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157 Best London Attractions Every Tourist Must See

London has been a capital of Europe for over a thousand years, and is presently the capital of both England and the United Kingdom. Boasting new technology, first-class sports, Michelin restaurants, and centuries old historical sites, London is truly a city for everyone.

157 Most Popular Attractions in London

1. Harrods

  • Harrods is one of the best places to go shopping in London… if you have money. This big and world famous department store is very close to Hyde Park and has 90,000 square meters of retail space. In Harrods, you can find luxury shops, markets with different types of products, toys, restaurantes and many, many pubs!

    How can you spend your day shopping at Harrods?

    • Walk around markets: As soon as you enter Harrods, you can walk around the different markets, where you can find all kinds of products. There you can also explore the food courts (butcher, chocolate shop, coffee shop, flower shop, takeaway, etc) and find a bar to sit down for a drink.
    • See the Egyptian Halls: From the food area, the famous Egyptian stairs of Harrods leads you up to the first floor. They were inaugurated in 1998 and are incredibly decorated. You can go up to the top floor and simply admire the intricate details.
    • Get lost in the toy stores: If you travel with children (or if you still keep the child inside you alive) you should not miss the toy stores in Harrods. Here there are toys classified by age and brand, and you can find everything you ever dreamed: giant stuffed animals, wooden toys, board games, puzzles and a lot more.
    • Discover the Superbrands: Chanel, Prada, Gucci, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu, Fendi… The first floor of Harrods had some of the biggest names in the fashion industry. Are you looking for a nice shirt?
  • rosie
    rosie 29 Comments
     -  25 Aug 2018

    Luxury in London

    Visiting Harrods is a great way to spend a few hours in London. The decor is extravagant and luxurious and there are always interesting products on sale. Whilst the store is aimed towards more expensive items, it is possible to find reasonably priced gifts and it is located in a lovely part of London. Visit if you have the chance!

  • Free
  • +44 20 7730 1234
  • Harrods, Brompton Road, London, United Kingdom
  • Mon to Sat: 10am-8pm; Sun: 11:30am-6pm
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2. Piccadilly Circus

  • Neon lights, a fountain in the middle and hundreds of people going here and there. Does this sound familiar to you? Yes, it is Piccadilly Circus! One of the best known places in London and the meeting point for tourists and locals. Here you can do everything you want: go shopping, watch a movie, go to the theater, eat in a restaurant and party the night away!

    Why is Piccadilly Circus London’s most famous square?

    • Its illuminated signs are world famous: Piccadilly Circus is world-famous for its huge luminous screens, which are located in the building of the northeast corner. The place is decorated the same way since 1908, the date on which the first advertisement spots were placed with electric bulbs. Since 2011, there are six luminous screens.
    • It is a popular meeting point: The Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain (now much more known as the Eros fountain) it is one of the most popular meeting points in London. Piccadilly Circus is situated in central London, so there is no way you can get lost if you are going to meet someone there.
    • It is one of the liveliest areas: Restaurants, bars, pubs, cinemas, shops for all tastes… The area of Piccadilly Circus is full of leisure and entertainment places to enjoy with friends, with your family or even alone!
  • tinathanabalan
    tinathanabalan 37 Comments
     -  14 Aug 2018

    Times Square of England

    Definitely similar to Times Square in New York and it is always crazy busy so my advice is to walk or take the train because you will most likely be stuck in traffic just trying to get there. There are also a lot of things around that area so you can spend a lot of time around there.

  • Free
  • +44 (0)20 7434 9396
  • Piccadilly Circus, London, United Kingdom
  • Daily
  • 15

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3. Portobello Road and Market

  • When it comes to shopping, London becomes one of the best places to visit. Portobello Market is the world’s largest antiques street market and it is situated in the upscale neighborhood of Notting Hill.

    Every day, you can find the fruits and vegetables market, but it is on Saturday when Portobello demonstrates all its splendour. If you love antiques and second-hand products, this is the right place.

    What kind of things can you find at Portobello Road and Market?

