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 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.
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).
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.
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.