Famous London Landmarks
London has some of the most iconic and famous landmarks in the world, but how much do you actually know about them? Read on to find out more!
1. Big Ben
Big Ben isn’t actually as big as you might have thought, because in fact Big Ben only refers to the main bell and not the whole tower itself, which is called St Stephen’s Tower or The Clock Tower depending on who you believe! Completed in 1859, its chimes signal the start of the New Year... and the 10 o’clock news!
2. Buckingham Palace
Her majesty the Queen’s official residence, you can’t normally visit the palace but you can look at this famous landmark through the railings from the Mall. If you do fancy a tour of the inside, however, while the Royals are away on their holidays in the summer, the State Rooms and garden are open to visitors.
3. Royal Albert Hall
This enormous rotunda annually hosts the BBC Proms and has done so since 1941. Built in 1871 as a memorial to Albert, husband of Queen Victoria, both the exterior and the interior are worth a visit.
4. The London Eye
One of the city’s newer landmarks, the London Eye is the world’s largest observation wheel and affords visitors magnificent views of up to 25 miles on a clear day. This popular attraction sells out quickly, although you can also book tickets in advance.
5. Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge was opened in 1894 and was originally powered by steam, although it is now powered by electric rams. You can learn all about the history of the bridge at the Tower Bridge Exhibition, while also enjoying a wonderful view along the Thames.
6. Tower of London
Where prisoners were once sent to be beheaded, the Tower of London is now one of the capital’s most famous landmarks. You can spend an entire day enjoying a replica experience at the Medieval Palace, which has been restored with reproduction furniture, wall-hangings, sounds and even smells! This is where you’ll also see another famous London landmark – the Yeoman Warders, or Beefeaters as they’re more commonly known.
7. Red Telephone Box
Designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, the traditional red telephone box isn’t just particular to London, but to the whole of the UK. However, with the advent of mobile phones, they are becoming few and far between so you’ll have to look carefully to spot one! They were originally painted red so that they would be easy to spot, but in 2012, BT commissioned 80 artists to decorate replica phone boxes which were then displayed around London before then being auctioned at Sotheby’s.
8. The Landmark London
Of course we couldn’t leave out our own Landmark, one of the best 5-star hotels in London! Our Grade II listed Victorian building has original stained glass windows, chandeliers and other features and is great for a weekend break in London. Check out our website for the latest London luxury hotels special offers.