Western Europe’s busiest capital city boasts a fascinating character and plenty of sights to see – but how do you decide which ones to visit?

Here is a selection of London’s top travel attractions. Whether you’re searching for historic buildings, art installations or relaxing in the park, we have something to suit everyone! After you get off your Cathay Pacific flight to visit London, these are the destinations to go to. 

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey is one of London’s most iconic landmarks and the traditional site for coronating British monarchs. Since William the Conqueror’s coronation in 1066, it has crowned 17 monarchs and hosted 16 royal weddings.

Travelers to London must not miss a tour of the abbey, so it’s best to book your tickets in advance.

As you enter the Abbey, be sure to notice the Coronation Chair which every monarch has sat upon during their crowning ceremonies since 1308. Also, visit the grave of Unknown Warrior which commemorates those who perished during World War I.

The Lady Chapel is a must-visit part of the abbey. Constructed by Henry VII in 1503, it offers visitors an unforgettable view with its fan-vaulted ceiling, 95 statues of saints, and stained glass windows.

St. Paul’s Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral, one of London’s most renowned buildings, is an impressive structure filled with fascinating features and attractions.

This iconic church is famed for its stunning dome that can be seen for miles around. It has played an integral role in numerous historical events. Inside, you’ll discover a stunning interior filled with captivating stories and art.

Tourists flock to this popular destination and there are a variety of tours available. A 2.5 hour guided tour that includes the dome and crypt is available, or you can book a 3 hour private tour with an experienced local guide for 3 hours.

The Tower of London

The Tower of London continues to captivate visitors with its medieval murals, secret skeletons, exotic animals and Crown Jewels. As one of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations, it draws two million visitors annually.

The Crown Jewels alone make this World Heritage Site worth visiting, but don’t forget to explore all of its other exhibits and activities as well. Medieval paintings, skeletal remains, secret messages and more tell a captivating tale of its 1,000-year history as a palace, fortress and prison.

Experience the Tower’s history through Yeoman Warders (known as ‘Beefeaters’). They will share tales of past misdeeds and grisly events.

The National Gallery

The National Gallery in London is a must-visit destination for art enthusiasts. With more than 2,300 works on display, it boasts one of the greatest collections worldwide, showcasing all major traditions of Western European painting.

The museum’s soaring ceilings and domes covered in glass give it a majestic atmosphere. The entryway features stunning mosaics depicting Life’s Labors, Pleasures, and Modern Virtues.

The museum is divided into 4 large wing areas, each dedicated to a particular art epoch. You can opt for one period and browse at your own pace or take in the entirety of the collection chronologically.

The National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery boasts an impressive collection of famous portraits, sculptures and oil paintings. Situated at St Martin’s Place overlooking Trafalgar Square in central London, the gallery houses these masterpieces.

The museum, part of the Smithsonian Institution, houses an impressive permanent collection featuring artworks spanning from antiquity to today. Additionally, it hosts special exhibitions throughout the year.

The National Portrait Gallery is housed in an historic building that once served as the patent office for the United States. Thanks to a successful preservation effort in 1953, this landmark building was saved from demolition and transformed into a museum today.

St James’s Park

St James’s Park, one of London’s eight Royal Parks, is an idyllic area to explore. Situated between Westminster and Green Park, it boasts numerous features like statues, memorials and fountains for you to discover.

This park was once home to a lepers hospital but has now been transformed into an inviting haven for walking, picnicking and relaxing. It’s the ideal spot to take a break and admire some of London’s iconic attractions.

The Blue Bridge, which spans over the park lake, offers an exquisite view of Buckingham Palace. Additionally, you may catch a glimpse of Swire fountain and Horse Guards Parade from here.

The park is home to a diverse population of grey squirrels and pelicans. If you’re an avid bird watcher, Duck Island offers an expansive mute swan population.

The Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum in South Kensington has been a landmark institution since it opened its doors. Housing an impressive 80 million specimens, it offers visitors a breathtaking glimpse into Earth’s past from 4.5 billion years ago.

The museum houses dinosaur fossils, a dodo skeleton, chunks of moon rock and exotic plants. Furthermore, there are various exhibitions that explore the natural world such as the butterfly pavilion and Sant Ocean Hall.

The museum is divided into four zones, each offering different attractions. However, for the best experience and to quickly and efficiently explore all of its highlights without having to wander aimlessly around aimlessly, consider booking a private guided tour – especially if you have young children with you.

The London Eye

The London Eye, situated on the south bank of the River Thames, is an iconic symbol that should not be missed when in London. This revolving observation wheel offers breathtaking views of iconic landmarks like Big Ben and Westminster Abbey from its perch atop London.

Ride the London Eye for free or book a special experience to remember. Options include Champagne Experiences, Private Pods, Cupid’s Capsule and the Eye Lounge bar.

To maximize your trip to London, book in advance online. This will save you money and give you the flexibility of selecting a time that works best for you.

Fast-track tickets are also available for those wanting to bypass the queue and enter at their chosen time. These tickets can be booked in advance online or on-site at the ticket desk.

Big Ben

Big Ben is a beloved landmark in London that dominates the city’s skyline. It has served as an iconic representation of British history, politics, integrity, peace and prosperity since its construction in 1843.

Elizabeth Tower was officially renamed in 2012 to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. Although ‘Big Ben’ refers only to one bell within the clocktower, it has become synonymous with all four enormous clock faces within it.

This clock is renowned for its precision, serving as a landmark in timekeeping efforts around the globe. It stands as a testament to leadership, dependability and integrity for people everywhere.