London Guide

Tourist Attractions

The capital’s top 5 attractions are listed below in order of popularity. There is of course a much wider range of attractions which you can explore at

The British Museum
The Museum houses a vast collection of world art and artefacts and is free to all visitors.

Tate Modern
The collections in Tate Modern consist of works of international modern and contemporary art dating from 1900 onwards.

National Gallery
The National Gallery houses the national collection of Western European painting from the 13th to the 19th centuries.

Natural History Museum
The museum is home to life and earth science specimens comprising some 70 million items within five main collections: Botany, Entomology, Mineralogy, Palaeontology and Zoology. The museum is a world-renowned centre of research, specialising in taxonomy, identification and conservation. Given the age of the institution, many of the collections have great historical as well as scientific value, such as specimens collected by Darwin.

The London Eye
Paris has the Eiffel Tower, New York the Empire State, and London has the Eye

Historic Architecture

1. Banqueting House – Inigo Jones, architect
2. Houses of Parliament Building – Barry & Pugin
3. St Pancras Station Buildings – William Henry Barlow
4. St Paul’s Cathedral – Christopher Wren
5. Regent Street Buildings – John Nash, architect
6. Albert Hall – Francis Fowke
7. Christ Church Spitalfields – Nicholas Hawksmoor
8. Soane’s House – John Soane, architect
9. Hampton Court Palace
10. Tower of London

Contemporary Architecture

1. Lloyds Building – Richard Rogers Partnership
2. Swiss Re Tower – Foster & Partners
3. Tate Modern – Herzog and de Meuron Architects
4. Waterloo Station Building : Eurostar Terminal – Nicholas Grimshaw
5. Penguin Pool, London Zoo – Tecton [Lubetkin]
6. Highpoint I / II – Tecton [Lubetkin]
7. British Library Great Court – Foster & Partners
8. South Bank Centre Buildings incl. Royal Festival Hall – Denys Lasdun et al
9. Isokon building – Wells Coates, architect
10. Millennium Dome building – Richard Rogers Partnership