If you’re planning a trip to London, then you probably already have a list of some of the things you want to do and see when you’re there. Maybe you’re planning a shopping trip on Oxford Street, or you want to check out a show at the West End. There are plenty of options, no matter what you’re into. For people with a passion for architecture, it’s definitely worth putting some time aside to see some of the city’s most amazing buildings.
If there are only a handful of outdoor creations you have a chance to see during your visit to London, you should definitely make sure some of the following are on your bucket list.
1. Big Ben
Big Ben is one of the go-to destinations for anyone visiting London, and it’s definitely something worth ticking off your list as quickly as possible. Make sure that you get to the clock tower early if you want to avoid some of the biggest crowds. The clock tower was named after Queen Elizabeth officially for her Diamond Jubilee in 2012. This location also happens to be right next to West Minister Abbey and the second architectural wonder we recommend you see too.
2. The Houses of Parliament
Visiting Big Ben will bring you right to the spot you’ll also need to be in to check out the Palace of Westminster, or the Houses of Parliament. Situated on the banks of the River Thames, the houses are truly beautiful, and you can even arrange tours around them if you’re keen to learn more about British politics. Make sure you check out the Abbey while you’re there and consider taking a boat ride along the Thames if you’re going to be visiting Tower Bridge.
3. Buckingham Palace
Probably the most obvious choice for anyone keen to see beautiful buildings in London, Buckingham Palace is a place you simply can’t afford to miss. This is the London residence of the Queen of England. It’s located right in the middle of London, and actually brings you quite close to a lot of other must-see attractions if you’re going on a sight-seeing tour. While you’re at Buckingham Palace, you can snap plenty of pictures from outside the gates and check out the guards too.
4. The London Eye
The London Eye is one of the more modern pieces of architecture in London, definitely worth checking out if you’re looking for a change of pace to all the old buildings and palaces. The Eye was built for the public in 2000, and it was the largest Ferris wheel in the world for a while. Until the Shard opened in 2013, the London Eye also offered the highest viewing point to visitors of London. You should grab a ticket to go up in one of the London Eye pods if you want to see as much of London as you can at once.
5. St Paul’s Cathedral
One of the most significant landmarks in the London Skyline, St Paul’s Cathedral is an eye-catching testament to stunning English architecture. The dome on the cathedral is part of what makes it so amazing to look at, even when you’re quite far away. The church in the Cathedral today has been there ever since the 17th century, and it was built following the Great Fire of London. If you want to get a feel for what this amazing building is like, you can go in for a walk around, or just view the building from the Millennium bridge. Either way, it’s an amazing view.