    • Antiques: The main attraction of the Portobello Market are its antiques, but please be aware that the best time to visit and buy something unique is between 8:30-9:00am on Saturday. During this time, you can avoid crowds and find the best things among books, maps, paintings, tea sets, jewellery pieces and a huge variety of old objects.
    • Secondhand goods: Walking along Elgin Crescent street you will find second-hand records, clothes, books, furniture, paintings and everything you can imagine.
    • Fruits and vegetables: Every day (except on Sundays), you can go to Notting Hill, close to Ladbroke Grove, and buy fresh fruits and vegetables. On Thursdays, you can find a market with healthy and organic food.
    • Food stalls / Takeaway: While you are checking the price of that vintage pocket watch, you can enjoy a portion of pizza or taste a real Spanish paella. There are food stalls all the way along the market and you can sit quietly or take away your meal.
  • Nicholas Jayaputra
    Nicholas Jayaputra 25 Comments
     -  23 Mar 2018

    Excellent

    The antique market is really popular here and very famous.

    It is a street which houses a lot of street stalls and shops that focus on selling antique products. It offers a variety of products from houseware to decorative items. Most of the prices seem not negotiable and is not that cheap either. However, if you’re a collector or looking for something unique, this is the place to go.

  • Free
  • 020 7727 7684
  • Portobello Market, Portobello Road, London, United Kingdom
  • Mon-Wed: 9am-6pm, Thu: 9am-1pm, Fri-Sat: 9am-7pm; Antiques market: Sat 8:30–9:00am
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4. The London Eye

  • The London Eye is one of the most impressive Ferris wheels in Europe. It was originally planned as a temporary attraction to celebrate the millennium. However, today it is one of the shining symbols of the city.

    This wheel has 32 fully enclosed capsules and each of them can fit up to 25 people. You need a ticket to get in, but you can buy it on the day or online (which will allow you to skip the line of the ticket office). Walk around your capsule and enjoy the stunning views!

    Why should you visit the London Eye?

    • 360 degree perspective: The wheel takes you to 135 metres above the ground and from that height you can admire a spectacular panoramic view of both the city and the countryside. On clear days (and if it is not too sunny), you can have a visibility of up to 40 kilometers. But don’t miss the sunset! It is the perfect time to see the Buckingham Palace, Westminster and St Paul’s Cathedral. The spin lasts 30 minutes and the ticket includes a ‘4D Experience’, an interesting short film about the city.
    • A London icon: When you visit London, you want to see the most famous places and corners, so that is why you should get into The London Eye. This structure is one of the icons of the city.
    • A unique view for all occasions: A day with children? A date? A birthday gift? Take them here! Actually, if you want to have a romantic experience, you can book a ‘Cupid’s Capsule’ for two with champagne included.
  • rosie
    rosie 29 Comments
     -  25 Aug 2018

    Amazing views

    A ride on the London Eye provides amazing views across London, especially in the evening. It’s a great way to spend some time and there are plenty of other attractions nearby.

  • Adults £19.20, Child £12.30
  • +44 (0)871 781 3000
  • London Eye, London, United Kingdom
  • Daily 10am-8:30pm
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5. Madame Tussauds

  • This is the best place to find your favorite celebrities and stars around the world.

    Exactly located on Marylebone Road and very close from an underground station (Baker Street), get a photo with famous and historic people as lifelike wax figurines stand there posing for every shot you take.

    Who will you see at Madame Tussauds London?

    • The most iconic movie characters: This is your chance to meet some of the most famous movie characters of all time: the Terminator, E.T., Steven Spielberg or Audrey Hepburn and a bunch more!
    • The most famous sport stars: Hug your favourite sport stars or even kiss them: Usain Bolt, Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis-Hill and many more!
    • The British Royal Family: No need to enter the Buckingham Palace. Now you can meet the Royal family here. Visit Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince of Wales.The most popular musicians of the world: Jump on stage and take a selfie with Michael Jackson, Ed Sheeran, Madonna, Bob Marley or Freddie Mercury.
  • Kyra_Kiwa
    Kyra_Kiwa 49 Comments
     -  28 Dec 2017

    Excellent

    Madame Tussauds has something for everyone. Marylebone Rail Station is very close by. There are plenty of wax works to suit everyone’s taste. I enjoyed all the waxmodels except the chamber of horrors; that was creepy and freaked me out.

    The Spirit of London ride was definitely worth the money. Journeying through the history of London in a mini cab, looking at realistic waxworks was truly mesmerizing. I loved the Marvel 4D show as well.

