Top 10 London Attractions Locals Recommend!

London AttractionsWe all know that the best places to go in a new city are recommended by the locals, right? So take a look at this list that compiles the top 10 London attractions that locals give a big thumbs up.

  1. Buckingham Palace – This is their city centerpiece and the Buckingham Palace tours are a highlight for many tourists. Once the royal home, the palace mainly serves the purpose of administrative duties for the monarchy and is used for royal celebrations.
  2. Changing of the Buckingham Palace Guards – It’s one of those traditional London attractions that you must see, at least once. Additionally, most people don’t realize that it is not merely ceremonial; the guards are actually members of the military.
  3. Big Ben – Completed in 1858, this bell and clock tower has really stood the test of time. It’s a recognizable symbol of the United Kingdom and receives major attention each year on December 31st, as the giant bell chimes to ring in the New Year.
  4. London Eye – The Ferris wheel is situated near the Jubilee Gardens and is visited by more than 3 million people each year. As London attractions go, this is one of the biggies, literally.
  5. Westminster Abbey – Locals recommend visiting this church because of all the royal weddings that have occurred here as well as the architecture and beautiful design of the building.
  6. House of Parliament – This is the building where all major decisions regarding the UK are made. It home to both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. It is open to the public, but you must schedule a tour beforehand.
  7. ZSL Zoo – One of the London landmarks that is geared for the enjoyment of the entire family. There are over 15,000 different types of animals housed at this world’s oldest zoo. Whether you like the lions or the tigers or the bears…you’ll find a species of it here at the London Zoo.
  8. Tower Bridge – A huge suspension bridge situated in the Thames River and opens and closes to allow for vessel passage. It is also a vital passage for vehicles and people travel across its walkway. A little Tower Bridge history is that many people mistake it for London Bridge which is another bridge up steam with a more simple design.
  9. London Dungeons – If you like scary, creepy and gruesome tales about London’s past, then the Dungeon tour is the place to go. The 90 minute tour consists of live actors, a ride and a history which details the city’s bloody timeline.
  10. Trafalgar Square – A great gathering spot to people watch and enjoy festivals, sporting events and see the fountains and statues.

These London attractions are some of the best places in the city to really feel the essence of the UK.