#01 British Museum

The spectacular Great Court and the renovated Round Reading Room have brought new life to the world’s oldest and greatest public museum.

#01 British Museum

#02 Tower of London

Bloody royal history, Beefeaters, lots of armour, the Crown Jewels and ravens – and a great medieval castle.

#02 Tower of London

#03 Highgate Cemetery

The city’s most atmospheric Victorian necropolis, thick with trees and crowded with famous corpses, with Karl Marx topping the bill.

#03 Highgate Cemetery

#04 King’s Cross Redevelopment

Take a stroll around the brilliant King’s Cross redevelopment, where galleries, restaurants and public squares have transformed the industrial landscape.

#04 King’s Cross Redevelopment

#05 Hampstead Heath

Fly kites, look across London and walk over to Kenwood, for fine art, tea and cakes.

#05 Hampstead Heath

#06 London pubs

Have a pint of traditional real ale in one of London’s many old and historic pubs, or visit one of the craft brewhouses that are popping up over the capital.

#06 London pubs

#07 Tate Modern

One of the world’s greatest modern art collections housed in a spectacularly converted riverside power station.

#07 Tate Modern

#08 Houses of Parliament

See the “mother of all parliaments” at work from the public gallery; book in advance to attend Question Time or take a summertime guided tour.

#08 Houses of Parliament

#09 Spitalfields and Brick Lane

Visit the offbeat market stalls, shops, cafés and bars on the edge of the East End.

#09 Spitalfields and Brick Lane

#10 National Gallery

From the Renaissance to Picasso: the National Gallery is undoubtedly one of the world’s great art galleries.

#10 National Gallery

#11 Borough Market

Feast on all the scrumptious free titbits at London’s leading foodie market.

#11 Borough Market

#12 Olympic Park

You can still see some of the iconic venues and Orbit Tower, set amid the beautifully landscaped Olympic Park.

#12 Olympic Park

#13 Cycling in London

Rent a Boris Bike and explore the cycling paths of Hyde Park, or pedal along the Regent’s Canal to Little Venice and beyond.

#13 Cycling in London

#14 Greenwich

Soak up naval history at the National Maritime Museum, and climb up to the Royal Observatory in Greenwich Park to enjoy the view over the river.

#14 Greenwich

#15 V&A Museum

For variety and scale, the V&A is the greatest applied arts museum in the world.

#15 V&A Museum

#16 The view from the Shard

Simply the most impressive view in London.

#16 The view from the Shard

#17 Hampton Court Palace

Take a boat to this sprawling red-brick affair, the finest of London’s royal palaces.

#17 Hampton Court Palace

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