Famous London Tourist Attractions
When in London be sure to take time to see some of the most spectacular of the City of London attractions. We've put together a list of some of the most visited and most popular London tourist attractions, inlcuding musuems, gardens, planetariums, and exhibitions that you won't want to miss!
Must See London Attractions
London, thou art the flower of cities all! This quote from the poem, simply titled 'London' was written by an unknown fifteenth-century poet whose sentiment has survived in the hearts of many across half a millennium. London means different things to different people: a thriving business community, the theatre capital of Europe, an artistic Utopia, a bustling market place, a fantastic shopping centre, an architectural tapestry, an open history book and home to millions of people who love the cultural cornucopia. London is all of these things and within the space of a short 'tube' train journey some of England's most beautiful parkland invites the city-weary traveller to muse among the greenery, once enjoyed by the late great poets.
Millennium Dome, Milennium Pier, North Greenwich Tel: +44 870 606 2000
The Millennium Dome is the largest single structure in the United Kingdom. Inside there are six zones of interest: Body, Learning, Dream, Spirit, Play and Living. Hands-on exhibits, live entertainment, restaurants and shops provide everything necessary to make this a unique 21st -century experience. Open Sunday to Thursday 9.00 am - 8.00 pm, Friday and Saturday 9.00 am - 11.00 pm
County Hall, London, SE1 1GZ Tel: +44 208 705 0006 00
Standing 135-metres high on the South Bank of the River Thames, opposite Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. This amazing structure offers stunning views across the whole of London and beyond. Open every day but booking is essential.
Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG Tel: +44 207 636 1555
Founded in 1753, the six and a half million objects include collections from all over the world dating from pre-historic times. World famous collections of prints, drawings, coins medals and vast statues are among the exhibits. Open Monday to Saturday 10:00 am - 5.00 pm, Sunday 12.00pm - 6:00pm
Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN Tel: +44 207 839 3321
Western European painting,s dated between 1260 and 1900, are displayed in the four wings of the National Gallery. Many famous works can be viewed, including paintings by Monet, Manet, Renoir, Gaugin, Turner and Picasso. Lesser-known paintings appear in Lower Gallery A. Open Monday to Saturday 10:00am - 6:00pm Wednesday 10.00am - 9.00pm.
Millbank, London SW1P 4RG Tel: +44 207 887 8008
The Tate Britain houses the national collection of British art from the early sixteenth century to 1900. Open every day 10.00 am - 5.50 pm
Bankside Power Station, London SE1 9TG Tel: +44 207 887 8008
The new Tate Modern, housed in the former Bankside Power Station linked to St Paul's Cathedral by the Millennium Footbridge is now the home of the Tate collection of international art from 1900 onwards. Major works by Bacon, Dali and Picasso are on display. Open Sunday to Thursday 10.15am - 6.00pm Friday and Saturday 10.00am - 10.00pm
Tower of London
Tower Hill, London EC3N 4AB Tel: +44 207 709 0765
Several exhibitions and interesting activities are contained within this attraction including the Crown Jewels, Royal Armoury Museum, Mediaeval Palace, the Yeoman Warders, otherwise known as the Beefeaters, the Tower Ravens, Traitors Gate and the Wall Walk. This is paradise for the history enthusiast. Open March to October: Monday to Saturday 9.00am - 5.00pm. Sunday 10.00am - 5.00pm. November to February: Tuesday to Saturday 9.00am - 4.00pm, Sunday and Monday, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
St. Paul's Cathedral
St Pauls, London EC4N 8AD Tel: +44 207 236 4128
Designed by Sir Christopher Wren and completed in 1711, the distinctive green dome of St Paul's Cathedral dominates the London skyline. Hailed as the first Protestant Cathedral, it has been used more recently for some important state occasions including the funeral of Sir Winston Churchill in 1965. Open Monday to Saturday 8.30am - 4.15pm
Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1 1AA Tel: +44 207 930 4832
The official residence of Elizabeth II, Queen of England. Some rooms are open to the public and contain important works of art and grandeur on a tremendous scale. Open from August 8th until the October 5th from 9.30am - 4.30pm. Booking is essential.
