access to the studios strictly by invitation.

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Big Ben,City of Westminster,Clock Tower,Houses of Paliament

Big Ben
Big Ben, iconic clock tower adjoining Houses of Parliament, City of Westminster. Chimes every 15 minutes. UK residents book via your MP.

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British Library
The British Library is the place go for the world's knowledge, described in more than 150 million items from many countries and in many languages. Formats include traditional print, digital, video, structured databases, drawings and maps, some artifacts dating back to 2000 BC. Treasures include Magna Carta, Leonardo da Vinci's Notebook, and the Diamond Sutra
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The British Museum and the national library for antiquities, human culture, human history.British Museum -
The British Museum is the most popular museum in the UK and 3rd most visited in the world, the British Museum's collection of 8million objects aims to cover the entire history of the world's cultures and antiquities, from the stone tools of early man to twentieth century prints and artifacts.
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Go to Buckingham Palace,royal residence for the Queen. See Changing the Guard,

Buckingham Palace
The royal residence in London, where the Queen carry’s out her official duties as Head of State for the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. Admissions charges apply to see The State Rooms, the Picture Gallery and parts of the gardens. You can see the Changing the Guard free from St James Park, daily from May to July, alternate days for the rest of the year
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Camden Market,  Camden Lock market, Camden Village, Stables Market

Camden Market
Camden Lock market, Camden Village, Stables Market , collectively known as Camden Market. London’s most popular open air market. It’s buzzing, it’s great fun. If you like markets then this is highly recommended. Free admission

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business district,Canary Wharf,civic transformation,Isle of Dogs,London Docklands,West India Docks

Canary Wharf
Canary Wharf, a civic transformation, on the Isle of Dogs, in London's Docklands, covering the West India Docks, now a smart business district, one o Europe's biggest commercial centre. Freely accessible

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Bloomsbury,caricatures,Cartoon Museum,comic strips

Cartoon Museum
Cartoon Museum, Bloomsbury. For caricatures, comic strips, and great cartoon artwork.
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Cabinet War Rooms,Churchill Museum,Churchill War Rooms,underground headquarters,wartime bunker

Churchill War Rooms
Churchill War Rooms, a wartime bunker, the underground headquarters or Cabinet War Rooms used during the Second World War, includes the Churchill Museum. Tickets in advance or on the door.

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 Neal's Yard,  Seven DialsRoyal Opera House, shops, market, bars and restaurants, all at Covent Garden, off Drury Lane

Covent Garden
Covent Garden, for Neal's Yard, Seven Dials. Adjacent to Royal Opera House, off Drury Lane. In the middle of London. Historic, beautiful, always busy with a market, boutiques, shops, excellent bars and restaurants, a great place to hang-out for a few hours. Freely accessible..

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10 Downing Street,Number 10,Prime Minister's office,Prime Minister's official residence

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10 Downing Street, Prime Minister's office, Prime Minister's official residence.

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Exhibition Centre London (ExCeL)
Located on a 100 acre site in the London Docklands, ExCeL is the preferred venue for a variety of events from international exhibitions, conferences to media and sporting events. Serviced by the DLR which (connecting rail, underground, City Airport) and easy to drive to being close to the motorway network.
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Hampton Court
A great day out for the family with plenty to explore in this Historic Royal Palace with fascinating exhibitions, mock-ups and displays. Plenty of knowledgeable and helpful staff on hand to talk through the history. Wonderful gardens, with the famous maze and a huge grape vine reported to be the largest in the world.
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Harrods department store, famous London shop, Knightsbridge, London. For luxury goods.

Harrods
Harrods department store, famous London shop, Knightsbridge, London. For luxury goods.

