There are lots of different reasons why all travellers should visit London. Thanks to the royal influence, impressive parks and interesting attractions, the city has cemented itself as being one of the must visit cities in Europe. For many though, one of the main draws is London’s vast history and its wealth of beautiful architecture that looks just the same today as it did hundreds of years ago. Many of the most iconic sights have a long and illustrious history, with some, such as the Houses of Parliament, dating back centuries. Knowing which historical sites to visit in London can be tough given the rich pickings to choose from, especially for those visitors without the luxury of an extended stay to drink it all in.
If you’re pushed for time or just unsure which landmarks to factor in, read on to discover our recommendations for the four most captivating historical London sights that should be at the top of any history buff’s itinerary.
- Buckingham Palace
No list of important historical London sights would be complete without a mention of Buckingham Palace. Opened in 1703, Buckingham Palace has always been one of London’s most recognisable landmarks. It has been the official home of the Monarchy since 1837 and to this day is where HRH Queen Elizabeth II spends a lot of her time when in the capital. Visitors can book a tour of the palace, as well as observe the traditional guards going about their duty from the impressive palace gates.
- The Tower of London
Parts of The Tower of London date back to 1078 making it one of the oldest historical attractions in the city. In the past, the Tower of London has been used as a royal residence, a prison and a fortress but now it acts as the Royal Mint, a treasury and is home to the famous Crown Jewels. Visitors can look around the Tower of London and tours are held daily. Plus, if you’re lucky, you may get to see one of the infamous Tower ravens.
- Paul’s Cathedral
St. Paul’s Cathedral is one of the most famous cathedrals in the UK and it is a Grade 1 listed building. Though St. Paul’s Cathedral is still a working church, it is most famous for hosting a number of monumental events such as Queen Elizabeth II’s multiple jubilees, the wedding of Prince Charles and Diana, as well as the funeral of Sir Winston Churchill.
- Westminster Abbey
If there was ever an single answer as to why all travellers should visit London, high on the list must surely be to take a look at Westminster Abbey. This incredible building is a large church in the middle of the city with a lengthy history, and it definitely lives up to expectations. Visitors can take in the architecture and traditional design on the outside and then head inside to learn its history.