Tower Bridge, London SE1 2UP Tel: +44 207 403 3761
Completed in 1894, following eight years of construction, the Tower Bridge can be enjoyed today through visiting the Tower Bridge Experience. Here the history, the engineering and the mysteries of London's most famous and magnificent bridge are brought to life. Open April to October 10.00am - 6.30pm November to March 9.30am - 6.00pm Last entry is 75 minutes before closing time.
Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
Kew Green, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AB Tel: +44 208 332 5000
Millions of botanical specimens grow amidst several historic buildings and monuments in these beautiful gardens founded in 1759 by the mother of George III, Princess Augusta.. Open April to October: 10.00am - 6.00pm. November to March: 10.am - 4.00pm.
Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LR Tel: +44 207 935 6861
Simulations of the London skyline, the planets and the stars combine for a visual extravaganza. Far away from the hubbub of the city of London, yet sitting in its centre, the Planetarium offers a peaceful break and a unique, educational experience. Open every day from 9.40am until 5.00pm.
London Transport Musuem
Covent Garden Piazza, London WC2E 7BB Tel: +44 207 379 6344
Two hundred years of the world's first public transport system are remembered in a collection of hands-on exhibits including Kidzone and the family activity areas. Open daily 10:00am - 6:00pm, last entrance 5:15pm.
Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LR Tel: +44 207 935 6861
Fascinating collection of lifelike waxwork models depicting the famous and infamous. Legends are brought to life and grisly events animated in the spooky Chamber of Horrors. Open every day from 9.00am - 5.30pm
The Museum of London
London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN Tel: +44 207 600 3699 Fax: +44 207 600 1058
The history of London from pre-historic times to the present day is depicted here in one of the largest and most comprehensive collections in the world. Temporary exhibitions are held regularly with a fascinating look at modern design and history in the making. Open: Monday to Saturday from 10:00am - 5:50pm. Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:50pm. Last admission 5:30pm.
National Portrait Gallery
2 St Martins Place, London WC2H 0HE Tel: +44 207 839 4342
The National Portrait Gallery was founded in 1856 to collect a pictorial library of famous British men and women. It has become the most comprehensive collection of its kind. From monarchs to musicians, athletes to artists, all achievers are celebrated. Open: Monday to Saturday 10:00am - 6.00pm. Sunday: 12:00pm - 6:00pm.
National History Museum
Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD Tel: +44 207 839 4342
Everything pertaining to our natural world history can be seen in this museum. A vast collection of insects, spiders and moths as big as sparrows are an entomologist's delight whilst those interested in life's larger creatures can see full dinosaur skeletons and recreations of our greatest sea dwellers. Open every day (except 23rd to 26th December.) Monday to Saturday: 10:00am - 5.50pm Sunday 11:00am - 5:50pm
Broad Sanctuary, Westminmster, London SW1P 3PE
Millions of visitors from all over the world are offered a hospitable welcome at Westminster Abbey. Originally a Benedictine Monastery the priority here is still prayer and worship.. Regular services and opportunities for learning and reflection are part of the Abbey's policy of bringing worship into the 21st century. Open: Monday to Friday 9:00am- 4:45pm. Last admission 3:45pm. Saturday 9:00am - 2:45pm. Guided tours run from April through to October. Monday to Friday 10:00am, 10:30am, 11:00am, 2:00pm, 2:30pm. On Monday to Thursday there is an additional tour at 3:00pm. Saturday the tours begin at 10:00am, 11:00am and 12:30pm
Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL Tel: +44 207 938 8500
The largest museum of decorative arts in the world. 145 galleries include the nation's collections of furniture, fashion, sculpture and photographs. Open: Monday to Sunday 10:00am - 5.45pm. On Wednesday evening there is a late view from 6:30pm - 9:30pm.
Sir John Soane's Museum
13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3BP Tel: +44 207 405 2107
The son of a bricklayer, John Soane, born in 1753 became a distinguished architect. Collecting antiquities became an interest that lasted throughout his long life. When he died in 1837 he bequeathed his house to the city of London, stipulating its status as a museum to which 'amateurs and students' must have access. Admission free. Open: Tuesday to Saturday 10:00am - 5.00pm. Evening view: The first Tuesday of each month from 6:00pm - 9:00pm.
Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition
New Globe Walk, Bankside, London SE1 9ED Tel: +44 207 902 1500 Fax: +44 207 401 9919
Tours include an exhibition of props, stage scenery and other Shakespearean artefacts coupled with a guided view of the theatre. Regular performances, including matinees are held between the 12th May and 24th September. Naturally the theatre cannot be viewed during performances. For this period, tours usually run only between 10:00am and 12:00pm. Visitors are advised to telephone as performance times vary. Exhibition open daily, outside the theatre season from 10:00am - 5:00pm
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Readers suggest ways to enjoy Colorado’s magnificent mountains, valleys, forests and lakes – on two legs, two wheels, soaking in hot springs and even dangling from a cliffStrawberry Hot Springs in the Rockies mixes very hot natural spring water with ice-cold runoff from melted snow. There are...
Send us a tip on great places to view autumn colours – and win a £200 hotel voucherWednesday the 13th, 2017
Red, yellow, orange, gold … From the Kielder forest to Kyoto, we want your suggestions on places to see spectacular autumnal coloursNew England and Japan are famous for their forests changing colour at this time of year, but when it comes to great autumnal vistas and leaf-peeping there are no...
10 of the best no-fly holidays from the UKMonday the 9th, 2017
Put off air travel in these days of cancellations and bankruptcies? Why not take the train? From quick hops across the channel to journeys that become part of the holiday, we pick trips that cut out the airlines completelyVirgin Trains’ Rail & Sail tickets to Ireland are one of Britain’s...
Montevideo, the other city of tangoSaturday the 7th, 2017
Though Buenos Aires gets all the limelight, tango evolved in both Uruguay and Argentina, and it was in the former’s capital that the genre’s most famous song was written. This year Montevideo is celebrating its centenary in styleThink tango and it’s Argentina and sexy Buenos Aires that...
St Helena’s airport finally ready for touchdownMonday the 9th, 2017
Flights to one of the most isolated islands in the world start this week, heralding a rise in tourists for the British overseas territory, whether it’s ready for them or notThe “world’s most useless airport” is about to welcome its first commercial passenger flight – five years later...
10 of the best restaurants near New York’s main attractionsMonday the 2nd, 2017
It’s easy to grab a burger in Times Square but much more rewarding to walk a block or two and eat well with the locals. We asked our NYC correspondent to choose great places to eat near the city’s major sightsAmy Ruth’sThe south end of Central Park is all tired-looking horses pulling...
10 of the best railway stations in BritainSunday the 1st, 2017
Simon Jenkins’ new book tells the history of Britain’s railways through the island’s 100 best stations. We pick 10 gems, from grand old York to a Highland outpostNowhere is British railway architecture so honoured as in Huddersfield, one of the few stations fit to rank with the great union...
Czech out Brno for a cheaper, calmer city breakFriday the 29th, 2017
Booming Brno, with its creativity, history and subterranean mystery, is the perfect antidote to overrun Prague and its forests of selfie sticksThe phenomenon of “overtourism” has been in the news a lot this summer. How cities such as Prague and Vienna are swamped with visitors, restaurants...
Top 10 autumn breaks in the UK countrysideSaturday the 23rd, 2017
We asked nature writers for their favourite slice of glorious golden countryside for an autumnal breakPlus 10 more seasonal breaks in UK market towns and small cities Continue reading...
Revolutionary road: on the trail of Che Guevara’s last days in BoliviaWednesday the 27th, 2017
Ahead of the 50th anniversary of Che’s death, our writer follows in his final footsteps in the Bolivian villages of La Higuera and VallegrandeDeep in southern Bolivia – where peaks and cacti soar and condors glide – is a cluster of white-washed homes and a former classroom turned shrine....
10 of the best new art exhibitions in Europe for autumn 2017Monday the 18th, 2017
It’s blockbuster art show season across Europe, with old masters, surrealists and 60s radicals in the spotlight at the continent’s top galleriesThis autumn’s best art in the UKGet immersed in the imaginative work of South African artist William Kentridge at Salzburg’s Museum der Moderne....
10 of the best small-scale cruises worldwideSunday the 17th, 2017
Cruising needn’t mean multi-storey ships with thousands of passengers. We pick low-key boat trips where companions are few but the sights are magnificentCruising the Croatian coast in styleThe first tourist ship to negotiate the river passage from the Vietnamese Mekong to the more tranquil...
