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SW1 Attractions by category: Art Galleries (100), Historic Buildings (50), Other Attractions (26), 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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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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Heathers The Musical
Theatre | Until 4th August 2018 

The Other Palace Theatre 5 minutes walk from Sw1

Carrie Hope Fletcher stars in the acerbic rock musical based on the cult 1988 film with a book, music and ...More

Splendours of the Subcontinent
Splendours of the Subcontinent
Exhibitions | Until 14th October 2018 

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

In October 1875, the Prince of Wales, Albert Edward, set off on a four-month tour of the Indian Subcontinent. Treasures ...More

 
Known Unknowns
Known Unknowns
Exhibitions | Until 24th June 2018 

Saatchi Gallery 12 minutes walk from Sw1

Featuring the work of 17 contemporary artists, Known Unknowns at the Saatchi Gallery covers a broad spectrum of art forms. ...More

 
George Barton & Siwan Rhys
Concerts | On 24th June 2018 

St John's Smith Square 17 minutes walk from Sw1

The piano and percussion pairing performs Cage's Music For Amplified Toy Pianos, Kagel's Transicion II and Stockhausen's Kontakte....More

Armed Forces Day
Tours | On 24th June 2018 

National Army Museum 17 minutes walk from Sw1

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Special Forces: In The Shadows
Exhibitions | Until 18th November 2018 

National Army Museum 17 minutes walk from Sw1

This major exhibition presents ideas of security and secrecy through the lens of British Special Forces. Discover who these elite ...More

London Seafood Festival
Foodie Events | Until 24th June 2018 

Battersea Power Station 18 minutes walk from Sw1

This weekend, Battersea Power Station hosts the five-day London Seafood Festival. The free event boasts a programme of masterclasses and ...More

Art Now: Lisa Brice
Exhibitions | Until 27th August 2018 

Tate Britain 18 minutes walk from Sw1

Large-scale works by the South African-born, London-based painter, addressing the longstanding art-historical tradition of the female nude, shown alongside sketches, ...More

Anthea Hamilton: The Squash
Exhibitions | Until 7th October 2018 

Tate Britain 18 minutes walk from Sw1

The artist, who was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2016, transforms the heart of Tate Britain with sculpture and ...More

Aftermath: Art In The Wake Of World War One
Aftermath: Art In The Wake Of World War One
Exhibitions | Until 16th September 2018 

Tate Britain 18 minutes walk from Sw1

A century since the end of WWI Tate Britain takes a look at how artists responded to the physical and ...More

 

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What's On The Red Carpet Presents: The Tasting Cinema Club
What's On The Red Carpet Presents: The Tasting Cinema Club
Foodie Events | On 17th July 

Secret Location

Launching on 17th July, What's On The Red ...More

 
Chiringuito
Dining 

Azure mosaic tiles and a peseta-topped bar set the tone for this Spanish restaurant overlooking the Museum of Childhood's gardens....More

Beef & Brew
Beef & Brew
Dining 

Jessica Simmons and Daniel Nathan deliver quality steaks that don't break the bank in a ...More

 
Stokey Bears
Stokey Bears
Dining 

Stokey Bears, the burger joint from street food veteran Burger Bear, has its second site ...More

 
The Academy
The Academy
Hotels 

Taking five Georgian townhouses and combining them into one hotel, The Academy underwent a multi-million-pound ...More

 
The Frog Hoxton
The Frog Hoxton
Dining 

In July 2018, Adam Handling launches his biggest venture to date, moving The Frog E1 ...More

 
The Royal Oak
The Royal Oak
Drinking 

In June 2018 Dan Doherty reopened The Royal Oak with little fanfare and some really ...More

 
White City Place
White City Place
Attractions 

Previously home to the BBC and north of Television Centre, White City Place is home ...More

 
MoreYoga Tower Bridge
MoreYoga Tower Bridge
Sport 

The 14th yoga studio from MoreYoga, this Tower Bridge space has an intimate feel with ...More

 
Armed Forces Day Festival
Kids Events | On 30th June 

RAF Museum

On Saturday 30th June 2018 the RAF Museum officially re-opens its doors for a free festival celebrating its multi-million pound refurbishment on the same day as the Armed Forces Day Festival. The double celebration is ...More

RAF100 Parade and Flypast
Exhibitions | On 10th July 

The Mall

On Tuesday 10th July, one hundred days after the official 100th birthday of the Royal Air Force, up to 100 aircraft representing the RAF's history will fly over Buckingham Palace. In the hour and a ...More

V For
V For
Foodie Events | From 1st August 

The Old Truman Brewery

This August, the Old Truman Brewery hosts brand new vegan lifestyle festival, V For. Offering ...More

 
Jim's Cafe
Jim's Cafe
Dining 

Serving steak and eggs and liquorice whiskey sours in Clapton, Jim's Cafe is one of ...More

 
Soane's Kitchen
Soane's Kitchen
Dining 

Inside the original walled kitchen garden at Pitzhanger Manor, Soane's Kitchen is a beautiful cafe ...More

 
Royal Opera: Don Giovanni
Royal Opera: Don Giovanni
Concerts | From 29th June 

Royal Opera House

Kasper Holten's "thoughtul and attentive" (Telegraph) 2014 production of Mozart's drama returns to the Royal ...More

 
The Muppets Take The O2
The Muppets Take The O2
Theatre | From 13th July 

The O2 Arena

They've been entertaining audiences for over 60 years but this is the first time the ...More

 
This Is Not For You
This Is Not For You
Theatre | From 30th June 

Royal Artillery Square

The world premiere of Graeae Theatre Company's moving tribute to Britain's wounded soldiers, directed by ...More

 
When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other
When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other
Theatre | From 4th January 

National Theatre

Cate Blanchett makes her debut at the National ...More

 
Nederlands Dans Theater 1
Nederlands Dans Theater 1
Dance | From 26th June 

Sadler's Wells Theatre

The Dutch dance company, "One of world dance's truly great companies" (Daily Telegraph), performs two ...More

 
Wimbledon in Victoria Embankment Gardens
Wimbledon in Victoria Embankment Gardens
Sporting Events | From 2nd July 

Victoria Embankment Gardens

Wimbledon will be screened by the Bandstand in ...More

 
Summer in London
Summer in London
Feature 

With events taking place in the parks and gardens, in the car parks and on ...More

 
Best Vegan Restaurants in London
Best Vegan Restaurants in London
Article 

Plant-based eating is trending in London. From burgers ...More

 
London Celebrates 250 Years of the Circus
London Celebrates 250 Years of the Circus
Article 

In 2018 London celebrates the 250th anniversary ...More

 
The Best Boutique Hotels in London
The Best Boutique Hotels in London
Article 

They're the most stylish places to stay in ...More

 
November in London 2018
November in London 2018
Article 

There's an explosion of fireworks on the 5th, Star Wars gets the full orchestra treatment ...More

 
November in London 2018
Article 

There's an explosion of fireworks on the 5th, Star Wars gets the full orchestra treatment at the Royal Albert Hall and Gainsborough's Family Album opens at the National Portrait Gallery, it's all in London in ...More

Best Immersive Experiences in London
Article 

At the best immersive experiences in London the ...More

 
 
 
 
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