A brief look at 7 historic London monuments


If there’s one thing you need to know before you go to London, it’s that there are hundreds of things that are all going to be crying out for your attention.

To try to break down the confusion, we’ve listed seven monuments that you absolutely have to see when you travel to the capital.

Tower of London & Tower Bridge

As the City of London – an area of London itself – dates back to the Roman times, there are lots of historic attractions for you to visit.

One of these is the Tower of London, which is a huge landmark in the city. Dating back to 1066 and the Norman Conquest, this is a popular tourist destination – so book your tickets ahead of time.

If you’d like to stay nearby, we recommend The Shaftesbury Collection’s Hyde Park Hotel, which is just 30 minutes on the Circle line between Paddington and Tower Hill Tube stations.

You can visit Tower Bridge straight after you’ve been to the Tower of London, as one is right in front of the other.

Tower of London

This bridge has been part of the River Thames since 1894 and was a feat of industrial engineering in the Victorian era.

Westminster Abbey

Perhaps the most famous religious site in London – aside from St. Paul’s Cathedral – Westminster Abbey is a stunning representation of Gothic architecture.

Built in the 11th century it is the burial ground of Geoffrey Chaucer and Charles Darwin, among many other British icons, and it has been the venue of coronation for centuries.

Take the same Circle line from Paddington Hotel London from Paddington Station but ride the Tube for 19 minutes to Westminster Station to get to the Abbey.

Kensington Palace

Situated in west London, Kensington Palace is one of the many royal residences in the city.

Currently, it houses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Princess Kate and their children.

Explore Kensington Park and The Royal Gardens

When you go, you can expect to see a series of exhibits and the State Rooms – you can also take afternoon tea in the Orangery in the grounds.

It’s easiest to walk the 18 minutes from Paddington Hotel to Kensington, which will take you through the beautiful Kensington Gardens.

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle – on the outskirts of London, which is the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world.

Set in Windsor – an affluent and beautiful borough – it’s a great place to take a day trip, if you feel like exploring outside the city.

Hampton Court Palace

Like the castle at Windsor, Hampton Court Palace is also outside London and this is where King Henry VIII lived out his reign.

Sights to explore are the hedgerow maze, tennis courts, gardens and Tudor kitchens, which you can all enjoy on the official tour.

Benjamin Franklin House

This historic spot is one of the most famous hidden gems in London. Located close to Trafalgar Square, this is the only surviving Benjamin Franklin residence in the world.

Living here between 1757 and 1775, he mediated between America and Britain while carrying out his scientific studies and experiments. Come here to tour the house and join in with lectures and other events.

Apsley House

Built between 1771 and 1778, Apsley House was designed by Robert Adam and sits on the magnificent Hyde Park Corner.

Come here to see the grand house as part of your tour around Hyde Park, fondly referred to as the Queen’s back garden.

For hotels in Barbican or hotels in Oxford Street London, you’re just 25 minutes from Paddington Station and 13 minutes from Euston Station for National Rail and Tube services.