Historic places to visit in Greater London


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World Rugby Museum & Twickenham Stadium Tours

Twickenham Stadium, Rugby Road
Twickenham, Middlesex TW1 1DZ

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There is nowhere in England more important to rugby union than Twickenham Stadium. Home to England Rugby and the World Rugby Museum (WRM) - this is the ultimate experience for the rugby enthusiast. The World Rugby Museum gives a unique insight into this magnificent sport. People of all ages and nationalities can follow the history of the game from its origins in Rugby School to the present day.

Winston Churchill's Britain At War Experience

Churchill House, 64 - 66 Tooley Street, London Bridge
London SE1 2TF

britainatwar.co.uk

Britain at War Experience offers a glimpse of what life was like for the civilians in war-torn Britain during WW2. This is a unique museum of interest to all ages, featuring evacuation, rationing, shelters, weddings, bomb disposal, gasmasks and a walk through the London Blitz.

Wimbledon Windmill Museum

Windmill Road, Wimbledon Common
London SW19 5NR

wimbledonwindmill.org.uk

Wimbledon Windmill Museum is a museum of windmills housed in the windmill on Wimbledon Common. It depicts the history of windmills and milling using working models and the machinery and tools of the trade, with hands-on milling for children. In the entrance to the museum is a diorama showing how the windmill was built, with some of the early types of tools used in its construction.

William Morris Gallery

Lloyd Park, Forest Road
London E17 4PP

wmgallery.org.uk

The William Morris Gallery is the only public gallery devoted to the life and legacy of William Morris: designer, craftsman, socialist.

Whitehall

1 Malden Road
Cheam Village SM3 8QD

sutton.gov.uk

An attractive weather-boarded house in the heart of the Cheam Village conservation area. Whitehall has stood on this site since about 1500, and opened to the public in 1978. Collections: Discover 500 years of living history; original timbering with wattle and daub plus carpenter's marks visible on roof structure; inglenook fireplace with cooking pots, baking oven and ashpit; medieval Cheam Pottery display - story of Henry VIIIs nearby Nonsuch Palace; learn about the Killick family who lived here for over 250 years; furnished Victorian schoolmaster's study bedroom; rear garden with medieval well.

White Lodge Museum & Ballet Resource Centre

The Royal Ballet School, White Lodge, Richmond Park
London TW10 5HR

royalballetschool.org.uk

White Lodge Museum and Ballet Resource Centre is the first dedicated ballet museum in the UK. It is housed within White Lodge - a Grade I listed building, which is now the home of The Royal Ballet Lower School.

Westminster Cathedral

42 Francis Street
London SW1P 1QW

westminstercathedral.org.uk

Westminster Cathedral is one of the greatest secrets of London; people heading down Victoria Street on the well-trodden route to more famous sites are astonished to come across a piazza opening up the view to an extraordinary facade of towers, balconies and domes. The architecture of Westminster Cathedral certainly sets it apart from other London landmarks. It was designed in the Early Christian Byzantine style by the Victorian architect John Francis Bentley.

Wellington Arch - English Heritage

London W1J 7JZ

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The neoclassical arch, England's answer to the Arc de Triomphe, was first erected in 1826 as a grand entrance to Buckingham Palace. From 1846, it was topped with a huge equestrian statue of the Duke of Wellington but a major road widening of Piccadilly in 1882, due to the increasing demands of Victorian traffic, was used as an excuse to remove the oversized statue to Aldershot.

Wallace Collection

Hertford House, Manchester Square
London W1U 3BN

wallacecollection.org

The Wallace Collection is a national museum which displays the wonderful works of art collected in the 18th and 19th centuries by the first four Marquesses of Hertford and Sir Richard Wallace, the son of the 4th Marquess. It was bequeathed to the British nation by Sir Richard's widow, Lady Wallace, in 1897. Displayed at Hertford House, the main London townhouse of its former owners, the Wallace Collection presents its outstanding collections in a sumptuous but approachable manner which is an essential part of its charm. It is probably best known for its paintings by artists such as Titian, Rembrandt, Hals (The Laughing Cavalier) and Vel??zquez and for its superb collections of 18th-century French paintings, porcelain, furniture and gold boxes, probably the best to be found anywhere outside France. But there are also splendid medieval and Renaissance objects, including Limoges enamels, maiolica, glass and bronzes, as well as the finest array of princely arms and armour in Britain, featuring both European and Oriental objects.

Victorian Society

1 Priory Gardens
London W4 1TT

victoriansociety.org.uk

The Victorian Society is the champion for Victorian and Edwardian buildings in England and Wales. Our aims are: Conserving: to save Victorian and Edwardian buildings or groups of buildings of special architectural merit from needless destruction or disfigurement. Involving: to awaken public interest in, and appreciation of, the best of Victorian and Edwardian arts, architecture, crafts and design. Educating: to encourage the study of these and of related social history and to provide advice to owners and public authorities in regard to the preservation and repair of Victorian and Edwardian buildings.

Valence House Museum

Becontree Avenue
Dagenham RM8 3HT

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Valence House is a Medieval and later timber-framed and partially moated building situated in parkland. Collections: The collection includes items from Prehistoric to modern times representing the lives of the inhabitants of the Essex parishes of Barking and Dagenham. The display areas include a reconstruction council 1945 living room and kitchen, a Victorian Servants Parlour of the 1890s and a Barking chemists shop.

