London’s famous landmarks 

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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.
>> 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.
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Have you seen our London blog? Drummerboy has been to all of the famous landmarks, photographed and reviewed them. Our London chat forum is also a great place to visit, where you can ask questions about London’ls best landmarks.
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