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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. Admirers of art or theater will praise the National Gallery and the West End Theatre District, while fans of the monarchy can't skip Buckingham Palace. Although London is notoriously expensive, the city 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, and considered its top museum by many, the British Museum is both an ... read more»

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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»

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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»

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#4
Portobello Road Market Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Locals and tourists alike tend to adore Portobello Road Market. Located in the posh Notting Hill neighborhood (made famous by ... read more»

#5
Westminster Abbey
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: This medieval church, graced by many royal weddings and coronations, offers a magnificent peek at London's far-reaching history. Westminster ... read more»

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Piccadilly Circus Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The portal to London's buzzy West End, Piccadilly Circus lives up to its name. Reguarly compared to New York ... read more»

#7
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»

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#8
National Gallery Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Sitting in Trafalgar Square, London's National Gallery features a labyrinth interior so large that it requires a color-coded map ... read more»

#9
West End Theatre District
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Catching a show in London's West End theater district is just as necessary as watching a play on Broadway ... read more»

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

Why go: Along with Parliament and Big Ben, Tower Bridge is London's next must-see architectural marvel, not to mention the most ... read more»

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Tate Modern Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Located on the South Bank along the Thames, the Tate Modern is a part of a group of four museums ... read more»

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#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 second must-see church in London. With its imposing dome, one ... read more»

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#13
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 massive Palace of ... read more»

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#14
Camden Market Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Londoners and out-of-towners alike enjoy spending a morning (or afternoon) at the Camden Market. Open daily from 9:30 a ... read more»

#15
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) located on the River Thames is meant to ... read more»

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