15 Must Visit London Attractions & Travel Guide

1. Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of Britain’s sovereigns since 1837 and today is the administrative headquarters of the Monarch.

Buckingham Palace has 775 rooms. These include 19 State rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms. In measurements, the building is 108 metres long across the front, 120 metres deep (including the central quadrangle) and 24 metres high.

The Palace is very much a working building and the centrepiece of Britain’s constitutional monarchy. It is also the venue for great Royal ceremonies, State Visits and Investitures, all of which are organised by the Royal Household.

Admission Fees

Adult : £18.00 / Concession (60+ or Student) :  £16.50

Under 17 :  £10.25    Under 5 : Free

Family  £47.00 (2 adults and 3 under 17s)

Opening Hours

Daily : 09.45am to 18.30pm

Getting there

By Tube

Victoria Station – Victoria, District & Circle Line

2. Palace of Westminster ( Big Ben & House of Parliament )

The Palace of Westminster, also known as the Houses of Parliament or Westminster Palace, is the meeting place of the two houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom—the House of Lords and the House of Commons.

It also houses one of London most famous icon – Big Ben which is the largest four-faced chiming clock and the third-tallest free-standing clock tower in the world.

Admission Fees

Opening Hours

Every Saturdays – 9.15am to 4.30pm (except during Christmas)

Getting there

By Tube

Westminster Station – Jubilee, District & Circle Line

3. Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge is one of the most iconic London attractions is named after its two impressive towers & was designed by Wolfe Barry and Horace Jones, the royal architect who also designed the Smithfield Market.

The bridge was constructed from more than eleven thousand tones of steel and granite blocks that were transported from Cornwall. The power to raise the bridge was originally powered by steam, although fossil fuels are now used.

Exhibition Admission Fees

Adults : £8.00 / Child (aged 5-15) : £3.40 / Child (under 5)  & Disabled : Free

Opening Hours

April – Sep : 10.00 – 18.30 / Oct – March : 09.30 – 18.00

Getting there

By Tube

Tower Hill Station. 5 mins walk from tube station.

By Bus

Bus routes to Tower Bridge: 15, 42, 78,100, RV1.

4. Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey is one of the world’s greatest churches, a designated World Heritage Site and ‘Royal Peculiar’, which means the Dean is directly answerable to the monarch.

The coronation of Kings and Queens has taken place here since 1066, and many of the nation’s Kings and Queens are buried in the Abbey. Since 1100, there have been at least 16 royal weddings at Westminster Abbey with the latest wedding of Prince William & Miss Catherine.

Admission Fees

Adults : £16.00 / Concessions : £13.00 ( Students & 60+ )

Schoolchildren (11 – 18 years) : £6 / Child under 11 : Free

Opening Hours

Mon, Tue, Thur & Fri  :   9.30am – 4.30pm / Wed : 9.30am – 7.00pm

Saturday : 9.30am – 2.30pm / Sunday : Worship only – No Tourist Visiting

Getting there

By Tube

1. St James’s Park – District and Circle Lines

2. Westminster – Jubilee, District & Circle Lines

5. Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square, at the heart of London, is one of the city’s most vibrant open spaces & is a landmark in central London enjoyed by Londoners and all visitors alike.

It is a lively place often used for a wide range of activities including: special events and celebrations like the Royal Wedding, Olympics One Year to Go, St Patrick’s Day and Chinese New Year; filming and photography; and rallies and demonstrations.

At its centre is Nelson’s Column, which is guarded by four lion statues at its base. There are a number of statues and sculptures in the square, with one plinth displaying changing pieces of contemporary art.

Getting there

By Tube

Charing Cross Station – Bakerloo and Northern lines. Exit Trafalgar Square.

By Bus

Bus Routes to Trafalgar Square : 3, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 23, 24, 53, 77A, 88, 91, 139, 159, 176, 453.

6. St Paul’s Cathedral

The present St Paul’s is the fifth cathedral to have stood on the site since 604, and was built between 1675 and 1710, after its predecessor was destroyed in the Great Fire of London.

This was the first cathedral to be built after the English Reformation in the sixteenth century, when Henry VIII removed the Church of England from the jurisdiction of the Pope and the Crown took control of the Church’s life.

Admission Fees

Opening Hours

Mon to Sat : 8.30am – 4pm / Sunday is open only for worship.

Getting there

By Tube

1. St Paul’s Station Central Line.

2. Cannon Street Station & Mansion House Station is only 5 minutes walk away.

By Bus

Bus Routes to St Paul’s : 4, 11, 15, 23, 25, 26, 100, 242

7. Piccadilly Circus

The Circus was created by John Nash as part of the future King George IV’s plan to connect Carlton House, where the Prince Regent resided with Regent’s Park.

Standing in Piccadilly Circus under the imposing Eros statue you’re spoilt for choice: head to the shops on Regent Street, the theatres on Shaftsbury Avenue or wander off the beaten track to check out the tailors on Savile Row.

Getting there

By Tube

Piccadilly Circus‎ Station – Bakerloo and Piccadilly lines.

8. Harrods

Harrods is one of the most famous luxury malls in London. The store occupies a 5-acre (20,000 m2) site and has over one million square feet (90,000 m2) of selling space in over 330 departments which offer a wide range of products and services.

Products on offer include clothing for women, men, children and infants, electronics, jewellery, sporting gear, bridal trousseau, pets and pet accessories, toys, food and drink, health and beauty items, packaged gifts, stationery, housewares, home appliances, furniture, and much more.

Opening Hours

Mon-Sat : 10am – 8pm / Sun : 12pm – 6pm

Getting there

By Tube

Knightsbridge Station. Exit Brompton Road.

