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A guide to London landmarks, from Big Ben to Westminster Abbey. Information about the top landmarks in the capital, with photographs and videos of the most famous landmarks.

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London landmarks> Big Ben
Big Ben is the most famous landmark in London, but did you know that you can climb up Big Ben and see the bell? Craig has stood ten feet from the Big Ben bell
> Buckingham Palace
This is the Queen’s London home. Don’t miss Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace, because it’s one of most famous attractions in London. Closed to the public, except during the Summer Opening in Aug-Sep Craig has visited the Summer Opening several times, and spent a fortune on the Evening Tour
> City Hall
City Hall is a new landmark in London, and is where the Mayor of London has his day-to-day office. 8.30 AM to 5.30 PM (Mon-Fri) Craig has been to City Hall and seen Boris Johnson at Mayor’s Question Time
> Cleopatra’s Needle
Cleopatra’s Needle is the oldest of Londons landmarks, and was carved for Pharaoh Tuthmose III in 1475 BC. Read Craig’s review of Cleopatra’s Needle
> Downing Street
Downing Street is one of the most famous London landmarks, because No.10 is home to the British Prime Minister. Craig has stood outside the Downing Street gates
Top landmarks in London> Harrods
Harrods is the most famous shop in London, and is one of the world’s most famous (and expensive!) department stores. 10 AM to 9 PM (Mon-Sat); 11.30 AM to 6 PM (Sun) Craig has done some window shopping at Harrods (obviously he couldn’t afford to buy anything)
> Horse Guards Parade
Horse Guards is one of the top London landmarks because you can see two different daily parades: the Dismounting Ceremony and Changing the Guard. Read Craig’s review of Horse Guards, Changing of the Guard and the Dismounting Ceremony
Famous London landmarks> Houses of Parliament
One of the most recognisable and famous London landmarks, and where you can see PMQs and MP debating in the House of Commons. Closed to the public, except during the Summer Opening in Aug/Sep, and selected Saturdays Read Craig’s review of the Summer Opening, Saturday tour, Prime Minister’s Questions, and a debate inside the House of Commons and House of Lords
> Globe Theatre
The Globe is a replica of William Shakespeare’s playhouse. Check out our guide to Shakespeare events in London. Guided tour during the theatre season (mid-Apr to mid-Oct): Every 30 mins from 9.30 AM to 5 PM (Mon); 9.30 PM to 12.30 PM (Tue-Sat); 9.30 AM to 11.30 AM (Sun) – Guided tour outside the theatre season (mid-Oct to mid-Apr): Every 30 mins from 9.30 AM to 5 PM (Mon-Sun) – Museum: 9 AM to 5 PM (Mon-Sun) Craig has watched a play at the Globe Theatre and also been on a guided tour of the theatre
> Kensington Palace
Kensington Palace was home to Queen Victoria and Princess Di. Now it’s home to Prince William. 10 AM to 6 PM (Mon-Sun, Mar-Oct); 10 AM to 5 PM (Mon-Sun, Nov-Feb) Craig has been to visit Kensington Palace
> Leicester Square
Leicester Square is in the heart of London’s West End, and where all the big blockbuster film premieres take place. Read Craig’s review of Leicester Square
> London Eye
Another famous London landmark, and one of the biggest ferris wheels in the world. Closed (middle two weeks of Jan); 10 AM to 8.30 PM (last week of Jan-Mar); 10 AM to 9.30 PM (first half of Apr); 10 AM to 9 PM (second half of Apr); 10 AM to 9 PM (Sun-Thu, May-Jun); 10 AM to 9.30 PM (Fri-Sat, May-Jun); 10 AM to 9.30 PM (Sat-Thu, Jul-Aug); 10 AM to 11.30 PM (Fri, Jul-Aug); 10 AM to 8.30 PM (Sep-first week of Jan) Craig has taken a ride on the London Eye (but against his will – he hates heights!)
> Marble Arch
Whilst it’s hardly one of London’s top landmarks, it is still very well known to local Londonders – as a roundabout! Craig’s review of Marble Arch (and the pigeons)
> Monument
One of the earliest landmarks in London, which commemorates the Great Fire of London. 9.30 AM to 6 PM (Mon-Sun, Apr-Sep); 9.30 AM to 5.30 PM (Mon-Sun, Oct-Mar) Craig hates heights, but reviewed The Monument
Landmarks in London> O2 Arena
The O2 is a relatively new London landmark, and puts on rock and pop concerts, sports events and huge exhibitions.
> Nelson’s Column
Nelson’s Column is one of the top London landmarks, and stands in the centre of Trafalgar Square, surrounded by lions. Craig has written a review of Nelson’s Column
> Piccadilly Circus
The neon lights of Piccadilly Circus and the Eros fountain have become a favourite London landmark for tourists. Craig has been to Piccadilly Circus and had a walk around the West End at night
> Royal Albert Hall
The Royal Albert Hall is where the world famous Prom Concerts season take place every summer. Craig has been on a tour of Royal Albert Hall and watched one of the classical Proms concerts
> Royal Courts of Justice
Tourists may never have heard of it, but the beautiful gothic splendour of the Royal Courts of Justice definitely makes it one of Londons most famous landmarks. Building: 9 AM to 4.30 PM (Mon-Fri) – Court cases: 10.30 AM and 1 PM, and 2 PM to 4.30 PM (Mon-Fri); Note: Children under the age of 14 are not allowed inside the courts Craig has been on a guided tour and attended a trial at the Royal Courts of Justice (not his own!)
> Royal Exchange
The splendid facades of the Royal Exchange, Bank of England and Mansion House are at the centre of The City. Shops: Usually 10 AM to 6 PM (Mon-Sun) – Bars and restaurants: Usually 8 AM to 11 PM (Mon-Sun) Craig likes the building, but not much else…
> Royal Observatory
The Royal Observatory on top of Greenwich Hill is famous for the Meridian Line, where the western hemisphere meets the east. 10 AM to 5 PM (Mon-Sun) Craig’s been to the Royal Observatory Planetarium
> St. James’s Palace
One of London’s most historic landmarks. It was built by Henry VIII five hundred years ago. Closed to the public 
Top London landmarks> St. Paul’s Cathedral
No list of Londons landmarks would be complete without Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece: St. Paul’s. Every tourist should try and visit the Whispering Gallery and an Evensong service. 8.30 AM to 4.30 PM (Mon-Sat); The cathedral is only open for worship on Sundays Craig has written a review of St. Paul’s Cathedral and listened to a choral Evensong service
> The Shard
The tallest of Londons landmarks is The Shard, which towers more than 1000 feet above London. Timed tickets from 10 AM to 10 PM (Mon-Sun, Apr-Oct); 10 AM to 7 PM (Sun-Wed, Nov-Mar); 10 AM to 10 PM (Thu-Sat, Nov-Mar) Craig absolutely hates heights, but we’ve forced him to write a review of The Shard anyway
> Tower Bridge
One of the most famous landmarks in London. See the lift times and watch the drawbridge open. 10 AM to 6 PM (Mon-Sun, Apr-Sep); 9.30 AM to 5.30 PM (Mon-Sun, Oct-Mar) Craig totally chickened out of walking across the glass floor at Tower Bridge – read his review
> Tower of London
One of the top landmarks for tourists (and also one of the busiest!). Try and visit the Yeoman Warder Tour and Ceremony of the Keys. 10 AM to 5.30 PM (Sun-Mon, Mar-Oct); 9 AM to 5.30 PM (Tue-Sat, Mar-Oct); 10 AM to 4.30 PM (Sun-Mon, Nov-Feb); 9 AM to 4.30 PM (Tue-Sat, Nov-Feb) Read Craig’s review of the Tower of London, the Twilight Tour, Yeoman Warder Tour, Ceremony of the Keys and a Sunday Mass at the Chapel Royal
> Trafalgar Square
Home to Nelson’s Column and the world famous National Gallery. Craig has written about Trafalgar Square, and seen the Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree ceremony
Londons landmarks> Westminster Abbey
One of the most famous London landmarks, Westminster Abbey has been the burial place of England’s kings and queens for 1,000 years. Usually 9.30 AM to 4.30 PM (Mon, Tue, Thu-Sat); 9.30 AM to 7 PM (Wed); The abbey is only open for worship on Sundays Craig highly recommends Westminster Abbey, and has also been to a choral Evensong service
> Westminster Cathedral
Westminster Cathedral is worth visiting just to climb up the bell tower and look out over London. Cathedral: Usually 7 AM to 6 PM (Mon-Fri); 8 AM to 6.30 PM (Sat); 8 AM to 7.30 PM (Sun) – Bell tower: 9.30 AM to 5 PM (Mon-Fri); 9.30 AM to 6 PM (Sat-Sun) Craig has climbed up the campanile bell tower

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