Top 10 London Attractions

1. Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster

Westminster Abbey, London
Westminster Abbey, a Gothic cathedral located in London
  • London’s most popular landmark. You need not plan a visit to it, no matter what you plan
  • to do in London, you WILL see it. All major London Tour includes a visit to big ben. If you want to
    experience the real beauty of Big Ben be there at the West Minister Bridge or the other bank of
    River Thames during dusk. As dusk descends on the city of London, big ben clock is
    illuminated along with the Westminster Palace and the clock when viewed from the vantage
    point of Westminster Bridge makes for a truly ethereal sight. Visiting Big Ben at night, you also
    get to know whether the parliament is in session or not through the light that shines on top of
    the clock.

Nearby Hotels
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge
Westminster Bridge Road, Lambeth, London (0.5 km)

Park Plaza County Hall
1 Addington Street, Lambeth, London (0.6 km)

The Royal Horseguards
2 Whitehall Court, London (0.6 km)

Novotel London Waterloo
113 Lambeth Rd, Lambeth, London (0.8 km)

Nearby Restaurants
The Cinnamon Club
The Old Westminster Library, 30 Great Smith Street, Westminster, London, SW1P Indian/South Asian Cuisine

Inn the Park – St James’s Park
St James’s Park, St James’s, London,
British Cuisine

Nearby Bars & pubs
Red Lion
48 Parliament Street, Westminster, London, SW1A Map

Rockwell
The Trafalgar, 2 Spring Gardens, Westminster, London, SW1A

Nearby tube/rail stations
Westminster Tube
St James’s Park Tube

2. London Eye

Sitting Capsule of London Eye
Sitting Capsule of London Eye

The British Airways London Eye is a massive Observation Wheel, which is located strategically on the picturesque South Bank of the legendary Thames River. The ethereal joy of soaring high above the city of London and the corresponding excitement of catching the panoramic views of one of the world’s greatest cities is like being in seventh heaven.


No wonder, every year, come Christmas or the New Year celebrations, London Eye becomes the epicenter of Britain’s celebration. The wheel, the largest of its kind anywhere in the worldis all of 450 feet in height and weighs a staggering 1600 tons.

Nearby Attractions

Tate ModernHMS BelfastTower Bridge
County Hall: The London Aquariumand Dali Universe.

Nearby Hotels
Park Plaza County Hall
1 Addington Street, Lambeth, London (0.2 km)

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge
Westminster Bridge Road, Lambeth, London (0.3 km)

Swissotel The Howard London
12 Temple Place, London (0.9 km)

H10 London Waterloo
284 To 302 Waterloo Road, London (0.9 km)

Nearby Restaurants
Chez Gérard
Ping Pong at the Southbank Centre
Locale
PizzaExpress

Nearby tube/rail stations
Waterloo

3. Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace – The residential abode of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh

The Buckingham Palace was built way back in 1702 and the palace also served as the residence of Queen Charlotte. Ever since its inception, the palace has undergone renovations a number of times but the original architectural grandeur has remained intact. Today, Buckingham Palace is the residential abode of the Queen and The Duke of Edinburg. Not only this, but the palace also serves as the administrative headquarters of the British monarchy. As far as art and paintings are concerned, Buckingham Palace London has one of the world’s richest collections of artwork. The artworks are displayed in the State Rooms and great works of art from legends like Rubens, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Poussin, and Claude can be seen at the palace.

Main Attraction

The Queen’s GalleryThe Royal MewsAnnual Special Exhibition

Hotels
Hilton London Green Park
Half Moon Street, Mayfair, London (0.6 km)

Flemings Hotel
Half Moon Street, Mayfair, London (0.6 km)

Rubens At The Palace
39 Buckingham Palace Road, Westminster, London (0.7 km)

Park Lane Mews Hotel
2 Stanhope Row, Park Lane, Mayfair, London (0.7 km)

Nearby tube/rail stations
Victoria Tube
St James’s Park Tube

4. Tate Modern

Tate Modern Gallery London is UK’s national gallery of contemporary art. Located in London, Tate Modern Art Gallery London is one among the chain of four Tate galleries in UK. The Tate collection consists of some of the finest collections of British art dating back from 1500 to today’s modern era.
Tate Modern Gallery London was built in the year 2000 and stands at the site, which actually had an abandoned power station, right in central London.