UCL, Institute of Archaeology

31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY
London WC1H 0PY

ucl.ac.uk

The Institute of Archaeology houses fine teaching and reference collections. They include prehistoric ceramics and stone artefacts from many parts of the world as well as collections of Classical Greek and Roman ceramics.

Two Temple Place

2 Temple Place
London WC2R 3BD

twotempleplace.org

Two Temple Place is one of London's architectural gems, an extraordinary late Victorian mansion built by William Waldorf Astor on Embankment. The house is owned by registered charity, The Bulldog Trust and supports the charitable activities of the Trust through exhibitions and events hosted in the building. It also provides a unique setting for both corporate and private events, from weddings to conferences.

Turner's House, Twickenham

40 Sandycoombe Road
Twickenham TW1 2LR

turnerintwickenham.org.uk

It's been a well-kept secret that Britain's greatest landscape painter, JMW Turner, designed his own house in Twickenham 200 years ago, as a country retreat for himself and his father. Collections: As part of his bequest to Turner's House Trust Prof. Harold Livermore left a large collection of watercolours, prints, drawings - and a few oil paintings - which are of great value in interpreting Turner's own work and contemporary art and literature.

Tower of London

The Tower of London
London EC3N 4AB

hrp.org.uk

The ancient stones reverberate with dark secrets, priceless jewels glint in fortified vaults and ravens strut the grounds. The Tower of London, founded by William the Conqueror in 1066-7, is one of the world's most famous fortresses, and one of Britain's most visited historic sites. Collections: The Tower of London has been home to the Crown Jewels since the 14th century and the Jewel House is an essential part of any visit to the Tower today. Marvel at some of the world's largest and most historic diamonds set in the regalia used to crown the sovereigns of England. The Martin Tower houses a special exhibition, Crowns & Diamonds: the making of the Crown Jewels, which explains the evolution of British crowns and the role that diamonds played in their decoration.

Tower Bridge

London SE1 2UP

towerbridge.org.uk

Tower Bridge has stood over the River Thames in London since 1894 and is one of the finest, most recognisable bridges in the World. At the Tower Bridge Exhibition you can enjoy breath-taking views from the high-level Walkways and learn about the history of the Bridge and how it was built.

Thames Discovery Programme

LAARC, Mortimer Wheeler House, 46 Eagle Wharf Road
London N1 7ED

thamesdiscovery.org

When the tide is out, the Thames is the longest open-air archaeological site in London, and much of the foreshore is freely accessible to the public. The Thames Discovery Programme is a community archaeology project designed to monitor the exposed archaeological sites of the inter-tidal area of the Thames with volunteer support.

Syon House & Park

Syon Park
Brentford, Middlesex TW8 8JF

syonpark.co.uk

Syon Park has been home to the family The Duke of Northumberland for over four hundred years and still owned and looked after by them. It is full of beauty and magnificence, of great paintings and furniture, with perhaps the finest Robert Adam interior in the country. Surrounded by its own parkland, with Kew Gardens across the Thames, it is hard to believe that Syon is barely 10 miles from central London.

Sutton House - National Trust

2 & 4 Homerton High Street, Hackney
London E9 6JQ

nationaltrust.org.uk

Built in 1535 by Sir Ralph Sadleir, Principal Secretary of State to Henry VIII, Sutton House is the oldest brick house in East London. Surviving for over 450 years, Sutton House is fascinating for its visible layers of change - from the original Tudor linenfold panelling and stone fireplaces, through the 17th-century painted staircase, to the Victorian Study and the more recent squatter's mural painted during the 1980s.

Strawberry Hill

268 Waldegrave Road
Twickenham, Middlesex TW1 4ST

strawberryhillhouse.org.uk

Created by Horace Walpole in the 18th century, Strawberry Hill is internationally famous as Britain's finest example of Georgian Gothic revival architecture. It also inspired the first gothic novel The castle of Otranto.

St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul's Churchyard
London EC4M 8AD

stpauls.co.uk

A Cathedral dedicated to St Paul has overlooked the City of London since 604AD, a constant reminder to this great commercial centre of the importance of the spiritual side of life. The current Cathedral - the fourth to occupy this site - was designed by the court architect Sir Christopher Wren and built between 1675 and 1710 after its predecessor was destroyed in the Great Fire of London.

SS Robin, The

SS Robin, 2D/2E Royal Victoria Place
London E14 1UQ

ssrobin.org

SS Robin is a precious diamond, a national treasure and one of London's best kept secrets. She's the world's oldest complete steamship and the last of her type in the world. Collections: SS Robin Gallery seeks to challenge perceptions by illustrating and exploring our lives and planet through extraordinary documentary images.

Spencer House

27 St James Place
London W14 9DT

spencerhouse.co.uk

From its conception, Spencer House was recognised as one of the most ambitious aristocratic town houses ever built in London and is, today, the city's only great 18th-century private palace to survive intact. Spencer House was built in 1756-66 for John, first Earl Spencer, an ancestor of Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-97). Situated in the heart of St James's, Spencer House is a short distance from St James's Palace, Buckingham Palace and the Palace of Westminster, and has a splendid terrace and garden with magnificent views of Green Park.

