London Attractions & Sightseeing


London is a remarkable city with a rich and truly limitless heritage upon which to draw. It is no surprise therefore that London has numerous attractions and famous landmarks, from all eras of its history. No matter where you are located within London, there is a never ending list of things to do and places to see.

But the sheer size of London can be daunting, even for Londoners. The largest city in Western Europe, finding your way around can be an exhausting nightmare. We advise you to spend some time planning your sightseeing. Go to the 'Maps' section within London Online to get in idea of the sprawling metropolis, better still purchase an 'A-Z London Street Atlas' for a more extensive view.

Below, London Online has featured some of London's favourite tourist attractions, some of London's most illustrious landmarks, and some of the most popular tourist areas to help you plan effectively.

Note: See also 'Kids', 'Shopping', 'Museums' and 'Art & Exhibitions' in the listings panel, for more attractions in specific genres).

  • The British Museum

    The British Museum, Europe's most famous museum, and London's most popular attraction is a must see for any visitor to London. Ninety four galleries of archaeological finds, prints, coins, antiquities... more »

  • Buckingham Palace

    This is the official London residence of Queen Elizabeth II. After being developed from a large townhouse built for the Duke of Buckingham in 1703, the palace eventually became... more »

  • City of London

    Not to be confused with London as a whole, or Greater London, the City of London is in fact a very small area of central London, from which along with... more »

  • Covent Garden

    Covent Garden is one of the top shopping and entertainment areas in London. Filled with exquisite restaurants and big fashion labels, it has become a popular venue for tourists to... more »

  • Houses of Parliament

    For nearly 1000 years The Palace of Westminster, also known as The Houses of Parliament, is where new laws have been debated and agreed by the Chambers of the House... more »

  • The London Dungeon

    Extremely popular and, again, you'll be queuing, the London Dungeon, based in Tooley Street, is a bloody, gruesome display of the less attractive side of London history. The venue is suitably... more »

  • The London Eye

    The London Eye is one of London's newest landmarks specially-built to open the 21st century, although it was not open for the New Millennium celebrations as planned. At 135 metres, it... more »

  • Madame Tussauds

    A long wait to get in, and lots of visitors inside make this one of Europe's busiest attractions. Madame Tussaud, she of the French Revolution who, in 1802, brought her... more »

  • The The Millenium Dome

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  • The Museum of London

    The Museum of London documents the history of London from the Palaeolithic period to the Present day. Opened in the 1970s, it is just a short ten minute walk from... more »

  • The National Gallery

    Situated on the north side of Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery has been the home for the National Collection of Art from the thirteenth to the twentieth century. All art... more »

  • Oxford Street

    In the heart of central London's busiest shopping district lies Oxford Street, which runs from Marble Arch to St Giles' Circus, crossing Tottenham Court Road and Charing Cross Road on... more »

  • Piccadilly Circus

    Piccadilly Circus is London's answer to New York's Times Square. Ablaze with neon advertisements, noise and traffic, Piccadilly Circus is a popular meeting place for all and sundry. Traffic swirls... more »

  • Regent Street

    Famously part of the green set in Monopoly, along with Oxford Street and Bond Street, Regent Street is a Mecca for shoppers. Home of Hamley's, which holds the title of... more »

  • Soho

    In the midst of Piccadilly Circus to the south and Oxford Street to the north, and Regent Street to the west and Charing Cross road to the east, lies Soho... more »

  • St Pauls Cathedral

    The site on Ludgate Hill has been the home of a cathedral to St Paul since the seventh century. The present St Paul's Cathedral was completed in 1708 and was... more »

  • Tate Modern

    Situated adjacent to the new Globe Theatre on the South Bank, Tate Modern is the national repository for international modern art in the capital. The gallery, which is linked to... more »

  • Tower Bridge

    An archetypal icon of London, especially when illuminated at night, Tower Bridge was opened after 8 years of construction in 1894 by the then Prince of Wales, following a massive... more »

  • The Tower of London

    More formally known as Her Majesty's Palace and Fortress, the Tower of London is most famously known as a prison and execution site for high-profile criminals, usually accused of high... more »

  • Trafalgar Square

    The statue of Admiral Horatio Nelson, who was buried at St Pauls Cathedral, stands high above the traffic at Trafalgar square. Originally created to commemorate Nelson's famous victory at the... more »

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