Visit London in 2016: your must-read guide

Big Ben and Houses of Parliament London. Credit: Pictureproject/Alamy
Big Ben and Houses of Parliament London. Credit: Pictureproject/Alamy 2008 London Great Britain 2008

The London 2016 Guide brings you the best our capital city has to offer, from behind-the-scenes tours at our historic buildings and royal palaces to the best places to eat, drink and sleep. Don’t leave home without it



London is one of the world’s truly great cities with a wealth of attractions to delight visitors, from historic palaces and stunning architecture to a buzzing contemporary arts and cultural scene. Our 164-page London 2016 Guide is the ultimate resource to getting the most out of your visit and here we bring you a taste of what’s on offer with a few of the 101 best attractions in London.

Tower of London, London

Tower of London. Credit: VisitBritain/Historic Royal Palaces

Tower of London

Home to a thousand years of history, this former grand palace, royal residence and infamous prison offers the chance to see the Crown Jewels and meet the superbly scarlet-coated Beefeaters.

Westminster Abbey , London
Westminster Abbey. Credit: Pawel Libera

Westminster Abbey

Visit the church where monarchs are crowned, princes are married and 700 years of history come together in one of the most beautiful buildings in the UK.

Wiltons Music Hall, London
Wiltons Music Hall, Credit: Helene Binet

Wilton’s Music Hall

A traditional Victorian music hall, Wilton’s has been restored to its former glory. Take a tour of the building, see a live performance or just have a drink in the impressive Mahogany Bar.

Liberty, London
Liberty department store. Credit: Ian Macpherson London/Alamy Stock Photo

Liberty and Carnaby Street

Stepping through Liberty’s historic doors is like stepping into an Aladdin’s Cave of beautiful gifts, clothes and furnishings.  Outside, nearby Carnaby Street continues the high-energy fashion feel.

Changing of the Guard, Buckingham Palace, London
Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Credit: Buckingham Palace

Changing of the Guard

British pageantry at its finest, stand at the gates of Buckingham Palace to watch the exchange of guards, accompanied by brassy music from the Guards Band.

shakespeare's globe, london
A performance at Shakespeare’s Globe. Credit: Globe/Linda Nylind

Shakespeare’s Globe and Tour

A recreation of William Shakespeare’s original theatre, built in 1599. Visit the Globe in this, the 400th anniversary year of the playwright’s death, to watch one of his plays or join a tour.

The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden Credit: visitlondonimages/ britainonview/Stephen McLaren
The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Credit: Visitlondonimages/ britainonview/Stephen McLaren

The Royal Opera House

Home to the Royal Opera, Royal Ballet and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera. Visit for a performance or take a tour of one of the most elegant and fascinating theatres in the world.

To read the full feature 101 best attractions in London feature and much more see the London 2016 Guide.

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