Planning a trip to London and wondering what to see with so many famous places in London? Well given its deep history, modern art movement, novelty skyscrapers, and more, I can’t blame you for not knowing where to start. So here are the 34 most famous London Landmarks that you absolutely must see when visiting London.
Top 10 Popular London Landmarks
If you are short on time or already have a jam-packed itinerary when visiting London, then these Top 10 London Landmarks should help you decide on what you absolutely must-see. This includes the Top 3 famous London Landmarks, big Ben, Buckingham Palace, and the London Eye.
1. London Landmarks – Big Ben
Address: Westminster, London SW1A 0AA
Big Ben the iconic face of London that needs no introduction. Built-in 1859 and standing at 316 feet tall, is this iconic clock tower with four faces. Where each represents one of the four nations that make up the United Kingdom. And if you happen to visit around the hour mark, well then listen out, as you’ll hear the clock chime every hour on the hour of every day.
If you must visit one Landmark that screams London, then Big Ben is your guy.
TIP: If you are visiting before the end of 2021 you may find a very bare and faceless clock tower, as Big Ben is currently undergoing maintenance.
2. London Landmarks – Buckingham Palace
Address: Westminster, London SW1A 1AA
Second on the list of our top 10 London Landmarks is Buckingham Palace, the official London residence and administrative headquarters of the British Monarchy i.e. Queen Elizabeth II. This iconic landmark in London plays center stage to official state occasions including wining and dining with other heads of states and presidents and is the key location for both celebratory and mourning occasions.
Remember the Royal kiss on the balcony from Prince William and Kate’s wedding? Yup, this is the balcony! It’s no wonder that Buckingham Palace is one of the most famous buildings in London eh!?
Buckingham Palace was built in 1703 by the Architect William Winde as a private residential large townhouse for Duke Buckingham. In 1761 King George III bought the palace for Queen Charlotte thus renaming it to The Queen’s House. However, it wasn’t until 1837 when Queen Victoria ascended to the throne, that Buckingham Palace became the official London residence for the British monarchy.
but let’s fast forward to today, whilst you won’t be able to go in and dine with the queen or head to the balcony for a smooch with a prince, you can certainly enjoy it from the royal palace gates.
3. London Landmarks – London Eye
Address: Riverside Building, County Hall, South Bank, London SE1 7PB
Ticket: London Eye Tickets
Number 3 on our list of the Top 10 Famous London Landmarks is The London Eye. The all-seeing Millennium eye standing proudly on the riverbank of Waterloo South Bank is an absolute must-visit when in London. As the name suggests, it was built for the new millennium, and whilst it’s no longer the tallest Ferris Wheel in the world, it most certainly was when it was built in 2000.
If you’re not a fan of heights or fast rides, be rest assured, that the London Eye goes perfectly slow allowing you to take in flawless views of the city. From here you’ll be able to see popular London Landmarks, including The Shard, St Paul’s Cathedral, Parliament and more.
For my fellow photographers, a trip to the London Eye is an absolute must. You’ll be able to get amazing pictures both on the ground and off the ground.
4. London Landmarks – Trafalgar Square
Address: Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross, London WC2N 5DN
Trafalgar Square is another top London Landmark within the Westminster district that draws in crowds from everywhere. With the famous lions , sweeping staircases, and large fountains, there are lots of picture opportunities waiting for you here.
Any Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge fans in the house? You’ll recognise Trafalgar Square as the square where Amrish Puri feeds the pigeons every morning.
Trafalgar Square is a public square that is named after the Battle of Trafalgar, where The British Navy claimed victory over France and Spain on 21st October 1805. However, Trafalgar Square has been an important London landmark since the 1200s. Since then, it has been used for community gatherings, political demonstrations, religious festivals, and more.
And if that wasn’t enough, look out for Nelson’s column standing proudly in the square. The column was erected to commemorate Admiral Horatio Nelson’s victory at the battle of Trafalgar, in which he lost his life.
TIP: If you want the perfect shot of Nelson’s column against Trafalgar Square, be sure to stand on the Isle just opposite.
5. London Landmarks – Tower Bridge
Address: Tower Bridge Rd, London SE1 2UP
Ticket: Tower Bridge Ticket in London
Tower Bridge is probably one of the most famous bridges in the world, that no trip to London will be complete without a visit to this famous London Landmark.
