London’s famous landmarks 

Here is our guide to London’s landmarks. Watch videos and see pictures of London’s most famous landmarks including Big Ben, Nelson’s Column, Piccadilly Circus and Buckingham Palace. These landmarks are a must-see for any visitor to the city.

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>>Big Ben
Everyone visiting London checks their watch against Big Ben – London’s famous clock face.
>>Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace is the residence of Her Majesty the Queen. Watch the Changing of the Guard.
>>Carnaby Street
Carnaby Street hit fame during the Swinging Sixties, when London was the capital of cool.
>>Cenotaph
The Remembrance Day Parade is held yearly on the Sunday closest to November 11th.
>>City Hall
City Hall is home to the Greater London Authority, and is where the Mayor of London meets the London Assembly.
>>Cleopatra’s Needle
Cleopatra’s Needle was carved for Pharaoh Tuthmose III. It stands on the Victoria Embankment.
>>Downing Street
Number 10 Downing Street has been the traditional residence of the Prime Minister since 1731.
>>Eros Statue
The bright lights of Piccadilly Circus and the statue of Eros have become London landmarks.
>> Harrods
Harrods in Knightsbridge is one of the most famous—and expensive—shops in the world.
>>Horse Guards Parade
Horse Guards Parade is home to members of the Household Cavalry, and the Trooping of the Colour.
>>Houses of Parliament
The Houses of Parliament, or the ‘Palace of Westminster’, is home to the British Government.
>> Globe Theatre
London’s Globe Theatre is a perfect reconstruction of Shakespeare’s Elizabethan playhouse.
>> Kensington Palace
Kensington Palace has been used by British royalty for centuries, and was home to Princess Di.
>> Leicester Square
Leicester Square at night buzzes with people in the pubs, clubs and three huge cinemas.
>>London Eye
The British Airways London Eye – or ‘Millennium Wheel’ – is the largest ferris wheel in the world.
>> Mansion House
Mansion House is in the heart of the City, and is the official home of the Lord Mayor of London.
>>Marble Arch
Marble Arch was originally part of Buckingham Palace, before being moved to Hyde Park Corner.
>>Monument
The Monument remembers the deaths and damage caused by the Great Fire of London in 1666.
>> O2 Arena (Millennium Dome)
The largest single-roofed building in the world – tall enough to accommodate Nelson’s Column.
>>Nelson’s Column
Nelson’s Column is topped by a statue 17-feet tall – slightly taller than three Lord Nelsons.
>>Piccadilly Circus
The bright lights of Piccadilly Circus and the statue of Eros have become London landmarks.
>> Royal Albert Hall
The Royal Albert Hall, famous for the Proms, was built to commemorate the death of Prince Albert.
>> Royal Courts of Justice
The Royal Courts of Justice down the Strand try the country’s most high-profile civil cases.
>>Royal Exchange
The Royal Exchange, near the Bank of England, is the poshest shopping arcade in the city.
>> Royal Observatory
The Old Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London, marks the point where Greenwich Mean Time began.
>> St. James’s Palace
St. James’s was built by Henry VIII, and has been home to some of England’s finest monarchs.
>> St. Paul’s Cathedral
St. Paul’s Cathedral, built after the Great Fire in 1666, boasts the second largest dome in Europe.
>>The Shard
The Shard is one of London’s newest landmarks, towering more than 1000ft above Southwark.
>>Temple Church
Temple Church was founded by the Knights Templar, and based upon the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.
>>Thames Flood Barrier
The Thames Flood Barrier near Woolwich protects the City of London from the rising tide of the Thames.
>>Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge’s mock-medieval turrets have been a landmark for just over a hundred years.
>>Tower of London
Built by William the Conqueror, the Tower of London has the Bloody Tower and Traitor’s Gate.
>>Trafalgar Square
Trafalgar Square has Nelson’s Column, Admiralty Arch, and the world famous National Gallery.
>>Wellington Arch
Wellington Arch was built to celebrate the Duke of Wellington’s victories in the Napoleonic Wars.
>> Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey, burial place to England’s kings and queens, spans 1,000 years of history.
>>Westminster Cathedral
Westminster Cathedral is not as famous as the Abbey, but is worth a visit just for the high tower.

Now vote for your favourite landmark!

There are so many famous landmarks in London that everyone is always going to disagree which is the best. But let’s give it a go anyway! Tell us which is your favourite landmark.

 Big Ben 21%Buckingham Palace 6%
Downing Street 3%Nelson’s Column 3%
London Eye 13%Piccadilly Circus 8%
St Paul’s Cathedral 14%Tower Bridge 14%
Houses of Parliament 8%Tower of London 10%

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