22 attractions in London: the best sights to see [+map]

Are you planning a city trip to London and want to see the most beautiful sights in London? That's great! Our London insider Friederike will give you an overview of all the must-see attractions in London, so you'll be ready for your first visit!

“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” – Samuel Johnson immortalized his love for the British capital with these words in 1777, and they ring just as true today as they did back then.

London is one of the destinations that definitely belongs on your bucket list of places you have to visit at least once in your life.

There’s so much to see that not even native Londoners know every inch of the city.

So how are visitors supposed to find their way around and know exactly what to see in London?

Well, that’s what our website does best: Our list of 22 must-see attractions in London will help you make the most of your time in the city.

So let’s get started with some great travel tips from our London expert Friederike.

General tips: Planning a hassle-free sightseeing trip to London

Before we get started with our 22 top highlights in London, here are a few quick tips to help you make the most of your visit.

London is a dauntingly big city, especially for a first-time visitor, so you should allow at least 3 to 5 days for your visit. Of course, that’s still not a lot of time for such a huge place, which is why planning ahead is so essential.

#1 Choosing the right place to stay

When choosing your accommodation, you should make sure that it’s in a central location with good Underground connections so you can get to the most important sights as quickly as possible.

If you haven’t picked a hotel yet, make sure to check out our in-depth posts on where to stay in London, with information about the different neighborhoods and hotel tips:

Where to stay in London – The best places for first timers!
11 special boutique hotels in London

#2 Get an Oyster Card

London is enormous and its must-see attractions are scattered throughout the city, so doing everything on foot is only recommended for the most ambitious exercise fanatics. For everyone else, the public transport network is excellent, and so the London Underground and the iconic red double-decker buses are the perfect way to get around and see the sights.

You’ll need an Oyster Card to use the public transport in London. An Oyster Card is a pre-paid travel card that you simply hold against the reader before boarding a bus or entering a Tube station. It’s incredibly convenient and easy to use.

Cards are available local outlets, such as airports and all Tube stations.

Alternatively, you can also order the card before your trip and have it conveniently delivered to your home for a small fee. That way you can feel like a local and just get on the next bus or Tube when you arrive, without the hassle of looking for a vending machine.

Order the Oyster Card online

We recommend using the Citymapper app for public transport in London. It shows you how long it’ll take you to get from A to B, how much it’ll cost, and which lines to take.

Get the Android app from the Google Play Store
Get the iOS app from the Apple Store

#3 Buy tickets for attractions in advance

There’s a lot to see in London, but sightseeing can be pretty expensive. Except for the museums, where admission is generally free, many of the highlights will set you back between 20 to 30 pounds each.

Tickets are usually a bit cheaper if you pre-purchase them online. You can save a couple of pounds per attraction, and those small savings can add up quickly if you visit several sights.

At certain attractions, using an online ticket can also speed things up for you, e.g. by allowing you to skip the line.

We recommend purchasing tickets in advance for the following must-see London attractions:

 Price per personTickets
London Eye£25To the ticket
Saint Paul’s Cathedral£17To the ticket
Tower of London£35To the ticket
Westminster Abbey£18To the ticket
Tower Bridge Exhibition£12To the ticket
Windsor Castle£22.50To the ticket
The Shard£32To the ticket

#4 Save time and money with city passes

It may be worth buying one of the London city passes if you plan on visiting a lot of attractions that charge admission.

These discount passes grant you admission to numerous attractions in London and save you quite a bit of money.

Another advantage is that some sights offer preferred “fast track” admission for pass holders. In other words, not only will you be saving money, but also a lot of time.

The following passes are available:

London Pass (includes most of the attractions)
Go London Explorer Pass (the most flexible pass)
London City Pass
Merlin Magical London 5-in-1-Pass (a good choice for families with children)

Our detailed comparison will help you figure out which pass is right for you:

Our London pass comparison

#5 Explore London with a guided tour

If you’re visiting London for the first time or want to explore another side of the city, a guided tour is a great idea.

There’s a huge range of city tours in London to suit all tastes. These are some of our favorites:

Classic walking sightseeing tour
Bicycle tour through London
Boat cruise on the Thames including lunch
Harry Potter-themed tour

Okay, with no further ado, let’s move on to the good part: Here are our top 22 attractions in London.

London attractions on a map

We’ve highlighted all the London sights and attractions we’ll be covering in this post on the map below to give you a better sense of where they’re located.