Located in the heart of London, is this beautiful Bascule/suspension Bridge that was built between 1886 and 1894. One of the most fascinating things about Tower Bridge is that it will swing open whenever a large ship passes through, to allow traffic to flow up and down the River Thames.
TIP: Want to time your visit with when the bridge opens? Then be sure to check the Tower Bridge Lift Times here.
Want to get above the traffic to really experience the view from the bridge? Then be sure to head to the High level walkway which features an exhibition detailing London through the years, a glass floor, and panoramic views of the city for the ultimate Tower Bridge experience.
6. Oldest London Landmarks – Tower of London
Address: St Katharine’s & Wapping, London EC3N 4AB
Ticket: Tower of London Ticket
Sixth on our list of the Top 10 London Landmarks is The Tower of London. The tower is located on the Northside of Tower Bridge and is an absolute must-visit for any history buff visiting London.
The Tower of London was built in 1066 by William The Conqueror in the heart of London making it the oldest London Landmark to still be intact today. And since then, the Tower has lived through many historical events. From being destroyed in WW2 to witnessing the infamous beheading of Anne Boleyn ( the 2nd wife of Henry VIII) this tower has seen it all. If only these walls could talk!
Want to add some bling to your visit? Well then you’ll be glad to know that the Tower of London is home to over 25,578 gemstones that’s worth over £2 Billion. And yes this includes the famous Kohinoor that was “gifted” by India (the jury is still out on this).
FUN FACT: Did you know that there’s a legend that says that there always must be six ravens at the Tower of London else the monarchy will fall? Well, today you’ll be able to find 6 ravens at the tower plus one spare. You know, just in case.
7. London Landmarks – The British Museum
Address: Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG
Welcome to The British Museum, home to the famous staircase against the dramatic sweeping background and to the more important two million years worth of human history and culture.
There are lots of exhibitions, events, and collections on display here all year round including Egyptian Mummies, Islamic Art, Ancient China, Roman and Greek sculptures, jewellery, armour, vases and more to name a few.
London is truly a multicultural city and the British Museum is a fantastic place to learn about so many of our origins in one place. Not to mention that there are some great photo opportunities awaiting you here.
TIP: Museum fans, rejoice! As you’ll be glad to know that all of London’s museums are free of charge to enter. Though there may be a charge for special exhibitions once inside.
8. London Landmarks – Hyde Park
Address: St. Paul’s Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD
Hyde Park is probably the most famous park in London, and if you’re not familiar with it, I would say to think of it as London’s version of the famous Central Park in New York. In the winter this is where our Winter Wonderland festival is set up and in the summer this is where families and friends meet up for concerts, picnics, BBQs, boating on the lakes, and for more fun in the sun.
Given that Hyde Park is one of the many parks surrounding Buckingham Palace, it is also one of the most popular landmarks for tourists visiting London. This park will lead you into other popular and luxurious postcodes including Knightsbridge, High street Kensington, Bayswater, and Marble Arch.
So whilst you can’t spend a nice at the palace, you can certainly stay at a hotel within one of those areas that overlook Hyde Park.
9. London Landmarks – St Pauls Cathedral
Address: St. Paul’s Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD
At the highest point in London city, stands this 1,400 years old cathedral in dedication to St Paul, St Paul’s Cathedral. This famous London landmark has been the focal point for many events including the iconic wedding of Prince Charles to Princess Diana, may she rest in peace.
TIP: Harry Potter fans may recognise the cathedral from another iconic screen moment in the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Today you can admire St Paul’s Cathedral from the outside and visit the inside. Once you enter, you’ll be welcomed by an awe-inspiring interior and architecture as you walk in the footsteps of royalty. You’ll then have the opportunity to climb the dome to experience the Whispering Gallery and climb even higher for sweeping views of the city.
10. London Landmarks – Westminster Abbey
Address: 20 Deans Yd, Westminster, London SW1P 3PA
Last on the list of our Top 10 London Landmarks is Westminster Abbey. One of the most famous abbeys in London. Whilst it is often mistaken to be in the house of commons, you’ll actually find it standing proud just across the street from Parliament.
Like St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey has hosted many royal weddings, including that of Prince William and Princess Catherine. However, Westminster Abbey has one additional special role. This is where every British monarch has held their coronation ceremony since 1066.
