London tourist attractions

The most visited attractions in London are the British Museum, National Gallery, Tate Modern, Natural History Museum and Science Museum – all of which are free. The most popular paid attractions are the Tower of London, Kew Gardens, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Royal Academy of Arts. Surprisingly, places like the London Eye and Madame Tussauds don’t even make the Top 10.

Recommendations Craig recommends… I’ve written a bucket list of London’s top attractions, and reviewed over 200 of them on my London travel blog. Check out my Top 10 free attractions and example itineraries as well – I’ve put together a few ideas for quick day trips, two-day stop-overs on a weekend, three days, four days, five days, six days – right up to a whole week in London.

London landmarks

Thirty-five of the most famous landmarks in London that every tourist should try and see during their holiday – everything from Big Ben to Buckingham Palace.

Family days out with kids

Here’s a list of family-friendly attractions that make great days out with kids – everything from zoos and museums, to boat rides and open-top sightseeing buses.

London bucket list

It’s not easy choosing which attractions to see and which ones to skip, so we’re going to help you narrow it down with this big bucket list of the best places to visit.

Art galleries

London has some of the finest art collections in the world, and popular galleries like the National Gallery, Tate Modern and Tate Britain are completely free.


There are hundreds of museums in London so we’ve picked the Top 50. The big four are the British Museum, Natural History Museum, Science Museum and V&A.

Political attractions

Downing Street is home to the Prime Minister, Parliament is home to the government, and the other political departments are centred around Whitehall.

Royal palaces and mansions

Every tourist who comes to London has to visit Buckingham Palace, but did you know that there are five more Royal palaces worth seeing in the capital?

Parades and ceremonies

Changing the Guard is one of the must-see attractions on every tourist’s itinerary, but did you know that three more events take place every day in London?

Military attractions

These tourist attractions span 1,000 years of history, from the Norman White Tower right up to the underground bunker that Churchill used during the Blitz.

Maritime attractions

The River Thames runs right through the centre of the city so our sightseeing boats are a great way to spot some landmarks whilst sailing up to Tower Bridge.

Sightseeing buses and boats

Catching an open-top sightseeing bus is one of the most popular things to do in London. But how about catching a boat up the river instead?

Live music venues

Whatever kind of music you’re into London will have a venue for it: from huge rock arenas and intimate little concert venues, to classical music halls.

West End theatres

London’s theatre district is centred around the West End, where you’ll find everything playing from big Broadway musicals to one of Shakespeare’s plays.

Churches and cathedrals

Christopher Wren built fifty-one churches after the Great Fire of 1666, including the spectacular St. Paul’s – but Westminster Abbey is even more historic.

Shops and markets

London is a fantastic shopping destination. We’ve got packed high streets, street markets and luxurious department stores like Harrods and Fortnum & Mason.

Famous street names

London’s history stretches all the way back to Roman times, and we’ve still got a few street names and squares that date back to before the Great Fire of London.

Things to do for free

There are so many free attractions in London that you could spend an entire week over here and not spend anything on entry fees. Here’s our pick of the best ones.

The best viewing spots

London has some of the tallest skyscrapers in Europe, giving brave tourists a spectacular view of the city’s skyline from their observation floors.

Parks and gardens

London has four huge Royal parks that are practically in the centre of the city, and there are several surrounding hills that give you a great view of the skyline.

Day trips from London

If you’re in London for a five days or more then you’ll have plenty of time for one of these popular day trips, and visit an attraction further away from London.
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