England Travel Guide

The Southbank Center needs little introduction; the world-famous art space has hosted some of the biggest names in arts and culture globally since its creation in 1951.

It's brave, it's bold, it's dynamic and so much on show is funny. With a 150-seat theater, a 90-seat theater, and a beguiling cabaret space, programming runs throughout the day and evening.

Families flock to this museum, as do school kids taking part in field trips (380,000 visit as part of a school group each year).

At the Royal Court, the focus is on new works, and tapping the untapped when it comes to writers. Its track record is unparalleled, having helped launch careers of Caryl Churchill and David Hare.

The Royal Academy is a working institution, a living and breathing home for art and artists.

This historic museum opened in 1857 and saw another monumental landmark in 2012 when Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge became a patron. Explore portraits of famous citizens, from Tudor Kings and Queens like King Henry VII in 1505 to the Bronte Sisters in 1834.

There's more than 50 years of history propping up the Hampstead Theatre, and many of the world's top actors have appeared on its stage, from Alan Rickman to Rowan Atkinson, John Hurt to John Malkovich, Anna Chancellor to Faye Dunaway.

Calling this a cinema is practically reductive; instead, The Electric is an experience.

Since 1992, the Donmar Warehouse have won 43 Laurence Olivier Awards, 28 Evening Standard Awards, and 20 Tony Awards with its productions.

First built in 1837, it wasn't established as the Almeida until the 1980s. A 325-person theater spread out over two floors, it offers some of the most inventive and well-produced productions in the city.

When you visit Somerset House in the summer, you're greeted by 55 fountains in the front courtyard. In the winter, that same space becomes an unmissable ice rink.

A stunning Covent Garden landmark, the Royal Opera House is home to the Royal Opera Company and the Royal ballet, this venue's best-known patron is HRH The Prince of Wales. The theater was built in 1858 and is one of the most elegant buildings in London.

The doors to Ronnie Scott's first opened in 1959, when the saxophonist of the same name opened an intimate space for fellow jazz musicians to play. It has since become the preeminent space for jazz in London.

Award-winning, elegant, and original, the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre is a summertime must. With 1,250 seats, it's one of the city's largest venues, and each year more than 140,000 people attend their productions from May through September.

John Soanes was a prominent 19th century architect. His house has remained untouched for nearly 180 years and is an example of living art. While alive in London, he amassed an impressive and diverse collection of art, sculpture, and furniture, and today, the museum is a haven of eccentricities.