Domine dirige nos - Lord, guide us
London is a diverse and exciting city with some of the world’s best sights and attractions. London is the political, economic and cultural capital of Britain. You can visit the Queen’s official residence at Buckingham Palace and tour the Houses of Parliament, historic home of the UK government. London is incredibly well-connected, with five international airports and the high-speed Eurostar rail link. More than 50 countries are within a three-hour flight time and 310 international destinations have direct links to London.
London is a city at the centre of the world – and a world in one city. Around 230 languages are spoken here and you’ll find a wealth of different cultures and communities throughout the capital. The river Thames runs through the heart of London, from Richmond in the west, through the central London borough of Westminster, to Greenwich in the east. London river cruises and river buses are a great way to see the city.
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 EDF Energy London Eye is a major feature of London’s skyline. It is the world’s highest observation wheel, with 32 capsules, each weighing 10 tonnes, and holding up to 25 people. Climb aboard for a breathtaking experience, with unforgettable views of more than 55 of London’s most famous landmarks – all in just 30 minutes!
As well as the permanent (and permanently fascinating!) dinosaur exhibition, the Natural History Museum boasts a collection of the biggest, tallest and rarest animals in the world. See a life-sized Blue Whale, a 40-million-year-old spider, and the beautiful Central Hall. Entry is free but special exhibitions require tickets.
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, kiss Brad Pitt or receive a once-in-a-lifetime audience with Her Majesty the Queen.
The world-famous British Museum exhibits the works of man from prehistoric to modern times from around the world. Highlights include the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures, and the mummies in the Ancient Egypt collection. Entry is free but special exhibitions require tickets.
Enter St Paul’s and enjoy the cathedral’s awe-inspiring interior. Take advantage of a new touch-screen multimedia guide or join a guided tour to explore this iconic building, both now included with the sightseeing admission charge.
One of the most famous places in London, Westminster Abbey is known for the plethora of royal events to have taken place here over the centuries, most recently the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. Boasting impressive architecture and famous burials – including Mary Queen of Scots, Elizabeth I and Henry III – as well as Poets’ Corner and even the Coronation Chair, Westminster Abbey has loads on offer.
Buckingham Palace is a staple entry on every list of London’s top places to visit. Though it’s usually featured in the top three, we’ve relegated it slightly as we feel it can be a little over-hyped and overrun by tourists. That’s not to say it’s not worth a visit, there are still some great things to see, including the changing of the guards, the nineteen State Rooms and the Royal Collections.
When people think of London they often picture the Houses of Parliament and the iconic Big Ben. Indeed it is one of the most famous places to visit in London. For those who visit Britain’s capital, these famous landmarks are often top of the sightseeing list. Visitors can attend debates and take a tour through this sprawling complex as well as seeing Big Ben.
Sherlock Holmes and Doctor John H. Watson lived at 221b Baker Street between 1881-1904, according to the stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The house is protected by the government due to its “special architectural and historical interest”, while the 1st floor study overlooking Baker Street is still faithfully maintained for posterity as it was kept in Victorian Times.