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With the rise of England to first European, then global prominence, the city became a great centre of government, industry and culture. London's long association with the theatre, for example, can be traced back to the English Renaissance - witness the Rose Theatre and Shakespeare's Globe and great playwrights, like Shakespeare, who made London their home.

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» Abbey Road

Abbey Road, London

Few album covers are as legendary as The Beatles' 1969 album, Abbey Road, featuring a photograph by Iain McMillan of the Fab Four strutting across the now infamous zebra crossing on Abbey Road. The record, named after the street where their studio was located, prompted the name change of the world-renowned Abbey Road Recording Studio (previously EMI Studios), alongside a rush of Beatles' fans to the famous spot in St John's Wood, North London …

» Adelphi Theatre

Adelphi Theatre, London

Although initially founded in 1806, the Adelphi Theatre opened under its current name in 1819, and quickly made a name for itself, hosting stage adaptations of Charles Dickens' and Walter Scott's works. Today, the historic theatre remains a leading venue in London's West End theater scene, with a long-list of big-name musicals having graced its stage over the years, most notably My Fair Lady, Evita, Chicago, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat …

» Albert Memorial

Albert Memorial, London

With its ornate spires, elaborate friezes and 53-meter-high central cross, the Albert Memorial surely ranks among London's most impressive monuments, and it's impossible to miss, standing proud over the south entrance to Kensington Gardens, opposite the equally grand Royal Albert Hall. Inaugurated by Queen Victoria in 1872, the striking memorial is dedicated to her beloved husband, Prince Albert, whose untimely death of typhoid fever in 1861, at just 42 years old, had left her grief-stricken. Devoted not only to Prince Albert …

» All England Lawn Tennis Club

All England Lawn Tennis Club, London

Ranking among England's most renowned and extravagant sporting venues, the All England Lawn Tennis Club is best known for hosting the prestigious Wimbledon Tennis Championships, the world's oldest tennis tournament. The star event draws up to 500,000 spectators to the venue each summer and is famously attended by the Queen and the royal family, but even if you don't snag tickets for the championships, you can still explore the impressive 42-acre grounds …

» Apsley House (Wellington Museum)

Apsley House (Wellington Museum), London

Few addresses hold the majesty of 'Number One London', the official address for the central London abode of Apsley House, located at Hyde Park Corner. Once home to the Duke of Wellington, the Georgian manor was built between 1771-1778 and remains remarkably preserved with much of its interior design and furnishings dating back to the start of the Duke's residency in 1817. The stunning house, a popular attraction in itself, became an English Heritage site in 1947 …

» ArcelorMittal Orbit

ArcelorMittal Orbit, London

A spiraling red steel tower looming 114 meters over the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the ArcelorMittal Orbit's bold design has polarized opinions since its conception. There's no denying, however, that it's an impressive feat of structural engineering and well on its way to becoming one of London's most iconic landmarks. Erected in honor of the 2012 Olympic Games, the unique creation was a collaborative effort between artist Anish Kapoor, designer Cecil Balmond and steel-and-mining company ArcelorMittal …

» Avebury

Avebury, England

Some places just have a special feeling and Avebury is one of them. A Neolithic site of three stone circles dating from 2600 BC, Avebury has the largest stone circle in Europe. Avebury is a henge, which means a bank or ditch with stone circles within this ring. No-one knows exactly who built it or why but it was most likely used for some kind of worship. Today it is still important to contemporary pagans especially during the solstices. The village of Avebury is partially within the circle …

» Banqueting House

Banqueting House, London

The Banqueting House is nothing short of one of London's finest establishments; it is, in fact, the only remaining component of the Palace of Whitehall - the main residence of London-based English monarchs between 1530 and 1698, including prominent members of the Tudor and the Stuart families like Bloody Mary and Henry VIII. At 1500 rooms and 23 acres in surface, it had grown to be the largest royal palace in Europe before it was destroyed by fire …

» Bath

Bath, London

England's only UNESCO World Heritage listed city, the cobblestone streets and exquisite architecture of Bath make it one of the UK's most attractive cities and put it firmly at the top of many tourists' itineraries. Just an hour from London, the historic city takes its name from its once world renowned Roman Baths, fed by the region's natural hot springs, but garners equal acclaim for its stately Georgian townhouses and Palladian arcades, all fashioned from striking golden colored stone …

» Blackfriars Bridge

Blackfriars Bridge, London

Blackfriars Bridge is the busiest of the four bridges located in central London. It crosses the River Thames bringing both road and foot traffic from one side to the other. The bridge has been updated several times, but the current bridge is 923 feet long, 105 feet wide, and has five wrought iron arches. Stone carvings decorate the piers of the bridge. On the east side the carvings show marine life and seabirds, and on the west side the carvings depict freshwater birds. This reflects the tidal turning point in the river. Most river boat tours along the River Thames …

» Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace, London

Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, is one of the largest country houses in England and known as the birthplace of Winston Churchill. The Palace has been in the Churchill family since it was constructed as a gift from the English nation to John Churchill, first Duke of Marlborough, in 1704 for a significant military triumph against the French at the Battle of Blenheim. The house was completed in the short-lived English-Baroque style, and its reception rooms, devoid of any unnecessary comfort …

» Bomber Command Memorial

Bomber Command Memorial, London

The long-awaited memorial to the Royal Air Force (RAF) Bomber Command, London's poignant Bomber Command Memorial is a heartfelt tribute to the 55,573 British, Australian, New Zealand, Canadian and Commonwealth pilots and aircrew who lost their lives and the many others who were wounded or captured during the air raids of WWII. Officially opened in 2012 by Queen Elizabeth II, the striking memorial takes center stage near the western entrance of London's Green Park …

» Bond Street

Bond Street , London

The most exclusive shopping street in London, Bond Street is where you'll find flagship stores for brands like Burberry and Bvlgari, Dior and Louis Vuitton. Officially split up into two streets that run between Oxford Street and Piccadilly in London's West End, the southern section, known as Old Bond Street, was built in the 1680s under the command of Sir Thomas Bond, while the longer northern section, New Bond Street, was built 40 years later …

» Borough Market

Borough Market, London

You think you know what food markets are all about? Borough Market will change your mind, as this is a place of food dreams. On Thursday, Friday and especially Saturday, you'll find both the locals doing their weekly shopping and people who have caught the train in from all over London just to buy the specialties on offer here. Borough Market has things you won't find anywhere else …

» Boxpark Shoreditch

Boxpark Shoreditch, London

In London's East End in the Shoreditch neighborhood stands a unique shopping mall called Boxpark Shoreditch. It sits on a formerly vacant lot near a rail station served by London's Overground rail. The mall is built entirely of shipping containers that have been painted black. The design is purposely minimalist and targets young, hip, and urban customers. Another interesting characteristic of the mall is that the storefronts are mostly nondescript …

» Brick Lane

Brick Lane, London

So infamous is the East London Street of Brick Lane that there was even an award winning novel and movie penned with the same name. The street, running from Bethnal Green to Whitechapel via the equally famous Spitalfields, has a rich multicultural history, first as home to a sizable Jewish population and more recently, as a settlement for many of London's Bangladeshi immigrants. These days, Brick Lane and its surroundings are renowned for showcasing the eclectic and retro arts and fashions of the East End …

» British Museum

British Museum, London

The British Museum is one of the largest museums in the world, comparable only to the Louvre in Paris and the Met in New York. Established around 1750, the British Museum originated with Sir Hans Sloane's 'Cabinet of Curiosities' which he donated to the nation. It's now London's most visited attraction with over seven million objects and a wealth of world history - from Egyptian mummies to Roman sculptures, the Greek Parthenon marbles and the Persian Oxus Treasure …

» Brixton Market

Brixton Market, London

Brixton Market is best known for its wide array of eateries with menus full of foods and snacks from all corners of the world. Why not try the Colombian spot Santafereno or the Cornercopia with its constantly changing menu items made with local ingredients? There is also Franco Manco's with its sourdough pizza and the Pakistani street food found at the Elephant. Surrounding the trendy restaurants and cafés is an extensive (and at times, confusing) network of stalls and shops offering everything from knit hats to cheese to exotic snails …

» Broadway Market

Broadway Market, London

Brixton Market is best known for its wide array of eateries with menus full of foods and snacks from all corners of the world. Why not try the Colombian spot Santafereno or the Cornercopia with its constantly changing menu items made with local ingredients? There is also Franco Manco's with its sourdough pizza and the Pakistani street food found at the Elephant. Surrounding the trendy restaurants and cafés is an extensive (and at times, confusing) network of stalls and shops offering everything from knit hats to cheese to exotic snails …

» Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of Britain's sovereigns since 1837. Most impressive are the State Rooms, which form the heart of the working palace. They are lavishly furnished with treasures from the Royal Collection and adorned with paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer and Canaletto. Also see exquisite examples of S'vres porcelain and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world. Outside, marvel at the ceremonious Changing of the Guard …

» Bushy Park

Bushy Park, London

Bushy Park is the second largest of London's eight royal parks. It covers an area of 1,099 acres north of Hampton Court Palace. Its distinctly rural feel can be a tranquil escape from the noise of the city. The park has a mixture of wooded areas, gardens, ponds, and grasslands where plenty of wildlife can be seen. Herds of Red and Fallow Deer especially can be found roaming throughout the park. In the 1500s, the park was established as a deer hunting ground …

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