London, one of the big and famous cities in Europe with over 27 million visitors every year. It’s not surprising that London is the number one destination that every traveler wants to explore. The city was founded by the Romans and it has thrived over the last centuries.
With some of the world’s largest museums, music venues, attractions, shopping, and restaurants, you can spend months exploring this amazing city, there are so many things to see and do, it’s nearly impossible to get bored in London.
If you ever get the chance to visit London, this handy guide will help you get the most of your trip, by exploring everything from the famous tourist hot-spots to less well-known areas. Enjoy your London Trip!
Harrods is a luxury and popular department store, now owned by the state of Qatar. The store occupies a 20,000 m2 site and has 330 departments covering 90,000 m2 (one million square feet) of retail space.
Harrods is probably the most famous department store in the entire world, it’s known everywhere and it’s full of everything you can find around the world like merchandise, bags, foods, famous brand Gucci, Prada and a lot of expensive things.
The food is the best part of Harrods, you’ll find all kinds of foods from all around the world and make interesting creations, it’s a good idea to try some of them.
2. Big Ben & Palace Of Westminster
Big Ben, Palace Of Westminster, Houses Of Parliament, there are so many names for this world-famous British cultural icon. It was completed in 1859 and it lies at the north end of the Palace of Westminster, which is the seat of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.
The official name of the tower in which Big Ben is located was originally the Clock Tower, but in 2012 it was renamed as Elizabeth Tower. A few steps away there is the impressive gothic church, Westminster Abbey.
3. London Eye
Another must-do thing in London is, of course, the London Eye. The London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel located on the South Bank of the River Thames, overlooking both Big Ben and Westminster. It was opened in 2000 for public use and since then it is the world’s tallest Ferris wheel.
The structure is 135 m tall (443 feet) and the wheel has a diameter of 120 m (394 feet), the price is changing quite a lot, but it’s about $36.
4. Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace is the number one iconic royal building in the entire country. It is the London residence of Her Majesty “the Queen” and also one of few working royal palaces left in the world.
One of the best and most famous things to do in London is to see the changing of the guards in front of Buckingham Palace, also known as Guard Mounting carried out. You really have to check the website for when it happens but usually about 11 A.M. It will take about two hours of your time because crowds start forming around 10 in the morning. The main activities take place at 11 and then 11:30 a.m.
And don’t leave before 11:34, because around that time they open up the gates of Buckingham Palace and if you left before that, you’ll totally feel like you missed it out.
5. Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge is one of the top tourist destinations for years, the Tower crosses the River Thames and was built at the end of 19th century. It’s a good idea to take a boat ride that goes under the Tower Bridge for full experience.
While in Tower Bridge don’t miss the two very important attractions nearby, the historic castle Tower of London from the 11th century, and the remaining of the Roman Wall that was built in the 3-rd century.
6. Hyde Park
No visit to London will be complete without a visit to London’s Royal Parks. Eight Royal Parks in London make up 5,000 acres of green space. Actually many people think London’s a big urban sprawl but 48% of London is actually green space.
Most of these parks used to be either Kings’ backyards or royal hunting grounds, but now they’re parks that you and I can enjoy.
Hyde Park is certainly one of the biggest in all Londons, in fact, it is London’s main park. Hyde Park offers both world-class events and concerts together with many quiet and peaceful places.
7. Afternoon Tea
One of the favorite British Traditions is afternoon tea, So, I highly recommend you try it while you’re in London. You get your choice of hot tea, and you’ll also get three tiers of snacks and treats starting with sandwiches Usually at the bottom of the tiered tray.
Then you’ll get beautiful hot scones with cream and jam in the middle. And on the top will be your sweet treat. It’s really fun and also very filling, so do not eat before or after you have afternoon tea. Of course, there are options all around London for getting tea for all types of budgets.
