Top 34 attractions to explore in Greater London
Greater London is a ceremonial county of England that makes up the majority of the London region. This region forms the administrative boundaries of London and is organised into 33 local government districts—the 32 London boroughs and the City of London, which is located within the region but is separate from the county.
Attractions in Greater London
When completed in 1859, its clock was the largest and most accurate four-faced striking and chiming clock in the world. The tower stands 315 feet (96 m) tall, and the climb from ground level to the belfry is 334 steps. Its base is square, measuring 39 feet (12 m) on each side. Dials of the clock are 23 feet (7.0 m) in diameter.
Symbol and home of the monarchy of the United Kingdom. The palace has 775 rooms, and the garden is the largest private garden in London. The staterooms, used for official and state entertaining, are open to the public each year for most of August and September and on some days in winter and spring.
The museum comprises the Cabinet War Rooms, a historic underground complex that housed a British government command centre throughout the Second World War, and the Churchill Museum, a biographical museum exploring the life of British statesman Winston Churchill.
One of the last clipper ship to be built and one of the fastest, coming at the end of a long period of design development. The design development halted as sailing ships gave way to steam propulsion. Built in 1869, she was in service till 1954- first as a tea clipper and later to wool trade and as a cargo ship.
Along with St James' Palace, it is one of only two surviving palaces out of the many the King Henry VIII owned. The palace has two distinct contrasting architectural styles, domestic Tudor and Baroque. It currently is open to the public displaying many of its original furnitures still in their original position, in addition to the works of art from the Royal Collection.
An art gallery within the Southbank Centre in central London. Its massive and extensive use of exposed concrete construction are features typical of Brutalist architecture. The Hayward does not house a permanent collection. Instead, it hosts three or four major temporary exhibitions of modern or contemporary artworks each year.
Town-class light cruiser that was built for the Royal Navy, now permanently moored as a museum ship. Commissioned in early August 1939 shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War, Belfast was initially part of the British naval blockade against Germany.
Established to conserve and explain the transport heritage of London. The museum is spread into locations- in Covent Garden displaying buses, trams, trolleybuses and rail vehicles from the 19th and 20th centuries as well s the first underground electric train, from 1890. Larger exhibits are held at Acton depot location and they include a complete 1938 stock tube train as well as early locomotives from the first sub-surface and first deep-level lines.
World's oldest scientific zoo. Today, it houses a collection of 673 species of animals, with 19,289 individuals, making it one of the largest collections in the United Kingdom. The zoo was home to the only living quagga ever to be photographed and the it held a number of now extinct Tasmanian tigers.
202 feet (62 m) in heigh, the monument commemorates the Great Fire of London. It stands at the junction of Monument Street and Fish Street Hill, 202 feet west of the spot in Pudding Lane where the Great Fire started on 2 September 1666.
The Museum has the most important holdings in the world on the history of Britain at sea comprising more than two million items, including maritime art, cartography, manuscripts including official public records, ship models and plans, scientific and navigational instruments, instruments for time-keeping and astronomy.
The museum is home to life and earth science specimens comprising some 80 million items within five main collections: botany, entomology, mineralogy, paleontology and zoology. The museum is particularly famous for its exhibition of dinosaur skeletons and ornate architecture, and also for the specimens collected by Charles Darwin.
Meeting place for the two houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Contains over 1,100 rooms organised symmetrically around two series of courtyards and which has a floor area of 112,476 m2 (1,210,680 sq ft). Part of the New Palace's area of 3.24 hectares (8 acres) was reclaimed from the River Thames, which is the setting of its nearly 300-metre long (980 ft) facade, called the River Front.
Institution to to promote the creation, enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts through exhibitions, education and debate. The Royal Academy has an important collection of books, archives and works of art accessible for research and display.
Houses the largest and most diverse botanical and mycological collections in the world. It consists of 132 hectares (330 acres) of gardens and botanical glasshouses. Its living collections includes some of the 27,000 taxa and the herbarium, which is one of the largest in the world, has over 8.5 million preserved plant and fungal specimens.
the observatory played a major role in the history of astronomy and navigation, and because the prime meridian passes through it, it gave its name to Greenwich Mean Time. The scientific work of the observatory was moved elsewhere in the first half of 20th century and now it functions almost exclusively as a museum.
Holds a collection of over 300,000 items, including famous items as Stephenson's Rocket, Puffing Billy (the oldest surviving steam locomotive), the first jet engine, the Apollo 10 command module, a reconstruction of Francis Crick and James Watson's model of DNA, among many others.
This 23-hectare (57-acre) park has a small lake, St James's Park Lake, with two islands, West Island and Duck Island, the latter named for the lake's collection of waterfowl. A resident colony of pelicans has been a feature of the park since a Russian ambassador donated them to Charles II in 1664.
Located on Ludgate Hill at the highest point of the City of London. One of the most famous and most recognizable sights of London. Its dome, framed by the spires of Wren's City churches, has dominated the skyline for over 300 years. At 365 feet (111 m) high, it was the tallest building in London from 1710 to 1967.
National gallery of British art from 1500 to the present day. Houses a substantial collection of the art of the United Kingdom since Tudor times, and in particular has large holdings of the works of J. M. W. Turner. It is one of the largest museums in United Kingdom.
Dedicated to human history, art and culture. Its permanent collection of some eight million works is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence, having been widely sourced during the era of the British Empire. It documents the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present. It was the first public national museum in the world.
Standing 309.6 metres (1,016 ft) high, the 95-storey Shard is the tallest building in the United Kingdom. The glass-clad pyramidal tower has 72 habitable floors, with a viewing gallery and open-air observation deck on the 72nd floor, at a height of 244 metres (801 ft).
Situated in Baker Street, bearing the number 221B, this private museum is dedicated to the famous fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. The Georgian town house which the museum occupies was built in 1815 and was formerly used as a boarding house from 1860 to 1936. It covers the period of 1881 to 1904 when the stories describe Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson residing there as tenants of Mrs Hudson.
A combined bascule and suspension bridge built between 1886 and 1894. The bridge consists of two bridge towers tied together at the upper level by two horizontal walkways, designed to withstand the horizontal tension forces imposed by the suspended sections of the bridge. The bridge deck is freely accessible to both vehicles and pedestrians, whereas the bridge's twin towers, high-level walkways and Victorian engine rooms form part of the Tower Bridge Exhibition, for which an admission charge is
Historic castle founded towards the end of 1066. A grand palace early in its history, the Tower has served variously as an armoury, a treasury, a menagerie, the home of the Royal Mint, a public record office, and the home of the Crown Jewels of England. The Tower is a complex of several buildings set within two concentric rings of defensive walls and a moat.
World's largest museum of applied and decorative arts and design, as well as sculpture, housing a permanent collection of over 2.27 million objects. Its collection spans 5,000 years of art, from ancient times to the present day, from the cultures of Europe, North America, Asia and North Africa.
Gothic abbey church which is the traditional place of coronation and burial site for English and, later, British monarchs. It is the burial site of more than 3,300 persons, usually of prominence in British history (including at least sixteen monarchs, eight Prime Ministers, poets laureate, actors, scientists, military leaders, and the Unknown Warrior).
Map of attractions in Greater London