10 Iconic London Landmarks You Can't Miss

  • Buckingham Palace - London, England

    Buckingham Palace

    The home of the Royal Family, Buckingham Palace is a major attraction to tourists coming to London.  Changing of the guard takes place every day at 11:30, a favorite event to see.  Most recently, Prince William and Princess Katherine could be seen waving from the balcony after their iconic wedding.

    Photo courtesy of roger4336

  • Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster - London, England

    Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament

    Taking 13 years to complete, Big Ben has been chiming since 1859.  Standing at one end of London's government buildings, the Houses of Parliament, it has become a well-loved landmark, with the public making up their own lyrics to its tune, since there are none. 

    Photo courtesy of hemant.sood

  • Trafalgar Square - London, England

    Trafalgar Square

    Originally built to commemorate Lord Nelson's success in the Battle of Trafalgar, this square, with its famous statues, the tallest that of Lord Nelson, is now a site of community gatherings and political rallies.  Notable sites are the fountains in the center and Admiralty Arch, a structure separating Trafalgar from The Mall, the ceremonial avenue leading to Buckingham Palace.  The National Gallery borders the northern side of the square, housing world famous works of art.

    Photo courtesy of Rev Stan

  • St. Paul's Cathedral - London, England

    St. Paul's Cathedral

    The magnificent St. Paul's Cathedral, offers spectacular public tours of its many domes, including a breathtaking view 364 feet down to the main cathedral floor.  Be sure to notice the dome ceiling and its 30 million pieces of glass depicting various biblical scenes.  The cathedral's bell is larger, surprisingly, than Big Ben's.

    Photo courtesy of Olivier Bruchez

  • Tower Bridge - London, England

    Tower Bridge

    Tower Bridge, a little over 100 years old, houses a museum inside its towers, known as the Tower Bridge Experience.  It is upon entering this that one can view films, holograms, see the engine room and gain access to the walkway above, which provides incredible views of the River Thames.

    Photo courtesy of Steve Parker

  • Covent Garden Market - London, England

    Covent Garden

    Covent Garden, once the city's famous fruit and vegetable market seen in the well-loved "My Fair Lady," is now London's central hub for shopping and entertainment in the West End.  The Royal Opera House, known as "Covent Garden" is here, home to world-class opera and ballet.

    Photo courtesy of dbaron

  • Kensington Palace - London, England

    Kensington Palace

    Kensington Palace, once a country home, has been the residence of many royals, including the Queen's sister Margaret and the late Princess Diana, who lived here after her divorce from Charles.  The newly wed Duke and Duchess of Cambridge now make their home here, located on the edge of Hyde Park.

    Photo courtesy of DoctorWho

  • Westminster Abbey - London, England

    Westminster Abbey

    London's most revered religious landmark, dating back to 616, is the prestigious site of many coronations, State funerals and the burial grounds for many queens and kings.  Poet's Corner is located here, where many famous English poets are buried.

    Photo courtesy of Jose and Roxanne

  • Piccadilly Circus and the Statue of Eros - London, England

    Piccadilly Circus and the Statue of Eros

    Piccadilly Circus is London's equivalent to New York City's Times Square and the heart of the city's entertainment district.  in the center of this modern square with its large neon signs stands the famous Statue of Eros, dated 1892. 

    Photo courtesy of SPakhrin

  • Royal Albert Hall - London, England

    Royal Albert Hall

    The Royal Albert Hall, since 1871, has been London's famed concert hall, hosting the world's best musicians.  Each summer the renowned Promenade, or PROMS concert series takes place for 7 weeks where famous soloists and visiting orchestras join the BBC Symphony.

    Photo courtesy of alecea

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