A Home to Rent Guide to the Best Tourist Attractions in London

A Home to Rent would like to make sure you have the best time in London, so we have compiled a list of the top London tourist attractions. There is so much to see and do in London and we hope our special guide of the things to do in London will give you some ideas for your trip to London.

London has it all, from parks and museums to art galleries and shopping. We have included our favorite places to go in London but if you think we may have missed any of the top tourist attractions in London, let us know.

We do our best to keep our list of the top London UK attractions up to date so please notify us if notice out of date information to help us keep our list of top London attractions current.

We sincerely hope that you have a wonderful vacation in London and that you get to experience the best that London has to offer. If you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to contact us.

London Eye

The London Eye, also known as the Millennium Wheel, is an enclosed Ferris Wheel located on the River Thames. It offers spectacular views of the city skyline including Big Ben, Parliament and the London Bridge, by day or night.

Closest tube: Waterloo

London Zoo

Located in beautiful Regent’s park, the London Zoo is the world’s oldest scientific zoo, opened in 1828. The London Zoo offers a wide variety of animal attractions including a Children’s Zoo, Reptile House, Aquarium and Aviary.

Closest tube: Camden Town

Tate Modern

The Tate Modern is the most visited modern art gallery in the world. In addition to their must-see collections, including paintings by Picasso, Dali and Monet, the gallery plays host to a variety of exciting temporary exhibitions.

Closest tube: Southwark

Primrose Hill

A lovely open park space located on a hill north of Regent’s park, Primrose Hill offer a wonderful view of central London and is the perfect place to watch the sunset or enjoy a picnic.

Closest tube: Chalk Farm

Camden Market

The fourth-most popular visitor attraction in London, the Camden Market sells everything from delicious street food to Rock and Roll t-shirts. A great place for people-watching, the Camden market is also close to great picnic spots like Primrose Hill and Regent’s Canal.

Closest tube: Camden Town

London Dungeon

A macabre attraction which seeks to recreate gory historical events with a sense of humor, the London Dungeon combines live action with rides and special effects for a totally one-of-a-kind experience.

Closest tube: Waterloo

Madame Tussauds

The Famous London wax museum features wax figures of celebrities and historical figures—a fun place to take vacation selfies.

Closest tube: Baker Street

The Globe Theatre

A modern reconstruction of Shakespeare’s Globe, this outdoor theater hosts exciting classical plays as well as historic tours of the site.

Closest tube: Blackfriars

Cutty Sark

Built in 1869, Cutty Sark is one of the world’s few remaining clipper ships. Open to visitors, it is situated close to other fun London attractions like the National Maritime Museum and Greenwich Park.

Closest tube: Cutty Sark (DLR)

Natural History Museum

Located on Exhibition Road, along with the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Science Museum, the Natural History Museum features five main collections on botany, entomology, mineralogy, paleontology and zoology. The National History Museum is especially famous for it’s exhibition of dinosaur skeletons.

Closest tube: South Kensington

Victoria and Albert Museum

Located on Exhibition Road, along with the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum is the largest museum dedicated to the decorative arts and design. The V & A features exciting exhibitions on costuming, jewelry, furniture and medieval objects

Closest tube: South Kensington

The Science Museum

Located on Exhibition Road, along with the Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Science Museum hosts a collection of amazing scientific discoveries including the first jet engine and the world’s oldest steam train as well as fun 3-D nature documentaries.

Closest tube: South Kensington

Museum of London

The Museum of London tells the city’s history form prehistoric times to the present day and is located next to St Paul’s Cathedral in the oldest part of London.

Closest tube: St Paul’s

Westminster Abbey

This famous gothic church is the traditional venue of English coronations, royal burials and weddings including that of Prince William and Kate Middleton. The church is located in the heart of London, right next to Big Ben and the House of Parliament.

Closest tube: Westminster

Tower of London

A historic castle built in 1087, the Tower of London hosts the Crown Jewels, and was once both a royal residence and a prison. The Tower of London is full of history and includes an armory, menagerie, treasury and the home of the Royal Mint.

Closest tube: Tower Hill

St Paul’s Cathedral

The present church dates back to the 17th century, but their had been a church on this site at the highest point of the historic City of London since AD 604. The Dome and spires, designed by Christopher Wren, are one of the most recognizable sights on the London skyline.

Closest tube: St Paul’s

Tower Bridge

The famous London suspension bridge, located next to the Tower of London, is an iconic symbol of London.

Closest tube: Tower Hill

Kensington Palace

Located in Kensington gardens, this royal residence is the official London residence of the Prince William and Prince Harry, with state rooms open to the public.

