Planning a trip to London? Use my list of London top things to see and do and fully experience your vacation to England.
London Top Things to See and Do
If you are visiting London for the first time here is my list of some of London’s top things to see and do.
Visit Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace is situated on the eastern side of London’s city center. If it is nice out, walk along the Mall up to Buckingham. It is a good place to see a spontaneous parade of the Queen’s guard. Grounds around Buckingham Palace are usually packed and chaotic, so it is best to get to the Palace early and keep a close eye on your belongings.
Tour The Tower of London
Go on an entertaining tour of the Tower of London. This historic landmark is still home to the Royal Beefeaters. It once was a home for Kings of England, a prison, and held animals gifted to the Royal family. The Beefeaters give free tours of the Tower of London; these tours are extremely entertaining and knowledgable. Most of the grounds are wheelchair accessible but there are some buildings only available by foot. The grounds in and around the tower of London are usually crowded, so I recommend visiting early in the morning or when it’s raining.
Go on the London Eye
Take a ride on the London Eye for a great view of London, up and down the Thames river. For and awesome light show, I recommend visiting the London Eye at dusk. The London Eye is pretty crowded, and the ticket office is in the white building next to the large Ferris Wheel. The London Eye is wheelchair accessible.
Walk the Streets of London
The best way to explore London is by walking the streets. If it is sunny in London, take advantage of being outside. Picnic in St. James’ Park, walk along the Mall or Piccadilly Circus, cross Abbey Roady or Tower Bridge, and so much more.
Westminster Abbey, Parliament and Big Ben
Visit London’s top landmarks Westminster Abbey, Parliament and Big Ben. Known for their gothic architecture these buildings are all next to each other. The grounds surrounding these buildings are chaotic, so keep a close eye on your belongings. Buy tickets for Westminster Abbey ahead of time; the entrance line can be long, wrapping around outside. The best time to see Big Ben is at dusk or night, when the building is a lot lit up.
The Churchill War Rooms
Visit the Churchill War Rooms to experience what it was like to be in the bunkers of London during WWII. Get a in-depth education on Winston Churchill’s life, and rule during the War. The entrance to the Churchill War Rooms can be hard to find since the grounds are large. The entrance is located on the west side of the building, across from St. James Park. The Churchill War Rooms are wheelchair accessible and a great for those rainy days in London.
The Tate museum is Great Britain’s modern and contemporary art museum. The Tate Museum is located in London along the Thames River. This museum offers free exhibitions, events and exclusive art exhibitions. The Tate Museum is perfect from London’s rainy days, and is wheelchair accessible.
Drink Cask Ale
One of the most popular drinks in London is Cask Ale. Make sure to drink a pint of Cask Ale in one of London’s traditional English pubs. Cask Ale is served up room temperature, with no carbonation, straight from the cask.
Eat Fish and Chips
If there is one meal you have to have in London, it is to eat Fish and Chips. There are tons of places in London serving up some of the best Fish and Chips; typically just outside the city center. Some of the most popular Fish and Chips in London are Poppies, Golden Union, Laughing Halibut, Baileys, and Masters Superfish.
London’s Theater District
Walk around or see a show in London’s Theater District. London’s Theater District is filled with great restaurants, pubs and of course theaters. The theaters are showing everything from the Lion King and Harry Potter to Hamilton and Wicked.
Vintage Shopping in London
London is home to some of the best vintage shops in the world. From classic relics to one of a kind designer fashions, you should go vintage shopping in London. Some of the best vintage shop in and around London are: William Vintage, Rokit, Beyond Retro, East End Thrift Store, Alfies, Cabbages and Frocks and so much more.
Ride a London Double Decker Bus
Ride a red double decker bus in London to get around and get to see the city. The red double decker buses is one of London’s public transportation forms. You can ride one of these buses at one of the many bus stops through out London, and by purchasing an oyster card. For more information on bus routes and where to sit, read Riding London Double Decker Buses by TripSavvy.
The British Museum
Visit the British Museum, the national history museum, for a enlightening free experience in London. The British Museum is a perfect activity for those rainy London days, and is also wheelchair accessible.
Shop at London’s Best Department Stores
For an iconic experience in London, shop at London’s best department stores. Some of the most famous and expensive department stores in London are: Harrods, Selfridges, and Liberty London.
London High Tea
If you are in London, high tea is a must. Enjoy some of London’s best high tea sandwiches, scones piled high, and of course tea at Claridge’s, Roosewood, The Connaught, The Ritz, Sketch, and so much more. For more information on high tea in London, read Vogue UK’s Best Afternoon Tea in London.
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