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Touring the City's Famous Spots

A tour around Central London seeing all the famous sights
Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 4.4 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  A nearly five-mile sightseeing trip, this walk around London will enhance your knowledge of the city and allow you to see many famous ... more »

Tips:  This is a perfect trip whatever the weather. In the winter months, the snow drapes all the wonderful monuments and in the summer the... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Victoria Memorial

The Victoria Memorial was completed in 1911. It sits facing north-eastward toward the Mall (the road that connects Buckingham Palace to Trafalgar Square) in front of Buckingham Palace. It features a large, gold-plated statue of Queen Victoria. The other sides of the monument showcase patinated bronze statues of the Angel of Justice and the Angel... More

This magnificent brick palace became the principal royal residence in 1702 when Whitehall Palace was destroyed by fire and Queen Anne moved to St. James. Even today, it's still the "official" residence of the sovereign, even though Buckingham Palace became the new chief residence after Queen Victoria ascended to the throne in 1837. Many ceremonial... More

Admiralty Arch is found at the end of the Mall. The middle gates of the arch are opened for events that lead up the Mall to Buckingham Palace.

Admiralty Arch incorporates the government offices and an archway providing road and pedestrian access between the Mall and Trafalgar Square. It was designed by Sir Aston Webb and constructed by John... More

Trafalgar Square was built in honor of Lord Nelson after his victory at the battle of Trafalgar, where he was killed in the battle with Napoleon's army.

The square was built in the early 19th century and designed by the prince regent's favorite architect, John Nash. The site previously had been a royal stable yard.

Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square was built to commemorate the dead British naval hero Horatio Nelson, who was killed in the Battle of Trafalgar.

The column was proposed immediately after Nelson's death and the Committee of the Patriotic Fund raised £1,330 from public subscriptions. Thanks to interest this had swollen to £5,545 in 1838 when... More

Waterloo Bridge, a road and pedestrian bridge, crosses the River Thames between Blackfriars Bridge and Hungerford Bridge. It was named in memory of the British victory at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. Thanks to its location at a strategic bend in the river, the views of London (Westminster, the South Bank and London Eye to the west; the city and... More

7. TS Queen Mary

The TS Queen Mary is a 1930s pleasure steamer converted into a floating pub and conference venue on the River Thames. Built in 1933, she was capable of carrying 1,500 passengers and in trials achieved a top speed on 19 knots.

The Royal National Theatre now stands on London's South Bank, one of the most culturally significant areas of the capital. The first production ever performed by the Royal National Theatre was "Hamlet" in 1963 with Peter O'Toole as Hamlet and directed by Sir Lawrence Olivier. The Royal National Theatre spent the first 13 years of its life at the... More

The largest cinema screen in the United Kingdom is the British Film Institute (BFI) Imax located on Waterloo Road just as you come off the Waterloo Bridge on the south side of the River Thames.

The screen is 20 meters high and 26 meters wide and the auditorium has stadium-style seats for 477. The whole thing was paid for with a £15 million grant ... More

The British Airways' London Eye, to give it its full title, has quickly become one of London's most popular visitor attractions since it opened to the public in March 2000. At 443 feet (135 meters) it's the world's tallest observation wheel. It is located in a fantastic position on the south bank of the River Thames next to County Hall, just... More

The London County Hall was the headquarters of London County Council and later the Greater London Council. On the bank of the Thames, it is north of Westminster and close to the Houses of Parliament.

This bridge is considered one of the most complete and elegant structures of its kind in the world. It is built entirely of stone and extends over the Thames at a place where it is 1,223 feet wide, which is more than 300 feet wider than at London Bridge. On each side is a fine balustrade of stone with shelters for escaping rain.

On the night of the Oct. 16, 1834, the old Palace of Westminster was destroyed by fire. Legend has it that architect Charles Barry was returning to London from Brighton, where he had designed a church, and saw the glow of the fire in the distance; he realized that the houses of parliament were on fire. Following the destruction of the buildings, a... More

Westminster Abbey is a large church in the Gothic style (due to renovations over time). Edward the Confessor built the abbey (an abbey is where monks or nuns live and pray) in A.D. 1050 in the Romanesque style. William the Conqueror was crowned in the abbey, a tradition that continues to this day.
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Nos. 10 and 11 Downing Street are the official London residences of the prime minister and the chancellor of the exchequer, the first and second lords of the treasury. Nos. 9 and 12 house the offices of their key staff and colleagues.

The street's links to the government date back to 1732, when King George II offered No. 10 as a gift to Sir... More

North of Downing Street, on the west side of Whitehall, is the Horse Guards building, headquarters of the British Army. The real draw here is the Horse Guards themselves: the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, a combination of the oldest and most senior regiments in the British Army.

Adjacent to the Green Park is St. James' Park. Inside the park you can see St. James' Palace, originally built on the site of a lepers' hospital. Just before his execution, Charles I decided to spend his last night there. It is the home of Duke and Duchess of Kent as well as offices for various other royals. You are not allowed to go inside,... More

The Royal Mews are at the side of Buckingham Palace near Buckingham Gate. The royal stables were established on this site by George III in 1762; in 1825 George IV commissioned John Nash to redesign the Royal Mews to accommodate the horses and coaches used on state occasions.

Built in 1705 as Buckingham House for the Duke of the Buckingham, this palace has provided the royal family's London lodgings since 1837, when St. James's Palace was judged too old fashioned and insufficiently impressive.

In the early 1990s the royal family decided to open the doors of Buck House to the public for the first time.