Planning to visit London? Don’t miss this London tourist map complete with 36 of London’s top attractions – in both interactive and printable forms.
You know that here at The Discoveries Of I am all about giving you practical information that helps you really get to the nitty gritty of planning an awesome trip.
Well, nothing says practicality like having a good map. Just call me little miss practical pants.
As someone who started travelling before mobile interweb, I learnt to become a meticulous map-marker. I’d sit down with a good map of my destination and mark up all of the things I wanted to say, places I wanted to eat and (after I passed the legal drinking age), bars I wanted to booze in.
Much as I loved those days, if I’m honest – it was a bit of a faff. Then came Google Maps and my whole world changed. Even so, the process of marking up the top attractions on any map, even a digital one, is a labour of love.
That’s why I’ve created this (rather brilliant if I say so myself) London attractions map packed with all of London’s top sights and attractions in not one but TWO formats.
No sitting around for hours saving places to Google Maps – I’ve done all of the hard work for you – and provided a printable version of the London visitor map too (because you can never fully rely on your phone not to conk out in your hour of need). Enjoy.
PSST. Once you’re done exploring the London landmarks map, read these.
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- London City Break Itinerary: 2 Days in London
- 150+ Brilliant Things to do and Places to See in London
- 50+ Secret Spots in London
- Things to do in London After Dark
- The Handy London Travel Guide
London Tourist Map
Interactive London Attractions Map
Looking for the perfect map to help you navigate the city? Save this interactive tourist map of London to your phone (don’t forget to offline it so you can use it without mobile internet) and go!
Free Printable Tourist Map of London
I’ve also created this handy printable map of central London’s tourist sites. It has the same attractions marked on it too.
Sights Featured on the London Attractions Map
Want a little more information on the places featured on the London sightseeing map? Here’s a brief rundown of each entry.
1. Tower Bridge
Is there anything more London than Tower Bridge? The Victorian bridge is one of the city’s most recognisable symbols. Try to time your visit for the bridge opening and don’t forget to pop into the Tower Bridge Experience when you’re finished.
2. The Tower of London
The Tower of London is the 900 year old castle sitting next to Tower Bridge. It has a long and interesting history, but today is best-known for the fact that it is home to the Crown Jewels. Book Skip The Line Tickets.
3. The Shard
The tallest building in London (actually in the UK), it’s no surprise that a trip to the top of The Shard offers some of the best views in town.
4. The London Eye
The London Eye is one of the city’s most iconic sights – the huge observation wheel on the Southbank. Hop on for the 25 minute ride taking in some of London’s best views.
5. Buckingham Palace + The Changing of the Guard
The official London residence of the Queen, Buckingham Palace sits at the heart of London. Visit the State Rooms during the summer months and be sure to time your visit to coincide with the Changing of the Guard.
6. Horse Guards Parade
The second location for seeing the Changing of the Guard, Horse Guards Parade is on the other side of St James’ Park. See the parade at 11am (10am Sundays).
7. Houses of Parliament and Big Ben
The seat of British parliament, the Houses of Parliament is located in gorgeous Gothic buildings on the banks of the Thames, with world-famous Big Ben at its side.
Unfortunately Big Ben is currently undergoing restoration works so it’s mostly covered in scaffolding. One of its iconic clock faces has been left uncovered though.
8. Westminster Abbey
London’s UNESCO World Heritage church, Westminster Abbey has long been patronised by royalty, with many royal weddings (Charles & Diana, Wills & Kate) and other ceremonies held there. I’d recommend doing a tour to learn about this history of the Abbey.
9. Trafalgar Square
Immediately recognisable, Trafalgar Square is home to the National Gallery, the famous fountains and, of course, Nelson’s Column. Don’t miss it.
10. Covent Garden
Covent Garden is one of the busiest spots in central London. Start with a peek at the iconic Apple Market, then make your way between the brilliant shops, restaurants, museums and pubs around the square.
11. Piccadilly Circus
London’s answer to Times Square, you haven’t been to London if you haven’t taken at least one cheesy picture of the bright lights of Piccadilly Circus.
12. Leicester Square
Leicester Square is bafflingly popular – there are some cool cinemas (and many red-carpet premieres are held here) but other than that, you’re best off just passing through.
13. The Southbank
The Southbank is a cool London area filled with some of the city’s leading cultural venues (The National Theatre, The Southbank Centre, BFI Southbank) along with a smattering of nice bars and street food markets.
