Exhibitions dealing with its history inundate the Tower of London. As one of London’s most significant landmarks, the Tower and its exhibitions is a great opportunity for families to introduce older children to the history of one of Europe’s oldest cities. The Crown Jewels of the British Royal Family are also displayed here, showcasing the splendour of British history.
Standing at only 97.5 meters tall, the Big Ben can be difficult to see amongst taller buildings that have since been built. Still, there are wonderful viewpoints and photo opportunities on Westminster Bridge, one of our recommendation. It is awesome among the greatest areas for a quick walking tour, with its proximity to Westminister Abbey and the London Eye.
Though not an attraction that everyone enters as one can get great views from the Thames riverbank, the Tower Bridge remains an amazing draw. When you enter the bridge, not only can you get spectacular views of London and see the passing traffic through a high-level glass floor walkways, you can also explore its various exhibitions and even see the original Victorian Engine Room.
The British Royal family has been all the rage in recent years with Kate’s Cindarella-esque wedding to Prince William; where better to experience the Royal popularity than Westminster Abbey! As the historical setting for royal events including the solemn as well, Westminster Abbey also hosted Princess Diana’s Funeral. Combined with its cultural significance, Westminster Abbey is a must-see attraction for all fans of the Royals and tourists interested in British culture.
The London Eye is aptly named, as from the attraction, you can see almost all the popular attractions, including Big Ben, the Shard, and more! Since its completion in 2000, it has become one of London’s award-winning attractions, winning for tourism, architectural quality, and engineering.
Join the legions of famous individuals in history who have visited the Cathedral, including American civil rights activist Dr Martin Luther King who gave a sermon here on his trip to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. Architecture and acoustic fans would also be amazed by the Whispering Gallery 257 steps off the ground floor, where a whisper against the walls is audible on the opposite side!
Proposed by American actor/director Sam Wanamaker, the Globe Theatre was built as a theatre dedicated to all things Shakespearean. Not only is it a worthy site to visit to learn about the life of the great playwright, but you can also see shows, including William Shakespeare’s renowned Romeo and Juliet.
The Shard contains everything a tourist needs, from the Shangri-la Hotel to the Aqua Shard afternoon tea, from retail arcade to various bars and restaurants. You can even check out the open-air Skydeck on the 72nd floor, giving you a panoramic view of London for up to 65 kilometres. The only reason it is not higher on our top 10? It can be quite pricey.
Though some of the Royal Family still reside within Buckingham Palace, their concentration on the north side means other areas are open to the public. Attractions you can check out here include the famous Palace’s gardens and various exhibitions. Listen to the whispers of the walls as you walk down the halls where history was written.
Located directly in front of the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square offers you a perfect spot to relax as you soak in the sight before you: the Nelson Column and four stone lions which commemorate Lord Nelson’s victory in 1805 during the battle of Trafalgar. Though tourists abound and of great cultural value, it is perhaps the site’s popularity among pigeons that makes Trafalgar Square #10 in our list.