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Updated: Sep 6, 2021


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Things to do in London, England

Are you planning a road trip to London? Or perhaps you're just looking for a day out with the family?

In this post, I will list all the places I would like to see during my road trip of London.

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Please note that the key driver for this road trip is photography. Therefore, many places listed below will consist of many locations that you may not consider to be 'bucket list' items. But if you are a photographer, or plan a long term road trip, then these may well be places you'd like to check out.


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Places to see in London


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Attractions, Museums etc

Architecture

Castles, Palaces and Stately homes

Streets, neighbourhoods and markets

Nature reserves/national parks/gardens/lakes/forests


Attractions, Museums etc

  • Abbey Road Studios - This studio has stood at the forefront of the recording industry for many years, which is particularly noteworthy as the recording studio used by the famous Beatles during the 1960s and 1970s.

  • The British Museum - A museum of the world, for the world. Discover over two million years of human history and culture. Some of the world-famous objects include the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures and Egyptian mummies.

  • Charles Dickens Museum - The Charles Dickens Museum in London holds the world's most important Dickens collection with over 100,000 items including manuscripts, rare editions, personal items, paintings and other visual sources.

  • Churchill War Rooms - Discover the secrets of the Second World War in the underground nerve centre where Churchill and his war cabinet lived and worked.

  • Clink Prison Museum

  • The Courtauld Gallery - "This place is temporarily closed." We are now closed for a period of at least two years while we undertake a major transformation project called Courtauld Connects. This will enable us to significantly improve our visitor experience by putting accessibility at the heart of everything we do.

  • Cutty Sark

  • Emirates Air Line Cable Car - Royal Docks - Emirates Air Line crosses the River Thames between Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Docks, just five minutes from the O2 by North Greenwich Tube station.

  • Golden Hinde - Visit this living history museum and find out what it was like to sail the mighty seas aboard an Elizabethan galleon during the adventurous days of the 16th century.

  • Harrods - Harrods remains at the height of British luxury retail, attracting millions of loyal customers from across the globe with its unrivalled product selection, world-class service, innovative retail theatre and historic setting.

  • Horse Guards Parade at Whitehall - Built in 1745 to house the old palace guards, this is London's largest single open space that is used for the changing of the guards.

  • London Eye - A trip on the London Eye is truly captivating, a ‘must-do’ and has been London’s number one visitor experience for over a decade.

  • London Mithraeum

  • Museum of London - Step inside the Museum of London for an unforgettable journey through the capital’s turbulent past. Discover prehistoric London, see how the city changed under Romans and Saxons, wonder at medieval London and examine the tumultuous years when London was ravaged by civil wars, plague and fire.

  • National Gallery - The National Gallery houses the national collection of paintings in the Western European tradition from the 13th to the 19th centuries. It is on show 361 days a year, free of charge.

  • National Portrait Gallery - This world-famous museum houses portraits of noted Britons from the Tudors to the present day.

  • Natural History Museum - A center of scientific excellence in the discovery of taxonomy and biodiversity, this world-famous museum promotes the discovery and enjoyment of the natural world through such exciting exhibits as the Life and Earth Galleries, wildlife garden and geological collections.

  • Novello Theatre

  • Old Operating Theatre - The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret is one of the most unusual museums in London. It is in quite an amazing location - in the attic of an English Baroque church which was used as a Herb Garret, and later on converted into an Operating Theatre in the 19th century.

  • Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology

  • Royal Observatory Greenwich - The prime meridian, zero degrees longitude, runs through the courtyard of the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England, which was founded in 1675 by King Charles II.

  • Science Museum - Welcoming over 3 million visitors a year, the Science Museum is a must-see for families and adults as part of any trip to London.

  • SEA LIFE London Aquarium - Dive into an underwater world here at SEA LIFE London Aquarium, home to over 5,000 creatures. Explore London's flagship aquarium where you could learn something a-RAY-zing, spot a feeding frenzy or two and even meet some of our FIN-tastic friends.

  • Tate Britain - The home of British art from 1500 to the present day. Tate Britain holds the largest collection of British art in the world. Walkthrough the history of British art from 1500 to the present day.

  • Tate Modern - A visit to London isn't complete without a trip to Tate Modern. Tate Modern is Britain's national museum of modern and contemporary art from around the globe, and the world’s most visited contemporary art gallery.

  • Trafalgar Square - A 145-foot-high monument, bearing a statue of Lord Horatio Nelson guarded by lions, marks the spot considered the center of London.

  • Victoria Palace Theatre

  • V&A - Victoria and Albert Museum - The world's greatest museum of art and design. The V&A's collections are unrivalled in their diversity. Explore historical and contemporary art and design, including works of art from many of the world's richest cultures. Admission free.

  • ZSL London Zoo - ZSL London Zoo is packed full of wonder and amazement, with over 650 species of animals to meet and thousands more surprising and fascinating facts just waiting to be discovered.

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Architecture

  • BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir - BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir – popularly known as the Neasden Temple – is a masterpiece of traditional Hindu design and exquisite Indian workmanship in the heart of north-west London.

  • Big Ben - Elizabeth Tower is the name of the famous clock tower which stands at the Houses of Parliament. The name Big Ben is often used to describe the tower, the clock and the bell but the name was first given to the Great Bell.

  • Buckingham Palace - Buckingham Palace is recognised around the world as the focus of national and royal celebrations as well as the backdrop to the regular Changing the Guard ceremony.

  • Eltham Palace and Gardens

  • Freemasons' Hall - Freemasons’ Hall has been the centre of English Freemasonry for over 240 years. It is the meeting place for over 1,000 Masonic Lodges and the headquarters of the United Grand Lodge of England, the first Grand Lodge in the world.

  • Highgate Cemetery - Beautiful Victorian cemetery near to Hampstead Heath. Highgate Cemetery has some of the finest funerary architecture in the country. It is a place of peaceful contemplation where trees, memorials and wi