Click here to download the map in PDF format

A map of the 22 best attractions in London.
The 22 best attractions in London on a map

#1 Big Ben

Big Ben is one of London’s most recognizable landmarks.

The name specifically refers to the largest and heaviest bell in the clock tower of the Palace of Westminster. It weighs over 13 tons and has been ringing every hour on the hour since 1859.

However, the name Big Ben is often used as a synonym for the entire tower.

It was officially renamed Elizabeth Tower in 2012 in honor of the Queen’s Jubilee, but for most Londoners the world-famous building will always be known as Big Ben.

Located directly on the Thames, the tower stands 96 meters tall and features four large clock faces, each facing in a cardinal direction.

Note: Big Ben is currently undergoing restoration and the clock tower has been hidden behind scaffolding since 2017. The project has been held up by the pandemic, but should be completed by the summer of 2021. The bells will also remain silent until early 2021, except to mark special holidays and occasions.

How to get to Big Ben:
The closest Tube station is Westminster, which is served by the Jubilee, District, and Circle lines. You can’t miss the Houses of Parliament and the famous bell tower when you exit the station.

Photo showing Big Ben, London's iconic landmark, towering above the Palace of Westminster with the River Thames in the foreground.
The clock tower of the Palace of Westminster, known as Big Ben, is pictured to the right
Close-up shot of the impressive neo-Gothic Clock Tower, showing Big Ben's clock face.
Close-up of Big Ben’s clock

#2 Houses of Parliament / Palace of Westminster

Welcome to the seat of the British Parliament. Until the 16th century, the Palace of Westminster was the principal residence of English kings. Since 1512, the Palace has served as a government building. The building underwent major reconstruction work after a devastating fire broke out in 1834.

The Palace is located in the City of Westminster, directly on Parliament Square. Big Ben is on the north side of the Palace.

The most important chambers out of more than 1,100 rooms are the House of Commons and the House of Lords. The fate of the country is decided here, unfortunately not always for the best.

You can visit the Houses of Parliament and even participate in debates and committees. Various tours are offered on the Parliament website.

How to get to the Houses of Parliament:
The closest Tube station is Westminster. The Jubilee, District, and Circle lines stop there. Trafalgar Square is only about 900 meters away.

Photo of the Palace of Westminster, taken from the Old Palace Yard, showing its impressive neo-Gothic facade and the statue of Richard I.
The Palace of Westminster

#3 Westminster Abbey

Photo of the beautiful white-washed western facade of Westminster Abbey.
Westminster Abbey

Only 300 meters’ walk separate the Palace of Westminster from the famous church bearing the same name, Westminster Abbey.

Over a million visitors flock to the 700-year-old church every year.

The walls of the building have already survived 17 monarchies and have set the scene for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and the wedding of Kate and William, among others.

The many tombs in Westminster Abbey are also particularly impressive.

A number of famous figures from British history have been laid to rest here, including Charles Dickens and Charles Darwin.

Regular opening hours are Monday through Friday, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. On Wednesdays, the Abbey is open until 6 pm.

On Saturdays, it opens from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm from September to April and from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm from May to August.

On Sundays, you can only visit the church to attend services.

Admission to the Abbey is 22 pounds at the ticket counter, but if you pre-purchase your tickets online, it only costs 18 pounds.

To the online tickets for Westminster Abbey

How to get to Westminster Abbey:
The closest station is Westminster, which is served by the Jubilee, District, and Circle lines. Another option is to get off at St. James’s Park. The District and Circle lines also stop there.

#4 St. Paul’s Cathedral

St. Paul’s is a defining feature of London’s skyline and is located in the heart of the City of London, about 300 meters from the River Thames.

The cathedral’s huge dome is even bigger than that of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

The church hosted the Golden Jubilee celebrations for the Queen in 2002, and Prince Charles and Diana got married here as well.

The entire structure is absolutely beautiful, not just the architecture, but also the paintings and exhibitions. Definitely worth a visit.

If you can stomach climbing more than 500 steps up the spiral staircase to the top of the cathedral, a breathtaking view of London awaits you from a height of about 111 meters.

We recommend booking your tickets online in advance. You’ll save 4 pounds online versus buying them at the door, and the lines at the tickets booths can take forever, especially on weekends and during the peak season.

Tickets for preferred admission to St. Paul’s Cathedral

How to get to St. Paul’s Cathedral:
St. Paul’s Cathedral has its own underground station, which is served by the Central line.

Panoramic shot of London's skyline, centered on St. Paul's Cathedral, taken on the Millennium Bridge.
View of the dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral

#5 Tower of London

Chillingly beautiful: The Tower, known as the royal palace of death and torture, sounds far from inviting, but it should definitely be on your list of must-see attractions.

Construction on the Tower began in 1066, and up until the 19th century, it was primarily used for military purposes. It served as an armory, workshop, prison, and execution site. It was also home to London’s very first zoo.

Even some kings took up residence in the fortress. Both Shakespeare and Edgar Wallace chose it as a setting for their characters.

Today, visitors can experience a huge exhibition about the building and its history. But above all else, the Royal Family’s crown jewels, estimated at over 20 billion pounds (!), attract visitors in droves. Can you imagine how they sparkle and glitter?

From March to October you can visit the fortress Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9 am to 5:30 pm and Sundays and Mondays from 10 am to 5:30 pm. From November to February, the Tower stays open until 4:30 pm every day.

Pre-purchasing tickets online is recommended, as the lines at the door are always very long.

Buy tickets for the Tower of London

How to get to the Tower of London:
The closest Tube station is Tower Hill, which is served by the District and Circle lines. The DLR stops at Tower Gateway station. It’s a 15-minute walk to the Tower from London Bridge Station (Jubilee and Northern line) or from Liverpool Station, where most of the lines stop.

Photo of the Tower of London at dusk from across the Thames, eerily illuminated by the golden glow of riverside streetlights.
The Tower of London

#6 Tower Bridge

The road bridge over the Thames is named for the nearby Tower of London. Since its completion in 1894, the bridge is raised several times a day to let ships pass through.

It’s also raised to mark special occasions, such as the Queen’s Jubilee or Winston Churchill’s funeral procession.

Built to regulate 19th-century port traffic, Tower Bridge is still an important traffic artery connecting north and south, with 40,000 vehicles crossing it every day.

The high-level walkways, 42 meters above the Thames, have been converted into a bridge museum celebrating the construction and history of the bridge. If you’re feeling especially brave, be sure to walk across the glass floor. If you time it just right, you may be lucky enough to see the bridge being raised underfoot.

An online ticket costs £10.60 for an adult.

From April to September, you can visit the museum from 10 am to 5:30 pm. Winter opening times are from 9:30 am to 5 pm.

Of course, you can always just cross the bridge for free.

Buy tickets for Tower Bridge

How to get to Tower Bridge:
The nearest station on the north side is Tower Hill, which is served by the District and Circle lines. On the south side, it’s a 10-minute walk from London Bridge station (Jubilee and Northern line).

Photo of the Tower Bridge in London
Tower Bridge is no doubt one of the most impressive bridges in the world

#7 Buckingham Palace

Nothing represents British history better than the Royal Family. The British are proud of their monarchy and they aren’t afraid to show it. Throughout the city you can buy printed mugs, posters, and figurines of the Royal Family.

So of course a visit to Buckingham Palace is an absolute must when you’re in London. The Palace is the official residence of the British Royal Family. The Palace also hosts foreign heads of state.

Note: Would you like to see the royal chambers with your own eyes? Then you need to come to London between July 20 and September 29, because that’s the only time visitors are admitted to the Palace. Make sure to secure your tickets well in advance online.

Our tip: You can watch the Changing of the Guard at the Palace all year round. The spectacle takes place on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. It always starts at 11 am, but you should get there by 10:30 am to get a good view.

How to get to Buckingham Palace:
The easiest way to get to Buckingham Palace is from the Green Park (Victoria and Piccadilly line) and Hyde Park Corner (Piccadilly line). It’s a 10-minute walk through the park from either station.

Photo of Buckingham Palace with the striking red tulip garden in the foreground cleverly obscuring the throngs of tourists.
Buckingham Palace in London (© richie0703)

#8 The Shard

The Shard really lives up to its name, jutting out of the ground like a piece of shattered glass. For a brief period, the 310-meter skyscraper even held the title of tallest building in Europe upon completion in 2012. It’s located by the Thames in Southwalk.

Its 72 floors include offices, apartments, restaurants, stores, and a 5-star hotel.

The viewing platform on the 69th floor offers a very nice view over London. And if that isn’t enough, there’s a second viewing platform on the 72nd floor.

It’s quite a bit cheaper to buy tickets online in advance than on site, but you’ll still have to wait in line at the ticket counter to exchange your online ticket for a physical one.

