The English capital is a world reference in tourist attractions, we have gathered here what cannot be left out of your itinerary in the city of the queen.
It has everything and for all tastes. We curated for you to make the most of the tourist attractions in london!
Despite its cosmopolitan footprint, being a reference in the world of fashion, art and music and the birthplace of several counterculture movements, London it is also a city with traditional airs and a lot of history. There are countless tourist attractions in London to visit.
The capital of England still has the oldest subway in the world, dating from 1863, and one of the largest in terms of mileage, which means that you can go to all these sights easily and still enjoy the “underground” tour in a of the biggest symbols of the city.
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- Main tourist attractions
- outdoor tours
- shopping tours
- London at night
- Tip for tours
- where to stay in london
- WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
London sights map
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Big Ben – one of London's top sights
You can't go to London and not see the most famous clock in the world, right? almost, the Big Ben is actually the bell located inside the famous Clock tower, also known as Elizabeth Tower, symbol of the city.
O Palace of Westminster, one of London's main tourist attractions, is where the Clock Tower is located. In addition to being the seat of the English parliament, it is a reference of the city in neo-gothic architecture, it is endless beauty.
The visit to the Clock Tower is unfortunately closed to tourists, being restricted to UK residents. But calm down! It is still possible to visit the Palace and learn a little more about the British parliamentary routine.
Prices and how to get there ao Big Ben:
Located at Westminster Station on the Underground, Circle Line, District Line and Jubilee Line.
Values: £25,50 for adults and £11 for children over 5 years old.
A London Eye It is the perfect choice if you are one of those who love a tourist spot with sunsets (and London is a spectacle) or just like to enjoy the view of a city from above. The structure is super close to the Palace of Westminster, 10 minutes walk, which is great as you can take one tour after another.
It is 135 meters high, allowing you to have a complete view of London, in large cabins that hold more than 20 people.
The tour lasts an average of 30 minutes, costs around 24 pounds and is well worth it, even in times of queue (summer). That's why it's worth buying tickets in advance so you don't waste time waiting.
During most of the year the tourist spot is open from 11 am to 18 pm. In the three summer months, opening hours are from 10 am to 20:30 pm.
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One of London's most famous sights, the Tower Bridge it is one of the bridges that joins the two sides of the River Thames.
It is best known for its drawstring feature. The option for this construction was due to the large movement of cargo in the river. The building is open to visitors and has different hours depending on the season. It's one of those “must” places for a photo and to put on the list of the London tourist attractions guide.
Information for getting to Tower Bridge:
In summer, opening hours are from 10 am to 18 pm. In winter it is from 9:30 am to 17:30 pm. The nearest station is Tower Hill, accessible via the Circle, District and DLR lines. And you still enjoy a walk along the banks of the River Thames, a delight!
Values: Visiting this tourist spot in London costs around £10 for adults, £7 for students and over 60s and £5 for children.
O Buckingham Palace it's a classic tour, especially if you're interested in the British royal family and want to see the changing of the guard.
It is the Queen's official residence in London, which makes it a popular tourist spot. It also translates all that country excitement for the royal family. The building is over 300 years old and is a show of decoration in its own right.
Many are in doubt if it is possible to visit the interior of the palace because it is the official residence of the queen, and the answer is… YES! However, the tour is only open for two months during the year and admission can range from 20 to 40 pounds, depending on the tour you choose.
Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace
A Changing of the Guard it is also a very interesting and emblematic moment to know, very cultural and traditional. Guards leave St. James and join another team of guards at Buckingham Palace, it's a 45-minute march with band and music.
It is important to remember that exchanges do not happen every day, with the exception of summer, and they are also not based on a fixed calendar. In order not to miss the trip, confirm that there will be a Changing of the Guard on the day of your tour on The Household Division official website.
Visiting fees to the palace:
If you choose to visit the State Halls only, the price is £25 for adults, £22,80 for students and over 60s, £14 for under 17s and free entry for children under 5.
On the more complete tour that includes the Royal Cocheiras and Galeria da Rainha, in addition to the State Halls, the price is a little higher. It's £45 for adults, £40 for students and over 60s, £24,50 for under 17s and free for under 5s.
