#01 British Museum
The spectacular Great Court and the renovated Round Reading Room have brought new life to the world’s oldest and greatest public museum.
#02 Tower of London
Bloody royal history, Beefeaters, lots of armour, the Crown Jewels and ravens – and a great medieval castle.
#03 Highgate Cemetery
The city’s most atmospheric Victorian necropolis, thick with trees and crowded with famous corpses, with Karl Marx topping the bill.
#04 King’s Cross Redevelopment
Take a stroll around the brilliant King’s Cross redevelopment, where galleries, restaurants and public squares have transformed the industrial landscape.
#05 Hampstead Heath
Fly kites, look across London and walk over to Kenwood, for fine art, tea and cakes.
#06 London pubs
Have a pint of traditional real ale in one of London’s many old and historic pubs, or visit one of the craft brewhouses that are popping up over the capital.
#07 Tate Modern
One of the world’s greatest modern art collections housed in a spectacularly converted riverside power station.
#08 Houses of Parliament
See the “mother of all parliaments” at work from the public gallery; book in advance to attend Question Time or take a summertime guided tour.
#09 Spitalfields and Brick Lane
Visit the offbeat market stalls, shops, cafés and bars on the edge of the East End.
#10 National Gallery
From the Renaissance to Picasso: the National Gallery is undoubtedly one of the world’s great art galleries.
#11 Borough Market
Feast on all the scrumptious free titbits at London’s leading foodie market.
#12 Olympic Park
You can still see some of the iconic venues and Orbit Tower, set amid the beautifully landscaped Olympic Park.
#13 Cycling in London
Rent a Boris Bike and explore the cycling paths of Hyde Park, or pedal along the Regent’s Canal to Little Venice and beyond.
Soak up naval history at the National Maritime Museum, and climb up to the Royal Observatory in Greenwich Park to enjoy the view over the river.
#15 V&A Museum
For variety and scale, the V&A is the greatest applied arts museum in the world.
#16 The view from the Shard
Simply the most impressive view in London.
#17 Hampton Court Palace
Take a boat to this sprawling red-brick affair, the finest of London’s royal palaces.