History & heritage

History all around!

History all around!

Go back in time and experience London’s incredible past.

Anaesthesia Heritage Museum

Anaesthesia Heritage Museum

The Anaesthesia Heritage Museum is a unique medical science museum devoted to the history of anaesthesia, resuscitation and pain relief. It founded from a donation by A Charles King but since had numerous contributions.

Beefeater Gin

Beefeater Gin

Discover the history of Beefeater and the secrets behind the world’s most awarded gin. The distillery is located in Kennington, where the iconic dry gin remains handcrafted to a recipe that is unchanged since the 1800s.

British Museum

British Museum

Located in the Bloomsbury, the British Museum is dedicated to human history, art and culture. Its permanent collection, numbering some 8 million works, is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence.

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is the working headquarters of the Monarchy, where The Queen carries out her official and ceremonial duties. Royal Day Out tickets include admission to The Queen’s Gallery, the Royal Mews and the State Rooms.

Chelsea Physic Garden

Chelsea Physic Garden

Tucked away beside the Thames, Chelsea Physic Garden is the oldest botanic garden in London. Founded in 1673, its walls shelter a unique living collection of around 5,000 different edible, useful, medicinal and historical plants.

Churchill War Rooms

Churchill War Rooms

The Churchill Museum is the first museum dedicated to the life and achievements of Sir Winston Churchill. This permanent exhibition set in the historic setting of the Cabinet War Rooms, his secret underground wartime base.

City of London Police Museum

City of London Police Museum

Discover the story of crime and policing at the City of London Police Museum. From the first police call box in London, via the history of the police uniform and Olympic glory, to the grisly stories of the city’s criminal past.

Cutty Sark

Cutty Sark

Discover what life was like on board the real Cutty Sark, the world’s sole surviving tea clipper, and fastest ship of her time. This legendary 19th century sailing ship is now an award-winning visitor attraction situated in Greenwich.

Design Museum

Design Museum

The Design Museum offers insights into the world of design with exhibitions on fashion, architecture, graphic, product, transport and digital design. It also hosts a cutting edge programme of temporary exhibitions.

Dr Johnson’s House

Dr Johnson's House

Dr Johnson’s House is a charming 300-year-old townhouse. Samuel Johnson, the writer and wit, lived and worked here in the middle of the 18th century, compiling his great dictionary of the English language in the garret.

Eltham Palace

Eltham Palace

Capture a fun day out at Eltham Palace and discover a wealth of activities as you explore a millionaire’s home. Experience the decade of decadence as you are transported back to the 1930s (just in time for cocktail hour!).

English Heritage

English Heritage

English Heritage look after 14 places and over 900 blue plaques in London, and each one is part of the fabric of the city’s past. Make the most of your visit to the capital and start by visiting some of these fantastic sites.

Guildhall Great Hall

Guildhall Great Hall

Home of the City of London Corporation, Guildhall Great Hall has been the centre of city government since the Middle Ages. The city’s only surviving secular medieval building dates from 1411 and has a cathedral-like ambience.

Guildhall Library

Guildhall Library

Guildhall Library is a public reference library specialising in the history of London. The printed books collection comprises over 200,000 titles dating from the 15th to the 21st centuries and covers all aspects of life in London.

Heritage Gallery

Heritage Gallery

The city of London has a working record of its history stretching back nearly 1000 years, enjoy a rare opportunity to view treasures held in trust for the nation. The collection belongs to the London Metropolitan Archives.

HMS Belfast

HMS Belfast

Explore what life was like living at war at sea on the HMS Belfast. Find your sea legs as you climb the ladders to explore all nine decks or keep a lookout up on the flag deck where you can get amazing 360-degree views of London.

Houses of Parliament

Houses of Parliament

The Houses of Parliament is open to all UK and overseas visitors to attend debates, watch committee hearings or take a tour inside one of the world’s most iconic buildings, there are a number of ways you can can visit.

Hunterian Museum

Hunterian Museum

The Hunterian Museum displays the collection of pioneering surgeon John Hunter (1728-93). The museum boasts unrivalled collections of human and non-human anatomical and pathological specimens, instruments and more.