    Planning the trip on a weekday, booking online & getting there really early helped me beat the crowd. The souvenirs at Madame Tussauds are very expensive though. You might as well buy cheaper, similar looking souvenirs outside. The trip here was a bit more expensive than I would have liked but I don’t regret it.

  • Adult (16+ years) £30.00; Child (4-15 years) £25.80
  • +44 (0) 871 894 3000
  • Madame Tussauds London, Marylebone Road, London, United Kingdom
  • Daily 9:30am-5:30pm (Off Peak); 9am-6pm (Peak); 9am-7pm (Super Peak)
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6. The National Gallery

  • The National Gallery is one of the most important museums of London and it has some of the world’s greatest paintings of all time. There you can visit temporary exhibitions, learn about art with a guided tour and enjoy unique masterpieces. It is totally free and an attraction that would suit all visitors!

    How can you make the most out of your visit to The National Gallery?

    • See some of the world-famous works of art: Take a free tour and discover the highlights of the Gallery: Paul Cézanne, Claude Monet, Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo Da Vinci or Diego Velázquez.
    • Take a course, a talk or a workshop: There are free talks and tours every day, and a lot of activities for people of all ages to learn about art. Also, you can take a workshop, read an online guide or go to the conference suite for a private lecture.
    • Enjoy exhibitions all year long: You can see the permanent collection all year long, but you can also enjoy temporary exhibitions, displays and events.
    • Eat a good lunch or find a gift: If you fancy a bite to eat, the Gallery has a café, a bar, and few dining rooms which offer all-day meals and good views across Trafalgar Square.
  • Jillibeankc6
    Jillibeankc6 72 Comments
     -  02 May 2018

    Could Spend Days Here

    We rode the bus to the National Gallery. It was an amazing visit. The admittance is free, and there is a wealth of paintings of different type and age inside. We especially enjoyed the large impressionist exhibit. Backpacks and large purse-type bags are not allowed, so be prepared to rent a locker to store them or just don’t bring them when you visit.

  • Free
  • +44 (0)20 7747 2885
  • The National Gallery, London, United Kingdom
  • Sat to Thu: 10am-6pm; Fri: 10am-9pm; Closed January 1st and December 24th-26th
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7. British Museum

  • Free to all visitors, the British Museum is one of the oldest and finest museums in the world. It covers over two million years of human history and culture and it has an amazing collection of unique art pieces from all over the world.

    What are the best exhibits you must see at the British Museum?

    • The Rosetta Stone: Probably one of the most famous stones in the world. It has writing on it in two languages (Egyptian and Greek) using three different types of scripts (hieroglyphic, demotic and Greek).
    • The Younger Memnon: The statue of Ramesses II is one of the most impressive pieces of the museum. It weighs 7.25 tons and it was cut from a single block of granite.
    • Parthenon Marbles: Known as the Elgin Marbles, this is a wonderful collection of ancient Greek sculptures and other many pieces from the Parthenon.
    • Egyptian Mummies: Be ready to see a unique collection of human mummies and animal mummies, along with coffins and other funerary objects.
    • Nimrud Ivories: These carved and decorated pieces date from the 9th to 7th century BC and were discovered in the city of Nimrud (in modern-day Iraq). Some of them are nearly 3,000 years old!
  • Jillibeankc6
    Jillibeankc6 72 Comments
     -  02 May 2018

    Overwhelming Size and Content

    The British Museum is huge! I think we could have spent a whole week visiting had we had the time. We primarily went through the Greek and Roman exhibits. The variety of artifacts and displays were excellent, and they were in beautiful condition. We really enjoyed our time here. It wasn’t overly crowded, either.

  • Free
  • +44 (0)20 7323 8299
  • The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, United Kingdom
  • Daily 10am-5:30pm; Friday closing time 8:30 pm
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8. The Shard

  • The Shard is London’s tallest building and it offers the best panoramic views of the city. It is also home to luxury hotel rooms (with breathtaking views of course), restaurants and some offices. Take your family, your lover or your children, book your tickets and enjoy London at the very top.

    Why should you visit the Shard?