10 of the best small UK towns for winter breaksSaturday the 19th, 2016
The historic buildings, modern restaurants, cosy pubs and independent shops of these towns banish any notions of a backwater. And they sparkle in the Christmas season – perfect for a weekend break or day tripYou’d expect the home of the Bakewell pudding to know a thing or two about keeping...
Guide to Patagonia: what to do, how to do it, and where to staySaturday the 13th, 2014
Forty years ago this month, Bruce Chatwin visited Patagonia and his subsequent book lit a beacon for the remote region in many travellers’ minds. Chris Moss picks the highlights among its peaks, glaciers and lakesFor my first forays into Patagonia, in the 1990s, I left behind my guidebooks and...
10 of the best winter city breaks in Europe: readers’ travel tipsThursday the 8th, 2016
Glühwein and hot chocolate, snowy views, empty museums and comfort food … Guardian readers pick the best European cities for an atmospheric winter holidayThe best way to see Zurich is from the top of its own mini mountain, Uetliberg, from where you get a view of the whole city, the lake and...
The alt city guide to CambridgeTuesday the 10th, 2017
Cambridge’s food, drink, music and arts scenes are thriving, with an underground ethic energised more by town than gownYou might imagine that in a university city as renowned as Cambridge, the student population is pivotal to its cultural life. “Not remotely,” says Cambridge-based arts...
25 of the best yoga holidays and retreatsSunday the 1st, 2017
Yoga trips can change lives but finding the right one may sap your core strength before you’ve even started. Our picks – from Goa to Greece via Yorkshire – will make your quest more relaxingYou can’t move for downward dog opportunities these days. The explosion of yoga in western...
The best towns and small cities in the US: Chapel Hill, North CarolinaWednesday the 4th, 2017
In the first of a new series exploring cool US towns and cities, Emma John soaks up the sporting fanaticism, liberal traditions, food and music of a university town where the ‘individual streak still lives strong’There are plenty of attractive college towns in the US. But Chapel Hill, in the...
Top 10 national parks in CaliforniaTuesday the 17th, 2013
Yosemite, Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Redwood … California’s national and state parks are home to some of the most iconic views and landscapes on the planet. Here’s how to explore themIt sounds like a place to avoid, but don't let the ominous name scare you away. Most of the year, this vast...
10 of the best budget restaurants in VeniceFriday the 8th, 2015
With the Biennale opening a month earlier this year, to coincide with Milan’s World Expo, Venice is expecting a visitor overload. But that doesn’t mean they have to resort to overpriced, underwhelming tourist restaurantsThe quality of food served in Venice has improved a great deal over...
10 of the best clubs in Amsterdam – chosen by the expertsWednesday the 22nd, 2017
Amsterdam’s nightlife is thriving, with three major new clubs adding to the existing scene. We asked local DJs, producers and music writers to name their favourite party venues De Marktkantine has been around for about two years. For me, it’s the most unappreciated club in the city even...
JLL Real Views - Can Saudi Arabia Build a Popular Tourist Destination? - By Neasa MacErleanThursday the 31st, 2017
Tourism in the Middle East has long been dominated by the high-end resorts in Dubai, Egypt and Jordan yet they could soon have a new challenger in their midst. Saudi Arabia is turning its attention to tourism and entertainment as it seeks to not only reposition its economy but also meet a...
Last Americans Rush to North Korea Ahead of Travel Ban - CNNMonday the 28th, 2017
A looming US travel ban has prompted some daring American globetrotters to fast-track their vacations to North Korea.
Pain in Spain: Are Tourists Still Welcome? - BBCThursday the 17th, 2017
As anti-tourism protests hit Barcelona, can visitors happily coexist with local residents?
Vancouver Island Boasts One of the Most Expensive Luxury Hotels in the WorldMonday the 24th, 2017
A resort in Vancouver Island ranks among the most expensive hotels in the world, according to a survey conducted by Luxury-Hotels.com.
InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa Unveils 10 Pool Overwater VillasTuesday the 11th, 2017
The Pool Premium Overwater Villas offer horizon infinity views and the Pool Overwater Villas feature scenic sights of the lagoon and beach. Modern and luxurious, the one-bedroom villas feature sleek, contemporary décor with Polynesian touches, each encompassing 1,345 square-feet including...
Turneffe Island Resort Redefines Private Island AdventureThursday the 10th, 2016
World-class private island concept resort marks 15th anniversary with resort-wide renovation and relaunched experience-based website