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Best Things To Do in London

No matter your reason for visiting, London has something for everyone. History buffs looking to brush up on the British narrative will delight in the Tower of London and the Imperial War Museum. Admirers of art or theater will praise the National Gallery and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, while fans of the monarchy can't skip Buckingham Palace. Although England is notoriously expensive, London is filled with historical and modern-day attractions fit for even the most frugal of travelers.

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#1
British Museum Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

Why go: One of London's top free attractions, the British Museum is both an architectural beauty and a trove of some ... read more»

#2
Tower of London
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Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

Why go: Although its exterior might be grim and even unimpressive (especially when compared to stately Buckingham Palace), the Tower of London ... read more»

#3
Buckingham Palace
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Buckingham Palace, the London home of Queen Elizabeth II, is open for tour (except for the Queen's private quarters ... read more»

#4
Westminster Abbey
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: This medieval church, graced by 16 royal weddings and nearly 40 coronations, offers a magnificent tutorial of London's far-reaching ... read more»

#5
Victoria and Albert Museum Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The palatial Victoria & Albert Museum, named in honor of the 19th century royal couple, is known more commonly in its ... read more»

#6
Hyde Park & Kensington Gardens Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Once the recreational stomping grounds for King Henry VIII, this long swath of green stretching from Kensington Palace in the ... read more»

#7
National Gallery Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Covering the north side of Trafalgar Square, London's National Gallery features a labyrinth interior so large that it requires ... read more»

#8
Imperial War Museum Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Though it's closed for renovations until July 2014, keep this South Bank museum in mind for your next London ... read more»

#9
Churchill War Rooms
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The life of the illustrious Winston Churchill, England's prime minister during World War II, is on display here. You ... read more»

#10
Tower Bridge Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: If you like many other London tourists want an expansive view (and photo op) of the city, you might head ... read more»

#11
Tate Modern Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Traveler reviews are a bit mixed for the Tate Modern, the world's most-visited modern art gallery. Sitauted in Bankside ... read more»

#12
St. Paul's Cathedral
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Besides Westminster Abbey, St. Paul's Cathedral is arguably the other must-see church in London. With its imposing dome, the ... read more»

#13
Natural History Museum Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Located in Kensington, this museum brims with more than 70 million different specimens and exhibits, from dinosaur bones to a ... read more»

#14
Houses of Parliament
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The Houses of Parliament, composed of the House of Lords and the House of Commons, fill the more than 1 ... read more»

#15
Old Spitalfields Market Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: If you want to return home with an edgy, Londonish look, you might want to make a stop at the ... read more»

#16
The London Eye
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The London Eye (the giant Ferris wheel found in many London panoramas) is meant to deliver great views — not a ... read more»

#17
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: A replica of the early 1600s theater, in which William Shakespeare's plays were performed, the Globe is both a ... read more»

#18
Harrods
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Even if you're not planning to purchase anything at London's famous department store, you should still take a ... read more»

#19
London Dungeon
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Consider buying tickets to the London Dungeon to survey the city's darker, more grisly history. With theatrical storytelling and ... read more»

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