    • Amazing views: The Shard is the tallest building of Western Europe with its 306 meters. Its highest habitable floor is the level 72, where you can enjoy an open-air skydeck and a 360 degree view of London (up to 64 km on a clear day).
    • It is one of the tallest building in Europe: Yes, it is. And actually, it is the tallest skyscraper of Western Europe. The Shard is the tallest building in the entire United Kingdom and the 96th-tallest building in the world. You can’t miss it!
    • You can eat or sleep there: This is not going to be very cheap, but if you want you can have a sophisticated dinner in one of the restaurants of the Shard, or have a drink in one of the bars. You can even have a break at the Shangri-La Hotel.
  • brendalsh 32 Comments
     -  21 Aug 2018

    amazing

    the shard is pretty expensive but i think it’s worth it to visit! There are restaurants which you can book in advance for a lunch or dinner. It is a little pricey but the experience was wonderful! However, my friend faced some problems as she was carrying a haversack and it took us a longer time to enter.

  • Adults (16+ yrs) £29.95, Students £24.95, Disabled (one carer free) £23.95, Child (4–15 yrs) £23.95, Infant (0-3 yrs) Free
  • +44 (0)20 3102 1670
  • The Shard, London Bridge Street, London, United Kingdom
  • Apr-Oct: Daily 10am-10pm (last entry 8.30pm); Nov-Mar: Sun to Wed 10am-7pm, Thu to Sat 10am-10pm; Closed on December 25th
  • 5

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9. Legoland Windsor

  • Get ready to visit this unique kids theme park with your children. Your whole family will love it! It is located in Windsor, near London, and it has everything you need to enjoy an entire day: rides, attractions, restaurants, shows and activities for children aged 2 to 12.

    What are the best rides and attractions at Legoland Windsor?

    • Driving School: Kids absolutely love this educational and very fun ride! They love to be in charge of a motorised car and drive around, again and again. Actually, you will have to beg them to get off.
    • The Dragon: This is an indoor and outdoor roller coaster for older kids. It offers some of the best thrills in Legoland for the entire family. First, you visit the Knight’s Kingdom Castle, and then you head outside for a fast trip!
    • Viking’s River Splash: Take your plastic poncho because you are going to need it! This is a water ride to share with the whole family on a Viking vessel. Be prepare to get soaked!
    • Squid Surfers: This is simple and fun. You go on one of the vehicles with your partner and people try to shoot you with water. You need to avoid getting wet!
    • Laser Raiders: An indoor and very popular laser gun game for everyone. Shoot with your laser gun at the green and red targets to accumulate points while travelling round some Lego scenes.
  • rosie
    rosie 29 Comments
     -  25 Aug 2018

    Fun for everyone

    Excellent theme park! There are lots of rides and interesting Lego attractions so there’s plenty to do. A wonderful day out for adults and children alike, and certainly one of my favourite UK theme parks as a child and an adult.

  • Adult £48.00, Child(3-15) £43.80, Senior £43.80, Baby (0-3) Free
  • +44 0871 2222 001, + 44 01753 626182
  • LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort, Winkfield Road, Windsor, United Kingdom
  • March to early November: Daily 10am - 5pm/7pm
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10. Lord’s Cricket Ground

  • If you are a cricket fan, or if you want to understand the gentleman’s game where two teams patiently test each other on the pitch, then this is the venue to visit. The Lord’s Cricket Ground is located in the city of Westminster and has become one of the world’s most famous cricket venue.

    What can you expect on a day at Lord’s Cricket Ground?

    • Attend one of the regular matches: Learn a little bit about cricket (at least the basics) and come to see one of the regular matches. It is not the easiest game to pick up if you’re new to the sport, but you are going to have a fantastic experience!
    • Eat at the Lord’s Food Village: The venue has its own place to eat and drink, and it offers a simply delicious menu to enjoy a cricket match: Burgers, hot dogs, burritos, chicken, fish and a range of sandwiches.
    • Explore the Marylebone Cricket Club Museum (MCC) for free: This museum has an interesting collection of sculptures, portraits, wares, trophy photos, clothing and equipment all cricket-related. It’s also free!
  • Adults £18, Concession (children, senior and students) £12; Families £49
  • +44 (0)20 7616 8595
  • Lord's Cricket Ground, Saint John's Wood Road, London, United Kingdom
  • Daily 10am-3pm (time and day may vary)

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11. Trafalgar Square

  • Lively and crowded, Trafalgar Square is a place that attracts around 30 million visitors each year. It is centrally located and easy to get to from anywhere in London, even if you feel very lost. Trafalgar Square is a great place for walking around and hosts many summer festivals and street parties take place.

