Top 10 London Attractions

A trip to the capital wouldn't be complete without seeing the top 10 attractions in London. Make sure to tick these top things to see in London off your list.

From the modern Coca-Cola London Eye, to the historic Tower of London, the top 10 tourist attractions in London are a must-see on any London sightseeing trip. Even better, many London landmarks are free to visit, while others are available with discounted entry or special offers when using a London Pass. Use the London Attractions Map to find them all.

There are also plenty of kid-friendly places to visit in London. Get up close and personal with underwater creatures at the SEA LIFE London aquarium or explore the Science Museum, London's interactive hub of science and technology. Both are perfect for fun family days out in London.

You could also soak up some culture at London museums, visit the Queen at Buckingham Palace, or take the perfect picture with Big Ben; just some of the many iconic places to go in London.

The top 10 free London attractions list is based on visitor numbers: start your sightseeing in London now with these popular spots.

Don't miss out on some of London's best attractions during busy times. Book online to avoid the queues at the top 10 bookable London attractions and get fast-track tickets and easy access to London's sights.

1. Buckingham Palace Tour

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The Queen's official London residence has a whopping 775 rooms. It is one of the few working royal palaces remaining in the world today. The lavishly decorated State Rooms of the Palace are open to visitors during the summer months, and you can visit all year round to see the famous Changing The Guard. Read More

2. Hop on Hop off Bus Tour

Book in advance for one of the best selling London tours. Buy a 24 hour ticket and enjoy the freedom to hop on and off the sightseeing buses and explore some of London's most famous places, such as Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, St Paul's Cathedral and Trafalgar Square.

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3. Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter

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Have a magical day out with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Harry Potter films at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. See first-hand the sets, costumes, and props used in all the Harry Potter films, and step inside some of the films' locations including the Great Hall, Dumbledore's office and Hagrid's hut.

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4. Kensington Palace

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Kensington Palace is one of the most intriguing of the Historic Royal Palaces. Discover stories from Queen Victoria's life in the Victoria Revealed exhibition; master courtly games in the King's State Apartments; glimpse a modern Princess in an exhibition of Diana's dresses; and uncover the secrets of a fragile dynasty in the Queen's State Apartments.

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5. Coca-Cola London Eye

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The Coca-Cola London Eye is a major feature of London's skyline. It boasts some of London's best views from its 32 capsules, each weighing 10 tonnes and holding up to 25 people. Climb aboard for a breathtaking experience, with an unforgettable perspective of more than 55 of London's most famous landmarks – all in just 30 minutes!

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6. Tower of London

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Take a tour with one of the Yeoman Warders around the Tower of London, one of the world's most famous buildings. Discover its 900-year history as a royal palace, prison and place of execution, arsenal, jewel house and zoo! Gaze up at the White Tower, tiptoe through a medieval king's bedchamber and marvel at the Crown Jewels.

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7. SEA LIFE London

Get a taste of the deep blue sea at SEA LIFE London. Spot up to 400 species including sharks, stingrays, moray eels and clown fish at the aquarium. See stunning green sea turtles and test your nerve on the glass "shark walk". Learn more at daily talks and feeding times.

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8. ZSL London Zoo

Discover more than 16,000 animals at one of England's oldest zoos. Come face-to-face with magnificent tigers, hippos and giraffes, and meet the penguins at their Penguin Beach home. Make it a fun family day out and visit the petting zoo, where children can feed donkeys, sheep and llamas.

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9. Madame Tussauds London

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At Madame Tussauds, you'll come face-to-face with some of the world's most famous faces. From Shakespeare to Lady Gaga you'll meet influential figures from showbiz, sport, politics and even royalty. Strike a pose with Usain Bolt, get close to One Direction or receive a once-in-a-lifetime audience with Her Majesty the Queen.

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10. The View from The Shard

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Rise high above London and see the city's iconic skyline from a unique perspective, with views stretching up to 40 miles (64km). Spot the likes of the Coca-Cola London Eye, St Paul's Cathedral and Wembley Stadium from The View from The Shard's observation deck, which sits 800ft (244m) up Western Europe's tallest building.

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1. British Museum

Free

The world-famous British Museum exhibits the works of man from prehistoric to modern times, from around the world. Highlights include the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures and the mummies in the Ancient Egypt collection. Some exhibitions require tickets.

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2. National Gallery

Free

The crowning glory of Trafalgar Square, London's National Gallery is a vast space filled with Western European paintings from the 13th to the 19th centuries. Find works by masters such as Van Gogh, da Vinci, Botticelli, Constable, Renoir, Titian and Stubbs. Some exhibitions require tickets.

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3. Tate Modern

Free

Sitting grandly on the banks of the Thames is Tate Modern, Britain's national museum of modern and contemporary art. Its unique shape is due to it previously being a power station. The gallery's restaurants offer fabulous views across the city. Some exhibitions require tickets.

