Top London Attractions

From the famed Tower Bridge to the Theatre District in the historic West End, explore some of the best attractions London has to offer.

Just steps away from the famed Tower of London, the Tower Bridge broke ground in early 1886, eventually opening up for use on June 30, 1894. The bridge, that connects the north bank of the River Thames with the south bank, measures in just under 800-feet long.

Most people know about the historic pub scene in London, and it definitely does not disappoint. No matter where you go, from the Black Friar (pictured above) to the Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, there is always a cold (or, sometimes, room-temperature) beer waiting for you.

Located in the Elizabeth Tower and officially known as the Great Bell, Big Ben is situated on the north end of the Houses of Parliament and was completed in 1859.

Hyde Park maintains its idyllic charm down every path traversing its 350 acres. Because of its vast nature, the royal park offers a wide variety of entertainment options, from playing football, Frisbee and cricket — among other sports — on the open pitches to cruising around the Serpentine Lake on a rowboat.

Once part of Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens is now a royal park in itself and is loaded with notable attractions, such as the Albert Memorial (pictured above next to London’s most famous music venue, Royal Albert Hall), as well as The Arch by Henry Moore and, of course, Kensington Palace, the residence originally occupied by King William and Queen Mary.

Founded in 1753, the British Museum’s remarkable collection spans over 2 million years of human history, with more than 13 million pieces in its collection, including world-famous objects such as the Rosetta Stone, Parthenon sculptures and Egyptian mummies.

Perhaps the most famous form of public transportation in the world, the London Underground, also known as the Tube, is considered the world’s oldest rapid transit system and traverses all of greater London and its surrounding home counties (including Buckinghamshire, Essex, Surrey and more).

Situated in the West End, London is one of the most highly regarded cities in the world to see commercial theater. Primarily located on the Strand, Drury Lane and Shaftesbury Avenue, London’s main theater district, also known as “Theatreland,” contains over 30 venues.

2016 marks the 400th anniversary of this iconic royal residence in Greenwich, London, commissioned for the wife of King James I. Architecturally brilliant, the Queen’s House was the first classical-style building constructed in the UK.

Taking a photo as you walk across the street in front of Abbey Road Studios is surreal — and a no-brainer for any Beatles fan.

In a city filled with historic landmarks, the London Eye is one of the more recent attractions opened in the year 2000. Standing at over 400 feet tall, the tallest Ferris Wheel in Europe, offers up spectacular views of the city.

The Tate Modern is very impressive, including the building that houses the collection, which is a contemporary work of art in itself. The exhibits range from abstract art from the early 20th century to British art dating back to the 1500s to acquisitions from all over the world, including the likes of Dali and Picasso.

Steeped in history, Buckingham Palace is the official London residence of the British Monarch. Witness the Changing of the Guard or explore one of the 19 state rooms where the monarchy entertains visiting dignitaries.

Although several thousands of them no longer work and have been removed from the streets, these classic red telephone boxes still remain all over the United Kingdom as a nostalgic symbol of days gone by.

Considered by some to be one of the more famous works of art in London, the statue of Eros, the Greek god of love, was originally erected as the centerpiece of Piccadilly Circus, eventually being moved to its current location, on the southeastern side of Piccadilly Circus, after World War II.

Just a short walk along the River Thames from the Tate Modern lies one of the best and oldest fresh-food markets in the world, let alone in London. Supplying many of the city’s best restaurants with produce and other assorted treats, Borough Market is a food lover’s heaven.

From 17th-century churches to contemporary structures like the egg-shaped “Gherkin” (pictured above), London blends the old with the new seamlessly, creating an impressive variety of architectural stylings.

Located within a short walking distance of Big Ben and the British Parliament building, Westminster Abbey is a historic Gothic-style church formerly known as the Collegiate Church of St. Peter.

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