    What can you see at Trafalgar Square?

    • Nelson’s Column: There is no possibility to miss it. This monument stands in the center of the square and was erected in 1843 to commemorate Admiral Horatio Nelson, who died at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.
    • The National Gallery: One masterpiece after another. If you love art (specially European art), spend few hours in this fantastic museum. It has one of the worlds greatest collection of paintings (Van Gogh, Tiziano, Rembrandt, Velazquez, Miguel Angel, etc) and it is completely free.
    • Martin-in-the-Fields: The church at the north-east corner of the square is dedicated to Saint Martin of Tours and it is a hidden gem that many visitors forget to see. It is beautiful inside and offers free concerts, from classical to pop music, during lunch hours.
    • The statue of George Washington: As a curiosity, this statue was a gift from the United States as a show of friendship between the two countries.
  • brendalsh 32 Comments
     -  16 Aug 2018

    great location

    You will definitely drop by Trafalgar Square as it’s near the center of the city. There are museums and restaurants located nearby. I was there during the pride parade and sadly couldn’t see all the monuments in the area.

  • Free
  • +44 (0) 207 983 4000
  • Trafalgar Square, London, United Kingdom
  • Daily
  • 17

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12. St Paul’s Cathedral

  • St. Paul’s Cathedral is the main church of the city and it is set on Ludgate Hill, in the City of London. The church has been built and rebuilt many times. It offers fantastic views and an impressive interior. Don’t miss it!

    Why should you visit St. Paul’s Cathedral?

    • It has the highest domes in the world: It also has the second largest dome in the world, after St. Peter, in Rome.
    • Stunning architecture: Step inside. You’ll be in absolute awe. Enjoy its gorgeous stained glass windows, its carvings and stunning architecture.
    • 360º view of London: Take the lift that leads you up to the 6th floor to get a panoramic view of the city.
    • The Crypt and the Greatest of Britons: The Crypt is home to tombs of many of the country’s most important people including Admiral Lord Nelson, Alexander Fleming, and Duke of Wellington.
  • Elena Madalina
    Elena Madalina 25 Comments
     -  15 Jul 2018

    Excellent location

    Before coming to London I made a very long list of places I would like to visit and of course St. Paul’s Cathedral couldn’t miss it. I got the chance to experience its beauty both from outside and inside. Exquisite architecture!! I even climbed the dome and got the chance to see a beautiful city view! Prepare yourself for quite a workout 🙂

  • Adults (18+ yrs) £16.50, Concessions £14.50, Children (6–17 yrs) £7.50, Family £40.00
  • +44 (0)20 7246 8350
  • St Paul's Cathedral (Stop SK), London, United Kingdom
  • Mon-Sat 8:30am-4pm
  • 9

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13. Tower of London

  • The Tower of London is one of the most stunning historical places in the British Capital. This fortification was built under the reign of William the Conqueror and has served as a royal residence, arsenal, fortress and prison. The Tower of London was actually a terrifying place, where all those who offended the monarch were imprisoned, tortured and executed.

    What can you expect to see at the Tower of London?

    • Crown Jewels: An interesting collection of some of the treasures of the British monarchy: crowns, swords, scepters, gemstones and other invaluable items.
    • White Tower: The oldest building of the fortification and a symbolic icon of the entire country. It was built between 1078 and 1100. Inside, there is a Romanesque chapel in honor of St- John the Evangelist.
    • Medieval Palace: This palace constituted the luxurious house of the monarchs, and it shows how they lived in medieval times.
    • Chapel Royal of St Peter and Vincula: Built in 1520, this chapel preserves the mortal remains of the most famous prisoners executed in the Tower of London.
  • tinathanabalan
    tinathanabalan 37 Comments
     -  14 Aug 2018

    awesome structure

    If you are a major history buff like me, you will definitely enjoy this step into history. It was really cool to see how it has maintained itself but it is also surrounded by newer buildings. The tour of the tower is one of the coolest I have ever seen.

