Top London Attractions

From the famed Tower Bridge to the Theatre District in the historic West End, explore some of the best attractions London has to offer.

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Nepalese Sky Caves

Nepalese Sky Caves

My cameraman and I were the first people to climb into these Nepalese sky caves in over 500 years. I’m trying to forget that we have to make the terrifying climb back down by admiring the view. 960 1280

  

Tibetan Culture

Tibetan Culture

The village of Lo Manthang in the remote Mustang region of Nepal is probably the best preserved example of Tibetan culture left on earth. Here, life carries on much as it has since the Middle Ages. Here, a woman weaves yarn by hand while wearing Rastafarian looking yak hair atop her head. 960 1280

  

Dressing the Part, on the Equator

Dressing the Part, on the Equator

When taking a photo at the equator, you have to dress for both the southern and northern hemispheres. 960 1280

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South Africa's Anti-Poaching Unit

South Africa's Anti-Poaching Unit

There are about 8,400 rhinos left in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. Armed anti-poaching units patrol the bush, but with nearly 1,000 rhinos killed in the park last year, it’s a dangerous, uphill battle.  960 1280

  

The Equator

The Equator

Welcome to Equador's Mitad del Mundo, or the middle of the world. On the left side of the photo is the northern hemisphere. On the right, the southern hemisphere. And down the middle, the planet’s equator.  960 1280

  

Christopher Columbus and America

Christopher Columbus and America

"This season on Expedition Unknown, we'll be digging into the real story behind some of the world's most legendary characters, such as Christopher Columbus. Get ready to be shocked by the true story of the world's most famous explorer."

 

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Robin Hood, Sir Gates and Little John

Robin Hood, Sir Gates and Little John

"Taking a picture with 'Robin Hood' and 'Little John' in Sherwood Forest." 960 1280

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Stunning Ruins

Stunning Ruins

"The sun setting over English ruins makes for a gorgeous vista." 960 1280

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Unearthing History

Unearthing History

"This season on Expedition Unknown, we'™ll be opening a thousand year old Mongolian tomb. How cool is that?!" 960 1280

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Street Bagpipes

Street Bagpipes

"When in Scotland, do as the Scottish do, as this man plays his bagpipes on the streets of Edinburgh." 960 1280

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Devil's Bridge

Devil's Bridge

"A gorgeous look at Devil's Bridge in the countryside of Bulgaria." 960 1280

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Josh, Lions and Trafalgar Square

Josh, Lions and Trafalgar Square

Can't go to London without taking in some of the sights. 960 1280

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Running of the Bulls

Running of the Bulls

"Every year, thousands of people attend the "Running of the Bulls" in Pamplona, Spain. The course is only 3,000 feet and the average speed of the herd is 15mph. Advice: Don't look back." 960 1280

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Richard III Remains

Richard III Remains

"Recently discovered, the remains of Richard III are entombed at Leicester Cathedral in England." 960 1280

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Triumph the English Countryside

Triumph the English Countryside

"This bike is quite the Triumph as it takes me across the English countryside on the search for Robin Hood." 960 1280

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All Dressed Up For Scotland

All Dressed Up For Scotland

"While searching for the truth behind the legend of King Arthur, I decide to see what being Scottish is all about. And to answer your question - 'No, I'm not, and it feels liberating'." 960 1280

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Backyard Adventures in Yosemite

Backyard Adventures in Yosemite

"Some adventures are right in your own backyard: an afternoon at Yosemite." 960 1280

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A Skeleton Rises

A Skeleton Rises

"A closeup look at the skeletal remains of Nikolay Ovcharov and his team found at Perperikon in Bulgaria which may hold answers to the Strigoi myth." 960 1280

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King Arthur's Round Table

King Arthur's Round Table

"In Winchester, Hampshire, the Round Table has been discovered ... or what King Henry VIII thinks is the Round Table." 960 1280

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Gallant Sir Josh

Gallant Sir Josh

"Gallant Sir Josh Gates stands watch." 960 1280

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Purple Sunrise

Purple Sunrise

"Dawn departure from Cap-Haitien, Haiti. Buckle up..." 960 1280

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Not THAT Big Ben

Not THAT Big Ben

"Big Ben is not THAT big." 960 1280

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Lederhosen and Beer

Lederhosen and Beer

"While mounting an expedition in Germany to look for lost treasures, I decide to take a break and explore a German beer hall. Needless to say, things get a little boozy. (Honestly, I have no idea whose lederhosen I'm wearing.)" 960 1280

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Jerusalem Smiles

Jerusalem Smiles

"Exploring the storied streets of Jerusalem. Endless streets filled with vendors, history and true characters."

