Things to do in London

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All of the permanent collections at galleries and museums are free in London, which is a great starting point for fulfilling your cultural fix. Pair ... Read More

All of the permanent collections at galleries and museums are free in London, which is a great starting point for fulfilling your cultural fix. Pair that with top-tier theater, incredible walking tours, and bustling city markets, and you certainly won’t be bored.

As one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, it’s no surprise that the list of things to do in London is an extensive mix of old and new. Many of London’s most historic spots are concentrated in the city’s center. In the course of an afternoon, visitors can wander and catch the changing of the guard outside Buckingham Palace, soak in the energy of Trafalgar Square, and see government in action at the Houses of Parliament.

But for something a little newer, check out the South Bank Centre, a complex of artistic venues, from theaters and galleries to performance venues and eateries, on the South Bank of the River Thames. The surrounding neighborhoods are well worth exploration, too.

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    58 South Molton Street

    The wellness center that is 58 South Molton Street is a place of genius. Every business within the center is run autonomously, under the uniting... Read More

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    Broadway Market

    Broadway Market began in 1900, when Fred Cooke took to the streets to sell his jellied eels, but it wasn't until 2004 that it evolved into its current... Read More

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    Dennis Severs House

    When you enter Dennis Severs' house, you step into 1724. The artist saw the house as a living piece of art, and intentionally decorated it according to... Read More

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    The John Soanes Museum

    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... Read More

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    Josh Wood Atelier

    Josh Wood is considered the country's top hair colorist. He has a salon in Holland Park, in the luxury department store Liberty's, and most recently at... Read More

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    Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

    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,... Read More

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    Ronnie Scott's

    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... Read More

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    Royal Opera House

    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... Read More

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    Somerset House

    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... Read More

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    The Almeida

    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... Read More

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    The Donmar Warehouse

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

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    The Electric Cinema

    Calling this a cinema is practically reductive; instead, The Electric is an experience. The theater features 65 leather armchairs with footstools and... Read More

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    The Hampstead Theatre

    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... Read More

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    The National Portrait Gallery

    This historic museum opened in 1857 and saw another monumental landmark in 2012 when Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge became a patron. Explore... Read More

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    The Royal Academy

    The Royal Academy is a working institution, a living and breathing home for art and artists. It houses one of the last free art schools in Europe, and... Read More

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    The Royal Court

    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... Read More

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    The Science Museum

    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). Founded in 1857 as part... Read More

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    The Soho Theatre

    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... Read More

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    The Southbank

    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... Read More

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