The 13 best places to visit in London

 

Completed in 1830 to commemorate Britain's victories in the Napoleonic wars, the Wellington Arch, located at the southern end of Hyde Park is to London what the Arc De Triomphe is in Paris. Atop it sits The Quadriga statue, the largest bronze sculpture in Europe.

13. Wellington Arch

 

On Hampstead Heath in the north of the city is a site known as Parliament Hill, offering visitors one of the loveliest views of the London skyline. It's particularly pretty at night with all the park lights and the lit up buildings in the distance.

12. Parliament Hill

 

Built in 1869, the Cutty Sark is one of only three remaining wooden hull on iron frame clipper ships from the nineteenth century.

Down in Greenwich, East London, it is close to the Royal Observatory and the prime meridian line, where every time zone in the world is measured from.

11. Cutty Sark & Royal Observatory

 

Just north of London Bridge near to Fenchurch Street is one of the cities newest iconic structures, the Walkie Talkie, within it visitors will find London's highest public green space, the Sky Garden. Along with three storeys of landscaped public gardens there are also restaurants, an observation deck and an open air terrace that offers one of the finest views of the city.

10. The Sky Garden

 

The Shard offers visitors the highest viewing gallery in London, atop western Europe's tallest building. Does it warrant the £25-£30 ticket price? That's for you to decide, though the view is undoubtedly one of the best in the city.

9. The Shard (Floor 72)

 

Founded in 1840 Kew Botanical Gardens in south west of the city houses the largest and most diverse botanical and mycological collections in the world. Kew Gardens has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

8. Kew Gardens

 

Built in the year 960 AD, Westminster Abbey is one of the most notable Churches in Britain as a traditional place of coronation and burial for Kings and Queens. This beautiful ornate and highly detailed Gothic church is among the finest in Europe and has been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

7. Westminster Abbey

 

Completed in 1710, St. Paul's Cathedral was London's tallest building up until 1962. It is the second largest church in the United Kingdom and one of the most recognisable sights in the city skyline. It's a particularly beautiful sight from the Millennium Bridge.

6. St. Pauls Cathedral

 

Built in the 12th century and still holding strong to this day is the Tower Of London. This historic castle stands on the north bank of the River Thames and famously houses the Crown Jewels. The historic Tower of London has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

5. Tower Of London

 

Built in 1703, the home of the reigning Monarch, meaning that now it's the Queen's house. Foxton's Estate Agents valued it at 2.2 Billion Pounds, making it the most expensive house in the world.

4. Buckingham Palace

 

Built in 1999, it had it's ceremonial first spin on December 31st 1999, which is why some still call it the Millennium Wheel. It was the worlds tallest Ferris wheel when it was built, and though it has now been surpassed it still remains the tallest in Europe. Due to it's location on the banks of the Thames it offers one of the best views over the city.

3. The London Eye

 

Completed in 1894 AD, often mistakenly called London Bridge, Tower Bridge is an iconic symbol of London and the United Kingdom. Its two enormous towers stand 65 metres (213 ft) high above the River Thames, where a newly built glass floor walkway at 42 metres (137 ft) above the road allows for great views over the city. Without a doubt Tower Bridge is one of the most famous and recognisable bridges in the world.

2. Tower Bridge

 

Unmistakably, the ultimate iconic symbol of London and the United Kingdom.

Completed in 1859, it was known as 'The Clock Tower', until it was officially re-named The Elizabeth Tower in 2012 to celebrate the diamond jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. The intricately detailed Gothic tower stands at 96 metres (315 ft) high, where 334 limestone steps lead to the top. The interior is not open to overseas visitors, though residents of the United Kingdom are able to arrange a tour well in advance.

The main bell, officially known as The Great Bell is better known as 'Big Ben'. Officially one of the most visited attractions on Earth.

1. Elizabeth Tower & Palace Of Westminster

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