If you're visiting London for the first time, make sure you don't miss out on these 10 iconic places. Big Ben is perhaps the most renowned clock in the world and the most recognizable monument in London. Completed in 1859, it has been keeping time with accuracy for more than 150 years and is deeply embedded in the vision of London that most people have. The Houses of Parliament, formally known as the Palace of Westminster, is another of London's most famous monuments.
After a major fire in 1834, almost all of the original Palace of Westminster was destroyed and was reconstructed in a Gothic architectural style between 1840 and 1870. It stands proudly on the banks of the River Thames and is an essential part of London's skyline. Tower Bridge is another iconic landmark in London. Built between 1886 and 1894, it has become a prominent feature of the city.
Today, it is still essential for crossing the Thames, with more than 40,000 people crossing it every day. Admission costs £11.40* if booked online, but it's also included in the London Pass and the Go City Pass. This experience includes a walk along the high-level walkway and, if you're brave enough, along the glass walkway suspended above the bridge. The Tower of London is another must-see on all of London's bucket lists. Dating back to the 11th century, it is one of London's UNESCO World Heritage sites and is the only castle in central London.
Since the 17th century, it has also housed the royal family's most prized possessions: the coronation garment known as the Crown Jewels. They are closely watched by the Yeoman Warders, or Beefeaters, considered to be some of England's most powerful soldiers. St Paul's Cathedral is another iconic building in London. Founded in 1675 by King Charles II and designed by Sir Christopher Wren, it has been an important part of London for more than 300 years. If you have a London Pass or a Go City Pass, admission to St Paul's is included.
Otherwise, you can buy quick access passes online, which are cheaper at £14.75* than buying them on the same day. Buckingham Palace is another must-see attraction in London. It is the official residence of the king and queen and has been since 1837. Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, it was expanded and today it has 775 rooms and the largest private garden in London. Westminster Abbey is a royal church and UNESCO site that dates back to 960 AD. It has been England's coronation church since 1066 and is also the burial place of many previous monarchs. It is a truly iconic building that has been part of many important events throughout its 1,000-year history. The London Eye was built in 1999 to mark the turn of the millennium and has become one of London's most famous landmarks.
Trafalgar Square has been an important part of London since 12th century when it was used as a courtyard for King Edward I's Mews (horse stables). It wasn't until early 19th century that it was transformed into a public square. The British Museum is not only England's oldest museum but also one of world's oldest public museums. Founded in 1753 and opened to public in 1759, it has enchanted visitors for more than 250 years. The Science Museum is now Europe's most visited science and technology museum. It has more than 15,000 exhibits that highlight science's importance over time and its achievements. The Imperial War Museum was founded in 1917 when First World War was still at its peak with intention to record civil and military war effort.
Inaugurated in 1920, The London Transport Museum shows more than 200 years of London's iconic transport system and how it impacted city growth. The Royal Greenwich Observatory was founded by King Charles II in 1675 and designed by Sir Christopher Wren. It is home to Meridian line which makes it one of most famous places in London. The Tate Modern showcases incredible works of art from modernism to exciting works created today from artists around world such as Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Emily Kame Kngwarreye and Jenny Holzer. The Royal Albert Hall has been one of main performance halls since 1871 with more than 300 events held here every year including musical performances, comedy shows, charity events and tennis. Shakespeare's Globe Theatre was built to look as close as possible to 1599 version located 230 m from original site with tickets costing £18.70* if booked separately online via Shakespeare's Globe website. Wembley Stadium is crowned by Wembley Arch which arches above stadium supporting roof structure making it visible from many points across city. Madame Tussauds founded by French wax sculptor Marie Tussauds in 1835 receives more than 2.5 million visitors a year with more than 150 realistic sculptures from iconic historical figures to pop stars and athletes. The Shard stands 310 m (1020 ft) high making it tallest structure in Western Europe with stunning views across city built in 1991 making it one of oldest skyscrapers. If you're visiting London for your first time or even if you're a frequent visitor there are some must-see cultural landmarks that you should not miss out on! From Big Ben to Buckingham Palace these 10 iconic places will give you an unforgettable experience!.