The best things to do while in London

If you are planning on visiting London, you may be feeling overwhelmed by the things to do, see, and enjoy! There is something for everyone: from the museums and the shops to the sports venues and the adventure activities. England’s capital city really does deliver. However, with so many options, it can be impossible to know what to prioritise for your trip. So, with that being said, read on to discover some of the best things to do while you are visiting London.

  • Buckingham Palace – There is only one place to begin; after all, you cannot visit London without catching a glimpse of the palace that has been home to the British Royal Family for the past 180 years. The palace features the biggest private garden in London and a massive 775 rooms. Watch the world-famous Changing of the Guard from the outside, and explore some of the palace from the inside. You will be able to see a small piece of the royal lifestyle, as a number of the rooms are open to the public.
  • Enjoy the museums – There are many different museums for you to enjoy in London. Two of the most popular are the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum. The Science Museum enables you to see how science has progressed over the years. It is a popular choice because of the level of interactivity. The latter is free to enter, and you will be able to find ancient fossils and stuffed animals, as well as posing for a photograph with the famous Diplodocus skeleton, which you will find in the main hall. Other museums that are worth noting include the Samsung Digital Discovery Centre, the British Museum, and the V&A Museum, which shows living tools from around the world, fashion, and incredible artwork.
  • Platform 9 ¾ – Are you a Harry Potter fan? If so, King’s Cross station will mean more to you than somewhere to catch a train. Here, you will find Platform 9 ¾, which of course, was used by Harry Potter to take his journey to Hogwarts.
  • Sign up for the marathon – If you are an active person, the London marathon is a must. This is one of the most famous marathons in the world, and it’s always a lot of fun. You will meet incredible people, running for amazing causes. Plus, the costumes are better than any fancy dress party you will have attended. It is best to look for hotels near start line, so you don’t have to worry about burning yourself out to actually get to the beginning!
  • Harrods – Harrods is one of the most famous department stores in London. It has a reputation for serving the super-rich and the elite, but this does not mean you won’t be able to splurge no matter your budget. Of course, if you have money to spend, great. But, if not, there are still plenty of things you can pick up at a decent price, just stay away from the designer handbags and artwork. There is something for everything; from the Egyptian hall to the decadent food hall.
  • Galleries – If you are a lover of art, you will love London. There are so many galleries to visit, featuring the best in contemporary and classic art. A lot of the galleries are free to visit too, which is even better. This includes The National Gallery, which is located in Trafalgar Square, and features everything from Rembrandt to van Gogh.
  • Oxford Street – Shopper’s paradise! If you intend to do some serious shopping while you are on holiday, Oxford Street is the place. It is not only the top spot in London, but it is actually the busiest shopping street in the whole of Europe! It receives more than 500,000 visitors every day, and it has more than 300 shops for you to choose from. This includes everything from the famous Selfridges to designer stores and the famous department centres like House of Fraser and Debenhams.
  • Brick Lane – This is a street that was made famous by the book, Brick Lane, and the film adaption. If you haven’t read or seen either, make sure you do before you go. This is the heart of the Bangladeshi community in London. It is an incredibly diverse neighbourhood, and it is a beautiful place to behold, as there is some amazing artwork on offer at the Whitechapel Gallery, as well as some great street art too. While you are visiting, make sure you enjoy a bite to eat at one of the curry houses that are available.
  • The O2 – The home of live music events, and plenty of other entertainment shows. There is always something amazing happening at the O2. Make sure you check out the events before you visit. The venue plays host to some of the best musicians and comedians from around the world, and there are also plenty of restaurants and even a cinema. From Drake to Little Mix, they have all played at this amazing venue. Oh, and if you’re a boxing fan, this is one of the best places to watch the sport in all of its glory.
  • Shoreditch – Last but not least, we have Shoreditch, which is one of the trendiest areas in London. It has gone a huge amount of regeneration over the years, and now has a reputation as one of the coolest spots in London, as well as one of the hottest nightlife spots in the city. From the eateries to the bars, there is something for everyone. The themed bars are great. Check out the circus-themed bar, Trapeze, and there is also a bar where you have a dart board at each table – great fun!

As you can see, there is a lot to do when in London. But, hopefully, you now feel more prepared for planning your trip effectively. From the museums and the galleries to the famous Platform 9 ¾ and Buckingham Palace, there is something for everyone.

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