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Columbia Road Flower Market

Columbia Road
London, England E2 7RG

On Sundays, Columbia Road transforms from a ho-hum street into a vividly bright flower and tree market. You never know what you’ll see — banana trees, bluebells and whatever else is in season.



Kew Gardens

Kew Road
Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AB
+44 (020) 8332-5655

In the spring and summer, the flowers at this Royal Botanic Garden are spectacular.

National Portrait Gallery

Saint Martin's Place
London, England WC2H 0HE
+44 (020) 7306-0055

This must-see museum houses over 160,000 portraits of famous Brits (think Mick Jagger, Queen Victoria) dating back to the 16th century. It also is home to a trove of Cecil Beaton images.

Royal Academy of Arts

Burlington House
London, England W1J 0BD
+44 (020) 7300-8000

Founded in the 18th century by King George III, it’s one of the great British Institutes for the arts featuring work by both contemporary and historical artists.

The London Eye

Located on the South Bank of the Thames, opposite the Houses of Parliament
+44 (871) 781-3000

Nothing beats the view of the city from this giant Ferris wheel. On a clear day, get a glimpse of Windsor Castle.

The Serpentine Gallery

Kensington Gardens
London W2 3XA
+44 (020) 7402-6075

One of London’s most famous galleries for contemporary and modern art.

The Tate Modern

London SE1 9TG
+44 (020) 7887-8888

The incredible collection of contemporary art at the Tate Modern is always inspiring.

Victoria and Albert Museum

Cromwell Road
London, England SW7 2RL
+44 (020) 7942-2000

Whether you like Renaissance masters, Pop Art stars or just want to get lost in some serious fashion history, the V&A has it all.