 

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Sunset Cemetery

Sunset Cemetery

"The local cemetery in Martinou de Sus as the last light of day fades in Romania." 960 1280

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Stunning Ruins

Stunning Ruins

"All that is left of the once magnificent Glastonbury Abbey which is said to be the final resting place of King Arthur and his Queen Guinevere." 960 1280

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Budapest and Accordions

Budapest and Accordions

"An accordion player shows off his local flavor on the streets of Bucharest, Romania." 960 1280

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The Winding Path Ahead

The Winding Path Ahead

"Navigating the streets of Budapest can be a challenge, doing it in a vintage, 3-wheeled, Czechoslovakian car ... well that'™s just crazy."

 

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Havana, Cuba

Havana, Cuba

The Malecon waterfront in Havana, Cuba. Where old meets even older.  960 1280

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Mummified Snow-Leopards

Mummified Snow-Leopards

The monasteries of the Mustang Region in Nepal are mystical and protected places. This particular shrine is guarded by several mummified snow-leopards. I’m guessing these are highly effective in warding off intruders. 960 1280

  

Swayambhunath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal

Swayambhunath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal

Swayambhunath temple in Kathmandu, Nepal is home to hundreds of monkeys who watch over the soaring Buddhist shrine. They’re cute…just don’t take out a candy bar in front of them or it turns into Planet of the Apes. 960 1280

  

Cave Art in Nepal’s Mustang Region

Cave Art in Nepal’s Mustang Region

Stunning cave art from remote cliffside dwellings in Nepal’s Mustang region. 960 1280

  

Interior Design with an Aztec Flair

Interior Design with an Aztec Flair

The Aztecs were one of the mightiest civilizations in the ancient Americas. Their sense of interior design, however, is a little harsh for my taste. 960 1280

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Rain and More Rain in the Cloud Forests of Ecuador

Rain and More Rain in the Cloud Forests of Ecuador

Trekking into the cloud forests of Ecuador made for one of the most challenging days in Expedition Unknown history. With constant rain and fog, nearly everything gets soaked. Except for this llama, who brought his own raincoat.  960 1280

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Cleaning Up at Teotihuican Ruins in Mexico

Cleaning Up at Teotihuican Ruins in Mexico

You think your job is tough? Try being on the janitorial staff at the ruins of Teotihuican in Mexico. This place is falling apart. Literally. 960 1280

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Holding it Down on the High Seas

Holding it Down on the High Seas

While traveling the world for a living is an honor, not every day is a walk in the park. Here, my 2 cameramen do their best not to puke while filming in horrible seas off the coast of Florida. You don’t want to see the "after" photo. 960 1280

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New Friends in Tibet

New Friends in Tibet

One of the best parts about traveling is making new friends. This little guy came right up to our car near the border of Tibet. 960 1280

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Tailors of Ecuador

Tailors of Ecuador

In the markets of Ecuador, you can buy just about anything, or mend the things you already own. 960 1280

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Hanging with the Locals in Cuba

Hanging with the Locals in Cuba

On a recent expedition to Florida, I decided to blend in with the locals. Of course, most of the locals are about 80 years old. 960 1280

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Coming Full Circle in Nepal

Coming Full Circle in Nepal

A few years ago, I was lucky enough to go to the Olympics in Vancouver. I remember standing in line to buy an overpriced red sweatshirt to commemorate my trip to the games. I was recently amazed to see the kid's size of the same sweatshirt a few thousand miles away in the high-altitude Nepalese village of Lo Manthang. Makes me wonder the journey it took to get here. Also, this adorable kid wears it much better than I did. 960 1280

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Getting Connected in the Kalahari Desert

Getting Connected in the Kalahari Desert

The internet isn’t really a thing yet in the Kalahari Desert. But, we’re working on it. 960 1280

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Hanging Out in Kathmandu's Durbar Square

Hanging Out in Kathmandu's Durbar Square

Hanging with a Hindu holy man in Kathmandu’s Durbar Square. It kind of looks like he just pulled 5 quarters out of my ear. This dude's a straight-up magician! 960 1280

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Jeepney's of the Philippines

Jeepney's of the Philippines

In the Philippines, locals trick out busses known as "jeepneys," cobbled together from old U.S. military jeeps from WWII. 960 1280

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Hope Returns to Kathmandu

Hope Returns to Kathmandu

Nepal suffered a devastating blow in 2015 when it was hit with a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. A year later, the cleanup is in full force, and hope is returning to the storied streets of Kathmandu. 960 1280

  

Checkers, South African Style

Checkers, South African Style

Checkers in South Africa. Now if I can only find the icy-cold bottles those caps came from. 960 1280

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Lion Sand Game Reserve, South Africa

