Beyond London’s famous historic landmarks, including Big Ben and St. Paul’s Cathedral, a veritable world of art and culture awaits. If you’re a culture vulture visiting the British capital, add the following sites to your must-see list.
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
The original 16th-century Elizabethan Globe Theatre burned to the ground in 1613, before being rebuilt and demolished in 1644. The faithfully restored theater of today brings Shakespearian history to life, with a calendar full of performances, exhibitions, and educational programs.
From the dawn of man to the present day, the expansive British Museum shines a light on human history, art, and culture from all four corners of the Earth.
Made famous on the Beatles’ 1969 album of the same name, Abbey Road draws music fans from across the world keen to re-enact the iconic album sleeve cover art. The north London street is also home to Abbey Road Studios, where the Fab Four created most of their music together.
Alongside welcoming cafés, stylish fashion outlets, and traditional pubs, Shoreditch boasts some of London’s sharpest and most exciting street art. Visit this hip corner of east London on a weekend and soak up the atmosphere around bustling Brick Lane.
Taking pride of place in the former Bankside Power Station by the Thames River, the Tate Modern is a must-visit for contemporary art aficionados. The main part of the gallery is free to enter, though admission is required for the specially curated exhibitions.
The Photographers’ Gallery
With an ever-changing roster of exhibitions and events, the Photographers’ Gallery showcases the work of some of the world’s most talented photographers. From fashion and photojournalism to documentary photography and contemporary art, it’s all covered here in a space dedicated exclusively to the craft.