When sightseeing in London, it’s easiest to focus on old places and ancient buildings. Iconic landmarks like Westminster Abbey and the Tower Of London have been around for centuries, and in a way places like Trafalgar Square, the Houses of Parliament, and even the British Museum are all about history. This sort of thing is what ultimately makes urban tourism throughout Europe so interesting. In the case of London, however, focusing only on what’s old and historical can mean missing out on a lot of stunning modern buildings and attractions.
To make sure that doesn’t happen, this is our list of some of the best modern sights in London.
London is more famous for its older attractions, but The Shard is far and away its most noteworthy modern skyscraper. It’s 95 stories high and gleams as if it’s made entirely from glass shooting up above the rest of the London skyline. It’s awfully impressive just to look at either up close or from a distance, and its top floor restaurant and viewing platform are also highly recommended for tourists.
The London Eye
Designed as part of a landmark for the new millennium, the London Eye is basically a gigantic Ferris wheel that sits right alongside the River Thames and provides people with a gentle climb and a view over London. Inside the compartments are large, and some involve serving champagne. On the outside however, it’s one of the most visually striking aspects of London, and certainly something most great cities can’t match or imitate.
Some may be surprised to learn that London actually has casinos at all. England is responsible in large part for a boom in online gaming that has resulted in innumerable slot gaming platforms that render large portions of casinos less than necessary. The London nightlife still supports a handful of awesome casinos though, and the Empire is one that stands proudly over Leicester Square and makes for a gorgeous nighttime attraction.
Another attraction built to commemorate the new millennium, this bridge is best approached as a means for seeing the city, as opposed to being its own landmark. It’s a pretty bridge and a very artistically designed one, but the real treat is the views you get of the city walking along it either way. In particular, walking north toward St. Paul’s Cathedral is breathtaking.
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
The new Tottenham Hotspur football stadium in London actually isn’t ready for action as of this writing, and the team is struggling to secure naming rights for it as well. When it’s ready however it looks as if it’s going to be London’s top stadium, and a gleaming, modern masterpiece of construction. It may well be one of the prettiest buildings in London.