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HMS Belfast,Royal Navy,Second World War cruiser, protector of Atlantic convoysHMS Belfast
HMS Belfast, a Royal Navy cruiser, protected convoys in the Second World War, now a museum ship.
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House of Lords and House of Commons convene in the Houses of Parliament, setting the rules for Government.Houses of Parliament
The Palace or Westminster is one of the worlds most famous buildings and is home to the UK’s Parliament and is often referred to as the Houses of Parliament. It is located on the northern bank of the River Thames in the City of Westminster. Parliament comprises the House of Commons and House of Lords, which together set the laws and legislation that govern the UK, which the Government adheres to.
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For the Serpentine (Lake), Speakers Corner, a rest from the shops, visit Hyde Park. One of the Royal Parks.Hyde Park
Hyde Park, the Central London Park with the Serpentine (Lake) and Speakers Corner. One of the Royal Parks.
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A national museum,  covering the history of the Empire, First World War, the Second World War.Imperial War Museum
Imperial War Museum, a national museum, covering the history of Empire, First World War, the Second World War.
Re-opening in July following refurbishment.
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Medieval building, part of the Royal Palace of Westminster. Jewel Tower is the Kings Privy WardrobeJewel Tower
Jewel Tower, Kings Privy Wardrobe, a medieval building, part of the Royal Palace of Westminster.
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One of the Historic Royal Palaces, parts are open to the public. Kensington Palace, royal residence in Kensington GardensKensington Palace
Kensington Palace, royal residence in Kensington Gardens. One of the Historic Royal Palaces, parts are open to the public.
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Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew,  exotic plants, Victorian greenhouse.Kew Gardens
Kew Gardens, Royal Botanic Gardens, for exotic plants and magnificent Victorian greenhouses and gardens.
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On the South Bank, next to County Hall. Impressive collection of fresh water and sea life and and freshwater life, including a big scary shark  tank.London Aquarium
On the SouthBank, next to County Hall. Popular London tourist attraction. Impressive collection of underwater life, including a massive, scary shark tank.
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London (Emirates) Cable Car
London's Cable Car, aka Emirates Air Line. This really is an extraordinary River Thames crossing providing amazing views, connecting O2 arena and the Royal Docks.
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London Canal Museum
Canal Museum, Kings Cross, for the history of London canals and narrow boats, housed in a Victorian ice warehouse.
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Black Death,Dungeons,Gunpowder Plot,Jack the Ripper,London DungeonLondon Dungeon
Find out about Black Death, Dungeons, Gunpowder Plot, Jack the Ripper.
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London Eye,London Jubilee Gardens,Millennium Wheel,South Bank,tourist attractionLondon Eye
aka The Millennium Wheel. On the SouthBank, in Jubilee Gardens, a major tourist attraction providing amazing views of the city. Tickets on the door available on the door, or,big savings if you book in advance.
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London Motor Museum
Classic cars from the 60’s. 70’s 80’s and some famous character cars , including Herbie and a Batmobile.
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London Olympia
Major, exhibition and Conference Centre located in Kensington, West London.
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London's transport heritage and the evolution of trams, trains, buses and the London Underground,London Transport Museum
London Transport Museum, housed in a splendid Victorian building in Covent Garden, covering London's transport heritage and the evolution of trams, trains, buses and the London Underground.Tickets on the door
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Bird sanctuary,conservation,Nature Reserve,Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust,wildlifeLondon Wetland Centre
London Wetlands Centre, a conservation area, bird sanctuary, Nature Reserve. Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust.
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A large collection of wildlife located in London Zoo in Regents Park.London Zoo
Located on the North side of Regents Park, close to Primrose Hill, London Zoo aka Regents Zoo, houses a large collection of wildlife.
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Located in Central London, Madame Tussauds is a major tourist attraction, housed in the former London Planetarium. It is famous for it’s waxwork creations of famous people and celebrities. Madame Tussauds
Located in Central London, Madame Tussauds is a major tourist attraction, housed in the former London Planetarium. It is famous for it’s waxwork creations of famous people and celebrities.
