Top 10 London Landmarks And Where To Drink Nearby

To the casual traveller, London can seem a tad daunting. There is loads to explore in a city as big as this, including endless watering holes, and many different ways to get about (don't even get us started on the maze that is Bank station). But we locals are passionate about our hometown, so have handily put together a guide to 10 famous landmarks in London and bars close by.

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Nelson's Column At Trafalgar Square

Nearby Stops: The Rooftop St James, Walkers Of Whitehall 

Not just a place to admire the soaring statue, regal lions and grand surrounding buildings, or to congregate when England wins the footie, Nelson's Column at Trafalgar Square is a welcome bit of open space in the capital. The charming Christmas market is worth checking out too, plus take our advice and don't be too blasé with your food, the pigeons might have other ideas.

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Observe famous London landmarks to visit at The Trafalgar St. James' elevated bar.

The London Eye

Nearby Stops: Champagne Charlies, Tonight Josephine

Standing proud along the River Thames since 2000, The London Eye is the world’s largest cantilevered observation wheel and hugely popular among tourists. Once you board one of the 32 pods, you'll head skywards and enjoy unrivalled 360° panoramas for a leisurely 30 minutes. As for the sights? Expect all the greats, including as far as Alexandra Palace and Wembley Stadium.

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We've found the best landmarks in London. Fact.

Tower Of London

Nearby Stops: Vicinity, Ping Pong St Katharine Docks, The Gunpowder Plot

When you think of the capital, chances are this royal palace is high up your list. The historic fortress, touted as one of the top 10 famous landmarks in London, is known for housing glittering crown jewels and its protectors: the Beefeaters AKA Yeoman Warders. From Guy Fawkes to Anne Boleyn, the Tower of London's past is a fascinating journey through time and we think it's one of the most interesting landmark buildings in London.

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Toast to the weekend while in the company of an impressive castle.

Westminster Abbey

Nearby Stops: Cellarium Cafe & Terrace, TH @ 51 Restaurant & Bar, Marquis Of Granby

It's pretty difficult to summarise a thousand years of history in just a few sentences, so you'll need to trust us when we say Westminster Abbey is an integral part of your sightseeing itinerary. This noble church, a World Heritage Site, has made a name for itself with the recent royal weddings, funerals and coronations. Seeking quirky London landmarks facts? Britain's oldest door can be found inside.

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What is the most famous London landmark? They don't come more spectacular than this, that's for sure.

The Gherkin

Nearby Stops: The Alchemist, The Sterling

Once you've done pretending you're on The Apprentice? Swing by this 180-metre-tall skyscraper, home to an array of offices alongside a seriously swanky restaurant and bar, boasting incredible lofty views. Also, lifts at The Gherkin can travel at speeds of up to six metres per second; handy if you're short on time...

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Who said you need a famous London landmarks map? This one can be seen for miles around.

Shakespeare's Globe

Nearby Stops: The RefineryFounders Arms

Searching for famous landmarks London and hit this page?  Then read on... The capital's world-renowned playhouse welcomes over 1.25 million guests a year, showcasing concerts, pop-ups, special events and, of course, works by the bard himself. The gorgeous Globe Theatre auditorium is in the open-air and performances take place whatever the weather (so, better pack your jumper).

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Become a culture vulture and then relax with a drink in hand.

Buckingham Palace 

Nearby Stops:  Timmy GreenThe English Grill At The Rubens At The Palace Hotel

No trip to London is complete without ogling at the King's gaff. We've all seen it on TV: think changing of the guard, national celebrations and the London Marathon finale. If you fancy peeking inside Buckingham Palace, the artefact-filled State Rooms are open for ten weeks during the summer, but tickets get snapped up very quickly.

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Charlie, let us pop over for a tea.

Tower Bridge

Nearby Stops: Gaucho, The Horniman At Hays

Black Eyed Peas' Fergie may have got it wrong, but this is indeed Tower Bridge. Bag a ticket to the glass-floored, high-level walkways for a unique experience, or glare as magnificent tall ships pass through. Top tip: if you go on a train to Blackfriars, or simply cross over on foot, you'll get a decent Instagram shot.

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Constantly listed in the top 20 London landmarks, this one is a beauty alright.

Big Ben

Nearby Stops: The Tattershall CastleThe Feathers, Red Lion

If you've lost your watch, just look up. Big Ben at The Elizabeth Tower is probably one of the most recognised clocks on the planet. It has seen six monarchs and 41 prime ministers since building finished, plus did you know you can go inside? Climb 334 steps up a winding spiral stairwell and you can go behind the actual dial. Damn cool, huh?

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Let the chimes sing... and then relax with comfort grub to soothe the soul.

St Paul's Cathedral

Nearby Stops: Sabine Rooftop Bar, The Happenstance, Madison

For a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle, make a beeline for this spectacular gem. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, St Paul’s Cathedral has survived World Wars and still stands as a place of worship to quietly reflect. Martin Luther King once gave a sermon here, plus The Whispering Gallery is definitely one to tick off the list. 

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