At Tripcurated we have created the ultimate guide to the best London attractions including Free attractions, London Museums, Sporting Attractions, Royal Attractions, Family Attractions, Parks and Gardens and amazing places to shop.
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The British Museum is located in the London area of Bloomsbury and has a permanent collection of almost 8 million different artifacts. It is one of the largest museums of it kind in the world.
A lot of the artifacts on display were collected during the reign of the British Empire making some of the pieces quite controversial with their original owners.
Like most of London’s museums, The British Museum is free to enter and is a great place for visiting tourists of all nationalities and extremely popular with adults and children.
The easiest way to get to the British Museum is using the London Underground, The nearest tube stations are Tottenham Court Road, Holborn and Russell Square which are all within an easy walk of the museum.
Every year millions of tourist flock to Buckingham Palace as one of the first stops in London.
Buckingham Palace is the primary residence of Queen Elizabeth II and the forecourt of the palace is utilized for Changing of the Guard, an important ceremony as well as tourist attraction in its own right.
Buckingham Palace is located in Westminster and is a beautiful walk from most parts of London and is also well serviced by the London Tube.
The Tower of London is a historic castle located on the northern bank of the River Thames on an open space known as tower hill. It was built by William the Conqueror in 1078 and used as a prison until 1952 with the famous Kray Twins among the last of its inmates.
The tower is officially called Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London and has a dark history over the last 1000 years.
Covent Garden is a massively popular part of London dating back to the early 17th century. The most popular attraction is the famous Covent Garden Market.
This area is always busy with tourists and locals however it is definitely worth a visit. Covent Garden is centrally located within easy walk to Soho, The West End and Leicester Square. It is also well connected to the London underground with its own tube station and is part of zone 1.
Covent Garden is a perfect place to spend the whole afternoon browsing the many shops, eating at one of the fantastic restaurants or just people watching while having a few beers in a local pub. While the market piazza is the main drawcard, we recommend heading outside to the Seven Dials area for some even better shopping. This area gets its name from the seven interconnecting streets, and contains over 96 fashion, beauty and lifestyle stores and over 90 independent restaurants, cafés and bars.
Getting lost in the lane ways dating back to the 1600’s is one of the pleasures of London. The area is also home to some of the many London theatres and a lot of restaurants will offer discounts if you have theatre tickets. The nearest station is Covent Garden, which is seconds away from the main market building. Other underground stations which are close by include Leicester Square and Charing Cross.
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Tower Bridge is the iconic image of London that is instantly familiar to all visitors. There is sometimes some confusion with people who believe this is London bridge which is actually further down the river Thames.
Tower Bridge is a suspension bridge that also includes 2 large towers and crosses the River Thames to the Tower of London.
Kensington Palace is a royal residence set in Kensington Gardens, London and has been a major residence of the British Royal family including Princess Diana and Queen Victoria since the 17th century. Still used by the Royals it is currently the official residence of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, Prince Harry and Megan Markle as well as other members of the Royal Family.
Kensington Palace is open to visit and tours include the Queen’s State Apartments, The King’s State Apartments, Palace Gardens as well as Queen Victoria Revealed which provides an insight into the life and history of the monarch. The. The recent years have seen the state rooms of the palace undergo significant renovation to restore the palace to its original 17th century-look.
The palace remains open all through the year for public viewing except for December 24, 25, and 26. During the peak season i.e. from March to October, the palace remains open from 10am to 6pm. However, during the winter months, it closes its doors at 4 pm.
Kensington Palace is located at the Western end of Hyde park and is a 10 minute walk from Queensway tube station or you can wander through the park and see some of the other amazing attractions nearby.
Windsor Castle is located on the banks of the River Thames about 20 miles west of London . The castle is one of three official residences of Queen Elizabeth II and has been home to the Sovereign for over 900 years. Windsor Castle is the largest inhabited castle in the world and you can easily see the castle as you approach the town of Windsor. The Queen spends most of her weekends at Windsor Castle, and it is also used for state and ceremonial events. St Georges Chapel which is part of the castle is one of the most magnificent buildings in England and the ultimate resting place for monarchs, including Charles I and Henry VIII.
