Category Archives: London Tourist Attractions

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge is probably the world’s most famous bridge and certainly one of the most photogenic. With its two spectacular towers it dominates the River Thames.

Opened in 1894, the bridge is 800 feet (244 meters) in length with two towers each 213 feet (65 m) high, built on piers. The central span of 200 feet (61 m) between the towers is split into two equal bascules or leaves, which can be raised to an angle of 83 degrees to allow river traffic to pass.

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To learn more about the history, design and building of Tower Bridge, the people involved in its construction and why it was needed, visit The Tower Bridge Exhibition which is situated inside the bridge’s towers and is open daily.

Location:Tower Bridge, Tower Bridge Rd, London SE1
Nearest Tube: Tower Hill

Trafalgar Square

No visit to London is complete without a visit to Trafalgar Square. The capital’s largest and most iconic square.

Trafalgar Square is a large open space dominated by Nelson’s Column – a 145 foot tall stone column, that has on its top, a statue of one of Britain’s greatest military heroes, Admiral Horatio Nelson.

Admiral Nelson led the British Navy to victory in a the naval sea battle against the French and Spanish fleets in 1805. Although the British won the battle Admiral Nelson was killed during it and hence the column and the square itself commemorate his life and contribution to British history.

At the base of the column are four large bronze panels that depict some of Admiral Nelson’s many naval battles. Surrounding the column are four huge lions that tourists can be seen attempting, and often failing, to climb.

Heritage wardens are on duty in Trafalgar Square to provide help to visitors including answering queries about local attractions and the square’s heritage.

Opening Times:  Always open
Nearest Underground Tube Station: Charing Cross
Admission:  Free

Helicopter Tours of London

Helicopter tours of London can be found running from a number of nearby small airports such as Redhill Aerodrome in Surrey or the more central Battersea Helicopter port.

Flights are approx £2000 for a 30 minute tour. Its not cheap but it will be the ride of a lifetime.

Sherlock Holmes Museum

Sherlock Holmes, the worlds greatest fictional detective, lived at 221b Baker Street, according to his books, between 1881-1904, and you can actually visit his home, because 221b Baker Street has been converted into The Sherlock Holmes Museum.

With the BBC series starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes, the Hollywood Blockbusters with Robert Downey as Sherlock and the American series that moves Sherlock to New York and has Lucy Liu as a female Dr Watson, Sherlock Holmes has never been so popular, so why not visit his original home?

The four storey building is protected due to its “special architectural and historical interest”, and the 1st floor study, overlooking Baker Street, is faithfully maintained to look as it would have been Victorian Times when Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson would have lived there.

A  Victorian policeman guards the entrance to the museum which is accessed via the shop, on the ground floor, which sells an abundance of Holmes related books and memorabilia.

There are three floors of exhibits, including some great traditional Victorian pieces and well chosen artifacts representing Sherlock Holmes\’s detective days. For example, you can see the stick that was said to belong to Dr Mortimer in the Hound of the Baskervilles and the club that was used to kill Colonel Barclay in The Crooked Man.

Sherlock Holmes House and Museum Opening Times:
Open every day of the year (except Christmas Day) from 9.30 am – 6pm
Admission:  Adult £6  Child £4 (under 16 years old)

Nearest Underground Station:  Baker Street

Location:  The Sherlock Holmes Museum, 221b Baker Street, London NW1 6XE

St Paul’s Cathedral

St Paul’s Cathedral is London’s greatest cathedral and its elegant dome is one of the most recognised symbols of London. Christopher Wren’s masterpiece has squatted imposingly in the City of London for the past 300 years. It famously withstood the bombardment of the Blitz and has become something of a monument to the determination and resilience of London and Londoners in general.

You can visit the cathedral to admire its architectural splendour, its crypt – including Nelson and Wellington’s tombs – and marvel at the uncanny acoustics in the famous Whispering Gallery.

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St Pauls Cathedral Opening Times
Mon – Sat:   8.30 am – 4pm
Last tickets are sold at 4pm and the cathedral closes for sightseeing at 4.30pm.
Sunday:  Open for worshippers only. No visitors.

Nearest Underground Station: St Paul’s (Central Line)

Address:  St. Paul’s Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD