London Attractions Overview
London attractions are endless with numerous iconic landmarks throughout the city we’ve seen time and time again in movies and pop culture. It’s incredible seeing and exploring each of these up close in person and instantly being in awe over their unique beauty and grandeur.
Below is a summery of the top London attractions.
Big Ben is one of the most famous London attractions and one of the best known towers in the world. The acoustic symbol of London is situated at the northern end of the Houses of Parliament. Often mistakenly called Big Ben, the tower is actually called the Elizabeth Tower, while the nickname Big Ben is reserved for the massive bell found within the clock tower. Don’t miss the chance to snap a photo with Big Ben in the background.
Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament)
Originally built as the Palace of Westminster, the Houses of Parliament have become the meeting place of the House of Commons and the House of Lords where many important debates are held. The debates can be visited for free and seen from the public galleries. As one of the top London attractions, it is also known as the “heart of British politics”, boasts over 1,000 rooms with the corridors stretching over 3 km.
Tower Bridge is the most famous suspension bridge in the world and another one of the most iconic London attractions, towering 45 meters above the Thames River. Visit the Engine Rooms, watch interactive films and displays, and enjoy spectacular views of the Thames and famous London icons. Don’t forget to look below your feet – a glass floor panel located in the floor of the viewing gallery offers the chance to watch the bridge lifts when ships pass through.
Buckingham Palace is the residence of the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom. It is home to 600 rooms, including 19 state rooms that are open to the public between August and September while the Queen is away at Balmoral. Tour highlights include the Palace Ballroom, beautiful palace gardens, and paintings by Rembrandt and Canaletto. Tourists from all over the world flock to Buckingham Palace to watch the changing of the guards, making it one of the most popular London attractions.
Tower of London
The Tower of London, also known as Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress, is a historic castle on the north bank of the Thames. As one of the best London attractions, it is the oldest palace, fortress and prison in Europe – a place for kings and prisoners, lions and ravens. See the Crown Jewels, visit a torture chamber, walk the tower’s walls, and meet the Beefeaters, royal guards dressed in the well-known uniform of red and gold.
The Borough Market is a popular gourmet food market in Southwark with over 100 stalls offering fresh fish, meat, fruit and vegetables, cheeses, cakes, and ready-to-eat foods. Dating back to the 13th century, the market is one of the oldest in London and by far the busiest with hundreds of visitors searching the stalls for home-grown produce. It’s one of the top London attractions to meet for lunch and a catch up, just a short walk from London Bridge.
Royal Opera House
The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden is one of London’s most impressive performing arts venues, home to the Royal Ballet, Royal Opera, and the ROHA Orchestra. A perfect London attraction for performing arts fans, the theatre is open to both daytime visitors and ticket-holders for performances.
St. Paul’s Cathedral
St Paul’s Cathedral is an Anglican cathedral, the second highest dome in the world, and one of the most famous London attractions. If you want to stretch your legs, walk up the 259 steps to the Whispering Gallery for panoramic views over the city. Another 250 steep steps will take you past the Stone Gallery and you’ll arrive at the Golden Gallery, another marvelous view of London.
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
Another popular performing arts venue and top London attraction, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is an oak and thatch model of the original open-air Elizabethan theatre. It’s a reconstruction of the Globe Theatre and one of the best places to watch a Shakespearean drama or play in London. As one of the best London attractions, it is located in Southwark along the Thames River.
The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and the largest library in the world by number of items catalogued, making it one of the top London attractions. There are over 200 items housed in the museum, from books and newspapers, to stamps and patents. The reading rooms are open to the public for the purpose of reading and research.
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