Multicultural London finds its way to every list of tourism, culture, and fashion – from the most-visited cities to the most fashionable cities in the world. The city sitting on the River Thames served as the theatrical home city of William Shakespeare. If you have booked your flights to London England, read this travel guide featuring iconic London tourist attractions.
#1. Guildhall Art Gallery
The art gallery is a featured London tourist attraction for artists and art lovers. Around 250 artworks including paintings, drawings and sculpture are put on display. Some of the notable exhibits are statues in the Old Bailey, the Harold Samuel Collection of 17th Century Dutch and Flemish Paintings at Mansion House.
- Fees may be charged for some temporary exhibitions (concessions available).
- Members of the Art Fund receive a 50% discount to temporary exhibitions.
Guildhall Art Gallery
Guildhall Yard, London EC2V 5AE
#2. Tower of London
The Tower of London, founded by William the Conqueror in 1066-7, is one of the world’s most famous fortresses, and one of Britain’s most visited historic sites. The building commemorating the Norman Conquest serves multiple purposes – it’s a royal palace, has also served as a depot of an armoury, a medieval fortress, a prison, the Royal Mint and, of course, as home to the Crown Jewels. Top activities that keep visitors entertained at the place are:
- Ice rink
- Yeoman Warder tours
- Ceremony of the Keys
- The Crown Jewels
- Tower Twilight tours
Adult: £22.70 (USD28.81)
Concessions: £17.70 (USD22.47)
|Days of the Week||March – October||November – February|
|Tuesday to Saturday||9am – 5.30pm||9am – 4.30pm|
|Sunday to Monday||10am – 5.30pm||10am – 4.30pm|
#3. Millennium Bridge
If you are a movie buff or a fan of Taylor Swift, you might have seen it you’re your screens. The bridge featured in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Guardians of the Galaxy and Taylor Swifts ‘End Game’ music video (2018). Connecting St Paul’s Cathedral with the Tate Modern, this landmark architecture build on the River Thames was dedicated to the public in 2000. It not just bridges two places but to eras – Southbank cultural scene and the historic City of London. Other favorite bridges build on the river are London Bridge, Southwark Bridge, Tower Bridge, and Blackfriars Bridge.
#4. The Monument
If you are looking for an observation deck in the city, the Monument is the place to be. With a towering height of 202 feet (62 m), the architecture has become a landmark in London. Climb 311 steps up the narrow winding staircase to reach the viewing platform. Enjoy the breath-taking views of the City. The iconic building commemorates the Great Fire of London, a conflagration or massive destructive fire that gutted the medieval City of London.
Adults: £5 (USD6.35)
Concessions: £3.30 (USD4.19)
#5. London River Services
London is next to Venice, when it comes to water transport. The Transport for London brings a network of river buses and pleasure cruises to help commuters travel to the top attractions including:
- Hampton Court Palace
- Shakespeare’s Globe
- Tate Galleries
- London Dungeon
- London Eye
- Tower of London
- Tower Bridge
- St. Katharine Docks
- Millennium Dome/The O2
- Ham House
- Kew Gardens
- HMS Belfast
#6. Leadenhall Market
Leadenhall Market combines the best of dining and shopping experiences for you. If you want to discover your innate beauty, stores like Askinology (skin care boutique) and Barbour (lifestyle brand) are for you. If you are after tasting crafted beers, boutique wines, premium spirits, and minerals, then look no further than Amathus. Feeling hungry? Head to Cheese, Eat, Bibimbap, Brokers and other world-class restaurants ready to deliver the best hospitality.
#7. St Paul’s Cathedral
St Paul’s Cathedral is the second largest church building in the area in the United Kingdom after Liverpool Cathedral. With a record 365 feet (111 m) height, it dominated the skyline of London from 1710 to 1967. The striking aspect of the cathedral is the acoustics of the Whispering Gallery. To have the panoramic view of the city, climb a few more steps to reach the Golden Gallery. Visitors can take a virtual tour of the 1,400 years of St Paul’s history with an Oculus device.
Monday to Saturday: 8.30am-4.30pm
#8. 30 St Mary Axe
This forty-one storeys (180 meter high) ecological building is a recent addition to the London’s skyline. What makes it unique is its radial design that widens in the middle and stays taper at the bottom and top. This London’s top attraction captures the attention of visitors from a considerable distance. Even while walking down the South Bank of the Thames, it’s curving from is bound to make you stop by.
The building serves as the headquarters of Swiss Re. The building has got a sprawling office space of 46,400 square metres followed by an arcade of shops and cafés accessed from a newly created piazza. If height gives an adrenaline rush to you, climb on the summit to have a mind-blowing 360-degree view of the capital.
#9. Star Gazing
If you are accompanied with kids, add Star Gazing event to your things to do in London. Kids enjoy watching twinkling stars and constellations, and this event, scheduled on 10 January 2019 at West Ham Park is likely to answer many of their queries. Hurry, book your seat in advance as this event will only include first 30 people.
Time: 06:00 PM – 07:15 PM
#10. London Eye
Experience an adrenaline rush with a ride on London Eye, the Europe’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel. You are likely to feel like your heart coming to mouth when the ferris wheel moves down from a spectacular height of 135 metres (443 ft). You can customize your experience with London Eye with options like Dining at 135, VIP capsule, cupid’s capsule, proposal capsule, weddings and so on.
Ticket Prices: starts from £25.20 (USD 31.99)
Opening Hours: 10.00 am to 4.00-8.30 pm
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How to Reach London
London has got multiple airports as listed below.
- London City Airport (LCY)
- London Heathrow Airport (LHR)
- London Gatwick Airport (LGW)
- London Luton Airport (LTN)
- London Stansted Airport (STN)
- London Southend Airport (SEN)
All top and low-cost carriers offer their flight services to the city. Use our flight booking engine to search, compare and book your cheap flights to London conveniently. If you are traveling from some international cities, planning your travel route and itinerary intelligently can help you make the travel affordable.
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