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Sights in London

London has been a city that has enticed me since I was younger and remains a place I am definitely interested in visiting someday. Many of the attractions in London are world renowned and there is a wealth of history to learn about during a trip there.

  • Apsley House—a historic landmark that was formerly the home of the Duke of Wellington in the 1770s that has remained within his family until the 7th Duke of Wellington gave the house to his country; the home has weapons and military weapons as well as a great art collection with works by artists such as Brueghel, Van Dyck, and Rubens; 149 Piccadilly, Hyde Park Corner
  • British Museum—one of the signature museums in the world with countless marvels on display including the Rosetta Stone; Elgin Marbles; pieces of the Mausoleum of Halikarnassos; Mildenhall Treasure; and Sutton Hoo treasure with helmets and jewelry; also included are Egyptian mummies, an exhibit on living and dying, and other artifacts to admire; Great Russell Street
  • Buckingham Palace—the Queen’s main home open to the public only in August and September with a tour that includes 19 state rooms with gilt moldings and artistic masterpieces, a throne room with the 1953 coronation throne, the state dining room, and the sword in the ballroom used to bequeath knighthoods and other honors; Buckingham Palace Road
  • Chiswick House—a beautiful mansion finished in 1729 by the 3rd Earl of Burlington with gorgeous rooms including the Blue Velvet room with elegant décor and an intricately painted ceiling set amidst sprawling grounds with classical temples, statues, obelisks, a café, and a children’s play area; Burlington Lane
  • Dulwich Picture Gallery—the world’s first specifically designated art museum opened in 1811 with a permanent exhibition including works by Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Poussin, and Gainsborough along with major temporary exhibitions annually; Gallery Road
  • Eltham Palace—a former favorite home of Henry VIII that has been renovated twice, once during the 15th and 16th centuries and once during the 1930s that is a combination of medieval grandeur and art deco with a map room and walk-in wardrobe with 1930s dresses; Court Road
  • Geffrye Museum of the Home—a museum dedicated to the lives of London’s middle class that has 11 rooms that show home interiors from the Elizabethan period to the present day with a series of gardens outside that shows how the town garden evolved over the years and 20th century galleries, a café by the gardens, and a shop; 136 Kingsland Road
  • Houses of Parliament—referred to as the Palace of Westminster, this is where members of Parliament (MPs) debate one another and pose questions to the Prime Minister; St. Stephen’s Entrance, St. Margaret Street
  • Hyde Park—the renowned 350-acre park that originally was used as Henry VIII’s hunting grounds now used by the Household Cavalry who reside in the Hyde Park barracks that is great for walking, biking, or relaxing by the Serpentine, its body of water near its southern border
  • Kew Gardens—also known as the Royal Botanic Gardens, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to more than 30,000 species of plants from around the world with temples, a conservatory that houses 10 climate zones, and a treetop walkway; Kew Road at Lichfield Road
  • London Eye—built in the late 1990s to celebrate the new millennium, this giant Ferris wheel was the largest cantilevered observation wheel at the time of its construction and is one of London’s tallest structures and allows riders to see 25 miles of scenery; Jubilee Gardens
  • Museum of London—a museum that houses more than 7,000 objects ranging from Oliver Cromwell’s death mask to an original door from Newgate Prison with great gems and galleries that depict the history of London from ancient times to the present; London Wall
  • National Gallery—one of the world’s signature art museums with more than 2,300 masterpieces on display including works by Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Turner, Monet, Van Gogh, Picasso, and others with special exhibitions every year; Trafalgar Square
  • National Portrait Gallery—founded in 1885, this gallery consists of more than 150 years of British photographs and 160,000 portraits of famous and infamous British citizens arranged chronologically from Tudor times to modern Britain with temporary exhibitions on the first three floors and the Portrait Restaurant on the top floor that provides a great view of London below; St. Martin’s Place
  • Natural History Museum—one of the world’s most famous museums of natural history and earth sciences with more than 70 million specimens and exhibits including a Dinosaur Gallery, Earth Galleries, Volcanoes and Earthquake Gallery, and more to admire and learn about; Cromwell Road
  • Science Museum—an illuminating science museum with educational exhibits where children can do hands-on science experiments and explore six floors that delve into physics, astronomy, aeronautics, the Internet, and robotics; Exhibition Road
  • Paul’s Cathedral—the architectural masterpiece of a cathedral built over a 35-year span in the late 16th century with a Whispering Gallery where you can whisper something to one wall and hear it clearly from 107 feet away and the Stone and Golden Galleries which offer great views of London; St. Paul’s Churchyard
  • Strawberry Hill—a hodge-podge of architecture with a medieval exterior and Gothic cathedral-like interior that was recently restored in 2011 after being abandoned for years with gardens restored to their original 18th century design; 268 Waldegrave Road
  • Tower of London—the classic former prison with 20 towers that has private secrets of royalty etched into its walls home to beheadings, murders, the Armouries (a collection of arms and armor), and the Crown Jewels in the Waterloo Barracks; Tower Hill
  • Victoria and Albert Museum—a museum dedicated to practical arts with many collections arranged by category including textiles, sculpture, jewelry, and fashion as well as galleries such as the British Galleries devoted to art and design from 1500 to 1900, the Asian Galleries home to a great collection of samurai armor, and Medieval and Renaissance Galleries; Cromwell Road
  • V&A Museum of Childhood—home to one of the world’s largest toy collections with dollhouses, board games, puzzles, teddy bears, train sets, and others in this outpost of the Victoria and Albert Museum; Cambridge Heath Road
  • Wallace Collection—an art museum with a great collection of old master paintings with works by artists such as Rubens, Rembrandt, and Van Dyck as well as collections of furniture, porcelain, and pottery; Hertford House, Manchester Square
  • Westminster Abbey—the iconic abbey that is a London landmark that has been the site of 38 coronations and 16 royal weddings with chapels, tombs, shrines, poets’ tombs, and memorials; Broad Sanctuary
  • ZSL London Zoo—a zoo with a focus on education, wildlife conservation, and breeding of endangered species with diverse animals from tigers to millipedes and a children’s zoo with mongooses, llamas, sheep, and goats; Outer Circle
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