The easiest way to get to Windsor Castle is train to nearby Windsor and Eton Riverside Station. The famous Eton college which is one of the most prestigious schools in the world is on the opposite banks of the River Thames. Admission Tickets are approx $40 and can be bought using the link below. Your admission also includes entry to St. George’s Chapel. The chapel is one of the most magnificent buildings in England and the ultimate resting place for monarchs, including Charles I and Henry VIII. You can also visit on a Windsor Boat Cruise along the Thames from London.
Stamford Bridge is the home of Premier League team Chelsea and located in the London suburb of Fulham. The capacity of the stadium is just over 40,000 which makes it very difficult to get tickets to weekly games. Stamford Bridge has been used over the years for Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, England International and even Cricket.
The Stamford Bridge tour includes various stands, press room, dressing rooms, tunnel and entry to the museum. The tour is £19 for adults, £13 for kids and under 5 is free. More information on the Stamford Bridge Stadium Tour
Trafalgar Square is actually a huge city square commemorating the victory of Lord Nelson against Napoleon’s navy in 1805 at the Battle of Trafalgar.
The main monument inside the square is a solitary tall column on which Nelson’s figure stands looking over London. His monument is encircled by 4 huge lions and a number of large fountains.
The Churchill War rooms are an amazing look into British life during World War II with the original underground war rooms and bunker remaining intact under the London streets of Whitehall. In this underground nerve centre, Winston Churchill and his cabinet help to direct British actions during the Second World War.
This museum is packed full of some amazing artifacts of war and is also packed full of information about the legacy of Churchill from his childhood through to his rousing wartime speeches that were inspirational to British morale during the war. Try one of the amazing Tours.
Emirates stadium is home to Arsenal Football club playing in the English Premier League. Prior to this sponsorship agreement the stadium was known as Ashburton Grove.
The stadium is located in London, has a capacity of 60,000 and has played host to Premier League and International football matches. The stadium tours are £20.00 for Adults and £10.00 for kids under 16 and includes players tunnel, dugout and changing rooms. Book a tour of Emirates Stadium
Wembley stadium is the home of English football and hosts most of the International games for the English national team. With a capacity of 90,000 it is the largest stadium in the UK and also hosts Rugby League, Athletics and Music Concerts. Wembley opened in 2007 after the old stadium was demolished and rebuilt.
The Wembley stadium tour costs £19.00 for Adults and £11.00 for kids. The tour includes the changing rooms, royal box and the world famous FA cup steps. For more information visit here
The Natural History Museum is one of the best Museums in London and is home to over 80 million specimens spanning billions of years of Earth evolution.
This FREE museum is extremely popular and attract more than 5 million visitors annually. The museum is split into five different types of collections botany, entomology, mineralogy, paleontology and zoology.
The London Natural History Museum has been in its current location on Cromwell Rd Kensington since 1881 and one of the stand out attractions is the 25.2-metre female whale skeleton which spans 3 levels. This museum will keep the kids happy for hours even if you have already visited the British Museum.
We recommend it for anyone interested in museums and it is a great attraction for visiting families. Like a lot of London’s Museums, the Natural History Museum offers free entry, however to get the most out of the museum it might be worth booking a guided tour.
The Changing of the Guard is a great display of British pomp and pageantry that occurs when the The Queens Old Guard hand over responsibility for protecting Buckingham Palace and St. James Palace to the New Guard.
The queens guard are fully operational infantry and cavalry soldiers and even though they are a great spectacle are not purely ceremonial.
No tickets are required to watch the Changing of the Guard however joining a tour can help provide you with additional information. Make sure you get to Buckingham Palace early to get a good view of the ceremony.
The Tate Modern is a free national gallery of international modern art that is based in a former Power station in Southwalk. The gallery holds a collection of modern art from 1900 to today and is the largest of its kind in the world. The Tate Modern is free to enter however you are required to buy tickets for some of the temporary exhibitions. The gallery hosts works by some of the 20th centuries greatest artists including Picasso, Rothko, Dali and Matisse.
Getting to the Tate Modern is easy and the closest tube stations are Blackfriars and Southwalk. The Millennium Bridge and Shakespeare’s Globe are other attractions nearby. Tate Modern Gallery is free to enter however you can book one of the Guided Tours to get more information about the amazing art on display.
