- Tower of LondonTower Hill, London EC3N 4AB United Kingdomrecommended Tower of LondonThe Tower is one of London's few truly old structures that managed to survive the great fire of 1666. The tower was built originally to protect the river approach to the city. It evolved into an ... read moreominous symbol of royal power. This is where the major beheadings and torture sessions typically took place. On the whole, it's a fun visit. You can learn about the torture implements, get your picture taken with a beefeater and generally experience a bit of England's medieval heritage.Rich Carriero
Excellent remnant of British history.
- Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese145 Fleet Street, London EC4A 2BUrecommended Ye Olde Cheshire CheeseMost of London was destroyed by fire in 1666 and the oldest buildings mostly date back to that time. The current incarnation of the Cheshire Cheese was built in 1667 and you can tell with the first ... read morecreaking step you take into the place. The seating is all wooden tables and straighbacked booths like you'd find in a church. The window glass is warped because it's more than 300 years old. In addition to all of this old world awesomeness, the Cheshire Cheese serves up many British culinary classics like Yorkshire pudding, steak and kidney pudding, fish & chips and bubble & squeak.Rich Carriero
A fantastic London experience.
- Bloomsbury SquareGreat Russell Street, London, United Kingdomrecommended Bloomsbury SquareThe Bloomsbury neighborhood (containing the eponymous square that heads this review) is one of my favorite places for wandering in central London. It contains not only sights like the blockbuster ... read moreBritish Museum, but an endless array of cute shops and cafes as well. Too many first-time visitors end up trapped in the area around Piccadilly; a wander through Bloomsbury is infinitely more pleasant.Matthew Crompton
a fine place for a wander.
- The British MuseumGreat Russell Street, London WC1B 3 United Kingdomrecommended The British MuseumThe British did a masterful job of robbing and plundering most of the world's ancient civilizations during their reign as a top colonial power. The hell of it is, a visit to the amazing collections of ... read morethe British Museum will make you glad they did. Pick a gallery: Assyrian, Egyptian, Islamic, Meso-American, African, Oceanic or Greek: every one is filled with the most stunning examples of art and artifice from its respective civilization. The building itself is lovely and located in London's fashionable and historic Bloomsbury neighborhood; combining the museum and environs could easily occupy a whole day.Matthew Crompton
- St. Paul's CathedralSt. Paul's Churchyard, London EC4M 8 United Kingdomrecommended St. Paul's CathedralAn architectural marvel and landmark of the London cityscape, Saint Paul's is gorgeous, and a must-see for the London visitor. Stunning inside and out, it's worth staying for a service if the timing ... read moreis right. Be sure to visit the Tate Modern just across the river while you're here.Matthew Crompton
- Kew GardensKew, Richmond TW9 3, UKrecommended Kew GardensEven when I visited in winter, when Kew's star is at its dimmest, I could immediately see the magnificence of the place. Sprawling, beautifully manicured, holding tropical treasures in its greenhouse: ... read morea thoroughly lovely botanical garden, and a lovely contrast to the congestion of nearby London.Matthew Crompton
- The National GalleryTrafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN United Kingdomrecommended The National GalleryThis museum at Trafalgar Square contains so many wonders you need an excel spreadsheet just to keep track of them all. With stunning paintings by Van Eyck, Botticelli, Rembrandt, Ruebens and Monet ... read more(amongst many, many others), if you love art it's worth planning a couple of visits during your trip to London, as the number of masterpieces here exceeds a single day's attention span. Most amazingly, this museum is free and open to the public 361 days a year. Pop in for even an hour and appreciate some of the most splendid artifacts of the western painting tradition.Matthew Crompton
- Tate ModernBankside, London SE1 9TG United Kingdomrecommended Tate ModernWe visit Tate Modern every time we are in London. The permanent collection changes and there is always some interesting temporary exhibition. There is no admission fee. We also always visit the 7th ... read morefloor restaurant for the reliably good menu and the excellent view.
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