Imperial War Museum

Imperial War Museum

The Imperial War Museum tells the story of those whose lives have been shaped by war from WW1 to the present day. Discover the First World War Galleries and the permanent exhibitions including The Lord Ashcroft Gallery.

Keats House

Keats House

Visit Keats House and discover the beauty of poetry and place in the home of Romantic poet John Keats, now a museum and literary centre. Explore his life and work through the exhibits of original manuscripts and artefacts.

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace, a palace of secret stories and public lives, has been influenced by generations of royal women. Visitors can walk through the King’s State Apartments, the Queen’s State Apartments and the gardens.

Kenwood

Kenwood

On the edge of Hampstead Heath surrounded by tranquil landscaped gardens, Kenwood is one of London’s hidden gems. The breathtaking interiors and stunning world-class art collection are free for everyone to enjoy.

Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle

With 500 acres of beautiful parkland and formal gardens, daily activities, free flying falconry displays, special events and year round attractions, Leeds Castle is one of the best days out on offer in Kent.

Leighton House Museum

Leighton House Museum

Leighton House Museum is a purpose-built studio-house that is one of the most remarkable buildings of the 19th century. It contains a collection of paintings and sculpture by Lord Leighton and his contemporaries.

London Film Museum

London Film Museum

The London Film Museum, founded and created by Jonathan Sands in February 2008, is a museum dedicated to the British film industry. The museum exhibits original props, costumes and sets from feature films.

London Transport Museum

London Transport Museum

London Transport Museum explores the story of London and its transport system over the last 200 years, highlighting the powerful link between transport and the growth of modern London, culture and society since 1800.

London’s Roman Amphitheatre

London's Roman Amphitheatre

Step into the ruins of London’s Roman Amphitheatre and discover the hidden history under your feet. The remains where discovered during the redevelopment of the Guildhall Art Gallery in 1985 and offer a fascinating insight.

Monument to the Great Fire of London

Monument to the Great Fire of London

The Monument to the Great Fire of London commemorates one of the most famous events in London’s history. Every year over 230,000 visitors climb the 311 spiral steps to enjoy unique and exhilarating views of the capital.

Museum of Brands

Museum of Brands, Packaging & Advertising

The Museum of Brands, Packaging & Advertising is a treasure trove of retro design and memories. Imagine walking through galleries full to the brim with oddities and wonders alike, where every corner leads you to a different decade.

Museum of London

Museum of London

Step inside the Museum of London for an unforgettable journey through the capital’s turbulent past. Discover prehistoric London and examine the tumultuous years when London was ravaged by civil wars, plague and fire.

National Maritime Museum

National Maritime Museum

The National Maritime Museum is the largest museum of its kind in the world, filled with stories of exploration and human endeavour. Explore the 10 galleries and a vast collection to discover Britain’s epic relationship with the sea.

Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum is a world-class visitor attraction and leading science research centre. It cares for more than 80 million specimens spanning billions of years and welcome more than five million visitors annually.

Queen’s House

Queen’s House

Come and celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Queen’s House. Inigo Jones’s architectural masterpiece has reopened after major restoration, with 22 spectacular rooms filled with great art representing 400 years.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

Ripley's Believe It or Not!

Take your imagination into uncharted territory at Ripley’s Believe It or Not!. Follow in the footsteps of intrepid adventurer Robert Ripley and explore six oddity-packed floors crammed with countless curiosities and artefacts.

Royal Air Force Museum London

Royal Air Force Museum London

The Royal Air Force Museum is Britain’s only national museum dedicated to aviation. While offering an insight into technology, it focuses on people who made it possible – from daredevil early aviators, through wartime heroes.

Royal Observatory Greenwich

Royal Observatory Greenwich

Visit the Royal Observatory Greenwich to stand on the historic Prime Meridian of the World, see the home of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), and explore your place in the universe at London’s only planetarium.

Science Museum

Science Museum

Striving to be the best place in the world for people to enjoy science, the Science Museum’s world-class collection forms an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical achievements from across the globe.