In addition to the joyous times, Westminster Abbey has also seen many funerals for past Kings, Queens, poets, musicians, scientists and politicians. Today there’s over 3,000 great Britons buried here.
Today you’ll be able to explore the various areas of the Abbey. This includes the Poet’s Corner, The Lady Chapel, The Famous Coronation Chair, A Medieval Chamber, Royal Tombs, and more.
More Iconic And Famous London Landmarks
11. Palace of Westminster
Address: Westminster, London SW1A 0AA
If you are expecting to see another Royal Palace in London other than Buckingham Palace, I don’t blame you. But I’m sorry to break it to you, The Palace of Westminster is actually the iconic building that runs off Big Ben. However, this doesn’t make it any less of a palace. As once upon a time during the Medieval period, this used to be the primary residence of the English Monarchy.
Today the Palace of Westminster well the northern end anyway is home to the Speaker, and it’s where both the House of Commons and the House of Lords meet. When visiting you can enjoy the exquisite interior, some of the most famous rooms in the palace, and the gardens.
TIP: Any afternoon tea fans? You’ll be to enjoy some traditional afternoon tea here at one of London’s famous landmarks.
Virtual Tour of Palace of Westminster
Want a free guided virtual tour of the Palace of Westminster? Well, you can get a full 360o virtual tour here of several rooms inside the Palace of Westminster. This includes the Commons Chamber, Lords Chamber, and the Central Lobby.
TIP: Be sure to prebook your free online guided tour of the Palace of Westminster!
12. 10 Downing Street
Address: 10 Downing St, Westminster, London SW1A 2AB
No. 10 Downing Street is the official residence of the Prime Minister of England since 1735 and is an absolute must-see when in London. It originally was three properties overlooking St James Park until it became one property and the official Prime Minister’s residence.
Since then, many monumental decisions have been taken behind these doors like ending the British Empire, handling the Great Depression in 1929, directing World War I and World War II, and most recently tackling the Covid-19 pandemic.
Although you can’t go beyond the gates, you can most certainly commemorate this iconic Landmark with a selfie outside the gate.
13. Horse Guards Parade
Address: T13 Macclesfield St, Westminster, London W1D 5BR
Not too far from 10 Downing Street is The Horse Guards Parade. The famous ceremonial parade ground located in St James Park. For those of you who have ever seen the Trooping of The Colour that’s held every year for the Queen’s birthday in London, would without a doubt recognise these grounds. As this is the iconic London Landmark where it’s held.
Today you’ll be able to walk the grounds and even strike a pose with one of the famous royal horses that comes complete with a royal guard riding it. Given that London has many Landmarks, could there be a cuter one to scream London!?
TIP: Want to catch the changing of the Queen’s Life Guard? Well, you can do so every weekday at 11 am and at 10 am on Sundays.
14. The National Gallery
Address: Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross, London WC2N 5DN
The National Gallery is the famous backdrop to the fountains and lions in Trafalgar Square that was built in 1824 and is more than just a pretty face. The famous National Gallery in London houses famous paintings by Leonardo Da Vinci, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, and Botticelli to name a few.
And if that wasn’t enough, The National Gallery has an art collection of over 2,650 paintings by over 202 artists where the majority are displayed in various rooms. This includes the Virgin and Child Enthroned painting by Tuscan artist Margarito d’Arezzo which dates back to 1263-4, making it the oldest painting in The National Gallery London’s collection.
Like the British Museum, entry to the National Gallery is free, but a ticket may be required for some exhibitions inside.
Virtual Tour of The National Gallery
Want a virtual tour of The National Gallery? Well, now you can walk through the halls of this iconic gallery from anywhere in the world.
And the best part, you have three virtual tours to choose from:
- Google Virtual Tour
- Virtual Reality Tour of The Sainsbury Wing
- Sensing The Unseen: Step into Gossaert’s ‘Adoration’, Mobile Edition
15. London Bridge
London Bridge is falling down, falling down, falling down…
Joke, be rest assured that London Bridge is nice and stable. But for anyone that’s familiar with the nursery rhyme, you’ll be familiar with London Bridge. The bridge that got burned down and rebuilt numerous times throughout history.