Want to learn more? Take a guided tour
14. Borough Market
Borough Market is London’s best-known food market. Go to shop for fresh produce, or pop round to the back for a delicious variety of street food. Or try something different with this craft beer tour of the market.
15. The Globe Theatre
The Globe recreates the world of Shakespearean theatre for the modern age. Go and see a show or book a theatre tour.
16. The Barbican
The Barbican is all about Brutalist Architecture and some of the best cultural events in the city. Go to gawp at the buildings and then pop to an exhibition, play, concert or film screening too – oh and don’t miss the cool Barbican conservatory, open selected Sundays.
17. Madame Tussauds
The original (and I’d argue, the best) Madame Tussauds is a long-time favourite London attraction. Spot famous celebrities and historical figures at the waxworks. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.
18. ZSL London Zoo
Another entry on my map of London tourist attractions is London Zoo. Sitting on the edge of Regent’s Park, the zoo is the oldest scientific zoo in the world – teaching visitors about the animal kingdom since 1828. Buy your skip-the-queue ticket.
19. Somerset House
Somerset House is one of the few remaining Thameside palaces that used to line the edge of the river. Today it’s a melee of cultural events and exhibitions. Check ahead to see what’s on.
20. HMS Belfast
Learn about British naval history onboard the HMS Belfast – entry 20 on the central London tourist map. Docked between Tower Bridge and London Bridge, it’s a surprisingly interesting jaunt in the heart of the city.
21. National Theatre
Exciting plays and groundbreaking productions – it’s no wonder The National Theatre is such a favourite with both locals and visitors. Also consider visiting the British Film Institute (BFI) Southbank next door.
22. London Dungeon
London Dungeon takes you on a journey to the city’s darker side. Grim, gory and tonnes of fun, it’s a gruesome jaunt through London’s history – see entry 22 on the London visitor map. Buy your tickets.
23. The Gherkin
Between the memorable name and the sleek contemporary design, the Gherkin has certainly become one of the most iconic and recognisable buildings in London. Marvel at it from below or pop into one of the many bars and restaurants inside.
24. St Paul’s Cathedral
St Paul’s is a spectacular cathedral topped by the world-famous Christopher Wren-designed dome. Pick up a fast track ticket to enter.
25. Sky Garden
Want to soak up some of London’s best views without the fees? Visit Sky Garden. Perched at the top of the Walkie Talkie building, entrance is free of charge. Read my guide to making the most of your visit.
26. National Gallery & National Portrait Gallery
London’s two most central galleries, together, the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery are the places to go and see works by some of the world’s biggest and most influential artists – you’ll find both under entry 26 in the interactive tourist map of London.
27. Tate Modern
The Tate Modern’s expansive collection is housed in a former power station on the Southbank – go to see some mind-blowing (and sometimes outright bizarre) pieces of Modern Art.
28. British Museum
The British Museum is a day out in itself – explore the worlds of civilisations past and present. The museum is well-known for its extensive Ancient Egyptian and Greek collections. Check it out at entry 28 on the free London tourist map. Book a guided tour here.
29. London Transport Museum
The London Transport Museum tells the story of the city’s transport system through an exciting range of interactive exhibits and displays. Book your ticket in advance online.
30. Churchill War Rooms
Find out about Winston Churchill and the decisions he made in this underground bunker that formed the epicentre of the UK’s WWII operations.
31. Imperial War Museum
Exploring the meaning and history of conflict from World War I to today, the Imperial War Museum tells the stories behind war in a sensitive and thoughtful manner.
32. Museum of London
The Museum of London walks you through the evolution of London through the ages – taking in Roman Londinium to the culturally diverse metropolis we find today.
33. Hyde Park
Extensive Hyde Park is one of the many green lungs at the heart of the city. In the summer months, take a picnic and flop down to enjoy the sunshine, in winter, visit Winter Wonderland.
34. Regent’s Park
Gorgeous Regent’s Park in North London used to be the playground of the Prince Regent, so you can bet that it’s every bit as regal as you’d expect. Combine with a visit to London Zoo.
35. St James’ Park
My favourite London park, St James’ Park sits between Buckingham Palace and Westminster, complete with a pretty lake and lovely lawns well deserving of exploration.
36. Green Park
Leafy Green Park may not have the striking beauty of some of its nearby counterparts, but it’s a nice place to have a stroll and a sit down on a long day of sightseeing.
And there we have it – a map of London’s tourist attractions and sites. I hope that you find it useful! Don’t forget to tag me in your pictures @thediscoveriesof – I’ll be sharing the best.
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