The Top 10 Things to See in London, England

The London Eye provides a great way to take in views of the city.
The London Eye provides a great way to take in views of the city. (Image: london eye at sunset image by Adam Edwards from

London is home to several world-famous tourist sights, from the London Eye to the Natural History Museum. The ancient city features a blend of old and new--be sure to take in the modern culture with a trip to one of its many pubs. Also, be sure to plan to stay several days. London is a massive city spread out over 659 square miles!

London Eye

The London Eye is a world-famous ride in downtown London. Each of the 32 capsules carries up to 10,000 guests each day. Guests will experience a 360-degree view of the city from the highest point. Tickets are best purchased online if you wish to avoid waits as you are assigned a specific time frame.

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is the home of England’s most famous resident: the Queen. Enjoy a changing of the guards, an incredible display of discipline and tradition, which can be viewed each day. Tours of the palace are available upon a first-come basis at a fee.

Tower of London

The Tower of London is a world-famous castle in the heart of the city. Tours are available at a fee. Guests will see the underground prisons, armory, and an on-site zoo. A popular sight at the Tower of London is Her Majesty’s Crown Jewels, on display in the center of the fortress.

Saint Paul’s Cathedral

Constructed in the 17th century, Saint Paul’s Cathedral is located on Ludgate Hill in London. Tours are available at a fee whereas religious services are available at no cost.

British Museum

Home to artifacts from around the world, the British Museum is a must-see for any history buff. The museum's collection includes the Rosetta Stone and ancient Egyptian relics. The museum opened in 1753 and is home to over 7 million artifacts.

Natural History Museum

London’s famous Natural History Museum features a broad range of displays, ranging from dinosaurs to marine animals--all located in an old-world Victorian building. Tickets are free of charge for basic entry; however, special displays require a fee.

Houses of Parliament

Situated in downtown London, the Houses of Parliament are one of the oldest political structures in the world currently in use. Spread over 1,200 rooms, this massive structure maintains a large presence in the heart of the city. Tours are available at specific times of the year, with each tour lasting around 75 minutes.


Harrods is a luxury store situated in Knightsbridge, London. This department store features high-end goods with products ranging from clothing to chocolate. Be sure to bring a high-limit credit card as Harrods is one of the most expensive stores in the world.

Thames River Cruise

Several cruises head along the Thames River, which runs through the heart of downtown London. They provide a great opportunity to visit the city’s sights. Guests will have an unrestricted view of Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and the London Eye, among other sites. Cruises are also a great opportunity during the summer months, as temperatures will be significantly lower on the water.

Hit the Pub

No trip to London is complete without experiencing a traditional English pub. Choose between your favorite brew or experience one of the local favorites. Food at London’s pubs ranges from basic to quite good. Be sure to do a little research and find a location off the beaten path before you make a decision.

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