Top 5 iconic attractions in London

London is an eminently touristy city, and when it comes to destinations that are so popular with tourists as the UK capital, an unofficial cannon of tourist attractions is always created, and these sights are generally the ones that every new visitor will go and see. Even if you’ve seen pictures of these attractions thousands of times, nothing beats seeing them in person. So embrace the cliche and visit some of these top 5 iconic attractions in London, it will be worth it!

London Eye

London is not as bright as Paris, but its mix of gloomy historical buildings and the neon signs of brad shops is an interesting combination, especially if you see it from above. This Ferris wheel on the banks of the Thames is the tallest wheel in Europe, and the it’s definitely the only one that affords a magnificent view of the intricate Houses of the Parliament.

British Museum

photo by Heather Kennedy

The British Museum is, to put it simply, incredibly big. One visit is nowhere near enough to visit the museum properly, except if you only want to run through it without looking at the displays. This one of the top 5 iconic attractions in London should be visited with a clear strategy in mind – pick just a department of a collection that you’re interested in, and visit some more the next day(s).

Buckingham Palace

The primary official residence of the British royal family is obviously an impressive sight, even if you won’t actually catch a glimpse of the royals. The palace itself is astounding, and even if you can’t see all of it (the tour will take you only to some of the rooms), you get a pretty accurate picture of the luxury of the place. The changing of the guards is also something that shouldn’t be missed!

Westminster Abbey

If you’ve seen the royal wedding on TV, you will probably recognize the Gothic Westminster Abbey, the cathedral where royal coronations, weddings and funerals take place. The cathedral has been serving this very purpose since the 12th century. If you’re really curious about it, you can visit the adjacent Westminster Abbey Museum.

The Tower of London

The gloomy Tower of London has played a crucial, but rarely pleasant role in English history. The castle dates back to the 11th century, and has been used as a prison since at least the 12th century, and many prominent historical figures took their last breath in the tower. Today, it is one of the most visited attractions in London, which also houses the priceless crown jewels.

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