Famous landmarks in London

Our guide to London’s best landmarks. Look at videos and pictures of London’s best landmarks including Big Ben, Nelson’s Column, Piccadilly Circus and Buckingham Palace.

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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.
> 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.
> Harrods
Harrods in Knightsbridge is one of the most famous—and expensive—shops in the world.
> Horse Guards
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.
> Marble Arch
Marble Arch was originally part of Buckingham Palace, before being moved to the end of Oxford Street.
> Monument
The Monument remembers the deaths and damage caused by the Great Fire of London in 1666.
> O2 Arena
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.
> 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.
> 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.

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