It might have been knocked from its heady heights as the world’s tallest ferris wheel – you’ll have to head to Las Vegas for that – but the London Eye remains an iconic part of the London skyline. Snap-happy tourists arrive here in their droves, so be prepared to queue for one of the spacious 25-person pods. Once you’re airborne, take in those far-reaching views of the Thames and beyond. On a clear day, you might even see if the Queen’s opened the curtains at Buck House.
No-one likes to queue for hours, only to hand over their hard-earned cash for an attraction that ends up being mediocre at best. Luckily, London’s big-hitting sightseeing spots are worthy of their star ratings. And with so many museums, galleries, monuments and oddball attractions to explore, the problem isn’t what to see but how to fit it all in. Put a dent in your London sightseeing list with our round-up of London’s best sights to see, plus some lesser-known places that should be on your radar, whether you’re a local or a tourist.
And if you've got plenty of time is on your side? Check out our list of 101 things to do in London for more ideas about how to make the most of the city. On a budget? A handful of the best places for London sightseeing are free, but you can buy tickets to most of them via the list below. And if you can’t find exactly what you're after, check out what’s happening in London today, this week and this weekend.