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Cricket,ECB,England and Wales Cricket Board,home of cricket,Lord's Cricket Ground,LordsLord's Cricket Ground
HQ for the ECB, England and Wales Cricket Board, the home of cricket.
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Museum of brands packaging and advertising, consumer culture, from Victorian to modern timesMuseum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising
For a trip down memory lane. A collection of over 12,000 original items. The museum has arranged artifacts in chronological order, from Victorian to modern times advertising, consumer. FREE admission.
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Museum of London Docklands
An amalgamation of two former museums has enabled Museum of London Docklands to continue to extend the two former collections, one focused on archaeological and the other on urban history. FREE Admission
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National Gallery
Located in the centre of London, facing onto Trafalgar Square. One of the greatest collections of Western European paintings in the world including works by Van Gogh, Botticelli, Renoir, Constable, De Vinci and many more.
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Natural History Museum
Located in Exhibition Road, South Kensington. These magnificent buildings host amazing collections on Natural History, from animals, plants, geology, and palaeontology to ecosystems and climatology, Find out about Darwin, dinosaurs and our beautiful, natural world.
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Royal Museums Greenwich, National Maritime Museum, Queen's House,  Royal Observatory,  World Heritage site. National Maritime Museum / Royal Museums Greenwich
A World Heritage site. Comprising National Maritime Museum, Queen's House and the Royal Observatory. A day in Greenwich is a must, on the river with the beautiful Greenwich Park and Blackheath common all close by .Tickets on the door or in advance
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art gallery, portrait, portrait exhibition, portrait gallery, portraits of famous peopleNational Portait Gallery
Adjacent to the National Gallery, this was the world's first national portrait gallery, full of portraits of historically famous British People. Collection includes drawings, paintings, photographs, and caricatures
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02 Arena, Millennium Dome, Greenwich, O2 Arena .
Designed and built as the focal point for the UK's Year 2000 celebrations, the Millennium Dome, Greenwich is a huge entertainment complex which has taken the lead as the world’s busiest music venue.
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Regent's Park
London Zoo and the Open Air Theatre are within the park. Other facilities include boat and pedalo hire, tennis, deck chair hire, choice of cafes.
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Royal Academy
Based in Burlington House on Piccadilly, an independent gallery, led by distinguished artists and architects. The academy was founded by King George III in 1768. With 34 founder Members, they set about establishing a school of art that would be a catalyst to pass skills and experience down through the generations. Free exhibitions and paid entry exhibitions all year round.
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Royal Air Force Museum
Fantastic collection of over 100 aircraft. Exhibitions cover the history of flight, 4D theatre, virtual tours and flight simulators. FREE admission.
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Royal Albert Hall
Named by Queen Victoria in dedication to her late husband, the Royal Albert Hall of Arts and Sciences now fulfills its destine as a magnificent exhibition and concert hall in South Kensington, the venue for the Proms concert.
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Concerts, dance,music,open foyers,Royal Festival Hall,Southbank Centre. Royal Festival Hall
At the heart of London's South Bank, one of the largest arts centre complexes in the world, the Royal Festival provides back to back concerts, music and dance events. Open foyers often have free live performance.
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Royal Museums Greenwich, National Maritime Museum, Queen's House, Royal Observatory, World Heritage site.Royal Museums Greenwich (incl Maritime)
A World Heritage site. The Royal Museums Greenwich comprise National Maritime Museum, Queen's House, and the Royal Observatory.Tickets on the door or in advance
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Mews,royal carriages,Royal family,Royal Mews,state vehiclesRoyal Mews
Combined carrriage houses and stables for the British Royal Family. Visit the Royal Mews, to see state vehicles and royal carriages of the Royal family..
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DNA, jet engine ,Science Museum, steam engine, Stephenson's Rocket, major tourist attractionScience Museum
Events and exhibitions, proper 3D films in an IMAX cinema are supported by amazing permanent collections covering all aspects of science, suitable for all ages. 3 million visitors a year. Free admission. Events,exhibitions are charged.
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department store,designer fashion,fashion,Oxford Street,Selfridges

