As the capital of England and the home to the monarch, London is packed full of history. We’ve picked out our favourite quintessentially British landmarks, to give you a real feel for what London has to offer this summer. No matter your reason for visiting, you’re sure to have a trip dripping with history and excitement.
Regarded as one of London’s most famous museums, the British Museum houses over 8 million objects found throughout history. You can really lose yourself walking through the extensive collection and visiting the special exhibitions on display throughout the year.
If you’re feeling peckish, the gallery also offers a number of eating options including the Great Court Restaurant, Court Cafe and the Pizzeria.
This central London gallery houses over 2,000 paintings dated between the mid-13th century until 1900. You can explore the magnificent work of Leonardo da Vinci, Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh and Sandro Botticelli to name a few.
It will be easy to get lost in the wonder that is the National Gallery and with the number of dining options available; you won’t want to leave.
A trip to London is not complete without a visit to the Queen’s London abode. Located in Westminster and a calming stroll through Green Park, you can witness the ceremonious Changing of the Guard or explore the State Rooms (open to visitors for 10 weeks in summer (21st July – 31st August and 1st September – 30th September).
Tower of London
Discover 1000 years of history at this picture-perfect London landmark. As you tour this fortress, palace and prison, you’ll get a taste of the terrifying past behind the walls. See the Crown Jewels in all their glory and get up-close to some of the most ghastly torture replicas in the Wakefield Tower.
The home of coronations, weddings and burials of the British monarchs and with more than 3,000 notable people memorialised in Westminster Abbey, a trip to London is not complete without a visit to this UNESCO World Heritage Site. The opening hours for Westminster Abbey vary each day as it is still a working church, please visit their website to find out more.
Churchill War Rooms
Hear the stories of Winston Churchill – possibly one of the most celebrated and influential British politicians. Walk through the Cabinet War Rooms, an underground compound for the British government during the Second World War, and the Churchill museum, where you can explore the fascinating life of Winston himself.
The Great Bell, more famously known as Big Ben rises proudly 96m in the air and provides the heart beat to London. Big Ben is currently undergoing refurbishment but certainly warrants a visit as one of London’s most legendary attractions.