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As the largest city in England, there are a limitless number of things to see and do in London. However, if you’re just visiting the capital for a few days, we’ve compiled a list of the top attractions and sights you must absolutely see.

A London Open Top Bus Tour

Take a seat on the top deck and discover all the iconic sights of London! It’s a brilliant way to get your bearings in such a big city and to discover which attractions are close together. You can also decide where you want to explore in greater detail. If you spot something that captures your imagination, just hop off at the next stop and get back on when you’re ready to explore some more!

Hop-on hop-off bus

The Tower of London

Standing for nearly 1000 years, this imposing and formidable structure is packed with exhibitions that teach you about life through the ages. Learn about the many executions that took place here, its prisoners and the exotic animals that lived here when it was a zoo!

Buckingham Palace

Pop into the official London residence of Queen Elizabeth II for a cup of tea. If you’re lucky enough to be visiting London between July and September, you might actually be able to visit inside Buckingham Palace. Usually, during the summer season, there is a special exhibition that gives an insight into Royal life. If you’re visiting at another time of the year, you can always see the Changing of the Guard ceremony — a colourful ceremony not to be missed, plus it’s free!

St Paul’s Cathedral

The iconic dome on London’s skyline, St Paul’s is a deeply significant historical structure. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren after the original building was destroyed in The Great Fire of London, it has overlooked the City, the financial epicentre of London, since 604 AD.

St Paul's Cathedral

ZSL London Zoo

Founded over 180 years ago, and home to over 750 species of animals, the world’s oldest scientific zoo is a must for kids and animal lovers. There is so much to see and explore, including animal feedings, wildlife talks and special exhibitions. You won’t regret picking this special place to spend the day!

The London Eye

Undeniably one of the quintessential London experiences! Enjoy astounding views of the entire city as you ascend in one of the high-tech glass capsules. You’ll get a good look at the stunning Palace of Westminster and a sneaky peek into the grounds of Buckingham Palace!

London Eye

The London Dungeon

The London Dungeon brings the bloody past of London vividly to life, with lots of laughs and plenty of scares! Hear the infamous tale of Jack the Ripper, learn about Sweeney Todd, the Great Fire of London and experience the terrifying drop ride Drop Dead!

The London Dungeon - scary and educational

Kensington Palace

Step inside the official home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children. Explore the beautiful, landscaped gardens that lead into the stunning entrance hall and opulent State Apartments. It’s a luxurious tour not to be missed!

Shakespeare’s Globe

If you love literature, history and theatre, then Shakespeare’s Globe should be on your list. The exhibition and tour explore how things were in Shakespeare’s time, along with the story of how the modern-day globe came to be a reality. The theatre has regular performances of Shakespeare’s plays, with traditional standing tickets selling for £5!

And, did you know that the Globe is the only building in London with a thatched roof!

The Science Museum

Entertaining and informative for both children and adults, the Science Museum is the one of the best things to do. And, it won’t cost you anything at all. The interactive exhibitions will keep you entertained for hours. Explore engineering, space travel, the legacy of Albert Einstein and more. There is so much to learn, see and do! For more free ideas, check here.

Which places are you planning to see during your visit?

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