Today, London Bridge is the famous bridge that connects the City of London on the north, with Southwark on the south. From here you’ll be able to get undisturbed photographs of yourself against Tower Bridge, The Shard, and more.
TIP: Want a not so busy/touristic bridge with great view of the City of London? Well then London Bridge is for you.
16. The Shard
Address: 32 London Bridge St, London SE1 9SG
The Shard is that big shiny building in London that looks like a bunch of glass shards have been delicately stacked up against each other. In fact, The Shard is made up of 11,000 glass panels standing at 310 meters tall and spanning a total area of 56,000 square meters.
The Shard is made up of 26 floors which include
- 28 Office floors
- 3 floors of restaurants
- The famous Shangri-La Hotel The Shard on floors 34 -52
- 13 residential floors
- The view from The Shard – 3 viewing platforms on floors 68 – 72
TIP: Yes, there is a viewing platform that you can visit, but I would highly recommend visiting one of the six restaurants in The Shard for a meal or drink and get a view of the city for free.
With so much happening at The Shard, it’s no wonder that it’s one of the best London Landmarks.
17. Gateshead Millennium Bridge
Address: S Shore Rd, Gateshead NE8 3BA
The Gateshead Millennium Bridge in London is yet another famous London Landmark that was built to celebrate the arrival of the new Millennium. The Millennium Bridge was designed by architect Norman Foster, the winner of the competition held in 1996. Construction on the bridge began shortly after and was finally opened up to the public on 17th September 2001.
The Gateshead Millennium Bridge is the only pedestrian bridge in London that is 144 meters long and 4 meters wide and has a very modern aesthetic to it. The bridge runs from the foothill of St Paul’s Cathedral in the North to the South bank of the river, well to the South.
TIP: Whilst the Millennium Bridge is every bit as beautiful in the day, it’s also worth a visit at night.
And yes, The Millennium Bridge is one of the most famous places in London and is without a doubt one of the most popular London Landmarks with tourists. So expect it to be busy. But if you visit during the weekdays, you may find it to be less busy.
18. Natural History Museum London
Address: Cromwell Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 5BD
The Natural History Museum, is without a doubt a London Landmark, even with the locals. Whilst the iconic dinosaur skeleton is no longer on display in the main hall, today you’ll find the skeleton of a whale (lovingly named Hope), waiting to greet you as you enter the museum.
The Natural History Museum was built in 1880 and opened its doors to the public in 1881. Since then the museum has accumulated over 80 million specimens, of which only a small fraction ever makes it onto the displays. Despite that, there are still many collections that you can enjoy at the Natural History Museum in London.
The Natural History Museum collections are:
- Entomology Collections – the study of insects and arachnids
- Botany Collections – the study of everything botanical related including seeds, ferns, algae, and more
- Zoology Collections – the study of over 29 million animal specimens
- Paleontology Collections – the Ross collection i.e. the study of seven million fossils
- Mineralogy Collections – the study of 500,000 rocks, gems, minerals, and 5,000 meteorites
Virtual Tour of The Natural History Museum In London
Did you know that there are 14 ways to virtually explore The Natural History Museum in London? Yup, you read that right, there are now 14 different experiences that you can virtually explore from anywhere in the world.
Some of these are:
- Stroll Around The Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature Exhibition
- Dive into the life of a Blue Whale named Hope
- Be guided around the Hintze Hall with Sir David Attenborough
- Virtual Tour of The Natural History Museum to see over 300,00 specimens
19. Victoria and Albert Museum
Address: Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL
The Victoria & Albert Museum is the world’s leading museum of applied and decorative art, sculpture, design, and performance. This famous London museum was founded in 1852 and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
Today the V&A houses a permanent collection of over 2.27 Million objects and holds special exhibitions throughout the year. You’ll even find a plaster reproduction of Michael Angelo in the Weston Cast Court without having to jump on a plane to Florence in Italy.
20. Tate Modern
Address: Bankside, London SE1 9TG
If you are into Contemporary Art, then The Tate Modern is for you. The Tate Modern is the most famous Contemporary Art Gallery in London and for good reasons. Since opening, its doors in May 2000, it has attracted more than 40 million people and has established itself as one of the Top 3 UK Tourist Attractions.
The Tate Modern has many art collections on display ranging from 1500 to the present day. Want to check out the full collection? You can see it here.
