Top 10 London attractions

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A trip to the capital wouldn't be complete without seeing the top 10 attractions in London. Make sure to tick these top things to see in London off your list.

 

From the modern London Eye to the historic Tower of London, the top 10 tourist attractions in London are a must-see on any London sightseeing trip. Even better, many London landmarks are free to visit, while others are available with discounted entry or special offers when using a London Pass. Use the London attractions map to find them all.

 

There are also plenty of kid-friendly places to visit in London. Get up close and personal with underwater creatures at SEALIFE London Aquarium or explore the Science Museum, London's interactive hub of science and technology. Both are perfect for fun family days out in London.

 

You could also soak up some culture at London museums, visit the Queen at Buckingham Palace, or take the perfect picture with Big Ben, just some of the many iconic places to go in London.

 

The top 10 free London attractions list is based on visitor numbers: start your sightseeing in London now with these popular spots. Don't miss out on some of London's best attractions during busy times. Book online to avoid the queues at the top 10 bookable London attractions and get fast-track tickets and easy access to London's sights.

 

Although London attractions are currently closed due to coronavirus, you can still enjoy plenty of London attractions with virtual tours and live webcams. Take a look at our Virtually London guide for fun things to do at home.

 

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

 

Have a magical day out with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Harry Potter films at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London The Making of Harry Potter. See first-hand the sets, costumes and props used in all the Harry Potter films, and step inside some of the films' locations including the Great Hall, Dumbledore's office and Hagrid's hut. It's the ultimate Harry Potter experience!

 

Hop-on hop-off bus tour

 

Book in advance for one of the bestselling London tours. Buy a 24-hour ticket and enjoy the freedom to hop on and off the sightseeing buses and explore some of London's most famous places, such as Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, St Paul's Cathedral and Trafalgar Square.

 

The London Eye

 

The London Eye. Credit: Jon Reid. Image courtesy of Jon Reid.

The London Eye is the world's tallest cantilevered observation wheel. Climb aboard one of the 32 capsules for a breathtaking experience and unforgettable views of some of London's most famous landmarks. Book ahead to skip the queues.

 

Tower of London

 

Take a tour with one of the Yeoman Warders around the Tower of London, one of the world's most famous buildings. Discover its 900-year history as a royal palace, prison and place of execution, arsenal, jewel house and zoo! Gaze up at the White Tower, tiptoe through a medieval king's bedchamber and marvel at the Crown Jewels.

 

The View From The Shard

 

Rise high above London and see the city's iconic skyline from a unique perspective, with views stretching up to 40 miles (64km). Spot the likes of the London Eye, St Paul's Cathedral and Wembley Stadium from The View from The Shard's observation deck, which sits 800ft (244m) up western Europe's tallest building.

 

SEA LIFE London

 

Get a taste of the deep blue sea at SEA LIFE London. Spot up to 400 species including sharks, stingrays, moray eels and clown fish at the aquarium. See stunning green sea turtles and test your nerve on the glass "shark walk". Learn more at daily talks and feeding times.

 

Madame Tussauds

 

Harry and Meghan wax figures at Madame Tussauds. Image courtesy of Madame Tussauds

At Madame Tussauds, you'll come face-to-face with some of the world's most famous faces. From Shakespeare to Lady Gaga you'll meet influential figures from showbiz, sport, politics and even royalty. Strike a pose with Usain Bolt, get close to One Direction or receive a once-in-a-lifetime audience with the Queen.

 

London Dungeon

 

Delve into the ancient capital’s most horrible history at the London Dungeon – experience live actors, thrilling rides and exciting special effects. Step back into the darkest of times… are you brave enough to face 90 minutes of London’s dark past?

 

ZSL London Zoo

 

Meet the animals at ZSL London Zoo. The inhabitants include penguins, lions, meerkats, reptiles and gorillas. See the animals in action at daily talks and displays – including giraffe high tea and otter snack time.

 

Westminster Abbey

 

Take in the stunning architecture of iconic London landmark, Westminster Abbey and find out about the part it played in British history. Explore the setting for ceremonial events, including royal weddings, coronations and funerals.

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