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Must-See Sights in London

Aug 14, 2013

One of the world's most famous cities, London, England truly does have something for everyone. From the glam West End theaters to Buckingham Palace and the tallest building in Europe (the newly built Shard), it's a modern city that's steeped with tradition, history and culture. Last year the city hosted the Summer Olympics and this year a certain Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton gave birth to the newly christened Prince George. There is always something happening in Londontown so you never need any excuse to start planning a trip to visit this super cool city!  Check out our picks for the top must-see sights in London - the only question is where to start! 

Buckingham Palace 

If you fancy a spot of afternoon tea with the Queen, there is no better place to imagine this scenario than at Buckingham Palace. Stand outside the gates and watch the changing of the guards happening everyday at 11:30 am or have a look inside during the summer months when the Queen goes to stay at her summer house and the palace is open to the public in July and August. 

Buckingham Palace GuardsBuckingham Palace GuardsCourtesy of Royalcollection.com

The Shard 

A new addition to London's skyline, the Shard is the tallest building in Europe standing at 1,020 feet (310 meters) high, the glass pyramid-shaped tower boasts 72 floors with a viewing gallery and an open-air observation deck - needless to say the view is breathtaking! 

The Shard - the tallest building in the European Union!The Shard - the tallest building in the European Union!Courtesy of Yahoo

Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament

Visit the impressive and historical Parliament buildings on the banks of the River Thames and get a photo taken with one of the world's most famous clocks - the Big Ben. Close-up, the buildings are spectacular to behold and really give you a sense of London's long and illustrious history. 

Big Ben and Houses of ParliamentBig Ben and Houses of ParliamentCourtesy of Yahoo

St. Paul's Cathedral 

An absolute must-see, the grand St. Paul's Cathedral with its world famous dome is a classic London landmark and a distinctive part of the city's famous skyline. Perfect for photo opportunities. 

The famous St.Paul's CathedralThe famous St.Paul's CathedralCourtesy of Insightguides.com

Tower Of London

Once used as a prison and the site of a beheading of Anne Boleyn, the Tower of London is London site that has a million stories to tell. Built by William the Conqueror in the 1080s, it stands today in the middle of a modern metropolis and holds the Crown Jewels. Exciting stuff!

Tower of LondonTower of LondonCourtesy of Yahoo

Harrods Department Store

One of the most famous department stores in the world, the sight of Harrods lit up at night is a London experience that isn't to be missed. The place where the Royal Family shop, the glitz and glamour of this swanky shop, have a look at the impressive Food Hall and check out the memorial to Princess Diana. You won't be able to resist nabbing one of the cute Harrods teddy bear key rings. 

Beautifully lit up at night.Beautifully lit up at night.Courtesy of Harrods

London Eye

Enjoy spectacular views of London when you take a spin on the famous London Eye. Book online to get a discount and save waiting in the long line-ups at this popular attraction. Sit back and enjoy the view!

Spectacular view of the city from the London EyeSpectacular view of the city from the London EyeCourtesy of London Eye

Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour

The amazing special effects, fantastical creatures and stories have made the Harry Potter series beloved by both young and old. For the first time ever, the doors are open to everyone at the studio where it first began. Go behind-the-scenes and see the things that the camera never showed. From the original sets to the costumes, props and animatronics, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London is a must-see for Harry Potter fans! 

Harry Potter World - a must for fans!Harry Potter World - a must for fans!Courtesy of Warner Bros.

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