Below is a list of the top and leading Places To Visit in London. To help you find the best Places To Visit located near you in London, we put together our own list based on this rating points list.
London’s Best Places To Visit:
The top rated Places To Visit in London are:
- Tower Bridge – has a long and fascinating history
- The British Museum – was created in 1753 and opened its doors in 1759
- The London Eye – is the world’s greatest cantilevered observation wheel
- Kensington Gardens – got bigger when Mary’s sister, Anne, became Queen in 1702
- The National Gallery – is one of the biggest collections of paintings in the world
Tower Bridge has a long and fascinating history. Constructed between 1886 and 1894, it has spent more than a century as London’s defining landmark, an icon of London and the United Kingdom. When it was made, Tower Bridge was the largest and most complex bascule bridge ever completed. These bascules were operated by hydraulics, utilizing steam to power the huge pumping engines.
Now, the bascules are still operated by hydraulic power, but since 1976 they have been driven by electricity and oil rather than steam. Over the years, Tower Bridge has won various awards and accreditations, including for customer service and visitor experience.
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“Beautiful and imposing bridge. The surroundings are very nice on both sides of the Thames river. Near you have the Tower of London and not so far as well, the Borough Market. The bridge is historically important for the development of London itself. You also have a paid tour to go on the top of the towers.” – Joshua L.
The British Museum
The British Museum was created in 1753 and opened its doors in 1759. The museum was the first national museum to cover all fields of human knowledge, open to visitors from across the world. The Museum is driven by an insatiable curiosity for the world, a deep belief in objects as reliable documents and witnesses of human history, sound research, as well as the desire to expand and share knowledge. Enlightenment ideas and values – critical scrutiny of all assumptions, open debate, scientific research, tolerance, and progress have marked the Museum since its foundation.
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“A fantastic museum with so many things to see inside. Last time we were there they had a special exhibition about the history of money. So much to learn about it. The building is magnificent and empowers you to even be inside it. Children especially love the Egyptian section and the bit where mummies are. I can’t wait to go here again soon!” – Jason G.
The London Eye
The London Eye is the world’s greatest cantilevered observation wheel. It was designed and conceived by Marks Barfield Architects and was launched in 2000. London Eye has won more than 85 awards for national and international tourism, engineering achievement, and outstanding architectural quality. It has become the United Kingdom’s most popular paid-for visitor attraction.
It began as an entry to The Millennial Competition in 1993 organised by the Architecture Foundation with the Sunday Times. The renowned husband-and-wife architecture team David Marks and Julia Barfield, submitted their idea for a giant cantilevered observation wheel as a new London landmark to celebrate the millennium.
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“London Eye is not something that can be described in words or something that no one knows about. It’s kind of a trademark of London itself. Its beautiful view, its lightings at night, there so much to it that can be said and less space here to write. A must visit place for every tourist. You might want to get a ride off as well but that’s totally a choice and I won’t urge you to. But during ride its top view of the city is phenomenal.” – Nasir M.
Kensington Gardens started life as a King’s playground but it was 3 royal women who established the elegant landscape they still enjoy today. For more than 100 years, the gardens are part of Hyde Park, Henry VIII’s huge deer chase. But in 1689, the new King and Queen, William and Mary, took the first step to creating a separate park. They bought Nottingham House, on the western edge of Hyde Park, named it Kensington Palace, and created it their main home in London.
Queen Mary started to build a palace garden of formal flower beds and box hedges. The garden got bigger when Mary’s sister, Anne, became Queen in 1702. She took 30 acres from Hyde Park and asked her landscape designers, George Loudon and Henry Wise, to make an English-style garden.
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“Beautiful park lots of places to sit shade or sun always busy but can still social distance lots of squirrels ducks geese and pigeons to feed also parrots but they are more difficult to find, only in one place and deep into the gardens if coming in from Kensington also a lovely ice cream van always in the park near the palace.” – Jay O.
The National Gallery
The National Gallery is one of the biggest collections of paintings in the world. Those pictures belong to the public and entrance is free. The National Gallery Collection includes more than 2,300 works, including numerous renowned works, like van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait, Turner’s Fighting Temeraire, Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, and Velázquez’s Rokeby Venus. Whole major traditions of Western European paintings are represented by the artists of late medieval and Renaissance Italy to the French Impressionists.
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“Great gallery. On top of that – it`s absolutely free. Located on Trafalgar Square in a very busy area. Great place to spend a half-day at and for a visit with friends or family. A lot to see and learn. Recommended.” – Richard V.