London has a history that dates over 2000 years, and with that comes a lot of impressive historic sites! In fact, it would be fair to say that London is positively steeped in history, which means there’s much for you to explore. So, we have outlined six of the best historic sites in London, in the hope that you’ll visit and enjoy them all.
Situated right next to Big Ben, Westminster Abbey is a gorgeous historical structure, always worth a visit! The gothic style architecture is sure to leave quite the impression, and this site has been the location for many national events and wedding ceremonies – even in recent memory. Fun fact: Charles Darwin, William Shakespeare and Stephen Hawking are buried here!
Of course, you can’t miss out on the astounding Buckingham Palace. When you visit this historic site, enjoy gasping in awe at the lavish state rooms, and informing yourself on the lengthy history of our royal family! The palace gardens offer a beautiful area to relax and unwind, as well.
The Tower of London
The Tower of London has a beautiful history of crowns and jewels, but also the gruesome reality of medieval executions. This historic site greatly influenced Tudor History, and is now one of the most powerful surviving symbols of royal power! Built in 1066 during the Roman Conquest of England, if there’s anywhere in London to visit, let this be first on your list.
St Paul’s Cathedral
Originally constructed in 1666, St Paul’s Cathedral managed – rather impressively! – to survive the Great Fire of London. The architecture here is distinctly English Baroque, and you can climb hundreds of stone spiral steps to reach the top. Here, you’ll find an amazing view of London! This is a climb that will certainly be worthwhile.
Located pretty much above the Bank tube station, Mansion House rests perfectly in the city centre. This is the residence of the Lord Mayor of London, and its admirable construction is dated to 1846! Built by the talented architect James Bunning, visit here and stand in awe at the sky-high columns and intricate carvings.
The Fourth Plinth
If you want to brighten up your trip with a little bit of humour, consider visiting The Fourth Plinth! Although often overlooked, this is one of London’s funniest (and most well loved) historic sites. Take a look at the Plinth, situated in the four sides of Trafalgar square: it’s the perfect combination of historic value and artful design! Artists create amazing installations to lie on this bare plinth every year or two, the most striking being a gigantic blue cockerel.
If you need somewhere to stay while you explore all the historical value that London has to offer, Aldgate is a great location for a hotel. Aldgate was actually the easternmost gateway through the London Wall, leading from the city centre to Whitechapel and the East End of London! There’s no better place to stay, if you’d really like to connect with London’s distant past.