One of London's most famous landmarks and immortalised in Disney's "Peter Pan", Big Ben is accurate to one-tenth of a second. Big Ben rang out across London for the 1st time on the 31st of May 1859. The great clock of Westminster is the largest four-faced chiming clock in the world.
Buckingham Palace is the official London Royal Palace. Built in the 18th century, the palace became the royal residence during the Reign of Queen Victoria. It has the largest private gardens in London that is still home to one of King James I mulberry trees.
London's most well known store is regarded as a London institution- it is truly the place where you can find anything! In 1898, Harrods debuted England’s first moving staircase (the escalator).
London's largest park is a magnificently peaceful area, a world away from the commotion of city life. The Serpentine lake that stretches across the park is a popular place for boating and rowing and is home to the official Princess Diana memorial in London. In 1891 the park was the site of the Great Exhibition (the international world fair exhibition) and profits made from the fair helped to pay for the museums of South Kensington.
London's latest architectural marvel is the world's largest observational wheel of its kind and sits impressively looking over the River Thames, offering breath-taking views of the city. The wheel turns at 0/6mph (1kph) and each ‘flight’ or rotation takes 30 minutes.
The striking Houses of Parliament together with Parliament Square represent the country's past and present governments. Memorials to many of the world's most influential figures can also be found here. The square was laid out in 1868 by Sir Charles Barry as a dignified approach to the new Houses of Parliament.
Home to some of London's finest shops, Piccadilly is at the centre of West End shopping. A photo at the Eros statue is obligatory for all visitors! Piccadilly Circus is London’s night time neon centre and a popular meeting place for those on their way to theatreland. Piccadilly takes its name from a type of starched collar called a ‘piccadi’ that became fashionable in the late 16th century.
The masterpiece of the architect Sir Christopher Wren contains the world's second largest dome after that of St Peter's in Rome. A symbol of the power and might of London, St Paul's Cathedral withstood the bombings of the Second World War and is home to one of the finest choirs in the world.
An instantly recognisable landmark, Tower Bridge offers some of the most spectacular views of the city of London. The bridge crosses the River Thames close the Tower of London and has become an iconic symbol of London. As a result it is sometimes confused with London Bridge, about half a mile upstream.
Filled with London's history, the Tower has been fascinating visitors for over 300 years with its stories of torture and execution. Even today the famous black tower ravens can be seen circulating this British landmark.
Trafalgar square is home to Admiral Nelson's impressive column and is always at the centre of London celebrations throughout the year. Trafalgar Square stands right at the heart of modern London and commemorates Britain’s greatest naval victory, the Battle of Trafalgar of 1805.
A national shrine, Westminster Abbey is the setting for Royal coronations and is also the burial place to this country's most celebrated historical figures. The breathtaking architecture is combined with memorials to both distinguished royal and literary figures.