18 Stafford Terrace
18 Stafford Terrace
London W8 7BH
In 1874 Edward Linley Sambourne married Marion Herapath, the daughter of a wealthy stockbroker. Helped by Marion's father, the couple paid ??2,000 for an 89-year lease on 18 Stafford Terrace. A hidden gem in the heart of London, remarkably well-preserved and complete with its original interior decoration and contents.
2 Willow Road - National Trust
2 Willow Road, Hampstead
London NW3 1TH
The architect Erno Goldfinger designed and built this unique Modernist house as his family home in 1939. The central house of a terrace of three, it is one of Britain's most important examples of Modernist architecture.
All Hallows by the Tower
London EC3R 5BJ
All Hallows By The Tower church was founded in 675 AD and, throughout London's history, has played a key part in almost every important event. A Roman pavement, Saxon stonework, Mediaeval paintings and statues, and the glorious Grinling Gibbons font cover are all on show.
Apsley House - English Heritage
London W1J 7NT
Apsley House, home of the 1st Duke of Wellington, is one of the capital's finest residences. Famously known as No.1 London, it was designed and built by Robert Adam between 1771-1778.
London SW1A 2ER
Walk in the footsteps of a dazzling company of courtiers who once danced, drank and partied beneath the magnificent Rubens painted ceiling. This revolutionary building was created for court entertainments, but is probably most famous for the execution of Charles I in 1649.
Benjamin Franklin House
36 Craven Street
London WC2N 5NF
Home to Benjamin Franklin between 1757 and 1775, 36 Craven Street is the location where the famous US statesman conducted numerous important experiments such as measuring the effects of the Gulf Stream, exploring Daylight Saving Time and inventing bi-focal lenses.
Bevis Marks Synagogue
London EC3A 5DQ
Situated in a secluded courtyard, Britain's oldest synagogue was opened in 1701 to serve the Spanish & Portuguese Jews' Congregation. Today it is one of the best-preserved houses of worship of its period still in regular use.
London EC2M 4QH
Bishopsgate Institute is based in a beautiful Grade II* listed building in central London. Since 1895, we have provided an independent meeting place for people with shared interests to learn about a vast array of subjects. Explore our world-renowned collections on London history, labour and socialist history, freethought and humanism, co-operation, and protest and campaigning.
Brooking Collection of Period Architectural Detail, University of Greenwich
University of Greenwich, 30 Park Row
London SE10 9LS
The University of Greenwich houses a proportion of the Brooking Collection of Period Architectural Detail at the Avery Hill Campus near Eltham, London SE9. This is not open to the public but is accessible through CPD short courses.
Bruce Castle Museum
London N17 8NU
Bruce Castle is a Grade I listed 16th century manor house in 20 acres of parkland. William Compton - a member of Henry VIII's court - built the oldest surviving parts of the building. Since then the building has been modified several times by new owners including the Coleraine family.
Brunel Engine House, Railway Avenue
London SE16 4LF
Isambard Kingdom Brunel's first and last projects are on the River Thames. The Thames Tunnel with his father Sir Marc Brunel is now an International Landmark Site and the oldest section of tunnel in the London Underground. Collections: An exhibition in the restored Engine House tells the story of the men who worked in the dark, dodging flames and showered with raw sewage every day. Watercolours, peep-shows, engravings, and models, explain this epic feat of engineering.
London SW1A 1AA
Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of Britain's sovereigns since 1837. It evolved from a town house that was owned from the beginning of the 18th century by the Dukes of Buckingham.
Building Exploratory, The
8 Orsman Road
London N1 5QJ
Exhibition charts the development of London, with a special focus on Hackney. Takes in ideas of finding sense of place, different housing styles and their implications, and how events such as bomb damage have shaped our built environment.
Cannizaro Park, West Side Common, Wimbledon
London SW19 4UE
The grounds of Cannizaro House have become a public park - and perhaps the best public example of a the type of large garden which London mansions had in the 19th century. It has a 'formal garden', with excellent summer bedding, a pool and a woodland garden.
Carlyle's House - National Trust
24 Cheyne Row, Chelsea
London SW3 5HL
A classic Queen Anne house, this was the home of the writer Thomas Carlyle from 1834 until his death in 1881. A tall townhouse in Cheyne Row, close to the River Thames, Carlyle's House was built in 1708 as part of a terrace of London homes.
Charlton Road, Greenwich
London SE7 8RE
Charlton House is regarded as the best-preserved ambitious Jacobean house in Greater London. It was built in 1607-12 of red brick with stone dressing, and has an 'E'-plan layout.
Chelsea Physic Garden
66 Royal Hospital Road
London SW3 4HS
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.
Chiswick House & Gardens Trust
Chiswick House and Gardens
London W4 2RP
Chiswick House is a pioneering example of neoclassical architecture inspired by ancient Rome. It was designed by the third Earl of Burlington, 1694-1753.
London SW1A 1AA
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.
Crossness Pumping Station
Thames Water Crossness Works, Belvedere Road, Abbey Wood
The Crossness Pumping Station was built by Sir Joseph Bazalgette as part of Victorian London's urgently needed main sewerage system.
King William Walk, Greenwich
London SE10 9HT
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.
Dennis Severs' House
18 Folgate Street
London E1 6BX
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.
Southwest Corner of Southwark Park
London SE16 2UA
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.
Dorich House Museum
Kingston University, 67 Kingston Vale
London SW15 3RN
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.
