St Paul's Cathedral
One of my favourite places in London, St Paul's is the work of the great Sir Christopher Wren. The stunning Baroque church designed by Wren in 1673, after the original was destroyed in The Great Fire of London.
As one of London's most important religious sites. This London landmark should be on everyone's to-visit list. There are many different parts of the Cathedral to discover, from the underground crypt to the Golden Gallery, 111 metres above London.
Views of the interior: Climb the stairs to the Whispering Gallery and look straight down onto the Nave, or head further up to The Stone and Golden Galleries.
If someone says Big Ben, you instantly think of the iconic clock tower next to the Palace of Westminster which overlooks the River Thames. The bell that dongs on the hour or when the BBC News starts every evening. There's no denying Big Ben is an iconic landmark of London.
Did you know that Big Ben is actually the physical bell inside the clock tower which was once simply known as the Clock Tower or St Stephen's Tower, but was renamed the Elizabeth Tower in 2012, in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
If you're living in London (sorry overseas visitors) it is possible to climb inside the structure by writing to your MP. However, due to the ongoing renovations and maintenance work taking place tours are on hiatus until 2021. In the meantime, during the refurbishment you can attend one of the free hour-long talks about Big Ben and the Elizabeth Tower which are held monthly. Talks cover the history and workings of this famous clock and iconic tower and will be followed by a short Q&A session.
Houses of Parliament
Internationally referred to as the Houses of Parliament as it’s the meeting place of the two houses of the Parliament of the UK. The correct name for this London landmark is actually the Palace of Westminster.
It’s incredible to think you can follow in the footsteps of the Queen Elizabeth II at the State Opening, or see inside and discover the Commons and the Lords Chambers.
Without a special invitation, the only way to get inside is via a tour, which usually lasts about 90 minutes. Tours generally occur on Saturdays and some weekdays when Parliament is not in session – that’s most of the summer!
Best view: Similar to that of Big Ben, it’s best to skip the chaos of Westminster Bridge. A boat along the Thames is a great spot to see this great London landmark, or across the river on the embankment footpath that runs along the Thames just in front of St Thomas’s Hospital. There’s a park benchon the embankment which is slightly elevated giving a great perspective over the Thames.