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Known for its rich history and architecture, London has bridged the gap to become a vibrant cultural hub with world-class museums, eateries, and performances.

Top 15 attractions in London


An archaeological marvel, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and one of the world’s most enigmatic tourist attractions, Stonehenge draws up to 1.3 million visitors annually. The site itself—a circle of gigantic stones standing in the heart of the English countryside—is made even more impressive by its mysterious history. Although Stonehenge’s original purpose remains unknown, onlookers gather to admire the 3,500-year-old structure and ponder its astronomical, spiritual, or even supernatural meaning.More

Tower of London

From medieval torture to grim executions and infamous royal prisoners, the Tower of London has long found itself at the center of the city's dark history. Built by William the Conqueror in 1066, the historic castle has served as a Royal Menagerie, Her Majesty's prison, an execution site, a royal observatory, a Royal Mint, and a military storehouse over the course of its existence.More

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence and administrative office of the British royal family since the 19th century and is one of the few remaining working royal palaces in the world. Access for the public is limited and exclusive but worthwhile for those who arrange a visit.More

Westminster Abbey

A UNESCO World Heritage site, with a legacy dating back more than 1,000 years, Westminster Abbey is among London’s most historic landmarks. The Gothic church is best known for hosting headline-grabbing events involving the British royal family, such as the Queen’s coronation, Princess Diana's funeral, and Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding.More

London Eye

The London Eye offers unparalleled views of central London's world-famous landmarks from its prime location on the Thames River waterfront, opposite Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. The gigantic, 443-foot-high observation wheel was built to mark the millennium in 2000 and quickly became one of the most popular paid attractions in the United Kingdom.More

Houses of Parliament & Big Ben

Few landmarks epitomize central London as perfectly as Big Ben, the iconic clock tower of the Houses of Parliament that's officially known as Elizabeth Tower after the late Queen Elizabeth II. Heralding Great Britain's political nucleus in Westminster, Big Ben stands as the striking centerpiece of the Thames waterfront and is backed by the historic Palace of Westminster, home to the Houses of Parliament.More

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle is the largest occupied castle in the world that is still used by the monarchy. Since William the Conqueror built a wooden fortress here over 900 years ago, this has been a royal palace and residence. Despite its daily use for royal business, much of the palace is open to the public and well worth a visit.More

Tower Bridge

With its Gothic towers and central bascule flanked by dramatic suspension bridges, Tower Bridge is both a remarkable feat of engineering and one of London’s most instantly recognizable landmarks. The famous bridge is a popular subject of London postcards, leading many to mistake it for London Bridge, which is actually the next one upstream.More

St. Paul's Cathedral

An architectural masterpiece with a magnificent dome, St. Paul's Cathedral is one of London’s most recognizable sites. The 17th-century cathedral boasts a rich history as host of the jubilee celebrations of late Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II, the marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, and the funeral of Sir Winston Churchill.More

Thames River

Flowing right through the heart of central London, the Thames River offers a dramatic backdrop to the city's famous skyline with landmarks lining its shores. Walk along the riverfront from Westminster to Tower Bridge and you'll pass London icons such as the London Eye, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, the Tower of London, St Paul's Cathedral, Southbank, Shakespeare's Globe, and the London Bridge.More

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square—the living, breathing, and beating heart of London’s West End—plays an integral part in local life as a site of celebrations, protests, performances, parades, and public gatherings. Overlooked by grand, stately buildings such as the National Gallery and St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church, this vast square is dotted with iconic fountains and statuary. Most famous among them is the 144-foot (44-meter) Nelson’s Column, which commemorates a British naval victory over France and Spain, and is guarded by four oversized bronze lions.More

London Bridge

Though often confused with its grandiose neighbor Tower Bridge, London Bridge is, in reality, more functional than fancy. It does, however, have a long history, with its first iteration having been erected by the Romans way back in AD 50. No visible trace remains of the original bridge, nor of the handful of structures that replaced it, including the one that became the subject of that famous nursery rhyme. Though the current 1970s-built concrete version is not quite as eye-catching, the views it offers of Tower Bridge are hard to top.More

SEA LIFE® London Aquarium

Located in a colonnade-fronted, early 20th-century County Hall building (the former headquarters for the Greater London Council), the SEA LIFE® London Aquarium is one of Europe’s aquatic museums with 14 themed zones. Marine-life displays include walk-over glass shark tanks, transparent tunnels where sea turtles swim overhead, and kaleidoscopic coral reefs. Visitors also love the penguin exhibit, where it’s possible to observe adorable orange-beaked gentoo penguins waddling on land and swimming gracefully underwater.More