Dr Johnson's House
17 Gough Square
London EC4A 3DE
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.
Eastbury Manor House - National Trust
Eastbury Square, Barking
London IG11 9SN
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.
Eltham Palace - English Heritage
London SE9 5QE
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.
Emery Walker Trust
7 Hammersmith Terrace
London W6 9TS
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.
Fenton House & Garden - National Trust
Windmill Hill, Hampstead
London NW3 6SP
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.
Firepower, The Royal Artillery Museum
Firepower, Royal Artillery Museum, Royal Arsenal
London SE18 6ST
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.
37 Fitzroy Street
London W1T 6DX
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.
Foundling Museum, The
40 Brunswick Square
London WC1N 1AZ
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.
Freud Museum London
20 Maresfield Gardens
London NW3 5SX
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.
London SW6 6EA
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.
5 Lambeth Palace Road
London SE1 7LB
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.
London E4 7QW
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.
Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Sophia with Museum
Moscow Road, Bayswater
London W2 4LQ
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.
Guildhall Art Gallery
London EC2V 5AE
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.
Gunnersbury Park & Museum
Gunnersbury Park, Pope's Lane, Acton
London W3 8LQ
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.
Hampstead Museum - Burgh House
Hampstead Museum, Burgh House, New End Square, Hampstead
London NW3 1LT
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.
London N6 6PJ
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.
The Queen's Walk
London SE1 2JH
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.
Hogarth Lane, Great West Road
London W4 2QN
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.
Honourable Company of Master Mariners, The
HQS Wellington, Temple Stairs, Victoria Embankment
London WC2R 2PN
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.
Horniman Museum & Gardens
100 London Road, Forest Hill
London SE23 3PQ
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.
Three Mill Lane
London E3 3DU
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.
Houses of Parliament
London SW1A 0AA
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.
HQS Wellington & the Wellington Trust
HQS Wellington, Temple Stairs, Victoria Embankment,
London WC2R 2PN
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.
Institution of Civil Engineers
1 Great George Street
London SW1P 3AA
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.
Jewel Tower - English Heritage
Abingdon Street, Westminster
London SW1P 3JX
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'.
Keats Grove, Hampstead
London NW3 2RR
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.
26 Upper Mall, Hammersmith
London W6 9TA
Kelmscott House was William Morris's home from 1878-96 and is close to the premises of his Kelmscott Press, founded in 1890.
London W8 4PX
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.
Kenwood House - English Heritage
London NW3 7JR
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.
Lambeth Palace Library
Lambeth Palace Road
London SE1 7JU
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.
Leighton House Museum
12 Holland Park Road
London W14 8LZ
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.
London Canal Museum
12-13 New Wharf Road, King's Cross
London N1 9RT
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.
London Museum of Water & Steam
Green Dragon Lane
London TW8 0EN
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.
Markfield Beam Engine & Museum
Markfield Road, South Tottenham
London N15 4RB
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.
London EC3R 8AH
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.
Museum of Immigration & Diversity, The
19 Princelet Street
London E1 6QH
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.
Museum of Soho (mosoho)
St Anne's Tower, 55 Dean Street
London W1D 6AF
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.
Old Speech Room Gallery, Harrow School
Church Hill, Harrow on the Hill
London HA1 3HP
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?_.
Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great
London EC1A 9DS
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.
Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge
Rangers Road, Chingford
London E4 7QH
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.
Ragged School Museum
46-50 Copperfield Road
London E3 4RR
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.
Royal Air Force Museum
Grahame Park Way, Colindale
London NW9 5LL
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.
Royal Armouries at HM Tower of London
HM Tower of London
London EC3N 4AB
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 College of Physicians
11 St Andrews Place, Regent's Park
London NW1 4LE
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 Institute of British Architects
66 Portland Place
London W1B 1AD
The Royal Institute of British Architects champions better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture and our members.
Royal Mews, The
Buckingham Palace, Buckingham Palace Road
London SW1A 1AA
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.
Sir John Soane's Museum
13 Lincoln's Inn Fields
London WC2A 3BP
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.
Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings
37 Spital Square
London E1 6DY
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.
Society of Antiquaries of London
Burlington House, Piccadilly, London
London W1J 0BE
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.
London WC2R 1LA
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.
3-4 Woodhayes Road, Wimbledon Common, Wimbledon
London SW19 4RJ
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.
Southwark Cathedral Education Centre
Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge
London SE1 9DA
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.
27 St James Place
London W14 9DT
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.
SS Robin, The
SS Robin, 2D/2E Royal Victoria Place
London E14 1UQ
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.
St Paul's Cathedral
St Paul's Churchyard
London EC4M 8AD
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.
Sutton House - National Trust
2 & 4 Homerton High Street, Hackney
London E9 6JQ
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.
Thames Discovery Programme
LAARC, Mortimer Wheeler House, 46 Eagle Wharf Road
London N1 7ED
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.
London SE1 2UP
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
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.
Two Temple Place
2 Temple Place
London WC2R 3BD
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.
UCL, Institute of Archaeology
31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY
London WC1H 0PY
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.
1 Priory Gardens
London W4 1TT
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.
Hertford House, Manchester Square
London W1U 3BN
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
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.
42 Francis Street
London SW1P 1QW
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
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.
William Morris Gallery
Lloyd Park, Forest Road
London E17 4PP
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
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
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.