Southwark Cathedral Education Centre

Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge
London SE1 9DA

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The Cathedral lies on the South Bank of the River Thames close to London Bridge on a site occupied by a Church for over one thousand years. The main structure of today's church was built between 1220 and 1420. Collections: The Cathedral does not have either an archivist or an archive department although our Visitors' Officer is willing to receive any enquiries of a more general nature relating to the Cathedral and its history to assist you in your researches. We would be delighted to receive copies of old guidebooks, articles, photographs and prints relating to the Cathedral although please write giving details of items held before despatching them to us. If you are interested in searching our parish records please note that they are held at London Metropolitan Archives.

Southside House

3-4 Woodhayes Road, Wimbledon Common, Wimbledon
London SW19 4RJ

southsidehouse.com

Southside House, on Wimbledon Common, was rebuilt by Robert Pennington in the William & Mary style, after the Great Plague of London in 1665. One of the oldest houses in Greater London, it is still used as a private residence by descendants of the Pennington family, and the house remains largely unchanged. Collections: Behind the long facade are the old rooms, still with much of the furniture that Pennington brought here. The house also has connections with Anne Boleyn, Frederick Prince of Wales, Marie Antoinette, Admiral Lord Nelson, Lady Hamilton and Lord Byron.

Somerset House

Strand
London WC2R 1LA

somersethouse.org.uk

Somerset House is a spectacular neo-classical building in the heart of London, sitting between the Strand and the River Thames. During summer months a 'grove' of 55 fountains dance in the courtyard, and in winter you can skate on London's favourite outdoor ice rink.

Society of Antiquaries of London

Burlington House, Piccadilly, London
London W1J 0BE

sal.org.uk

The society of Antiquaries of London is charged by its Royal Charter of 1751 with 'the encouragement, advancement and furtherance of the study and knowledge of the antiquities and history of this and other countries'. It celebrated its Tercentenary in 2007. The society's 2,900 Fellows include many distinguished archaeologists and art and architectural historians.

Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings

37 Spital Square
London E1 6DY

spab.org.uk

The society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings was founded by William Morris in 1877 to counteract the highly destructive 'restoration' of medieval buildings being practised by many Victorian architects. Today it is the largest, oldest and most technically expert national pressure group fighting to save old buildings from decay, demolition and damage.

Sir John Soane's Museum

13 Lincoln's Inn Fields
London WC2A 3BP

soane.org

The architect Sir John Soane's house, museum and library at No. 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields has been a public museum since the early 19th century. Collections: Sir John Soane's Museum comprises his collections and personal effects, acquired between the 1780s and his death in 1837. The museum's collections contain many important works of art and antiquities, including Hogarth's A Rake's Progress and An Election, Canaletto's Riva degli Schiavoni looking West, the alabaster sarcophagus of Seti I, 30,000 architectural drawings, 6,857 historical volumes, 252 historical architectural models as well as important examples of furniture and decorative arts.

Royal Museums Greenwich

Park Row
Greenwich SE10 9NF

rmg.co.uk

Royal Museums Greenwich comprises of three linked sites: the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory Greenwich and the 17th-century Queen's House. Set among the beautiful scenery and architecture of Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site, Royal Museums Greenwich incorporates the world's largest maritime museum, the Prime Meridian of the world and London's only planetarium.

Royal Mews, The

Buckingham Palace, Buckingham Palace Road
London SW1A 1AA

royal.gov.uk

The Royal Mews houses the State vehicles, both horse-drawn carriages and motor cars, used for coronations, State Visits, royal weddings, the State Opening of Parliament and official engagements. Visitors can see the Gold State Coach which was last used during The Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002 to carry Her Majesty and Prince Philip to the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral.

Royal Institute of British Architects

66 Portland Place
London W1B 1AD

architecture.com

The Royal Institute of British Architects champions better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture and our members.

Royal College of Physicians

11 St Andrews Place, Regent's Park
London NW1 4LE

rcplondon.ac.uk

The Royal College of Physicians is the oldest medical college in England. Since our foundation by royal charter of Henry VIII in 1518, the RCP has built up magnificent collections of books, manuscripts, portraits, silver, and medical artefacts. Visit us to experience extraordinary historical and ceremonial spaces set inside a radically modern building created by Sir Denys Lasdun in 1964.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Kew Gardens
Richmond TW9 3AB

kew.org

Explore glasshouses, landscapes and 250 years of history at the world's most famous garden. Climb to the treetops on the Xstrata Treetop Walkway, delve into rainforest inside the iconic Palm House or discover more on a guided tour.

Royal Armouries at HM Tower of London

HM Tower of London
London EC3N 4AB

armouries.org.uk

The Royal Armouries is located in the White Tower, the central keep of the Tower of London, which is its historical home. The Armouries is one of the ancient institutions of the Tower of London. Its origins may be traced back to the working armoury of the medieval kings of England. The first recorded paying visitor to the Armouries was in 1545 when a visiting foreign dignitary viewed the personal armoury of Henry VIII in the White Tower. The Restoration of Charles II in 1660 saw the establishment of two permanent public displays: the Line of Kings and the Spanish Armoury. All these displays can still be seen in the White Tower, along with more modern weapons and armours.

