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  • 1. Buckingham Palace

    St. James's

    If Buckingham Palace were open year-round, it would be by far the most visited tourist attraction in Britain; as it is, the Queen’s main residence,...Read More

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  • 2. Covent Garden Piazza

    Covent Garden

    Once home to London's main flower market, where My Fair Lady's Eliza Doolittle peddled her blooms, the square around which Covent Garden pivots is known...Read More

  • 3. Hampstead Heath

    Hampstead

    For generations, Londoners have headed to Hampstead Heath to escape the dirt and noise of the city, and this unique 791-acre expanse of rus in...Read More

  • 4. Kenwood House

    Highgate

    This largely Palladian villa offers an escape to a gracious country house with a magnificent collection of Old Masters and beautiful grounds, all within a...Read More

  • 5. National Portrait Gallery

    Westminster

    The National Portrait Gallery was founded in 1856 with a single aim: to gather together portraits of famous (and infamous) Britons throughout history. More than...Read More

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  • 6. Old Royal Naval College

    Greenwich

    Built by Sir Christopher Wren between 1696 and 1751 as a rest home for ancient mariners, the college became a naval school in 1873. The...Read More

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  • 7. Primrose Hill

    Regent's Park

    More conventionally parklike than Hampstead Heath, the rolling lawns of Primrose Hill, the northerly extension of Regent's Park, rise to 213 feet and provide outstanding...Read More

  • 8. Regent's Canal

    East End

    The 19th-century waterway known as Regent's Canal officially starts in Little Venice in West London, but you'll find this quirky section east of City Road...Read More

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  • 9. Somerset House

    Covent Garden

    This majestic former royal palace—rebuilt by Sir William Chambers (1723-96) during the reign of George III to house offices of the Navy Board—has been transformed...Read More

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  • 10. St. James's Park

    St. James's

    There is a story that, many years ago, a royal once inquired of a courtier how much it would cost to close St. James's Park...Read More

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  • 11. St. Paul's Cathedral

    City of London

    For centuries, this iconic building has represented London's spirit of survival and renewal, and it remains breathtaking, inside and out. Sir Christopher Wren started planning...Read More

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  • 12. Tate Modern

    Bankside

    This spectacular renovation of a mid-20th-century power station is one of the most-visited museums of modern art in the world. Its great permanent collection, which...Read More

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  • 13. The London Eye

    South Bank

    To mark the start of the new millennium, architects David Marks and Julia Barfield devised this instant icon that allows Londoners and visitors alike to...Read More

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  • 14. The Queen's House

    Greenwich

    Next to the National Maritime Museum, you'll find the Queen's House, home to a changing selection of the extraordinary Royal Museums Greenwich art collection. The...Read More

  • 15. Carlton House Terrace

    St. James's

    Architect John Nash designed Carlton House, a glorious example of the Regency style, under the patronage of the Prince Regent (later George IV), who ruled...Read More

  • 16. Emirates Air Line

    It may not have become the essential commuter route its makers envisioned, but this cable car, which connects Greenwich Peninsula with the Docklands across the...Read More

  • 17. Leicester Square

    Covent Garden

    Looking at the neon of the major movie houses, the fast food outlets, and the casino and disco entrances, you'd never guess that this square...Read More

  • 18. Piccadilly Circus

    St. James's

    The origins of the name "Piccadilly" relate to a humble 17th-century tailor from the Strand named Robert Baker who sold piccadills—stiff ruffled collars all the...Read More

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  • 19. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

    East End

    Built for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, this 560-acre parkland still boasts some of the city's best sporting arenas. The London Stadium, site...Read More

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  • 20. St. James's Square

    St. James's

    One of London's oldest squares, St. James's was first laid out in the 1660s. It soon became the capital's most fashionable address; by 1720, it...Read More

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