London is a true survivor. It’s triumphed over plague, fire, civil war and bombs dropping from the sky to become one of the most culturally significant cities on Earth. With a fascinating past going back over 2,000 years, London is a history-lover’s dream. But where are the best places to soak it all up? Here’s our guide to the best ye olde spots in town.
No trip to London’s historic hotspots would be complete without a visit to see Big Ben - and hear its famous bongs - for yourself. The iconic, four-sided beauty was built in 1844, and it’s been drawing visitors ever since. Find out more here.
Besides all the engaging exhibits on offer inside, the Natural History Museum is a work of art in its own right and has become one of London's most iconic historical buildings. We’ve got all the information you need to make the most of your visit.
The London home of every monarch since Queen Victoria, Buckingham Palace has 775 rooms, including 19 impressive state rooms and 78 bathrooms.
Fancy seeing a bit of it for yourself? Your royal tour starts here.
Built in 1871, this is one music venue with lashings of history. Part of Prince Albert’s dream of an ‘Albertropolis’ in South Kensington, it’s played host to some big names ever since. Find out how to visit the iconic landmark here.
With a beautiful building in St Martin’s Place, close to Trafalgar Square, the National Portrait Gallery gets you up close to some of the most famous and important faces in British history from Florence Nightingale to the Beatles.
There are just so many works of historical importance on offer here, including Bathers by Cezanne and Van Gogh’s Sunflowers. No wonder the National Gallery is one of the most popular tourist attractions in London.
Walking over this landmark is free, but to discover more about its fascinating history, the Tower Bridge Exhibition is a must. Interactive displays take you from Victorian times to the present day - and the glass walkways are really thrilling.
The Crown Jewels, the famous ravens, the White Tower - there’s more history on offer at the Tower of London than you can shake a Beefeater’s spear at. Go on a guided tour and watch actors reenact scenes in the attraction’s bloody past.
With stunning buildings, secret woodlands, one-of-a-kind flowers and plant species and even a treetop walkway, Kew Gardens really does have it all.
Our guide fills you in on what to see at these botanical gardens.