If you’re visiting London, you’ll want to make sure you tick off seeing all of its most iconic landmarks. With some great central London hotel deals available right now, why not take advantage, and plan your dream visit to the city? But, for first-time visitors especially, this can be a daunting and with so much to see and do, it can be hard to know where to start.
To help you put together the perfect trip, read on to check out the most well known sights in the city, and discover a little more about them.
You’ve probably seen the famous silhouette of this magnificent bridge before, but seeing this spectacular Victorian bridge in the flesh is something special. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to see the bridge open to allow ships through, but if not, take a walk across to catch some great views across the river.
And if you’re wondering if this is the same bridge name checked in the famous rhyme – it’s not! In fact, London Bridge is a little further down, and just as worth a visit.
Possibly the most famous clock in the world, Big Ben is actually the clock tower on the Houses of Parliament. It’s an impressive and awe-inspiring sight to see in person, and you can even take a climb up the tower to take a closer look at that famous bell.
St Paul’s Cathedral
One of London’s most iconic sights, the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral is an integral part of the city’s skyline. Admire it from afar to take in the sight of the cathedral in all its glory, but don’tmiss out on going inside too – where you can visit the crypt, explore the beautiful relics and artworks within, and even climb the 530 steps to the top.
If you’re staying in one of the Shaftesbury Suites in London at Marble Arch, you’ll be able to check out this triumphant Victorian masterpiece. Clad in white marble, the archway originally stood ahead of Buckingham Palace, but was painstakingly moved, brick by brick, in 1850, to its present location. While its impressive enough from a distance, be sure to take a closer look and explore the many beautiful sculpted panels across its surface.
Tower of London
Dating back to 1078, this royal palace and prison hearkens back to London’s long history, and is the home of the Crown Jewels. It’s well worth exploring the complex and fascinating history of the Tower with one of the famous Yeoman Warders.
As the Queen’s London residence, it is naturally one of the most important landmarks in the city. Enjoy the thrill of the Changing of the Guard ceremony from the gates, or take a closer look at royal life, with a guided tour inside.
The London Eye
While London has plenty of historic landmarks, the London Eye is one of its most famous contemporary ones. Standing 135 metres tall, take a ride in the enormous Ferris wheel, to be rewarded with some incredible views across the city.