London is such a diverse and cultural city, there is no wonder that millions of tourists flock to its streets every year. So what do you have planned during your time in the big city? Well, some of London’s most famous sites and attractions are extremely iconic, and a spot of sightseeing is always a great way to spend a day in the capital! Not sure what to see while you are there? Here are some of the best spots to head to.
Saint Paul’s Cathedral
Saint Paul’s Cathedral towers above most of London’s skyline and is visible from most places in the centre of London. The large cathedral dates back to 1673 when it was famously designed by the architect Sir Christopher Wren. Even though regular services still take place in the cathedral, it is also open to visitors. Visitors are allowed to look around the church every day except Sundays. Visitors can wander around on their own or join a guided tour.
Another of London’s historic sites, Buckingham Palace is the London residence of Queen Elizabeth II. Even though the whole palace isn’t open to the public, many tourists head there every day to explore the state rooms or just take photos of the exterior. Another highlight is the daily changing of the guards which takes place daily at 11.30 am from April to the end of July.
The River Thames
One of the largest iconic attractions of London has to be the famous River Thames. This huge river doesn’t just flow through the capital city, though – it cuts through most of southern England. People enjoy the river in various ways, with thousands walking along its banks in the city. There are also regular events on the river, and tourists can also enjoy a Thames Dinner Cruise.
Standing at the north end of the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben is the large clock tower that is probably one of the most recognisable sights in the city’s skyline. However, even though the tower itself is now known as Big Ben, that wasn’t always the case. In fact, the name was originally only meant for the bell that strikes the hour. The tower dates back to 1859 when it was added onto the Houses of Parliament. Most tourists settle for a picture of this iconic clock, but you can also join a tour to get up close to the famous bell!
The Tower Of London
Officially known as Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London, this large castle is on the north bank of the Thames. The tower is completely open to the public, and you could easily while away a few hours exploring its various exhibitions and rooms. The tower is also home to the crown jewels so you will get the chance to see some very important crowns during your visit!
As you can see, there is plenty that will keep you busy during your time in London. Have fun!