We recommend that you avoid visiting on the weekends when the lines are always particularly long. If you don’t want to wait at all, you should buy a fast track ticket for an additional fee.

There are three ticket options at Get Your Guide: the standard ticket, the fast track ticket and the all-inclusive ticket with a complimentary bottle of champagne.

Buy tickets for The Shard

Floors 31, 32, and 52 offer Michelin-star cuisine and great cocktails as well as an amazing view of London. You don’t have to pay admission here, but of course the food and drinks cost a pretty penny.

Information on the restaurants and reservations

You wish you never had to leave the building? You’re in luck! You can also book a hotel room at The Shard. Located between the 34th and 52nd floor, the Shangri-La Hotel offers luxury rooms with a spectacular view.

Current room rates at the Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard

How to get to the Shard:
One of the exits at London Bridge station connects directly to the Shard. The Northern and Jubilee lines run here.

Panoramic photo of the Thames at dusk, with the Shard towering above the illuminated skyline on the left bank.
The Shard towers above London’s skyline

#9 Tate Modern and Tate Britain

Two of our favorite museums in London are Tate Modern and Tate Britain.

While Tate Britain primarily shows British artists from the Tudor period to British Modernism, Tate Modern features art and architecture by modern artists from around the world.

Even if you don’t care much for art, Tate Modern is still well worth a visit.

The buildings’ architecture alone is stunning and can turn a rainy day in London into a unique experience. The 10th floor of Tate Modern also offers a great view of the city, including St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Shard.

And here’s the best part: Both museums are completely free to visit!

Our tip: Visit the Tates outside regular opening hours and see the art at night, accompanied by music and a bite to eat. “Late at Tate” is a regular event that takes place every first Friday of the month at Tate Britain and every last Friday of the month at Tate Modern. If your visit to London coincides with one of those dates, you should make sure to stop by.

How to get there:
Tate Modern is located on the south side of the Thames in Bankside and the stations Blackfriars (Circle and District line), Monument (Northern, Circle and District line, DLR), or even Southwark (Jubilee line) are just a short walk away.

We usually get off at St. Paul’s, which is served by the Central line. It’s only a 15 minute walk from there via the Millennium Bridge crossing the Thames.

Tate Britain is a little further to the west. The next station is Pimlico, which is served by the Victoria line. It takes about 10 minutes to walk to Tate Britain from there.

Photo of Tate Modern Museum in London, located on the River Thames
Tate Modern is located in an old oil-fired power station on the River Thames

#10 British Museum

The giant room in the center of the museum alone is a must-see attraction. The sight of the architecture will take your breath away.

The British Museum is a world-renowned museum of cultural history which opened its doors in 1753 and has since accumulated some of the most important sculptures, antiquities, and architectural works in human history.

There’s so much to see at the British Museum that it’s impossible to take in everything at once, even if you spend the whole day. The collection is so fascinating and remarkable that it draws six million visitors every year.

Visiting the museum is free, but you’re encouraged to make a donation of five pounds. Only special exhibits and events charge admission.

The museum opens every day from 10 am to 5:30 pm, or until 8:30 pm on Fridays.

Guided tour of the British Museum

How to get to the British Museum:
The British Museum is sandwiched between Tottenham Court Road (Central and Northern Line), Holborn (Central and Piccadilly Line), and Russel Square (Piccadilly Line) stations. There are signs pointing the way to the museum from all stations.

British Museum
British Museum: The foyer alone is worth a visit (© phil_bird)

The National Gallery is an art museum located directly on Trafalgar Square in the city center. It’s one of the most significant and largest portrait galleries in the world with a collection of more than 2,300 artworks from the 13th through the 19th century.

About 6.5 million visitors per year come here to flock here to admire the paintings of the British Royal Family and their entourage. It’s fun to wander from century to century while trying to put yourself in the shoes of the people in the paintings.

The collection includes portraits of Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, and Leonardo da Vinci, among many others.

The Gallery opens daily from 10 am to 6 pm, or until 9 pm on Fridays. Admission to the National Gallery is free.

Our tip: Trafalgar Square is a wonderful spot to take a break from all the sightseeing. Its two fountains at the center are magnificent and the surrounding area is perfect for picnics, especially in the summer.

