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SW1 Attractions by category: Art Galleries (99), Historic Buildings (48), Other Attractions (27), Sights (24), Museums (8), 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
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
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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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Whisper House
Theatre | Until 27th May 2017 

The Other Palace Theatre 5 minutes walk from Sw1

A dark and thrilling musical ghost story about learning to embrace the unknown, featuring spellbinding illusions and a stunning ghostly ...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

 
Killology
Killology
Theatre | Until 24th June 2017 

Royal Court Theatre 9 minutes walk from Sw1

Welsh playwright Gary Owen addresses the topic of violent computer games with his new play, Killology. The play imagines a ...More

 
The Curtis Symphony Orchestra
Concerts | On 26th May 2017 

Cadogan Hall 9 minutes walk from Sw1

Osmo Vanska conducts Brahms's Piano Concerto No 1 and Strauss's Ein Heldenleben, with pianist Peter Serkin....More

The Magic Hour
Theatre | Until 26th May 2017 

Sheraton Grand London Park Lane Hotel 12 minutes walk from Sw1

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From Selfie To Self-Expression
From Selfie To Self-Expression
Exhibitions | Until 30th May 2017 

Saatchi Gallery 12 minutes walk from Sw1

Looking beyond Instagram, the Saatchi Gallery explores the history of the selfie this spring with its new exhibition. Presented in ...More

 
Hignell Gallery Presents: The Cactus House
Exhibitions | Until 7th June 2017 

Hignell Gallery 14 minutes walk from Sw1

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Glorious Years: French Calendars From Louis XIV To The Revolution
Exhibitions | Until 29th October 2017 

Spencer House 14 minutes walk from Sw1

Exhibitions & Art, Drawings/Illustration....More

RHS Chelsea Flower Show
RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Exhibitions | Until 27th May 2017 

Royal Hospital Chelsea 16 minutes walk from Sw1

The Poetry Lover's Garden, a garden inspired by the famous British botanist, Ernest Henry Wilson, and a green space to ...More

 
Bruce Conner: A Movie
Exhibitions | Until 4th July 2017 

Thomas Dane 17 minutes walk from Sw1

The artist's first ever film work, subverting premeditations of typical film-making....More

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Red Rooster
Dining 

A Harlem institution that boasts Paul McCartney and the Obamas as some of its fans, Red Rooster comes to London in 2017. ...More

Prince of Peckham
Prince of Peckham
Drinking 

Caribbean food from Street Feast regulars White Men Can't Jerk along with beer and rum ...More

 
Circus West Village
Circus West Village
Attractions 

On the western side of Battersea Power Station, connecting the riverfront with Battersea Park, Circus ...More

 
Pedler Peckham Rye
Dining 

Pedler peddles plates of griddled squid and frizzle chicken in Peckham Rye....More

No 29 Power Station West
Dining 

Darwin and Wallace adds to its portfolio of bars and restaurants - which includes No32 The Old Town and No197 Chiswick Fire Station - with No 29....More

Fiume
Fiume
Dining 

Italian chef Francesco Mazzei brings Fiume, a new modern Italian restaurant in the Circus West ...More

 
Vagabond Wines Charlotte Street
Drinking 

The second Vagabond store, following on from the original wine bar in Fulham, can be found in Charlotte Street in the heart of Fitzrovia....More

Vagabond Wines Fulham
Drinking 

The first and original Vagabond, this Fulham wine bar was set up in September 2010....More

CLAW
CLAW
Dining 

Serving delicious British seafood, sourced from traceable and sustainable sources in Salcombe, Devon, in a ...More

 
WOLF II
WOLF II
Dining 

After 10 months at WOLF in Stoke Newington, chef Mattia Antonioni heads up WOLF II, ...More

 
Sonder Presents: NeverFolk
Theatre | From 1st June 

The Nursery Theatre

A collection of improvised stories of everyday lives....More

Compagnie des Quidams: FierS a Cheval
Compagnie des Quidams: FierS a Cheval
Theatre | On 23rd June 

Cutty Sark Gardens

The opening night production of the Greenwich and ...More

 
Gerald Scarfe: Stage and Screen
Gerald Scarfe: Stage and Screen
Exhibitions | From 22nd September 

House of Illustration

Head to The House of Illustration this autumn ...More

 
Lucinda Rogers: On Gentrification
Lucinda Rogers: On Gentrification
Exhibitions | From 28th October 

House of Illustration

The House of Illustration has commissioned English artist ...More

 
Footloose: The Musical
Footloose: The Musical
Theatre | From 12th September 

Peacock Theatre

Gareth Gates stars as Willard opposite Luke Baker as Ren, the new boy in a ...More

 
Terror
Terror
Theatre | From 14th June 

Lyric Hammersmith

The pilot of hijacked plane is put on trial and the audience decide the verdict ...More

 
Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical
Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical
Theatre | From 5th June 

London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO)

Jay Scheib directs a high-octane rock'n'roll musical by ...More

 
The Great Get Together: The Foundling Museum
Exhibitions | On 17th June 

Brunswick Square

Bring a picnic lunch and a favourite children's book to join in a celebration of community at Brunswick Square gardens adjacent to the Foundling Museum....More

Take That
Take That
Concerts | From 6th June 

The O2 Arena

The chart-topping pop trio of singer-songwriter Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald performs uptempo ...More

 
Nora
Nora
Dance | From 1st June 

Sadler's Wells Theatre

A programme of duets by renowned choreographers Lizz Aggiss's Bloody Nora!, Simon Tanguy's Digging, Jonathan ...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

 
London Events 2017
London Events 2017
Feature 

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

 
Best Pizza Restaurants in London
Best Pizza Restaurants in London
Article 

Discover the best pizza in London, where ...More

 
 
 
 
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