Top 10 things to do in London

1. Big Ben

  • Big Ben is the most iconic landmark in London, accessible from Westminster Station.
  • Walk around to enjoy the sites of the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, The London Eye and the River Thames.
  • Trivia fact: It is not the clock, but the bell that is called Big Ben.

2. Double Decker Bus Ride

  • Take the regular red city buses and sit upstairs to enjoy the view.
  • Take the ‘Official London Sightseeing Bus’ for narration and get on/off at your leisure.

3. The West End

  • Take a walk from Covent Garden to Leicester Square to Piccadilly Circus
  • Take a detour anywhere that looks interesting (Soho, Chinatown)

4. Afternoon Tea

  • For a break from the tourist sites, stop for a traditional British “Afternoon Tea”
  • Enjoy your luxury Afternoon Tea at The Ritz, The Dorchester or Grosvenor House

5. Shopping

  • Harrods: Knightsbridge Station
  • Oxford Street: Hyde Park Corner Station to Oxford Circus Station
  • Regent Street: Oxford Circus Station
  • Covent Garden: Covent Garden Station: A beautiful large indoor market with street performers and many places to eat
  • Portobello Road (Saturday antiques street market): Notting Hill Gate Station
  • Borough Market (Friday and Saturday food market): London Bridge Station
  • Columbia Road (Sunday flower market): walking distance from Old Street Station

6. Parks

  • Hyde Park: Visit Speakers Corner on a Sunday morning
  • St James’s Park: Offers one of the best views of Buckingham Palace
  • Kensington Palace Gardens: connected to Hyde Park
  • Regent’s Park

7. Palaces

  • Buckingham Palace: watch The Queen’s Guard change in the Forecourt at 11.30am every day in the summer
  • Kensington Palace: Located in Kensington Palace Gardens
  • Windsor Castle: A day trip from London

8. Churches

  • St. Paul’s Cathedral: St. Paul’s Station
  • Westminster Abbey, venue of the recent Royal wedding of Prince William and Kate

9. Museums, Museums, Museums

  • All of the following museums and art galleries are free to the public:
  • British Museum: Russell Square Station
  • Victoria & Albert, Natural History and Science Museum: South Kensington Station
  • National Gallery: Opposite Trafalgar Square and walking distance from Charing Cross Station and Leicester Square Station
  • Tate Britain: Pimlico Station

10. Tower of London

  • Look around the outside for free, buy tickets and go inside to see the Crown Jewels: Tower Hill Station

London is full of blue plaques (signs) showing the rich natural heritage of the city’s buildings, so keep your eyes open to see where some of the world’s most famous pioneers lived and worked.
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