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Top Things To See In London

If you’re looking for things to see in London, you’ll find that there’s no shortage of amazing attractions, historical haunts and lively locales. In this most majestic of cities, every winding alleyway promises the possibility of a new discovery, and every morning offers a chance to come face-to-face with some of the world’s most awe-inspiring sights. So whether you want to potter through Parliament, party in Trafalgar Square or snap some perfect pictures of princesses at the palace, London will oblige. Just click through our 360° views to make virtual visits to some of the city’s must-see landmarks.

Parliament & Big Ben
  • Parliament & Big Ben
  • Perhaps no landmarks are more associated with The Big Smoke than the Houses of Parliament, its clock tower, and Big Ben, the tower’s iconic bell. Tours of the Houses of Parliament carry visitors through the Lords Chamber, the Royal Gallery, St Stephen’s Hall and the 1000-year-old Westminster Hall, where Guy Fawkes was tried and convicted. It’s truly a dazzling journey through history. Getting inside the clock tower isn’t quite so easy, though – overseas visitors are not permitted, and UK citizens must seek permission from the House of Commons in advance. To get a gander at Big Ben from the bottom up, check out our 360° tour above.
  • Perhaps no landmarks are more associated with The Big Smoke than the Houses of Parliament, its clock tower, and Big Ben, the tower’s iconic bell. Tours of the Houses of Parliament carry visitors through the Lords Chamber, the Royal Gallery, St Stephen’s Hall and the 1000-year-old Westminster Hall, where Guy Fawkes was tried and convicted. It’s truly a dazzling journey through history. Getting inside the clock tower isn’t quite so easy, though – overseas visitors are not permitted, and UK citizens must seek permission from the House of Commons in advance. To get a gander at Big Ben from the bottom up, check out our 360° tour above.
  • Guide to Exploring Parliament Square
The British Museum
  • The British Museum
  • Visitors can catch up with extraordinary historical artefacts from around the world with a trip to the British Museum. The museum offers free admission, and houses exhibits covering everything from the ancient paintings of Nebamun’s tomb to sculptures from Pompeii and contemporary Arab street art. All of the curated objects carry their own intriguing tales, but some of the more notable exhibits include the Elgin Marbles, a skull recovered from the ancient city of Ur, and the marble horse from the Mausoleum at Halikarnassos. The museum often hosts special free events and offers activities for kids, so it’s worth checking what’s on.
  • Visitors can catch up with extraordinary historical artefacts from around the world with a trip to the British Museum. The museum offers free admission, and houses exhibits covering everything from the ancient paintings of Nebamun’s tomb to sculptures from Pompeii and contemporary Arab street art. All of the curated objects carry their own intriguing tales, but some of the more notable exhibits include the Elgin Marbles, a skull recovered from the ancient city of Ur, and the marble horse from the Mausoleum at Halikarnassos. The museum often hosts special free events and offers activities for kids, so it’s worth checking what’s on.
  • British Museum Highlights Tour
Buckingham Palace
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Buckingham Palace is not just one of the most popular things to see in London, it’s an opportunity to step inside a gilded world where international power-brokers stroll through garden parties, knights are still dubbed with swords, debutantes once danced with ostrich feathers in their hair, and foreign dignitaries waltz around grand ballrooms in white ties. That is to say, it’s am amazing window onto a unique world. The Changing of the Guard draws hordes of visitors, but there are plenty of other must-see attractions, including the Gold Stage Coach in the Royal Mews, and the extravagant White Drawing Room.
  • Buckingham Palace is not just one of the most popular things to see in London, it’s an opportunity to step inside a gilded world where international power-brokers stroll through garden parties, knights are still dubbed with swords, debutantes once danced with ostrich feathers in their hair, and foreign dignitaries waltz around grand ballrooms in white ties. That is to say, it’s am amazing window onto a unique world. The Changing of the Guard draws hordes of visitors, but there are plenty of other must-see attractions, including the Gold Stage Coach in the Royal Mews, and the extravagant White Drawing Room.
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Hyde Park
  • Hyde Park
  • The largest of the Royal Parks, Hyde Park is one of London’s best-loved green spaces, and offers a range of attractions, activities and events, including some of the country’s biggest concerts and festivals. The park’s been a popular place for nearly 500 years, and visitors can get a taste of English history by checking out Speakers’ Corner, a dedicated free-speech zone where George Orwell and Karl Marx have held court. Early summer sees the Rose Garden begin to bloom and the Serpentine fill with boaters and swimmers, while cooler weather brings the annual Winter Wonderland event, one of the biggest winter events in the world.
  • The largest of the Royal Parks, Hyde Park is one of London’s best-loved green spaces, and offers a range of attractions, activities and events, including some of the country’s biggest concerts and festivals. The park’s been a popular place for nearly 500 years, and visitors can get a taste of English history by checking out Speakers’ Corner, a dedicated free-speech zone where George Orwell and Karl Marx have held court. Early summer sees the Rose Garden begin to bloom and the Serpentine fill with boaters and swimmers, while cooler weather brings the annual Winter Wonderland event, one of the biggest winter events in the world.
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The London Eye
  • The London Eye
  • If you’re looking for things to do in London, a great place to start is with a visit to the South Bank, one of the world’s foremost cultural complexes (as well as a great place for a summer stroll). The South Bank is home to the National Theatre, the Sea Life London Aquarium, the BFI Imax and the Old Vic. Looming above it all is The London Eye, a gigantic observation wheel. The 135-metre-tall Eye provides spectacular views across London, and a ticket includes free interactive guides covering some of the city’s most famous landmarks.
