With so many famous landmarks in the city, your London sightseeing itinerary is bound to be jam-packed. From historic buildings to modern day structures, this wonderful capital city has it all. Here are just some of our top sights to see in London. Remember you can hop-on and off our Big Bus tour as many times as you like to explore London’s iconic sights in your own time.
A trip on the London Eye is the perfect way to orientate yourself, as well as getting the best view of the city. One full turn of the wheel takes around 30 minutes which is ample time for taking in the London skyline. Save money by booking online in advance – you can even splash out on special tickets, including the Champagne Experience (with a glass of champagne and a London Eye host) and the Hotel Chocolat Tasting Experience, for serious chocolate lovers.
Location: Big Bus stop: Coco-Cola London Eye. Tube stops: Waterloo, Embankment, Charing Cross, Westminster.
St Paul’s Cathedral
Another top London attraction is St Paul’s Cathedral, stop 17 on your Big Bus tour. Its magnificent dome is world-famous and the interior is just as jaw-dropping. You do have to pay to visit St Paul’s, but all money goes towards maintaining the cathedral which sees more than two million tourists through its doors annually, as well as providing for staff. Whilst you’re there, be sure to climb up the dome for a beautiful view of London, and check out the Whispering Gallery – the perfect place to whisper sweet nothings to your loved one.
Location: Big Bus stop: St Paul’s. Tube stop: St Paul’s
You’ll see Buckingham Palace from the comfort of your London tour bus, but it’s well worth further exploration. The State Rooms offer a glorious glimpse into the life of royalty, with sparkling chandeliers, sculptures and fine furniture. It’s also worth arriving early to witness the Changing the Guard ceremony (usually every other day). Although things don’t start happening until 11.15am, it’s always very busy, and you’ll want to get a good spot.
Location: Big Bus stop: Buckingham Palace. Tube stops: Victoria, Green Park, St James’s Park
Houses of Parliament
Not far from Buckingham Palace is the Palace of Westminster, the seat of the Houses of Parliament of the United Kingdom. The building is beautiful both inside and out, and if you visit at night, you’ll see it lit up spectacularly. It’s worth venturing inside Parliament too, for a guided tour or to watch a debate (you must book these in advance), and UK residents can even enjoy a tour of Elizabeth Tower, more famously known as Big Ben.
Location: Big Bus stop: Parliament Square. Tube stop: Westminster
Tower of London
The Tower of London is a major London attraction, and not to be missed. There is a huge range of things to see and do within the grounds, including marvelling at the Crown Jewels and guided tours from Yeoman Warders, or Beefeaters, as you’re more likely to know them.
Location: Big Bus stop: Tower of London. Tube stop: Tower Hill
The Shard is London’s highest viewing platform, at the top of Western Europe’s tallest building! So at almost twice the height of any other vantage point in the city, it is the premium place where you can see unrivalled 360º views of London.
Location: Big Bus stop: London Bridge. Tube stop: London Bridge
With over 1000 years of extraordinary history, Westminster Abbey is one of the most important Gothic buildings in the country. The Abbey is a treasure trove of paintings, stained glass, textiles and artefacts, and is the resting place for some of the most significant people in the nation’s history. Since 1100, there have been at least 16 royal weddings at Westminster Abbey, and this is where Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, grandson of Elizabeth II, married Miss Catherine Middleton on 29th April 2011.
Location: Big Bus stop: Westminster Abbey, Parliament Square. Tube stop: Westminster
Churchill War Rooms
Picture Copyright: Imperial War Museum
When you’re in Westminster, take time to visit the Churchill War Rooms, to see the wartime bunker where Churchill and his government took shelter during the Blitz. The audio guide, which comes in a variety of languages, provides a fascinating insight into Churchill’s life during this turbulent time, and provides context to the pivotal decisions which were made here.
Location: Big Bus stop: Westminster Pier. Tube stop: Westminster