Guide to Sightseeing in London

Whether you are visiting London for the first time or you have lived in London all your life there is never a shortage of impressive historical places to visit. Our guide to sightseeing in London has lots of recommendations to help you make the most from your time in London.


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Savoy Theatre
Savoy Theatre

Savoy Court, Strand, London, WC2R 0ET

The Savoy Theatre opened on 10th October 1881, on the site of the old Savoy Palace in London. The theatre was built...Read more

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Science Museum
Science Museum

Exhibition Road, Knightsbridge , London, SW7 2DD

The Science Museum as an institution has been in existence for about a century and a half. It has its origins in the...Read more

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Science Museum (London)
Science Museum

Science Museum (London), Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD

National museum of science and technology, transportation, medicine, steam enginesRead more

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Sealife (The London Aquarium)
Sealife (The London Aquarium)

County Hall, Westminster Bridge, London, SE1 7PB

Located in the heart of London, the SEA LIFE London Aquarium is one of the largest collections of global marine life....Read more

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Serpentine Galleries
Serpentine Galleries

Serpentine Galleries, Kensington Gardens, London, W2 3XA

Serpentine Gallery and Serpentine Sackler Gallery in Kensington Gardens, exhibitions of contemporary art,...Read more

Museums Tourist Attractions Sightseeing Galleries Kensington

Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition
Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition

Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition, 21 New Globe Walk, London, SE1 9DT

Backstage tours and history of the theatre, costumes, music, theatrical effects, recreation of a 17th-century...Read more

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Shakespeares Globe
Shakespeares Globe

21 New Globe Walk, London, SE1 9DT

Founded by the pioneering American actor and director Sam Wanamaker, Shakespeare's Globe is a unique international...Read more

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Sherlock Holmes Museum
Sherlock Holmes Museum

Sherlock Holmes Museum, 221b Baker Street, London, NW1 6XE

Dedicated to the fictional detective Sherlock HolmesRead more

Museums Tourist Attractions Sightseeing Biographical Museums

Shirley Windmill
Shirley Windmill

Shirley Windmill, London, CR0 5DY

Restored mid-19th-century tower windmillRead more

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Sinai & Sons
Sinai & Sons

60 South Audley Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 2QW

Second generation antiques dealership, including Fine 19th and 20th Century Decorative Arts, Art Nouveau Furniture,...Read more

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Sir John Soane's Museum
Sir John Soane's Museum

Sir John Soane's Museum, 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3BP

Fine art, architecture, antiquities, sculptureRead more

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Sir John Soane`s Museum
Sir John Soane`s Museum

13 Lincoln's Inn Fields London, Holborn, London, WC2A 3BP

Welcome to the historic house, museum and library of distinguished 19th century architect Sir John Soane. At Soane’s...Read more

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Sladmore (19th & 20th Century Sculptures)
Sladmore (19th & 20th Century Sculptures)

57 Jermyn Street, London, SW1Y 6LX

The Sladmore, founded in 1965, is today one of the world's leading art galleries. We specialise in the sale of fine...Read more

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Somerset House
Somerset House

Somerset House, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA

Arts centre with gallery and Courtauld GalleryRead more

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Soseki Museum in London
Soseki Museum in London

Soseki Museum in London, 80 The Chase, London, SW4 0NG

London home of Japanese author Natsume Sōseki[18]Read more

Museums Tourist Attractions Sightseeing Historic Houses

South London Gallery
South London Gallery

South London Gallery, 65-67 Peckham Road, London, SE5 8UH

Contemporary artRead more

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Southside House
Southside House

Southside House, 3-4 Woodhayes Road, London, SW19 4RJ

17th century period houseRead more

Museums Tourist Attractions Sightseeing Historic Houses

Spencer House, London
Spencer House

Spencer House, London, 27 Saint James's Place, London, SW1A 1NR

18th-century mansion with restored state rooms and gardenRead more

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St Bartholomew's Hospital
St Bartholomew's Hospital Museum

St Bartholomew's Hospital, St Bartholomew’s Hospital Museum, North Wing, St Bartholomew’s Hospital,, West Smithfield, London , EC1A 7BE

History of the hospital and its work, historic surgical instruments, sculpture, mediaeval archives, works of art...Read more

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St Bartholomew's Hospital Museum
St Bartholomew's Hospital Museum

19 Giltspur Street, London, EC1A 9DD

The Barts Health group of hospitals provides a huge range of clinical services to people in east London and...Read more

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St Jamess Park
St Jamess Park

London, SW1A 2BJ

St James’s Park includes The Mall and Horse Guards Parade, and is surrounded by landmarks such as Buckingham Palace,...Read more

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St Martin-in-the-Fields
St Martin-in-the-Fields

Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross, London, WC2N 4JH

St Martin-in-the-Fields is a welcoming and vibrant community with worship at its heart. The church has a long...Read more

Sightseeing Tourist Attractions Trafalgar Square

St Paul's Cathedral
St Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul's Churchyard, City of London, London, EC4M 8AD

St Paul's Cathedral is an iconic part of the London skyline, reaching up to 111m with one of the world's tallest...Read more

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St Paul's Cathedral
St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul's Cathedral, St. Paul's Churchyard, London, EC4M 8AD

Anglican cathedral with religious art, sculpture, architecture, tombs, decorative artsRead more

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Stoppenbach & Delestre Ltd
Stoppenbach & Delestre Ltd

17 Ryder Street, London, SW1Y 6PY

The gallery participates in important art fairs including The European Fine Art Fair in Maastricht and the Biennale...Read more

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Strawberry Hill House
Strawberry Hill

Strawberry Hill House, 268 Waldegrave Road, London, TW1 4ST

Gothic villa home of Horace WalpoleRead more

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Studio Voltaire
Studio Voltaire

Studio Voltaire, 1A Nelsons Row, London, SW4 7JR

Contemporary art[19]Read more

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Syon House
Syon House

Syon House, Syon Park, London, TW8 8JF

Family residence of the Duke of Northumberland, 18th-century house with interior by Robert Adam, collections of...Read more

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Tate Britain
Tate Britain

Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG

National collection of historical and contemporary British artRead more

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Tate Gallery
Tate Gallery

Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG

Tate holds the national collection of British art from 1500 to the present day and international modern and...Read more

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Tate Modern
Tate Modern

Tate Modern, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG

National collection of modern artRead more

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The Bank of England Museum
The Bank of England Museum

Bartholomew Lane, London, EC2R 8AH

Includes general information such as opening hours, location, private hire and collections, as well as the history,...Read more

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The British Museum
The British Museum

Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1B 3DG

A museum of the world, for the world. Discover over two million years of human history and culture. The collections...Read more

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The Buckingham Palace
The Buckingham Palace

London, SW1A 1AA

As part of a visit to Buckingham Palace, combine a visit to the State Rooms with a guided tour of the most remarkable...Read more

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The Building Centre
The Building Centre

The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London, WC1E 7BT

Exhibits on architecture and design[4]Read more

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The Cartoon Museum
Cartoon Museum

The Cartoon Museum, 35 Little Russell Street, London, WC1A 2HH

Political cartoons, comic strips and comic booksRead more

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The Fleming Collection
Fleming Collection

The Fleming Collection, 7-12 Half Moon Street, London, W1J 7BH

Exhibitions of Scottish art, both from its collections and elsewhereRead more

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The Geffrye Museum
The Geffrye Museum

136 Kingsland Road, London, E2 8EA

Specialist collection of English furniture and decorative arts set in 18th century almshouses. Period room displays...Read more

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The Guards Museum
Guards Museum

The Guards Museum, Wellington Barracks, Birdcage Walk, London, SW1E 6HQ

History, artefacts and memorabilia of the five regiments of Foot Guards: the Grenadier Guards, Coldstream...Read more

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The Hayward
Hayward Gallery

The Hayward, 337-338 Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Part of the Southbank Centre, contemporary artRead more

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The Horniman Museum & Gardens
The Horniman Museum & Gardens

100 London Road, Forest Hill, London, SE23 3PQ

We’ve been open since Victorian times, when Frederick John Horniman first opened his house and extraordinary...Read more

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The Houses of Parliament (The Palace of Westminster)
The Houses of Parliament (The Palace of Westminster)

York Place, London, WC2N 5

The Houses of Parliament, also referred to as the Palace of Westminster, are home to the House of Commons and the...Read more

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The Illustration Cupboard
The Illustration Cupboard

22 Bury Street, London, SW1Y 6AL

Illustrationcupboard Gallery is a unique central London art gallery representing the most distinguised contemporary...Read more

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The Library & Museum of Freemasonry
The Library & Museum of Freemasonry

Freemasons Hall 60, Great Queen Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5AZ

Offers publicly available collections of Masonic material in the world. Includes collection, catalogue, news, events...Read more

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The Library and Museum of Freemasonry
Library and Museum of Freemasonry

The Library and Museum of Freemasonry, 60 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5AZ

Library, artefacts and regalia of FreemasonryRead more

Museums Tourist Attractions Sightseeing Religious & Masonic Museums Queen Street

The London Eye
The London Eye

Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, Southbank, London, SE1 7PB

