London is one of the world’s most loved cities, packed with famous landmarks including Royal Palaces, the London Eye, Big Ben, Tower Bridge & the 2012 Olympic Park. Here are our reviews of tourist attractions in London which are all based on personal visits:
- Hampton Court Palace, London
Hampton Court Palace, just outside London, is one of Britain’s most important historic houses. It’s best known as the preferred palace of King Henry VIII and his various wives but has served many Kings and Queens over the years.
- View From The Shard, London
The Shard is currently the tallest building in the European Union, standing just over 1000 feet high above London Bridge station. As one of the newest additions to London’s skyline, a viewing gallery was built-in covering the top floors of the structure.
- Harry Potter Studio Tour, London
The Warner Brothers studio near Watford was the location for much of the filming of the Harry Potter series of movies. Sets were built, used and stored here but when filming on the final movie was concluded, a decision was made to turn part of the complex into a visitor attraction.
- Houses of Parliament, London
The Parliament building in London is one of the most well known and attractive structures in the city. Inside this huge building there are two debating chambers, the House of Lords and the House of Commons. UK politicians meet and debate here and towering over the whole “Palace of Westminster” as it is known, is the huge clock tower containing Big Ben, the deep sounding bell which chimes on the hour.
- St Paul’s Cathedral, London
St Paul’s Cathedral is one of Britain’s best known large churches and thousands of people visit every year. Princess Diana got married here and it has its place in British history too. It’s an imposing building from the outside and you can see its incredible central dome over much of central London.
- Tower of London, London
The Tower of London is one of the city’s best known landmarks. It stands on the River Thames and has so much history, it would be impossible for the “Beefeater” guides to tell you it all!
- Buckingham Palace, London
Buckingham Palace is the London home of the Her Majesty, The Queen and it’s open to tourists for a short while each summer. The palace is well worth visiting, but even if it’s not the right time of year, we’d still recommend going to see the palace just from the outside. You’ll be amazed at how big it is, and you can spend time watching the guards and seeing who’s coming and going. Look out for the flag pole on the roof. If it’s flying the Royal Standard, then the Queen is in residence. If not, then she’s somewhere else.
- Tower Bridge, London
Tower Bridge, built in the 1880s, is one of London’s most famous landmarks and it spans the River Thames near to the Tower of London. It’s a great piece of architecture and the workings inside are fascinating too. We’d recommend the Tower Bridge Exhibition which shows you how it works and how they built it.
- Tate Modern, London
Tate Modern is a converted former power station on the south bank of the River Thames. The cavernous spaces inside have been turned into one of the most impressive modern art galleries you’ll see anywhere in the world.
- Hyde Park, London
Hyde Park is absolutely huge and dominates a large area of central London. You’ll find it at the Marble Arch end of Oxford Street and it continues all the way to Kensington Gardens covering an area of 350 acres. The Royal park is visited by millions of Londoners and tourists every year and is a great place to relax.
- HMS Belfast, London
HMS Belfast is a British warship which saw action in World War 2, but now sits out her retirement on the River Thames in London. She’s a floating museum, dedicated to the seamen who sailed in the Royal Navy during the war and immediately afterwards. The ship also served the Korean War before being retired in 1963.
- Royal Albert Hall, London
The Royal Albert Hall is a working theatre and concert hall but is also an attraction in its own right. It was named after Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert, who originally had the idea to create a multi purpose venue which could hold everything from orchestras to a circus. Sadly though, he never saw his vision realised.
- Royal National Theatre, London
The Royal National Theatre is actually 3 theatres rolled into one and the complex is based in a bleak looking concrete building on the South Bank of the Thames. The three theatres are called the Olivier, the Lyttelton and the Cottesloe and they vary in size and design.
- Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London
Shakespeare’s Globe is a recreation of the theatre that became synonymous with Shakespeare’s plays. It was built only after a huge fund raising drive with many top British actors involved. They wanted Shakespeare’s plays to be performed in the kind of round theatre for which they were written and this one resembled the former Globe that existed in his time. You can now experience plays there regularly but the building itself is an attraction that’s best visited on the theatre tours.
- Borough Market, London
Borough market is the perfect example of a flourishing market in Britain. It sits alongside the railway arches in the shadow of Southwark Cathedral, just off Borough High Street and it’s a celebration of great quality food. You name it, you’ll find it here – cheeses, fruit, vegetables, home-made pies, flowers, olives, meat, curries and pastries! It’s actually London’s oldest food market and it varies in size and numbers of stalls but even in the winter months it’s always busy.
- The O2, London
This dome-shaped structure resembles a very large tent and was the centre piece of the UK’s millennium celebrations. For many years it was known as the Millennium Dome, but now it houses a massive concert arena, restaurants, shops and a cinema. This building has a special place in the hearts of British people, somewhere between hate and love.
- London Eye, London
This huge wheel was supposed to be temporary, but instead has become a permanently popular attraction. It’s not cheap, but it is a great way to see London from a different angle
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