How to get to the National Gallery:
Charing Cross station exits directly onto Trafalgar Square, and the Gallery is just a three-minute walk from there. It’s served by the Bakerloo and Northern lines. Other nearby stations include Piccadilly Circus (Bakerloo and Piccadilly lines) and Leicester Square (Piccadilly and Northern lines).

Photo of the National Gallery on Trafalgar Square in the evening, with a statue of a merman in the foreground, the brightly lit building reflected in the fountain.
National Gallery on Trafalgar Square in the evening

#12 Piccadilly Circus

Welcome to the heart of the West End! Completed in 1819, this public square is the nerve center where London’s most important streets meet. Regent Street and Piccadilly Street converge here.

The illuminated billboards give off a similar vibe to Times Square in New York. For example, one of the largest Coca-Cola ads in the world lights up Piccadilly Circus at night.

Due to its central location, the square is a major tourist hotspot, especially on weekends and in the evenings, when the crowds pour in to see the musicals. Nevertheless, the square is incredible, and you should certainly take the time to enjoy the lights and soak up the atmosphere.

How to get to Piccadilly Circus:
Piccadilly Circus has its own Tube station. The Bakerloo and Piccadilly lines stop here.

Nighttime photo of Piccadilly Circus, showing an iconic double-decker bus passing an enormous LED billboard.
Piccadilly Circus is particularly spectacular after dark

#13 Notting Hill

Notting Hill is definitely one of the most photogenic parts of the city. Or ‘instagrammable’, as our younger readers might say.

The streets of Notting Hill are characterized by colorful houses and flowers. Strolling through the streets of Notting Hill will make you feel a bit like Julia Roberts or Hugh Grant in the hit movie of the same name.

Portobello Road is home to the eponymous market, which extends down the street for over a mile. The market on Portobello Road is one of the most beautiful markets in London, replete with second-hand fashion, antiques, and wares of all shapes and sizes.

The main market opens on Fridays and Saturdays. During the week, residents buy fresh fruit and vegetables here. Sometimes you can even spot real movie stars shopping here alongside bargain hunters.

The annual Notting Hill Carnival takes place in August. Europe’s largest street festival offers a spectacular parade with a wide variety of colorful characters: definitely a must-see event!

Guided walking tour through Notting Hill

How to get to Notting Hill:
The easiest way is to go to Notting Hill Gate station. The Central, District and Circle lines stop here. Alternatively, you can get off at Westbourne Park station or Ladbroke Grove station (both served by the Hammersmith & City and Circle lines). It’s just a ten-minute walk from there to Portobello Road.

Photo of a row of pastel-colored houses in Notting Hill, London.
Typical colorful houses in Notting Hill

#14 Chinatown

The first Chinese restaurants set up shop in London in the 1950s. Since the 1970s, the small neighborhood in the West End has become known as Chinatown because of its large Asian community.

Walking down the streets of the neighborhood, you’ll feel as if you’ve been swept away to the Far East. Chinese characters are everywhere, dragons and lanterns decorating the stores, and fried ducks hanging in the restaurant windows. Even the street signs in Chinatown are bilingual.

So if you want to take a short trip to Asia, this is your chance.

In addition to the countless Chinese restaurants, you can also take your pick from Korean, Malaysian, Vietnamese, or Japanese cuisine.

For a truly fascinating experience, try visiting a Chinese supermarket or one of the local Asian bakeries with fancy cakes and other baked goods on display.

Our tip: Chinatown is also the scene of many exciting events, such as the Chinese New Year celebrations. Check the Chinatown website for information on upcoming events.

How to get to Chinatown:
Chinatown is in a relatively central location in the West End. The nearest stations are Leicester Square (Piccadilly and Northern lines) and Piccadilly Circus (Piccadilly and Bakerloo lines).

Low-angle shot of the colorful gate in Chinatown, London. Designed in the style of the Qing dynasty, the Chinese characters on the front translate to "China, Peace, Security".
Hard to believe, but this is right in the middle of London. That’s Chinatown for you.

#15 Oxford Street

Oxford Street is one of the most prestigious and famous shopping streets in the city and one the busiest in all of Europe.

It’s often the first port of call for tourists who’ve come to London on a shopping spree.

Oxford Street extends for 1.9 kilometers in the Mayfair district and offers everything from luxury brands to cheap knick-knacks.

Stores open from 9 am to 9 pm, Mondays through Saturdays, and from 11:30 am to 6 pm on Sundays.

If you really want to do some serious shopping, try strolling down the street during the week; it’s pretty much impossible to shop in peace on the weekends.