The National Gallery London is an Art Gallery museum located in Trafalgar Square and home to more than 2,300 paintings. The biggest highlight of the collection of this gallery is that it includes works of artists from every era between the mid 13th century and the early 1900s.
Here, you will get to see works of almost every top Western European painter born during the period mentioned above. The most prominent names among them include Van Gogh, Raphael, Van Eyck, Leonardo da Vinci, Renoir, Van Dyck, Degas and Turner. Book at Tour
Hampton Court Palace is a magnificent palace and former home of King Henry VIII. The palace is set in 60 acres of gardens including the world famous maze. If you love the Tudor period of British History then Hampton Palace is definitely a great place to visit when you are in London.
Hampton Court Palace is southwest of London and the best way to visit is catching the train to the Hampton Court overground station. Hampton Court admission is about $30 for Adults and $15 for Kids or free using The London Pass
Carnaby Street, Soho is one of my favorite shopping streets in London and a great place to wander for hours. Carnaby street is best known for its bold fashion stores and the street still embodies the rebellious attitude of the teenagers in the Beatles era of the swinging 60’s.
You can find intriguing vintage outfits here as well as expensive designer wear. In particular, be sure to visit Kingly Court for an interesting shopping and dining experience. There is also some amazing restaurants and take away food available and in summer the street comes alive with street food.
The actual street runs parallel to Regent street between Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Tube stations, however the surrounding area is also a great place to grab some amazing fashion.
This area is also a perfect place to stay in London and is central to most attractions, some amazing Airbnb apartments are available.
Harrods is a world famous department store that is located on Brompton Road in the posh London suburb of Knightsbridge. The store itself is massive and covers almost 20000 m2 with 330 different departments. and 38 restaurants. Since its opening in 1849 the store has built a history of serving some of London’s elite including Oscar Wilde and Charlie Chaplin. The store also has royal warrants from the Queen, Prince Charles and The Duke of Edinburgh meaning that they can advertise the fact that they have supplied goods and services to these royal customers.
There is also a memorial inside to the late Diana Prince of Wales and Dodi Fahed, who’s father Mohamed famously owned the store at the time of their death in 1997. The store is very opulent and is a magnificent old Victorian building from the outside.
You will find the area packed with tourists and it is a stop on the hop on hop off buses. Getting to Harrods is very easy and it is located near the Knightsbridge tube station and just south of Hyde Park.
The London Transport Museum is located in the heart of Covent Garden and showcases the history of the English Capital and the endless link between city and transport that continues in the 21st century.
Some of the main highlights of the museum include the world first underground steam train as well as a wooden Railway coach that was converted to electricity in 1901. Learn about the iconic underground map by Frank Pick which has been copied by most subway systems around the world, he also created the bar and circle logo that you will still see everywhere during your stay in London.
There is also an iconic red London bus as well as a great interactive area for younger kids. The best way to get to the London Transport Museum is using modern day public transport and getting off at Covent Garden underground station. Buy Tickets for the London Transport Museum
If you are a shopaholic, make sure to plan a visit to the Portobello Road Market during your trip to London. Out of the entire area occupied by the market, the region between the Elgin Crescent and Chepstow Villas enjoys maximum popularity.
The said region is filled with stalls selling books, antique items, vintage household goods, and collectibles of several other kinds. Here, it must be noted that what you will get at the market’s open-air shops depends mainly on the day of the week you are visiting the market.
Leadenhall Market is a covered market in the center of the City of London, located on Gracechurch Street. The market is one of the oldest in London and dates back to the 14th Century. Fans of Harry Potter will instantly recognise the elegant Victorian roof which was used to represent Diagon Alley in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Bull’s Head Passage which is a little lane-way near the market was also used as the entrance to the Leaky Cauldron. The market has a number of stalls selling cheese, meat, flowers as well as fresh food. The market also has other shops selling clothing as well as pubs, bars and restaurants. Leadenhall Market is a great place to explore while visiting London.
The underground is the best way to get to the market and it is an easy walk from Aldgate, Bank or Monument stations. Book a Harry Potter tour of London.
