15 Things to Do in London, England

I originally wanted to create an “Ultimate Guide to London” as usual but learned very quickly that no list could even make a dent in all there is to see in this massive city!  I hope to break up this city into different guides because each aspect from the museums to the markets are something magical in itself.  This city is so full of atmosphere and beauty that I promise this list is only the start to your visit here.  Here were my favorite things to do in London:

15 Things to Do in London:

1. Big Ben

Can you really visit London without saying you saw Big Ben? To clarify: Big Ben is the bell inside the clock tower. The tower itself is actually called the Elizabeth Tower.  Big Ben is also conveniently located near other must-see sights like Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, and the London Eye.

2. Westminster Abbey

This was honestly one of my favorites places that I saw during my London visit.  I loved the rich history behind the still-functioning 700-year old Abbey including the number of weddings (who could forget Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding?) and burials of British royalty that occurred here.

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3. Buckingham Palace

This stunning palace is a must-see for first-timers in London! You can see the famous British guards and might even catch a glimpse of the Queen or Princess Kate since the Palace functions as the administrative headquarters of the Monarch.

4. St. Paul’s Cathedral

Adult admission £18

Known for it’s iconic views of the London skyline from the 528 steps to the top of the dome, the cathedral also has a incredible interior, galleries, and even crypts inside!

5. The London Eye

£24 for a 30-min ride

Honestly, I wouldn’t recommend spending the £24 to ride on this over-crowded tourist trap but I do think it is a beautiful backdrop for your London photos! I would say you are better off with getting incredible views from St. Paul’s Cathedral.  Come back at night to watch the whole thing light up in different colors…truly magical.

6. Tower Bridge

Arguably one the most famous London landmarks, this incredible piece of architecture is a vision to see day or night. My favorite way to see the bridge is by doing a romantic stroll along the South Bank as the sun sets and watching the bridge began to light up.

7. Millennium Bridge

This amazingly modern bridge is a great way to get views of River Thames and other beautiful spots of London.  You might recognize the unique design from one of the Harry Potter movies!

8. Hyde Park

One of the largest parks in all of London and also a royal park, this is a great place to spend a sunny day in the city. Grab blankets for a picnic and feed the swans along the water.  If you are visiting during the Christmas season, you can enjoy the Winter Wonderland that the park hosts.

9. Covent Garden

Fun fact: The street performers actually have to audition for a time slot in this popular London area. Full of delicious food and markets, great shopping, and of course beautiful gardens, Covent Garden is a great place to get in the hustle and bustle of London!

10. Sky Garden

Free

This famous and huge glass dome is three stories full of stunning landscaped public gardens, observation decks, an open air terrace, and many luxury restaurants.  Did I mention this incredible 360 view of London is free?!

Tip: Book tickets in advance here: Website 

11. British Museum

Free

The British Museum is home to incredible collection of art and artifacts that spans over 2 million years of human history.  The museum holds the famous Rosetta Stone, Pantheon sculptures, Egyptian mummies, and the largest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts (aside from Cairo).

12. Tate Modern 

Free

If you are looking for more modern art in comparison to the British Museum, the Tate Modern is your best bet. The Tate Modern houses an extensive collection of modern art ranging from the 1900s to present day.  Enjoy dinner at the museum restaurant that offers beautiful views of the city.

13. Shakespeare’s Globe

Travel back to London in the 16th century and watch one of Shakespeare’s famous plays such as Romeo and Juliet or Hamlet.  London is known for its theater performances so experience a play you will not forget in the only Globe theater left.

14. Tower of London

Experience a real piece of London history when visiting the Tower that was first constructed in 1066.  This UNESCO World Heritage site is home to the crown jewels, and was built to protect and control the city.

15. Shoreditch Street Art

Shoreditch is known as the trendy district of London and you will surely see why when you visit this area with atmosphere.  The colorful and vibrant street art around Shoreditch High Street and Brick Lane will leave you speechless.  This is a great way to get some great Insta-worthy photos and to get away from the touristy-attractions.

I hope you enjoyed my list of things to do in London.  From the incredible views to the masterpieces of cultural history, this city truly has it all.  Stay tuned for more post involving London and please let me know in the comments if there is something I missed or what you would like to see next.

Thanks for stopping by and happy travels,

L x

 

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15 Comment

  1. Very useful post. Will bookmark it for my London travel. Nice photos too!

  2. I’m visiting London for the first time at the end of July so I needed this!! Thank you! 🙂

  3. Great list. Book marking for future travel reference.

  4. Such a great list! I know about Big Ben and Tower Bridge, but not other attractions. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I love your photos, they really make the story pop! It’s been a while since I’ve been to London, but on the day we visited Westminster Abbey, they were filming The Da Vinci code outside, so we got to see Tom Hanks filming a scene and even got to be in the background.

  6. I was last in London in 2001 and there was no eye and I dont remember the millenium bridge. I pinned this because I want to take my kids to Europe and I think this would be a good starter European trip!

  7. I need to make it to London soon. My boyfriend studied abroad there and always talks about how great it was. I’d love to take him back there someday.

  8. I am heading to London in June and love all of your tips, this is so helpful. Thank you!

  9. COVENT GARDEN WAS ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS THAT WASN’T TOURISTY. . . AND I STILL HOPE TO SEE A PLAY IN THE GLOBE THEATRE ONE DAY!!! LOVED THE CITY IN WINTER WHEN I VISITED!

  10. This post came right on time!! I’ll be in London in less than a month, and I can’t wait!!! I’m definitely going to pin this because I plan to visit some, if not all, of these sites. Do you know anything about the giant “telescope” that allows you to see people in New York?

  11. I was in London in 2011 and I enjoyed every bit of it!… Regarding London Eye, I agree its too expensive but it is the best way to get that birds Eye view which otherwise is not easy to get :)… Everything is expensive in London that way!! :D… Haha!

  12. London has SO many incredible things to do. Pinned your post for future reference! Good work 🙂

  13. Agree tomall of the listed activities , especially avoiding the tourist trap London eye! It is so expensive , especially if you’re traveling with a group or family like we do! I would also reccomens platform 9 3/4 because I’m a HP fan!! lol! Thanks for all the great tips

  14. Love this post. I do really love London and there is so much I’d still love to explore. The museums are high on my list for my next trip. Glad to know that they are free. By the way great tip about the London Eye. I agree!!! Great list. Thank you.r

  15. Just came back from London just over a week ago. I loved every single minute of it. Your post is great. I disagree about the London Eye. The line moved fast. There were 4 of us on a girls’ trip. We were in one pod with another family. There were only 10 of us in that huge thing. There’s a bench to sit down, if you choose. We had plenty of space to move around take photos.

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