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SW1 Attractions by category: Art Galleries (99), Historic Buildings (48), Other Attractions (27), Sights (24), Museums (9), Attractions for Kids (6), Sightseeing Tours (5), Parks and Gardens (3), Art and Design (1), Boats (1), Boats and Bridges (1), Venue Hire (1)

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Royal Academy of Arts
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
Burlington House, SW1, London W1J | in SW1
Lord Burlington's spectacular London palace is home to the Royal Academy of Arts, a set of galleries that houses the country's premier art school and... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Tate Britain
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
Millbank, SW1, London SW1P | in SW1
Overlooking the River Thames, Tate Britain was originally founded through the philanthropy of the sugar magnate Sir Henry Tate. The Tate legacy now encompasses three... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
National Portrait Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
St Martin's Place, SW1, London WC2H | in SW1
The National Portrait Gallery houses portraits of significant figures from the late 15th century to the present day. This isn't the place to come for... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Apsley House
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
149 Piccadilly, Hyde Park Corner, SW1, London W1J | in SW1
Originally the London residence of the first Duke of Wellington, Apsley House was designed and built by Robert Adam between 1771 and 1778 and retains... More
 
 
 
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Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
12 Carlton House Terrace, The Mall, SW1, London SW1Y | in SW1
The Institute of Contemporary Arts boasts three galleries (with exhibitions changing approximately every six weeks), two cinemas, a theatre, restaurant, bookshop, late bar and cafe.... More
 
 
 
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Saatchi Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
Duke of York's Square, King's Road, SW1, London SW3 | in SW1
The Saatchi Gallery re-opened on 9th October 2008 in the former military barracks of the Duke of York's Headquarters. The 70,000 square feet represents a... More
 
 
 
Benjamin Franklin House
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
36 Craven Street, SW1, London WC2N | in SW1
This Georgian terraced house was the London base of the great American statesman and key founder of the United States, Benjamin Franklin between 1757... More
 
 
 
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National Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
Trafalgar Square, SW1, London WC2N | in SW1
The National Gallery dominates London's Trafalgar Square with its neo-classical columns and portico designed by William Wilkins adjoining the square on its east side where... More
 
 
 
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The Hayward Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
Belvedere Road, SW1, London SE1 | in SW1
The Hayward Gallery has been the originator or host of influential exhibitions since 1968. It mounts temporary exhibitions of contemporary and historical art. The gallery,... More
 
 
 
Banqueting House
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Whitehall, SW1, London SW1A | in SW1
In its heyday Banqueting House (the only surviving section of Whitehall Palace) was the largest royal palace in Europe and continues to host many royal... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Westminster Abbey
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Dean's Yard, SW1, London SW1P | in SW1
Most famous nowadays as the venue for royal weddings - including the marriage of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in 2011 - Westminster Abbey is... More
 
 
 
Guards Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
Wellington Barracks, Birdcage Walk, SW1, London SW1E | in SW1
The Guards Museum houses a collection of uniforms, colours and artefacts spanning over 300 years of history of the Foot Guards. There are five regiments... More
 
 
 
Florence Nightingale Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
2 Lambeth Palace Road, SW1, London SE1 | in SW1
It is only fitting that the Florence Nightingale Museum is housed inside the St. Thomas hospital - after all, Nightingale helped found the hospital in... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Spencer House
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
27 St James's Place, SW1, London SW1A | in SW1
Spencer family's 18th London residence. The ancestral home of Diana, Princess of Wales, the Spencer family hasn’t lived in this, their London residence, since 1926.... More
 
 
 
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Buckingham Palace
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Buckingham Palace Road, SW1, London SW1A | in SW1
England's most famous royal palace, and the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II, Buckingham Palace opens the doors of its State Rooms to the public... More
 
 
 
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White Cube Mason's Yard
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
25-26 Mason's Yard, Off Duke Street, SW1, London SW1Y | in SW1
In 2000, Jay Jopling's pioneering White Cube gallery - the spiritual home of the Young British Artists - upped sticks from its original home in... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Churchill War Rooms
London > Attractions > Museums
Clive Steps, King Charles Street, SW1, London SW1A | in SW1
Winston Churchill directed the troops during World War II from a small warren of underground rooms, which are now open to the public.... More
 
 
 
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London Eye
London > Attractions > Sights
Jubilee Gardens, South Bank, SW1, London SE1 | in SW1
The London Eye elbowed its way onto the capital's tourist scene as one of the statement pieces to mark the turn of the... More
 
 
 
