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The best sights to see, places to eat, and things to do in London.

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Claridge's Bar in London is an elegant Mayfair meeting place remains unpretentious even when it brims with beautiful people.

Nowhere else does London's history come to life so vividly as it does in this minicity of 20 towers filled with heraldry and treasure, the intimate details of lords and dukes and princes and sovereigns etched in the walls (literally, in some places), and quite a few pints of royal blood spilled on the stones. Don't forget a visit to the Tower of London.

A monument to the nation's rich—and often bloody—history, Westminster is one of London's most iconic sites.

  • Jean Weidner

    One of the most incredibly beautiful places--loved the writers' corner.

  • margaret richards

    Never tire of seeing this when I go to London. Full of History. Love the undercroft with the death masks!!

When the Queen heads off to Scotland on her annual summer holiday, Buckingham Palace's 19 State Rooms open up to visitors.

St. Paul's Cathedral in London is simply breathtaking, especially now that the scaffolding has been removed, after 15 years of major restoration work.

  • Cindy Eve

    this is my absolute favourite place in London....I always tend to gravitate there whenever I'm in town :)

  • CPH B2B Demand Generation

    I was born and raised in North London but didn't visit St Paul's until 2009. on a visit from Sydney - so pleased I spent the day there. Will Carpenter

This spectacular theater is a replica of Shakespeare's open-roof, wood-and-thatch Globe Playhouse in London (built in 1599 and burned down in 1613), where most of the Bard's greatest works premiered.

The Stafford London by Kempinski is a rare find: a posh hotel that's equal parts elegance and friendliness, and it's in one of the few peaceful spots in the area, down a small lane behind Piccadilly.

A step from Blackfriars Tube station in London, this spectacular pub has an Arts and Crafts interior that is entertainingly, satirically ecclesiastical, with inlaid mother-of-pearl, wood carvings, stained glass, and marble pillars all over the place.

  • Paulab

    I love going here for lunch when in London

Tate Modern is a spectacular renovation of a mid-20th-century power station and one of the most-visited museums of modern art in the world.

The beloved seat of Henry VIII's court, sprawled elegantly beside the languid waters of the Thames, Hampton Court Palace really gives you two for the price of one: the magnificent Tudor red-brick mansion, begun in 1514 by Cardinal Wolsey to curry favor with the young Henry, and the larger 17th-century baroque building, which was partly designed by Christopher Wren (of St. Paul's fame).

Standing proudly on the north side of Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery in London is truly one of the world's supreme art collections, with more than 2,300 masterpieces on show.

With 37 beers on tap and 300 more in bottles, the main problem at the Craft Beer Company in London is knowing where to start.

With a facade like a great temple, the British Museum in London is filled with plunder of incalculable value and beauty from around the globe, occupying an immense, imposing, neo-classical building in the heart of Bloomsbury.

  • Jean Weidner

    Loved the British Museum. Must have visited it every day that I was in London. A guard let me touch the Rosetta Stone (he laughed when I asked). To be able to see a first edition of Pride and Prejudice, and the Magna Carta just left me in awe.

An absolutely unique and beautiful 1725 town house, the Rookery Hotel in London is the kind of place where you want to allow quality time to enjoy and soak up the atmosphere.

Since McQueen's untimely death in 2010, his right-hand woman Sarah Burton has been at the helm, receiving raves for continuing his tradition of theatrical, darkly romantic, and beautifully cut clothes. Can't afford a gala gown? Go home with a skull-printed scarf.

It's a triumph of taste over technology at wunderkind Ollie Dabbous's extraordinary game-changer off Charlotte Street in London.

While in London, bliss out over Tom Aikens' marinated hand-dived scallops with apple vinegar, his new-found vegetable numbers and his mains.

If whiskey is more to your taste than wine, you may want to visit the Vintage House, which has England's largest selection of single malts

Magnificent hats by Treacy are annual showstoppers on Ladies Day at the Royal Ascot races and regularly grace the glossy magazines' society pages. Be sure to stop here when you're in London.

Although F&M in London is popularly known as the Queen's grocer and the impeccably mannered staff wear traditional tailcoats, its celebrated food hall stocks gifts for all budgets.

The ME London hotel is a shiny, new luxury spot that has brought a touch of modern cool to the Strand. #Fodors100