Top attractions in London
Visitors could stay in London for weeks without having seen everything the city has to offer. Here are some of the city’s top attractions:
If you want to get into these attractions for free, the best option is to buy a London Pass.
Our 5 top attractions
- Westminster Palace, also referred to as the Houses of Parliament, is a Gothic styled building and is where the House of Commons and the House of Lords meet (the two houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom).
- Westminster Abbey is London’s most ancient abbey church. Built during several centuries, it has witnessed many distinguished acts.
- The Tower of London has been a synonym of terror and torture during many centuries, however, it is now the most-loved attraction in London. This is where the Crown jewels are kept.
- Buckingham Palace is the current residence of the Royal Family of the United Kingdom, and specifically where Queen Elisabeth II resides.
- St. Paul’s Cathedral is the second largest cathedral in the world after the Basilica of Saint Paul in Rome.
Curious and interesting visits
- The Big Ben has become one of London’s symbols, but few people know what this building really is.
- Tower Bridge is London’s most famous bridge because of its stunning architecture and history.
- Built in 2000 to celebrate the new millennium, London Eye has become one of the city’s favourite icons.
- Residence of the British Royal Family for over 300 years, Kensington Palace is a curious place to visit.
- Piccadilly Circus is London’s most famous square and is an important meeting point for both locals and visitors.
- Built in 1830 to commemorate the victory of the British Navy against the French and the Spanish fleets in the Battle of Trafalgar, this public Square is one of the most visited squares.
- Covent Garden is one of the capital’s liveliest neighbourhoods and its Market is a definite must-see.
- The Shard, also referred to as the Shard of Glass, is the tallest building in the European Union, standing 1,016 ft high. It offers one of the most captivating views of London.
- Chinatown is London’s Chinese neighbourhood and dates back to the mid twentieth century.
- In Saint Thomas’s church, the Old Operating Theatre, exposes Victorian surgery techniques in the oldest operating theatre of the UK.
- The Monument to the Great Fire of London was built between 1671 and 1677 to commemorate the victims of the Fire and celebrate the reconstruction of the city.
- Although it is a copy of the original theatre, the Globe Theatre is one of the world’s most famous playhouses and is still open as a normal theatre with different plays running throughout the year.
Other places to visit in London
- Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace is one of the most famous activities in London. Enjoy this 45-minute ceremony for free.
- Situated in Hyde Park, Apsley House is a mansion built in 1778 belonging to the Duke of Wellington.
- Designed by Norman Foster, the City Hall is a peculiar building that stands 45 meters tall and is a relevant piece of architecture.
- Moored on the River Thames and with a long and colourful past, this historic warship is one of the most famous museum-ships in the world.
Now that you know what London’s top attractions are, we recommend you check out the city’s most important museums and galleries.
How to save money when visiting London?
To save on these top attractions and other London visits, don’t forget to read our article on the best ways to save money when visiting London: