London’s 19 Most Iconic Destinations

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London is pretty much packed with iconic destinations- from the 1,000 year old Tower of London to the sleek and modern Shard it has pretty much every base covered.

It is a city featuring world class architecture, gorgeous parks, incredible museums, historic theatres, wonderful art, and world class food- all of which attracts around 30 millions tourists each year.

If you’re planning to be in that number then book a room in The Montcalm Royal London House for the duration of your stay. Not only is it one of the best hotels City Of London can offer; it’s also right in the heart of the city.

To help you make sure you visit as many iconic locations as possible during your time in the city, here is a list of the very best iconic places the city has to offer.

The British Museum

One of the world's largest museums and easily the most comprehensive, it houses a vast collection of over 8 million artefacts from all around the world, including the Rosetta Stone and the Parthenon sculptures.

The Tower of London

A historic castle in the centre of the city that was used as a royal palace, prison, and execution site. It was built by William the Conqueror after his successful invasion of Britain in 1066, and today houses the Crown Jewels in its vault.

Buckingham Palace

The official residence of the British monarch, and one of the most iconic buildings in London. Visitors can watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony outside the palace, and tour in the stunningly opulent state rooms and private gardens during the summer months.

The London Eye

The world’s largest cantilevered Ferris wheel that offers panoramic views of the city from a peak height of 135 metres, with each ride lasting around 30 minutes.

Westminster Abbey

One of the world’s finest examples of mediaeval gothic architecture, and the location of the last 49 coronations, several royal weddings and the final resting place for some of the country’s most notable people.

The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben

One of the most recognizable landmarks in London, the Palace of Westminster is the seat of the British government and includes the famous clock tower known as Big Ben- although the tower itself is actually called the Elizabeth Tower, and ‘Big Ben’ is the bell it contains!

The National Gallery

An art museum that houses over 2,300 paintings from the 13th to the 20th century, including works by Van Gogh, da Vinci, Botticelli, and many of the other old masters. This is one of the most important and stunning collections of art work in the world.

Tate Modern

A contemporary art museum located in a former power station on the banks of the Thames, with works by Picasso, Warhol, and other world class modern artists.

St. Paul's Cathedral

A magnificent cathedral designed by Sir Christopher Wren, with a stunning dome that offers unique panoramic views of London. You can also enjoy the ‘Whispering Gallery’, where the faintest of sounds can travel over 30 metres!

The Natural History Museum

A museum that houses a collection of over 80 million specimens, including the famous skeleton of a blue whale and a life-size model of a T-Rex. Explore millions of years of natural wonder in one of the world’s very best museums.

The Victoria and Albert Museum

The world's largest museum of decorative arts and design, with over 2.3 million objects ranging from ceramics to fashion. Originally collected by Queen Victoria and her husband, Prince Albert, this stunning display is so eclectic every will something to enjoy!

The Science Museum

A museum dedicated to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), with interactive exhibits and live demonstrations. If you’re looking to get hands on with your learning, then this is the place to be.

The Globe Theatre

A replica of the original Globe Theatre where Shakespeare's plays were performed, recreated with painsteaking accuracy. Visitors can watch live performances during the summer months, and be absorbed by this window to the past.

The Shard

A 95-story skyscraper that offers breathtaking views of London from its observation deck on the 72nd floor. On a clear day you can see for 40 miles- there is no better view of London and beyond.

The National Portrait Gallery

A gallery that houses portraits of famous British people, including kings and queens, politicians, artists, and writers from throughout the ages. This is one of the preeminent portrait collections on earth.

The Royal Opera House

One of the world's leading opera houses, with regular performances of opera, ballet, orchestral proms and much more. It’s home to the Royal Opera Orchestra, the Royal Ballet and the Royal Orchestra- so you may be joined at a performance by a member of the Royal family!

The Barbican Centre

A cultural complex that includes a concert hall, art gallery, theatre, and cinema, with a diverse range of events and exhibitions. You can also enjoy the free to visit Barbican Conservatory that houses a rainforest in the heart of the city- easily reached from your hotels near Old Street Station.