Historic places to visit in Greater London

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.