St Lawrence Jewry

St Lawrence Jewry

Discover this beautiful Wren church and its connections it has with the city of London. St Lawrence Jewry is the municipal church of the City of London Corporation and a fine example of Christopher Wren’s work.

St Paul’s Cathedral

St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul’s Cathedral is an iconic feature of the London skyline. Step inside to enjoy the awe-inspiring interior, climb the dome to try the unique acoustics of the Whispering Gallery and uncover its fascinating history.

Thames Barrier

Thames Barrier

The Thames Barrier is one of the largest movable flood barriers in the world. The Environment Agency runs and maintains it as well as London’s other flood defences. Discover how it was designed, built and protects London.

The Classic Tour

The Classic Tour

The Classic Tour is the finest way to see London with the handpicked comedic tour guides. Step onboard a specially designed 1960s Routemaster bus that has been transformed into a state of the art open top sightseeing experience.

The Freud Museum

The Freud Museum

The Freud Museum was the home of Sigmund Freud and his family when they escaped Austria following the Nazi annexation in 1938. The centrepiece of the museum is Freud’s study, preserved just as it was during his lifetime.

The London Bridge Experience

The London Bridge Experience

Visit The London Bridge Experience to become part of London’s gruesome history and travel back in time to an age of adventure, uncovering the dark secrets that lie beneath the worlds most famous and haunted bridge.

The London Dungeons

The London Dungeons

The London Dungeon is one of the capital’s ‘must-see’ signature attractions. It’s a journey through 1000 years of London’s murky past. You and your companions walk through the Dungeon, moving from show to show.

The London Museum of Water & Steam

The London Museum of Water & Steam

The London Museum of Water & Steam is set in a 19th century pumping station. Visitors can admire some of the largest steam engines in the world whilst also learning about the fascinating history of water supply in London.

The National Gallery

The National Gallery

The National Gallery displays more than 2,000 Western European paintings from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. You can explore inspiring art by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Turner and Van Gogh.

The Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre

The Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre

The Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre is a great little award-winning museum, situated in the Buckinghamshire village where Roald Dahl lived and wrote for 36 years. The museum features three interactive galleries.

Tower Bridge Exhibition

Tower Bridge Exhibition

The Tower Bridge Exhibition is a must-see London attraction, step inside the most famous bridge in the world to explore its iconic structure, spectacular views and glass floor, modern exhibitions and Victorian engine rooms!

Tower of London

Tower of London

One of just four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the city, the Tower of London is one of the city’s most popular attractions. See the magnificent Crown Jewels, enjoy special exhibitions and take a guided tour with a Beefeater.

Tyburn Convent

Tyburn Convent

Pilgrims and tourists from all over the world visit the Shrine of the Martyrs at Tyburn Convent. A sister is available for guided tours of the shrine daily at 10.30am, 3.30pm and 5.30pm. Groups should make a prior appointment.

V&A Museum of Childhood

V&A Museum of Childhood

The V&A Museum of Childhood houses the UK’s national collection of childhood objects, ranging in date from the 1600s to the present day. As well as toys, dolls and games, there are objects relating to aspects of childhood.

Valentines Mansion

Valentines Mansion

Discover over 320 years of fascinating history at the Grade II listed Valentines Mansion. Explore the period furnished rooms and enjoy the wonderful historic gardens. Come and enjoy the exhibitions, events and creative workshops.

Victoria & Albert Museum

Victoria & Albert Museum

The Victoria & Albert Museum represents more than 3,000 years of human creativity, with the art and design collections unrivalled in their scope and diversity. It also offers a programme of temporary exhibitions and events.

Wallace Collection

Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection is a national museum in an historic London town house. In 25 galleries are displays of French 18th century painting, furniture and porcelain with superb old master paintings and a world class armoury.

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Every year Westminster Abbey welcomes over a million visitors who want to explore this 700 year old building. Kings, queens, statesmen and soldiers; poets, priests, heroes and villains – it is a must-see living pageant of British history.

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum & Tour

Step inside the multi-dimensional journey that is Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum & Tour. With complimentary audio guides in 10 languages, learn about the history of the sport, see the Championship trophies and much more!