Lion Sand Game Reserve, South Africa

South Africa’s National Parks are filled with some of the wildest creatures on the planet, but that doesn’t mean you have to live like an animal. Here’s a look at my stunning treehouse retreat at the incredible Lion Sands Game Reserve. 960 1280

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Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

“I've always been brought up to love the Royal Family and this year is a special year with the Queen's Jubilee. Buckingham Palace is in the heart of London, and it’s been the scene of so many great moments in British history. None of us will ever forget the amazing wedding last year (Will & Kate) and best of all; it’s open for visitors during the summer; so you can have a look around the State Apartments." - David Beckham 960 1280

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Old Trafford

Old Trafford

“I've been fortunate to play in The Premier League, one of the greatest football leagues in the world, and you can’t beat the atmosphere of being there for a game. If you can’t catch a game across the country, then check out the fantastic stadium tours at places like Old Trafford, Anfield and Stamford Bridge, and of course, Wembley." - David Beckham 960 1280

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The Royal Parks

The Royal Parks

“Families can get out in the fresh air, at one of London’s Royal Parks, with the kids. Hyde and Regents Park are like an oasis in central London. Or get away from it all in Richmond Park, where you can see wild deer, horse ride and amazing views across London." - David Beckham 960 1280

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Old Course at St. Andrews

Old Course at St. Andrews

“It seems like many sports in the world have their origins in Britain, and Scotland is the home of Golf. It's where the game was invented and where you’ll find some of the most beautiful and challenging courses in the world. If you love the game, make your way to the Old Course at St Andrews Links." - David Beckham 960 1280

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Best Shopping

Best Shopping

“Britain leads the world in fashion and has some of the best shopping experiences in the world. Manchester’s designer stores around the Northern Quarter are a match for anything in London, but if you don’t have time to leave the capital; then you will be spoilt for choice around town and some fantastic markets like Camden, Portobello and Spitalfields." - David Beckham 960 1280

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Popular Theme Parks

Popular Theme Parks

“Kids can’t get enough of theme parks as I know being a father of 4. You're never far away from one in Britain: Alton Towers is close to Stoke -- and just outside London -- you’ll find Thorpe Park. New in town is the Warner Bros. Studio Tour where you can see the making of Harry Potter movies." - David Beckham 960 1280

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Shaftesbury Avenue

Shaftesbury Avenue

“If there’s one thing you can’t miss when you’re in London, its Theatre land. I love going out with the family to a show. The West End is famous for musicals and shows, and they are great for a night out or a family matinee. Young and old will love the Lion King or Matilda, and there’s always something to see when I’m back in London like War Horse or Jersey Boys." - David Beckham 960 1280

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NOPI Restaurant

NOPI Restaurant

“You can get great food from all over the world in Britain, and some of the best restaurants in the world can be found in London. Whether it’s a special night out at the Ivy, Ceconnis or Nobu – or somewhere new like the Bread St. Kitchen or Nopi in London." - David Beckham 960 1280

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Country Pubs

Country Pubs

“Britain is famous for its countryside, and where better to end a bracing walk than sit by a log fire in one of our beautiful country pubs. The best places will always welcome kids and serve great local food.” - David Beckham 960 1280

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Pie & Mash

Pie & Mash

David Beckham and his mother enjoy bangers and mash in London’s East End. Beckham says, “Here’s an insider’s tip for a real East London food experience. You’ve got to try Pie & Mash. Tony Lane's Pie & Mash shop in Waltham Abbey is a favorite." - David Beckham 960 1280

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Land's End

Land's End

Located in Cornwall, Land's End will be the first overnight stop for the Olympic torch. The small settlement sits atop rocky cliffs in the most southwestern corner of England. 960 1280

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Millennium Centre

Millennium Centre

On May 25, the torch will spend the night in Cardiff, the capital of Wales. The Wales Millennium Centre greets visitors with an inscription that reads, "In These Stones Horizons Sing," and in Welsh words that translate as, "Creating truth like glass from the furnace of inspiration." 960 1280

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Aberystwyth

Aberystwyth

The coastal town of Aberystwyth will have an evening celebration for the torch on May 27. Considered the cultural capital of Wales, it is also home to the ruins of the 12th-century Aberystwyth castle ruins. 960 1280

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Penrhyn Castle

Penrhyn Castle

On May 28, the torch will stop in Bangor, one of the smallest cities in the UK and home to Penrhyn Castle, which overlooks the Snowdonia Mountains. 960 1280

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Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

On June 13, the torch will hop over to Scotland for a stop in the vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Edinburgh. Overlooking the city, Edinburgh Castle reminds visitors of Scotland's historical roots. 960 1280

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Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle will welcome the torch on June 14. Guarded by stone-carved lions, the castle in the Northumberland region dates back to the 11th century, although it's more commonly known for its role as the Hogwarts Castle in the Harry Potter films. 960 1280