  • Adult £22.00, Child (5-15 yrs) £11.00, Concession £18.70, Family (2 adults and 3 children) £59.00
  • 0844 482 7777
  • Tower of London, London, United Kingdom
  • Mar-Oct (summer season) Tue- Sat: 9am-5:30pm, Sun-Mon: 10am-5:30pm; Nov-Feb (winter season) Tue-Sat: 9am-4:30pm, Sun-Mon: 10am-4:30pm. Last admission 30 mins before closing time; Closed on 1 January and 24-26 December
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14. Big Ben

  • When you think of London, I bet the first picture that comes to your mind is the Big Ben, one of the most famous bell and clock towers in the world. This is located at the north end of the Palace of Westminster, on the banks of River Thames and it is the most popular icon in the whole United Kingdom.

    What are some interesting facts about the Big Ben?

    • The Big Ben’s name: Don’t be surprised, but this tower has gone by several names: The Clock Tower, the East Tower and even the St. Stephen Tower (completely wrong). However, in 2012, it was renamed as the Elizabeth Tower in honour of the Queen.
    • It was designed by a lawyer and an astronomer: Clockmakers left without leaving any trace, because the pair who was in charge of the clock design were a lawyer (Sir Edmund Beckett Denison) and an astronomer (Sir George Biddell Airy).
    • You can go and visit inside (if you are a resident): We are sorry for this strict criteria, but since 2010 only residents of the United Kingdom can take a tour and go inside the tower. Besides, you need to be sponsored by a Member of Parliament of the House of Lords. No exceptions.
    • A single penny changes the clock’s speed: Adding a single penny, it can changes the clock’s accuracy by gaining two-fifths of a second in 24 hours.
  • tinathanabalan
    tinathanabalan 37 Comments
     -  14 Aug 2018

    Iconic

    Probably the most well known building in London so definitely go there to take a photo. Walk along the bridge so you can get a full view of the building.

  • Free
  • 020 7219 3000
  • Big Ben, London, United Kingdom
  • Daily
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15. Natural History Museum London

  • The Natural History Museum contains one of the largest collections of natural history in the entire world. It is filled with dinosaur exhibits, exotic plants, and more than 70 million historic specimens.

    The great thing about this museum – it is free for everyone!

    What are some of the most fascinating exhibits you can find at the Natural History Museum?

    • The Diplodocus: Dippy the Diplodocus is one of the main attractions of the museum and the most famous dinosaur in the country. It is a 32 metre dinosaur skeleton which is displayed in the central entrance hall.
    • The cursed amethyst: We can’t assure you if the curse is real or not, but according to the legend, everyone who has owned this amethyst has died mysteriously or has committed suicide.
    • The Nakhla meteorite: The museum houses approximately 2,000 meteorites in total, and about 5,000 pieces, but the Nakhla meteorite is one of the most famous and one of the largest.
    • The colossal squid: Monsters are real! Archie is a giant squid of 8.62 metres long and it came from the sea (it was caught at 220 metres deep). The colossal squid is now displayed in a big tank at the center of the museum.
    • The Broken Hill Skull: If you are passionate about human evolution, you would love to see the first human fossil ever found in Africa (in a mine in Zambia).
  • rosie
    rosie 29 Comments
     -  25 Aug 2018

    Excellent

    The Natural History Museum is one of London’s best museums! There is so much to see and the exhibits are really interesting. The museum building is beautiful and it is a perfect day out for all ages! The dinosaurs are a personal favourite and the earthquake simulation is great for kids.

  • Free
  • +44 (0)20 7942 5000
  • Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, United Kingdom
  • Daily 10am-5:50pm; Last entry at 5:30pm; Closed 24-26 December
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What are the Must See Attractions in London?

Westminster

The area of Westminster only covers a small area of London proper, but boasts several main attractions, including Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, and the London Eye.

One of the oldest churches in London, Westminster Abbey has been standing for over one thousand years, and has seen the coronation of every King and Queen of England since the Norman invasion of 1066. Inside the Abbey, visitors can see the graves of many monarchs of England, and visit Poet’s Corner, a spot dedicated to celebrating the achievements of Britain’s most famous writers.

The Houses of Parliament sit along the River Thames, and house Elizabeth Tower and Big Ben, one of the most recognizable sites in London. Many visitors mistakenly refer to the clock tower itself as Big Ben, though this is actually the nickname for the bell. Visitors can hear its clanging chimes every hour.

Across the River Thames sits the London Eye, a giant Ferris wheel that stands at over 400 feet (135m) tall. Each capsule of the wheel holds 25 people, and takes a half-hour to complete one rotation. Guests can see directly down to Elizabeth Tower and Big Ben, and as far as 25 miles in each direction on a clear day.