Royal Air Force Museum

Grahame Park Way, Colindale
London NW9 5LL

rafmuseum.org

Wing your way over to a wonderful collection of aircraft, interactives, medals, uniforms, film shows and memorabilia on display and trace the story of the RAF and aviation itself. Visit the awe-inspiring sound and light show that takes you back in time to the Battle of Britain.

Ragged School Museum

46-50 Copperfield Road
London E3 4RR

raggedschoolmuseum.org.uk

The award-winning Museum is housed in three Victorian canalside warehouses, converted by Dr Barnardo into a ragged school. Visitors to the museum today can take a journey through the history of the region as well as experience what it was like to be taught over one hundred years ago by 'stepping back in time' to the atmospheric recreated Victorian classroom.

Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge

Rangers Road, Chingford
London E4 7QH

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Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge is a unique timber-framed Tudor hunt standing built by Henry VIII in 1543. It has magnificent views of Epping Forest from its upper floors and permanent displays in its Tudor kitchen.

Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great

West Smithfield
London EC1A 9DS

greatstbarts.com

The ancient Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great was founded by a courtier of Henry I (son of William the Conqueror). It is a stunning example of Norman architecture which has survived the numerous transformations and upheavals London has undergone over the past 900 years, including the Great Fire and the air raids of two world wars.

Poverest Road Bath House & Anglo-Saxon Cemetery

Poverest Road
Orpington BR5 2DH

The bath-house is situated in Poverest Road, Orpington and was excavated between 1971 and 1975. It consists of three rooms, the walls of which stand up to 600mm high. Used from about AD270 to AD400 it probably served a small settlement or farm complex that extended southwards towards Fordcroft Road.

Osterley Park & House - National Trust

Jersey Road, Isleworth
Osterley, Middlesex TW7 4RB

nationaltrust.org.uk

Surrounded by gardens, park and farmland, Osterley is one of the last surviving country estates in London. Once described by Horace Walpole as 'the palace of palaces', Osterley was created in the late 18th century by architect and designer Robert Adam for the Child family to entertain and impress their friends and clients. Today the house is presented as it would have looked in the 1780s; enter the house as the family's guests would have via the impressive stone steps leading up to the portico. Stroll through the colourful formal gardens, transformed during our six year long project from an overgrown wilderness back to their 18th century grandeur of herbaceous borders, roses and ornamental vegetables beds.

Orleans House Gallery

Riverside
Twickenham, Middlesex TW1 3DJ

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Orleans House has a rich and vibrant history, from the baroque Octagon room, which was designed by renowned architect James Gibbs, to a main gallery which hosts five temporary exhibitions each year - ranging from the historical to the contemporary. Collections: Orleans House Gallery looks after the prestigious Richmond Borough Art Collection. The collection of over 2,700 paintings, watercolours, drawings, prints, photographs and objects primarily comprises local topographical views of the Twickenham and Richmond riverside, dating from the late 18th century to the present day.

Old Speech Room Gallery, Harrow School

Church Hill, Harrow on the Hill
London HA1 3HP

harrowschool.org.uk

The Old Speech Room was built in 1819-21 as a chamber in which to encourage public speaking. It was converted into a gallery by Alan Irvine in 1976 as a repository for the School's varied and distinguished collection of antiquities and fine art. Collections: The collections comprise Egyptian and Greek antiquities, English watercolours, Modern British paintings, some sculpture, printed books and natural history. There is also a set of Stuart Devlin's parcel gilt Easter eggs, designed in the tradition of Faberg?_.

Old Royal Naval College

King William Walk
Greenwich SE10 9NN

ornc.org

Welcome to the Old Royal Naval College (ORNC), Sir Christopher Wren's twin-domed riverside masterpiece and one of London's most famous landmarks. The ORNC is open daily and is a breathtaking place to visit - whether you have an hour or a day. The iconic buildings stand on the site of Greenwich Palace, Henry VIII's favourite royal residence and include the Discover Greenwich Visitor Centre, Painted Hall and Chapel.

Myddelton House Gardens

Bulls Cross
Enfield, Middlesex EN2 9HG

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Created by E.A. Bowles (1865-1954), Myddelton House Gardens have been refurbished and offer an impressive range of flora, fauna and historical artefacts.

Museum of Soho (mosoho)

St Anne's Tower, 55 Dean Street
London W1D 6AF

mosoho.org.uk

The museum was started c1990 by a group of amateurs, keen to preserve any material relating to the history of Soho. Initially, it was hoped that a traditional museum could be established,but we have gradually come round to the idea that a 'virtual' museum would actually be more feasible. We now have a large interactive touch-screen situated in Sherwood St where you can access illustrations, galleries and articles about Soho from the street.

Museum of Immigration & Diversity, The

19 Princelet Street
London E1 6QH

19princeletstreet.org.uk

The exhibition 'suitcases and Sanctuary', made largely by local schoolchildren, is a genuinely innovative celebration of immigration housed in a magical Grade II* listed building that combines a remarkable unrestored 1719 Huguenot master silk weaver's house with a rare Victorian synagogue illuminated by a pastel coloured stained glass ceiling. The complementary exhibition 'Leave to Remain' by 3 refugee artists takes a wry look at asylum in today's Britain.

