London is one of the world’s leading tourism destinations, and the city is home to an array of famous tourist attractions. London attracts 30 million international visitors per year, making it the world’s most visited in terms of international visits. London’s full of treasures that we all too often shun, dismissing them as tourist attractions. So we’ve rounded up a list of our favourite attractions that every person should visit.
The London Eye is a major feature of London’s skyline. It is the world’s highest observation wheel, with 32 capsules, each weighing 10 tonnes, and holding up to 25 people. Climb aboard for a breathtaking experience, with unforgettable views of more than 55 of London’s most famous landmarks – all in just 30 minutes!
The world-famous British Museum exhibits the works of man from prehistoric to modern times from around the world. Highlights include the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures, and the mummies in the Ancient Egypt collection.
One of London’s most popular tourist attractions, Buckingham Palace is the most famous of all the palaces in London. The palace is still used as the official residence of the Queen. The original building was constructed as a countryhouse in 1705 by the duke of Buckingham, John Sheffield. King George III bought the house in 1761 for his wife and had it altered by William Chambers.
London’s most famous department store is a luxurious shopping paradise. Its lavish interior and enormous range of products will impress even the most shopping-averse visitor. Harrods is London’s most famous department store. The luxurious store is on many tourists’ itineraries, who come to admire the magnificent interior and enormous selection.
One of the most famous parks in the world, Hyde Park is a large green lung in the center of London. It first opened to the public in 1627. The park has lots of open space and a large lake. Hyde park covers more than 360 acres (142 hectares) and hosts many large events, including celebrations and concerts. It is also a popular place for jogging, swimming, rowing, picnicking and even horse riding.
Kensington Palace in the Kensington Gardens was originally built in 1605. Several royals lived in this palace, including Queen Victoria, who was born here. Today the palace is partially open to the public.
The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in west London is one of the world’s most important botanical gardens. The 132ha (326 acres) large domain boasts a collection of about 50,000 different plant species as well as many impressive buildings such as the Palm House and the 10 story Pagoda.
The London Aquarium, housed in the historic County Hall along the river Thames, is one of Europe’s largest aquariums. Thousands of sea creatures from around the world can be admired here. The aquarium is spread over three floors. More than 3000 species of sea animals and plants can be found here in about 50 water tanks containing an amazing 2 million liters of water, making it one of the largest aquariums in Europe.
The Clock Tower of the Palace of Westminster – officially named Saint Stephen’s Tower – is commonly known as the Big Ben. The tower is one of London’s most famous landmarks.
Trafalgar Square, the largest square in London, is often considered the heart of London. Ever since the Middle Ages, Trafalgar Square has been a central meeting place. At the middle of the square stands a tall column, a monument honoring admiral Nelson.
The crowning glory of Trafalgar Square, London’s National Gallery is a vast space, filled to the rafters with Western European paintings from the 13th to the 19th centuries. In this iconic art gallery you can find works by masters such as Van Gogh, da Vinci, Botticelli, Constable, Renoir, Titian and Stubbs.
The majestic St. Paul’s Cathedral was constructed between 1675 and 1711 by Christopher Wren who designed world’s second largest dome; it was only eclipsed by the St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
London’s Tower Bridge is one of the most recognizable bridges in the world. Despite being disliked by many when it was built in 1894 the bridge soon became one of the London’s most famous landmarks.
Take a tour with one of the Yeoman Warders around the Tower of London, one of the world’s most famous buildings. Discover its 900-year history as a royal palace, prison and place of execution, arsenal, jewel house and zoo. The fortress houses a famous collection of jewelry including the Imperial State Crown.
The Victoria and Albert Museum celebrates art and design with 3,000 years worth of amazing artefacts from around the world. A real treasure trove of goodies, you never know what you’ll discover next: furniture, paintings, sculpture, metalwork, and textiles, the list goes on and on…
At Madame Tussauds, you’ll come face-to-face with some of the world’s most famous faces. From Shakespeare to Britney, you’ll meet influential figures from showbiz, sport, politics and even Royalty. Madame Tussaud’s display of wax figures has been fascinating visitors since the first exhibit was held in 1835. The museum is still one of the city’s most popular attractions.