There are so many iconic sights in London that you could easily spend two weeks in this fabulous city and still not see everything you want to see. The iconic sights of London are known worldwide and for jolly good reason.
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1 Leadenhall Market
The city's markets are among the great attractions of London. The markets are extremely numerous and are all around the city. Most are known for their one outstandingly unique feature - either for its location or the goods it sells. Leadenhall is a beautiful cobblestoned market right in the heart of the city. If you've an eagle eye, you will spot Leadenhall market as being one of the filming locations for Diagon Alley.
2 Guards at Buckingham Palace
You don't have to wait for special occasions to experience the pomp and circumstance of London's traditions. The Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace takes place daily.
3 Big Ben
Big Ben in all its glory and one of the most iconic sights of London. Did you know the tower is actually The Elizabeth Tower - renamed from St. Stephen's Tower in honor of Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee in 2012. Big Ben is actually the bell in the tower.
4 Buckingham Palace
The gates open onto the most famous residence in the world, alongside the American White House. Oh what history those gates have opened onto.
Buckingham Palace is the official residence of the British monarch and a popular tourist destination in London. Built in 1703, it has been the home of the British royal family since 1837. It is located in the City of Westminster and is surrounded by beautiful gardens and parks. Inside the palace, visitors can admire the grand State Rooms, which are lavishly decorated with artwork and furniture from the Royal Collection.
The Changing of the Guard is a popular attraction at Buckingham Palace. The ceremony takes place at 11:30 am every day in summer and every other day in winter. During the ceremony, the old guard is relieved by the new guard and the band plays a selection of military music.
The Palace also houses the Queen's Gallery, which hosts a variety of art exhibitions. The Royal Mews, a working stable, is also open to the public, as is the Queen's Gallery Shop, which sells souvenirs and gifts.
Buckingham Palace is a must-see for anyone visiting London. It's a great way to experience the history and grandeur of the British royal family, as well as to explore the city's many attractions.
5 Westminster Abbey
As well as being a normal functioning church, the abbey is the home of practically every coronation of the King/Queen of England (and later Britain) since William the Conqueror. It is the burial place of most monarchs and also the site of the majority of the royal weddings.
6 Tower Bridge
This is the bridge that has to open to allow tall ships to pass through.
7 Liberty & Co
Liberty has anchored Regent Street since 1875. The luxury goods department store is instantly recognizable for its Tudor frontage.
8 Camden Market
Camden Market is one of the most eclectic markets in London. It is spread out across Camden Lock and in old buildings and is a definite shopping destination not to be missed.
9 Isabella Plantation, Richmond Park
Richmond Park is one of the city's eight Royal Parks and the largest. It is a conservation area and is known for its herd of deer as well as its stunning natural beauty. There's a fantastic view of the city from King Henry's Mound.
10 Peter Pan Statue
London is packed with statues. There are great figures from British history and there are fictional figures that have become household names - such as Peter Pan, which stands in Kensington Gardens.
11 10 Downing Street
The most famous front door in the World. Home of the UK Prime Minister.
12 The Thames
The great river is the lifeblood of London.
13 Palace of Westminster
Many of the places to visit in London are wonderful Gothic buildings, including The Palace of Westminster - more commonly known as the Houses of Parliament.
By day or night, there's always something happening in Soho. This West End district is home to Theatreland, Piccadilly Circus and tons of nightclubs and restaurants.
15 Trafalgar Square
Trafalgar Square is one of the unmissable places to visit in London. It's hugely photogenic with its Lions by Edward Landseer, Nelson's Column and its fountains. Thousands gather here to see in the New Year.
16 Piccadilly Circus
The bright lights of the West End and let's not forgot the statue of Eros in the center, which is not seen in this photograph.
17 London Black Cab
Surely one of the most recognizable vehicles in the world.
18 London Eye
Since 2000, the London Eye (originally known as the Millennium Wheel) has been one of the newer iconic sights of London. It offers fabulous views across the city.
19 The Sherlock Holmes Museum
As well as some of the most amazing museums in the World, there are lots of little boutique museums in the city.
20 Queen's Walk
There are various areas along the north and south embankments for a stroll, all offering scenic views.
21 The Reading Room, British Museum
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You could happily spend a week in the British Museum and the Reading Room is incredible.
22 The Gherkin
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Modern skyscrapers sit side by side with ancient city
23 Double Decker Bus
Via 60's London Bus
The red double decker bus is one of the iconic sights of London. Sadly these old style hop-on, hop-off are no longer in service.
24 The Natural History Museum
The Victorians had a love of history and a thirsty curiosity for just about anything and this spawned some incredible museums.
25 St. Paul's Cathedral
This is the south entrance so you can't see those steps over which Lady Diana Spencer's bridal train swept on her way to marry Prince Charles in 1981.
26 The Weather
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It doesn't matter what the weather is doing, there's always a magnificent view to be enjoyed.
27 St. James's Park
Another of the Royal Parks. The view shows Horse Guards and Whitehall in the background.
28 London Tube
The black cab. The double decker bus. The tube. Even the forms of transport are among London's iconic sights.
Everyone has to visit Harrods - even if you can only afford a carrier bag!
30 Tower of London
Via Jewel house
the Tower of London - aka The White Tower - must have the bloodiest history of any building in the UK. Today there are no prisoners and no beheadings. There are ravens, Beefeater (Yeomen of the Guard), few ghosts and the Crown Jewels, which are kept in the Jewel House pictured above.
31 Oxford Street
London's (and probably the UK's) première high street.
32 Hyde Park
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A huge green space in the city. Home to sporting events, concerts and festivals, Speaker's Corner, the Serpentine Lake and the Serpentine Art Gallery.
33 Royal Albert Hall
Via Around Round
A magnificent concert and entertainment venue and home of the Proms.
34 Neal's Yard
Tucked away just up the road from Covent Garden tube station, Neal's Yard is a darling little alley/square of boutique shops - mostly "new age" in feel.
35 Platform 9 3/4
Via Nerdy Things.
Yes King's Cross has a tribute to Harry Potter!
36 Syon Park
You don't imagine a stunning country house including a huge conservatory in large grounds just off the West End (it's in Chiswick).
37 Street Art
Let's not forget that London is a modern, living, breathing city full of expression.
38 The Shard
The city's newest, tallest building is already one of the iconic sights of London.
39 Marble Arch
The arch stands on the same spot as Tyburn Tree, the site for the city's hangings.
40 Greenwich Observatory
Home to the clock (On Shepherd's Gate) that signifies GMT.
The ship is permanently moored on the Thames near Tower Bridge and is now a museum. It serves a reminder of British naval power.
42 Covent Garden
Via Covent Garden
Once the city's central produce and flower market, Covent Garden is now one of the great tourist destinations in the city. The piazza is lined with restaurants and there's usually plenty of street entertainment to be enjoyed after you've browsed the shops in the covered walkways and the craft market.
"Why, Sir, you find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford."
— Samuel Johnson
I had joyful times in the three periods I lived in London (totaling 15 years) and I never struggle to find an excuse to pay a visit. I love it. Have you visited London or is it on your wish list?
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