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.

There are also plenty of kid-friendly places to visit in London. Get up close and personal with underwater creatures at 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's house 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. 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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2. 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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3. Buckingham Palace Summer Opening

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Visit the royal Buckingham Palace in London this summer to see paintings by Rembrandt and Rubens, plus sculpture by Canova, Sèvres porcelain, and fine English and French furniture. Every year, Buckingham Palace's summer opening features a special exhibition. This year's exhibition celebrates the Queen's 90th birthday with a display of outfits worn during her life and reign.

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4. 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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5. 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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6. The View from The Shard

Don't miss your chance to see London from the top of The Shard. At 1,016ft, The Shard at London Bridge is the tallest building in Western Europe.

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7. SEA LIFE London Aquarium

The SEA LIFE London Aquarium is home to 500 species of aquatic life, from sharks and piranhas to Nemo-style clownfish. Don't miss the daily feeds and talks, where you see sharks and species usually found in coral reefs and rainforests enjoying their lunch. A much nicer way to surround yourself with water than being soaked outdoors!

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8. Westminster Abbey

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Fully deserving of its world heritage status, more than one million visitors a year flock to this 700-year-old building. Head to one of its highly popular tours and take in a site steeped in the history of British Kings and Queens of old.

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9. London Dungeon

Delve into the ancient capital’s most horrible history at the London Dungeon - experience live actors, thrilling rides and exciting special effects. Step back into the darkest of times… are you brave enough to face 90 minutes of London’s dark past?

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10. ZSL London Zoo

Meet the animals at one of England's oldest and best-loved zoos. Highlights include interactive experiences such as the recently-opened Tiger Territory, Gorilla Kingdom and Penguin Beach.

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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. 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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4. 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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5. 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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6. 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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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. 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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9. 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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10. Old Royal Naval College

Free

Explore the Old Royal Naval College, an architectural masterpiece designed by Sir Christopher Wren. The Painted Hall – a baroque dining hall envisioned by Wren and painted by Sir James Thornhill – is worth the visit alone. Save time for walking the impressive grounds, which have featured in many recent movies.

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