For those who don’t know where to start (and anyone up for a challenge), here’s the full list. They are in no particular order – we couldn’t possibly rank them – but if you are looking for extra guidance, flick through our category pages.
In galleries lined with the prized possessions of kings and the everyday trinkets of peasants, the British Museum reveals stories of life, death and glory. Get a picture of how Native American cultures lived centuries ago, seek out the sport of a lion hunt in carvings circa 645BC and explore rituals of death and remembrance reflected in the decorated casket of the ancient Egyptian mummy of Katebet.
The IWM’s brand new First World War Galleries examine the politics and legacy of the 1914-1918 conflict, but also day-to-day life in the trenches. In photographs, artefacts like tins of food, and a collection of letters (many from fighters who never came back), the museum tells a powerful and moving story.
The Victoria and Albert Museum’s ceramics collection is the most extensive in the world. Grayson Perry might have revived an appreciation of the artform (see his handiwork here, alongside ornate pieces of the Medici age) but the collection shows how greatly valued ceramics have always been, from figurines crafted in Paris to soup tureens made in Chelsea.
For everyone from T-Rex-obsessed toddlers to budding paleontologists, the Natural History Museum remains the ultimate destination for matters pre-historic. A walk around the dinosaurs gallery, with its life-size models and skeletons, allows you to appreciate the sheer scale of these creatures, while the four animatronic displays reveal more about how they lived.
The Science Museum’s stunning new second floor gallery provides a chance to explore the imagination and creativity of invention as captured in photography and art. See a visiting exhibition or installation then kick back and discuss it over a coffee in the café.
Because it’s free to visit, even if you have just ten minutes you can nip into the National Gallery and see one great masterpiece on your way to somewhere else. Try Holbein’s ‘The Ambassadors’. Laden with symbolism, the painting also features the ‘anamorphic perspective’ technique popular in Early Renaissance art; the seemingly smudged image in the foreground becomes a human skull when viewed sideways on.
Can’t decide between the Picassos at Tate Modern and the Constables at Tate Britain? Do both! The Tate Boat (decorated with Damien Hirst dots) runs along the Thames between Tate Britain by Vauxhall Bridge and the Tate Modern on Bankside every 40 minutes during gallery opening hours, seven days a week (except Dec 24-26).
The Peter Harrison Planetarium in Greenwich Park is the only place in London where you can take your eyes on a tour of the universe. In these days of HD and 3D TV, the Planetarium has raised its game, with state-of-the-art projection technology and spectacular films revealing the latest scientific discoveries. Shows include Space Safari, which is suitable for children under eight.
Children can be seen and heard at this lively Covent Garden temple of travel. There are hands-on exhibits and visitors can clamber on board a tube train or experience what it’s like to sit behind the wheel of a bus. Sadly you can’t take one for a spin, but standing still certainly evokes the experience of London traffic.
The Magna Carta, works of Shakespeare and Dickens, copies of The Beano – they all have a home at the British Library. However, you can also see original manuscripts handwritten by some of the world’s greatest musical talents. See early drafts by John Lennon of ‘In My Life’, ‘She Said She Said’ and ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ written on a piece of Lufthansa-headed paper.
Playboy Club London
Venue says: Join us for a spectacular evening of live entertainment and late-night DJs as we open the doors for Playboy Club London Presents Nightfall!
An exclusive club, casino and restaurant in Mayfair - from Hugh Hefner's iconic brand. Members can enjoy table games such as American roulette, three card poker, blackjack and punto banco in one very swanky setting, with Playboy Bunnies dealing the cards and serving the drinks. The dining room is a similarly swish affair. Its menu ranges from Mediterranean dips and Middle Eastern mezze to beef fillet carpaccio, oysters, caviar, wagyu steaks, Cotswold lamb cutlets and the 'Hef Burger' - a wagyu patty with truffle ketchup, skinny fries and a bespoke poker chip redeemable for a glass of champagne. Set menus are available, too. Non-members can visit Salvatore's Bar, a chic drinking spot from Salvatore Calabrese, one of the world's most famous bartenders. Expect a large collection of vintage Cognacs (some of which date back to the 18th century), classic cocktails, rare spirits and concoctions created by Salvatore himself. For those looking for a little aural titillation, Baroque offers live music and special events with the entertainment complemented by champagne towers, canapés, cocktails and gourmet food. This area is available for private hire, too.