Top 10 Attractions For First-Time London Visitors

London is the capital of England, with more than 8.6 million people, living in the city. It makes London one of the most diverse cities in Europe. There are people from all over the world, living and visiting the city everyday. We stayed in a hotel next to the Thames River, from there we could easily walk or take subways to explore the city. 

Here’s a List of the Top 10 Attractions For First-Time London Visitors:

1- London Eye:

Considered the largest Ferris wheel in the world. The views from one of its 32 capsules are impressive, and you will have a unique 360 degree view of the whole city at the top. 

London Eye

2- From there, walk to the Palace of Westminster:

This is undoubtedly the most famous attraction in London. In the palace are the Houses of Parliament and the clock tower, better known as Big Ben (which is actually the name of the bell inside the tower). The structure is one of the most recognized in the world, and its Gothic architecture is rich in detail. 

Big Ben

3- Visit Westminster Abbey:

Where are buried many notable people, such as Isaac Newton along with several kings and queens of England. The church is famous for hosting the weddings of the British royal family, most recently, of Prince William and Kate. 

4- Visit the Natural History Museum:

It offers visitors a great opportunity to discover a little more about the natural history of the planet and also about dinosaurs. Fossils full of prehistoric animals are really impressive, and other museum attractions such as the exhibition “The Power Within”, where you can have the feeling of living an earthquake! One of the best attractions of London! 

5- See the Buckingham Palace:

The official residence of Queen Elizabeth II in London. During the summer, some rooms are open to the public, offering a rare opportunity for tourists to see more of the famous landmark. Even if you do not go visit the interior of the palace, be sure to stop by to check out the changing of the guard, which takes place only on certain times, and days of the week.


6- Walk across the  Tower Bridge: 

This is an iconic symbol of London. The bridge crosses the River Thames close to the Tower of London.

7- Visit St Paul’s Cathedral:  

Built from 1087 to 1314. It is one of the finest, and stunning religious structures in Europe.

St Paul’s Cathedral

8- Visit Chelsea:  

This is one of London’s most colorful and fashionable neighborhoods.

9- Enjoy the nightlife at Soho or Mayfar: 

These neighbors are surrounded by restaurants, clubs and bars.

10- Check out one of the oldest pubs in London:

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, Ye Olde Mitre and Old Bell Tavern.

Cheshire Cheese
Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese


Currency: Pound Sterling

Official language: English




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