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Lake Windermere

Lake Windermere

The torch will arrive at Bowness-on-Windermere, home to England's largest natural lake, on June 21. The secluded town in the heart of the Lake District has been a tourist attraction since the Victorian era, drawing visitors with its watersports and scenic views. 960 1280

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Coventry Cathedral

Coventry Cathedral

These stained glass windows can be found inside Coventry Cathedral in the ancient city of Coventry, which will welcome the torch on July 1. The cathedral that stands today was built 50 years ago next to the ruins of the old cathedral, symbolizing the revival of the city after the Blitz bombing raids of World War II. 960 1280

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Radcliffe Camera

Radcliffe Camera

On July 9, the torch will come to Oxford where the Radcliffe Camera, or "Rad Cam" as it is commonly called, has been standing since 1749. The circular science library is an iconic landmark in this culturally diverse region. 960 1280

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Weymouth

Weymouth

The torch will pass through the seaside town of Weymouth in Dorset on July 12. Together with the town of Portland, Weymouth will host the 2012 Olympic sailing events. 960 1280

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Jersey

Jersey

The torch will pass through the region of Jersey on July 15. Part of the Channel Islands, the area is a popular destination for athletes, with picturesque beaches and 100 miles of bike trails. 960 1280

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Old Town

Old Town

Hastings Old Town will celebrate the arrival of the torch on July 17. Full of history with its half-timbered houses and narrow streets (called "twittens" by the locals), Old Town is home to the largest beach-launched fishing fleet in Europe. 960 1280

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London

London

Debbie and Basil Rudawsky travel to London for a kids-free, 5-day romantic getaway. With a budget of $10,000, the couple is ready to splurge in celebration of their wedding anniversary, so they want to make sure they’re well taken care of. 960 1280

  

Sanctum Hotel

Sanctum Hotel

Debbie and Basil’s first stop is the Sanctum Hotel in London’s SoHo – a 4-star boutique hotel converted from 2 historic townhouses and known for its hip clientele. A luxury junior suite will cost the Rudawskys $4,500 for their 5-night stay. 960 1280

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Sanctum Hotel

Sanctum Hotel

The Sanctum SoHo is known for its edgy rock-and-roll glamour. 960 1280

  

Sanctum Hotel

Sanctum Hotel

At the No. 20 restaurant at the Sanctum Soho Hotel, Debbie and Basil sample different varieties of Jack Daniels – a different take on traditional afternoon tea. While the Rudawskys enjoy getting out of their comfort zone, the rock-and-roll glamour of the Sanctum SoHo isn’t quite Debbie’s style. But the hotel scores on budget and location. 960 1280

  

Debbie and Basil can’t wait to start their romantic, kid-free getaway. But first, they’ll have to decide where they’ll be staying. 960 1280

  

Pennyhill Park Hotel

Pennyhill Park Hotel

Basil and Debbie’s next stop takes them out to the English countryside to Pennyhill Park Hotel and Spa, where more traditional luxury and 45,000-square-feet of spa facilities grab Debbie’s attention. Unfortunately, this regal retreat will cost the Rudawskys $12,000 for their 5-night stay. 960 1280

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Pennyhill Park Hotel

Pennyhill Park Hotel

The Rudawskys love the regal feel of the Pennyhill Park Hotel, but Basil isn’t thrilled that it’s located almost an hour west of central London. 960 1280

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Pennyhill Park Hotel

Pennyhill Park Hotel

Pennyhill’s general manager gives the Rudawskys a tour of the 5-star luxury hotel. 960 1280

  

Pennyhill Park Hotel

Pennyhill Park Hotel

While at the Pennyhill Park Hotel, the Rudawskys go clay pigeon shooting. 960 1280

  

Stafford Hotel

Stafford Hotel

Debbie and Basil’s last stop brings them to the Stafford Hotel in central London’s historic St. James neighborhood. The Stafford is known for its classic luxury, as well as its 300-year-old wine cellar. A historic luxury suite in the small, intimate hotel will cost $6,500 for Debbie and Basil’s 5-night romantic getaway. 960 1280

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Stafford Hotel

Stafford Hotel

The Rudawskys enjoy a traditional afternoon tea at the Stafford Hotel. 960 1280

  

Stafford Hotel

Stafford Hotel

The world-famous American Bar at the Stafford Hotel. 960 1280

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The Rudawskys explore London as they try to make a decision. Will it be the sprawling resort in the English countryside, the rock-and-roll boutique hotel or the more traditional historic hotel? 960 1280

  

London Eye

London Eye

The Rudawskys call the “winning” hotel while on the London Eye. Find out which one they pick on Top Spot: London. 960 1280

  

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