Top Five London Tourist Hotspots

London offers some of the greatest tourist attractions in the world, some of which simply must be included in any trip to the city.

For many travelers, budget is a big obstacle when visiting London. The city is renowned for being expensive and with so much to see and do, staying within a budget can be tricky. With this in mind, it makes sense for people to look to save precious dollars on accommodation and put the money towards activities, food and sightseeing.

Luckily, there are a great number of well priced hostels and hotels in London, often quite close to key visitor attractions and the thumping heart of the urban centre.

London is without a doubt one of the most exciting cosmopolitan cities in world and the heartbeat of the United Kingdom. It offers some of the most exciting and interesting tourist attractions in the world that simply should not be missed, from top museums which cover a range of subjects to fascinating historic buildings and monuments, there is something to please every visitor.

Here we provide the top five London Tourist Hotspots.

Houses of Parliament and Big Ben

The ultimate must-see tourist attraction that London has to offer, Parliament and Big Ben simply cannot be missed. The UK Parliament building is one of the oldest representative assemblies in the world, and the prestigious building previously served as a royal palace and residence of kings. Public tours are available and provide an extensive tour of inside the building with a chance to see a live government debate in action. Attached to the building is St. Stevens tower with Big Ben, the most well known clock tower bell in the world, which chimes every 15 minutes.

Whitehall Street Traffic
Big BenJoseph Plotz / / CC BY

Tower Bridge

The famous 100 year old drawbridge is a major London tourist hotspot. Its twin drawbridges, that each weigh 1,000 tons, take only 90 seconds to be raised and have been raised more than half a million times since it was built.

Tower Bridge opened, 06-17-1998
Tower BridgeBen Schumin / / CC BY-SA

The London Eye

At 135 meters high, the London Eye stands as one the world’s tallest observation wheels. It has 32 capsules and carries around 10,000 visitors every day and over 3.5 million people a year. Each capsule provides visitors with a full 360 degree panorama and allows you to see up to 40 kilometers away in all directions. The London Eye really has to be included in a trip to London and cameras are a must.

The London Eye on A Sunday Afternoon
The London EyeUGArdener / / CC BY-NC

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace served as the Monarch’s permanent London residence since the accession of Queen Victoria. Built in 1702 as the Duke of Buckingham’s city residence, it currently stands as one the largest private houses in London with more than 660 rooms and is without doubt the most picturesque.

Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace** Lucky Cavey ** / / CC BY-NC-ND

The Tate Modern Museum

The Tate Modern is the UK’s national gallery of modern and contemporary art from 1900 onwards. Opening in 2000 in a converted power station on the south bank of the Thames opposite St. Paul’s Cathedral it is situated in the heart of the city. It offers some of the greatest modern art pieces from around the world and entry is free, ensuring that it remains a top tourist hotspot within London.

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