21. Madame Tussauds London
Address: Marylebone Rd, Marylebone, London NW1 5LR
Madame Tussauds is one of those famous landmarks that’s in every city and London is no exception. After all, it is the original Madame Tussauds, and the first one to be opened. Since opening, its doors in 1884, Madame Tussauds has seen many events including being hit by a bomb in 1940 during WWII. But like always, Madame Tussauds repairs and carries on.
Today you’ll be able to see over 300 wax sculptures at Madame Tussauds. This includes wax figurines of popular Hollywood and Bollywood celebrities, The British Monarchy, musical artists, sporting legends, world leaders, and more.
TIP: Ever wanted to see the 6 ft 6 boxing champion Anthony Joshua up close? Well, now you can as he’s the latest addition to Madame Tussauds. Also, did I mention that you can take a selfie with the selfie queen herself, Kim Kardashian?
22. Leicester Square
Address: Leicester Square, West End, London WC2H 7LU
Leicester Square is one of the most famous squares in London and without a doubt one of the must-see London Landmarks. This is one of the liveliest squares in London that’s filled with buskers, restaurants, bars, novelty shops such as M&M World, The Lego Store, and more.
Additionally, Leicester Square is home to two famous cinemas, The Odeon and Cineworld (formally the Empire). The Odeon Leicester Square is that famous cinema in London that hosts all those red carpet events and premieres since opening its doors on 2nd November 1937.
23. Chinatown Gate
Address: 10 Wardour St, West End, London W1D 6BZ
Just a few steps away from Leicester Square is the Chinatown Gate. Although Chinatown London had been established as far back as the 1800s, it wasn’t until July 2016 that the Chinatown Gate was opened. Here you’ll be able to find endless rows of restaurants, bars, Asian bakeries, reflexology, souvenir shops, K-beauty store, and more.
Without a doubt, you’ll be picking up a baked good or another tasty treat when you’re in Chinatown. And if so, it is tradition to get a mandatory picture of your food item against the Chinatown Gate. Well, at least it’s mine and other Londoner’s tradition. Just take a look at Instagram ?.
TIP: If you’re unsure of what to get, opt for a bubble waffle, bubble tea, ube doughnut, or custard-filled fish-shaped waffle. And the best part, these are Halal-friendly too.
24. The Mall
Address: The Mall, London
The Mall London is located in St James Park and is a processional route in honour of Queen Victoria that runs from Trafalgar Square to Buckingham Palace. If you have ever watched the London marathon then you’ll be familiar with this iconic location as this is the starting and finishing line for the marathon.
If you happen to be visiting on a day when there’s an event well then you’re in for a treat. And if you’re not, then you can go ahead and feel royally important as you walk down the red-painted lane giving the impression that you are walking down a red carpet.
25. Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Walk
Address: 42 The Mall, London SW1A 2BJ
Okay so this is more of a walk than a landmark within itself, but the iconic Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Walk will take you through four royal parks which are of course London Landmarks. This is a circular 7-mile walk that will take you through St James Park, Green Park, Hyde Park, and the famous Kensington Gardens.
And if the royal parks weren’t enough, you’ll also see Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace, Clarence House, St James’s Palace, and Spencer House. What a better way to see 5 iconic London Landmarks.
TIP: Get the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Walk route map here.
26. Clarence House
Address: 8 Cleveland Row, St. James’s, London SW1A 1BA
Clarence House is a British royal residence that stands on The Mall in the City of Westminster beside St James Palace. It was built between 1825 – 1827 for Prince William Henry, the Duke of Clarence, to the design of architect John Nash.
Since then many royals have lived in Clarence House, including
- 1947: Queen Elizabeth II and Her Husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, moved into Clarence House shortly after their wedding in 1947.
- 1950: Princess Anne, the daughter of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip was born here at Clarence House in 1950
- 1953: Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, and Princess Margaret, The Queen’s sister, moved into Clarence House after Queen Elizabeth II became Queen and moved into Buckingham Palace. Princess Margaret remained here until she moved into a flat at Kensington Palace.
- 2002: After the death of his grandma Queen Elizabeth, Charles, Prince of Wales moved into Clarence House with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and his two sons, Prince William, and Prince Harry. Prince William and Harry both stayed here until their marriages in 2010 and 2018.
