So, you’re a tourist in London and you’re wondering where to begin and how to make sense of this busy and beautiful city. Whether you’ve got a long trip planned, or just a short while, we’ve included some of the best things to do and must-sees of a London trip.
Even better, our 10 highlights are a mixture of some of the more well-known tourist attractions, and a few that most people won’t have heard of. Get exploring!
Discover London’s Museums
London has a whole plethora of fabulous museums, from the Science Museum to the London Dungeons to the Natural History Museum. Hours of fun for the entire family! What’s more, there are often special exhibitions on and at many of the museums, entrance is free.
Explore Camden Market
There are a huge array of markets in London that you should probably check out, but Camden has to be somewhere near the top of that list. An eclectic London market, with its own personality, browse handmade jewellery, sparkling Indian goods, printed shirts and vintage homeware. Camden market is also renowned for its excellent street-food, from waffles to vegan curries and some of the best Chinese around.
Unearth Tower Bridge’s history
One of the most well-known bridges in the world, the Tower Bridge is a definite must-see for a trip to London. Built between 1886 and 1894, the Tower is steeped in intriguing history and mystery.
Browse the Tate Modern Art Gallery
The Tate Modern is one of London’s leading art galleries, home to a great range of international and modern contemporary art. There are always different exhibitions and events on, and great views from the top floor.
Meet the Queen at Buckingham Palace
Many tourists love visiting Buckingham Palace: a chance to gain a deeper insight into the life of the Royal family, and in particular, the Queen. Just how many bathrooms are there? Where does the Queen exercise her beloved Corgis? Find out all these juicy details and more at the Palace.
Take a break at Hyde Park
When visiting London as a tourist and intending to take in all the big sights, it’s easy to forget that there is a lot more to the city than its impressive monuments and iconic buildings. London is also prized for its beautiful green spaces. A great example of this is the sprawling Hyde Park, covering 350 acres and the perfect place to take a time out from the hustle and bustle of the city. Rent a pedalo on the lake and enjoy the peace and quiet!
Enjoy a beer at Frank’s Rooftop Bar, Peckham
Slightly off-the-beaten-track and one of those places where if you know, you know, Frank’s rooftop bar is fast becoming one of the trendiest places to get a drink in the city. Set on the top tier of a carpark, enjoy a jug of pimms or a chilled beer, surrounded by beautiful panoramas of the city.
Ride the London Eye
Another typical tourist attraction, but worth its reputation. Set on the South Bank of the River Thames, the London Eye is Europe’s highest Ferris wheel and an iconic symbol of London. Take a trip on the London Eye – best experienced at sunset – to enjoy unparalleled views of central London and its stunning architecture spread out as far as the eye can see.
Mingle with celebs at Madame Tussauds
London’s famous wax museum is home to all the people you’ve ever dreamed of meeting: rub shoulders with the likes of Adele, E.T. and Usain Bolt. The likeness is uncanny! And if you miss the chance of meeting the Queen at Buckingham Palace, you’ll have a chance to meet her here.
Take in the view from the Shard
London’s 306m skyscraper provides a view of the city like no other. Race 95 floors up in the Shard’s glass elevator and enjoy the scenes from Western Europe’s tallest building. There are a couple of wonderful restaurants and bars at the top, if you really want to celebrate in style.