London is one of the most exciting cities in the world. With its wealth of history, culture, sights, and activities, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to deciding what to do with your London vacation, but that’s where Let Me Show You London can help. Here’s our list of some of the best attractions we think you can’t miss!
The London Eye
Europe’s largest observation wheel, the London Eye is 443 feet tall and there’s no other place in London where you’ll get a better view of the city. As you gaze out at our ancient capital you’ll get a good sense of how the city is laid out – a charming collection of boroughs, jostling against one another – and it may help you decide which spot you want to head to next! The queues here are long so if you can, book in advance.
Founded in 1065 by Edward the Confessor, Westminster Abbey is one of the most iconic buildings in Britain. Since its founding, it has seen the crowning and burial of almost all British royals, and in more recent years it has played host to many royal weddings also.
Royalty aside, this magnificent Gothic edifice is an architectural joy. Its nave is the highest in England at 102 feet. And as well as being a beautiful work of art in itself it is home to memorials for some of the greatest artists our country has produced including Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Dickens.
Tower of London and Tower Bridge
The Tower of London is fascinating due to its storied past. A prison, a palace, a treasure vault and a private zoo, this world heritage site has seen it all! It was built by William the Conqueror in 1078 and it has stood the test of time with ease. Home to the Crown Jewels, the Royal Mint, the Beefeaters and a charming exhibition about the executions that have taken place there, you will have plenty to see as you visit.
Be sure to look out for the Tower Ravens; believed to protect the Crown and the Tower, superstition says that if the ravens ever leave then the Crown will fall and Britain with it.
Just outside the Tower is the famous Tower Bridge which rises majestically over the Thames, and you can enjoy both Tower and bridge on one of our Tower of London tours. Better yet, why don’t you try out our Westminster Abbey and Tower of London combination tour!
St Paul’s Cathedral
If you’re not too saturated with cathedrals then a visit to St Paul’s is a must. The largest church in London, this cathedral is certainly one of the finest in the world! Built on top of a Roman temple, the original church was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666 but its rebuild was designed by the acclaimed polymath, Sir Christopher Wren and it is considered by some to be the pinnacle of English architecture. Climb its stairs to marvel at its dome and its famous whispering gallery.
One of the top art museums in the world, London’s National Gallery is home to an incredibly comprehensive collection of European art through the ages. From Dutch masters to Italian renaissance artists to the complexity of modern art, this museum will take you on a journey of art that dates from the medieval to the 1920s. With so much on offer it is worth going on a National Gallery Highlights tour, so you’re sure not to miss the most important pieces.
Hampton Court Palace
When people think of palaces in London it is Buckingham Palace which usually springs to mind. And whilst Buckingham Palace is a terrific sight, Hampton Court Palace has a different kind of beauty. The Great Hall of Hampton Court dates back to Henry VIII and two of his wives are rumoured to haunt the palace. There are plenty of interesting features to see here and we recommend in particular the clock court, with its 16th century astronomical clock. The gardens are wonderful, particularly in mid may, and if you get the chance you can try and complete the palace maze.
London is a city full to the brim with things to do, so this is only a small selection of must-see spots. For a chance to see many of these sights and more you could try our Panoramic Walking Tour of London, which begins at Westminster Abbey and ends in the West End where you could end your day at the theatre or with a spot of shopping.
If you’d like to read a little more why not check out one of our guides on the specific sites we’ve mentioned.