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4. Natural History Museum

Free

As well as the permanent (and permanently fascinating!) dinosaur exhibition, the Natural History Museum boasts a collection of the biggest, tallest and rarest animals in the world. See a life-sized blue whale, a 40-million-year-old spider, and the beautiful Central Hall. Some exhibitions require tickets.

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5. Southbank Centre

Free

Located by the river Thames, the centre offers sweeping views of the capital from the Coca-Cola London Eye to St Paul's Cathedral. The Southbank Centre is a unique metropolitan arts centre, with acres of creative space and an extraordinary history. Includes the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Hayward Gallery. Some exhibitions require tickets.

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6. Somerset House

Free

Somerset House is home to London's Courtauld Gallery with its collection of Old Masters, Impressionist and Post-impressionist paintings, and The Embankment Galleries with a rotating programme of exhibitions dedicated to art, design, fashion and photography. Some exhibitions require tickets.

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7. Science Museum

Free

From the future of space travel to asking that difficult question: "who am I?", the Science Museum makes your brain perform Olympic-standard mental gymnastics. See, touch and experience the major scientific advances of the last 300 years; and don't forget the awesome Imax cinema. Some exhibitions require tickets.

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8. Victoria and Albert Museum

Free

The V&A celebrates art and design with 3,000 years' worth of amazing artefacts from around the world. A real treasure trove of goodies, you never know what you'll discover next: furniture, paintings, sculpture, metalwork and textiles; the list goes on and on… Some exhibitions require tickets

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9. Royal Museums Greenwich

Royal Museums Greenwich boasts a magnificent collection of four world-class attractions in a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can enjoy free entry to the Queen’s House and its stunning displays of artwork, as well as the National Maritime Museum, where you’ll discover Britain’s fascinating seafaring history.

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10. National Portrait Gallery

Free

The National Portrait Gallery near Trafalgar Square is home to the world's largest collection of faces and personalities, from Tudor times to the present. From Shakespeare to kings and queens, and icons of our time, it also has a photographic collection and one of the best roof-top restaurants in London.

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Top 10 Free and Bookable Attractions

Warner Bros. Studio Tour
Discover the magic of Harry Potter with a behind-the-scenes walking tour at Warner Bros. Studio London
Coca-Cola London Eye
See more than 50 famous London landmarks in 30 minutes on the Coca-Cola London Eye - the world's highest observation wheel
Buckingham Palace
The Queen's official London residence is open to visitors in the summer months
Madame Tussauds
Come face-to-face with some of the world's most famous faces at Madame Tussauds and interact with your favourite celebrity
Tower of LondonTower of London
Discover the secrets of 900 years of royal gossip at the historic Tower of London
The View from The Shard
Get an amazing view of London from the city's iconic landmark, The Shard
SEA LIFE London
Get a taste of the deep blue sea at the SEA LIFE London aquarium, it's one of Europe's largest
Westminster Abbey
A wonderful 700-year-old building which is the coronation church of England. It was also the site of the 2011 Royal Wedding
The London Dungeon
Dive into London's gruesome past at the London Dungeon, where actors, special effects and scary rides bring the past to life
ZSL London Zoo
With incredible animal displays and fascinating trails to follow, a trip to London Zoo in Regent's Park is a great day out
National Gallery
See one of the greatest collections of European painting in the world in the National Gallery
Natural History Museum
Meet the dinosaurs, experience an earthquake simulator and explore the new Darwin Centre at London's Natural History Museum
Southbank CentreSouthbank Centre
Visit this world famous centre for art and culture by the Thames
Tate Modern
Housed in the former Bankside Power Station in London, Tate Modern is Britain's national museum of modern art
Victoria and Albert Museum
See 3,000 years worth of amazing artefacts from many of the world's richest cultures at the Victoria and Albert Museum
Science Museum
Take a fascinating look the major scientific advances of the last 300 years at the Science Museum
Somerset HouseSomerset House
Explore London's Somerset House, home to some of the world's most magnificent and famous artworks
National Portrait Gallery
See portraits of famous and infamous British people from the Tudors to the present day
British Museum
London's famous British Museum hosts artifacts from prehistoric to modern man, including the Rosetta Stone
Queen's House
The Palladian architecture of the beautiful Queen's House in Greenwich survived the destruction of the nearby Tudor Palace
Cutty Sark
The Cutty Sark has re-opened following a £50 million renovation. Explore the famous tea clipper - from the decks to the hull
National Maritime Museum
Learn more about British maritime history and the life of Admiral Horatio Nelson
Royal Observatory Greenwich
Explore the home of Greenwich Mean Time and stand astride two hemispheres on the Prime Meridian Line at the Royal Observatory