of 81The Clock Tower of the Palace of Westminster, known as the Big Ben, is one of London's most famous landmarks. At the time the tower was built in 1858 its clock was the largest in the world.
of 81Piccadilly Circus is one of London's busiest squares. Always buzzing with activity, the popular plaza is best known for its billboard advertisements and the Eros statue.
of 81The London Eye is a giant observation wheel in the center of London. Since its opening in 2000 the 30-minute 'flight' offers visitors great panoramic views over london.
of 81London’s Tower Bridge is one of the most recognizable bridges in the world. Despite being disliked by many when it was built in 1894 the bridge soon became one of the London's most famous landmarks.
of 81The largest square in London is named after the Battle of Trafalgar where the English fleet defeated the French. The column at the center of the square honors Admiral Nelson who was fatally wounded during the battle.
of 81The majestic St. Paul's Cathedral was constructed between 1675 and 1711 by Christopher Wren who designed world's second largest dome; it was only eclipsed by the St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.
of 81The Houses of Parliament, the seat of the two parliamentary houses of the United Kingdom, was built in 1870. The enormous building is best known for its iconic clock Tower, the Big Ben.
of 81One of London's most popular tourist attractions, Buckingham Palace is the most famous of all the palaces in London. The palace is still used as the official residence of the Queen.
of 81The Tower of London was built at the end of the 11th century by William the Conqueror. The fortress houses a famous collection of jewelry including the Imperial State Crown.
of 81London's most famous department store is a luxurious shopping paradise. Its lavish interior and enormous range of products will impress even the most shopping-averse visitor.
of 81One of the most famous parks in the world, Hyde Park is a large green lung in the center of London. It first opened to the public in 1627. The park has lots of open space, a large lake and plenty of monuments.
of 81Construction of the Westminster Abbey started in 1050 and spanned 8 centuries. The abbey serves as a burial ground for many famous monarchs, scientists and artists.
of 81Madame Tussaud's display of wax figures has been fascinating visitors since the first exhibit was held in 1835. The museum is still one of the city's most popular attractions.
of 81This old square used to be the home of the largest fruit-and vegetable market in England, but it is now a very popular shopping, eating and entertainment area.
of 81The City, the historic center of London, is now London's financial center. In this area several interesting skyscrapers can be found, as well as the St. Paul's Cathedral and other historic buildings.
of 81London's largest museum features one of the world's most impressive archeological collections. Its Parthenon Galleries and the impressive Egyptian collections are some of the highlights.
of 81The Gherkin, officially known by its street address 30 St. Mary Axe, is a 41 story skyscraper built in 2004 in the financial center of London. The building received several awards for its unique design.
of 81This large park in the center of London features the Kensington Palace and a bronze statue of Peter Pan. Originally a private royal park, it opened to the public in 1841.
of 81In 1911 the Victoria Memorial was built right in front of Buckingham Palace. It honors the late Queen Victoria, who reigned more than 60 years over the expansive British Empire.
of 81One of London's most interesting museums has a large collection of over 4 million pieces. Founded in 1852, the museum's diverse exhibits focus mostly on decorative arts and design.
of 81The National Gallery is one of London's most important museums, with a collection of paintings spanning the period from the 13th to the 19th century. It is housed at Trafalgar Square, in an impressive neo-classical building.
of 81The Globe Theatre is a reconstruction of the original 16th century theatre building which was known for its association with Shakespeare and burnt down in 1613.
of 81Canary Wharf is a modern high-rise business district located in the Docklands, one the site of the world's busiest port. Today it features some of London's tallest buildings.
of 81The Shard is London's tallest skyscraper and the newest icon in the city's skyline. At the top of the tower is a public viewing platform which offers a 360 degree view over London.
of 81The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew are one of the world's most important botanical gardens with about 50,000 plant species and many historically significant buildings such as the Palm House and Temperate House.
of 81The Millennium Bridge was built in 2000 across the river Thames. the pedestrian bridge connects the St. Paul's Cathedral with the Tate Modern Gallery on London's South Bank.
of 81Greenwich is a district in Greater London that was once very popular with the Royal Family. Today it is best known for its Maritime Museum and the Greenwich Meridian, named after this historic area.
of 81London's popular Natural History Museum, housed in a large 19th century landmark building, has an enormous collection of all things regarding life on earth.
of 81This huge dome was built as part of London's millennium celebrations. After the millennium exhibition was held here in 2000, it was converted into a multifunctional complex.
of 81St Pancras Station combines a historic Victorian train shed with an eye-catching neo-gothic building. The station is the terminus for the Eurostar High Speed Train, linking London with the European continent.
of 81The British royal family still uses ceremonial state coaches, housed in the Royal Mews, near Buckingham Palace. The centrepiece of the mews is the ornately decorated 'Gold State Coach'.
of 81London's oldest royal park is one of the city's most romantic. The park was created in the 16th century by King Henry VIII when he built the nearby St. James's Palace.
of 81Installed at the London embankment in 1878, this almost 3500-year-old obelisk was originally located at the ancient city of Heliopolis in Egypt. It was presented as a gift to the city in 1819.
of 81This arch was built in 1827 by famed architect John Nash as the triumphal entrance gate to the newly expanded Buckingham Palace. The arch moved to its current position in 1851.
of 81Leicester Square is one of London's most lively squares situated in the heart of London's prime entertainment district. The abundance of theatres gives the area the nickname Theatreland.
of 81This palace in the Kensington Gardens was originally built in 1605. Several royals lived in this palace, including Queen Victoria, who was born here. Today the palace is partially open to the public.
of 81This arch was built in 1911 by Aston Webb. It serves as a majestic buffer between the crowded Trafalgar Square and the Mall, the stately boulevard leading to Buckingham Palace.
of 81One of London's most famous landmarks is Nelson's Column, the crowning piece of Trafalgar Square. The monument was built as a tribute to admiral Nelson, who died in 1805 while leading the British fleet to victory during the Battle of Trafalgar.
of 81Horse Guards is a grand building most famous for the sentries who guard the building's gateway to the Horse Guards Parade, a parade ground that is the scene of the ceremonial Changing of the Guards.
of 81This Memorial was commissioned by Queen Victoria as a tribute to her late consort, Prince Albert. The High Gothic monument was completed in 1876, 15 years after prince Albert died at the age of 42.
of 81In 2002, the Mayor of London moved from the classic County Hall to this modern glass and steel structure. It houses the Greater London Authority, London's city government.
of 81The London Aquarium is one of Europe's largest aquariums, with many large water tanks and an especially impressive collection of sharks.
of 81This warship was brought into service just before the Second World War. It saw plenty of action until the ship became decommissioned in 1963. Today the ship is a floating naval museum.
of 81Connecting Chelsea with Battersea across the Thames, this colorful historic bridge in Victorian Style was built in 1872. It is named in memory of Prince Albert, Prince Consort to Queen Victoria.
of 81This brick palace was built by King Henry VIII between 1531 and 1536. It became the principal royal residence in 1702 when Whitehall Palace was destroyed by fire and Queen Anne moved to St. James.
of 81London's historical entertainment hall was built in 1871 in honor of Prince Albert, Queen Victoria's husband and consort. The red brick building was renovated in 2004.
of 81One of the world's most important collections of modern art is housed in a former power station building. The massive brick building is located at the south bank of the river Thames.
of 81This national museum extensively covers the 20th century conflicts in which Great Britain was involved, with an emphasis on the two World Wars. It is housed in a former hospital building.
of 81This Roman Catholic church is located at a small piazza near Victoria Station. Its red and white brick byzantine architecture sets it apart from the many other, mostly neo-Gothic churches in London.
of 81Leadenhall Market is a glass-covered shopping gallery, created in the 19th century in a Victorian design. Originally a food market, today you'll find a wide assortment of shops and restaurants.