- 2021: Today, Clarence House remains the official London residence for Charles, Prince of Wales, and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
TIP: Want to keep up with Clarence House? You can check out the Clarence House Instagram page here.
Wondering if Clarence House is a part of Buckingham Palace? The answer is no, but Clarence House is just down the road from Buckingham Palace. In fact, Clarence House is actually its own residential entity, but it does share the palace gardens with St James Palace.
With so many British Royals in London having had walked down the halls of Clarence House, it not a surprise that Clarence House is one of the must-see London Landmarks when visiting London.
27. Victoria Memorial, London
Address: London SW1A 1AA
Following the Pall Mall path from Trafalgar Square is Buckingham Palace. And just outside of the Palace Gates stands a Gold Memorial. Sounds familiar? Well, this golden statue is none other than the Victoria Memorial London, standing at 25 meters high and 104 ft wide.
If the name wasn’t already a dead giveaway, the Victoria Memorial is a statue in honour of Queen Victoria who reigned over the United Kingdom and Ireland from 1837 and India from 1876, until her passing on 22nd January 1901. It was upon her passing that King Edward VII had suggested the creation of a memorial to honour the Queen.
Sculptor and Medallist Sir Thomas Brock rose to the occasion, as he both designed and executed the sculpting of the Victoria Memorial, London. The central pylon of the memorial is made of Pentelic Marble and the individual statues are made of Lasa Marble and gilt bronze. With all of that on board, it’s no wonder that the memorial weights 2,300 tonnes.
Although the design on the Victoria Memorial started in 1901, it wasn’t unveiled to the public until 16th May 1911. Ten years after the Queen had passed. And even more, it wasn’t until 1924 that construction on the Victoria Memorial, London was completed.
Today you’ll find The Victoria Memorial still standing outside Buckingham Palace and a very popular attraction with tourists visiting London.
28. Kensington Palace Gardens
Address: Kensington Palace Gardens, Kensington, London W8 4PU
You may have heard of Kensington Gardens, but have you heard of Kensington Palace Gardens?
If you were to Google Kensington Palace Gardens I’ll bet two things would pop up.
- Kensington Palace Gardens – The tree-lined avenue behind Kensington Palace and Kensington Gardens that’s known as the most expensive residential street in the world.
- Kensington Palace Gardens – The public palace gardens behind Kensington Palace.
Now you’re probably wondering which one you should be visiting, well let put me you out of your misery because you should be visiting both. Consider this as a buy one, get one free offer, except you’ll be getting two London Landmarks here.
So let’s start with the main attraction here, the public palace gardens behind Kensington Palace. Once upon a time, The Kensington Palace Gardens use to be the then reigning King’s playground. If you think I’m joking, this is literally where Henry VIII used to host his huge deer chases.
Today when visiting, you’ll be able to walk through the Formal Gardens designed by King and Queens of the past. This includes the serpentine boating lakes, Broad Walk, and the round pond. Additionally, there’s the Sunken Garden that was planted in 1908 and the Cradle Walk that’s the perfect backdrop for every photographer enthusiast out there.
And when you’re done exploring the gardens, you can then head over to the Kensington Palace Gardens Avenue, for a stroll down one of the most exclusive streets in London. It has two entrances that connect Notting Hill Gate with Kensington High Street, so wherever you end up you’ll be in good scenery.
29. Royal Albert Hall
Address: Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 2AP
Ticket: London Royal Albert Hall Tour
The Royal Albert Hall is one of the most iconic, treasured, and famous buildings in London that also happens to be a popular concert hall on the northern edge of South Kensington. Since opening its doors in 1871, the Royal Albert Hall has seen many legends, productions, and awards take center stage, including the BAFTA awards.
Whilst a photo outside this iconic London Landmark is enough of a souvenir to take back home from your trip, an experience inside the Royal Albert Hall is not to be missed.
30. Regents Park
Address: London NW1 4NR
Regents Park is one of the most popular parks in London, which is an absolute must-visit when visiting London. This beautiful 410 acres park in the City of Westminster comes complete with a boating lake, tree-lined pathways, formal gardens, and children’s playgrounds.
And if that wasn’t enough, Regents Park also has an Open Air Theatre and is connected to London Zoo! But my favourite thing to see here is the popular Queen Mary’s Rose Gardens. It comes complete with Japanese garden vibes and even a waterfall that will make you think that you have stepped into a traditional garden in Kyoto.