The rare Tate collection is a virtual treasure trove of contemporary art and includes stunning masterpieces of both Picasso and Matisse as also surreal collections of Dali, Ernst, Magritte, and Miro. Also, under the possession of Tate are significant collections of American abstract art inclusive of Pollock and Rothko. Russian and Pop art to are well represented at Tate Modern Gallery London.

Nearby Attractions

Bankside GalleryMillennium BridgeGolden Hinde
Southwark CathedralLondon DungeonSt George’s Cathedral

Restaurants
Cafe 2 (Tate Modern)
Second floor, Tate Modern, Sumner Street, Bankside, London, SE1

Cafe Level Seven
Tate Modern, Bankside, London, SE1

The Table
83 Southwark Street, Bankside, London, SE1

Leon
7 Canvey Street, The Blue Fin Building, Bankside, London, SE1

Bars & pubs
Tate Modern Bar
Nearby tube/rail stations
Blackfriars Tube

5. Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square fountain

Trafalgar Square is London’s largest square and has been a favorite congregation place for the quintessential Londoners since the Middle ages. Although in those days the site was known as Charing and significantly the Trafalgar Square Tube Station is still named Charing Cross instead of Trafalgar Square.

This beautiful square is primarily a commemoration square in honor of the then British Navy who under the astute leadership of Admiral Nelson secured a hard-fought victory over the marauding Napoleon fleet in the infamous Battle of Trafalgar way back in the year 1805.

The present Trafalgar Square once upon a time used to be the abode of King’s Mews until renowned town planner and architect Charles Barry came out with a whole new scheme – “Charing Cross Improvement Scheme” and transformed this area into one of London’s most picturesque squares where both resident Londoners, as well as visitors from abroad, could have a jolly good time.

Nearby Attraction

Nelson’s ColumnNational GalleryCenotaph
Leicester SquareThe West EndSt Paul’s Covent Garden
WhitehallSohoHauser & Wirth (Piccadilly)

Restaurants
National Dining Rooms
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London, WC2N
Thai Square
21-24 Cockspur Street, St James’s, London, SW1Y
Katana
116 St Martins Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2N
Bars & pubs
* The Sherlock Holmes
* Waxy’s Little Sister
* Lamb & Flag
Nearby tube/rail stations
Charing Cross Tube

6. Tower of London

The Tower of London, a royal palace made up of a complex of several buildings, which was built as a place to protect and control the city of London, United Kingdom.

The Tower of London is one of Britain’s most ancient citadels, located on the northern bank of River Thames. This magnificent castle is nestled in a sprawling 13 acres of lush green landscaped surroundings.

Although in the days of yore, it used to be a royal retreat, now it has been converted into a museum. This intriguing castle apart from being a royal residence has also the dubious distinction of serving as a prison and legend has it that many persons were even beheaded within the Tower’s confines.

The Tower has an intimate connection with legendary persons of the stature of Queen Elizabeth I, Sir Thomas More, Catherine Howard, lady Jane Grey, Sir Walter Raleigh to name just a few. The trademark Yeomen of the Guard are conspicuous with their Tudor garb and still provide sentry to this historical castle.

Restaurants
Wagamama
Tower Place, Tower Hill, The City, London, EC3N
Tike
5 Fenchurch Street, The City, London, EC3M
Rosemary Lane
61 Royal Mint Street, Tower Hamlets, London, E1
Nearby tube/rail stations
Tower Hill Tube

7. The British Museum

British Museum, London
British Museum in England Showcases the Finest collection of Human History

The British Museum was established way back in the year 1753 and today it boasts of one of the finest collections of human history and culture.

