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103 Borough Rd, London SE1 0AA, UK
South Bank has both the best river walk in London and the city's liveliest cultural centers, so a walk along it is a must. The path takes you from the Globe and the Tate Modern along the Thames—passing Gabriel's Wharf with its...
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Bankside, London SE1 9TG, UK
It’s impossible to ignore the hulking 1950s architecture of the Tate Modern, slap-bang in the middle of the most-walked part of the South Bank. A visionary refurb of this former power station has resulted in an artistic behemoth with multiple...
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Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG, UK
Checking out the famously preserved mummies at the world’s oldest public museum is on many London wish lists, but there’s much more to the British Museum than ancient Egypt. Other must-sees include the Elgin Marbles and the African...
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21 Notting Hill Gate, Kensington, London W11 3JQ, UK
Away from the fray of central London are the neighborhoods that define capital living. Though Notting Hill has been gentrified, the colored houses and secondhand markets still nod to its genteel bohemia. Start on Portobello Road for some browsing...
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Waterways such as the Regent's Canal and Grand Union Canal provide an underrated scenic insight into the city’s industrial past. The network links areas such as Camden and Little Venice, though the best stretch is from King’s Cross (the rail hub...
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8 Southwark St, London SE1 1TL, UK
Over the past two centuries, the covered market at Borough, not far from London Bridge, has become one of the country’s most famous foodie spots. From Wednesday to Saturday each week hundreds of traders gather to sell homemade breads,...
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Renzo Piano’s Shard has divided opinion with its 309 meters (1,000 feet) of spiky glass construction and jagged top. But there’s no denying its sensational views. Access them by booking a meal at contemporary-British restaurant Aqua on...
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This famous Chelsea street is still swinging, but more to the sound of cash registers and performance car engines than to 1960s tunes. Shoppers will find nirvana in the high-end stores, and art lovers should head to the Saatchi Gallery inside the...
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This little patch of horticultural serenity tucked behind Chelsea’s salubrious residential streets is one of London’s little secrets. It is the country’s second-oldest botanical garden (after Oxford’s) and is constantly adding to its abundant...
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Silk St, London EC2Y 8HQ, UK
A residential complex, an architectural phenomenon and an arts center that houses London’s greatest orchestra — the Barbican is an icon of Brutalist architecture which makes its presence permanently felt on the London...
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91 Brick Ln, London E1 6QR, UK
Brick Lane Market has everything from bric-a-brac to high-end design.Brick Lane between Bethnal Green Road and Wentworth Street Sundays, 8 a.m.–3 p.m. This story appeared in the Premier 2009 issue. See all oflondon"Sophie Howarth’s favorite places...
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18 Folgate St, London E1 6BX, UK
There is no sign for Denis Severs' House. Walk down Folgate Street in Spitalfields, look for a flickering gas lamp over a relatively nondescript door, and knock. Wait. Eventually, someone will come to the door and welcome you into the past. It...
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St Katharine's & Wapping, London EC3N 4AB, UK
Visitors to this turreted riverside castle enter a thousand years of history filled with cultural significance (but go early to avoid lines to see the crown jewels). Tudor fans can view the spot where Anne Boleyn was beheaded and the kinds of...
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179 Queen Victoria St, London EC4V 4DY, UK

A lot of visitors miss the chance to see the city from the water, which is still how best to view London's "mighty heart." The fleet of water buses on the River Thames allows passengers to travel easily past all of the city’s major...

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20 Deans Yd, Westminster, London SW1P 3PA, UK
William and Kate’s wedding brought a 21st-century focus to this 700-year-old abbey, which is built on the same spot as a Benedictine monastery enlarged by Edward the Confessor in the 1040s. The site of every coronation since 1066, it boasts...
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London SW1A 2BJ, UK
It would be possible to spend all day meandering the paths that link the Royal Parks around Buckingham Palace. St. James’s Park has grassy knolls, hidden ponds and the Horse Guards Parade, plus a good café at Inn the Park, and opens out onto the...
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London, UK
What was once a private hunting ground for Henry VIII is now a favorite destination for London locals and visitors alike. One of the eight Royal Parks, Hyde simultaneously serves as a natural oasis and civic hub. A day on the green has endless...
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Exhibition Rd, London SW7, UK
You’d be hard-pressed to fit all of Knightsbridge’s Victorian museums into one day, but it is worth knowing that the V&A and Natural History Museum (as well as the Science Museum) are within a short walk of each other in "Albertopolis," so named...
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Hertford House, Manchester Square, Marylebone, London W1U 3BN, UK
This elegant town-house gallery is one of the capital’s lesser-known art spots, but it's simply packed with priceless paintings, furniture and porcelain. Its decorative exhibits range from armor to portraits, and it's a good stop as part of...
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31 Carnaby St, Carnaby, London W1F 7DL, UK
Just off the quite massive central shopping district of Oxford Circus is a little place called Carnaby Street. Here you'll find more boutique shops, street performers and smaller crowds. It's a cute place to walk around and grab a drink as well!