10 Best Attractions for the Savvy London Visitor

Not all of London is shopping, eating, and dancing the night away (even though we're happy to point you in that direction). Sometimes you need a day to simply take in all the sensory wonders that the capital has to offer. Maybe what you need is an opportunity to creep around in some Tudor vaults or to take in the horizon from 1,000 feet up. But London's city motto may as well be "So much to see, so little time", and every visitor is going to have very different vacation goals in mind. Are you a modern art hound? A history buff? A symphonic aficionado with fancy-pants leanings? Keeping the breadth and diversity of London's amusements in mind, we've narrowed down the city's top ten attractions which just about run the gamut of what London's got going on. Some are cheap and some are luxurious, some central and some far and away, but they all ooze London's flavor or culture, tradition, and boundary-pushing. So strap on your walking shoes and load your pockets with those heavy pound coins, have your tea and grab your brolly – our top ten choices for London attractions mean that you might just need to be ready for anything.



The Science Museum is often overshadowed by its neighbors: the behemoth Natural History Museum and the V&A, to be specific. But inside its doors is one of the most dynamic and cutting-edge series of exhibitions in London. Sure there are the...  Read More

Notting Hill


Though technically an "antique market", Portobello Road is truly so much more. Sandwiched between Notting Hill and Ladbroke Grove, Portobello Road could make our 10Best lists for its colour and energy alone – that it's one of the world's most...  Read More



It's the final resting place of kings and queens, thinkers and visionaries. Since 1090 AD, Westminster Abbey has been welcoming visitors to bask in its grandeur and take selfies by Isaac Newton's headstone. It's got a hefty name, and sometimes...  Read More

South Bank


The Shard might be London's most controversial, complex, and – oh yes – BIG piece of modern architecture, but love it or hate it, very few skyscrapers would claim to be "a vertical city". We've got to say, that kind of gumption alone makes...  Read More



Between the Courtald Gallery, the Tudor vaults, the vast, bustling Edmond J. Safra Square, London Fashion Week, and buzzed-up new restaurant Spring, you realize: Somerset House might very well contain all of London's very best bits. Formerly a...  Read More



What is there to say about the Victoria & Albert Museum, the world's largest museum of design and decorative arts, which hasn't already been said by historians, artists, and the public since its opening in 1852? It's a breathtaking triumph...  Read More



Most tourists wouldn't think that one of London's most vibrant art locales might be down a grimy alleyway round the corner from Waterloo station. But Leake Street does indeed offer up a mesmerising selection of just that – the most exciting...  Read More



The Hayward Gallery might not be as high profile as the neighbouring Tate Modern or the monumental Victoria & Albert Museum, but within its concrete walls are some of the most adventurous and challenging pieces of modern art you'll find in...  Read More



When Queen Victoria funnelled the Crown's wealth and ingenuity into monuments to her beloved Albert – giving us charmingly mesmerizing Albertopolis – the Royal Albert Hall was chosen to be the concert hall which would change the musical...  Read More

Outlying Areas


Just north of where most travel guides would tell you to go sit the quiet, lush neighbourhoods of Muswell Hill, Crouch End, and Wood Green. And at their axis is historic exhibition venue and stunning architectural behemoth Alexandra Palace, more...  Read More


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