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square boasts two major London museums: The National Gallery and The National Portrait Gallery. The National Gallery houses paintings by some of the greatest masters of art, including da Vinci, Michelangelo, Monet, and Van Gogh, among countless others. The National Portrait Gallery exhibits portraits and photographs of important figures in British history, from Shakespeare to the Beatles.

Outside of the galleries is Trafalgar Square itself, an iconic public space named for the Battle of Trafalgar. In the center of the square is Nelson’s Column, dedicated to Horatio Nelson, the hero of the Battle of Trafalgar. The square has housed many celebrations and demonstrations throughout London’s history, including VE Day, marking the end of World War 2 in Europe.

The Tower of London

The Tower of London has stood on the North bank of the Thames since 1078, guarding the way into London. In its history, it has been a royal residence, an execution site, a royal mint, a prison, and even a zoo. It has seen the executions of many important figures of British history, including three queens of England. The last execution took place in 1941, when a German prisoner of war was shot by firing squad within the walls of the Tower. Today, the iconic guards of the Tower, called Yeoman, live within its grounds and lead visitor tours throughout the day.

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is the London residence of the Queen of England. It is open to visitors during the summer months, when the Queen is living elsewhere. Several times a week, visitors can witness the iconic Changing of the Guard ceremony, which takes place within the gates of Buckingham Palace.

British Museum

The British Museum boasts the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts outside of Egypt, and its mummy collection truly cannot be missed. Other notable works at The British Museum include sections of the Parthenon, the Rosetta Stone, and a head from Easter Island, among 8 million other objects.

 

Which Attractions are a Day trip from London?

Windsor Castle

Parts of Windsor Castle were built in the 11th century, though most of the current site was put in place in the 1600s by Charles II. The notorious Henry VIII is buried in St. George’s Chapel, located within the walls of the castle. Windsor is the favorite residence of the current Queen of England, who spends most of her weekends at the Castle. To see Windsor Castle, you can book an afternoon trip from London escorted by a private tour guide.

Hampton Court

Hampton Court was built in the 1500s by Cardinal Wolsey, and later gifted to Henry VIII, who transformed it into a lavish Tudor residence, capable of housing and entertaining hundreds of courtiers. Hampton Court was expanded in the 1700s, leaving two distinct sections. Visitors can see one of the last surviving examples of a Tudor Tiltyard, and experience the world famous maze.

Stonehenge

Located near Salisbury, England, Stonehenge is a mysterious circle of prehistoric stones, believed to have been constructed as early as 3000 BC. The stones are shrouded in mystery and legend, as there is no record of what they were originally used for.

Harry Potter Studio Tour

Leavesden Studios housed the filming for all eight Harry Potter films, and is now open to the public. Visitors can see the real sets from the films, along with props, costumes, and both digital and real special effects. It is an experience that Harry Potter fans cannot miss.

Canterbury

Canterbury has been one of the seats of religious power in England since 1066, and was made famous by Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, and Canterbury Cathedral, site of the famous slaying of Archbishop Thomas Becket, who was murdered by soldiers of Henry II.

Is there an Attractions pass?

London Pass

Visitors can use the London Pass, a sightseeing card that covers entry into more than 80 London attractions. It can also be used for the Hop-On-Hop-Off bus tour, and can be combined with a London Oyster card for the tube and bus systems.

 

What Attractions can you visit in London at night?

London is truly a city that never sleeps. Travelers can experience all kinds of pubs and bars, from authentic, centuries-old pubs to chic and modern cocktail bars. There are several main ‘hubs’ of nightlife in London, including Piccadilly Circus, which boasts clubs, late-night shopping, and the famous Piccadilly screen, which has been recently updated to 4K technology.

In addition to pubs, bars, and nightlife, visitors can also wander the streets and see London attractions lit up for the nighttime. Some of these attractions include the London Eye, the Shard, and the Tower of London.

See our recommendations for a more complete list of what London offers at night.

 

What are the best London attractions for couples?

There are many romantic things to do in London, including excellent food options, romantic walks along the River Thames, boat rides, and helicopter tours. Additionally, an evening at the theater is a great night out in London, and there is usually a show for everyone on the West End. For a full list of ideas, check our recommendations on the 12 most romantic things to do in London.