Closest tube: High Street Kensington

National Gallery

The National Gallery is located in Trafalgar Square, in the heart of Central London and features a world-renowned collection including works by Titian, Da Vinci and Vincent Van Gogh.

Closest tube: Charing Cross

Tate Britain

The Tate Britain is an art gallery located on Millibank which hosts a varied collection of well-known works including works by William Blake, Sir John Everett Millais and J M W Turner.

Closest tube: Pimlico

Saatchi Gallery

The Saatchi Gallery is located in trendy Sloane Square and features exhibitions of contemporary art spanning US minimalism to innovative British artists such as Damien Hirst.

Closest tube: Sloane Square

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is the British monarchy’s principal residence and often features in state occasions. The palace host an exciting traditional ‘Changing of the Guards’ ceremony almost daily

Closest tube: Victoria

Houses of Parliament

Also known as the Palace of Westminster, this royal residence is now the meeting place of the UK parliament. Visitors can take tours or watch hearings and debates from the public galleries.

Closest tube: Westminster

Covent Garden

A former fruit and veg market, Covent Garden is now a popular tourist site with market stalls, shops, street performers, restaurants and the Royal Opera House.

Closest tube: Covent Garden

Portobello Road

Portobello Road hosts the world’s largest antiques market and is a popular tourist attraction. Portobello Road has a fun, eclectic atmosphere with a fresh fruit and veg market, nice restaurants and pubs.

Closest tube: Ladbroke Grove

Sherlock Holmes Museum

This privately run museum is dedicated to detective Sherlock Holmes and imagines what the fictional character’s home might have looked like with items from his books and movies.

Closest tube: Baker Street

Harrods

This high-end department store has a World-Famous Food Hall with a wide variety of English and International cuisine as well unique departments for designer clothes, toys and home furnishings.

Closest tube: Knightsbridge

Selfridges

The upmarket department store was recently dramatized in the British TV shoe Mr. Selfridge. It hosts a world-class food hall, designer clothes and gifts.

Closest tube: Bond Street

Hamleys

The oldest and largest toyshop in the world, Hamleys hosts seven floors and 50,000 toys. The shop features fun departments including Build-a-Bear, Legos and their famous life-size stuffed animals.

Closest tube: Oxford Circus

Piccadilly Circus

The famous junction, similar to new York’s Times Square, is a passageway into the West End with notable buildings such as the London Pavillion and the Criteron Theatre as well as the Ripley’s Believe It or Not attractions and the beautiful Eros statue.

Closest tube: Piccadilly Circus

Trafalgar Square

Home to the famous monument Nelson’s Column, Trafalgar Square is a likely public space in just in front of the National Gallery with fountains, live performers and access to Buckingham Palace via the Pall Mall.

Closest tube: Charing Cross

Kings Road

The King’s Road was the King’s own private road until 1830. It is now most famously known as the fashion hub of the 1960s, associated with artists such as Vivienne Westwood, the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin.

Closest tube: South Kensington

Oxford Street

Oxford Street is Europe’s most popular shopping street with almost 300 shops. There is something for everyone—from Selfridges to Topshop to bargain clothing store Primark.

Closest tube: Oxford Street

Thames River

The famous river flowing through London is great for walks, boating excursions and sightseeing. Many of London’s top attractions, including Big Ben, the London Eye and the Tower of London, are located along the river.

Closest tube: Embankment

The Royal Albert Hall

This famous domed concert hall is located just south of Kensington Park, close to Hyde Park. The historic venue hosts a variety of musical and dance performances.

Closest tube: South Kensington

Serpentine Gallery

The Serpentine Galleries are a pair of free contemporary art galleries located next to Serpentien lake in Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park. Past exhibitions have featured Man Ray, Warhol and Basquiat.

Closest tube: Lancaster Gate

Hyde Park

One of the largest parks in London and located just adjacent to Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park offers rivers for boating or swimming, horse riding, bike paths, restaurants, gardens and the famous Speakers’ Corner, an area reserved for open-air public speaking and debate.

Closest tube: Hyde Park Corner

Kensington Gardens

This garden, located just west of Hyde Park was once the private gardens of Kensington Palace. The park features beautiful lakes and fountains, a children’s play area and the beautiful gothic Albert Memorial.

Closest tube: Queensway

Marble Arch

Marble Arch was once the state entrance to Buckingham Palace. It now rests at the junction of Oxford Street and Park Lane, just next to Hyde Park.

Closest tube: Marble Arch

Knightsbridge

Knightsbridge is a stylish district and retail center south of Hyde Park and Kensington. It features an array of designer stores and nice restaurants, as well as the world-famous Harrods Department store.

Closest tube: Knightsbridge