20 things to do in London
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London is our home and we love to share our experiences of London with anyone and everyone. We have narrowed down our top things to do to a list of just 20.
- 1 1.London Eye
- 2 2.Tower of London
- 3 3.Buckingham Palace (with changing of the guards)
- 4 4.The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben
- 5 5.The Shard
- 6 6.Tower bridge (near Tower of London)
- 7 7.St Paul’s Cathedral
- 8 8.Tate modern (opposite St. Paul’s)
- 9 9.Hyde park
- 10 10.Trafalgar Square
- 11 11.Shakespeare’s Globe theatre
- 12 12.Warner Bros Studio Tour – the making of Harry Potter.
- 13 13.Convent garden and Oxford Street
- 14 14.West End
- 15 15.British Museum
- 16 16.Natural History Museum
- 17 17.London dungeons
- 18 18.Borough Market
- 19 19.Camden lock
- 20 20.Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus
Open 10am to 10.30pm with tickets costing £19.35 or £31.50 for fast track entrance, the London Eye is one of the most visited and photographed attraction in London. Catch the London Underground to Waterloo, Embankment, Charing Cross or Westminster as the Eye is just a short walk from all of these stations. Waterloo is your closest station, just a five-minute walk from the Eye; following the signs to South Bank.
2.Tower of London
Open from 9am to 4.30pm from Tuesday to Saturday and 10am to 4.30pm from Sunday to Monday, tickets cost £24.50 for an adult with Tower Hill Underground station being the nearest to the tower entrance. Step back in time and explore the famous Tower of London and the Queens Jewels. A great choice for those travelling with children.
3.Buckingham Palace (with changing of the guards)
Visit Royalty and head to Buckingham Palace. A popular choice for many is to watch the changing of the guards, usually at 11.30am, lasting 45 minutes.
4.The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben
Another two landmarks of London, head to Westminster to get some shots of the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben.
Open from 10am to 7pm Sunday to Wednesday and 10am to 10pm from Thursday through to Saturday. The Shard is a fairly recent addition to the London skyline and a great place to catch a view of the city. A range of tickets and experiences are available for those who wish to include champagne, or visit the Shard day and night with the standard adult ticket costing £28. The Shard is directly outside the London Bridge train station. For those looking for a big spend, why not treat yourself to a night at the Shangri La Hotel at the Shard.
6.Tower bridge (near Tower of London)
As you exit the Tower of London, you can see Tower Bridge. Walk across the bridge or head up to the Tower Bridge Exhibition; depicting the famous bridges history along with some great views of the city. The exhibition is open from 10am – 5.30pm with tickets costing £7.65. Admission fee is also included in the London Pass.
7.St Paul’s Cathedral
Open from 8.30am to 4.30pm, St Paul’s is a beautiful domed Cathedral. Adult entrance tickets cost £18.
8.Tate modern (opposite St. Paul’s)
Open from 10am to 6pm Sunday – Thursday and 10am to 10pm from Friday and Saturday. The Tate Modern is free to visit, with the nearest underground being Southwark Underground Station. This is a fantastic art gallery for everyone, not just art lovers.
Open from 5am to midnight, Hyde Park covers 350 acres with famous landmarks such as Princess Diana’s Memorial Fountain and speakers’ corner. Catch the underground to Hyde Park corner Station on the Piccadilly line or Marble Arch on the Central Line. Head here at Christmas to enjoy a fun and romantic Winter Wonderland.
Really want to enjoy London without acting too touristy?
An iconic spot in London, head to Trafalgar Square and get your photos to Nelson’s Column and famous stone lions. Head to Charing Cross Underground Station for the quickest route to Trafalgar Square.
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11.Shakespeare’s Globe theatre
For literacy and history lovers, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is a must. Open from 10am to 6pm with guided tours and an exhibition available as well as Shakespeare performances in the summer months. The nearest underground stations are Mansion House on the District and Circle line or London Bridge on the Northern and Jubilee lines. This outdoor theatre is one for the Spring or Summer.
12.Warner Bros Studio Tour – the making of Harry Potter.
A must for all Potter fans. Take a 20 minute train to Watford from London Euston then change for the Harry Potter Shuttle Bus. Ticket prices start from £33 for an adult ticket whilst child tickets cost £24 and children under 4 years old are free.
Creative Tip: Book tickets a few weeks before your visit to avoid disappointment and go for the earlier time available.
13.Convent garden and Oxford Street
Browse the many shops of Oxford Street and wander through the unique stores of Convent Garden, this is a popular choice for many tourists visiting London.
I love West End shows and after watching Broadway performances in NYC, I do feel they are similar in quality. However, just like NYC, tickets can be pricey. Keep an eye on tickets up to 3 months before visiting London, to see if you can catch any good deals and if you have no luck then head to the theatre around 10am of the day you wish to watch a show. Most theatres sell reduced priced tickets the morning of the show.
Open from 10am to 5.50pm and remaining open later on Fridays, the British Museum is a great choice for those who love learning the history and culture during their travels. Entrance is free with the nearest underground stations being Tottenham Court Road and Holborn Station.
16.Natural History Museum
Open 10am to 5.50pm with free admission, the Natural History Museum is a great choice for those with children. Catch the underground to South Kensington on the District, Piccadilly and Circle lines then follow the signs for the museum; the walk should take around 5 minutes.
Near the London Eye and just a short walk from London Waterloo, the London Dungeons takes you back in time through London’s dark and creepy history. The Dungeons are open from 10am to 5pm with online tickets costing £19.95.
Renowned food market, Borough Market offers an array of amazing foods to sample and buy. Head to London Bridge Station and exit the station following the signs for Borough High Street. Check the monthly opening times on the London Borough Market website – most market days run from 10am to 5pm.
With over a 1000 shops, Camden Lock market and village are great choices for those looking to spend some time relaxing and shopping. The market is open from 10am to 6pm every day of the week, offering an assortment of unusual gifts. The village area is known for its music and cult film products. Head to Camden Town Station or Chalk Farm Station to access the market and village.
20.Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus
Explore these two popular Squares of London and enjoy the restaurants, bars and attractions found among them both. Ripley’s believe it or not Museum and the popular and expansive arcade Trocadero are favourites of mine.
So, that is our top pick for things to do in London – especially if this is your first visit! Enjoy! What is your favourite attraction in London?
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