A visit to the “Big Smoke” wouldn’t be complete without seeing some of the famous London landmarks. These destinations are what make London the world-class city and tourist attraction that it is! These iconic landmarks of London range from centuries-old buildings and monuments steeped in history to sparkling modern skyscrapers.
Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a local, there is something enthralling about visiting the London icons. An eclectic variety of architecture adds to its charm and helps to make it one of the most popular cities in the world. First up are my top 10 famous London landmarks. These are the destinations that personify London; the ones that no trip would be complete without!
If you’re a first-time visitor to London then make sure you don’t leave the Big Smoke without at least ticking these top 10 off your London bucket list. Before we get started, you will notice that I mention the London Pass a lot in this blog post. This city pass includes entrance to many of the London’s top attractions. Additionally, it will often provide “skip the line” access, as well as discounts at many other places. If you’d like to know more, I have written all about it in our London itinerary. I have even included how to calculate its trip-by-trip value to see if it’s worth getting one for your visit!
Big Ben is perhaps the most recognisable clock in the world and the most famous London landmark. When you think of London, undoubtedly you will conjure up an image of this famous clock tower perched alongside the Houses of Parliament as it majestically overlooks the River Thames.
With construction completing in 1859, the famous four-faced clock has been accurately keeping time for over 150 years. Today, its iconic architecture is firmly etched in most people’s vision of London. If there is one true must-see on every London bucket list, Big Ben is it. As one of London’s defining landmarks, Tower Bridge is one of my favourite places to visit in London. Despite being one of the most famous bridges in the world, it is often mistakenly referred to as London Bridge (which is, in fact, the next bridge along to the west and rather uninteresting).
Constructed between 1886 and 1894, it has become a prominent feature of the city. Today, the bridge is still an essential for crossing over the Thames, with over 40,000 people crossing Tower Bridge every day.
What many people don’t know is that the bridge regularly lifts to allow ships to pass! Bridge openings typically happen every day and it’s an impressive sight. You can find the lift times listed on the Tower Bridge website. For those interested in photography, this impressive landmark provides numerous photo opportunities for some great shots of London. There is even a hidden little sandy beach by the river near Tower Bridge for the perfect Insta-worthy shot. Check out our most Instagrammable places in London post for details on how to find it and more ‘gram inspiration!