Getting there is simple, use the Jubilee, Piccadilly and Victoria subway lines and stop at Green Park station.
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It's a 20-minute walk that separates Buckingham Palace from the Trafalgar Square, where you can even have a snack and even lunch after seeing the Changing of the Guard.
In addition to an intense trade, with shops, restaurants and bars, the Trafalgar Square It is one of the top places to put on the list of London tourist spots to visit.
Known for being the scene of the biggest demonstrations and celebrations in the city. The square has been around since 1800, but it was only named in 1830 in honor of the Battle of Trafalgar fought against France and Spain in the Napoleonic era.
The composition of the square is simple but quite significant. In the center is a large column in honor of Admiral Nelson, English leader at the Battle of Trafalgar. And around the column are four statues of reclining lions, plus a fountain. One of the must-see attractions in this guide to London's top sights?
Directions a Trafalgar Square
The best option to reach the square is from Charing Cross station, accessed by the Bakerloo and Northern lines. Worth a stop at the National Gallery too, an art museum situated on the square with numerous paintings.
Platform 9 3/4
For Harry Potter fans, this is one of London's most must-see sights. Platform 9 3/4, where the main character of JK Rowling's story entered to catch the train to Hogwarts, is located in the famous King's Cross Station.
On the wall, they even included a sign indicating the unusual number of the platform, and a cart with luggage as if it was already halfway inside the wall. It's pretty fun to take pictures if you're a fan of the saga.
Windsor is a city located in the southwest of England, west of the capital. It is very close to London, on the outskirts of the city, being possible to get there in just over 30 minutes, if you go by train.
Despite the beauty of the city, the region is best known for being the address of Windsor Castle, one of the royal residences (family of English monarchs). On a trip to London, is it worth taking a trip there to get to know it?
The site is open to visitors from 10 am to 17 pm and is also known for being the favorite residence of Elizabeth II, the Queen of England.
museums in london
London is also famous for its museums. They are very important tours in the British capital and attract thousands of visitors every year.
The options are many and from various segments of art. We've rounded up some of the cultural sights you'll be interested in seeing.
According to the official London Tourism website, the main museums in London have free admission. However, there are other good options with paid entry as well, and that are super worth including in your itinerary.
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In full operation since 2000, London's most famous museum of modern art is free of charge and collects important works in the cultural scene. Names such as Pablo Picasso, Edvard Munch and Marcel Duchamp are present in the museum's permanent exhibition.
In addition to the works of art, the museum itself is worth the trip. The building used to be a power plant and today makes up the postcard of London, guaranteeing a beautiful view of the city and the River Thames. It's wonderful, movie set!
When you get there, don't get confused, there are two buildings. The museum got an expansion a few years ago, but both the Blavatnik Building and the Natalie Bell Building contain beautiful pieces that are important to the art world.
Despite looking like a more adult tour, the Tate Modern is a great option to take children and even start their contact with art. Many pieces are interactive and the tourist spot can be a fun program for the little ones.
How to get to Tate Modern:
Access to the museum is possible via the Jubilee subway line and the nearest station is SouthWark.
Opening hours are from 10 am to 18 pm from Sunday to Thursday and from 10 am to 22 pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
Natural History Museum
Opened in 1881, the Waterford Building is a classic of London architecture and houses the largest collection of natural history in the world.
The tour is valid for everyone, but it has a special taste for those who are in the biological area. O Natural History Museum London is a world of natural history, animal evolution, conservation and diversity.
The museum's collection is so well preserved that it even contains pieces collected by Charles Darwin himself. The museum's permanent collections are free to enter, however seasonal or inaugural exhibitions charge an entrance fee, which may vary in size and type of exhibition.
How to get to the Natural History Museum:
The museum is open every day from 10 am to 18 pm and the subway access lines are: Piccadilly, District and Circle, with a stop at South Kensington station.
It is the most famous museum in London and consequently the most visited. It receives an average of 6 million visits a year, is free and has more than 7 million pieces in its collection.
One of the most attention-grabbing wings of the museum is the Reading Room, located in the Queen Elizabeth II Great Court, the space is huge and the architecture is beautiful, worthy of a royal palace.
