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London is a historic city, and so, naturally, rife with a number of landmark attractions. Ranging from architectural masterpieces to sheer sightseeing spectacles, London is an amazing city for any tourist. Put on some walking shoes and experience the old-world London.
Sightseeing in London
Buckingham Palace | Westminster
This 775-room royal residence and official London home of the Queen and the royal family. And while the 19 State Rooms inside are only opened to the public during August and September, admiring the beautifully ornate exterior and structural design is worth the visit alone.
Westminster Abbey | Westminster
For over a millennium, the Abbey has been England’s coronation church and has hosted at least 16 royal weddings, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s 2011 nuptials. The church is also home to a number of historic oil and wall paintings, as well as England’s oldest altarpiece. Overseeing English coronations for the past millennium, and 16 royal weddings, the abbey dating back to 7th century (Although the current structure is relatively new and dates back to the 1200s). Arrive early and expect a wait for the tours, this is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
Houses of Parliament | Westminster
Otherwise known as The Palace of Westminster, the houses are the heart of British parliament. Although the current palace was not always the seat of power, and was originally built in the mid-19th century to replace the 'Old Palace, which had been destroyed by a fire in 1834. If you find the time, we recommend catching the view of the palace at night, from across Lambeth Bridge in South Bank, alight with green and gold.
Big Ben | Westminster
Another of London's most renowned landmarks, the iconic structure has rung its 13-ton bell for the city sin 1858, when it was cast by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry. At present, the bell has been silent since 2016 while the structure undergoes construction. Despite this, the clock tower alone is worth the sight.
Tower of London | The City
Architecturally grandiose, the Tower of London is likely the city's most internationally recognized landmark. Taking the full tour will set you back about four hours, but we do recommend it, the Tower is a city in itself.
Tower Bridge | The City
This iconic 19th century landmarked was erected in 1894 and designed by Sir Horace Jones. Its major point of interest, bascules that open the bridge, allow it to be raised around 850 times a year to allow larger boats to cross. Take the Tower Bridge glass-floor walkway above to enjoy a startling city view.
St. Paul’s Cathedral | Blackfriars
Exemplary of English Baroque architecture, St. Paul’s is home to a wealth of murals, mosaics, and sculptures. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, the ornate golden ceiling beneath the dome is said to have inspired the design for the United States Capitol Hill. Main floor tours are free, but group tours can also be arranged for the upper levels for a small fee but must be booked in advance.
London Eye | South Bank
The world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel, the London Eye also features a 4-D cinema and Champagne bar offering private capsule reservations. The eye is also a great way to get a birds-eye view of the city and all it's major landmarks, as far 25 miles away. Long as it's not another gray London day.
The Shard | The City
Home to a number of restaurants, offices, a viewing gallery, and a hotel, this over 1,000-foot-tall structure is one of the tallest buildings in Europe and was completed in 2012 by Renzo Piano.