Changing of the Guard

The Changing of the Guard is a centuries-old tradition that marks the official shift change of the Household Regiment—the King's guards stationed at Buckingham Palace. One of the world's most famous ceremonies and a top London experience, this ceremony gives visitors the chance to witness the grandeur of a royal march. Dressed in their iconic red suits and bearskin hats, the guards exemplify classic British pomp in a showing that's not to be missed.More

Covent Garden

In the heart of London’s West End, Covent Garden is one of the city’s most popular dining and entertainment hubs. Home to the Royal Opera House; several top theaters, including the Lyceum and the Donmar Warehouse; world-class restaurants; and many major brand-name stores, most travelers to London plan to explore this area while visiting.More

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Leeds Castle, Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury Day Trip from London with Guided Cathedral Tour
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Recent reviews from experiences in London

Awesome tour and...
davila417, Mar 2023
James Bond Bus Tour of London
Was great to see new sites in London I otherwise wouldn’t have seen.
Stonehenge and Bath are...
Meara_D, Mar 2023
Stonehenge and Bath Day Trip from London
Plenty of time to visit, break for snacks/lunch/shop.
Gary was fantastic! He is...
Jenny_H, Mar 2023
Private Tour: Black Taxi Tour of London
We were able to see many of London’s famous spots in a short time.
Great tour with Antony
John_K, Mar 2023
Premier Classic London Private Half Day Tour
From shopping at one of the oldest wine stores to the most beautiful view of London Bridge, this tour is a great way to see everything in London.
Leon was the best. He was...
Christopher_M, Mar 2023
Stonehenge, Windsor Castle and Bath with Pub Lunch in Lacock
It is a long day to see everything (everything you see is also awesome), but Leon made it from good to excellent.
Great informative tour
Ann_M, Mar 2023
Best of Royal London including Tower of London, Changing of the Guard and Cruise
You get about an hour in the Tower of London and then it’s on to walking to see the Changing of the Guard.
Brilliant experience with Richard!
Lorraine_J, Mar 2023
Winston Churchill's London - A Very Small Group Walking Tour
The experience was perfectly paced and got to see many things in London that otherwise you cannot see in a museum.
If you have only one day...
William_M, Mar 2023
Tower of London Entrance Ticket Including Crown Jewels and Beefeater Tour
So much history and things to see in one tour.
Great use of time for an...
Lamontyoder, Mar 2023
Best of London Including Tower of London, Changing of the Guard, with a Cream Tea or London Eye Upgrade
Great use of time for an entire day to see many of the highlights of London with a knowledgeable guide to share facts and tips throughout the day!
Fantastic !
Hannah_M, Mar 2023
The Tower of London - Small Group Tour with a local expert
James was the absolute best tour guide one could have to see a London historical site…his breadth of knowledge surpasses anyone’s and made the experience truly “British” !
A Must See Experience
daynaweber, Mar 2023
VIP Early Access - Opening Ceremony Tower of London & Bridge with Crown Jewels
A must see experience, early access and opening ceremony meant we got in to see the Crown Jewels.
Excellent tour!
terry_b, Mar 2023
Westminster 3 Hour Walking Tour & Visit Churchill War Rooms
He encouraged questions, gave suggestions on other attractions to see in a London.
Must Do!…you learn a lot and have fun
Christy_F, Mar 2023
Best of Royal London including Tower of London, Changing of the Guard and Cruise
He knew everything about everything and we got the best timing (in/out without a lot of waiting) and best spots (right up front for changing of guard)and first in to see the Crown Jewels!
London 1/2 day
Amy_G, Mar 2023
Premier Classic London Private Half Day Tour
What a nice way to see much of the city.
Fun evening
Don_M, Mar 2023
Ghost Bus Tour of London
The only down side was the humid conditions fogged the bus windows, making it difficult to see outside during the our trip.
Outstanding Tour! Highly recommend
Colin_G, Mar 2023
Ghastly Ghost Walking Tour in London
Got to see parts of London I have never been to and get lots of fantastic history and ghost stories.
Great guide, the bikes are a blast!
Joby_E, Mar 2023
London Landmarks & Secret Gems Bike Ride + Historic Pub + Graffiti Session
This is a great way to see London and get your bearings.