We want your flight on The Merlin Entertainments London Eye to be as enjoyable as possible, and that includes all the...Read more

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The Magic Circle
Magic Circle Museum

The Magic Circle, Centre for the Magic Arts, 12 Stephenson Way, London, NW1 2HD

Magic tricks, props, posters, artefacts, open by appointmentRead more

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The Mayor Gallery
The Mayor Gallery

21a Cork Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 3NA

Known as the first gallery in Cork Street, The Mayor Gallery was founded in 1925 and is London’s foremost gallery for...Read more

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The Musical Museum
The Musical Museum

399 High Street, BrentfordB, London, TW8 0DU

The Musical Museum contains one of the world's foremost collections of self-playing musical instruments. From the...Read more

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The Old Operating Theatre Museum & Herb Garret
The Old Operating Theatre Museum & Herb Garret

9a Street Thomas Street, Southwark, London, SE1 9RY

Discover Europe’s oldest surviving operating theatre.Dated to 1822 it was housed within the attic of an 18th century...Read more

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The Osborne Studio Gallery
The Osborne Studio Gallery

2 Motcomb Street, Belgravia, London, SW1X 8JU

The Osborne Studio Gallery was opened by the Princess Royal in March 1986, in Floral Street, Covent Garden. It...Read more

Sightseeing Belgravia Galleries Motcomb Street Covent Garden

The Photographers' Gallery
The Photographers' Gallery

The Photographers' Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies Street, London, W1F 7LW

PhotographyRead more

Museums Tourist Attractions Sightseeing TV, Music & Media Museums

The Royal Albert Hall
The Royal Albert Hall

Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP

This Hall was erected for the advancement of the Arts & Sciences and works of industry of all nations in...Read more

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The Royal Institution of Great Britain
The Royal Institution of Great Britain

21 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4BS

The Royal Institution of Great Britain (often abbreviated as the Royal Institution or Ri) is an organisation devoted...Read more

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The Shard
The Shard

2 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9SG

Irvine Sellar, The Shard’s developer and joint owner, had an ambitious vision to create an architecturally striking...Read more

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The Sherlock Holmes Museum
The Sherlock Holmes Museum

221B Baker Street , Marylebone, London, NW1 6XE

The Baker Street home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional detective, maintained as described in the novels. ...Read more

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The Showroom
The Showroom

The Showroom, 63 Penfold Street, London, NW8 8PQ

Contemporary art galleryRead more

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The Tower of London
The Tower of London

Tower Bridge Road, London, SE1 2UP

The Tower of London, founded by William the Conqueror in 1066, has been used over the years as a fortress, palace,...Read more

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The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History
The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History

The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History, 11 Mare Street, London, E8 4RP

Includes natural and scientific curiosities, art, pop culture objectsRead more

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The Wallace Collection
The Wallace Collection

Hertford House, Manchester Square, Marylebone, London, W1U 3BN

French 18th century collection of paintings, porcelain, furnishings and armoury. Includes information for visitors,...Read more

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Thomas Dane
Thomas Dane

11 Duke Street St James's, London, SW1Y 6BN

Thomas Dane Gallery was established in March 2004 and currently exists in two gallery spaces at 3 and 11 Duke Street...Read more

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Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge, Tower Bridge Road, London, SE1 2UP

Steam engines, workings of the bridgeRead more

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Tower of London
Royal Armouries, Tower of London

Tower of London, HM Tower Of London, London, EC3N 4AB

Arms and armour dating from the Middle Ages onwardsRead more

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Tower of London
Tower of London

Tower of London, 362 Tower Hill, London, EC3N 4DR

Historic fortress, prison and former royal residence, includes the Royal Armouries, Crown Jewels of the United...Read more

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Trafalgar Galleries
Trafalgar Galleries

London, SW1Y 6AA

Trafalgar Galleries is a St James’s art gallery dealing with Old Master paintings.We specialise in paintings deriving...Read more

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Twickenham Museum
Twickenham Museum

Twickenham Museum, 25 The Embankment, London, TW1 3DU

Local historyRead more

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Twinings Museum
Twinings Museum

Twinings Museum, 216 Strand, London, WC2R 1AP

History of Twinings, tea caddies and tea historyRead more

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Two Temple Place
Two Temple Place

Two Temple Place, 2 Temple Place, London, WC2R 3BD

Late Victorian mansion, now an art gallery to showcase publicly owned art from UK regional collections, only open...Read more

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Type Museum
Type Museum

Type Museum, 100 Hackford Road, London, SW9 0QU

Collection of typesetting equipment and artefacts, currently[when?] not open to the publicRead more

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UCL Institute of Archaeology
Institute of Archaeology Collections

UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PY

Part of the University College London, open by appointment only, prehistoric ceramics and stone artefacts, Classical...Read more

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University College London
UCL Art Museum

University College London, University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

Part of the University College London, exhibits in the Strang Print Room (South Cloisters)[20]Read more

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University College London
UCL Geology Collections

University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

Part of the University College London, rocks, minerals, fossils on display in the Rock Room, limited opening hours[21]Read more

Museums Tourist Attractions Sightseeing Natural History Museums

Upminster Tithe Barn Museum of Nostalgia
Upminster Tithe Barn Museum of Nostalgia

Upminster Tithe Barn Museum of Nostalgia, Hall Lane, London, RM14 1AU

Artefacts of rural domestic and agricultural lifeRead more

Museums Tourist Attractions Sightseeing Local History Museums

Upminster Windmill
Upminster Windmill

Upminster Windmill, The Mill Field, Saint Marys Lane, London, RM14 2QL

19th century windmill, exhibits on its historyRead more

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V&A Museum of Childhood
V&A Museum of Childhood

V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9PA

Toys, dolls, children's playtime and livesRead more

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Valence House Museum
Valence House Museum

Valence House Museum, Becontree Avenue, London, RM8 3HT

Local history, archaeology, maritime and fishing industry, artRead more

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Valentines Mansion
Valentines Mansion

Valentines Mansion, Emerson Road, London, IG1 4XA

Country house with recreated Victorian kitchen and Georgian rooms, contemporary art exhibits, 18th-century gardensRead more

Museums Tourist Attractions Sightseeing Historic Houses

Victor Arwas Gallery
Victor Arwas Gallery

8 Shepherd Market, Mayfair, London, W1J 7JY

The Victor Arwas Gallery has specialised in original graphics (etchings, lithographs, woodcuts, etc,), posters,...Read more

Galleries Sightseeing Shepherd Market Explore Mayfair

Victoria & Albert Museum
Victoria & Albert Museum

Cromwell Road, Kensington, London, SW7 2RL

The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art and design, housing a permanent collection of over 2.3 million...Read more

Sightseeing Museums Tourist Attractions Kensington

Victoria and Albert Museum
Victoria and Albert Museum

Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

National collection of applied arts, includes ceramics, glass, textiles, costumes,...Read more

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Wallace Collection
Wallace Collection

Wallace Collection, Manchester Square, London, W1U 3BN

Old masters and decorative artsRead more

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Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum
Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum

Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum, 10 South Access Road, London, E17 8AX

The museum is due to become the Lea Valley Experience, pioneering achievements in road, rail, air and sea transport...Read more

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Wandle Industrial Museum
Wandle Industrial Museum

Wandle Industrial Museum, London Road, London, CR4 3UD

Industries along the River Wandle, including flour and textile mills[22]Read more

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Weiss Gallery
Weiss Gallery

59 Jermyn Street, London, SW1Y 6LX

The Weiss Gallery is the leading dealer in Tudor, Stuart and North European Old Master portraiture, and it is a...Read more

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Wellcome Collection
Wellcome Collection

Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE

Medical artefacts and original artworks exploring 'ideas about the connections between medicine, life and art',...Read more

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Wellington Arch
Wellington Arch

Wellington Arch, Apsley Way, London, W1J 7JZ

Triumphal arch with exhibits about its historyRead more

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Wesley's Chapel
Wesley's Chapel, Museum of Methodism and John Wesley's House

Wesley's Chapel, 49 City Road, London, EC1Y 1AU

History of Methodism from its founding by John Wesley to the presentRead more

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Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey

20 Dean's Yard, Westminster, London, SW1P 3PA

Kings, queens, statesmen and soldiers; poets, priests, heroes and villains - the Abbey is a must-see living pageant...Read more

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Westminster Abbey Museum
Westminster Abbey Museum

Westminster Abbey Museum, 20 Deans Yd, London, SW1P 3PA

Royal and other funeral effigies, religious artefactsRead more

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Westminster Cathedral
Westminster Cathedral

42 Francis Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 1QW

A warm welcome to Westminster Cathedral, the seat of the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster and the Mother Church for...Read more

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White Cube
White Cube

25-26 Masons Yard, London, SW1Y 6BU

White Cube Bermondsey opened in October 2011 and is the largest of all the gallery's sites, incorporating more than...Read more

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Whitechapel Gallery
Whitechapel Gallery

Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London, E1 7QX

Contemporary artRead more

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Whitewebbs Museum of Transport
Whitewebbs Museum of Transport

Whitewebbs Museum of Transport, Whitewebbs Road, London, EN2 9HW

Cars, trucks, motorcycles, model railway[24]Read more

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