Monument, The

Monument Street
London EC3R 8AH

themonument.info

The Monument stands at the junction of Monument Street and Fish Street Hill in the City of London. It was built between 1671 and 1677 to commemorate the Great Fire of London (1666) and to celebrate the rebuilding of the City.

Markfield Beam Engine & Museum

Markfield Road, South Tottenham
London N15 4RB

mbeam.org

The Markfield Beam Engine and Museum is located in a Victorian Engine House which has in situ the original Beam Pumping Engine and was part of the original Tottenham Sewage Works. The site has recently been landscaped, the engine renovated and the engine restored to steam operation.

Marble Hill House - English Heritage

Twickenham, Middlesex TW1 2NL

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A magnificent Palladian villa set within lush riverside grounds. Visitors to Marble Hill House can catch a glimpse of the lavish entertaining that took place here, in these extravagantly gilded rooms, when it served as the Thames-side retreat for Henrietta Howard, mistress of King George II.

London Museum of Water & Steam

Green Dragon Lane
London TW8 0EN

kbsm.org

Housed in a Grade I listed water pumping station built in the 19th century to supply Londoners with water, the museum is recognised as the most important historic site of the water industry in Britain. The museum's architecture ranges from late Georgian to Italianate with a thriving community of artists housed in the site's external workshop buildings. There is also an excellent 'Water for Life' gallery which describes the provision of water to London from Roman times to the present day.

London Canal Museum

12-13 New Wharf Road, King's Cross
London N1 9RT

canalmuseum.org.uk

London Canal Museum tells the story of London's canals, their people, cargoes, and the horses which pulled their boats. Collections: Centrepiece is the narrowboat Coronis with a reconstructed cabin into which visitors can step, listening to the sound of a family having their meal and discussing their lives. Our collection includes 'roses and castles' canal art and other decorative art, lifting, handling and weighing equipment for cargo, horse care equipment, and the working Bantam IV tug which is moored outside.

Little Holland House

40 Beeches Avenue
Carshalton SM5 3LW

sutton.gov.uk

The former home of artist, designer and craftsman Frank Dickinson (1874-1961). Designed and built by Dickinson between 1902-04, the Grade II* listed interior was created entirely by him, inspired by the ideals of Ruskin, Carlyle & Morris, in an eclectic mix of Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau and Glasgow School style.

Leighton House Museum

12 Holland Park Road
London W14 8LZ

rbkc.gov.uk

Leighton House Museum is the former studio-house of the great Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830-1896). Located on the edge of London's Holland Park, the house is one of the most extraordinary buildings of the 19th century.

Lambeth Palace Library

Lambeth Palace Road
London SE1 7JU

lambethpalacelibrary.org

Lambeth Palace Library is the historic library of the Archbishops of Canterbury and the principal library and record office for the history of the Church of England. The Library focuses on ecclesiastical history, but its rich collections are important for an immense variety of topics from the history of art and architecture to colonial and Commonwealth history, and for innumerable aspects of English social, political and economic history.

Kew Palace & Queen Charlotte's Cottage

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
Richmond TW9 3AB

hrp.org.uk

Step into this tiny doll's house of a palace and sense the joys and sorrows of past royal lives in intimate detail, as King George III and his family come to life.

Kenwood House - English Heritage

London NW3 7JR

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Set in splendid grounds beside Hampstead Heath, this outstanding neoclassical house holds one of the most important collections of paintings ever given to the nation. Works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Turner, Reynolds and Gainsborough all hang against a backdrop of sumptuous rooms.

Kensington Palace

Kensington Gardens
London W8 4PX

hrp.org.uk

Kensington Palace is not a traditional heritage experience - our approach is tradition with a twist, and we apply this to the four routes that your ticket includes: Victoria Revealed - an exhibition exploring the life and reign of one of the palace's most famous residents Queen Victoria, in her own words; the King's State Apartments which tell the grand stories of the Hanoverian court; the Queen's State Apartments which has a more modern and theatrical display to tell the story of William and Mary through to George I; and Fashion Rules: Dresses from the collections of HM The Queen, Princess Margaret and Diana, Princess of Wales.

Kelmscott House

26 Upper Mall, Hammersmith
London W6 9TA

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Kelmscott House was William Morris's home from 1878-96 and is close to the premises of his Kelmscott Press, founded in 1890.

Keats House

Keats Grove, Hampstead
London NW3 2RR

cityoflondon.gov.uk

Keats House is where the poet John Keats (1795-1821) lived from 1818 to 1820. Here he wrote some of his best known poetry, including 'Ode to a Nightingale'. Collections: The Keats House Collection consists of books, manuscripts, letters, prints, paintings and artefacts relating to the life of the poet John Keats (1795-1821), his circle and the English Romantic movement. The Keats House Collection, including the Keats Memorial Library, is currently available for consultation by appointment only.

Jewel Tower - English Heritage

Abingdon Street, Westminster
London SW1P 3JX

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The Jewel Tower dates back over 700 years and is an intriguing visitor attraction in the heart of Westminster. It was built around 1365 to house Edward III's treasures and was known as the 'King's Privy Wardrobe'.

Institution of Civil Engineers

1 Great George Street
London SW1P 3AA

ice.org.uk

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is a registered charity that strives to promote and progress civil engineering. We believe that civil engineers are 'at the heart of society, delivering sustainable development through knowledge, skills and professional expertise.' With this in mind, we are a qualifying body, a centre for the exchange of specialist knowledge, and a provider of resources to encourage innovation and excellence in the profession. The ICE was founded in 1818 and granted a royal charter in 1828. Collections: The library, archive, and works of art are Designated Collections of national importance. The Institution of Civil Engineers.

HQS Wellington & the Wellington Trust

HQS Wellington, Temple Stairs, Victoria Embankment,
London WC2R 2PN

thewellingtontrust.com

Launched in 1934, the HQS Wellington is the last surviving member of the Royal Navy's Grimsby class of sloops. After 4 years of duty in the South Pacific, the ship served with distinction in the Second World War. Collections: Historic charts, silver and gold, ship models, paintings and maritime artefacts.

Houses of Parliament

London SW1A 0AA

parliament.uk

The Palace of Westminster is the home of the UK's Houses of Parliament, including the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Parliament is responsible for making and changing the laws of the United Kingdom and checking the work of the Government. he Parliamentary Archives provides access to the archives of the House of Lords, the House of Commons and to other records relating to Parliament. We also provide a records management service for both Houses of Parliament.

House Mill

Three Mill Lane
London E3 3DU

housemill.org.uk

The House Mill was built in 1776 as a timber framed building with a brick facade. It was rebuilt after a fire in 1804. The House Mill is a grade 1 listed 18th century tidal mill set in a beautiful riverside location in the heart of London's East End. It is the largest existing tidal mill in the world.

Horniman Museum & Gardens

100 London Road, Forest Hill
London SE23 3PQ

horniman.ac.uk

The Horniman has a unique range of exhibitions, events and activities which illustrate the cultural and natural world. Our collections of anthropology, natural history and musical instruments provide the inspiration for our programme of permanent and temporary exhibitions and events and activities.

Honourable Company of Master Mariners, The

HQS Wellington, Temple Stairs, Victoria Embankment
London WC2R 2PN

hcmm.org.uk

The Honourable Company of Master Mariners is a City of London Livery Company open to British and Commonwealth Master Mariners from the Merchant and Royal Navies. Its livery hall is the ship HQS Wellington, on board which exhibitions periodically are staged.

Honeywood Museum

Honeywood Walk
Carshalton SM5 3NX

sutton.gov.uk

Honeywood is a fine late Victorian and Edwardian house, incorporating part of an earlier 17th century building, overlooking the picturesque town ponds. Collections: Displays tell the history of the people of the Borough of Sutton from the days of early settlement to the present, including Tudor life, the mills and country houses linked to the River Wandle, the Victorian and Edwardian eras and the Second World War. Period rooms include the Edwardian Billiards Room with its original fixtures and fittings.

Hogarth's House

Hogarth Lane, Great West Road
London W4 2QN

hounslow.info

Hogarth's House, built around 1700, was the country home of the great painter, engraver and satirist William Hogarth (1697-1764) from 1749 until his death. Hogarth's House holds an extensive collection of the artist's 18th century prints, of which a selection will always be on display and a set of his engraving plates. The panelled rooms also house some replica pieces of 18th century furniture.

HMS Belfast

The Queen's Walk
London SE1 2JH

iwm.org.uk

Explore HMS Belfast's nine decks to discover the stories of life on board this warship during Arctic convoys, D-Day and beyond. Imagine sleeping in one of the tightly packed hammocks during duties in Arctic waters, or being stationed deep in the bowels of the ship when she opened fire in support of Allied troops on D-Day.

Highgate Cemetery

Swains Lane
London N6 6PJ

highgatecemetery.org

Highgate Cemetery is a haven of beauty and tranquillity, a place of peace and contemplation where a romantic profusion of trees, memorials and wildlife flourish in the heart of London. The East Cemetery is where Karl Marx is buried. Visitors may roam freely on this side, but there is an entrance charge. Admission to the West Cemetery is by guided tour only.

Headstone Manor Museum

Headstone Manor, Pinner View
Harrow HA2 6PX

harrow.gov.uk

Headstone Manor Museum is a complex of four historic buildings set in beautiful grounds, including the medieval moat. Entry is free to this tranquil oasis hidden away in the middle of a London suburb.

Hampstead Museum - Burgh House

Hampstead Museum, Burgh House, New End Square, Hampstead
London NW3 1LT

burghhouse.org.uk

Burgh House is a grade I listed house built in 1703/4. The Hampstead Museum is incorporated in the House on the first floor and offers permanent displays on Hampstead history. Collections: Permanent displays on the history of Hampstead; John Constable, Helen Allingham and on the Isokon flats and furniture.

Ham House & Garden - National Trust

Ham Street
Richmond-upon-Thames TW10 7RS

nationaltrust.org.uk

Ham House, set on the banks of the river Thames near Richmond, is perhaps the most remarkable Stuart House in the country. Built in 1610 and enlarged in the 1670s by the influential Duke and Duchess of Lauderdale, Ham was a centre for court intrigue throughout most of the 17th century.

