Top 5 Tourist Attractions in London

There are so many fantastic places to visit in London that any list of this nature is bound to tend toward the subjective. So, with that disclaimer out of the way, I would like to present you with my personal list of the top 5 tourist attractions in the capital. Whether you visit just a couple of them or all 5, I guarantee you will not be disappointed!


The Best Attractions in the City Invest in an Oyster Card, hire a local cab, or walk everywhere: the choice is yours. All of the following London tourist attractions  are fairly central so wherever you happen to be saying, it will not be difficult to reach them from your hotel.

  1. London Zoo – Although it houses a huge variety of exotic animals from all over the world, this is one of the more compact city zoos you will come across in your travels, making it ideal for families with young children who may not want to walk for miles and miles when they are out for the day. Lions, tigers, gorillas, penguins, and all the other usual suspects can be found here, all in replicas of their natural habitats.
  2. Buckingham Palace – The seat of the royal family in Britain, Buckingham Palace is close to Victoria Station and is on virtually every visitor’s itinerary. If you time your visit right, you can see the changing of the palace guards, a ceremony which takes place every day at 11.30am, in between April and July. If you are visiting London in June, you might be lucky enough to witness the Queen’s Birthday Parade too, also known as Trooping the Colour, which is a fantastic display featuring many British and Commonwealth regiments marching by with their regimental colours.
  3. Cutty Sark – The world’s last surviving tea clipper can be found in a custom-built dry dock, on the banks of the Thames in Greenwich, London. Because she is dry docked, it is possible to walk under her hull and get a really close-up view of the vessel’s construction. Underneath the hull is where you will also find the onsite café, where you can enjoy a refreshing cuppa before continuing your sightseeing in the city.
  4. ArcelorMittal Olympic Orbit –If you have had your fill of historic sites for the day, a trip to the Olympic Stadium, built for the 2012 games held in London, will give you the opportunity to ascend the ArcelorMittal Orbit, from which you can enjoy spectacular views of the city.
  5. British Museum – Home to exhibits from ancient Egypt, Greece and many other fascinating,historic civilisations, the British Museum can be found in Great Russell Street, WC1. Its collection of exhibits actually spans over 2 million years of history, making it a remarkable museum that you really should visit when in town.

As I said at the beginning, these are my personal favourites but having said that, I sincerely hope you will derive a great deal of pleasure from visiting them too.