Opening hours and How to get to the British Museum:
The British Museum operates as a tourist spot every day from 10 am to 17 pm and on Fridays until 30 pm. It is close to Tottenham Court Road station and admission is free for non-permanent exhibitions.
You've probably heard of or seen a picture of someone you know posing next to the idol made of wax. This wax museum fad started in London. The pioneer was Madame Tussauds in the British capital.
Marie Tussauds was a sculptor who had her first exhibition in the 1830s, after 50 years her sculptures were transferred to the building that is now a museum and tourist attraction in London.
Today there are more than ten franchises around the world that collect shaped figures of artists from various sectors, from politics, sports, music and cinema.
Prices and how to get to Madame Tussauds:
To visit the London headquarters you will pay an average of £30 and get off at Baker Street station on the Hammersmith and City, Jubilee, Bakerloo, Metropolitan and Circle lines from 9am to 16pm.
Royal Observatory of Greenwich
A few imaginary lines divide the Earth, and one of the most important is the Greenwich Meridian. He does well in London, in the district of Greenwich, where there is a Royal Observatory, a place dedicated to geographical and astrological research.
It's not really a museum, but it's super interesting. At the tourist spot it is possible to stand with one foot on each side of the meridian, and thus be in both “corners” of the world at the same time. Fun to be in the west and east at the same time, isn't it?
The observatory is open from Monday to Sunday, from 10 am to 17 pm.
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Now that we've gone through London's more traditional museums and tours, comes my favorite part, the neighborhoods and open-air walks.
Despite being known for having a cold and gray climate, London can have a beautiful evening if you're in the right place.
Some neighborhoods are known for their cultural footprint and attitude. Discover some of the coolest places that are tourist attractions in London.
By far the coolest neighborhood in London and where you'll see the most different, stylish and inspiring people. The center of alternative culture in the 1970s, the neighborhood deserves a full day's visit or even more.
There are four most famous markets distributed throughout the district. Usually tourists go straight to the markets, but I suggest paying attention to the establishments along the street. Camden High Street. There are several cafes, craft shops, tattoo shops, furniture, accessories, vintage clothes and houses of local plastic artists.
In the neighborhood is still located the Regent's Park, a great park for walks, picnics and drinks, stage of several shows and presentations in the summer season.
If you still have time for some more art, the neighborhood still has a center called Camden Arts Center who seeks to play with light and shadow. It is a curious and very interesting installation, full of contemporary art. The property is open from 10 am to 18 pm.
The coolest thing about the neighborhood is strolling around there at night and having dinner in one of the many funky restaurants and cafes.
Access can be via Camden Station on the Northern line of the subway.
One of the most visited (and photographed) spots in London, especially for music lovers.
A Abbey Road is the famous street with the crosswalk portrayed in the photos of the Beatles, from the album also titled Abbey Road. The street that nowadays is known as “the street of the Beatles”, is the backyard of the Abbey Road Studio, where several music artists have already been present.
The neighborhood is pleasant, the music studio is beautiful and the walk is peaceful, but the objective of the tourist spot remains the photos trying to reproduce the iconic cover of the band's eleventh studio album.
In case you also want to stop by the iconic scenery, the nearest metro station is St. John's Wood, from the Jubilee line.
Surely you've heard of “A Place Called Notting Hill”, the movie, and the place too. A super charming neighborhood in the city of London where the romantic comedy with Julia Roberts was recorded and which became a tourist spot in London.
In addition to visiting the places where the film's scenes were filmed, you have the opportunity to discover a romantic, light, charismatic neighborhood full of colorful houses.
Notting Hill is different from Camden Town in that it doesn't have much alternative culture, but it is also full of restaurants, cafes, vintage shops, bookstores and fairs.
In fact, one of the most famous street markets in the British capital is located there, Portobello Road. The market focuses on antiques, but you can find everything from accessories to delicious food. It is open from Monday to Wednesday from 9 am to 18 pm, Thursdays from 9 am to 13 pm and from Fridays to Saturdays from 9 am to 19 pm.
