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London, England: Top Iconic Attractions

VO: Rebecca Brayton
As the world's most visited city, London, England is home to a number of popular and legendary attractions that tourists should not miss. From St. Paul's Cathedral with its impressive dome, to the Palace of Westminster and Big Ben, to the Tower Bridge and the London Eye; there is a copious amount of fascinating destinations. Don't forget to meet the Beefeaters at the Tower of London, and to check out the Changing of the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace. In this video, takes a look at some of London, England's most iconic and unmissable tourist attractions.

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Iconic London Attractions

It’s not all double-decker buses and red phone booths. Welcome to, and today we’ll be learning more about a few London icons.

Most Visited City in the World

London, England is home to many legendary attractions that draw in record numbers of tourists each year.

St Paul’s Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral is a famous landmark in this city, and is part of the Church of England. While the building that stands today was designed in the seventeenth century, the original church found in this location was first built in the early 600s. It is considered an architectural triumph as well as a masterpiece of baroque design.

The Palace of Westminster

The Palace of Westminster, or the Houses of Parliament, is another famous spot in London. Found alongside the River Thames, this is where the House of Commons and the House of Lords meet. Officially, it is a royal palace, and is one of the largest parliament houses across the globe.

Big Ben

Its most well-known element is its Clock Tower, now commonly called Big Ben. This 316-foot high tower has withstood history since 1859, and the clock is noted for its reliability. Big Ben is often cited as the most recognizable landmark in the city, and is beautiful when viewed at night due to the dramatic lighting and location near the Thames. Big Ben, along with the Palace of Westminster, is considered part of one of London’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is within walking distance of many of the city’s popular attractions.

Tower of London

The Tower of London is a castle guarded by the famous Beefeaters. However, today, these guards actually act more as tour guides. The spot is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its long and storied history.

Tower Bridge

The nearby Tower Bridge takes its name from the Tower of London, and is another icon of the city.

London Eye

However, the city’s most spectacular vistas can be seen from the London Eye. Though this massive Ferris wheel was criticized when it was built in 1999, tourists and locals soon hurried to the “Millennium Wheel” for its landscape views. Since it measures 443 feet in height, on clear days visitors can see all of London from the top.

Buckingham Palace

No trip to London is complete without an excursion to Buckingham Palace. This is where the Royal Family makes its official home, and as such it has hosted world leaders and important historical events. The Changing of the Guard ceremony is one iconic event that takes place outside the palace. It is free to watch, and definitely worth a visit.

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