Things to do in London
History and Heritage
The history of London is eventful, dramatic and extremely interesting. Some of the biggest events in the history of the UK have happened in London and a lot of British culture was developed in the city. It is the mix of old and new that gives London a lot of its charm, from impressive skyscrapers to centuries old castles and churches, the city is one of a kind and should be on everyone’s bucket list.
Attractions and Activities
For history buffs and culture vultures, there is plenty to see and do in London. Big Ben, The London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey are just some of the amazing historic attractions in London.
If you’re looking to brush up on your history, take a visit to the National History Museum or the Imperial War Museum and be wowed by the hundreds of fascinating exhibits on display.
One of the most impressive and iconic landmarks is the Tower of London. Dating back to 1066 and the Norman Conquest, this fortress is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the city. There are many tours around the Tower of London, which allows tourists to see the Line of Kings, the Jewel Tower and Traitor’s Gate. We recommend taking the Beefeater Tour to learn all about the history of those who used to occupy the landmark.
If you are a fan of the Royal Family and history of the monarchy, you will want to visit Buckingham Palace. Buckingham Palace is the official London residence of the Queen, as well as an administrative centre and a place in which the monarch hosts official receptions and royal events. During the summer months, visitors can tour the 19 State Rooms, which are ornately decorated and feature an array of incredible artwork. Tours usually last around two hours and audio guides are included in the ticket price. For those that simply want to witness Changing the Guard, the ceremony takes place everyday outside Buckingham Palace between May and July.
For those interested in exploring the local museums and art galleries, you’re spoilt for choice in London. With more than 170 museums alone, there is plenty to see and add to your itinerary! What’s more, a lot of the main museums are free, which means you don’t need to worry about breaking the bank. The most popular museums worth visiting include, Tate Modern, British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), National Gallery and Tate Britain.
If you’re looking for family days out in London, take a visit to the infamous Madame Tussauds or a trip on the fantastic London Eye for a peripheral view of the city. For those feeling brave and adventurous, the London Dungeons are fun and interactive for all the family. Relive and experience momentous parts of history and listen to some of London’s most gruesome tales.
For those looking to escape the hustle and bustle, we recommend taking a leisurely stroll or bike ride through one of London’s many parks, such as Hyde or Regent’s Park. Plant and garden enthusiasts will love Kew Gardens, the UNESCO World Heritage site, which is home to over 50,000 plants. Kew Gardens, which is based in Richmond, expands across 300 acres of ornamental gardens, woodlands and a nature reserve.
If you are keen to explore the city by foot, The Outdoor Guide has a collection of fantastic of walks around London. For more information, visit here.
For information on cycling routes around the city, please visit our page Cyling in London.
Food and Drink
With rooftop bars, beer gardens, Michelin star restaurants and quirky English pubs you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to wining and dining in London. If you are looking for a truly British experience whilst in the capital, try traditional afternoon tea at Harrods or Fortnum and Mason. For food lovers, experience some of the best Indian food on Brick Lane, or wander through Borough Market for your chance to try some amazing street food. Lastly, visit a traditional English pub for some home cooked hearty meals and a pint of real ale.
(Credit: The Sanctuary House Hotel, Westminster)