A visit to the National Maritime Museum is a must for all those who are fans of stories of human endeavor and exploration. Here, you will get to learn about British heroes like Admiral Horatio Nelson. You will get to know about his performance as the flag officer of the Royal Navy and see his final uniform.
Nelson wore the uniform during his final triumph at the Battle of Trafalgar; sadly, he was killed during the same battle. The museum has a range of different ticketed and free events all through the year. These include lectures delivered by curators, seasonal celebrations, music nights, etc. You will also get to spend some relaxing time at one of its cafes.
The National Maritime Museum is located in Park Row, Greenwich. The two nearest rail stations of the museum are Greenwich and Maze Hill.
Oxford Street is probably the most famous shopping street’s in the heart of London and up there with some of the world’s best. Oxford Street has over 300 shops where you will find virtually all kinds of high-street fashion items as well as most of the big designer outlets and department stores like Selfridges, Debenhams and John Lewis.
Oxford Street is loved by both locals and tourists alike. It is therefore no surprising to learn that the street is usually very crowded, especially on weekends. If you don’t particularly like shoving and pushing through crowds, you would certainly be better of shopping elsewhere. Alternatively, you can opt to shop on weekdays when the crowds are not that big.
Our suggestion is to start at Marble Arch tube station near speakers corner and then make your way east towards Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road.
Bond Street is the ultimate definition of sophistication. The shopping street is dotted with myriad fashion stores including some of the worlds biggest designer names, such as Christian Dior and Louis Vuitton. Bond Street also boasts of designer jewelers such as Tiffany & Co. as well as Cartier. You can also find rare antiques and unique artwork in the street.
One of the oldest auctioneer centers, Sotheby’s, is also found in the area and you might also find some rare collectibles here. Bond Street is actually known as New Bond Street and Old Bond Street however most people would refer to the entire street. Bond Street links Piccadilly in the south to Oxford Street in the north.
You can use the Bond Street, Oxford Circus or Green Park tube stations and walk up the whole street which is about 1km in length.
Tourists flock to Knightsbridge shopping area by the thousands every day. It is immensely popular because of the variety of goods sold here, ranging from clothing to household goods to even artistic collections.
One of the most popular stores for tourists in this area is the Harrods department store. The store sits on a solid 4.5 acres of land and has seven floors. In here, you can literally shop till you drop. Knightsbridge is famous not only for the fashion items, many of which are designer items, but also for furniture, jewellery and even food. After hours of shopping, what would be better than propping yourself up on a seat at the restaurant enjoying your favorite meal?
Even though those who are new to the city generally flock to Harrods, locals prefer the quieter, classier Harvey Nichol’s store. Here, you will still find exquisitely designed clothes by world- famous designers without all the fuss that goes on at Harrods.
Westminster Abbey is actually a huge, mainly Gothic church situated just to the western side of the Palace of Westminster. It’s probably the most notable religious building within the UK and is the traditional site of coronation as well as burial for the English and, later on, the British kings.
Every British monarch since William the Conqueror has been crowned in Westminster Abbey. Tickets are available to be bought online or why not combine a visit with the Changing of the Guard with this 2.5 hour tour.
At the Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio your family can discover some of the magic of films and enjoy a behind the scenes look at props and costumes used in the movies. Take yourself on a wizardly adventure on the actual sets where the movies were filmed. Get your photos taken in the Great Hall, Dumbledore’s office and the Gryffindor common room. You can also take a walk down the cobble stones streets of Diagon Alley.
Visitors can now also visit Platform 9 ¾ and even ride the Hogwarts Express with a perfect recreation of the train and platform. The Harry Potter: Warner Brothers Studio Tour is perfect for any Harry Potter fan and highlights the magic used in bringing the characters to life.
The studios are created in an old airport hangar in Leavesden which is located near Watford north-west of London. Getting a train to Watford and then catching the transfer bus is probably the easiest way to visit or buy a private transfer from central London.
Constructed in the seventeenth century, St. Paul’s Cathedral is among London’s most well-known and most identifiable sights. This Cathedral was heroically rescued by the firefighters while it was bombed during the 2nd World War.
