With historically important buildings rubbing shoulders with daring new architecture, the cityscape of London is both immediately recognisable and ever-changing. If you’re in town for a city break, a trip to one of these Big Smoke landmarks is a must. But which one should you pick? Hmm, decisions, decisions.
As one of London’s most iconic symbols, you’ve probably lost count of the times you’ve seen it in films, TV shows and posters! So why not go and see the real thing? Our guide gives you a rundown on Big Ben’s history and when to visit.
With breathtaking views over the city, visitors flock to the London Eye for a space in one of the coveted capsules. Enjoy the stunning 360° views and spot the city’s major landmarks from the top of this iconic attraction.
One of the world’s best-known buildings, Buckingham Palace is a must-see if you’re in London - and at certain times you can go inside. Our guide has everything you need to get your visit off to a right royal start.
Even if modern art lost you at a sheep embalmed in formaldehyde, the Tate Modern is worth a visit for the building alone. Housed in the industrial splendour of the old Bankside Power Station, there are thrilling views from the third floor.
With its iconic domed roof a familiar sight in North Greenwich, the O2 is the UK’s largest entertainment venue for music, sport and live events. Once the infamous Millennium Dome, the Arena is now a popular entertainment complex.
This architectural masterpiece on the Thames has had previous lives as a palace, a Royal Mint and a zoo.
But it’s the Tower’s bloody history as a place of imprisonment and execution that draws 2.5 million visitors each year.
This London landmark is so synonymous with the capital it’s a must-see at some point on your visit. Marvel at the incredible architecture, enjoy the Tower Bridge Exhibition and walk the glass walkway for views across the city.
Its post-modern buildings make Canary Wharf a true London landmark. Visit after dark and you’ll feel like you’re walking through the set of a futuristic film. With shops, restaurants and bars too, this is more than a banker’s paradise.
Although most famous for hosting the Proms concerts, this is a music venue with lashings of history. With its domed roof and mosaic frieze, this much-treasured Grade I-listed building is one of the most recognisable in London.
One of the wonders of North London, Ally Pally is an historic entertainment venue nestled in Alexandra Park, with beautiful views over London. Besides hosting some big gigs, its fireworks spectacular really is something else.
With a beautiful building in St Martin’s Place, close to Trafalgar Square, the National Portrait Gallery gets you up close to some of the most famous faces in British history. See our guide to make the most of your visit.
With its Roman-inspired pillars, the Royal Opera House looks incredibly impressive. And whether you’re there to see a performance from The Royal Ballet or The Royal Opera, you’re guaranteed a royally good show.