Europe map labeled cities: Best Things to See and Do in England

The majority of visitors land in London so where better to start than in the capital. While all corners of the city have their charms, start centrally–where many of the major sights are located. Must-visit attractions—as opposed to London’s best under-the-radar attractions —include the National Portrait Gallery , the British Museum , Natural History Museum , V&A Museum , and Houses of Parliament (among others). When you’re done with cultural institutions, take to the South Bank for some al fresco adventuring. An arts center on the bank of the river Thames, the collection of the Royal Festival Hall , the BFI , Hayward Gallery , and the South Bank Centre keeps the waterside promenade thronging with buzzy, creative energy. In London, don’t be afraid to be a cliché–which means get that picture in a red phone box, make a dumb face next to the Buckingham Palace guards, and definitely pose on the Beatles’ Abbey Road crossing. Just remember: Standing on the left of the escalators is one cliché to avoid.

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