If youre looking for things to do in London – why not invite some friends out on trip sight seeing? You will always have something interesting to say to someone new if you visit all of our top 10 London tourist attractions!
1) The London Eye
The London Eye is an architectural marvel. Built in 1999, it is one of the youngest iconic landmarks in London.The London Eye enjoys an average of 3.5 million visitors a year since its opening. This makes The London Eye, Londons top paid tourist attraction. It offers breath taking aerial views right across the city. If you can, book a trip on The London Eye at night time. All of the great landmarks of London are brilliantly illuminated, and you will see the unforgettable panorama of the city spread out before you fully lit. There is no other way to experience London like it, truly an experience of a lifetime! See our review of the amazing new 4D cinema at the London Eye.
Location: Belvedere Road, London, SE1 7PB
For more details visit: The London Eye
2) River Thames
The River Thames is the second longest river in the UK and the longest river in England. The river has been in active use for thousands of years providing habitation, water, power, food and drink – although you wouldn’t want to drink it now! Walk along it, over it or ride on it. The River Thames gave birth to London so it is a must visit destination. You cant miss it really! A river cruise will give you the perfect view of the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, St. Pauls, Globe Theatre, London Eye, the Parliament Buildings and Big Ben.
For more details visit: River Thames
3) Tower of London
The Tower of London is probably one of the most famous prisons besides Sing Sing Prison in New York. It has been in existence for well over 900 years. It is twenty towers high and is filled with a mixture of ancient history, culture and jewels. The Tower of London is located at the eastern boundary of the City of London financial district, next to the River Thames and Tower Bridge. Between the river and the Tower is Tower Wharf, a freely accessible walkway with views of the river together with the HMS Belfast and London City Hall on the opposite bank. During her long and illustrious history, The Tower of London has developed into one of the most haunted places in Britain. She has been home to beheadings and murders, torture and hangings, as well as being a prison to Queens and Nobles alike. A fascinating if not slightly scary day out then!
Location: Adjacent to the river Thames
For more details visit: Tower of London
4) Big Ben
Big Ben is the most famous clock in the world. Big Ben is actually the nickname for the great bell inside the clock. Among many achievements Big Ben is the largest four-faced chiming clock and the third-tallest free-standing clock tower in the world. Despite being one of the Londons most famous tourist attractions, the interior of the tower is not open to the public for security reasons; from time to time press and VIPs are granted access. However, the tower has no lift, so those escorted must climb the 334 limestone stairs to the top.
Location: Palace of Westminster, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
For more details visit: Big Ben
5) The National Gallery
Housed in a majestic building in front of Trafalgar Square the National Gallery is an enthralling exhibition of the Western European art, where history is depicted and is well preserved. Founded in 1824, the art gallery houses a rich collection of over 2300 paintings ranging from the 13th to 18th century. Get up close and personal to Monets Water lily pond, Van Goghs Sunflowers, Rembrandts portraits, and the spectacular Da Vincis “Virgin of the Rocks” and Raphaels “Madonna of the Pinks” to name few of the masterpieces in the museum. The Van Gogh room is a must.
Location: Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN
For more details visit: The National Gallery
6) Natural History Museum
Described as one of the worlds greatest resources for all things, the Natural History Museum does not disappoint. It features fresh and exciting temporary exhibitions like the Amazing Butterflies exhibition and Darwins Canopy. The Natural History Museum has always kept an innovative and exciting atmosphere. It is well worth taking time to explore this exceptional museum, both for the scientific and historic value of the exhibits as well as to enjoy the spectacular architecture of the building itself.
Location: Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD
For more details visit: Natural History Museum
7) Tate Modern
The Tate Modern art gallery in London is the largest-scale gallery in the world, it is the UKs national museum of international modern art. Some of the worlds finest modern art resides in Tate Modern, a must see museum for any visitor to London. The galleries are laid out on several levels; watch out for the permanent Tate collection on the third and fifth levels, whilst levels two and four display temporary and special exhibitions.
Location: Bankside, London, SE1 9TG
For more details visit: Tate Modern
8) Madame Tussuads
One of the premier places to visit in London is Madame Tussauds, it houses an exhibition of the most wonderfully realistic waxwork figures. A grisly past accompanies the wax museum but that hasnt stopped it from becoming a world famous destination. It began in France in the 18th century with Madame Tussaud using people that were chosen to die via the guillotine as subjects for wax death masks. You will see famous celebrities of stage, screen, sport and life. All waxworks have been crafted with stunning lifelike reality. The famous “Chamber of Horrors” is also an experience not to be missed.
Location: Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LR
For more details visit: Madame Tussuads
9) Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey is a Church, and a glorious example of medieval architecture. It is located across the street from the Parliament buildings. Coronations and weddings of royalty take place and noted people are buried inWestminster Abbey. The structure of the Westminster Abbey is the combination of a few different styles of architecture. Its West Front View is best known, because the two classical towers are there, although the lower section is Gothic. Over the door there are niches with figures of saints and martyrs in them. Inside the huge interior, taking photos is not allowed – what a shame!
Location: 20 Deans Yard, London, SW1P 3PA
For more details visit: Westminster Abbey
10) Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge, opened in 1894, has become one of the most famous bridges in the world. Tower Bridge is simply stunning. Tower Bridge is sometimes mistaken for London Bridge, which is the next bridge up the Thames. The bridge is unique because it is the only bascule bridges along the whole of the river. A Bascule bridge is a bridge whose sides can be mechanically raised in order to allow ocean going vessels to pass beneath. The bridge consists of two towers which are tied together with two horizontal walkways. These walkways at the top of the bridge provide amazing views of London.
Location: Tower Bridge, London, SE1 2UP
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