Gunnersbury Park & Museum

Gunnersbury Park, Pope's Lane, Acton
London W3 8LQ

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The local history museum for the London Boroughs of Ealing and Hounslow, housed in a Grade II* listed mansion which was the home of the first English Rothschilds.

Guildhall Art Gallery

Guildhall Yard
London EC2V 5AE

cityoflondon.gov.uk

The collections are mainly comprised of British works of art. Included are fascinating views of London & London life from the 16th century to the present day, & Victorian paintings & sculpture including well-known Pre-Raphaelite works.

Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Sophia with Museum

Moscow Road, Bayswater
London W2 4LQ

stsophia.org.uk

The Greek Orthodox Church of St Sophia in Bayswater opened a small museum in its crypt in 2006. It shows various treasures donated to the cathedral by wealthy 19th century patrons, as well as a rotating display of material from the archives of the Greek community in London, stretching back to the 18th century.

Gilwell Park

Bury Road
London E4 7QW

scouts.org.uk

Gilwell Park, the Headquerters of the UK Scout Association has three areas of intrest for the visitor. Gilwell is a large wooded campsite and activity centre that has many historical Scouting artefacts distributed around the site. Scouting visitors can visit these sites using a self guided tour and map.

Garden Museum

5 Lambeth Palace Road
London SE1 7LB

gardenmuseum.org.uk

The Garden Museum explores and celebrates British gardens and gardening through its collection, temporary exhibitions, events, symposia and garden. Whether you are an enthusiastic amateur gardener, more of a specialist or someone with a passion for museums, history or even architecture the museum has something for you. Situated on the South Bank of the Thames, opposite the Houses of Parliament, the museum has a spectacular home in the former St Mary-at-Lambeth Parish Church, which itself its steeped in history and has some interesting stories to tell. For example, the tomb of the John Tradescants, gardeners to Charles I and adventurous plant hunters, can be found in the museum Garden.

Fulham Palace

Bishop's Avenue
London SW6 6EA

fulhampalace.org

Fulham Palace is a truly remarkable place. For centuries, this Grade I Listed building, situated in extensive grounds by the River Thames, was a country residence of the Bishops of London. Collections: Includes paintings, textiles, books and artefacts illuminating daily life of the Bishops of London, their families and local workers, in and around Fulham Palace over the centuries. Strong social history collection reflects local culture, trades and everyday life.

Freud Museum London

20 Maresfield Gardens
London NW3 5SX

freud.org.uk

Listed house in Hampstead where Sigmund Freud and his family lived after fleeing the Nazis in 1938. Collections: Sigmund Freud's large collection of Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Oriental antiquities and his library. His study with the psychoanalytic couch preserve his working environment.

Foundling Museum, The

40 Brunswick Square
London WC1N 1AZ

foundlingmuseum.org.uk

The Foundling Museum explores the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK's first children's charity and first public art gallery, established in 1739 by the philanthropist Captain Thomas Coram. Collections: Poignant social history gallery telling the story of London's first home for abandoned children, including personal histories, artefacts, photographs and recordings; London's first art gallery featuring works by Hogarth, Rysbrack, Gainsborough, Reynolds, Roubiliac, Hudson, Ramsay and Wilson; Fine 18th-century, Rococo and Georgian interiors; and Gerald Cook Handel collection of Handel memorabilia.

Forty Hall & Estate

Forty Hill
Enfield EN2 9HA

fortyhallestate.co.uk

A trip to Forty Hall & Estate is a memorable day out for all of the family. Forty Hall is a Grade 1 listed Jacobean Manor House, nestled in leafy Enfield and set amidst pleasure gardens, ancient royal parkland, majestic trees, lakes and watercourses. Our permanent exhibition tells the story of Forty Hall & Estate throughout the ages and looks at the life and times of Sir Nicholas Rainton and life in the 17th century.

Flanders Fields Memorial Garden

Guards Museum, Wellington Barracks,, United Kingdom
Bird Cage Walk SW1E 6HQ

memorial2014.com

The Flanders Fields Memorial Garden is an initiative of the Guards Museum, in conjunction with Flanders House in London, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, and the Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in the UK.

Fitzroy House

37 Fitzroy Street
London W1T 6DX

fitzroyhouse.org

Fitzroy House is an original 1791 building imitating the designs of Robert Adam, the famous Georgian period architect who along with his brother designed Fitzroy Square. The house is one of the last remaining structures on the block that retains its original external architecture and now shows the life and work of L Ron Hubbard. Steeped in nostalgic memorabilia, Fitzroy House will take you on a trip down memory lane, with its faithfully restored communications office equipment including Adler typewriters, Grundig tape recorder and a Western Union Telefax.

Firepower, The Royal Artillery Museum

Firepower, Royal Artillery Museum, Royal Arsenal
London SE18 6ST

firepower.org.uk

The museum tells the story of the Gunners - the 2.5 million men and women of the Royal Artillery, the part they have played in history and their role in today's British Army. Tales of extraordinary heroism and endeavour are presented alongside explanations the technological and scientific advances driven by the development of artillery from Roman times to the present day.

Fenton House & Garden - National Trust

Windmill Hill, Hampstead
London NW3 6SP

nationaltrust.org.uk

Handsome 17th century merchant's house with delightful walled garden with fine displays of roses, an orchard and a working kitchen garden. The house has connections with the actress Mrs Jordan and the painter William Nicholson. Collections: The Benton Fletcher collection of early keyboard instruments, most of which are in working order; an outstanding collection of porcelain; 17th century needlework pictures and Georgian furniture.

