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Click for our detailed map showing the location of the best places to visit in London Located in the southeast of England, London is the capital of the United Kingdom


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London Travel Guide Overview

              London Bridge is an amazing sight by day or night

For the foreseeable future, visitors to London should expect to encounter a high level of security and various security-related precautions deemed necessary to counter the current terror threat posed by ISIL and other terrorist organizations.

Our London Guide explores this amazing city by revealing its best places to visit. Palaces, monuments, cathedrals, museums, galleries, fortresses,  shopping, entertainment, street markets, day trips - there is so much to choose from and the best places to visit are covered in our London Travel Guide.

We have arranged London's attractions in order of popularity with visitors.  We focus on city's major attractions, but always describe the minor ones that surround them, allowing you to decide what to see in each area of London.

Please note that the page you are now reading is an index to our London Travel Guide. Click any of the blue links below to see our detailed descriptions of  London's leading attractions and other important attractions in the same area.

  • Tower of London 

    • The Tower of London, a historic fortress and once a prison, is the city's most spectacular and popular attraction, due in no small part to the Yeoman Warders.  Click here for a detailed description of the Tower and tips for visiting.  While in the neighborhood, you might want to snap a few photos of the nearby Tower Bridge, a photogenic attractions that provides some of the best views of London.


  • Buckingham Palace, Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey   

    •  If you are interested in the British monarchy and the center of political power in the UK, Westminster is the place for you. In our Guide to the Westminster area of London we provide details about: Buckingham Palace, St. James's Palace, the Cabinet War Rooms, Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, and the Tate Britain Art Museum.  Click to read our Guide to the Best Places to Visit in Westminster for details on the attractions in this center of pomp and circumstance in London. 
    • If you are interested in World War II, a visit to the Cabinet War Rooms is an excellent way to spend an hour.


  • St. Paul's, Covent Garden, The Temple, City of London, Leadenhall Market 

    Along the north bank of the Thames you will find the Strand and the City of London, which includes the ancient heart of the city and its  financial and legal centers. In terms of architecture St Paul's Cathedral is one of London's must-see attractions, as is the Temple Church, a central location in Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code.  Covent Garden, another of the area's leading tourist destinations, is known for touristy shopping in a frenetic, but fun outdoor market. Leadenhall Market is another fun shopping area located in a building with an old and interesting heritage. Click our guide to The Strand, for details and pictures of the attractions mentioned above.


  • London Eye, Tate Modern, Globe Theater, Imperial War Museum  

    • You will find a number of popular tourist attractions located to the south of the Thames River. We recommend visiting: the London Eye (an enormous Ferris Wheel that is  London's most popular "new" destination), the Tate Modern Art Museum,  the Imperial War Museum, Shakespeare's Globe Theater, and a quick walk-by of the new, energy efficient London City Hall. If you do visit these attractions, you will have experienced: the best view of London, an internationally renowned art gallery,  a provocative museum on war and warfare, and one the of the most famous theaters in the world. Click our Guide to London's South Bank for descriptions and photographs of the attractions on the South Bank of the Thames.

                      Trafalgar Square is one of the popular meeting spots in London

  • Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, National Gallery, Oxford Street

    • These attractions are found in a compact area of London known as Mayfair and the West End.  Our guide to sightseeing in Mayfair describes the attractions listed above, as well as shopping at: Regent Street, the Dover Street Market and Shepherd Market.  Mayfair is  regarded as one of the most exciting areas in London and we expect you will spend quite a bit of time exploring its attractions.   While touring Trafalgar Square be sure to visit the National Gallery and London's famous National Portrait Gallery  both of which are right next door to the Square. Click  Mayfair and the West End for pictures and details on the best places to visit in this fantastic section of London.


  • Kensington Palace, Harrods, the Science Museum, the Natural History Museum 

    • The  sightseeing attractions listed above are located in the areas of London known as Kensington and Knightsbridge.    These areas of London are fashionable, glorious, glamorous and educational.  In addition to the attractions mentioned above, we cover the Victoria and Albert Museum and shopping in Beauchamp Place. Click Kensington/Knightsbridge for our concise descriptions of the best places to visit in the trendy areas of Kensington and Knightsbridge.
  • British Museum, British Library 

    • The Bloomsbury section of London is the home to two incredible treasures: the British Museum and the British Library. The British Museum is one of the world's great museums and a trip to the British Library is a treat for anyone interested in the printed word.  Click on our guide to the best places to visit in Bloomsbury  for detailed information on these attractions.
  • Madame Tassaud's, Regent Park, 221b Baker Street, Abbey Road Studios  

    • Our Guide to the Marylebone area covers : Madame Tassaud's,  Regent's Park,  221 B Baker Street (the supposed residence of Sherlock Holmes) and the Abbey Road Studios (famous as a recording studio for the Beatles).  While these attractions are not for everyone, they have a devoted clientele.  Click our Guide to the Marylebone area  for descriptions of  these attractions.

  • London's Street Markets 

    • If you like wandering and bargain hunting, London's street markets may be just the place for you.  If shopping is not on your agenda, tag along anyway, as these interesting areas are great for people watching, offer yet another view of London's complex culture, and usually offer a wide variety of ethnic cuisine.  Click the link below to read about eight of the most popular street markets in London.

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Read our section on London Tourism for practical information on visiting a country where money is called the Pound, the subway is called the Tube and walking is dangerous for those of us used to driving on the right side of the road (it's "keep left" when driving in the United Kingdom and "look right" when walking).


If you are in a hurry, head for  our lists of London's best shopping, best museums, best daytrips, etc. 

The page you are reading now offers a quick introduction to London's best places to visit and links to our detailed travel guide where more information is presented.


Our detailed London map shows you the locations of the attractions we describe, which can be viewed overlain on a satellite image, street map or terrain map. Zoom the map for street level detail on the satellite images or switch to map view if that is more convenient.

In addition, our maps showing the locations of London's Train Stations and the location of our recommended Day Trips may be of interest if you are considering  visiting an attraction located outside of London.

Click here for the ThereArePlaces page on the London Underground (the Tube) that includes a map showing the location of Tube stations, Tube line service availability updated by the minute and a Journey Planner for getting between where you are and where you want to go using the Tube.



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