What Are the Top Ten Tourist Attractions in London?

What Are the Top Ten Tourist Attractions in London?
Active, adventure-seeking visitors will find a lot to do in London---many of the city's attractions, such as the beautiful gardens, are outdoors. You can also ride the world's largest observation wheel or climb to the top of St. Paul's Cathedral. To experience the best of what the British capital offers, visit these top 10 attractions.

British Museum

Attracting six million visitors annually, this museum spans human history. Among its gargantuan collection of art and antiquities are the Elgin marbles from the Parthenon in Greece.

British Museum
Great Russell Street
London, WC1B 3DG, U.K.
Tel: +011 44 (0)20 7323 8181

Kensington Palace

One of many palaces in London, Princess Diana once resided here. Explore the lavish rooms, and then delight in 260 acres of beautiful gardens.

Kensington Palace
5 Prince of Wales Terrace
London, W8 4PX, U.K.
Tel: +011 44 (0)844 482 7777

ZSL London Zoo

Visit a host of exotic animals at the zoo. There's a new Gorilla Kingdom display along with an area that re-creates the atmosphere of a rainforest.

ZSL London Zoo
Regent's Park
London, NW1 4RY, U.K.
Tel: +011 44 (0)20 7722 3333

Natural History Museum

This museum dates back to 1753 and houses 70 million specimens---including a full-size whale skeleton. Get an overview of evolution in the new Darwin Center.

Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
London, SW7 5BD, U.K.
Tel: +011 44 (0)20 7942 5000

London Eye

This 450-foot observation wheel provides a bird's-eye view of London. It's situated on the Thames River, and you can purchase a ticket that includes a boat cruise.

London Eye
Westminster Bridge Road
London, SE1 7PB, U.K.
Tel: +011 44 (0)870 5000 600

St. Paul's Cathedral

The architecture at this cathedral is magnificent. There's a crypt downstairs, and you can climb 530 spiral steps to the dome for a breathtaking view of London.

St. Paul's Cathedral
St. Paul's Churchyard
London, EC4M 8AD, U.K.
Tel: +011 44 (0)20 7246 8350

Tower of London

Dating back to medieval times, this group of buildings once served as a fortress and place of execution. Today, it's home to the Crown Jewels.

Tower of London
Tower Hill
London, EC3N 4AB, U.K.
Tel: +011 44 (0)844 482 7777

Tate Modern

Built in a vacated power station, this museum showcases international modern art. It also boasts the eco-friendly Community Garden.

Tate Modern
London, SE1 9TG, U.K.
Tel: +011 44 (0)20 7887 8888


The world's most exclusive department store, Harrods has seven floors, an international food hall and a moving tribute to Princess Diana and Dodi.

87-135 Brompton Road
London, SW1X 7XL, U.K.
Tel: +011 44 (0)20 7730 1234

Winston Churchill's Britain at War Experience

What was life like in Britain during WWII? This interactive attraction features wartime broadcasts and experiences like huddling in a bomb shelter.

Winston Churchill's Britain at War Experience
64-66 Tooley St.
London, SE1 2TF, U.K.
Tel: +011 44 (0)20 7403 3171

Article Written By Yvonne Newman

Based in Las Vegas, Yvonne Newman spent 16 years writing for one of the city's popular visitors' guides. She has covered a variety of topics, including travel, shopping, sports and the arts. Newman is currently working on a book about tea houses. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Nevada and a master's degree in Anglo-Irish literature from Trinity College.

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