With numerous architectural landmarks, London is one of the best cities in the world for architecture lovers. Many of the city’s top attractions include historic buildings as well as modern structures that inspire awe and wonder. From the iconic Big Ben to the Globe Theatre, here are some of London’s must-see landmarks.
Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament (Palace of Westminster)
The Houses of Parliament and its iconic clock tower Big Ben are among the top places tourists visit when in London. Located in the Palace of Westminster, the Houses of Parliament is accessible to the public at designated times year-round. Whether you are interested in politics, history, or the royalty, this is one place worth visiting.
Old Royal Naval College
Old Royal Naval College is located at the Maritime Greenwich which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The college is designed by the famous architect Sir Christopher Wren and is truly an outstanding piece of architecture. You do not want to miss a visit to The Painted Hall and The Chapel of St Peter and St Paul among many other must-see sights.
St. Paul’s Cathedral
This cathedral is another one of Sir Christopher Wren’s iconic works. Its dome is one of the most famous landmarks in the city. The beautiful English Baroque architecture also boasts of interiors that feature an impressive array of artworks including murals and sculptures among many others.
Shakespeare’s Globe is a reconstruction of the original Globe Theatre. It followed the design of the original playhouse including a thatch roof among others. Visit to admire the architecture and watch an open air play.
Also known as Shard of Glass, The Shard is a towering skyscraper designed by architect Renzo Piano. The 95-storey building houses various offices and restaurants among others.
For many travelers, a visit to London is not complete without seeing the Tower Bridge. Designed by Sir Horace Jones, the still works and is raised several times a year. Visitors can explore the Victorian Engine Rooms and walkways that feature glass floors providing a breathtaking view below.
Westminster Abbey is a stunning Gothic church that has served as venue for many royal events including coronations, weddings, and funerals. Dating back to 700 years, the abbey is home to many interesting artworks like paintings. It is also the final resting place of kings, queens, dukes, and other royals as well as famous people like Charles Darwin, Charles Dickens, Sir Isaac Newton, and Robert Browning among many others.