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Wellington Arch
London > Attractions > Sights
Hyde Park Corner, SW1, London W1J | in SW1
A landmark triumphal arch set opposite the Duke of Wellington's residence at Apsley House, Wellington Arch was built in 1830 to commemorate the victories won... More
 
 
 
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Houses of Parliament
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Parliament Square, St Margaret's Street, SW1, London SW1A | in SW1
Now more commonly known as the Houses of Parliament, the Palace of Westminster began life in 1042 as a royal residence under Edward the Confessor.... More
 
 
 
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Household Cavalry Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
Horse Guards, Whitehall, SW1, London SW1A | in SW1
Visitors to the Household Cavalry Museum can watch troopers working with their horses in the original 18th century stables (via a glazed screen) and hear... More
 
 
 
St James's Church Piccadilly
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
197 Piccadilly, SW1, London W1J | in SW1
St James's Church was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and opened in 1684. The font, organ case and reredos are by Grinling Gibbons. William Blake... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Westminster Cathedral
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
42 Francis Street, SW1, London SW1P | in SW1
Not to be confused with Westminster Abbey, the nearby Westminster Cathedral in Victoria is London's only example of neo-Byzantine architecture, described by the poet John... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
National Army Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
Royal Hospital Road, SW1, London SW3 | in SW1
More than 23 million pounds has been spent on re-development of the National Army Museum which reopens in 2017 to reveal a... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Jewel Tower
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Abingdon Street, SW1, London SW1P | in SW1
Across the road from the imposing Houses of Parliament, this simple, three-storey, 14th century tower often gets overlooked on the tourist trail. One of... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Royal Hospital Chelsea
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Royal Hospital Road, SW1, London SW3 | in SW1
Built by Sir Christopher Wren 1682-1692, the Grade I-listed Royal Hospital Chelsea was intended by King Charles II to be a home for soldiers who... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
St Martin-in-the-Fields
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Trafalgar Square, SW1, London WC2N | in SW1
This historic church of St Martin-in-the-Fields overlooking Trafalgar Square was built in 1726 and is the best known work of Scottish architect James Gibbs... More
 
 
 
Royal Mews
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Buckingham Palace Road, SW1, London SW1A | in SW1
The Royal Mews forms part of Buckingham Palace and houses the carriages and horses used by the Queen and the Royal Family for State and... More
 
 
 
Faraday's Laboratory and Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street, SW1, London W1S | in SW1
The laboratory, where many of Michael Faraday's most important discoveries were made, has been restored to the form it was known to have in 1852.... More
 
 
 
 

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Wicked
Wicked
Theatre | Until 26th May 2018 

Apollo Victoria Theatre 3 minutes walk from Sw1

Prepare to see Glinda the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch of the West in a whole new light after ...More

 
Royal Gifts
Royal Gifts
Exhibitions | Until 1st October 2017 

Buckingham Palace 8 minutes walk from Sw1

During 2016 alone, The Queen carried out over 300 official engagements. On each of these occasions a gift was given ...More

 
Canaletto And The Art Of Venice
Canaletto And The Art Of Venice
Exhibitions | Until 12th November 2017 

The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace 8 minutes walk from Sw1

Bought by George III in 1762, The Royal Collection has the world's finest group of paintings, drawings and prints by ...More

 
Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace
Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace
Tours | Until 1st October 2017 

Buckingham Palace 8 minutes walk from Sw1

Every summer inquisitive visitors get the chance to look around Buckingham Palace and admire the grand State Rooms used by ...More

 
Katie Melua
Concerts | Until 26th July 2017 

Cadogan Hall 9 minutes walk from Sw1

The Georgian-British singer-songwriter and music performs her commercial pop material....More

Live At Hatchetts
Concerts | Until 30th November 2017 

Hatchetts 14 minutes walk from Sw1

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Abbey Antics
Leisure | Until 24th August 2017 

Westminster Abbey 16 minutes walk from Sw1

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Claudi Casanovas: Early Work
Exhibitions | Until 28th July 2017 

Galerie Besson 18 minutes walk from Sw1

Exhibitions & Art, Design....More

Queer British Art 1861-1967
Queer British Art 1861-1967
Exhibitions | Until 1st September 2017 

Tate Britain 18 minutes walk from Sw1

The year 2017 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales, and Tate Britain ...More

 
Lisa Yuskavage
Exhibitions | Until 28th July 2017 

David Zwirner 18 minutes walk from Sw1

Paintings by the American artist, exploring the human figure and the expressive effects of colour and composition through a variety ...More

