Best London Attractions

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    10. Piccadilly Circus

    Perennially busy and illuminated by neon advertising, this intersection joins Regent and Coventry Streets, Shaftesbury Avenue, and Piccadilly. The highly commercialized area is generally a sea of tourists who come to...

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    9. Victoria & Albert Museum

    The "V&A South Kensington" occupies a gorgeous facility near Kensington Gardens and displays an extensive collection of decorative arts. In fact, it boasts more than 4 million objects in 146 galleries. Highlighting...

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    8. St. Paul's Cathedral

    Sir Christopher Wren's architectural masterpiece should be at the top of any sightseeing list. The sprawling cathedral is notable for its artistry and design, but it also offers a fascinating glimpse of England's...

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    7. Tower of London

    The Tower of London draws tourists who are taking a growing interest in some of the more lurid, murderous aspects of London's history. This vast, imposing brick building has been the site of many bloody events,...

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    6. Buckingham Palace

    Buckingham Palace is a sightseeing must. Queen Victoria moved into the vast mansion in 1837; since then, generations of royals have made the palace their home. Although wandering the grounds and taking photos of the...

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    5. Hyde Park

    Flush against Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park is probably London's most familiar and most popular park. It's more than a mile square and includes the Serpentine Lake, Marble Arch, the Diana Memorial Fountain and the...

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    3. Greenwich

    About four miles from the centre of London, the Greenwich district attractions are legion. They include the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory, Queen's House, Millennium Dome, wonderful Greenwich Park,...

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    2. Tate Modern

    The Tate Modern is breath taking even before you've seen whatever collection it's showing at the time you visit. Housed in an old turbine room, just walking down the walkway in to the entrance gives you an artistic...

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    1. London Eye

    London offers many places to catch great panoramas of the skyline and the Thames, but this attraction is one of the best. Run by British Airways, the Eye opened to great acclaim at the start of the new millennium;...

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About London Attractions

It's not for nothing that London is the most visited city in the world.  Things to see, history, and contemporary design abound, and everything is interspersed with beautiful green parks, and of course the long lazy river Thames.  If you feel like being educated, pop into one of hundreds of museums, art galleries and visitor's centres.  Feeling a bit more sporty ? Hire a bike and take a tour along the river or on one of London's many new cycle lanes, through parks and gardens, from the centre of town, right out to the Olympic site and beyond.  Need refreshment, then stop off at one of the many food stalls, cafes, restaurants and bars which have popped up all over the place, most in the summer with seating outside too.  And of course, you can't miss the big sites, like Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and the Tower of London.  And after you've seen the Crown Jewels, you can crown your day off with a trip on the London Eye, the big wheel which allows you to spot a new destination for the next day too.  You can jump on tourist buses, or just get a bus map and take your chance with the frequent and efficient red london buses, to cover a bit more distance in a day.  But don't forget to get off and walk round some of London's historic neighbourhoods or take a walking tour with an experienced guide, to get the lowdown on the history and culture that trod the pavements before you.


About Emma Wallis

London gives Emma a warm fuzzy feeling every time she gets back to her home city. As a writer and broadcaster she travels extensively round Europe and the world, but is always happy to return to London town.   All that travel means she knows what she looks for as a visitor to a new city: insider knowledge, tips, and the feeling that she's found...  Read more »

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