Whether it is the Sloane Astrolabe or the gilded bronze figure of Tara, the British Museum has all these and much more.

You can explore the myths of the Trojan War and even tour some of the finest specimens of glass from the British Museum Collections.

Look at the evolution of the Olympic Games, held between 776 B.C. and AD 395 through a bewildering array of objects. There is also the Faith tour of objects relating to different faiths.

Restaurants
Wagamama
4A Streatham Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1A
Hason Raja
84 Southampton Row, Bloomsbury, London, WC1B
Shanghai Blues
193-197 High Holborn, Covent Garden, London, WC1V
Nearby tube/rail stations
Tottenham Court Road Tube
Russell Square Tube
Holborn Tube

8. The Victoria and Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum is Britain’s national museum of applied arts and design. The goal of this prestigious museum is to enable the young and old alike to explore the fascinating world of designs. The museum has huge repository of collections some of which are over 3000 years and most of the artifacts come from some of the world’s most cultured places.

From architecture to ceramics and from metal works to photography, it’s all here at the Victoria and Albert Museum. You will be mesmerized by ornate furniture from Europe and America from medieval times to the present day.

There is also an exclusive Glass enclosure that unravels the fascinating 4000-year-old evolution of Glass from the Middle East, Europe and the Western world. As far as metal works are concerned, there is a bewildering array of silver, arms, armors, enamels, brass work a and medieval metal works.

Restaurants
Racine
239 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London, SW3
La Brasserie
272 Brompton Road, South Kensington, London, SW3
Oddono’s
14 Bute Street, South Kensington, London, SW7
Nearby tube/rail stations
South Kensington Tube

9. Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge in London
Tower Bridge in London

The Tower Bridge located in the heart of London across the River Thames is one of the finest examples of bascule type Bridge. It’s also the most distinct of London’s bridges. This magnificent bridge which was built way back in 1894 primarily for the fact that the other London bridges across river Thames were increasingly overburdened with burgeoning traffic.

The Tower Bridge in London is an engineering marvel, given the fact that it’s not at all an easy task to construct a bridge across a river whose banks are low. One has to be careful enough to allow hassle free ship movements without any obstructions and this is the primary reason why The Tower Bridge has been built in the bascule model. The width of river Thames being 880 feet form north to south, the construction of the bridge required 235 cubic feet of Cornish granite and Portland stone, 20,00 tons of cement, 70,000 cubic yards of concrete, 31,000,00 bricks and 14,000 tons of iron and steel which is mammoth by any proportion.

Restaurants
Blue Print Cafe
Design Museum, Butlers Wharf, Bankside, London, SE1
Magdalen
152 Tooley Street, Bankside, London, SE1
The Garrison
99-101 Bermondsey Street, Bankside, London, SE1
Nearby tube/rail stations
London Bridge Tube
Tower Hill Tube

10. National Gallery

The National Art Gallery London has one of the finest collections of European paintings, particularly Western European paintings from 1250 to the present day. A visit to the National Gallery is an education in itself that echo’s with Europe’s rich history, legends, and myths. With a rich collection of 2000 plus paintings which includes the works of all the renowned European School of Paintings inclusive of masterpieces by some of Europe’s great artists, the National Gallery does have a magnetic appeal as far as art and culture is concerned.

You will come face to face with the works of luminaries of the stature of Giovanni Bellini, Van Eyck, Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Holbein, Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Van Gogh, Gainsborough to name just a few. The National Art Gallery was set up with the commitment to promote and uphold Europe’s rich art culture and with this in mind, the gallery has made itself accessible to one and all. There is no admission fee and it is one London Gallery, which has extended working hours.

Restaurants
National Dining Rooms
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London, WC2N
Katana
116 St Martins Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2N
The Portrait Restaurant
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, Soho, London, WC2H
Nearby tube/rail stations
Charing Cross Tube
Leicester Square Tube
Piccadilly Circus Tube