Jam-pack your London sightseeing itinerary during your stay. From historic buildings to modern day masterpieces, this wonderful capital city has it all. Here are just some of the top sights to see in London. Remember you can hop on and off our Big Bus tour as many times as you like to explore London's iconic sights at your own pace.

London Eye

A trip on the London Eye is the perfect way to orientate yourself, as well as getting the best view of the city. One full turn of the wheel takes around 30 minutes, which is ample time for taking in the London skyline. Save money by booking online in advance – you can even splash out on special tickets, including the Champagne Experience (with a glass of champagne and a London Eye host) and the Hotel Chocolat Tasting Experience, for serious chocolate lovers.

Location: Big Bus stops #13, #20. Tube stops: Waterloo, Embankment, Charing Cross, Westminster.

St Paul's Cathedral

One of London’s most iconic attractions, St Paul's Cathedral is near stop 16 on your Big Bus tour. Its magnificent dome is world-famous and the interior is just as jaw-dropping. You do have to pay to visit St Paul's, but all money goes towards maintaining the cathedral - which sees more than two million tourists through its doors annually. Climb up the dome for a beautiful view of London, and check out the Whispering Gallery.

Location: Big Bus stop #16. Tube stop: St Paul's

Buckingham Palace

You can see Buckingham Palace from the comfort of your London tour bus. But it's well worth further exploration. The State Rooms give a glimpse into the life of royalty, with sparkling chandeliers, sculptures and fine furniture. It's also worth arriving early to witness the Changing of the Guard ceremony (usually every other day). Although things don't start happening until 11.15am, it's always very busy, and you'll want to get a good spot.

Location: Big Bus stop #24.  Tube stops: Victoria, Green Park, St James's Park

Houses of Parliament

Not far from Buckingham Palace is the Palace of Westminster, the seat of the Houses of Parliament. The building is beautiful both inside and out, and if you visit at night, you'll see it lit up spectacularly. It's worth venturing inside Parliament too, for a guided tour or to watch a debate (you must book these in advance), and UK residents can even enjoy a tour of Elizabeth Tower, more famously known as Big Ben.

Location: Big Bus stop #22. Tube stop: Westminster

Tower of London

Don’t miss the Tower of London - a major London attraction. There is a huge range of things to see and do within the grounds, including marvelling at the Crown Jewels and guided tours from Yeoman Warders, or Beefeaters, as you're more likely to know them.

Location: Big Bus stop #18. Tube stop: Tower Hill

The Shard

Visit the Shard - London’s highest viewing platform, at the top of Western Europe’s tallest building. At almost twice the height of any other vantage point in the city, it is the premium place to take in unrivalled 360º views of London.

Location: London Bridge. Tube stop: London Bridge

Westminster Abbey

With over 1,000 years of extraordinary history, Westminster Abbey is one of the most important Gothic buildings in the country. The Abbey is a treasure trove of paintings, stained glass, textiles and artefacts – and the resting place for some of the most significant people in the nation's history. Since 1100, there have been at least 16 royal weddings at Westminster Abbey – including that of Prince William and Kate Middleton, who became the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on 29th April 2011.

Location: Big Bus stop #22. Tube stop: Westminster

Churchill War Rooms

Take time to visit the Churchill War Rooms when you're in Westminster. See the wartime bunker where Churchill and his government took shelter during the Blitz. The audio guide, which comes in a variety of languages, provides a fascinating insight into Churchill's life during this turbulent time, and provides context to the pivotal decisions which were made here.

Location: Big Bus stop #19.  Tube stop: Westminster