  • If you’re looking for things to do in London, a great place to start is with a visit to the South Bank, one of the world’s foremost cultural complexes (as well as a great place for a summer stroll). The South Bank is home to the National Theatre, the Sea Life London Aquarium, the BFI Imax and the Old Vic. Looming above it all is The London Eye, a gigantic observation wheel. The 135-metre-tall Eye provides spectacular views across London, and a ticket includes free interactive guides covering some of the city’s most famous landmarks.
  • Tickets For The London Eye Experience
Piccadilly Circus
  • Piccadilly Circus
  • Remarkably barren of elephants and peanuts, Piccadilly Circus still has a carnival-like atmosphere, as well as plenty of whimsical charm and colourful crowds. The area has become so popular and bustling that it’s seamlessly become part of the local lexicon (“it’s like Piccadilly Circus in here.”) Visitors flock to snap selfies at the statue of Eros and the vintage police call box, catch a play at the underground Criterion Theatre, and take the kids to the Trocadero. The electronic billboards are so imposing and futuristic that they’ve become attractions in themselves, as have the street dancers and gymnasts. It all makes for a remarkable slice of London life.
  • Remarkably barren of elephants and peanuts, Piccadilly Circus still has a carnival-like atmosphere, as well as plenty of whimsical charm and colourful crowds. The area has become so popular and bustling that it’s seamlessly become part of the local lexicon (“it’s like Piccadilly Circus in here.”) Visitors flock to snap selfies at the statue of Eros and the vintage police call box, catch a play at the underground Criterion Theatre, and take the kids to the Trocadero. The electronic billboards are so imposing and futuristic that they’ve become attractions in themselves, as have the street dancers and gymnasts. It all makes for a remarkable slice of London life.
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Trafalgar Square
  • Trafalgar Square
  • Trafalgar Square is located smack dab in the middle of one of England’s most popular cultural quarters, and serves not only as a resting spot for visitors tired after touring the adjacent National Gallery, but as a political hub for open-air speeches, vigils and demonstrations. The Square is marked by Nelson’s Column, which rises dramatically into the sky, along with Lutyens-designed fountains featuring mermaids and dolphins. Trafalgar Square is especially busy in the winter, when it’s the site of both a Christmas ceremony celebrating the 12 days of Christmas, and one of London’s largest New Year’s Eve bashes.
  • Trafalgar Square is located smack dab in the middle of one of England’s most popular cultural quarters, and serves not only as a resting spot for visitors tired after touring the adjacent National Gallery, but as a political hub for open-air speeches, vigils and demonstrations. The Square is marked by Nelson’s Column, which rises dramatically into the sky, along with Lutyens-designed fountains featuring mermaids and dolphins. Trafalgar Square is especially busy in the winter, when it’s the site of both a Christmas ceremony celebrating the 12 days of Christmas, and one of London’s largest New Year’s Eve bashes.
  • Guide to Exploring Trafalgar Square
Westminster Abbey
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Westminster Abbey has been on oversized presence in English history for centuries, having been the coronation site for British monarchs since William the Conqueror was crowned here in 1066. The Abbey has seen 16 royal weddings, and is the burial site for numerous kings, as well as Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Geoffrey Chaucer. Notable sights within the Abbey include a museum exhibiting England’s oldest altarpiece, the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior, and King Edward’s Chair – used for coronations since the 14th century. The Abbey provides a free audio guide narrated by Jeremy Irons with every ticket purchased, and there’s also a popular verger-led tour.
  • Westminster Abbey has been on oversized presence in English history for centuries, having been the coronation site for British monarchs since William the Conqueror was crowned here in 1066. The Abbey has seen 16 royal weddings, and is the burial site for numerous kings, as well as Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Geoffrey Chaucer. Notable sights within the Abbey include a museum exhibiting England’s oldest altarpiece, the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior, and King Edward’s Chair – used for coronations since the 14th century. The Abbey provides a free audio guide narrated by Jeremy Irons with every ticket purchased, and there’s also a popular verger-led tour.
  • Westminster Abbey Admission
St. Paul's Cathedral
  • St. Paul's Cathedral
  • Perched atop Ludgate Hill at the highest point in London, St. Paul’s Cathedral was designed by noted architect Sir Christopher Wren, and has been drawing spiritual visitors since the 17th century. Its dome is perhaps its most iconic feature – an enduring part of the city’s famous skyline for centuries – and the cathedral has long loomed large in the cultural imagination, appearing in everything from Mary Poppins to Sherlock Holmes. An entry fee applies, but visitors can stop by to partake in Sunday services for free. Alternatively, click through above to get a digital glimpse of this inspiring landmark.
  • Perched atop Ludgate Hill at the highest point in London, St. Paul’s Cathedral was designed by noted architect Sir Christopher Wren, and has been drawing spiritual visitors since the 17th century. Its dome is perhaps its most iconic feature – an enduring part of the city’s famous skyline for centuries – and the cathedral has long loomed large in the cultural imagination, appearing in everything from Mary Poppins to Sherlock Holmes. An entry fee applies, but visitors can stop by to partake in Sunday services for free. Alternatively, click through above to get a digital glimpse of this inspiring landmark.
  • Guide to Exploring St. Paul's Cathedral

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