31. Marble Arch
Address: London W1H 7EJ
Marble Arch is the famous London Landmark located at the edge of Hyde Park and at the start of Oxford Street. London’s best shopping street. Given its prime location, it’s no wonder that Marble Arch is such a popular tourist attraction, however, it more than just a pretty face.
As the name suggests, March Arch in London is made of white marble and was designed by John Nash in 1827 to be the state entrance to Buckingham Palace. However, in 1851 architect Decimus Burton (an ex-pupil of John Nash) moved the Marble Arch to its current location. But it wasn’t until the early 1960s when Park Lane was widened that Marble Arch became a large traffic island. Since then it’s been playing host to the endless throngs of tourists and locals that visit it every day.
In fact, if you ask any London millennial they can tell you all about their teenage stories around the Marble Arch. As this was a very popular meetup location for those heading to Edgware road for food and shisha. Prior to the indoor smoke ban that is.
FUN FACT: If you think that Marble Arch looks very similar to Arch of Constantine in Rome or the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel in Paris, well you wouldn’t be wrong. As John Nash drew inspiration from both monuments to design Marble Arch in London.
32. Oxford Street
Address: Oxford St, Soho, London W1B 3AG
Welcome to Oxford Street, London’s shopping Mecca. Oxford street is the go-to place for everything that you could possibly need when in London or shopping for things to take back home. With over 300 restaurants and shops on Oxford Street, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
From a luxury personalised high end shopping experience at Selfridges to safari like shopping experience at the wild and popular Oxford Street Primark, there’s something here for everyone. And when you’re done shopping until your heart’s content the food options here will spoil you.
Regardless of your dietary requirements you’ll find a restaurant or food court in Oxford Street and the surrounding area to suit your taste. This includes Halal friendly restaurants.
33. Piccadilly Circus
Address: Piccadilly Circus, London W1B 5DQ
Piccadilly Circus is one of London’s most popular Landmarks that’s very popular with tourists. It is a road junction that was built in 1819 to connect Regent Street with Piccadilly. Though it wasn’t until the mid 1880s that it garnered the name Picadilly Circus from the former monicker Regent Circus South.
FUN FACT: Piccadilly Circus was built under the architectural designs of suprise surpsrise, John Nash.
But what Piccadilly Circus is actually famous for, are the gigantic billboards that line the corner of the junction. Think Times Square in New York. This is a popular photography spot for both street and portrait photographers as well as selfie lovers alike.
A picture against this famous London Landmark is absolutely necessary when in London.
34. Shakespeare’s Globe
Address: 21 New Globe Walk, London SE1 9DT
Last but not least on our list of the most iconic and famous London Landmarks is Shakespeare’s Globe. The Shakespeare Globe is a world-renowned theatre, education center, and cultural landmark that is a must-visit for every Shakespeare fan.
The Shakespeare Globe is actually a reconstruction of the Globe Theatre which was built in 1559 by Shakespeare’s playing company. Shakespeare’s Globe was opened in 1997 with a production of Henry V by the founder, actor, and director Sam Wanamaker. And for the iconic part, it is only 230 meters away from the Globe Theatre. What a perfect way to honour the original theatre right?
Today when visiting Shakespeare’s Globe, you’ll be able to explore the Globe Theatre, Swan Bar, Swan Restaurant, and the souvenir shop. But if you really want to experience the life of the theatre, be sure to time your visit with a play. You can expect to see Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream amongst many more classics. What a better way to truly experience the English culture eh?
TIP: Check the latest play schedules here.
Virtual Tour of Shakespeare’s Globe
Cannot make it to Shakespeare Globe and want to experience a virtual tour of the globe? Well, now you can. No matter where you are in the world, you can now walk around Shakespeare’s Globe in two ways:
- A Virtual Tour of Shakespeare’s Globe online using View 360o
- A Virtual Tour of Shakespeare’s Globe online using 360 APP
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And there we have it, the complete list of our Top 34 London Landmarks that you absolutely must see when visiting London. And as you’ll see, the majority of attractions here can be enjoyed without having to spend a penny!
From museums, to art galleries, monuments and historical buildings there’s something here for everyone.