 

What London attractions can you see on a budget?

Most of London’s museums have free entry or are reasonably priced. For a full list of London’s best budget museums check our recommendations on 20 must visit London museums.

In addition to museums, visitors can see the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace for free, assuming you arrive early enough to get a good spot in front of the gate (generally 30-45 minutes before the ceremony begins).

Other free options involve walking around London’s many shopping areas, wandering along the River Thames, or taking in one of London’s many parks.

 

What is an Oyster Card?

An Oyster Card is a plastic card that holds ‘pay-as-you-go’ credit for avenues of public transportation, including the Underground, buses, the Overground, and the DLR. Oyster Cards can be loaded with straight money, full day travelcards, or full week travelcards. Prior to visiting London, you can purchase a Visitor Oyster Card, and add credit in order to save time in queues upon arrival in London. There is a day cap on the Oyster Card, so it would be cheaper than a one-day Travelcard if you’re planning on travelling a lot in 1 day.

London Pass and Oyster Card

This is the perfect pass for those planning on visiting many attractions in London. The London pass includes more than 70 attractions, where you can skip the lines to save time, as well as the Oyster card to help you get around the city easily.

 

What is a Travelcard?

Travelcards are paper cards that are prepaid and allow unlimited travel within specific zones in London. A travelcard can be loaded onto an Oyster Card.  Travelcards are available in full month, full week, or full year options to offer more flexibility. For most visitors, it’s still best to get the London travel pass to save money and time.

 

How far is central London from all the airports?

Airport Distance Average time by car
Heathrow International 28km 40 minutes
Gatwick International 45km 1 hour
Luton 57km 1 hour
Stansted 65km 1 hour
London City 15km 30 minutes

There are many different options exist for airport transfers to London proper, and can be booked both privately or shared.

 

Is there a Hop On Hop Off Bus?

The Original London Sightseeing Tour

There is a Hop On Hop Off bus in London. The Hop On Hop Off tour offers 3 main routes through London, and passes by the major sites in the center of the city. The Red and Blue routes have audio guides while the Yellow route has a live guide sharing details of London attractions.

Each route takes approximately 2 hours to complete with busses stopping at each pickup point every 15-20 minutes. Embark points for Hop On Hop Off tours are available all over London. You can also hop on a Thames River sightseeing cruise or join various walking tours.

 

What happens in London on New Year’s Eve?

Each year on New Year’s Eve, London puts on an incredible fireworks show from the River Thames, directly in front of the London Eye. It is often more than twenty minutes, set to popular music, and watched around the world. There are also tours available for the New Year’s fireworks, to provide a more custom and intimate experience. On New Year’s Day, there is an annual parade that runs through the heart of Central London.

 

Are there annual events in London for Tourists?

Besdies new year’s eve, there are many fairs, shows, parades, and celebrations that happen on an annual basis in London. You can see our recommendations for 20 must see London annual events or check the latest at visitlondon.com.

 

What is the weather like in London?

London has very moderate weather, not usually dropping below 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celsius), or rising above 74 degrees Fahrenheit (23 Celsius). Despite its reputation as a rainy city, London only sees an average of 106 rain days a year, which translates to sun 71% of the time. To have a better chance of avoiding rain, visitors should not travel to London in October since this is the rainiest month.

 

What are the best areas to stay in London?

As London is so accessible due to its extensive network of public transportation, it is less critical for visitors to stay close to the very center of the city. Hotels in London are generally on the pricier side, but if you avoid the areas around Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace, and Trafalgar Square, visitors can usually find a good deal.

Depending on your interests, different areas of London may be better for you to stay in. If you are interested in the theater, the West End and Covent Garden area would be the best option.

If you want to be closer to nightlife, the Piccadilly Circus area, or Camden may be the area for you. An up and coming area of London is on the south side of the River Thames. There are many new hip pubs and cocktail lounges in this area, and the views across to the north side of the Thames are beautiful in the evening.

For a quieter spot that’s still close to one of London’s best attractions, the area around the Tower would be a good option. As the Tower and Tower Bridge are both lit up at night, hotels in this area have mesmerizing evening views. Another comparatively quiet area of London is the Marylebone Area, in the vicinity of Regent’s Park.

To be truly “in the middle of it all”, the area between Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, and Big Ben would be the best – and most expensive – option.

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