Its remarkable dome, influenced by St Peter’s Basilica in Rome, rises 120 meters (365 feet) to the cross at its peak. It had been the highest building in the city from 1710 to 1964, and its dome is also one of the highest on the planet.
Borough Market is ones of London’s most icon markets offering a range of British and International produce. Located next to London Bridge this market has over 100 stalls offering delicious foods, cheeses and patisseries. Borough Market has existed for around 1000 years and is defined by its position at one end of London Bridge.
This area is a fantastic place to explore the sights, smells and sounds while sampling some of the amazing street food. The market is open from Monday to Saturday however some of the stalls only open between Wednesday to Saturday.
The HMS Belfast is a historic warship that was originally built for Britain’s Royal Navy. This iconic vessel who was a survivor of several major battles is now permanently moored as a museum ship on the River Thames in London.
The family will love exploring the 9 decks of this mighty vessel including interactive games and an amazing 360 degree view of London from the flag deck. The HMS Belfast museum is run by the Imperial War Museum and family tickets are available for between $40-$50.
The HMS Belfast is free to enter if you have a London Pass.
The Cutty Sark is a British tea clipper ship that was built in Scotland in 1869 and her maiden voyage was in 1870 from London to Shanghai. Tea Clippers were designed to offer fast transport of tea and other goods from China to England and the Cutty Sark was one of the fastest.
This impressive sailing ship now stands as a museum near the banks of the River Thames outside the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. A great attraction for families who can board, meet the crew and learn about the ships history and dangers of life at sea.
It is recommended that you visit by using the Docklands Light Rail station located nearby. You can also catch one of the many river ferries and cruises that make the regular trip to Greenwich.
The Kew Gardens is a must-visit London attraction for all nature and history lovers visiting the city. The botanical glasshouses and gardens of this place house more than 30,000 plant species. In addition, it’s also home to the Kew Palace, a royal palace with great historical significance.
During your visit to the Kew Gardens, you will get to take part in an exciting tree-top adventure. The Rhizotron & Xstrata treetop walkway will first take you on an underground trail and then 59 ft or 18 m up into the air. The next most exciting part of the Kew Gardens is the Queen’s Garden. It’s a 17th-century garden situated behind the Kew Palace.
This garden is known for being home to hundreds of plants boasting different medicinal properties.The other most frequently visited garden is the Bamboo Garden; no other bamboo garden in the United Kingdom has a bigger bamboo collection than this one.
If you have plans of visiting the Kew Gardens between March and September, you will get to witness the Kew Palace (without paying anything extra). Originally, it was the home of a rich merchant; however, it’s primarily known for being the palace where George III lived.
Kew Gardens is located in Southwest London and easy to access from the Kew Gardens tube station that is only 500 meters away.
Greenwich has been home to a bustling market since the 1300s. However, the one we have today began its journey in 1700. The modern-day Greenwich Market began its journey when Lord Romney assigned a 1000-year contract to the Commissioners of Greenwich Hospital for running two markets every week, once on Wednesday and once on Saturday. However, nowadays, the market remains open on all days of the week, from 10 am to 5.30 pm. What makes the market even more special is that it stays open even on Bank Holidays.
When it comes to versatility, this market would offer stiff competition to any other top market of the world. It has several permanent shops (more than 120 of them) and some temporary stalls selling quirky goods. If you visit the market on Tuesday or Thursday, you will get to shop from some additional antique shops offering truly exciting collections. The recent years have also seen people setting up food stalls selling mouthwatering delicacies of various kinds (there are more than 40 food stalls in the market right now).
The place is particularly tempting for bargain hunters; they would find some great deals on vintage clothes, antique jewelry, contemporary artwork, fine embroideries, and classic books during their visit to Greenwich Market. Why not check out one of the awesome food tours of Greenwich including the market.
Shoreditch and Spitalfields are a series of markets stalls, lane-way’s and shops that is a great shopping area is to be found in the East End neighbourhood and full of upcoming designers showcasing their amazing talents. It is a great place to find unique and authentic designs in this area.
The Victorian Spitalfields Market sells fashion and arts and crafts with some amazing restaurants, don’t miss Brick Lane Market with all the Bangladeshi curry houses. The surrounding area is full of street art, trendy bars and quirky shops. It is a great place to browse and shop for hours.