Our tip: The pre-Christmas season is a magical time in London, and Oxford Street is decorated with Christmas lights and angels hovering over it from November through December. Be sure to stop by Carnaby Street, a side street off of Oxford Street, and marvel at the lights and romantic restaurants around Kingly Court.

How to get to Oxford Street:
Oxford Circus station is located at the halfway point of the street, and is served by the Victoria and Bakerloo lines. Other nearby stations include Bond Street (Central and Jubilee lines), Marble Arch (Central line), and Tottenham Court Road (Central and Northern lines).

#16 Covent Garden

Covent Garden is a theater and entertainment district in the West End. People often only associate the historic Apple Market on the car-free square with the name “Covent Garden”, but the area has so much more to offer.

The London Museum of Transport, the Royal Opera House, the London Film Museum, and Seven Dials are just a few worthwhile attractions in the neighborhood. And aside from all the museums and theaters, the Apple Market is one of the most beautiful photo spots in London.

Its elegant halls are the perfect place for a leisurely shopping stroll. The many singers and street performers are what make the market so special. In addition to the many the entertainment options, Covent Garden also has an endless array of restaurants and bars to choose from.

Our tip: Covent Garden has so many wonderful tiny streets hidden away from the noise and the crowds. Just take a little detour here and there and you might discover little oases of calm in the middle of the city! One of the places is the delightful Neal’s Yard, a colorful miniature village full of little shops, cafés, and restaurants.

How to get to Covent Garden:
Covent Garden has its own Tube station. The Piccadilly line stops here. On foot, it’s just a 10-minute walk from Leicester Square and Chinatown.

Photo of Apple Market in Covent Garden showing the market sign and an array of blue-green metal arches supporting the ceiling.
The Apple Market in Covent Garden

#17 Borough Market

Borough Market is one of London’s most time-honored institutions. It’s been around since the 13th century, always at its current location by the River Thames.

Nowadays, Borough Market is a very impressive food market that’s frequently chosen as a picturesque setting for movies, e.g. for Bridget Jones or Harry Potter.

There are more than 130 stalls selling fruit, vegetables, natural products, meat, and fish. In addition to regional products, you’ll also find delicacies from all over the world. For example, German expats in London can enjoy a taste of home in the form of German bratwurst sold here.

Our tip: Visit the market during the week when it’s not as busy and some of the vendors offer free samples.

The market opens Monday through Saturday, but certain stalls only open from Wednesday to Saturday. It’s closed on Sundays, except for the pre-Christmas season.

How to get to Borough Market:
Borough Market is located right next to London Bridge station. The Jubilee and Northern lines stop here.

Photo of a food stall at Borough Market with a basket of Slavonian salami on prominent display.
Borough Market. Yummy!

#18 Camden Market

Camden Market isn’t so much a market as a collection of different markets on Camden High Street in the borough of Camden. Over 300,000 people visit the more than 1,000 stalls in north London every week.

Vintage fashion, art, street food, and small stores set up shop here 50 years ago and tourists love this little trip back in time to the 1970s and 80s as much as locals.

Camden Market consists of three separate markets:

  1. Buck Street Market, right next to the Tube station, is full of stalls selling cheap, mass-produced goods.
  2. Stables Market, along Chalk Farm Road, offers alternative and vintage fashion, furniture, and second-hand items.
  3. The oldest market is located directly on Regent’s Canal. Camden Lock Market offers high-quality hand-made jewelry and clothing, decorations, and the finest street food.

Our tip: You should also consider visiting Camden at night. There are many clubs and bars in this neighborhood. One of our favorite places is Gabeto Club, located right in Camden Lock Market.

How to get to Camden Market:
The Northern line runs to Camden Town or Chalkfarm stations, which are right by the markets.

Photo of the road leading to Camden Lock Market with the turquoise railway bridge in the center and yellow-brick houses on the left-hand side.
Camden Market

#19 Hyde Park

Hyde Park is one of the public royal parks in the heart of London. With an area of 1.4 square kilometers, it’s one of the largest and most famous metropolitan parks in the world.

The Serpentine, a snake-shaped lake running through the middle of the park, is the perfect place to cool off in the summer. Many Londoners spend their free time here enjoying the greenery.

Take a little time out from all the tourist attractions and treat yourself to a picnic in the park.

Have a look around the Princess Diana Memorial Garden, stroll through the park, or visit the beautifully landscaped flower gardens.

