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One of the most famous cities in the world, London is known for its iconic buildings, historical landmarks, and vibrant culture. A pleasant city to explore whether it’s your first time or 100th, London has buzzing multicultural neighborhoods filled with world-class art, entertainment, shopping, and dining hotspots just begging to be explored. A city where it’s nearly impossible to be bored, here is a snapshot of some of the top things to do in London.
Admire Big Ben at The Palace of Westminster
Arguably London’s most iconic and recognizable landmark, the Palace of Westminster is the political hub of the city resting on the banks of the Thames. Here visitors can admire Big Ben, the nickname for the “Great Bell” housed in the clock tower that chimes every hour and lights up the London’s skyline at dusk.
Watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace
The official London residence of the Queen and home to the British Royal Family since 1837, the Buckingham Palace is quintessential London. Stroll through nearby Green Park for a glimpse of the Palace before exploring its grounds and catching the famous Changing of the Guard. A daily ceremony, witness the Royal Guard perform the historic and impressive tradition.
Soak in the city skyline on the London Eye
Open to the public in 2000, the London Eye is a giant Ferris Wheel that was originally created to celebrate the millennium. The 2nd highest viewing point of the city after The Shard, visitors can buy tickets for a ride in one of the spacious pods for a slow moving birds-eye view of the city.
Examine history in world renown museums
One of the best cities in the world for museums, London offers visitors the chance to explore its rich history at a number of free museums throughout the city. Visitors can see dinosaur skeletons at the Natural History Museum, probe scientific processes at the Science Museum, explore cultural history at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and pay a visit to the Rosetta Stone at the famous British Museum.
Cross the Tower Bridge
Standing proud as one of the most iconic landmarks of London, Tower Bridge is a must-see attraction on the Thames. Dating back to the 19th century, the Tower Bridge is famous for its drawbridge effect and panoramic views. Visitors who want to see behind the scenes features, such as the engine room, can join one of the tours that further detail this iconic structure in depth.
Admire classic and contemporary art
London takes art seriously with a long list of galleries for visitors to admire both British and international artworks. With most galleries free to visitors, art lovers are spoiled for choice with the works of van Gogh at The National Gallery, Picasso at Tate Modern, the world’s largest collection of personalities and faces at The National Portrait Gallery, and award-winning photography at the Barbican Art Gallery.
Soak in the sunshine at Hyde Park
When the sun is shining in London, locals love to soak in all the sunshine they can get at one of the many parks scattered around the city. While Hyde Park is one of the largest in the city and beloved for its expansive space, flower gardens, large lake. London also boasts plenty of other parks worthy of a day trip, as Regents Park, Victoria Park, St. James Park, and Hamstead Heath are all places to find a tranquil moment in the midst of the bustling city. Other notable nature spots include Primrose Hill and Greenwich Park, where visitors will find postcard-worthy views over London.
Taste authentic curry on Brick Lane
Located in the heart of London’s Bangladeshi community in East London, Brick Lane is well known for having the tastiest curry houses in the city. Popular with the trendy and artistic crowds, visitors will also find lively markets set up on Brick Lane with a variety of shops selling everything from food to art and vintage clothing.
Visit the historical Tower of London
Founded in 1066, the Tower of London is a historic part of London that served as a prison from 1100 to 1952. Located on the north bank of the River Thames, here visitors can learn about legendary battles, hear bloody tales, and come face-to-face with real life swords and armor used at this iconic fortress.
Stroll through unique neighborhoods
London has some of the most distinctive neighborhoods with their own colorful personalities, where visitors can explore a variety of interesting subcultures with their own restaurants, bars, and attractions. Stroll through the quaint architecture in Notting Hill, explore the alternative culture in Camden or try the trendy eateries in Shoreditch, nightlife scene in Soho, or high-end shopping in Chelsea.
Catch a live performance in the West End
From heart-warming adaptations to belly-aching comedies, there is a range of musical theater options available in London’s iconic West End. Entertaining for the entire family, here visitors will find award-winning performances set in iconic theaters.
Go shopping on Oxford Street
A shoppers paradise, Oxford Street has over 300 shops for visitors to purchase a variety of items such as clothing, jewelry, souvenirs, and anything else that you desire. From designer stores to budget friendly boutiques, Oxford Street is the premier spot for all your shopping needs.
Watch the bright lights of Piccadilly Circus
Illuminated with advertising and a famous statue of Eros, Piccadilly Circus is a mecca of bright lights and billboards. A road junction for several of London’s major streets, it is now a popular meeting point and tourist destination busy with a bustling atmosphere.
Browse through vibrant street markets
Perfect for a day of shopping and soaking in the culture, London is famous for its diverse set of markets selling art, antiques, clothing, and variety of local goods. Whether you want a full day of exploring the large markets of Spitalfields, Portobello Road, and Camden Market or you’re looking for quick bite of fresh produce at Borough Market, you’re sure to find a range of gems and great bargains along the way.