Notting Hill is not just about pop culture. One of the famous writer's houses George Orwell it is preserved in the neighborhood and is one of those colorful houses that give charm to the place. It's one of those places to put on the London tourist attractions guide's list.
The best access is via the Notting Hill Gate tube station, on the Circle, District and Central lines.
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shopping in london
If you've been looking forward to some shopping, now's your time. London can be very traditional, artistic and cultural, but it also has great shopping attractions. Meet some.
It is the right stop for those who want to do some shopping. The most famous stores are in the region, from clothing fast fashions such as Primark, Forever 21 and Top Shop, to global Apple, Nike Store and Zara.
If you have time in London, Oxford Street is worth a visit even if you don't want to shop, after all it's one of the most famous avenues in the world, it's Times Square in the United Kingdom.
Just pay attention to meal times, especially if you enjoy a good restaurant and long meals. It's just fast food there.
Opening hours follow business hours from 10 am to 18 pm, and on some days they may work even later.
The street is between Marble Arch and Tottenham Court Road stations, so access can be made from both.
London's largest department store is more than a shopping center – it has already become a tourist spot and is part of the city's history. In fact, she once belonged to the Al-Fayed family, which became known when one of its members had a relationship with Princess Diana.
In operation since 1834 and initially a food market, the store today is one of the most luxurious and concentrates the biggest brands of designer brands in the world, such as Prada, Miu Miu, Dolce & Gabbana and more.
Located in the Knightsbridge neighborhood and close to the tube station of the same name, on the Piccadilly line, the Harrods is well known for its gastronomic sector, with typical foods from several countries and excellent quality. The tour is more expensive than the other tourist spots, but worth the investment.
The store is open from Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 21 pm and on Sundays from 11:30 am to 18 pm.
The store is 800 meters or so from the Hyde Park, a very famous and large park in London. If you have time, it's worth stopping at the Hyde Park Corner station and walking inside the park and following the path to the shopping center.
London at night
The London night can also be considered a tourist spot, because it is always busy, there is no bad weather.
Pubs and restaurants are always lively and full of people. If you want quieter options to enjoy the night, the best alternative is the restaurants and bars in East London.
You will find lots of jazz, good food and delicious drinks. If you want to know the famous British pubs, London is the ideal place and the themed pubs are great tourist spots, like the The Sherlock Holmes Pub in the street Northumberland, close to Trafalgar Square.
Now if your mood is asking for a ballad, the Fabric It is one of the best known of London's nightlife. Located on Charterhouse street, this club is known to please electronic music lovers a lot.
A Corsica Studios it is also famous for its quality and animation and is situated on Elephant Road. Both guarantee an unforgettable night on the town.
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Where to stay in London – Tips for accommodation close to tourist attractions
Well, now you know the main sights of London to visit on your trip! It's almost all set to go, right?
Won't forget to book your hotel, huh? If you're thinking about where to stay in london, we will give you a hand and recommend some good lodgings in Terra da Rainha.
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>> Read more also in our complete guide where to stay in london – Tips for the Best Neighborhoods and Hotels.
>> Cheap Hotels in London – Our Recommendations and Best Neighborhoods
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The Chesterfield Mayfair ($$$)
The hotel The Chesterfield Mayfair located in the upscale neighborhood of Mayfair, it is considered luxury, it collects 4 stars and the price is a little steep, but the location is great. Close to Oxford Street, the Mayfair neighborhood is a delight, surrounded by parks, good restaurants and art galleries.
Rates can range from R$1.086 to R$4.043, with breakfast and without parking.*
Ibis London City ($$)
An option with a great cost benefit, the Ibis London City the Shoreditch district is just a few steps away from Aldgate East London station, has modern and comfortable rooms as well as being in the center of the city. It's worth it if you want comfort and save money at the same time.
Rates around R$423 to R$996, with breakfast and no parking.*
Do you want to travel low cost and still be close to the main tourist attractions in London? the service of SoHostel it's great and the place offers you what you need for an economical trip. In addition to 24-hour service, the Hostel is just 3 minutes from Oxford Street.
Rates range from R$97 to R$476, with breakfast and no parking.*
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