8. Piccadilly Circus
Piccadilly Circus is a popular road junction and public space of London’s West End in the City of Westminster. It was built in 1819 to connect Regent Street with Piccadilly. The Name Piccadilly Circus has come after a house belonging to a famous tailor that is known for selling piccadills or piccadillies, a term used for lots of kinds of collars.
The Circus is known for its video display and neon signs mounted on the corner of the building. The place also looks amazing at night, so be sure to give it a visit.
9. Camden Town
Camden Town is a tourism, and entertainment town that you should not miss while in London. This amazing area now offers some of the best street markets and music venues that are associated with alternative culture.
Also, don’t forget to visit an amazing Camden Market, and the amazing Cyber dog store with futuristic fashion, clubwear, rave clothes, and live dancers inside the shop.
10. Convent Garden
Everyone loves Covent Garden in London, it’s so beautiful and there are a lot of things to see and do. You can watch the street performance, the comedians, to even people that are trying to create their own unique act.
It’s really amazing to walk around the narrow kind of streets, also the Transport Museum is there. And for girls, there are a lot of makeup famous stores like Kiko Milano, Charlotte Tilbury and more.
If you’re into museums, London has tons of them, and the great part about this city is that most of them are free. You can start with the British museum where you can find everything about human history, art, and culture. Don’t miss the Natural History Museum that exhibits a wide range of specimens from different segments of natural history. Just around the corner, there is a unique Science Museum, a great place to see touch and experience science first-hand. And there are tons of smaller niche museums like photography galleries. Below are some links to all free museums in London.
- British Museum
- Museum of London
- Royal Academy of Arts
- Natural History Museum
- Science Museum
- National Gallery
- Imperial War Museum
- Victoria and Albert Museum
12. Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey is a really famous place to visit in London, you will get the chance to see all the kings and queens that are buried there, and a lot of very famous people like Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton, they’re all buried in Westminster Abbey. There are about 3,000 bodies buried at Westminster Abbey, it’s just an amazing place to revisit history and see all these kings and queens.
13. Sky Garden Observatory
For some of the best free views in London, visit the observatory at the Sky Garden. This is inside what’s often known as the Walkie Talkie Building because of its unique shape. It’s located right near the Tower of London. You will have a 360-degree view of London for absolutely free.
Inside there’s a couple of restaurants, some bars. The only thing you need to do is book a ticket ahead of time on their website SkyGarden.London.
One of the most popular destinations in all the united kingdom, located near London, and it’s the oldest landmark that was built about 5,000 years ago. The stone circle still did not understand what it was built for or even how the stone was moved, but it is worth a visit, it’s also very easy to reach from London.
15. Baker Street
Most popular as the road that Arthur Conan Doyle’s infamous detective Sherlock Holmes lived on. You can find the popular Sherlock Holmes museum near the Underground station, and also make sure to give a visit to Madame Tussauds which is just around the corner, the international famous wax museum where you can literally pose with some of your favorite celebrities.
16. Topshop Oxford Circus
If shopping is your game you’ll have to go to Oxford Circus or Bond Street. It is like two or three floors, lots of products, there’s a Froyo store, there’s a cupcake store inside in case you get hungry while shopping, it is just humongous and out of this world it is amazing.
There are a lot of makeup shops for girls with all kinds of the latest products and trends, also plenty of fashionable clothes that suit every budget.
17. Broadway Market
London has tons of great markets, You’ll definitely want to visit a few while you’re there. Borough Market, of course, is the most famous one. It’s definitely worth a visit, but there’s plenty of other smaller food and drink markets like Borrow Market and that one’s really good for delicious eats and street food.
18. The Double Decker Red Bus Tour
One of the beautiful things you need to do in London is to take a tour in the famous double-decker red buses because the bus there is iconic. London transport is super easy to get around, everything is connected, even the tube stations are all connected.
The buses are really convenient to hop on hop off, However, Transport is a little more pricey in London, So the best way to transport in a budget is to get a multi 7-day unlimited pass. Check out more about the things you should know before going to London here.
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