Famous Buildings of London's Skyline

Famous Buildings of London's Skyline

London's skyline is one of the most impressive and iconic in the world, featuring a mix of historic landmarks and modern skyscrapers that create a stunning silhouette. If you're visiting London, you'll want to admire the cityscape from different angles and spot some of the famous buildings that make it so unique. Here are some of the most famous buildings of London's skyline that you should look out for.

The Shard

The Shard is the tallest building in London and the UK, standing at 309 metres high. It's also the tallest building in the European Union and the sixth-tallest in Europe. The Shard is a striking glass pyramid that reflects the changing colours of the sky and offers panoramic views of the city from its observation deck, The View from The Shard. You can also enjoy fine dining at one of the Shard restaurants and bars.

St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul's Cathedral is one of the oldest and most recognisable buildings on London's skyline, dating back to 1710. It's the second-largest church in the UK, after Liverpool Cathedral, and has a majestic dome that rises 111 metres above the ground. St Paul's Cathedral is a masterpiece of Baroque architecture and a symbol of London's resilience, as it survived the Blitz during World War II. You can visit the cathedral and climb up to the Whispering Gallery, where you can hear whispers from across the dome.

The London Eye

The London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel that sits on the South Bank of the River Thames, opposite the Houses of Parliament. It's one of the most popular attractions in London, attracting millions of visitors every year who want to enjoy a 30-minute ride in one of its 32 capsules. The London Eye offers spectacular views of London's skyline, especially at night when it's lit up with different colours.

The Gherkin

The Gherkin is a bullet-shaped skyscraper that stands at 180 metres high and has 41 floors. It's officially known as 30 St Mary Axe and was designed by renowned architect Norman Foster. It's one of the most distinctive buildings on London's skyline, with its diamond-shaped windows and curved shape. The Gherkin is mainly an office building, but it also has a restaurant and bar on the top floor that are open to the public.

Big Ben

Big Ben is the nickname for the clock tower that stands at the north end of the Palace of Westminster, which houses the Houses of Parliament. It's also known as Elizabeth Tower, after Queen Elizabeth II. Big Ben is one of the most iconic landmarks in London and the world, with its Gothic-style architecture and its famous chimes.

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