Historic places to visit in Greater London

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.