Brimming with history, London is home to many famous architectural landmarks which attract millions of tourists every year, making it one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world. Here are some of the main London sights not to be missed:
Also known as Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress, the White Tower of the Tower of London was built as long ago as 1078 by William the Conqueror. The primary purpose of the castle was to be a grand palace and royal residence.
Built between 1886 - 1894, Tower Bridge crosses the River Thames and is an iconic symbol of London. It takes its name from the closely located Tower of London. Not to be confused with London Bridge, the next bridge upstream.
Since the year 2000, people have been enjoying the magnificence of the London skyline from the glass pods of the London Eye, a 443-foot Ferris wheel situated by the River Thames.
Also known as Big Ben, the officially named Elizabeth Tower was completed in 1858. A renowned landmark of London, it’s found next to the Houses of Parliament, which makes it just about the most important building in the area. Big Ben is actually the nickname for the bell of the clock.
Buckingham Palace with its own lush gardens and spectacular parks was originally built in 1705 as a townhouse for the Duke of Buckingham. Nowadays recognized predominantly as the official London residence of the Queen of England, this tourist site is visited by millions.
Built between 1675 and 1710, St Paul’s Cathedral which has long been the site of several historically important events, including the Royal weddings.
Historians and architects alike will be in their element when admiring Westminster Abbey, built in 1245 and quite possibly one the most important Gothic architectural structures of England.
Built to commemorate Admiral Horatio Nelson, who lost his life in 1805 at the Battle of Trafalgar. This 170 feet (52 m) monument is part of Trafalgar Square, along with the Fourth Plinth and the famous stone lions.
So if you are looking for a place to visit, which is rich in history and architecture, a sightseeing holiday is London is most certainly the ideal trip for you.