The inescapable monuments in London • London Hostel, Palmers Lodge
Band performing during The Changing of the Guard, Buckingham Palace.

The inescapable monuments in London

You are going to spend a few days in London and you’d like to discover the main monuments/attractions? Here is a little selection of the most famous ones!

  • Big Ben

When we think of London, we automatically think of the Big Ben. This big clock raised on the Westminster Palace has become one of the symbols of the city. It was built in 1858, and the sound of its bell would extend on 3.13 miles of distance.

Jubilee Line, stop Westminster station

  • Tower Bridge

Easy to get from the Big Ben, Tower Bridge is a magnificent bridge which goes through the Thames. It has been built in 1894 and is 938 ft long. It is also possible to visit it.

You can have a stroll along the Thames from Westminster, or go there directly by tube.

Circle or District line, stop Tower Hill station

  • Buckingham Palace

Internationally recognized, Buckingham Palace is the residence of the British monarchy in London. We can see the façade of the monument from the outside and attend the changing of the guard every day at 11:30 from May till July for free. During summer it is also possible to visit some parts of the Palace.

Jubilee line, stop Green Park station

  • British Museum

The British Museum is one of the most deemed in London. It shelters famous works from the whole world. Treasuries Maya, vestiges of the ancient Egypt, antique Greece, Asia, the Middle East… What’s more the visit of permanent exhibitions is completely free!

Central line, stop Tottenham Court Road station

  • London Eye

Also called Millenium Wheel, the London Eye is a big wheel placed along the Thames. You can enjoy a beautiful view of the city from its 433 ft height.

Jubilee line, stop Westminster or Waterloo station

  • St Paul’s Cathedral

This Cathedral is one of the biggest of Europe! Built in 1669, the St Paul’s Cathedral has unusual architecture because it mixes the classic style with the baroque. It is open to the public every day except on Sunday.

Central Line, stop St Paul’s station

  • Westminster Abbey

Classified in the UNESCO heritage, the Westminster Abbey is the place where kings of the United Kingdom are crowned since the XIth century. The different parts of the abbey can be visited every day except on Sunday.

Jubilee line, stop Westminster station


Both Swiss Cottage and Hillspring hostels are on the Jubilee Line. You can change to the Circle Line in Baker Street station and the Central Line at Bond Street station.