9 London attractions you need to visit
One of the world’s top tourist destinations, there’s plenty of activities in London. If you’ve lived in the city all your life or you’re just popping in for a flying visit, our list of must-see London attractions are a great way to take advantage of being in a city that never sleeps.
Near Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament is Westminster Abbey, a gothic church that opened in 1090 and still serves as a functioning church today. More than a million visitors go to the Abbey each year to tour the place of worship, taking in objects such as the coronation chair which has been the official chair of every monarch’s coronation since 1308! In the abbey, Poets’ Corner is a place of reflection where memorials are dedicated to iconic British laureates and the Grave of the Unknown Warrior acts as a place of remembrance for those who have died in battle. Take a tour of Westminster Abbey to unlock history stretching back over a thousand years and learn about significant historical moments in British history.
Coca-Cola London Eye and River Cruise
Standing at 443 feet tall, you can’t miss the Coca-Cola London Eye! One of the most iconic attractions in London scenery, enjoy a 30-minute rotation on the world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel. It’s a must if you want to take in London from a great height, offering a bird’s eye view of buildings in central London as well as taking in the horizon that on a clear day allows passengers to see buildings up to 40 kilometres away. Learn about London whilst you fall in love with the skyline on the Coca-Cola London Eye.
Escape central London for a day at Kew Gardens. Treat your senses to the home of the largest botanical and mycological collection in the world. One of the largest attractions in London, you can explore plants in the Princess of Wales conservatory and learn more about the life of bees in The Hive, a multi-sensory experience. With 300 acres of famous gardens to explore, roam through Japanese landscapes or walk across the Sackler Crossing. Kew Gardens will have you feeling in a state of inner peace, as the serene surroundings will leave you feeling calm and collected.
Three Palace Royal Pass
With the Three Palace Royal Pass, you’ll be able to discover the tales of the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace and Kensington Palace under one ticket. The ticket is valid for one entry to each destination over two years. Between the three, you’ll get to go to the home of the crown jewels, delve into the regality of the Tudor and Georgian periods and explore a current home of the Royal Family. Owning a Three Palace Royal Pass will let you see the attractions at your own pace.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour
Live out your wizarding fantasies at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour. The Harry Potter tour is a magical experience that’s guaranteed to entertain Hogwarts fans and those who’ve never watched a Harry Potter film in one. Once you’ve walked through the Great Hall, you’ll have the chance to go to Diagon Alley and try a butterbeer outside 4 Privet Drive, before ending with pictures in front of the real-life Hogwarts castle. Once you’ve visited the Warner Bros. Studio Tour, you’ll be wanting your Hogwarts letter of acceptance to arrive! Offering coach services from London Victoria, it couldn’t be easier to visit the set and add some magic to your day.
Experience the River Thames in style as you ride a Thames Rocket on an Explorer Voyage. Racing down the river at speeds up to 35 miles an hour, it’ll leave your hairs standing on end and have you screaming as you head back to the London Eye. Guaranteed to win you cool-points with who you travel with, a Thames Rocket is wild, so it’s perfect for adrenaline junkies. Going on a boat like this will have you zooming up the water and taking in the sights without having to take thousands of steps.
Big Bus Tour
Ride a Big Bus Tour for a trip that takes you across London’s roads. With 4 routes operating around the capital, see London’s top sights from a double-decker bus and enjoy the views around you. The tickets are flexible too, which means they allow you can hop on and off the bus at any stop along the journey, allowing you to explore new destinations as you please. Take a wander down Baker Street, or do some last minute shopping in Piccadilly, a Big Bus Tour gives you the chance to see the London attractions you’ve always wanted to while customising your own adventure.
Get underneath your skin at Body Worlds, an exhibition full of bodies that have donated their organs and bodies to science. As you walk through the three floor exhibitions, see over 200 anatomical specimens in a wide range of positions, learning all about what goes on in our bodies and minds to find out how humans impact their own health and those earound them. Learn what it means to be human at this one-of-a-kind experience.
Going to the theatre in London is a must! With plenty of shows on the West End and in smaller fringe venues, watching a live performance will definitely make any visit to the capital finish with a smile on your face! London theatre ranges from roaring successes like The Lion King and The Mousetrap to newer shows such as Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, there really is a show to suit anyone’s musical taste and budget.