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Lucky & Joy
Dining 

From the co-founder of The Art of Dining, Chinese pop-up Lucky & Joy comes to a railway arch in East London....More

The Grand Cork Experiment
Exhibitions | From 28th July 

15 Bateman Street

Renowned for their quirky and immersive events, sensory food experts Bompas & Parr have collaborated with the Portuguese Cork Association to present The Grand Cork Experiment. An immersive wine tasting like no other, it will ...More

Pique-Nique
Dining 

From the owner of Casse-Croûte across the road comes a French cafe style restaurant full of French bistro classics cooked on the rotisserie....More

Shakespeare's Telling Tales
Kids Events | From 28th July 

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

This week, Shakespeare's Globe hosts a weekend-long festival celebrating the joy of storytelling. Shakespeare's Telling Tales will include everything from talks with leading children's authors to practical workshops ...More

Pitch Stratford
Pitch Stratford
Dining 

Brand new for summer 2017, Pitch Stratford is an open air space in the heart ...More

 
Food For Being Looked At
Exhibitions | From 27th July 

Photographers' Gallery

A new exhibition at The Photographers' Gallery, Food For Being Looked At explores the new social appetite for food photography. Now a cultural practice and social media phenomenon, the act of taking images of food ...More

Rolls-Royce Great Expectations
Rolls-Royce Great Expectations
Exhibitions | From 29th July 

Bonhams

This summer, renowned auctioneers Bonhams present an exhibition ...More

 
Coal Rooms
Coal Rooms
Dining 

Originally part of Peckham Rye's train station in the 1930s Coal Room is a restaurant ...More

 
The Art of the Football Shirt
Exhibitions | From 26th July 

The Old Truman Brewery

Curated by fashion historian Neal Heard, The Art of the Football Shirt explores the relationship between football and popular culture. In the exhibition, Heard shares his vast knowledge, ...More

Gladiators
Gladiators
Sporting Events | On 14th September 

Merchant Square

Reviving the '90s TV show Gladiators comes to Merchant Square for one day only, challenging ...More

 
Merchant Square
Merchant Square
Attractions 

Modern development at the heart of Paddington's waterways. Home to Thomas Heatherwick's Rolling Bridge and ...More

 
Go Ape - Cockfosters
Go Ape - Cockfosters
Sport 

Go Ape at Cockfosters in Trent Park, in 413 acres of London's Green Belt, has ...More

 
Go Ape - Alexandra Palace
Go Ape - Alexandra Palace
Attractions 

Join the Go Ape tree top adventure at Alexandra Palace and swing through the trees, ...More

 
Bar Elba
Bar Elba
Drinking 

The first of its kind in the area, Bar Elba is a brand new rooftop ...More

 
Minnow
Minnow
Dining 

Sseasonal, modern European dishes, with a nod to the flavours of the Indian Ocean from ...More

 
Sub Cult
Sub Cult
Dining 

Street food sandwiches by Sub Cult, famed for its USA deli-style sub rolls, are served ...More

 
Fantastic Mr Fox
Fantastic Mr Fox
Theatre | From 28th July 

Lyric Hammersmith

A playful re-telling of Roald Dahl's popular tale, Fantastic Mr Fox, by Maria Aberg who ...More

 
Lorde
Lorde
Concerts | On 27th September 

Alexandra Palace

Fresh from her storming Glastonbury performance, Lorde comes to Alexandra Palace promoting long-awaited new album ...More

 
Best Things to do in London for an Adventure
Best Things to do in London for an Adventure
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Kidult thrill seekers looking for an adrenaline ...More

 
Wonderland
Wonderland
Theatre | From 7th August 

Richmond Theatre

This is the last chance you have to see the critically acclaimed Wonderland, as Frank ...More

 
Dino Snores For Grown-ups
Dino Snores For Grown-ups
Exhibitions | On 4th August 

Natural History Museum

Usually aimed at children, the Natural History Museum extends its late night Dino Snores event ...More

 
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Luxury Hotels in London
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From historical grandeur to cutting edge contemporary, London is home to some of the ...More

 
Best Activities for Children in London
Best Activities for Children in London
Article 

Children bouncing off the ceiling? Little ones got ...More

 
Best Small Museums in London
Best Small Museums in London
Article 

London's collection of small museums devoted to the ...More

 
Best Beaches in London
Best Beaches in London
Article 

There's no need to leave town when you're in search of sand, feel the ...More

 
Best Places for Street Food in London
Best Places for Street Food in London
Article 

London's street food scene has really taken ...More

 
 
 
 
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