Emery Walker Trust

7 Hammersmith Terrace
London W6 9TS

emerywalker.org.uk

No 7 Hammersmith Terrace is a tall terraced house on the River Thames at Hammersmith in west London. Its sober Georgian exterior hides a secret - the decoration and furnishings preserved as they were in the lifetime of the printer Emery Walker (1851-1933), a great friend and mentor to William Morris.

Eltham Palace - English Heritage

London SE9 5QE

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Immerse yourself in 1930s Art Deco decadence at Eltham Palace, one of the most enchanting visitor attractions in London. Built by the wealthy Courtauld family next to the remains of Eltham Palace, childhood home of Henry VIII, it's among the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in England. The stunning entrance hall, marvellous panelled dining room, luxurious bathroom, and the magnificent medieval Great Hall, are just some of the highlights.

Eastbury Manor House - National Trust

Eastbury Square, Barking
London IG11 9SN

nationaltrust.org.uk

Welcome to Eastbury Manor House, a beautiful Grade 1 listed Tudor mansion. It is owned by the National Trust and managed by the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.

Dr Johnson's House

17 Gough Square
London EC4A 3DE

drjohnsonshouse.org

Dr Johnson's House is a charming 300-year-old townhouse, nestled amongst a maze of courts and alleys in the historic City of London. Samuel Johnson, the writer and wit, lived and worked here in the middle of the eighteenth century, compiling his great Dictionary of the English Language in the Garret. Today, the house is open to the public with a collection relating to Johnson, a research library, restored interiors and a wealth of original features.

Dorich House Museum

Kingston University, 67 Kingston Vale
London SW15 3RN

dorichhousemuseum.org.uk

Dorich House was the studio, gallery and home of the sculptor Dora Gordine (1895-1991) and her husband the Hon. Richard Hare (1907-1966), a Professor of Russian Literature. Dorich House holds the largest single collection of Gordine's bronze and plaster sculptures, as well as many of her paintings and drawings. The Russian art collection includes icons, paintings, ceramics, glassware, metalwork, folk art and furniture dating from the early 18th century to the early 20th century. The archive consists of photographs, architectural drawings, press cuttings, books, correspondence and taped interviews.

Dilston Grove

Southwest Corner of Southwark Park
London SE16 2UA

cgplondon.org

Dilston Grove is the former Clare College Mission Church on the Southwest corner of Southwark Park and is Grade II listed. Designed by architects Sir John Simpson and Maxwell Ayrton, it was built in 1911 and is one of the earliest examples of poured concrete construction. Today, Dilston Grove represents London's only large-scale raw space regularly available to artists.

Dennis Severs' House

18 Folgate Street
London E1 6BX

dennissevershouse.co.uk

Dennis Severs was an artist who lived in the house in much the same way as its occupants in the 18th century would have done. He used his visitors' imagination as his canvas while they are taken on an historical tour around the house.

Cutty Sark

King William Walk, Greenwich
London SE10 9HT

rmg.co.uk

The existing collections consist principally of the 1869 composite clipper ship Cutty Sark, and her contents. In addition the Trust possesses a collections of artefacts relating to the ship and her history, designers, builders, owners, crews, cargoes, the clipper ship genre, the Merchant Navy and Robert Burns.

Croydon Airport Visitor Centre

Airport House, Purley Way
Croydon CR0 0XZ

croydonairportsociety.org.uk

Built in 1928, it's official title was Air Port of London, Croydon. This was the UK's international airport through the 1920s and 30s. Exhibition space includes displays located in the world's oldest Air Traffic Control Tower in Airport House. Features include interactive display, exhibits and visual images charting the history of Croydon Airport from World War I airfield, London's international airport, Battle of Britain airfield and closure in 1959.

Crossness Pumping Station

Thames Water Crossness Works, Belvedere Road, Abbey Wood
London SE2

crossness.org.uk

The Crossness Pumping Station was built by Sir Joseph Bazalgette as part of Victorian London's urgently needed main sewerage system.

Clarence House

London SW1A 1AA

royal.gov.uk

Clarence House, which stands beside St James's Palace, was built between 1825 and 1827 to the designs of John Nash for Prince William Henry, Duke of Clarence, who resided there as King William IV from 1830 until 1837. During its history, the house has been altered, reflecting the changes in occupancy over nearly two centuries.

Chiswick House & Gardens Trust

Chiswick House and Gardens
London W4 2RP

chgt.org.uk

Chiswick House is a pioneering example of neoclassical architecture inspired by ancient Rome. It was designed by the third Earl of Burlington, 1694-1753.

Chelsea Physic Garden

66 Royal Hospital Road
London SW3 4HS

chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk

Situated in the heart of Chelsea, this 'secret Garden' is a centre of education, beauty and relaxation. Founded in 1673 by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, it continues to research the properties, origins and conservation of over 5000 species. Collections: The Garden holds approximately 5000 taxa, the collection concentrates on medicinal plants and those of ethnobotanical interest, as well as rare and endangered species. We also grow plants named or introduced by people associated with the Garden's history.