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SW1 Attractions by category: Art Galleries (99), Historic Buildings (48), Other Attractions (27), Sights (23), 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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Garden Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
Lambeth Palace Road, SW1, London SE1 | in SW1
Situated in the restored church of St Mary-at-Lambeth, adjacent to Lambeth Palace on the banks of the River Thames, the Garden Museum provides an insight... 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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
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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Chaim Stephenson: Between Myth And Reality
Exhibitions | Until 10th May 2017 

St Martin-in-the-Fields 6 minutes walk from Sw1

Sculptures inspired by stories in the Old Testament, and by the Anglo-Israeli sculptor's lifelong concern for people driven from their ...More

Orpheus Leander Papafilippou
Concerts | On 28th March 2017 

St Martin-in-the-Fields 6 minutes walk from Sw1

The violinist performs Bach's Partita No 2 In D Minor For Solo Violin, Aziza Sadikova's Preobrajenie For Solo Violin and ...More

Chamber Competition Final
Music | On 28th March 2017 

St Martin-in-the-Fields 6 minutes walk from Sw1

Three ensembles will perform for a distinguished panel of judges. Results will be announced at the end of the evening....More

Cagnacci's Repentant Magdalene
Cagnacci's Repentant Magdalene
Exhibitions | Until 21st May 2017 

National Gallery 6 minutes walk from Sw1

The National Gallery displays Cagnacci's Italian Baroque masterpiece, The Repentant Magdalene, this February - the first time the piece has ...More

 
Michelangelo & Sebastiano
Michelangelo & Sebastiano
Exhibitions | Until 25th June 2017 

National Gallery 6 minutes walk from Sw1

This major exhibition at the National Gallery focuses on the artistic relationship between the two Renaissance masters, Sebastiano del Piombo ...More

 
Rubens And Rembrandt
Exhibitions | Until 16th July 2017 

National Gallery 6 minutes walk from Sw1

A display of selected works by the two 17th century artists....More

David Shrigley: Really Good
David Shrigley: Really Good
Exhibitions | Until 29th September 2017 

Trafalgar Square 7 minutes walk from Sw1

The seven-metre-high bronze sculpture of a hand giving a disproportionately long thumbs up, which has the same dark patina as ...More

 
Edward Albee's The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia?
Edward Albee's The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia?
Theatre | Until 24th June 2017 

Haymarket Theatre Royal 8 minutes walk from Sw1

Damian Lewis returns to the West End this March to star in Edward Albee's The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia? ...More

 
Edward Albee's Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?
Edward Albee's Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?
Theatre | Until 27th May 2017 

Harold Pinter Theatre 8 minutes walk from Sw1

Imelda Staunton returns to the West End after her triumphant and Olivier Award-winning performance as Mama Rose in Gypsy to ...More

 
Speech & Debate
Theatre | Until 1st April 2017 

Trafalgar Studios 9 minutes walk from Sw1

Stephen Karam's comedy Speech & Debate follows three misfit teenagers who are brought together by a sex scandal in their ...More

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The Big Egg Hunt at Pop Brixton
The Big Egg Hunt at Pop Brixton
Seasonal | On 16th April 

Pop Brixton

Easter Weekend is the perfect excuse for a ...More

 
The Luna Cinema: Crystal Palace Park
Film Events | From 24th June 

Crystal Palace Park

The Luna Cinema comes to Crystal Palace Park for one weekend in June....More

The Luna Cinema - Victoria Embankment Gardens - Dreamgirls
The Luna Cinema - Victoria Embankment Gardens - Dreamgirls
Film Events | On 14th June 

Victoria Embankment Gardens

Victoria Embankment Gardens becomes an outdoor cinema at ...More

 
The Luna Cinema - Victoria Embankment Gardens - Big
The Luna Cinema - Victoria Embankment Gardens - Big
Film Events | On 21st June 

Victoria Embankment Gardens

Victoria Embankment Gardens becomes an outdoor cinema at ...More

 
The Luna Cinema - Victoria Embankment Gardens - The Princess Bride
The Luna Cinema - Victoria Embankment Gardens - The Princess Bride
Film Events | From 2nd August 

Victoria Embankment Gardens

Victoria Embankment Gardens becomes an outdoor cinema at ...More

 
The Luna Cinema - Victoria Embankment Gardens - The Big Lebowski
The Luna Cinema - Victoria Embankment Gardens - The Big Lebowski
Film Events | On 19th September 

Victoria Embankment Gardens

Victoria Embankment Gardens becomes an outdoor cinema at ...More

 
Mitridate, re di Ponto
Concerts | From 7th July 

Royal Opera House

Mozart's fourth opera, premiered when he was 14, is back on Jean Racine's story of jealous love and political intrigue....More

Picturehouse Travelling Cinema
Film Events | Until 6th April 

Ealing Filmworks

Picturehouse Travelling Cinema comes to Ealing Filmworks from 23rd March to 6th April 2017, ahead of the permanent Picturehouse cinema opening here in 2019....More

Ealing Filmworks
Ealing Filmworks
Entertainment 

In December 2016 construction of the Ealing Filmworks development began confirming the long-awaited cinema, operated ...More

 
Dandy
Dandy
Dining 

Following a successful pop-up restaurant in a shipping container in London Fields, Daniel Wilson and ...More

 
Feasting with Florence: Mark Jarvis and Florence Knight
Feasting with Florence: Mark Jarvis and Florence Knight
Foodie Events | On 9th April 

Anglo

Florence Knight is back at the stoves for ...More

 
Gome Galily - Supper At The Snail
Gome Galily - Supper At The Snail
Foodie Events | From 6th April 

L'Escargot

Israeli chef Gome Galily, who has worked at ...More

 
The Commercial
The Commercial
Drinking 

Herne Hill pub blending the relaxed vibe of nearby Dulwich Village and the party feel ...More

 
Rick Stein, Barnes
Rick Stein, Barnes
Dining 

Rick Stein, famous for his fish restaurants, comes to the capital for the first time, ...More

 
Vintage Borough
Vintage Borough
Dining 

Overlooking London's historic Borough Market, Vintage Borough restaurant serves guests small European plates and sharing ...More

 
parlez
parlez
Dining 

Friends Matt who runs The White Horse pub in Brixton and Louis who works for ...More

 
Lupins
Lupins
Dining 

Named after the English garden flower, Lupins is a fusion of British and global flavours ...More

 
Comptoir Cafe & Wine
Comptoir Cafe & Wine
Drinking 

Smart yet informal all-day cafe, bar and wine shop with around 1,000 wines from all ...More

 
Trawler Trash
Dining 

Originally home to the oldest fish and chip shop in London, Trawler Trash on Islington's Upper Street is re-invigorating the great British tradition....More

Machiya
Dining 

Japanese restaurant Machiya is by the people behind critically acclaimed Kanada-Ya....More

London Events 2017
London Events 2017
Feature 

Imelda Staunton stars in two London stage shows in 2017, David Tennant and Damian Lewis ...More

 
This weekend in London: 24th - 26th March
This weekend in London: 24th - 26th March
Article 

Make the most of your precious time ...More

 
New Hotels in London 2019
New Hotels in London 2019
Article 

Robert De Niro's Covent Garden luxury boutique hotel, The Wellington Hotel, opens in 2019, brought ...More

 
London 2017: Theatre (January to June)
Article 

Damian Lewis, Imelda Staunton and Griff Rhys Jones tread the boards in London's West End in 2017. Discover the hottest theatre tickets in town with our top ...More

 
 
 
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