London is one of the world’s top tourist destinations, attracting an estimated 30 million visitors from all over the world each year. People travel to the capital to soak up the rich cultural heritage and to see some of the most iconic landmarks on the planet.
The great thing about visiting London is that its excellent public transport network, particularly the train and Underground system, enables you to travel with ease around the city. The majority of the capital’s top attractions are accessible via the rail network.
Read on to find out more about the best places to visit and why…
They released six studio albums – their final album before disbanding, The Gift, took the number one spot in the UK albums chart. After the band split, their record label re-released their first 15 singles, all of which entered the UK’s top 100 chart.
Attracting some 15 million tourists to Westminster every year, the top visitor attraction in the UK is the residence of Queen Elizabeth II, Buckingham Palace. Built in 1703 for the Duke of Buckingham, John Sheffield, it was originally known as Buckingham House.
It was enlarged extensively during the 19th century by architects Edward Blore and John Nash and became the residence of the British monarch in 1837 on the accession of Queen Victoria. The nearest rail station is Victoria Underground and Railway Station on the Circle, District and Victoria Lines – around five to ten minutes’ walk away.
Victoria and Albert Museum
Founded in 1852, the Victoria and Albert Museum, in Brompton, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, is popular all year round. In 2018, it attracted 4.3 million visitors. The museum covers 12.5 acres and features 145 galleries, with a collection of art spanning 5,000 years, from across Europe, North Africa, Asia and North America.
It is home to the world’s largest collections of glass, ceramics, textiles, silver, costumes, ironwork, furniture, jewellery, medieval objects, sculpture, prints, drawings and photographs. The nearest rail station is the South Kensington Underground Station.
The British Museum is one of London’s most famous landmarks, attracting an estimated six million visitors every year. Admission is free and the museum is open seven days a week.
Located near Tottenham Court Road and Holborn tube stations, it contains around seven million exhibits. Among the most popular are the world’s oldest mummy the Lindow Man and the Rosetta Stone, dating from Egypt in 196BC and inscribed with a decree issued by King Ptolemy V.
Established in 1753, the museum was built initially to house the collections of the Irish scientist and physician Sir Hans Sloane. It opened to the public in 1759 and expanded during the next 250 years to become the imposing building that sits on London’s skyline today.
Tower of London
The Tower of London is a legendary historic castle, standing on the north bank of the River Thames. It dates back to 1078 and 900 years later, it attracts around 2.8 million tourists annually.
Originally, the tower was a stone fortress built by England’s first Norman king, William the Conqueror, after his victory in the Norman Conquests. Fearing a rebellion, he set about building the biggest stone fortress in history in the 1070s.
Over the years, the building has been continually improved and developed. Today, it houses the Crown Jewels, totalling 23,578 pieces! Visitors can also enjoy a variety of historical re-enactments and tours.
The nearest tube station is Tower Hill, which is about a five-minute walk from The Tower of London.
Established in 2000, the Tate Modern art gallery is one of London’s newest attractions. Located in Bankside, in the SE1 district of the capital, it attracts 5.9 million visitors a year to view its collection of international modern art. It has fast become one of the world’s largest museums of modern and contemporary art, dating from 1900 to the present day.
It is housed in the former Bankside Power Station, which was built between 1947 and 1963.
The nearest rail stations to the Tate Modern are Blackfriars Train Station and Blackfriars Underground Station.
Towering 135 metres above the city, in the Lambeth area, on the south bank of the River Thames, the London Eye is another modern attraction. It attracts more than 3.75 million visitors each year and has won more than 85 tourism awards and further accolades for its engineering achievements and architectural qualities.
The giant Ferris wheel, the world’s largest cantilevered observation wheel, was designed by Marks Barfield Architects. It was launched by former Prime Minister Tony Blair on 31st December 1999 and opened to the public on 9th March 2000.
It is within easy walking distance of several London Underground stations, including Embankment, Waterloo, Westminster and Charing Cross.
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