Shoreditch is also home to a Boxpark which is a shopping mall made from shipping containers where you can find plenty of unique items.
Somerset House is a large building located to the east of the famous Waterloo Bridge overlooking the River Thames and was originally used as a Tudor Palace. It is now considered a major center of London’s art and culture. The first thing that would strike you about the Somerset House is the design of the building (it was built way back in 1547 as a palace for the Royal Family). However, there’s more to this place than its beauty. It keeps housing various kinds of activities all through the year.
During the summer months, people gather here for witnessing the actions of 55 fountains in the building’s courtyard. During winter, on the other hand, the place converts itself into the city’s most loved skating rink. In addition, the Somerset House also hosts live gigs, movie screenings, and last, but not the least the London Fashion Week. For fans of art and culture, there’s the Courtauld Gallery, which remains open all through the year showcasing some amazing paintings. The exhibits of the gallery include paintings from all eras from that of early renaissance to the 20th century.
Somerset house is located between The Strand and the River Themes in the centre of London and is easy to access using the Temple Underground Station or walking down from Covent Gardens.
Take a tour of a lifetime to the royal State Rooms that lie at the heart of Buckingham Palace. Venture into the supreme treasures from the Royal Collection, such as sculptures, paintings, porcelain, and furniture. “State Rooms” is a term that refers to public rooms of a Palace, where monarchs reward, receive and entertain visiting dignitaries and their subjects.
Presently, Buckingham Palace’s State Rooms are used by the members of the Royal Family and her majesty the Queen to receive and entertain guests on official, State, and ceremonial occasions. The State Rooms are fitted out with greatest treasures from the Royal Collection, comprising sculptures by Canova, paintings by Rubens and Rembrandt, and beautiful examples of Sevres porcelain.
The Royal Mews is a combination of stable and carriage house for the British Royal Family located near Buckingham Palace. The site is open to the public and really worth paying a visit when you are in London. Inside the mews you will get a glimpse of the Gold State Coach, carriage horses and Jubilee State Coach that are used for royal ceremonies. The Royal Mews serves one of the Lord Chamberlain Office branches that make road travel arrangements for the Queen.
The Royal family usually travels by a combination of car and horse-drawn carriages as required. This place is also one of the most beautiful working stables that still exists and trains the Cleveland Bays and Windsor Grey horses. You can explore the historic carriages and the coaches that include the State Coach.
Cast your eye on the Australian state coach that features luxurious electric windows and central heating that carried the Royal Family during the royal wedding in 2011. There is also Irish State Coach and The Gold State Coach that is used during the coronation.
The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain is located in London’s Hyde Park and is dedicated to the memory of Diana Princess of Wales who was tragically killed in a car crash in 1997. The memorial is located in the southwest corner of Hyde Park near the Serpentine lake and provides a great place to reflect and relax particularly on a hot summers day.
Number 10 Downing Street is the headquarters and London residence of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. This is usually visited by tourists when looking at similar Westminster attractions nearby.
Not much to do here as you cannot get close to the door due to security gates.
Located on South Kensington’s Exhibition Road, the museum plays host to as many as 3.3 million tourists every year. Like all the other publicly funded museums of the country, this one also doesn’t charge the tourists for admission.
However, if you want to check out any temporary exhibition, you will need to pay an entry fee. South Kensington tube station is about 5 minutes walk.
King’s Road is a celebrity-ridden shopping area in London. This is because it is home to countless designer stores. You would be hard pressed to find a designer who doesn’t display their goods on this street. Besides fashion items, you can also find superior quality interior décor items in this area. Vintage clothes can also be found here which is no surprise given that the shopping area came to life in the 60’s.
Even though the items found in the area are exquisite, they also come at a hefty price. Shopping here can be quite costly, which perhaps explains why celebrities favor the area. If you have a taste for the finer things in life, there is no better place to shop than King’s Road. And who knows, you might just stumble into your favorite celebrity and even get an autograph or a priceless photo.
Kings Road runs from the posh Sloane Square through Chelsea and Fulham and has the strip contains some of London’s best boutiques. To get to Kings Road it is best to use the tube and get off at Sloane Square station.