By Bus

Bus Routes to Harrods : 9, 10, 14, 19, 22, 52, 74, 137, 414, 452, C1

9. British Museum

British Museum is one of world best museum in the world in human history and culture. The Museum houses a vast collection of world art and artefacts and is FREE to all visitors.

With more than 8 million permanent collections, whereby are amongst the finest, most comprehensive, and largest in existence and originate from all continents, illustrating and documenting the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present.

Opening Hours

Daily : 10.00am to 17.30pm

Getting there

By Tube

1. Holborn Station – Central & Piccadilly Line.

2. Tottenham Court Road‎ Station – Central & Northern Line.

By Bus

Bus Routes to British Museum – 1, 7, 8, 19, 25, 38, 55, 98, 242

10. Oxford Street

Oxford Street is London’s leading luxury shopping destination & it is also Europe’s busiest & dense shopping street, with approximately 300 shops.

Getting there

By Tube

1. Oxford Circus Station – Bakerloo Line / Central Line / Victoria Line

2. Piccadilly Circus Station – Bakerloo Line / Piccadilly Line

3. Marble Arch Station – Central Line

By Bus

Bus routes to Oxford Street : 3, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 23, 25, 53, 55, 73, 88, 94, 98

11. London Eye

At 135m, the famous London Eye is one of the world’s largest cantilevered observation wheel & the most popular paid tourist attraction in the UK. It was conceived and designed by Marks Barfield Architects and was launched in 2000.

To date, it has already won over 75 awards for national and international tourism, outstanding architectural quality and engineering achievement and has now welcomed over 39 million visitors.

Admission Fees

Standard Ticket Price

Opening Hours

Jan – March : Daily 10.00am – 8.30pm / April – June : Daily 10.00am – 9.00pm

July – August : Daily 10.00am – 9.30pm / Sept – Dec : Daily 10.00am – 8.30pm

Getting there

By Tube

Waterloo Station – Waterloo & City, Bakerloo, Jubilee & Northern Line. Exit South Banks.

By Bus

Bus Routes to London Eye : 211, 77 and 381.

12. Borough Market

Borough Market’s gourmet food market is one of the largest food markets in London & consists of up to 70 stalls and stands.

Producers from all over the country bring a range of fresh produce to the market, including fish, meats, vegetables, ciders, cheeses, breads, coffees, cakes and patisseries. Other stalls specialise in produce imported from abroad.

Opening Hours

Every Thursday 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM / Friday 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM / Saturday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Getting there

By Tube

London Bridge Station – Circle & District Line

13. Tower of London

Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress, more commonly known as the Tower of London, is a historic castle sited strategically at a bend in the River Thames.

It has been a crucial demarcation point between the power of the developing City of London, and the power of the monarchy. It had the dual role of providing protection for the City through its defensive structure and the provision of a garrison, and of also controlling the citizens by the same means.

Admission Fees

Adult : £19.80 ( Online price – £17.00 ) / Concession (Student & 60+) : £17.05 ( Online Price – £14.50 )

Child under 16 : £10.45 ( Online Price – £9.00 ) / Child under 5 : Free

Opening Hours

Tue – Sat : 09:00 – 16:30 / Sun – Mon : 10:00 – 16:30

Last admission : 16:00

Getting there

By Tube

Tower Hill Station – Jubilee & Northern Line

By Bus

Bus Routes to Tower of London – 15, 42, 78, 100, RV1.

14. Westfield London

One of the largest shopping mall in UK, it is an architecturally stunning showcase for 5 anchor stores: Debenhams, Next, Marks and Spencer, House of Fraser, Waitrose and over 265 luxury, premium and high street retailers from more than 15 different countries.

80 percent are fashion-focused and 40 are luxury brands housed within the beautiful, boutique-style environment, The Village. There is also nearly 50 exciting eating concepts boast 73 awards between them and offer some 25 styles and nationalities of cooking.

Opening Hours

Mon to Wed : 10am to 9pm / Thur to Fri : 10am to 10am / Sat : 9am to 10pm / Sun : 12pm to 6pm

Getting there

By Tube

1. Shepherd’s Bush – Central Line.

2. Wood Lane – Hammersmith & City Line.

15. Marble Arch

Marble Arch was designed in 1825 by John Nash as ceremonial entrance to the new Buckingham Palace, which he was then rebuilding from the former Buckingham House.

At that time the palace did not yet have its present flat east front, which meant that the inner courtyard, flanked by two wings, was still open on one side. The Marble Arch was placed at the entrance to this open side of the courtyard.

The name “Marble Arch” also refers to the locality in west London where the arch is situated, particularly, the southern portion of Edgware Road. Now the arch stands on a large traffic island at the junction of Oxford Street, Park Lane, and Edgware Road, almost directly opposite Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park in London, England.

Historically, only members of the royal family and the King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery, have been allowed to pass through the arch in ceremonial procession.

Getting there

By Tube

Marble Arch Station – Central Line

By Bus

Bus Routes to Marble Arch – 2, 10, 16, 36, 73, 74, 82, 137, 159, 148, 414, 436.

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4 Comments

  1. wow. Its very nice post. I want to add some other tourist attractions in London in this list as-

    – Victoria And Albert Museum
    – Zsl London Zoo
    – Madame Tussauds Museum
    – Tate Modern
    – Greenwich Park
    – Kensington Palace

  2. Hi Tommy, i wonder is the admission fee stated above still up to date?
    And also all the bus route are they still valid and accurate? I understand that this was written way back in 2012 and i’m going there soon. So, finding this blog very useful. Thanks.

  3. Hi Tommy,

    Awesome blog you have there!

    Me & my bf planned to travel – paris, london, amsterdam & venice. Do you think it’s possible to cover all these places in 3 weeks?

    Could you please advise too the sequence? Thank you!

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