On royal birthdays, gun salutes are often fired in the park. Several open air events are also held here throughout the year.

From late November through January, Hyde Park hosts the Winter Wonderland with ice skating, a Ferris wheel, and a circus unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.

Our tip: On Sundays, pay a visit to Speakers’ Corner in the northeast end of Hyde Park (near Marble Arch). Since the 19th century, speakers have been coming here to stand on boxes and speak their minds about every topic under the sun. If you’re feeling brave, why not give it a go yourself?

Hyde Park is open all year round from 5 am to midnight.

How to get to Hyde Park:
The closest stations around Hyde Park are Hyde Park Corner (Piccadilly line), Knightsbridge (Piccadilly line), Marble Arch (Central line) and Lancaster Gate (Piccadilly line).

The Memorial Fountain for Princess Diana in Hyde Park
The Memorial Fountain for Princess Diana in Hyde Park

#20 St. James’s Park

The oldest of London’s royal parks spans more than 23 acres and is located in the City of Westminster district, a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace and Downing Street.

With a bit of luck, you can see owls, woodpeckers, swans, and lots of squirrels by the lake in the middle of the park. There are even pelicans. They are fed daily at 2:30 pm.

The romantic bridge in the park overlooking Buckingham Palace is a very pretty spot.

St. James’s Park opens every day from 5 am to midnight.

How to get to St. James’s Park:
The closest station is St. James’s Park, which is served by the District and Circle lines. Westminster station (Jubilee, Circle, and District lines) is also nearby.

St. James' Park in London
Fountain in St. James’s Park

#21 Harrods

Harrods is the most famous department store in London and one of the oldest shopping temples in the world.

The rich and famous have been shopping at Harrods since 1834, and for a long time the department store was the official supplier to the Royal Family.

The escalators alone, which combine modern technology with traditional elements, will amaze you and make your visit to the department store a very memorable experience.

It’s really easy to get lost in the huge building, as it’s built like a maze with one store next to another.

But don’t panic, there are maps and the sales assistants are very helpful. And there are almost as many salespeople at Harrods as there are handbags from Armani to Versace.

In the lead-up to Christmas, the department store is a wonderful place to get into the holiday spirit and buy some gifts.

In addition to all the famous designer brands, there’s also a souvenir section and a Christmas world full of amazing keepsakes to take home.

Our tip: Whatever you do, don’t visit Harrods on a Saturday. It’ll be incredibly crowded and you’ll feel as if you have to race through the store to avoid being trampled by the crowds.

How to get to Harrods:
The closest Tube station is Knightsbridge, which is served by the Piccadilly line. During Christmas time, it’s much nicer to get off at Hyde Park Corner (also on the Piccadilly line) and walk through Hyde Park, where you can enjoy a mulled wine in the huge Winter Wonderland.

Photo of the Historic Harrods department store in London
Historic Harrods department store

#22 London Eye

A relatively recent addition to the London skyline, the London Eye has quickly become as iconic a landmark as Big Ben or Tower Bridge.

It’s the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe at 135 meters and is located in the heart of the city on the south bank of the Thames. The original idea was to take it down after 5 years, but that plan was quickly abandoned due to its runaway success.

The capsules offer enough space for 25 to 28 people and a ride takes about 30 minutes. You can see up to 40 kilometers on a clear day, sometimes even as far as Windsor Castle.

It’s a good idea to book your tickets online in advance, as they’re 10 percent cheaper that way.

You can choose between a standard ticket and a fast track ticket when you book your ride. The fast track ticket grants you preferred entry to the Ferris wheel through a special entrance so you don’t have to wait in line.

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Panoramic shot of London's skyline taken from one of the capsules of the London Eye, focusing on Charing Cross station and Hungerford Bridge.
View from one of the capsules of the London Eye
Photo of the London Eye overlooking the River Thames on the right-hand side of the frame.
The Ferris wheel has become a permanent fixture in London’s skyline (© mitakag)

How to get to the London Eye:
The nearest Tube stations are Westminster (Jubilee, Circle, and District lines) and Waterloo (Bakerloo, Northern, Jubilee, and Waterloo & City lines). It’s about a 10-minute walk from either station to the London Eye.

That wraps up our list of the 22 must-see sights and attractions in London.

What are your favorite sights? Which attractions in London are an absolute must-see? Do you have any questions about your upcoming visit to London? We look forward to hearing from you in the comments!