7 London landmarks that you can’t afford to miss
London is home to countless landmarks, monuments and attractions that have become global phenomenons. So, to ensure you don’t miss out on the very best, we’ve collated our 7 favourite London landmarks (in no particular order!)…
Crowned as London’s most visited attraction in 2019 with an astounding 6 million visitors, the British Museum is not to be missed! Since it’s opening in 1759, the British Museum is one of the capital’s most important venues, showcasing historic and cultural collections that span over 2 million years. Located in the heart of the Bloomsbury district, the British Museum is free to enter and therefore there’s literally no reason why it should be missed off your itinerary!
Tower of London
Dive into London’s history with a visit to The Tower of London; an UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the UK’s most recognised treasures. Since it’s construction in 1066 by William the Conqueror, this famous fortress has been home to a prison, a royal palace and even a zoo! Today, it serves millions of visitors a year who flock there to see the Crown Jewels, Medieval Palace, White Tower and other buildings, along with their fascinating stories.
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The London Eye is arguably one of London’s most recognised landmarks, often used to symbolise the city’s ever-growing modernisation. As well as offering visitors with incredible and unique views, the Eye also boasts an impressive history. In 1999, the Eye was built with the intention of being a temporary fixture on the bank of the River Thames. However, being the world’s largest observation wheel at the time, it soon became a global icon and its residence became permanent in 2005. With a London Walking Tour, you can easily hop-off and enjoy a ride on the London Eye before continuing your sightseeing adventure!
The official residence of Her Majesty The Queen is London’s icon of Royal British heritage – it’s simply a landmark you cannot afford to miss. With its fascinating story, stunning facade and traditional Changing the Guard ceremony, Buckingham Palace attracts over 15 million visitors every single year. The Palace boasts an incredible 775 rooms, including 19 State Rooms – which sightseers can enjoy a guided tour of – 52 royal guest bedrooms, 92 offices, and even 188 bedrooms for the Palace’ staff! It’s simply a landmark like no other.
Palace of Westminster
The Palace of Westminster, also known as the Houses of Parliament, is one of the world’s finest examples of neo-gothic architecture, and was listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. The Palace also has a fascinating story, following a fire in 1834 which largely destroyed its original medieval structure. During your visit, you can hop-on to a London City Tour, and dive into the history even deeper with your local guide!
Elizabeth Tower, more commonly known as Big Ben, was a new addition to The Palace of Westminster’s re-construction. Since its first chime in 1859, Big Ben has stood tall through the reigns of 6 monarchs, and has ever since become one of London’s most valued and recognised monuments! At the time of its construction, and for some time after, it was the world’s largest clock tower – although it no longer holds the top spot, it’s arguably still the most famous.
Renowned for holding the top-spot as the UK’s tallest building since its completion in 2012, The Shard is also one of London’s most modern and contemporary structures. The Shard boasts offices, restaurants, bars and even the Shangri-La hotel – but it’s most notable tourist hotspot is its observation deck, View from the Shard. Venture towards the sky and enjoy panoramic views of the city from its highest viewpoint – 800ft high! It’s a truly unforgettable experience.