London, UK sights

London sights

Buckingham Palace Tower Bridge London Eye Westminster Abbey Madame Tussauds Museum Trafalgar Square Heathrow Airport Windsor Castle

This site contains London sights – photos, descriptions, and travel tips. The list is based on popular guidebooks and presented by type, name and rating. Here you’ll find answers to questions: what to see in London, where to go and where are the popular and interesting places in London.

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace (photo)

Buckingham Palace is the largest palace in the world and one of the most recognizable symbols of Great Britain.

The palace is the official residence of the current monarchs and therefore is closed to the public most of the time, but from August to September the Queen leaves Buckingham and it can be visited by everyone.

Buckingham House was originally built, and then three more similar buildings were completed, which form a square in plan. The interiors of the building are strikingly luxurious: cream colors and gilding predominate, and many of the rooms are furnished in the Chinese style. There are collections of antiques, furniture, paintings and porcelain, and among 775 rooms there is a swimming pool, its own cinema, a post office, a ballroom and a concert hall. And all this is available to the eyes of visitors.

A special show is the changing of the royal guard, which takes place daily in summer and every other day in winter. Regiment of Guards Infantry, dressed in red uniforms and bear hats is perhaps the most popular sight, which attracts thousands of tourists.

Coordinates: 51.50140300,-0.14189500

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge (photo)

Tower Bridge is one of the main symbols of London and is recognizable even by people who have never been to the city.

The bridge, like St. Petersburg’s, is a drawbridge. Thousands of tourists come here to see the drawing of bridges, which turns into a full house. But it is difficult to time it, because previously the bridge was raised every time the ship needed to pass under it, but now – only by prior request.

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For the convenience of pedestrians, you can cross the Tower Bridge at any time, even during drawdown hours. All because it has pedestrian galleries over the main structure, which is very convenient and does not interfere with the movement from one end of the city to the other.

The British have always been reverent about their history and strove to tell everyone about it. Therefore, in the gallery of the bridge during the crossing you can visit the museum, where there are models, sketches, photos, dedicated to the history of construction and functioning of the landmark.

Coordinates: 51.50548600,-0.07545900

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London Eye

London Eye (photo)

At the turn of the second and third millennium, every country was preparing for the change of era in its own way, and Britain’s answer to the Millennium was the London Eye, inaugurated on the last day of the twentieth century.

The huge Ferris wheel on the south bank of the famous River Thames is in itself very remarkable. For example, we can say that the number of egg-shaped pods is not accidental. London has thirty-two suburbs, and it is them that the thirty-two booths-capsules of the “London Eye” symbolize. It is worth mentioning about the LED illumination installed on the Ferris wheel in the end of 2006 – thanks to it the monumental wonder of British engineering acquires its special and unique charm.

Even the mere viewing of the London Eye at dusk is an unforgettable experience thanks to the illuminated lights. But the attraction of the ferris wheel is of course not the other attraction. It takes 30 minutes to turn it once, during which time one can enjoy the wonderful views below. The height of the wheel is 135 meters is about the height of a forty-five-story building, and from this height even the Palace of Westminster or Big Ben, the famous architectural monuments of London, seem small. From the “London Eye” one has a wonderful view of the Thames, and as you know, one can endlessly look at the flowing water.

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In general it is impossible to describe all the charms of visiting the London Eye, you have to experience it for yourself. If you are in London, be sure to visit this architectural marvel.

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Coordinates: 51.50342700,-0.11960500

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Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey (photo)

Westminster Abbey is one of the symbols of the British monarchy – coronations take place here and the burial place of the dead rulers of Great Britain.

The abbey is a prime example of Gothic medieval architecture. For centuries pilgrims have made pilgrimages to it. However, even today the abbey enjoys great popularity among tourists.

The church is active – masses and liturgies are held there every day.

For lovers of literature, a visit to the Poets’ Corner, where the ashes of Chaucer, Browning, Dickens, Johnson and other prominent writers and poets are buried, will be of interest.

The gardens adjacent to the abbey are also an attraction for tourists.

Westminster Abbey is one of the key sightseeing spots for tourists who travel in London.

Coordinates : 51.49944400,-0.12750000

Madame Tussauds Museum

Madame Tussauds Museum (photo)

Madame Tussauds has a long history and is probably the most famous wax museum in the world. It has branches on three continents, in the largest cities in the world: Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York, London, Berlin, Vienna and many others.

The first permanent exhibition of figures was established just in London and is the oldest of all. Part of it was also the Room of Horrors, where victims of the French Revolution, murderers, maniacs and other criminals were exhibited.

Some of the most famous figures of Madame Tussauds in London include Queen Elizabeth, Adolph Hitler, Marilyn Monroe, The Beatleth, Lady Gaga, Keira Knightley, Beyonce, Charlie Chaplin, Angelina Jolie, to name a few.

Coordinates: 51.52287800,-0.15536500

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Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square (photo)

Trafalgar Square is a central square in London. The three main streets of Westminster – Strand, Whitehall and Mall – converge here.

In the center of the square is a famous monument – a column with a statue of Admiral Nelson on top. It was erected in honor of the victory of England in the Napoleonic Wars, which was expressed in the decoration of frescoes made of melted down French cannons.

The square is a traditional place of performances, demonstrations and mass celebrations – for example, the New Year. At this time there is installed the main Christmas tree of the country, brought from Norway. Also on the square politicians usually make their speeches or statements, so in 1945 here was announced the end of World War II.

In recent years Trafalgar Square is popular not only because of the place in the history of the country or the beauty, more recently the square was taken up by pigeons, which have become a kind of attraction. Tourists love to feed them and you can take pictures with them.

Coordinates: 51.50772600,-0.12796600

Heathrow Airport

Heathrow airport (photo)

Heathrow Airport is the largest airport in the United Kingdom. It is the busiest airport in Europe and the third largest airport in the world. It is located in the urban area of London.

Heathrow carries up to 70 million passengers annually and has been actively developed since the twenties of the last century. Today, Heathrow has two main runways and one spare runway capable of receiving any type of aircraft.

Heathrow can be reached by all modes of transport – cabs, buses, trains running on a special rail line, as well as by subway.

The airport includes 6 terminals, one of which is a cargo terminal. International traffic has traditionally been concentrated in terminal 3. Heathrow is home to some of the most sophisticated security and cargo sorting systems. In addition, more than 500 different retail outlets are located here.

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The main problem of the airport is its excessive congestion. Because of this, Heathrow often experiences flight delays. On the other hand, Heathrow is Britain’s air gateway – it is the most popular and mass way to get to London.

Almost 100 airlines fly to and from Heathrow and it is home to British Airways and BMI.

Coordinates : 51.47224200,-0.45113300

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Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle (photo)

Windsor Castle, the main country seat of the British monarchs since the 11th century, is one of the oldest castles still in continuous use today. The castle is the largest and oldest residential structure of its kind in the world.

The castle was founded by William the Conqueror in 1066. Since then it has been rebuilt and expanded many times. The last restoration was made in 1992. The castle is still used by the royal family for meetings and ceremonial visits.

Most of the castle is open to visitors, where they can watch the ceremonial changing of the guard. Inside you can see majestic halls decorated with antique furniture, various decorations and works of art from the Royal Collection. Close to the castle is the Great Windsor Park, decorated with beautiful sculptures and the Chapel of St. George, which contains the tombs of many English monarchs.

Coordinates: 51.48406700,-0.60307900

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