Selfridges
Selfridges & Co, high end department store, offering designer fashion, must have toys and gifts, in Oxford Street.
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Globe,London,South Bank,Theatre,tourist attraction,William ShakespeareShakespeare`s Globe Theatre
Located on London's wonderful South Bank. To see a Shakespearean play in the round, at The Globe Theatre, is an opportunity not to be missed. Located on London's wonderful South Bank, best to buy tickets in advance.
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arts and culture,ice skating,neo-classical,neoclassical,River Thames,Somerset HouseSomerset House
Somerset House, for arts and culture, for ice skating in the winter. A wonderful neo-classical building on the banks of River Thames.
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Gothic reconstruction,Norman,Saxon,South Bank River Thames,Southwark CathedralSouthwark Cathedral
A wonderful Gothic reconstruction, parts dating to Norman, Saxon, times, on South Bank River Thames. Free admission. Regular mass.Ticketed events.
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Changing the Guard,Royal Parks,St James Park,St James's Park,Trooping of the ColourSt James's Park
For Changing the Guard and Trooping the Colour. Surrounded by major tourist attractions, this could be the ideal place to hire a deckchair for an hour, chill-out with an ice-cream and watch the pelicans.Freely accessible
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Gothic revival,London St Pancras,St Pancras International,St Pancras railway stationSt Pancras Station
If you are travelling in or out of London via St Pancras, it’s worth planning a little extra time at this fabulous Gothic revival railway station offering great shops and restaurants.
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cathedral,Christopher Wren,dome,renaissance,St Paul's Cathedral,St PaulsSt Paul's Cathedral
This magnificent Cathedral remains an iconic symbol of the London skyline. Inside, you can stand under one of the largest cathedral domes in the world. Worth buying sightseeing tickets to climb up the Dome and onwards to the panoramic views at the top and to access to the Crypt.Tckets on the door.
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contemporary art,international modern art,modern art,Tate Modern,The Turbine HallTate Modern London
A national gallery of international contemporary and modern art, from 1900 to the present day. This is the most visited modern art gallery in the world. FREE admission. Events are charged.
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London flood defence,Thames Barrier,Thames Barrier Park,Thames Barrier Visitor CentreThames Barrier
Protecting the city of London from the risk of flooding, the Thames Barrier is the worlds second largest movable flood barrier. Explore the Thames Barrier Park and the Visitor Centre which includes a 10 minute video and working scale model. There are river walks and a children’s play area outside. Tickets on the door.
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Courtauld Museum,The Courtauld Gallery,The Courtauld Institute of Art,  Impressionist art, Post-Impressionist artThe Courtauld Gallery
Nestled between The Strand and the River Thames. A peaceful building with a great collection of famous Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces. Tickets on the door Tickets on the door.
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bascule bridge,River Thames,stationary steam engine,suspension bridge,Tower BridgeTower Bridge Spans the River Thames by the Tower of London. This iconic bridge blends a bascule and suspension bridge design. Wonderful views from the top, with a massive stationary steam engine still in place.
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Castle,Crown Jewels,Fortress,Royal Palace,Tower of LondonTower Of London
A Royal Palace, a proper castle and home for the Crown Jewels. Informative staff might convey a humorous spin on the history of this fortress which often marked a grisly end to the lives of many of it's high profile prisoners.Tickets in advance or on the door.
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Centre of London,London tourist attraction,Nelsons Column,Trafalgar SquareTrafalgar Square / Nelson's Column
Nelson's Column, Trafalgar Square, a major London tourist attraction, located at the centre of London, a few yards from Charing Cross Station.
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art and design,East Asia,Islamic World,Italian Renaissance,post classical,V&A museum,Victoria and Albert museumVictoria & Albert Museum
The V&A museum housing one of the world's most comprehensive collections of art and design, including post classical, East Asia, Islamic World and Italian Renaissance.
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Empire Stadium,FA Cup,football stadium,Wembley,Wembley StadiumWembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, the Football Association's world famous football stadium, used for the FA Cup and many other sporting and music events. aka the Empire Stadium.
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East London Shopping,Stratford City,Westfield Shopping Centre,Westfield Stratford CityWestfield Shopping Centre
Westfield Shopping Centre, Westfield Stratford City, for East London Shopping
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British history,Charles Dickens,Gothic,Isaac Newton,Tomb,Unkown Warrior,Westminster AbbeyWestminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey, an icon of British history, Gothic architecture. Tomb of the Unknown Warrior, Charles Dickens,Isaac Newton.
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grand music hall,listed building,music halls,Wilton's Music Hall,world's oldest music hallWilton's Music Hall
Wilton's Music Hall, world's oldest music hall. A grand music hall, a listed building, a little piece of history and a national treasure.
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All England Club, All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon, for Tennis and the Wimbledon ChampionshipsWimbledon
All England Club, All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon, for Tennis and the Wimbledon Championships.
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London is a magnificent capital city with amazing parks, castles, palaces, the River Thames, docklands, canals,  legendary sporting venues including Wembley Stadium, Wimbledon, the Olympic Park and of course some of the best restaurants, shops and entertainment to be found anywhere in the world. Use the route planner for directions for  each venue.

From the stunning views across the city at the top of the London Cable Car, to top of the London Eye,  from cherished and world famous architectures including  Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, back down the River Thames to St Paul’s Cathedral and beyond to Tower Bridge, we can help you quickly plan your journeys to any of these great tourist destinations. Use our Route Planner to confirm your directions in just three clicks.  Simply click the green ‘use my location’ button on the route planner (or to enter your postcode, town or city) and  then choose the venue from our drop down.  To book your travel tickets (and check ticket prices/availability) for your travel to London, click here.